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03. 25.2015 - City Council MinutesCITY OF MIAMI GARDENS REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES MARCH 25, 2015 (A) CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL The City Council for the City of Miami Gardens, Florida, met in regular session, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, 18605 NW 27`h Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida. The following members of the City Council were present: Mayor Oliver Gilbert and Council members: Lisa C. Davis, Rodney Harris, David Williams Jr., and Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro. Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson and Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom were both out of town. By a unanimous vote of the City Council members present, the absence of Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson and Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom was excused. Also in attendance were: City Manager Cameron Benson, City Attorney Sonja K. Dickens and City Clerk Ronetta Taylor. (B) INVOCATION Mayor Oliver Gilbert delivered the Invocation. (C) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Pledge of Allegiance was recited in unison. (D) APPROVAL OF MINUTES D-1) Regular City Council Minutes — February 25, 2015 D-2) Regular City Council Minutes —March 11, 2015 Motion offered by Councilman Ighodaro, seconded by Councilman Williams to approve the minutes, with necessary corrections, if any. There being no discussion, the motion to approve passed and carried by a unanimous vote of the members present. (E) ORDER OF BUSINESS (Items to be pulled from Consent Agenda at this time) Item K-01 was removed from the official agenda at the request of the sponsor. Item F-1 was removed from the official agenda at the request of the sponsor. Item K-5 was pulled from the Consent Agenda by Councilman Williams. A new item K-1 was added to the official agenda as follows:" "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO PURSUE A PARTNERSHIP WITH Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 1 CAREERSOURCE SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE GREATER MIAMI GARDENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO PROVIDE MONETARY INCENTIVES TO LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT CREATE NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE". Motion offered by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilwoman Davis to approve the official agenda with the necessary additions/deletions. This motion passed and carried by a unanimous voice vote of the members present. (F) SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes each) (G) PUBLIC COMMENTS Sonia Flowers, 17435 NW 17th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to commend Mayor Gilbert and City Manager Benson for addressing the concerns with the property on NW 183` Street and 17th Avenue. Basil Cole, 2350 NW 187th Street, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to commend the Mayor and Council and staff for an outstanding Jazz in the Gardens event. Armando "Curtis Mierro, 11643 NW 11th Place, #2, Miami, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family by reading names from a list in his possession. He further stated the City of Miami Gardens, by Florida law is required to release the tape to the family. Jasmen Rogers, 3205 NW 180th Street, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family and shared over 1,100 signatures have been collected on the family's behalf. She asked if black lives matter. She further asked that the video recording be release. Mayor Gilbert said he would love to have the video recording release and all that is needed is a simply letter from the mother. He said this could be accomplished by someone providing the mother with paper and pen, right now. He said that information was expressed to the family at the meeting they attended. A written request is all that is required. The statue is very clear, if the City releases the tape it is a felony. Jodi Henningham, 4050 NW 88th Avenue, Apt 2F, Sunrise, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family and continued by reading names from a list in her possession. Dorothy Smith, 20484 NW 14th Place, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council and announced Coconut Cay Crime Prevention Group is now one year old. She further Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 2 encouraged the Council to address the residents' concern about adding a public park in the Coconut Cay area. Didier Ortiz, 2400 West Broward Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family by reading names from a list in his possession. Demetrius Vaughn, 4150 NW 301h Terrace, Lauderhill Lakes, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family by reading names from a list in his possession. Cassandre Richardson, 318 SW 79th Way, North Lauderdale, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family by reading names from a list in her possession. Courtney Shepard, 15800 NW 42°a Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family by reading names from a list in her possession, Jeff Weinberger, 709 SW 4th Court, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family by reading names from a list in his possession. Walter Pitts, 2860 NW 88th Street, Miami, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family. Patricia Wright, 1221 NW 179th Street, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to express concern with the fact that her neipbor has been using her address for the past 30 years. The neighbor's address is 1221 NW 179' Terrace. Individuals are always coming to her home looking for her neighbor. She said she has gone to the police and was informed because no crime has been committed there isn't anything the police can do. She further shared that her husband's car was recently stolen from her home. She said she is at her wits end with this situation. She said that she notified the postal service, which has stopped delivering their mail to her house. Mayor Gilbert said he was not sure if there is anything the City can adopt to address this issue. However he will confer with the City Attorney about this matter. He said using someone else's address might be federal crime. James Saint, 17305 NW 12th Court, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to share that it has been documented that Miami Gardens police officers were ordered to stop, search and arrest Miami Gardens residents. An investigation indicated that over a seven (7) year period, 53,000 people have been detained by Miami Gardens' police. He further referenced the media reports of police involved incidents and arrest as it relates to the Kwik -Stop matter. He asked that video recording be released and that the City not allow itself to be bullied by the State Attorney. Kevin Brown, 3115 NW 157th Street, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to expound on the his organizations' weight and fitness challenge program through the Herbal Life Program. Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 3 Victor Song, 1441 NE 133rd Road, Miami, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Lavall Hall's family by reading names from a list in his possession. Darin Woods, 18140 NW 18th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to express concern with the street light outages throughout the city. He further said he had heard that a Family Dollar Store or a family restaurant was going to be located on NW 183rd Street and 17th Avenue. He stated that he wanted to know what is going on in his community. (H) ORDINANCE(S) FOR FIRST READING: None (I) ORDINANCE(S) FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (J) RESOLUTION(S)/PUBLIC HEARING(S) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-50-2247 J-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, APPROVES THE CODESIGNATION OF NW 27TH COURT BETWEEN NW 191sT STREET AND NW 199TH STREET AS "SYLVIA L. DAUGHTREY AVENUE; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN DAVID WILLIAMS JR.) Mayor Gilbert opened the floor for this public hearing. After there were no interested parties to speak on this item, the public hearing closed. Motion offered by Councilman Harris, seconded by Councilman Williams to adopt this item. There being no discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a unanimous voice vote of the members present. Vice Mayor Robinson and Councilwoman Odom were not present. (K) CONSENT AGENDA: . . Ma Owal. ANWAMMUM, ... . .. .. mow. �Mnl , • . ,. „ k .� . . • . • . SAVA I &I EVA= qrs . . 03 arm M • . 1q1,rd—qr—fi0Aff.10k'4M 14 rd rd rd rkrdNd M LVA W VV, Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 4 RESOLUTION NO. 2015-51-2248 K-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO PURSUE A PARTNERSHIP WITH CAREERSOURCE SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE GREATER MIAMI GARDENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO PROVIDE MONETARY INCENTIVES TO LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT CREATE NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-52-2249 K-2) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACKNOWLEDGING VICE MAYOR FELICIA ROBINSON'S APPOINTMENT OF MARVLYN SCOTT TO THE PROGRESSIVE YOUNG ADULT ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR A TERM THAT WILL COINCIDE WITH THE TERM OF VICE MAYOR FELICIA ROBINSON; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY VICE MAYOR FELICIA ROBINSON) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-53-2250 K-3) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT'S ACQUISITION OF 48,600 ACRES OF LAND WITHIN THE EVERGLADES TO PROTECT THE FLORIDA'S SUPPLY OF FRESH WATER; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN DAVID WILLIAMS JR.) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-54-2251 K-4) MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ENCOURAGING THE MIAMI- DADE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO ADOPT A PLAN OF ACTION TO ADDRESS SEA LEVEL RISE; DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK TO TRANSMIT A COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION TO THE MAYOR AND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, THE MIAMI-DADE LEAGUE OF CITIES, INC., AND MUNICIPALITIES IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 5 COUNCILWOMAN LISA C. DAVIS) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-55-2252 K-6) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACKNOWLEDGING COUNCILWOMAN LILLIE Q. ODOM'S REAPPOINTMENT OF ELOUISE JACKSON TO THE COMMISSION FOR WOMEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR A TERM THAT WILL COINCIDE WITH THE TERM OF COUNCILWOMAN LILLIE Q. ODOM; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILWOMAN LILLIE Q. ODOM) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-56-2253 K-7) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACKNOWLEDGING COUNCILWOMAN LILLIE Q. ODOM'S APPOINTMENT OF JEFFREY LAFLORA TO THE PROGRESSIVE YOUNG ADULTS COMMITTEE FOR A TERM THAT WILL COINCIDE WITH THE TERM OF COUNCILWOMAN ODOM; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILWOMAN LILLIE Q. ODOM) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-57-2254 K-8) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACCEPTING THAT CERTAIN AMENDED DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT "A," RELATING TO THE WILLOW LAKE DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Motion offered by Councilman Harris, seconded by Councilman Williams to adopt the Consent Agenda. There being no discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a unanimous vote of the members present. Vice Mayor Robinson and Councilwoman Odom were not present. (L) RESOLUTION(S) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-58-2255 K-5) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE NIGERIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AFRICAN MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE (A -MAC) IN Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 6 MIAMI GARDENS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN ERHABOR IGHODARO) Councilman Williams for clarification purposes asked whether this item represented a commitment from the City of Miami Gardens. Attorney Dickens in response to Councilman Williams' inquiry stated this is only a "support" item, not a commitment item. Motion offered by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilman Harris to adopt this item. There being no further discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a unanimous vote of the members present. Vice Mayor Robinson and Councilwoman Odom were not present. QUASI-JUDICIAL ZONING HEARINGS: Shellie Ransom -Jackson, Development Services/Code Compliance Director appeared before the City Council to narrate the process used for the Quasi -Judicial Proceedings. Clerk Taylor administered the oath to those individuals participating in this Quasi - Judicial Proceeding. (M) ORDINANCES ON FOR FIRST READING(S): M-1) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, APPROVING THE APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY FLORIDA EDUCATION PROPERTIES ROLLING OAKS, LLC. FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 18200 N.W. 22ND AVENUE, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED ON EXHIBIT "A" ATTACHED HERETO, FROM R-1 SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL TO NC, NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Mayor Gilbert opened the floor for this public hearing. Jack Forrester the applicant of this request appeared before the City Council to solicit approval of the application on first reading. This zoning change will allow a Charter School at this location. Ample parking is provided. The proposed building will house 600 K-12 students from the Miami Gardens, Opa-locka and Carol City communities. There being no other interested parties to speak on this item, the public hearing closed. Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 7 Motion offered by Councilman Ighodaro, seconded by Councilwoman Davis to adopt this item on first reading. Councilwoman Davis inquired about the start and completion date for the project. Mr. Forrester in response to Councilwoman Davis' inquiry stated, "This is an approximate 6 to 8 month build out". There being no further discussion, the motion to adopt this item on first reading passed and carried by a 4-1 vote. Councilwoman Odom: Not present Vice Mayor Robinson: Not present Councilman Williams: No Councilwoman Davis: Yes Councilman Harris: Yes Councilman Ighodaro: Yes Mayor Gilbert: Yes (N) ORDINANCES ON FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S) ORDINANCE NO. 2015-03-338 N-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. Vt Reading — March 11, 2015) (SPONSORED Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 8 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. item. Motion offered by Councilwoman Davis, seconded by Councilman Harris to adopt this There being no discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 5-0 vote. Vice Mayor Robinson: Not present Councilman Williams: Yes Councilwoman Davis: Yes Councilman Harris: Yes Councilman Ighodaro: Yes Councilwoman Odom: Not present Mayor Gilbert: Yes (0) RESOLUTION(S)/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (P) REPORTS OF CITY MANAGER/CITY ATTORNEY/CITY CLERK P-1) City Manager's Quarterly Report Manager Benson thanked everyone for their support of Jazz in the Gardens. He further commended Assistant City Manager Vernita Nelson for a job well done. He congratulated and commended the City Council for this support of this event over the years. (Q) REPORTS OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS Councilman Ighodaro thanked Assistant City Manager Vernita Nelson for doing an excellent job with Jazz in the Gardens. He further commended the police department for its efforts as well during the event. Councilman Williams also thanked Assistant City Manager Vernita Nelson for an outstanding job. He said if there was an opportunity to bestow knighthood upon, her he would. He said the police department handled situations on both nights exceptionally well. He shared that he had a group visiting from Jacksonville, Florida, that could not stop complimenting the City, and staff for an excellent Jazz in the Gardens event. He further shared that on this coming Saturday the Audubon Society, and Junior Jaycees will continue its work at Parkview Elementary School. The public is invited to come out. Councilwoman Davis thanked staff and Council for the success of Jazz in the Gardens. She said she is excited about the upcoming 2016 event. Councilman Harris also commended Assistant City Manager Vernita Nelson for doing a great job with Jazz in the Gardens. He further thanked the resident for their participation. He shared that he had participated in a great event, Grandparents raising grandchildren Saturday Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 9 March 21, 2015. He further shared that on last Wednesday he took 25 students from Barbara Hawkins Elementary School camping in the Everglades. The students learned about the importance of preserving our water supply. Mayor Gilbert shared that you really have no idea the work Assistant City Manager Vernita Nelson does with Jazz in the Gardens; or what goes on with putting that many people in that space, in that type of environment. Jazz in the Gardens came to Council for approval. This last Council moved it forward. This Council continued it. It is supporting ideas that you can look at a parking lot and transform it into an entertainment destination; we can do that. If we can do that we can look at vacant land and make commerce and retail. He emphasized the importance of the Council getting to decide, to make decisions that might not have been popular, but are now incredibly popular. He referenced the CareerSource item and what the outcome of such a job program can provide for youth between the ages of 14-18. He further referenced the Entertainment Overlay District and shared that this would allow certain developments that were not allowed previously. (R) WRITTEN REQUESTS, PETITIONS & OTHER WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC None. (S) ADJOURNMENT There being no further business to come before this Body and upon a motion being duly made and seconded, the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. Attest: Oliver Gilbert, Mayor 4/ Ronetta Taylor, MMC, City C Regular City Council Meeting March 25, 2015 Page 10