Village Council Meeting Minutes - October 20, 2015

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the C. Lawton McCall Community Center. The Meeting was called to order at 6:35 PM with the following individuals in attendance:

PRESENT:                        Alice Burch

                                           Steven Zelkowitz

                                           Herta Holly

                                           Ivonne Ledesma

ALSO PRESENT:             Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

                                           Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                  Barbara A. Estep

  1. APPROVAL OF THE OCTOBER 6, 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Councilwoman Ledesma moved approval of the October 6, 2015 meeting minutes. Councilwoman Holly seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. RATIFICATION OF THE FEDERATION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (FPE) UNION CONTRACT.

Mr. Benton provided a brief explanation of the union contract negotiation session, indicating that the membership had approved the contract terms. Councilwoman Holly moved to ratify the Union contract. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

2)           VILLAGE PLANNING DEPARTMENT                                               David Dacquisto

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL AMENDING THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY REPEALING CHAPTER 4, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; TO ADOPT A NEW CHAPTER 4, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TO INCLUDE INCORPORATING CERTAIN PROVISIONS CURRENTLY CONTAINED IN THE ZONING “APPENDIX A” RELATING TO SPECIAL APPROVALS BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL AMENDING THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, “ZONING APPENDIX A” TO ADD WINE CAFÉ TO THE LIST OF PERMITTED USES IN THE B-1 ZONING DISTRICT WITHIN THE SCHEDULE OF REGULATIONS; TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON PREMISES CONDITIONAL ON MEETING CERTAIN CRITERIA; TO PROVIDE FOR OFF-STREET PARKING REGULATIONS; AND TO DELETE AND RESERVE SEC. 610 GRANTING OF SPECIAL APPROVAL TO RESTAURANTS FOR CONSUMPTION OF BEER AND WINE ON PREMISES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE(2nd Reading)

             

Ms. Estep read the title of the ordinances into the record. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz spoke of the proposed ordinances and the fact that he believes that Mr. Dacquisto has captured the majority of points raised in previous meetings. He stated that there is a need to protect the downtown area and surrounding residential neighbors so it is important to get the language correct prior to enacting the legislation.

Vice Mayor Zelkowitz suggested deferring the two ordinances until the next meeting to provide him with time to meet with Mr. Dacquisto and Mr. Sarafan. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz then moved to defer the items. Councilwoman Holly seconded the motion.

Council Members provided comments regarding the proposed ordinances and their individual suggestions for further amendments. At the conclusion of the discussion, Mayor Burch called for a vote on the motion which was unanimous in favor.

3)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                  Barbara A. Estep

Councilwoman Ledesma requested that the board appointments be deferred due to the resignation of Councilman Walters and not having a full five member Council. She subsequently made a motion to that effect which died for lack of a second.

Mayor Burch indicated that applicants would be given the opportunity to introduce themselves and offer any pertinent information but due to the number of people applying for board appointments, a two minute time limit would be in given to the applicants.

A)        APPOINTMENTS TO THE PLANNING & ZONING BOARD

                             Applicants:          Robert Abramitis              Patrizia Bonaduce              Daniel Brady

                                                          John Busta                         Michael Compo                Carlos Diaz

                                                          Richard Fernandez            Brett Firestone                  Patrick Huber

                                                          Mark David Hunter           Ronald Kiefer                   Bernard Lee

                                                          Christian Lopez                 Joel Robbins

Following self-introductions by the applicants present, paper ballots were voted with the following results:

Alice Burch                       John Busta                         Richard Fernandez            Patrick Huber

Steve Zelkowitz                John Busta                         Carlos Diaz                       Richard Fernandez

Herta Holly                        Robert Abramitis              Carlos Diaz                       Richard Fernandez

Ivonne Ledesma                Patricia Bonaduce             Daniel Brady                     Michael Compo

Mr. Fernandez was voted onto the Board on the first ballot. A second ballot was voted with the following results:

Alice Burch                       John Busta                         Patrick Huber

Steve Zelkowitz                John Busta                         Carlos Diaz

Herta Holly                        Robert Abramitis              Carlos Diaz

Ivonne Ledesma                Patrizia Bonaduce             Patrick Huber

With no one receiving a majority vote, a third ballot was voted with results as follows:

Alice Burch                       John Busta                         Carlos Diaz

Steve Zelkowitz                John Busta                         Carlos Diaz

Herta Holly                        John Busta                         Carlos Diaz

Ivonne Ledesma                Carlos Diaz                       Patrick Huber

Misters Busta and Diaz were appointed to the Planning & Zoning Board.

