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05.27.2015 - City Council MinutesCITY OF MIAMI GARDENS REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES MAY 279 2015 (A) CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL The City Council for the City of Miami Gardens, Florida, met in regular session, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, beginning at 7:05 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 Dr. 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 Lead by Girl Scout Troup #1098, and recited in unison. (D) APPROVAL OF MINUTES D-1) Regular City Council Minutes -May 13, 2015 Motion offered by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilman Harris to approve the minutes with the necessary corrections, if any. There being no discussion, the motion to approve passed and carried by a unanimous voice vote. (E) ORDER OF BUSINESS (Items to be pulled from Consent Agenda at this time) The following items were added to the official agenda as Items K-9 and K-10, respectively. Item K-9) "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE "FAMILY FUN NIGHT" MOVIES IN THE COMMUNITY EVENT TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015, AT THE NORTH DADE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 7000 NW 175TH STREET, MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA; AUTHORIZING A SPONSORSHIP OF THE EVENT IN THE AMOUNT FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00) FROM THE SPECIAL EVENTS FUND FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE". (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN RODNEY HARRIS) Item K-10) "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 1 GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING LOVE EQUAL ARTS FOUNDATION'S USE OF CITY PARK FACILITY AT NO CHARGE TO CONDUCT ART CLASSES; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE". (SPONSORED BY MAYOR OLIVER GILBERT) Motion offered by Councilman Ighodaro, seconded by Vice Mayor Robinson to adopt the official agenda with the necessary additions. There being no discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a unanimous voice vote. (F) SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes each) F-1) Councilman David Williams Jr. - Special Appreciation Although Janice Coakley, former member of the City of Miami Gardens Commission For Women was not present, Councilwoman Williams acknowledged her outstanding contributions to the community during her tenure on this advisory Committee. F-2) Vice Mayor Robinson - Silver Knight Presentation Vice Mayor Robinson along with members of the City of Miami Gardens' Commission For Women recognized the following Silver Knight Honorees from Miami Carol City Senior High School: Olivia Brown, Speech Candidate and Honorable Mention; Mira Meyers, Mathematics Candidate; Briana Graham, Social Science and Honorable Mention; Jennifer Benegas, Art Candidate and Silver Knight Winner; Maya Carter, Athletics; and Alaina Branford, Science Candidate and Honorable Mention. Vice Mayor Robinson expounded on the Silver Knight Program, the criteria and qualifications used to select the Silver Knight Honorees, which required each nominee to complete a community service project. Councilman Williams shared that over the last four to five years there have been some amazing things happening at Miami Carol City Senior High School as it relates to Silver Knight Winners; especially in science. He said it is really unusual for a high school to constantly have Silver Knight Winners, Science Awards and Honorable Mentions. F-3) City Manager Cameron Benson - Miami Gardens Express update Natasha Louis Charles, Public Works representative appeared before the City Council to announce that the Miami Gardens Express is set to begin service on June 1, 2015. Service schedule is Monday - Friday from 7:OOAM to 7:OOPM. The inaugural launch ceremony will take place, Monday, June 1, 2015, from 10:30AM-12:00 noon, at City Hall. The trolley service is free. Initially two limousine style buses will be provided. Near the end of the calendar year the actual trolleys will be delivered. There are a total of 89 stops. Route A services the east side of the City; route B services west side of the City. F-4) Elderly Affairs Quarterly Report Tanya James, Chair of the Elderly Affairs Advisory Committee appeared before the City Council to provide the Committee's Quarterly Report and to highlight the Elders Event in Tallahassee, April 2015. A framed poster of pictures taken during the event was presented to the Council. The Elder Abuse Workshop is scheduled for June 30, 2015, here at City Hall. Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 2 F-5) Councilman Harris - (AFCEA) Armed Forces Communications Electronic Association Councilman Harris explained the AFCEA would like to make a presentation to Barbara Hawkins Elementary School. Representatives from AFCEA presented the Barbara Hawkins Elementary School with a $1,500.00 check. (G) PUBLIC COMMENTS Rita Pierre, President of Norwood Crime Watch appeared before the City Council to thank Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis. She stated that Councilwoman Davis is very well liked in the community and works well with the crime watches in her respective area. She conveyed appreciation and a heartfelt "thank you" to Councilwoman Davis. She further thanked a couple of police officers for reaching out to her on a personal matter. She also thanked Mayor Gilbert for his services. Woodrow Wilson, 15951 NW 18th Court, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to