Village Council Meeting Minutes - October 21, 2014

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with the following individuals in attendance:

PRESENT:                        Herta Holly                                                    ABSENT:              Richard Sarafan

                                           Jesse Walters

                                           Hunt Davis

                                           Ivonne Ledesma

                                           Jim McCoy

ALSO PRESENT:             Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

                                           Jesus Suarez, Acting Village Attorney

PUBLIC INPUT: For items appearing on Council Agenda

No one present wished to speak on any items appearing on the agenda.

PRESENTATION

 

Mayor Holly presented resident Leon Newman with a Proclamation honoring his 100th Birthday.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                  Barbara A. Estep

  1. APPROVAL OF THE OCTOBER 7, 2014 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Vice Mayor Walters moved approval of the October 7, 2014 meeting minutes. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL AMENDING CHAPTER 18 “PERSONNEL” OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, PROVIDING FOR THE ADDITION OF FLORIDA STATE STATUTE, CHAPTER 185, FLORIDA STATUTES, POLICE PENSION BENEFITS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record and provided the Council with a brief summary regarding the requirement to amend the Code in order to provide the Police Officers with additional pension benefits. Councilwoman Ledesma moved approval of the ordinance on first reading. Councilman Davis 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 TO REPEAL CHAPTER 8.5 FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION; TO ADOPT A NEW CHAPTER 8.5 FLOOD MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE; TO ADOPT FLOOD HAZARD MAPS, TO DESIGNATE A FLOODPLAIN ADMINISTRATOR, TO ADOPT PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA FOR DEVELOPMENT IN FLOOD HAZARD AREAS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; TO ADOPT LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA BUILDING CODE; PROVIDING FOR APPLICABILITY, REPEALER; SEVERABILITY; AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the title of the ordinance into the record. Mayor Holly opened the floor for the Public Hearing and seeing no one come forward to speak, closed the Public Hearing. Councilman Davis moved approval of the

ordinance on second and final reading. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL AMENDING THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 6, BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS, BY ADDING NEW SECTIONS, SECTION 6-9 THROUGH SECTION 6-13, PROVIDING FOR REGULATIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA BUILDING CODE ADDRESSING MINIMUM REQUIRED BUILDING ELEVATIONS TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN CHAPTER 8.5: FLOOD MANAGEMENT, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record. Councilman Davis moved approval of the ordinance on final reading. Councilwoman Ledesma seconded the motion. Mayor Holly opened the Public Hearing but as no one came forward to comment, closed the Public Hearing and called for the vote which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, MIAMI SHORES, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE 2015 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT SCHEDULE ANNUAL UPDATE TO THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE 2025 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record. Councilman Davis moved approval of the ordinance on second and final reading. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion. Mayor Holly opened the floor for the Public Hearing and as no one came forward, closed the Public Hearing. Mayor Holly called for the vote which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

3)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                  Barbara A. Estep

Ms. Estep indicated that she had received a late application from Michael Monteverde and asked whether or not the Council would like to consider the application along with the others as listed. The Council agreed that they would like to consider Mr. Monteverde’s application for appointment to the Planning & Zoning Board, the Historic Preservation Board or the Fine Arts Commission.

Mayor Holly indicated that applicants would be given the opportunity to introduce themselves and offer any pertinent information but due to the number of people applying to multiple Boards, applicants would not be given the opportunity to speak as each Board is announced.  

A)        APPOINTMENTS TO THE PLANNING & ZONING BOARD (Two vacancies)

Applicants:          Robert Alexander              Eddie Alvarado          Christopher McGuire

                             Michael Morejon              Stephen Mumby         Eloy Paredes

                             Sid Reese                           Christia Alou White       Steve Zelkowitz

                             Michael Monteverde

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

Ivonne Ledesma                Eddie Alvarado                 Steve Zelkowitz

Jesse Walters                     Michael Morejon              Steve Zelkowitz

Herta Holly                        Sid Reese                           Steve Zelkowitz

Jim McCoy                        Sid Reese                           Steve Zelkowitz

Hunt Davis                        Sid Reese                           Steve Zelkowitz

Misters Reese and Zelkowitz were appointed to the Planning & Zoning Board.

B)         APPOINTMENTS TO THE CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD (Two vacancies)

              Applicants:          Rod Buenconsejo              Nicolas Kuyper                 Lucy London

                                           Christopher McGuire        Sadri Medina                     Michael Morejon

                                           Stephen Mumby                Manny Quiroga

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

Ivonne Ledesma                               Christopher McGuire        Michael Morejon

Jesse Walters                                   Michael Morejon              Stephen Mumby

Herta Holly                                      Rod Buenconsejo              Manny Quiroga

Jim McCoy                                      Rod Buenconsejo              Manny Quiroga

Hunt Davis                                       Rod Buenconsejo              Manny Quiroga

                                          

Misters Buenconsejo and Quiroga were appointed to the Code Enforcement Board.

C)         APPOINTMENTS TO THE RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD (Five vacancies)

              Applicants:          Kendra Borja                     Sean Brady                        Chris Fernandez

                                           Alise Henry                        John Isc                             Alan Poppe

                                           Isadora Velazquez             Christia Alou White              Ken Whittaker

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

Ivonne Ledesma                K Borja               S Brady                J Ise       A Poppe               C Alou White                       

Jesse Walters                     S Brady                J Ise                      A Poppe               I Velazaquez          C Alou White

Herta Holly                        K Borja               C Fernandez        J Ise       C Alou White      K Whittaker

Jim McCoy                        K Borja               C Fernandez        A HenryC Alou White      K Whittaker

Hunt Davis                        K Borja               C Fernandez        J Ise       C Alou White      K Whittaker

Ms. Kendra Borja and Ms. Christia Alou White, along with Misters Chris Fernandez, John Ise, and Ken Whittaker were appointed to the Recreation Advisory Board.

