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03.08.2017 - City Council MinutesCITY OF MIAMI GARDENS REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES MARCH 8, 2017 (A) CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL The City Council for the City of Miami Gardens, Florida, met in regular session, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, beginning at 7:00 PM, 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 Erhabor Ighodaro, and Council Members Lillie Q. Odom, Lisa C. Davis, Felicia Robinson and David Williams Jr. Councilman Rodney Harris was not present. Motion offered by Mayor Gilbert, seconded by Vice Mayor Ighodaro to excuse the absence of Councilman Harris. There being no discussion, the motion to excuse the absence of Councilman Harris passed and carried by a unanimous vote of the Council members present. Also in attendance were: City Manager Cameron D. 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 22, 2017 Motion offered by Vice Mayor Ighodaro, seconded by Councilwoman Davis to adopt the minutes, with necessary corrections, if any. There being no discussion, the motion to adopt the minutes passed and carried by a unanimous vote of the Council members present. (E) ORDER OF BUSINESS (Items to be pulled from Consent Agenda at this time) Councilman Williams removed Item F-1 from the Official Agenda. A presentation was added to the Official Agenda by Vice Mayor Ighodaro as Item F-1) Vice Mayor Ighodaro also pulled Item K-17 from the Consent Agenda. Manager Benson removed Item K-6 thru K-15 from the Official Agenda. March 8, 2017, City Council Minutes Page 1 Councilwoman Davis added an item to the Official as Item K-18) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, RECOGNIZING MARCH 8, 2017, AS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY IN THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion offered by Councilman Williams, seconded by Vice Mayor Ighodaro to adopt the Official Agenda with the necessary changes. There being no discussion the motion to adopt the official agenda passed and carried by a unanimous vote of the members present. (F) SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes each) F 1) Ce}iEilman David Williamsf., sSeienee and Aekfiewledgements F-1) Vice Mayor Ighodaro presented Ms. Olivia Hudson with a Commendation from the Mayor for her exemplary contributions to the community and also in recognition of her 92nd birthday. F-2) City Manager — Annual Audit Report, presented to the Council by Mr. Anthony Brunson. (G) PUBLIC COMMENTS (2 minutes each) None (H) ORDINANCE(S) FOR FIRST READING/ PUBLIC HEARING(S): H-1) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, CREATING ARTICLE XV, DIVISION 7 OF CHAPTER 34 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES ("STADIUM ZONING DISTRICT"), TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; PROVIDING FOR PERMITTED USES, SETBACKS, LOT SIZE, PARKING, SIGNAGE, AND OTHER REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DISTRICT; PROVIDING PROCEDURES; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN CODE; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Mayor Gilbert opened the floor for this public hearing. After there were no other interested parties to speak on this item, the public hearing closed. March 8, 2017, City Council Minutes Page 2 Motion offered by Councilwoman Davis, seconded by Councilman Williams to adopt this item on first reading. There being no discussion the motion to adopt this item on first reading passed and carried by a 6-0 vote Councilman Harris: Not Present Councilwoman Davis: Yes Vice Mayor Ighodaro: Yes Councilwoman Odom: Yes Councilwoman Robinson: Yes Councilman Williams: Yes Mayor Gilbert: Yes (I) ORDINANCE(S) FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (,I) RESOLUTION(S)/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (K) CONSENT AGENDA: RESOLUTION NO. 2017-42-3147 K-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ALLOCATING THE SUM OF ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000.00) FROM VICE MAYOR IGHODARO'S SPECIAL EVENT ACCOUNT, FOR THE PURPOSE SUPPORTING THE CELEBRATION OF MIAMI GARDENS GOLDEN PROM EVENT TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY VICE MAYOR ERHABOR IGHODARO RESOLUTION NO. 2017-43-3148 K-2) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACKNOWLEDGING THE APPOINTMENT OF DEIRDRE T. ANDERSON TO THE ELDERLY AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN RODNEY HARRIS) RESOLUTION NO. 2017-44-3149 K-3) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER AND THE CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND March 8, 2017, City Council Minutes Page 3 ATTEST, RESPECTIVELY THAT CERTAIN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY HOMELESS TRUST TO REDUCE AND PREVENT HOMELESSNESS, A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT "A"; 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. 2017-45-3150 K-4) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ALLOCATING FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) FUNDS TO CITRUS HEALTH NETWORK IN THE AMOUNT OF FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($45,000.00); PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) RESOLUTION NO. 2017-46-3151 K-5) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, ACCEPTING THE THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($3,000.00) GRANT AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS FOR THE PLACEMAKING GRANT PROGRAM; AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE ANY AND ALL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS GRANT; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) March 8, 2017, City Council Minutes Page 4 • „... .. 1.. b .. .. �., .. _ • . 