B)         APPOINTMENTS TO THE CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD

                             Applicants:          Patrick Huber                    Ronald Kiefer                   John Patnik

                                                          Robert Vickers

Applicants who were present spoke on their own behalf and the Council voted paper ballots with the following results:

Alice Burch                       Patrick Huber                    Robert Vickers

Steven Zelkowitz              Patrick Huber                    Robert Vickers

Herta Holly                        John Patnik                        Robert Vickers

Ivonne Ledesma                Patrick Huber                    Ronald Kiefer

             

Misters Huber and Vickers were appointed to the Code Enforcement Board.

  1. APPOINTMENTS TO THE RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD

Applicants:          Daniel Brady                     Manny Hadad                    Alise Johnson Henry

                             Jonathan Meltz                  Jacqueline O’Donnell       Michael O’Hara

                             Vanessa Patz                     William Reich                   Carrie Reynoso

                             Ian Ross                             Steven Weber     

Following self-introductions by applicants present, paper ballots were voted with the following results:

Alice Burch                       Daniel Brady       Jonathan Meltz                  Jacqueline O’Donnell           William Reich

Steven Zelkowitz              Manny Hadad      Jonathan Meltz                  Jacqueline O’Donnell           Ian Ross

Herta Holly                        Manny Hadad      Alise Johnson Henry         Jonathan Meltz                  Jacqueline O’Donnell

Ivonne Ledesma                Manny Hadad      Alise Johnson Henry         Jonathan Meltz                  Carrie Reynoso                

Misters Manny Hadad and Jonathan Meltz, along with Ms. Jacqueline O’Donnell were appointed to the Recreation Advisory Board on the first ballot. A second ballot was voted to appoint the fourth vacancy with the following results:

Alice Burch                       Daniel Brady

Steven Zelkowitz              Daniel Brady

Herta Holly                        Alise Johnson Henry

Ivonne Ledesma                Daniel Brady

Mr. Daniel Brady was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Board.

D)          APPOINTMENTS TO THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD

              Applicants:          Seth Bramson                    Brett Firestone                  Abeer Jadallah

                                           Nina Korman                     Michael O’Hara                Vanessa Patz

Three vacancies are for two year terms and one vacancy is for a one year term. Council Members voted paper ballots resulting in Mr. Seth Bramson, Ms. Abeer Jadallah and Ms. Nina Korman being appointed to two year terms by a majority vote of the Council. As Ms. Vanessa Patz was the only other candidate receiving votes, she was appointed to a one year term on the Historic Preservation Board.  Ballot information is as follows:

Alice Burch                       Seth Bramson                    Abeer Jadallah                   Nina Korman

Steven Zelkowitz              Seth Bramson                    Abeer Jadallah                   Vanessa Patz

Herta Holly                        Seth Bramson                    Abeer Jadallah                   Nina Korman

Ivonne Ledesma                Abeer Jadallah                   Nina Korman                     Vanessa Patz

E)          APPOINTMENTS TO THE GENERAL EMPLOYEE PENSION BOARD

              Applicants:          Tiffany Anderson              Averill Dorsett                  Mark David Hunter

                                           Ronald Kiefer                    Thomas Longman              Robert Williamson

Council Members voted several rounds of paper ballots as follows:

#1          Alice Burch                       Averill Dorsett                  Ronald Kiefer                   Robert Williamson

              Steven Zelkowitz              Tiffany Anderson              Averill Dorsett                  Thomas Longman

              Herta Holly                        Averill Dorsett                  Mark David Hunter              Robert Williamson

              Ivonne Ledesma                Averill Dorsett                  Mark David Hunter              Ronald Kiefer

Ms. Averill Dorset was appointed to the Board on the first ballot. A second ballot was voted with the following result

#2          Alice Burch                       Ronald Kiefer                    Robert Williamson

              Steven Zelkowitz              Tiffany Anderson              Thomas Longman

              Herta Holly                        Mark David Hunter           Robert Williamson

              Ivonne Ledesma                Ronald Kiefer                    Robert Williamson

On the second ballot, Mr. Robert Williamson was appointed to the Board. Council Members voted a third ballot with the results as follows:

#3          Alice Burch                       Ronald Kiefer

              Steven Zelkowitz              Thomas Longman

              Herta Holly                        Ronald Kiefer

              Ivonne Ledesma                Ronald Kiefer

Mr. Ronald Kiefer was appointed to the General Employee Pension Board.