D)          APPOINTMENTS TO THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD (Two vacancies)

              Applicants:          Robert Alexander              Sean Brady                        Lucy London

                                           Beverly McCorquordale   Stephen Mumby                Michael Monteverde

Council Members voted paper ballots resulting in Ms. Lucy London and Mr. Stephen Mumby being appointed to the Historic Preservation Board.  Ballot information is as follows:

Ivonne Ledesma                Lucy London                     Stephen Mumby

Jesse Walters                     Sean Brady                         Stephen Mumby

Herta Holly                        Lucy London                     Beverly McCorquordale

Jim McCoy                        Beverly McCorquordale   Stephen Mumby

Hunt Davis                        Robert Alexander              Lucy London

E)          APPOINTMENTS TO THE COUNTRY CLUB ADVISORY BOARD (Three vacancies)

Applicants:         Marty Mennes

Councilman Davis moved to appoint Mr. Mennes to the Country Club Advisory Board. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

             

              F)           APPOINTMENTS TO THE PERSONNEL APPEALS BOARD (Three vacancies)

              Applicants:          Sean Brady                         Arlene Drexler                  Sandra Harris

                                           Neil Kodsi                         Isadora Velazquez

Council Members voted several rounds of paper ballots as follows:

#1          Ivonne Ledesma                Sean Brady          Neil Kodsi           Isadora Velazquez

              Jesse Walters                     Sean Brady          Neil Kodsi           Isadora Velazquez

              Herta Holly                        Sandra Harris      Neil Kodsi           Isadora Velazquez

              Jim McCoy                        Arlene Drexler    Sandra Harris      Isadora Velazquez

              Hunt Davis                        Arlene Drexler    Neil Kodsi           Isadora Velazquez

Mr. Neil Kodsi and Ms. Isadora Velazquez were appointed to the Board on the first ballot. A second ballot was voted with the following results:

#2          Ivonne Ledesma                Sean Brady

              Jesse Walters                     Sean Brady

              Herta Holly                        Arlene Drexler

              Jim McCoy                        Sandra Harris

              Hunt Davis                        Sandra Harris

As no one received a majority vote, a third ballot was voted with the choice of Sean Brady or Sandra Harris.

#3          Ivonne Ledesma                Sean Brady

              Jesse Walters                     Sean Brady

              Herta Holly                        Sandra Harris

              Jim McCoy                        Sandra Harris

              Hunt Davis                        Sandra Harris

Ms. Sandra Harris was the third appointee to the Personnel Appeals Board.

             

G)         APPOINTMENTS TO THE FINE ARTS COMMISSION (Five vacancies)

                                                                        Four 3 Year Terms and One 1 Year Term

              Applicants:          Susan Ackley                     Sean Brady                        Victor Bruce

                                           Arlene Drexler                   Neil Kodsi                         Lucy London

                                           Alan Poppe                        Miryam Rojas                   Isadora Velazquez

                                           Christine Welstead            Michael Monteverde

Council Members agreed that they would vote for the four 3 year terms first. Paper ballots were voted with the following results:

Ivonne Ledesma                Victor Bruce       Lucy London       Alan Poppe          Miryam Rojas

Jesse Walters                     Susan Ackley       Sean Brady          Neil Kodsi           Alan Poppe

Herta Holly                        Susan Ackley       Neil Kodsi           Lucy London       Miryam Rojas

Jim McCoy                        Susan Ackley       Victor Bruce       Alan Poppe          Miryam Rojas

Hunt Davis                        Susan Ackley       Victor Bruce       Neil Kodsi           Miryam Rojas

Receiving four votes each, Ms. Susan Ackley and Ms. Miryam Rojas were appointed to the Fine Arts Commission. Prior to voting a second ballot, Mr. Alan Poppe volunteered to fill the one year term. Following a brief discussion, Councilman Davis moved to appoint Mr. Victor Bruce and Mr. Neil Kodsi to 3 year terms and Mr. Alan Poppe to the 1 year term. Vice Mayor Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

4)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

 

5)             PUBLIC COMMENTS

Residents Robert Alexander and Jorge Mallo spoke about the poor conditions at the Miami Shores Motel and incidents a neighboring property on N.E. 105th Street.

6)             COUNCIL COMMENTS

Ivonne Ledesma                Councilwoman Ledesma thanked the residents for their input on the Motel and thanked the applicants who applied for Board positions. Councilwoman Ledesma also spoke of the passing of Bruce Keller who played Santa Claus for the Village Winterfest event for many years.

Jesse Walters                     Vice Mayor Walters expressed his pleasure at seeing so many residents apply for the Board positions, including new residents. In addition, the Vice Mayor recognized Green Day co-chairs, Susan Ackley and Kim Krause on the successful event.

Jim McCoy                        Councilman McCoy thanked the Board applicants for applying to serve the Village.

Hunt Davis                        Councilman Davis thanked the Board applicants and spoke of Bruce Keller’s passing. In addition, Councilman Davis spoke of the Library Director, Elizabeth Esper’s recent retirement announcement and the inaugural season of football.

Herta Holly                        Mayor Holly offered her condolences to the Keller family, spoke of Green Day and Ms. Esper’s retirement. Mayor Holly spoke of the Village’s relationship with County Commissioner, Audrey Edmonson.

7)             ADJOURNMENT

The October 7, 2014 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Herta Holly, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk