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August 11, 2004 INDEX CITY COUNCIL MINUTES August 11,2004 1 Called to Order/Roll Call of Members................................... Page 1 2. Invocation.................................................................... Page 1 3. Pledge of Allegiance........................................................ Page 1 4. Approval of Minutes........................................................ Page 1 4A) Approve Minutes of City Council Meeting of July 21, 2004... Page 1 6. Agenda/Order of Business(Additions/Deletions/Amendments...... Page 1 6. Special Presentations: 6A) Captain Donald Rifidn................................................ Page 1-2 6B) Miami-Dade County Transit......................................... Page 2 6C) Donald Bailey......................................................... Page 2 7. Ordinance(s) for First Reading(None)................................... Page 2 8. Ordinance(s) for Second Reading(Public Hearings)None............ Page 2 9. Public Comment............................................................. Page 2-3 10. Resolutions I OA) Res. 2004-78-129 Appointing members to the Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. Holiday Steering Committee.................................... Page 3-4 l OB) Res. 2004-79-130 Approving a waiver of Plat for property Located at Norwest 37'h Avenue and Northwest 157th Street.......... Page 4-6 10C) Res. 2004-80-131 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute and attest, respectively,that certain interlocal agreement with Miami-Dade County for the transfer of ownership of certain bus benches.................................................................... Page 6-7 10D) Res. #2004-81-132 Approving a waiver of Plat for property Located At 18155 Northwest 22nd Avenue............................... Page 7 IOE) Res. #2004-82-133 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute and attest,respectively,that certain interlocal agreement for security and sport lighting with Florida Electric contracting Services, Inc. ............................................................................. Page 7-9 1 OF)Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute and attest, respectively, that certain agreement for Public Work Services with Florida Department of Corrections......................................... Page 9-12 11. Report of the City Attorney(No Report)................................... Page 12 12. Reports of City Manager .................................................... Page 12-13 13. Reports of Mayor and City Council Members 13A) General Reports from Mayor and City Council Members...... Page13-14 14. Requests, Petitions & Other Communications from the Public 14A) Public Comments..................................................... Page 14-16 15. Special Presentation(s) (There are none)................................. Page 16 16. Adjournment.................................................................. Page 16-17 4 CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES AUGUST 11,2004 1. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: The City Council of the City of Miami Gardens, Florida, met in regular session on Wednesday,August 11,2004,beginning at 7:08 p.m.,in the City Council Chambers, 1515NW 167' Street,Building 5, Suite 200, Miami Gardens, Florida. The following members of the City Council were present: Mayor Shirley Gibson, Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell, Jr., and Council members Barbara Watson, Melvin L. Bratton, Sharon Pritchett and Oscar Braynon, II. Councilwoman Audrey J. King arrived at 7:25 p.m. Also in attendance were: City Manager Dr. Danny O. Crew, City Attorney Sonja K. Knighton and City Clerk Ronetta Taylor. 2. INVOCATION: Mrs. Zolena Bratton delivered the Invocation. 3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited in unison. 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 4A) Approve Minutes of City Council Meeting of: Special Council Meeting -July 21,2004 It was moved by Councilman Braynon, seconded by Councilman Bratton to approve the minutes with the following changes, additions/deletions:page 4, line 15 delete the word MAC and replace with"Budget.and Finance Committee";page 9,line 10 add the words"know and"before the word"understand"; line 11 change the word"was"to"were";pages 15,line 40,and 16,lines 2, 14 and 40 change the surname from Jeffrey to Duffle;page 16,line 18,change the word coordinator to corridor; There being no further discussion, the motion passed and carried by a 6-0 vote. Councilwoman King was not present for this vote. 5. AGENDA/ORDER OF BUSINESS (ADDITIONS/DELETIONS/ AMENDMENTS): It was moved by Councilman Braynon, seconded by Vice Mayor Campbell to accept the agenda as presented. This motion passed and carried by a 6-0 vote. Councilwoman King was not present for this vote 6. SPECIAL PRESENTATION(S): a. Captain Donald Rifkin-Miami Gardens/Carol City District Police Department Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 1 of 17 Captain Rifkin presented the monthly crime report for the month of July and reported that crime is down overall by eleven percent. Commercial burglaries did increase during the month however,residential burglaries were still down. Captain Rifkin further reported on a comparison of calls holding and response time between Miami Dade County and the City of Miami Gardens. He related that Miami Dade County were placed calls on hold for over 30 minutes,for a call holding rate of 22.67%,compared to the City of Miami Gardens, calls holding were at twenty-two percent. The average overall response time for Miami Dade County is 29.41 