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2012-078-1673 - New Council Member Orientation Session  1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169    City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: June 13, 2012 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading:(Enter X in box) 1 st Reading 2 nd Reading X Public Hearing:(Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: NA Advertising Requirement:(Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #:NA X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communication Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) X Sponsor Name Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis Department:Office of the City Council  Short  Title:  A  RESOLUTION  OF  THE  CITY  COUNCIL  OF  THE  CITY  OF  MIAMI  GARDENS, FLORIDA, DIRECTING  THE  CITY  MANAGER, CITY  ATTORNEY, AND  CITY  CLERK  TO  TAKE  ANY  AND  ALL  STEPS  NECESSARY  TO  ESTABLISH  AN  ORIENTATION  SESSION  FOR  NEW  MEMBERS  OF  THE  CITY  COUNCIL; PROVIDING  FOR  THE  ADOPTION  OF  REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING  FOR  AN  EFFECTIVE  DA TE.  Staff  Summary:  Background Every even numbered year the City of Miami Gardens holds a General Election to elect at least three individuals to serve on the City Council for four year terms. Also, there have been occurances when a vacancy has occurred on the Council. In those instances an individual has been nominated by the Mayor and the appointment ratified by the City Council to fill and unexpired term of a vacant position, until the next Miami-Dade County-wide regularly scheduled election. ITEM K-1) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Orientation for Newly Elected Officials   1515  NW  167  Street, Building  5  Suite  200    Miami  Gardens, Florida  33169   I am proposing the establishment of an orientation session for new members of the City Council. I am of the opinion that this initiative would provide a solid foundation for newly elected officials to learn about the operational aspects of Miami Gardens’ government and the responsibilities of the various Offices and departments. In researching this matter I found t hat other municipalities have implemented similar measures because they too understand the importance of providing their newly elected officials with a thorough understanding of the operational aspects of municipal government. Proposed  Action:  That the City Council approves the resolution direting the City manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk to establish an orientation session for newly elected officials.  Attachment:  None.