express concern with the City sponsoring a Memorial Day event to honor fallen soldiers. He encouraged the council to establish a Memorial Facility for the City of Miami Gardens. He further shared there is nothing in place in Miami Gardens to address issues relating to veterans. He asked the Council to consider these issues. Officer Alberto Soto, 1020 NW 163rd Drive, Miami Gardens, Florida, along with members of the City of Miami Gardens Command Staff as well as sworn officers appeared before the City Council in support of Interim Chief Antonio Brooklen as the new police chief for the City of Miami Gardens. He said all police personnel present were there on their own time. (H) ORDINANCE(S) FOR FIRST READING: H-1) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE IX, DIVISION 5 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO ADD SECTIONS 2-790 THROUGH 2-796 TO ESTABLISH THE "CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS BUSINESS AND RESIDENT ECONOMIC GROWTH PLAN" PURCHASING PREFERENCE; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN CODE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Manager Benson said over this past year staff has been reviewing the procurement process. This ordinance provides for a more business friendly and proactive process when it comes to doing business with the City. He thanked Darian Martin, Assistant to the City Manager; Lindell Miller, Purchasing Director and Sonja K. Dickens, City Attorney for their assistance in putting this item together. Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 3 Motion offered by Councilman Harris, seconded by Vice Mayor Robinson to adopt this item on first reading. Councilman Williams opined this is great news. There being no further discussion, the motion to adopt on first reading passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilwoman Davis: Yes Councilman Harris: Yes Councilman Ighodaro: Yes Councilwoman Odom: Yes Vice Mayor Robinson: Yes Councilman Williams: Yes Mayor Gilbert: Yes (I) ORDINANCE(S) FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (J) RESOLUTION(S)/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (K) CONSENT AGENDA: RESOLUTION NO. 2015-91-2288 K-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACKNOWLEDGING COUNCILMAN DAVID WILLIAMS JR'S APPOINTMENT OF M. LORRAINE HARRIS TO THE COMMISSION FOR WOMEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR A TWO (2) YEAR TERM; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN DAVID WILLIAMS JR.) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-92-2289 K-2) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACKNOWLEDGING COUNCILMAN ERHABOR IGHODARO'S APPOINTMENT OF MARY ROBERTS TO THE COMMISSION FOR WOMEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR A TWO (2) YEAR TERM; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN ERHABOR IGHODARO) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-93-2290 K-3) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE "BEHIND Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 4 THE SCENE KINGS" SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015, AT THE BETTY T. FERGUSON RECREATION COMPLEX FOOTBALL FIELD AND AMPHITHEATER; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN IGHODARO) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-94-2291 K-4) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, APPOINTING RAFAEL SUAREZ- RIVAS, TO SERVE AS A SPECIAL MASTER FOR A TWO (2) YEAR TERM; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY ATTORNEY) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-95-2292 K-5) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING A RENEWAL OF THAT CERTAIN AGREEMENT WITH METRO EXPRESS, INC. AND STRAIGHTLINE ENGINEERING GROUP LLC., FOR SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT AND REPAIRS, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ISSUE PURCHASE ORDERS, ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS, IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED THE ANNUAL ALLOCATED BUDGETED AMOUNT; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER RESOLUTION NO. 2015-96-2293 K-6) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO RENEW THAT CERTAIN AGREEMENT WITH SOFTWARE HOUSE INTERNATIONAL, INC., FOR LICENSES OF MICROSOFT PRODUCTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE OF FLORIDA CONTRACT NO. 252-001-09, IN THE AMOUNT OF ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SIX THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE DOLLARS AND FORTY-TWO CENTS ($156,363.42); PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-97-2294 K-7) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO TERMINATE THE AGREEMENT WITH THE SHARPTON GROUP FOR PROFESSIONAL AUDITOR Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 5 SERVICES; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ESTABLISH AN AUDIT COMMITTEE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SOLICITING PROFESSIONAL AUDITOR SERVICES; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-98-2295 K-8) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, APPROVING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SWIMMING POOL AT BUNCHE PARK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN IGHODARO) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-99-2296 K-9) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING THE "FAMILY FUN NIGHT" MOVIES IN THE COMMUNITY EVENT TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015, AT THE NORTH DADE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 7000 