minutes, whereas the average response time for the City of Miami Gardens is 22.15 minutes. Mayor Gibson thanked Captain Rifkin for providing this report. She related that she'd asked for this information because it is important for all to realize that there are some significant and positive changes happening with police services within the City of Miami Gardens. Vice Mayor Campbell questioned the possibility of renaming the Miami Gardens/Carol City District Police facility to the Miami Gardens District,now that the Interlocal Agreement is in place. Captain Rifkin related that this is a Miami-Dade County facility,which is not only used by the police department but by other County departments as well. Therefore,approval to change the name must come from Miami Dade County. b. Miami Dade County Transit—People Transportation Plan No representative from Miami Dade County Transit was present for this presentation. C. Donald Bailey—Revenue Enhancement Mr. Donald Bailey appeared before the City Council to provide information on Wavelength Print Shop, Inc., a collaboration of partnership with Urban Vitality Development, Inc. Production, which provides quality printing for the Miami Gardens area. This organization would be inclusive of the entire printing and office supply needs of the community. The group also provides for the rental, selling and leasing of all types of business equipment; on site shop service; maintenance contracts and service on per-call basis,with a four hour response time. At the conclusion of this presentation,Mr. Bailey was asked to provide the City Manager's office with the applicable information. 7. ORDINANCE(S) FOR FIRST READING: There were none. 8. ORDINANCES) FOR SECOND READING (PUBLIC HEARINGS): There were none. 9. PUBLIC COMMENT- 10 MINUTES Mr. Vince Mancuso,residing at 17201 NW 42nd Terrace,Miami Gardens, appeared before the City Council to thank them for working so hard to make this City a better place to live. He referenced an on-going problem at NW 42nd Avenue and 16701 Street,where currently the stop sign Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 2 of 17 is down. There are new homes being built in this area and the trash is being dumped behind the gas station. In addition,increased activity on NW 167h Street and 47h Avenue has the appearance of a truck stop. He conveyed his support of the City and its efforts toward Code Enforcement. Manager Crew asked Mr.Mancuso to provide the code violation information to Mr. Steers, the Assistant to the City Manager for Business Services. Mr. Michael Noriega, residing at 20820 North Miami Avenue, Miami Gardens, appeared before the City Council to express concern with the speeding in his neighborhood. He further expressed concern with individuals, frequenting the park located behind his florist shop,using the alleyway behind his establishment, as a restroom facility. Mayor Gibson advised Mr.Noriega to get with the City Manager in regard to his concerns. Councilwoman Watson further encouraged Mr. Noriega to meet with Captain Rifidn, in addition to the City Manager to get these issues resolved. Mr. Anselm Smith, residing at 721 NW 187th Drive, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to express his views about the proposed tax increase. He related that as a candidate for the City Council, he'd relied on the information presented at the MAC, which in essence stated that the City would be able to function without a tax increase. He stated that it would appear that that is not the case,and suggested that when the Council members hold their Town Hall meetings and this issue is brought forth by the audience, that the Council members acknowledge that they'd made a mistake. 10. RESOLUTIONS: RESOLUTION NO. 2004-78-129 10A) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING,JR.,HOLIDAY STEERING COMMITTEE;ESTABLISHING THE FIRST MEETING DATE FOR THE HOLIDAY STEERING COMMITTEE; PROVIDING FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATION; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (SPONSORED BY COUNCILWOMAN PRITCHETT) It was moved by Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilman Braynon to approve this item. Councilwoman Pritchett explained her rationale for establishing the Dr.Martin Luther King,Jr., Holiday Steering Committee. She shared with the audience,that each Council member did submit the name of an individual to serve on this Committee. She related that she would be in attendance at the Committee meetings and invited other Council members to at least attend the first session, which would be scheduled by the City Manager. Councilwoman Watson indicated her support of this resolution. She asked if the resolution Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 3 of 17 provided for the substitution of a Committee member that might not be able to serve. Attorney Knighton related that if an individual could not serve, a substitute name can be brought back to the Council for its approval. Mayor Gibson recommended that the first meeting of the Committee be scheduled as a training session with Miami Dade County Ethics,in order to provide an overview of the Sunshine Law. She further asked the City Clerk to find out whether the Committee members would have to file a Financial Disclosure Form. Attorney Knighton advised amending the resolution to state that the City Manager would establish the first meeting date. It was moved by Councilwoman Pritchett,seconded by Councilman Braynon to amend Section three of the resolution to provide that the City Manager would establish the first meeting date and advise the City Council of that date. There being no further discussion on the amendment,the motion passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilman Bratton: Yes Councilman Braynon: Yes Vice Mayor Campbell:Yes Councilwoman King: Yes Councilwoman Pritchett: Yes Councilwoman Watson: Yes Mayor Gibson: Yes At the conclusion of this discussion,the motion to approve the resolution as a whole,passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilman Bratton: Yes Councilman Braynon: Yes Vice Mayor Campbell:Yes Councilwoman King: Yes Councilwoman Pritchett: Yes Councilwoman Watson: Yes Mayor Gibson: Yes RESOLUTION NO.2004-79-130 10B) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS,APPROVING A WAIVER OF PLAT FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT NORTHWEST 37' AVENUE AND NORTHWEST 157' STREET, MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 4 of 17 Attorney Knighton related that Waiver of Plat Requests are typically approved administratively. However, the City has just brought on board a Planning and Zoning Director. She shared that Councilman Braynon had inquired prior to tonight's meeting, whether these items could be done administratively rather than bringing them to the Board. She advised that a resolution would be provided a the next City Council meeting giving the Planning and Zoning Director the authority to approve these types of requests administratively. Miami Dade County has reviewed the application and has found it to be sufficient,therefore,the City Council is basically just signing offon the County's recommendation. It was moved by Councilman Braynon,seconded by Councilwoman King to approve this item. Vice Mayor Campbell asked if this item and Item No. l OD were similar. Attorney Knighton replied that they were. Councilwoman Watson referenced correspondence submitted by DERM as it related to this particular plat being hooked up to a septic tank or,the regular water and sewer system and asked which took precedence. Mayor Gibson explained that the property must hook up to whatever system is available. If there is no water and sewer system in place,then the property must have a septic tank. Councilwoman Watson related that she found this to be a conflict because on one page it mentions hooking up to a septic tank and on the next page it provides for the hook up to a water and sewer system. Mayor Gibson further explained that DERM is advising the applicant that ifno water and sewer line is available,they must hook up to a septic tank;however,as soon as that water and sewer system is available, they must hook up to that water and sewer system. Therefore,both recommendations are always included in DERM's report. Councilwoman Watson referenced the Bird Drive Everglades Wetlands Basin jurisdiction and asked if the boundaries extended into the City of Miami Gardens, and if so,how far. Mayor Gibson said that she did not know the answer to that particular question. Councilwoman Pritchett shared her experience with DERM while serving on the Community Council and related that DERM made sure that each application presented to the Council for its consideration was in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations. Councilwoman Watson related that her concern was not with whether the application,was in compliance,but rather with the fact that there were contradictory recommendations given side by side. She opined that DERM should have included language,which stated,"Until such time that water and sewer is available, septic tanks will be acceptable." She further opined that it is important to know whether the City of Miami Gardens is included in the boundaries of the Bird Drive Everglades Wetlands Basin. Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 5 of 17 Councilwoman Pritchett opined that the proper order of business would be to have Miami Dade County answer those questions. Attorney Knighton related that the Council could do that by deferring this item until someone from Miami Dade County could be present,or have the items,in the future,approved administratively. Councilwoman Watson related that her questions will not affect her ability to vote on this item. She opined that this is something that all should be knowledgeable about as it relates to anything, affecting the City of Miami Gardens. Vice Mayor Campbell indicated that when the City Council members first took office and attended a class provided by Miami Dade County, each Council member was given a copy of Miami Dade County's Comprehensive Plan, and Maps,which identified the wetland areas. At the conclusion of this discussion,the motion passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilman Braynon: Yes Vice Mayor Campbell:Yes Councilwoman King: Yes Councilwoman Pritchett: Yes Councilwoman Watson: Yes Councilman Bratton: Yes Mayor Gibson: Yes RESOLUTION NO.2004-80-131 10C) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND ATTEST, RESPECTIVELY, THAT CERTAIN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FOR THE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BUS BENCHES,A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT A; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS;PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Manager Crew explained that Miami Dade County would transfer ownership of the bus benches to the City. The City will agree to get rid of the advertisement on the benches. The benches are temporary and will only be here until the City enters into its own program. That program, which includes litter receptacles,could be brought to the City Council as early as next month. Miami Dade County has entered into a contract with CEMUSA for bus shelters. The County has asked the City to enter into a separate agreement with CEMUSA to cover the Bus Shelters. The County is