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DAVIS) Motion offered by Mayor Gilbert, seconded by Councilwomen Robinson and Davis to adopt the Consent Agenda. There being no discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a unanimous vote of the City Council Members present. (L) RESOLUTION(S) RESOLUTION NO. 2017-48-3153 K-17) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THAT CERTAIN March 8, 2017, City Council Minutes Page 6 WORK AGREEMENT NO. 2 WITH KEITH & SCHNARS, P.A. FOR CRA SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED EIGHTY-NINE THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE DOLLARS (89,485.00); AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ISSUE PURCHASE ORDERS ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Vice Mayor Ighodaro shared that he pulled this item in order to use it as a way to further discuss the CRA and to commend the Mayor, City Manager and the Council for "their leadership in terms of moving forward with the CRA". He then directed his comments to the City Manager and/or the Mayor to express his desire to have the museum idea included in the CRA. He asked how the taxes will be collected and whom they will be going to; he stated that the tax issue is a conversation that needs to happen but that his primary focus is having the museum included in the conversations about the CRA. Mayor Gilbert responded to Vice Mayor Ighodaro by stating that the CRA the City is trying to obtain is limited and will be used to build and operate a performing arts center. He explained what the acronym CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) means, how it works and advised and that it does not raise taxes for the residents. He stated that he has no problem with the museum idea but that if it were to hinder the performing arts center project in any way he would be opposed to it. Mayor Gilbert shared that residents have approached him about the CRA as well; requesting that it be used to build affordable housing. He stated that he does not support that because the city needs businesses; because businesses create more business activities, which bring more people and create circulation; because those things create jobs and are also taxed at a higher rate. This in turn allows the city to provide services to residents to live in homes at a lower tax rate; he noted that the city currently has 3600 businesses and approximately 36,000 residents, which proves that the city definitely needs more businesses. He reiterated that he's open to the idea of the museum but that if it makes it difficult to achieve the CRA when he's negotiating with Miami -Dade County he will not support it. He reiterated that the more items requested in the CRA, the harder it will be to get approved by the county. Vice Mayor Ighodaro thanked the Mayor and stated that he believes the Mayor will do what's best for the city. Motion offered by Vice Mayor Ighodaro, seconded by Councilwomen Davis and Robinson to adopt this item. There being no further discussion the motion to adopt passed and carried by a unanimous vote of the members present. QUASI-JUDICIAL ZONING HEARINGS/JENNINGS DISCLOSURE: March 8, 2017, City Council Minutes Page 7 (M) ORDINANCES HEARING(S): None (N) ORDINANCES HEARING(S) None ON FOR FIRST READING/PUBLIC ON FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC (0) RESOLUTION(S)/PUBLIC HEARING(S) None (P) REPORTS OF CITY MANAGER/CITY ATTORNEY/CITY CLERK P-1) MGPD Monthly Report — January 2017 City Manager Cameron Benson congratulated Councilwoman Davis and Assistant City Manager Vemita Nelson for their part in the "Vessels of Substance" exhibit, presented by Miami -Dade County. (Q) REPORTS OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS Councilman Williams commended the Miami Gardens Police Department and the City Manager for their efforts in assisting the senior residents in the area of 28th Court and 160th Street. The seniors complained about being harassed by teenagers. He further stated that misinformation about crime in the City of Miami Gardens is being put out into the community by P.A.C.T. (People Acting for Community Together). Mayor Gilbert in response to Councilman Williams' concern shared that he asked Vice Mayor Ighodaro to attend the PACT meeting in his absence to address their concerns. Councilman Williams asked whether the City's Public Affairs Department addresses the misinformation that is spread in the community by groups of this nature. Mayor Gilbert in response to Councilman Williams' question responded, "Yes". Councilman Williams inquired about the additional assistants for Council. City Manager Benson in response to Councilman Williams' inquiry advised that the item would be brought back before Council in April, which is mid -year. Councilwoman Davis spoke about the "Vessels of Substance" exhibit and the positivity surrounding it. Vice Mayor Ighodaro commended the ladies that participated in the "Vessels of Substance" exhibit. He shared the experience of his trip to Nigeria with 18 local business owners, 8 of which were from Miami Gardens. He stated that he would be asking for updates on March 8, 2017, City Council Minutes Page 8 Bunche Park Pool monthly; he then asked for an update. City Manager Benson in response to Vice Mayor Ighodaro said, "The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2017". Mayor Gilbert stated that Bunche Park Pool is actually ahead of schedule. He then addressed the negativity that is constantly being spread across the community and shared that the positive is not being seen nor heard because people are too consumed with the negative. He spoke about addressing the lighting in the city, which will assist with the city's safety issues. He advised parents to check their children's social media accounts in order to know what they are doing. He encouraged everyone to come out to Jazz in the Gardens, the Arts Conference and the National Poetry Contest events. (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 7:49 P.M. Attest: I---- aye� Je,5� Ronetta Taylor, Wk, City Clerk Oliver Gilbert, Mayor March 8, 2017, City Council Minutes Page 9