F)           APPOINTMENTS TO THE FINE ARTS COMMISSION

              Applicants:          Brett Firestone                  Janet Goodman                 Valentina Gutchess

                                           Candy Hurtado                  Bernard Lee                       Michael Stock

Council Members voted paper ballots with the following results:

Alice Burch                       Janet Goodman                 Valentina Gutchess           Michael Stock

Steven Zelkowitz              Valentina Gutchess           Bernard Lee                       Michael Stock

Herta Holly                        Valentina Gutchess           Candy Hurtado                  Michael Stock

Ivonne Ledesma                Janet Goodman                 Valentina Gutchess           Candy Hurtado

Ms. Valentina Gutchess and Mr. Michael Stock received a majority of votes and therefore were appointed to the Fine Arts Commission. A second round of voting occurred resulting in the following ballots being cast:

Alice Burch                       Janet Goodman

Steven Zelkowitz              Bernard Lee

Herta Holly                        Candy Hurtado

Ivonne Ledesma                Janet Goodman

As no one received a majority of votes, a third ballot was voted, the results of which are as follows:

Alice Burch                       Janet Goodman

Steven Zelkowitz              Janet Goodman

Herta Holly                        Candy Hurtado

Ivonne Ledesma                Janet Goodman

Ms. Janet Goodman was appointed to the Fine Arts Commission.

G)          APPOINTMENTS TO THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

              Applicants:          John Camp          Elizabeth CowenDonna Hurtak

                                           Ian Ross

Village Council Members voted ballots to appoint the seat being vacated by Michael Clay who is resigning from the Board. The results of the balloting were as follows:

Alice Burch                       Donna Hurtak

Steven Zelkowitz              Donna Hurtak

Herta Holly                        Donna Hurtak

Ivonne Ledesma                Elizabeth Cowen

Ms. Donna Hurtak was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees.

H)          APPOINTMENTS TO THE COUNTRY CLUB ADVISORY BOARD

Applicants:         Peter Abrams      Bruce Brown      Mark Gallo       Rocco Marando

                             Linda Mennes      Mario Pacheco    William Waechter

Four vacancies are for two year terms and two vacancies are for one year terms. Paper ballots were voted by the Council for the two year terms first with the following results:

Alice Burch                       Bruce Brown      Mary Killeen-Griffith       Rocco Marando                Linda Mennes

Steven Zelkowitz              Bruce Brown      Mark Gallo                        Mary Killeen-Griffith  Linda Mennes

Herta Holly                        Bruce Brown      Mary Killeen-Griffith       Rocco Marando                Linda Mennes

Ivonne Ledesma                Mark Gallo          Rocco Marando                 Mario Pacheco                  William Waechter

Misters Bruce Brown and Rocco Marando, along with Ms. Mary Killeen-Griffith and Ms. Linda Mennes were appointed to two year terms on the Country Club Advisory Board. An additional ballot was voted for the one year terms, the voting of which returned the following results:

Alice Burch                       Mark Gallo          Mario Pacheco

Steven Zelkowitz              Mark Gallo          Mario Pacheco

Herta Holly                        Mark Gallo          Mario Pacheco

Ivonne Ledesma                Mark Gallo          Mario Pacheco

Misters Gallo and Pacheco were appointed to the one year terms.