expected to get 340 Million Dollars in revenues,over the next ten years,from that contract. It is estimated that the City's contract with CEMUSA will bring in approximately 34 Million Dollars,over the next ten years. It was moved by Councilwoman King, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to approve this item. Miami Gardens City Council Minutes-August 11,2004 Page 6 of 17 Councilwoman Pritchett shared that one of the features with the new Bus Shelters is the fact that the electricity concerns were addressed. Manager Crew said the new bus shelters are designed to eliminate the problem with possible pedestrian electrocution. Councilman Braynon commented that the exact number of bus shelters provided in the City,is not known, and questioned how the anticipated amount of revenue, for the City was derived at. Manager Crew related that Miami Dade County estimated the number ofbus shelter structures within the City of Miami Gardens, which equated to ten percent of the total system. Councilman Bratton expressed concern with the blind spot radiating off the advertisement on some of the bus benches, specifically the bus bench located at 171 St Street NW 27`h Avenue. Manager Crew said this concern will be discussed with the contractor. The concern raised with the structure at 171st Street and NW 27`x'Avenue would be addressed on tomorrow. At the conclusion of this discussion, the motion passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Vice Mayor Campbell:Yes Councilwoman King: Yes Councilwoman Pritchett: Yes Councilwoman Watson: Yes Councilman Bratton: Yes Councilman Braynon: Yes Mayor Gibson: Yes RESOLUTION NO. 2004-81-132 10D) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS,FLORIDA,APPROVING A WAIVER OF PLAT FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 18155 NORTHWEST 22ND AVENUE, MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR REPRESENTATION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) It was moved by Councilman Braynon,seconded by Councilman Bratton to approve this item. There being no discussion,the motion passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilwoman King: Yes Councilwoman Pritchett: Yes Councilwoman Watson: Yes Councilman Bratton: Yes Councilman Braynon: Yes Vice Mayor Campbell:Yes Mayor Gibson: Yes RESOLUTION NO. 2004-82-133 Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 7 of 17 10E) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND ATTEST, RESPECTIVELY THAT CERTAIN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR SECURITY AND SPORTS LIGHTING WITH FLORIDA ELECTRIC CONTRACTING SERVICE,INC.,A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT A; PROVIDING FOR AUTHORITY TO THE CITY MANAGER; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS;PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Manager Crew explained that after the lights unexpectedly went out in Scott Park,he'd made a few phone calls and found out that Broward Community College,the Broward County School Board and approximately nine Broward municipalities had formed a Purchasing Consortium. The Purchasing Consortium recently bidded out for electrical services for the sport's field in Broward County. The City is now piggybacking on the electrical bid with Broward County. It was moved by Councilwoman Watson, seconded by Vice Mayor Campbell to approve this item. Councilwoman Pritchett asked whether administration had an opportunity to check with any municipalities in Miami Dade County as to whether they had a similar agreement and perhaps piggybacking with them. Manager Crew indicated that he could not find any evidence that there was any kind of technical co-ops in Miami Dade County. The City of Miami has a website for a future technical co-op; however they are the only member, at present. One of the primary responsibilities the City's Purchasing Agent,once on board,will have is to get with the City of Miami to see if the program can be activated. Councilwoman Pritchett conveyed her agreement with the City Manager however; she was concerned with the City's dollars going to Broward County. Manager Crew said that it is the norm for Broward companies that get bids from Miami Dade County. It is the nature of a large region to have bidders to come from everywhere. Councilwoman Watson made mention of the requirement for a Certificate of Insurance,which is provided for in the Broward County contract, and asked if the City required this. , Attorney Knighton shared that the Certificate of Insurance was not addressed in the City's agreement;however the agreement will be amended to include this provision. Councilwoman Watson asked if the first and second alternates had to agree to be a part of this piggyback system. Attorney Knighton said that the two alternates are not a part of this process. The City is entering into a contract with the one bidder. Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2W4 Page 8 of 17 Councilman Bratton asked if there was a preventive maintenance process in place with this contract. Manager Crew replied"not yet." He related that this company can set up a schedule to look at the City's electrical issues. Councilwoman Pritchett referenced the Termination Clause of the agreement "the City's Performance Standards"and asked that this provision be expounded upon. Attorney Knighton related that the City's Performance Standards are basically whatever the City Manager mandates. Mayor Gibson asked whether the electrical maintenance in the parks would be addressed in this contract or in a separate contract. Manager Crew related that when the City meets with the contractor they may have to negotiate and come up with a program for preventative maintenance. That Preventative Maintenance Program would be brought back to the Council for its approval because it would be a separate dollar amount. At the conclusion of this discussion,the motion passed and carried by a 6-1 vote. Councilwoman Pritchett related that she was concerned with the dollars going to Broward County,therefore at this time,and until further notice of the City's Co-op with the City of Miami,she was voting"no." Councilwoman Pritchett: No Councilwoman Watson: Yes Councilman Bratton: Yes Councilman Braynon: Yes Vice Mayor Campbell:Yes Councilwoman King: Yes Mayor Gibson: Yes 10F) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND ATTEST, RESPECTIVELY, THAT CERTAIN AGREEMENT FOR PUBLIC WORK SERVICES WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF $40,000.00 PER YEAR, A COPY OF WHICH IS ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT A; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS;PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Manager Crew explained that the Florida Department of Corrections will provide six minimum security inmates for forty hours per week to assist with public works services throughout the City.All the City has to do is pay for the supervisor. This appears to be a very cost effective way for the City to Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 9 of 17 handle some of the larger litter places (e.g. Palmetto Expressway). This service would also be available to assist with the empting of the litter baskets that will be placed at the various bus stops throughout the City. If the City were to hire a similar six person crew, it would cost approximately $240,000 per year. One of the first priorities for this workforce would be to exchange the old bus benches for the new bus benches,as well as a regular patrol of the litter along the Palmetto Expressway. Mayor Gibson passed the gavel and moved to accept this item. This motion was seconded by Councilman Bratton. Councilman Braynon questioned whether the City would be willing to hire these inmates once their have completed their sentences. Manager Crew related that it is illegal to not hire someone because of a criminal record. The only time a person can not be hired,is if that record relates directly to the job they are applying for. Councilman Braynon asked whether the City would provide those inmates that have worked for the City through this program any type of recommendation once they have completed their sentence and are actively seeking employment. Manager Crew said probably not because the City will not be supervising the inmates;therefore would not have any personal knowledge of how well an individual performed the work. Councilman Braynon related that he understood what the City was trying to accomplish and thought that it was a good thing. However, he wanted to make sure the inmates benefited from the program. He related that he wanted to know what the positive of this program is. Ms. Codner, the City's Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful Director appeared before the City Council and advised that she would find out what the positives of the program were for the inmates who will be participating. Vice Mayor Campbell shared that he's seen this program being utilized in other cities and the inmates are not working in residential areas,but along the main artery roads and state roads. He opined that if it is a state road,the State of Florida should be responsible for cleaning that roadway. He opined that for the City to spend $40,000 for this type of program, the money could be better spent. He conveyed his opposition to this resolution. Manager Crew offered to have a representative from Florida Department of Corrections available at the next City Council meeting to expound on the program. Councilman Braynon related that he would feel more comfortable if a representative from the Florida Department of Corrections was present to discuss this program. He opined that the item needed to be deferred until more information was forthcoming. He shared that he did not feel comfortable with this program yet,but did think there were ways to make this a positive program. Mayor Gibson shared that there are a lot of negative feelings about this resolution. She opined that the City should be requesting funds from the State of Florida to take care of those state roads. She stated that as a City,we probably can have some input about what this program may be about. But it is Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 10 of 17 a program that is there,now. There is talk about the fact as to whether this program is slave labor.It is very sensitive because there are more black people who are in the system,than other groups. It is also, maybe a means as to what Mr.Braynon was talking about as it related to the City actually hiring some of these people. The part that is difficult for employers is the lack of understanding that they can not deny someone a job because they have been incarcerated. However, what happens with that is the ability of people to be fair. This City can exemplify being fair with a program like this,saying that we will take into consideration and hire people. She stated that the City can make a definite statement by choosing to hire people. She reiterated that the City can make a positive statement even with this resolution. Mayor Gibson made mention of the$240,000 expenditure this service would cost the City,if brought in-house,and related that issues like this will have to be dealt with during the budget process. Councilwoman Pritchett asked if anyone had contacted the Greater Miami Service Corp,which is a group of young people between the ages of 18 and 