NW 175TH STREET, MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA; AUTHORIZING A SPONSORSHIP OF THE EVENT IN THE AMOUNT FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00) FROM THE SPECIAL EVENTS FUND FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN RODNEY HARRIS) RESOLUTION NO. 2015-100-2297 K-10) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING LOVE EQUAL ARTS FOUNDATION'S USE OF CITY PARK FACILITY AT NO CHARGE TO CONDUCT ART CLASSES; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (SPONSORED BY MAYOR OLIVER GILBERT) Motion offered by Councilman Ighodaro, seconded by Councilman Harris to adopt the Consent Agenda. There being no discussion, the motion to adopt the Consent Agenda passed and carried by a unanimous voice vote. (L) RESOLUTION(S) None QUASI-JUDICIAL ZONING HEARINGS: Ms. Shellie Ransom Jackson, Development Services Director/Building Official appeared Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 6 before the City Council to share the Quasi -Judicial process utilized for this proceeding. City Clerk Taylor administered the Oath to those individuals participating in this Quasi - Judicial Proceedings. (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 MS REALTY GARDENS, LLC, FOR THE REZONING OF PROPERTY GENERALLY LOCATED AT NW 159TH STREET BETWEEN 47TH AVENUE AND NW 45TH AVENUE, MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED ON EXHIBIT "A" ATTACHED HERETO, FROM R-2, TWO FAMILY DWELLING RESIDENTIAL TO R-15 MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING RESIDENTIAL; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; 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. Eugene Marshall, 4451 NW 1591h Street, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council in opposition to this rezoning. Attorney Calhoun appeared before the City Council as the representative for the applicant to expound on the application. This is a request to rezone the property from R-2 to R-15 to allow for the construction of townhomes on the property instead of duplexes. After there were no other interested parties to speak on this item, the public hearing closed. Motion offered by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilman Harris to adopt this item on first reading. Mayor Gilbert stated he wanted the townhomes to be owner occupied, and not rentals. Attorney Calhoun assured Mayor Gilbert and the Council that the townhomes would be owner occupied. The applicant is willing to record documentation stating that. At the conclusion of this discussion, the motion to adopt on first reading passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilman Ighodaro: Yes Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 7 Councilwoman Odom: Yes Vice Mayor Robinson: Yes Councilman Williams: Yes Councilwoman Davis: Yes Councilman Harris: Yes Mayor Gilbert: Yes (N) ORDINANCES ON FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S) ORDINANCE NO. 2015-05-335 N-1) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING SECTION 34-287 OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO ALLOW THE WHOLESALE OF FIREWORKS AS A PERMITTED USE; PROHIBITING RETAIL SALE OF FIREWORKS; ALLOWING THE RETAIL SALE OF SPARKLERS AS A PERMITTED USE; AMENDING 34-288 TO ESTABLISH ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WHOLESALE OF FIREWORKS AND RETAIL SALE OF SPARKLERS; AMENDING SECTION 34- 733 ENTITLED "MASTER USE LIST AND DEFINITIONS"; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN CODE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) (1St Reading - May 13, 2015) 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 Councilman Harris, seconded by Vice Mayor Robinson to adopt this There being no discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. Councilwoman Odom: Yes Vice Mayor Odom: Yes Councilman Williams: Yes Councilwoman Davis: Yes Councilman Harris: Yes Councilman Ighodaro: Yes Mayor Gilbert: Yes (0) RESOLUTION(S)/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (P) REPORTS OF CITY MANAGER/CITY ATTORNEY/CITY CLERK None Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 8 (Q) REPORTS OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS Councilman Williams announced that on Saturday, May 30th trees will be planted along 42nd Avenue. This is in relations to the study done by the Health Foundation. He encouraged the public to participate. Councilwoman Davis shared that she along with State Representative Barbara Watson will host a Farm Share event, Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Norwood Park from 10:00 AM. -3:00 PM. She further shared that she will be recognizing fathers from the community, as well as employees during her sponsored Father's Day Event, July 24, 2015. Councilman Harris announced that on Saturday, May 30, 2015 there will be a Teen Expo at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center. Later that same evening there will be a Family Fun Night "Movie in the Community" event at the North Dade Community Church, 700 NW 175th Street, from 7:30PM - 10:30PM. He invited everyone out. Mayor Gilbert acknowledged Officer Ryan Thompkins and Officer Carmello Garcia. They are the 2014 PBA Officers of the Year for the City of Miami Gardens. (R) WRITTEN REQUESTS, PETITIONS & OTHER WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC None (S) ADJOURNMENT There being no further business to come made and the meeting adjourned at 8:04 PM. Oliver Gilbert, Mayor before this Body and upon a motion being duly Attest: Ronetta Taylor, M f City Clerk Regular City Council Minutes - May 27, 2015 Page 9