4)           VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                               Ivonne Ledesma

  1. DISCUSSION ON WHETHER OR NOT TO ESTABLISH A NEW MEETING PLACE FOR COUNCIL MEETINGS.

Councilwoman Ledesma spoke of outgrowing the Council Chambers and having a need to accommodate the large number of residents she guarantees will attend future meetings. She indicated that changing the meeting location is confusing to the residents and she would like to have the meetings conducted in a new location for all future meetings. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz asked Councilwoman Ledesma if she had a suggestion in light of the correspondence the Council received from various individuals operating programs at the Community Center and the Recreation Department staff. Councilwoman Ledesma asked for information from the Village Manager regarding the status of the room in the Community Center which was in use for the Council Meeting. Mr. Benton reviewed the information provided by the Recreation Department relating to the number of programs that need to be moved to accommodate the Council Meetings. Mayor Burch provided additional information contained in the Recreation Department memo of the possible revenue losses due to the need to reschedule or cancel programs and the approximate staff costs to prepare for the meetings.   Mayor Burch suggested setting up chairs in the Village Hall lobby and using the monitors that are established in the lobby. Mayor Burch indicated that it is cost effective solution and suggested that the Council hear from the residents in attendance.

Cheryl Gowing                  Ms. Gowing suggested possibly using Doctors Charter School.

Robert Vickers                  Mr. Vickers asked how Councilwoman Ledesma can guarantee large attendance and voiced his support of having Council Meetings in the Council Chambers.

The consensus of the Council was to have Staff research possibilities and make recommendations.

Mayor Burch announced Councilman Walters’ resignation effective today, October 20th and asked Mr. Sarafan to outline the procedures for replacing Mr. Walters on the Council. Mr. Sarafan indicated that the Charter states that the four remaining Council Members may appoint a replacement to fulfil the term until the next scheduled Council election.   Council Members expressed their opinions regarding making an appointment at this time, suggesting that Mac Glinn, who placed fourth in the April Council election be appointed. Following a brief discussion, Councilwoman Ledesma moved to appoint Mac Glinn to the Council. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz seconded the motion. Mr. Mac Glinn thanked the Council for their comments and indicated that he would be happy and honored to serve on the Council. Mayor Burch opened the floor for public comments.

Robert Vickers                  Mr. Vickers indicated that he would like to be considered for the appointment.

Richard Fernandez            Mr. Fernandez stated that if Mr. Glinn is appointed to Council, there would be an additional vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board. He suggested that Robert Abramitis be reconsidered.

Michael Compo                Mr. Compo stated his interest in appointment to the Planning & Zoning Board.

Patrick Huber                    Mr. Huber expressed his support for Mac Glinn.

Elizabeth CowenMs. Cowen indicated that based on the election results, Mac Glinn is next in line.

Mary Griffith                     Ms. Griffith endorsed Mac Glinn.

Manny Hadad                    Mr. Hadad supports Mac Glinn for appointment.

Giselle Kovac                    Ms. Kovac supports Mac Glinn for the Council.

Mayor Burch closed public comment and called for the vote which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

Due to the newly created vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board, the Council chose to complete ballots for the one additional vacancy. The results of the vote were as follows:

Alice Burch                       Robert Abramitis

Steven Zelkowitz              Patrizia Bonaduce

Herta Holly                        Robert Abramitis

Ivonne Ledesma                Michael Compo

As no one received a majority of votes, a second ballot was voted as follows:

Alice Burch                       Robert Abramitis

Steven Zelkowitz              Robert Abramitis

Herta Holly                        Robert Abramitis

Ivonne Ledesma                Michael Compo

4)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

 

5)             PUBLIC COMMENTS

Elizabeth CowenMs. Cowen spoke of Jesse Walters’ resignation.

6)             COUNCIL COMMENTS

Ivonne Ledesma                Councilwoman Ledesma expressed her sadness with the resignation of Jesse Walters who worked to include and represent all members of the community. She congratulated Mac Glinn on his appointment.

Herta Holly                        Councilwoman Holly thanked all of the applicants for Board appointments.

Steven Zelkowitz              Vice Mayor Zelkowitz thanked the Board appointment applicants and thanked Jesse Walters for his service to the Village.

Alice Burch                       Mayor Burch expressed thanks to the Council for moving forward with the appointment of Mac Glinn in the wake of Mr. Walters’ resignation and made a number of announcements regarding upcoming events.

7)             ADJOURNMENT

The October 20, 2015 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:47 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Alice Burch, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk