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03. 11. 2015 - City Council MinutesCITY COUNCIL MINUTES - MARCH 11, 12015 CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES MARCH 11, 2015 (A) CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL The City Council for the City of Miami Gardens, Florida, met in regular session, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, beginning at 7:07 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, 18605 NW 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida. The following members of the City Council were present: Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson and Council members: Lisa C. Davis, Lillie Q. Odom, Rodney Harris, David Williams Jr., and Erhabor Ighodaro. Also in attendance were: City Manager Cameron Benson, City Attorney Sonja K. Dickens and City Clerk Ronetta Taylor. (B) INVOCATION Delivered by Mayor Gilbert (C) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Recited in unison (D) APPROVAL OF MINUTES D-1) Regular City Council Minutes —February 25, 2015 Approval of minutes was deferred to the City Council meeting of March 25, 2015. (E) ORDER OF BUSINESS (Items to be pulled from Consent Agenda at this time) Item K-1 was removed from the Agenda by Vice Mayor Robinson. The following item was added to the official agenda by Councilman Harris, as a new ItemK-1 "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN ASSOCIATION, INC., DURING THEIR SECOND ANNUAL EDUCATION AND LEGAL WORKSHOP TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015, AT 11:00 A.M., AT THE NORTH DADE REGIONAL LIBRARY IN MIAMI GARDENS; AUTHORIZING FUNDING FOR THE EVENT; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE." (F) SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes each) F-1) Councilman Ighodaro — Black History Essay Contest Winners Councilman Ighodaro stated, "Our City's demographics comprise of a rich and beautiful mosaic of people from the Diaspora and we celebrated in February, the 4th Annual Black History Extravaganza, in recognition of the significant contributions of people of African descent to our City, our nation and our world. This is always an opportunity for community leaders, Residents Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 1 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES -MARCH 11, 12015 and students to honor our important legacy and achievements. Local elementary schools participated by entering their best writers into our essay contest. The students composed their creative thoughts into a scholarly paper on the subject, "How to Improve Health and Fitness in our Community". The winners were announced at the extravaganza and tonight I would like to present each winner with a laptop, donated by the City of Miami Gardens Information Technology Department, for their excellent compositions. I hope they are inspired to continue writing, advancing their academic dreams, and remain involved in community actions that will positively advance their life and the lives of Residents in Miami Gardens. Please join with me by honoring the following students: Michelle Espinal; Olivia Davis; Jayla Bailey; Taylor Smith and Jhanel Ferguson. Councilman Ighodaro also presented Ronald McKenzie, IT Director with a plaque for his outstanding contribution to the overall success of the event by donating the laptop computers complete with monitor and docking station. F-3) Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis — Tropical Financial Credit Union Councilwoman Davis invited Michelle Harrington, Branch Sales Manager for Tropical Financial Credit Union to come forward for a brief presentation. Ms. Harrington, 20395 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the Council to highlight the services provided by Tropical Financial Credit Union: re -finance mortgages; refinance auto loans; credit counseling; banking programs for youths. This is a not- for-profit organization, and is involved in the community. F-4) Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom Councilwoman Odom stated as Council members we try to make sure young people who are doing well in school are recognized for their good work. This young man has been honored in the State of Florida as well as the states of Georgia and Alabama. Jamel R. Booth is a resident of Miami Gardens and a graduate of Michael Kropp High School. He is attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She further expounded on Mr. Booth's extensive artistic stage and production contributions (national theater performances). She presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Jamel R. Booth for his personal and professional accomplishments. (G) PUBLIC COMMENTS Reverend Nettie B. Davis, God's Amazing Grace Outreach Ministry, 17530 NW 27th Court, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to thank those that donated handbags for the event held at Camillus House. Michelle Tydus, representative from Miami -Dade County Health Department appeared before the City Council to present Councilwoman Odom with a plaque for her outstanding contribution and community service. Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 2 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES -MARCH 11, 12015 Dorothy Smith, 20484 NW 14th Place, Miami Gardens, Florida, announced that Coconut Cay Crime Watch would be holding its first anniversary meeting, March 23, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m. She emphasized the importance of eliminating the flooding in Coconut Cay. Brian Dennis, 2410 NW 1701h Terrace, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to voice support for Interim Chief Antonio Brooklen, as the new City of Miami Gardens Chief of Police. He opined the negativity being spread about Interim Chief Brooklen is an inside job. He gave first hand and positive testimony to Interim Chief Brooklen's character. Retha S. Boone -Fye, 18941 NW 7th Court, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council and shared that on February 25th she had appeared before the Council with a request to have one of our youth display his talents. At that time she was advised this was not protocol but she had the understanding she would be contacted. She said the issue was never addressed. She said that she will be making this same request for the 2016 Jazz in the Gardens event and respectfully request a meeting with Mayor Gilbert and each Council member on how best to make that happen. Calvin H. Sweetings, 22351 NW 153rd Street, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to express concern regarding an individual selling cars on NW 173rd Terrace and NW 27th Avenue. (H) ORDINANCE(S) FOR FIRST READING: None (I) ORDINANCE(S) FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (,n RESOLUTION(S)/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (K) CONSENT AGENDA: • ., .I .. 3 1 M. ., �.. .. im --IPIPM ­ W. ­ - . . - L- . . i- 0I .MR INA RESOLUTION NO 2015-43-2240 K-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 3 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES -MARCH 11, 12015 MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN ASSOCIATION, INC., DURING THEIR SECOND ANNUAL EDUCATION AND LEGAL WORKSHOP TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015, AT 11:00 A.M., AT THE NORTH DADE REGIONAL LIBRARY IN MIAMI GARDENS; AUTHORIZING FUNDING FOR THE EVENT; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN RODNEY HARRIS) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-44-2241 K-2) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACKNOWLEDGING COUNCILMAN ERHABOR IGHODARO'S APPOINTMENT OF NATHANIEL MILLER TO THE NUISANCE ABATEMENT BOARD; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN IGHODARO) RESOLUTION NO. 201545-2242 K-3) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA; AUTHORIZING THE CARIBBEAN AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO HOST THE SECOND ANNUAL CARIBBEAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION ON JUNE 16, 2015; AUTHORIZING THE COMMITTEE TO HOST FUNDRAISERS TO COVER THE COST OF THE EVENT; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY CLERK) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-46-2243 K-4) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY ATTORNEY TO APPLY FOR GRANT FUNDING FROM THE CITY, COUNTY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW SECTION OF THE FLORIDA BAR, TO SUPPORT A LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER AND THE CITY ATTORNEY TO TAKE ANY AND ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO ACCEPT GRANT FUNDS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY ATTORNEY) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-47-2244 K-5) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 4 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES -MARCH 11, 12015 MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER AND THE CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND ATTEST, RESPECTIVELY THAT CERTAIN AGREEMENT AND ADDENDUM WITH THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TD GREEN STREETS GRANT, IN THE AMOUNT OF TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($20,000.00); AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE ANY FUTURE AGREEMENTS, AS NECESSARY FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF GRANT FUNDS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-48-2245 K-6) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER AND THE CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND ATTEST RESPECTIVELY, THAT CERTAIN SUB -RECIPIENT AGREEMENT WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF FUNDING FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE EDWARD BYRNE GRANT, IN THE AMOUNT OF TWELVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FIFTY THREE DOLLARS ($12,953.00) FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015, A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT "A"; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE AND ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO ACCEPT GRANT FUNDS; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-49-2246 K-7) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER AND THE CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND ATTEST, RESPECTIVELY, THAT CERTAIN RENEWAL AGREEMENT WITH THE MIAMI GARDENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR CONSULTING SERVICES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015, A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT "A"; AUTHORIZING THE ALLOCATION OF FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($40,000.00) FROM THE GENERAL FUND FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SERVICES; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR A NUNC PRO TUNC EFFECT; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 5 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES -MARCH 11, 1201S MANAGER) Motion offered by Councilman Ighodaro, seconded by Councilwoman Davis to adopt the Consent Agenda. There being no discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a unanimous voice vote of the members present. L) RESOLUTION(S) None QUASI-JUDICIAL ZONING HEARINGS: Shellie Ransom -Jackson, Code Compliance/Development Services Director appeared before the City Council to outline the Quasi -Judicial Process. City Clerk Ronetta Taylor administered the oath to all participating in this Quasi -Judicial Process. (M) ORDINANCES ON FOR FIRST READING(S): M-1) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES (LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS) AS OUTLINED ON EXHIBIT "A" ATTACHED HERETO; AMENDING SECTION 34-13 - ZONING DISTRICTS ESTABLISHED; AMENDING SECTION 34-14 - PURPOSE AND INTENT OF ZONING DISTRICTS; AMENDING SECTION 34-287 - USE REGULATIONS, GENERALLY; AMENDING SECTION 34-288 USES PERMITTED WITH EXTRA REQUIREMENTS; AMENDING SECTION 34-311 - ACCESSORY USE TABLE; AMENDING SECTION 34-312 - ADDITIONAL USES AND BUILDING STANDARDS; AMENDING SECTION 34-342 - TABLES FOR DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS; AMENDING SECTION 34-392 - COMMERCIAL PARKING FACILITIES; AMENDING SECTION 34-444 - LANDSCAPE, BUFFERING MINIMUM STANDARDS; AMENDING SECTION 34-732 - DEFINITIONS OF TERMS; CREATING DIVISION 6 OF ARTICLE XV — ENTERTAINMENT OVERLAY DISTRICT TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS; CREATING A LOCATION FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT OVERLAY DISTRICT AREA AS OUTLINED IN EXHIBIT "B" ATTACHED HERETO; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN CODE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Mayor Gilbert opened the floor for this public hearing. After there were no interested parties to speak on this item, the public hearing closed. Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 6 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES - MARCH 11, 12015 Councilman Williams asked for the definition of SE. Ms. Ransom -Jackson in response to Councilman Williams' inquiry said, "Special Exception." There being no interested parties to speak on this item, the public hearing was closed. Motion offered by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilwoman Davis to adopt this item on first reading. There being no discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilman Harris: Yes Councilman Ighodaro: Yes Councilwoman Odom: Yes Vice Mayor Robinson: Yes Councilman Williams: Yes Councilwoman Davis: Yes Mayor Gilbert: Yes (N) ORDINANCES ON FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (0) RESOLUTION(S)/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (P) REPORTS OF CITY MANAGER/CITY ATTORNEY/CITY CLERK None (Q) REPORTS OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS Councilman Ighodaro shared that he has partnered with CareerSource to put together a job fair for residents. The CareerSource mobile unit will be located at the Betty T. Ferguson Community Center. Additionally, on March 31St and April 14th, a mini job fair will be held. He encouraged everyone to spread the word. He further shared that starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 12th, he will be kicking off his Uni'Tea with Councilman Ighodaro, at Rainbow Park. Staff will be on hand to answer questions as it relates to the 60 Million Dollar Bond issue, public safety, code enforcement, available employment, etc. Councilman Williams announced on Saturday, March 14th, the final implementation from the Science Fair will take place with the planting of a tree for a special person in this community. He further expressed concern with the illegal parking occurring throughout the City. More particularly, parking on swales, also in areas that are not paved, especially in open fields, this involves septic tanks and water issues. Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 7 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES - MARCH 11, 12015 Manager Benson said the issue with parking on swales and areas not paved is an enforcement issue. Councilman Williams said if the parking issue gets resolved, that would also take care of the septic tank and water issues. Mayor Gilbert explained the driveways for many of the homes in the city only allows for two cars. Councilman Williams clarified that he was referring to commercial rather than residential. Attorney Dickens said that this is something that can be looked at and addressed with the possible passage of an ordinance. Councilman Williams broached the subject of a strategic planning meeting with the City Council. Manager Benson said that he will be more than happy to set the meeting up and is aware that this has been in discussion for the last several months. He said the previous facilitator Doug Williams indicated that if he was engaged to do the Strategic Planning Session he would be looking at a two day session. Councilman Williams authorized the City Clerk to move forward with the advertising for the public hearing process for the street naming item. Attorney Dickens explained the City Clerk has to spend money to advertise the public hearing. Therefore she has to get a conscencious from the Council in order to do that. Mayor Gilbert explained the reason this is done is because a member of the dais is sponsoring the item. Normally the request is from the public. This item would be coming from the Clerk's advertising budget, which was not contemplated. Councilwoman Odom asked, because this is a co -designation would not the County pay for the advertisement. Mayor Gilbert in response to Councilwoman Odom's inquiry said the County would not pay for the advertisement. He asked the City Manager to work out the payment for the advertisement. He further opined this is something the Council needs to think about when initiating this type of action. Councilwoman Davis shared that not only is it the 10th Anniversary of Jazz in the Gardens, it is also the 60th Anniversary for the National Social Workers. An event is planned for Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Florida Memorial University in recognition of Social Workers. Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 8 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES - MARCH 11, 12015 She shared that this is something that is important to her because she has been doing social work for over 25 years. Councilman Harris thanked public works and staff for their support and participation during a "Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful" clean-up event held, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the Rainbow Park area. Over 100 volunteers came out for this event. Vice Mayor Robinson shared the Women's Breast Cancer Awareness initiative is an organization that she partners with every October during her Pink Week event. This month in honor of Women's Month this organization is walking the community, knocking on doors, spreading the word about early detection. Mayor Gilbert shared that over the past few weeks the devil has been busy. He said this Council bases its decisions on the 110,000 residents and not just the few that come to these meetings. He said he will be steadfast and absolutely move forward no matter what. (R) WRITTEN REQUESTS, PETITIONS & OTHER WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC None (S) ADJOURNMENT There being no further discussion and upon a motion being duly offered and seconded the meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m. Attest: Oliver Gilbert, Mayor w Ronetta Taylor, MMC ity Clerk Regular City Council Agenda March 11, 2015 Page 9