23, whose motto is "Young People Serving Their Community", who are at-risk youth in Miami Dade County. Some of their benefits to the community includes: Beautification projects,landscape maintenance and public parks,planting trees along major roadways, building parks benches and picnic tables, maintenance of various public facilities and institutions, maintenance of water and storm drainage systems. She related that she'd made the attempt to contact Ms. Dorsett, the Interim Director of the Program. Unfortunately Ms. Dorsett was attending the Community Action Agency's National Conference and was not available. She further questioned why has the City not contacted this program to see if they can meet the City's needs,especially if there are youth,some of which reside in the City of Miami Gardens,who are at-risk, but not currently inmates, who may be able to provide a service to this City, while acquiring some employability and training skills. Ms. Codner reappeared before the City Council and stated that she was not aware of this particular program. She related that the City is currently working with Miami Job Corps on another community oriented program. Councilwoman Pritchett opined that because we are a City it is time to be inclusionary. She related that she would be more than happy to share the information that was faxed to her earlier during the day. She opined that it would serve abetter purpose,if the City could identify and work with youth who are at-risk. Councilman Braynon suggested researching this issue in order to provide the City Council with other options as well. Councilwoman Pritchett asked that in addition to inviting the Florida Department of Corrections to make a presentation,that the Miami Youth Service Corp be invited as well. She related that she would be uncomfortable having the guys in blue in the residential areas,especially where there are children and senior citizens; especially since that Correction Officer, overseeing the group, will have some type of weapon visible. She opined that this is something that would not be appropriate for the City, especially with the world class status the City was trying to be achieve. She conveyed her opposition to this resolution. Councilman Bratton related his confusion because on one hand the Council was saying that it Miami Gardens City council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 11 of 17 did not want the inmates working in residential areas,but on the other hand,when these inmates have completed their sentences,we are inviting them to work for the City of Miami Gardens. Ms. Codner stated that the inmates would be utilized for the main artery roads, and not residential areas. Councilwoman King placed emphasis on the importance of the quality of life for the residents of the City of Miami Gardens. She further stated that liabilities were inherited with any volunteer groups,volunteering for the City. She conveyed that the City should be cautious when using volunteer groups. It was moved by Councilman Braynon, seconded by Councilman Bratton to table this item. At the conclusion of this discussion,the motion to table passed and carried by a 4-3 vote. Councilwoman Watson: No Councilman Bratton: Yes Councilman Braynon: Yes Vice Mayor Campbell:Yes Councilwoman King: Yes Councilwoman Pritchett: No Councilwoman Gibson: No The City Clerk was directed to schedule a presentation before the City Council with Greater Miami Service Corp, for the next City Council meeting. 11. REPORT OF THE CITY ATTORNEY No Report. 12. REPORTS OF CITY MANAGER Manager Crew referenced the Miami Dade County police vehicles being utilized by the police officers patrolling the City of Miami Gardens. He indicated that the City is now preparing to place the City's logo and other identifying markings on those vehicles. Captain Rifldn contacted the low bidder that has taken care of the Cities of Palmetto Bay and Doral vehicles. The vendor has offered to do this service for the City of Miami Gardens for$124.00 per vehicle,which equates to approximately $14,000.00. A bid waiver is required. This information was provided to the City earlier today. He opined that it is important that the City move forward with this project. He asked that the City Council authorize him to initiate this process. A resolution would be brought back at the next Council meeting making the waiver of the bid retroactive. Councilwoman Pritchett questioned the legality of making the bid waiver retroactive. Attorney Knighton indicated that administration hasn't gotten to that point because she's not reviewed any documentation to prepare the resolution. What the City Manager is asking from tonight, is the Council's approval, giving him the authority to move forward with this project. Captain Rifidn appeared before the City Council to share that this particular vendor is on the Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 12 of 17 state and local bidder's list and was used by Palmetto Bay and Doral to place the appropriate identifying markings on their police vehicles. He related that those police vehicles servicing the City of Miami Gardens do not leave the area to service other communities. If an officer is relocated to another area,the vehicle stays with the City of Miami Gardens. Councilwoman Pritchett suggested having the resolution in its totality brought to the Council at the next City Council meeting. Manager Crew said that this was not a big deal; he was only trying to move forward. However bringing everything back at the next Council meeting is not a problem. The City Manager was instructed to bring this item back for the Council's consideration at the next City Council meeting. Manager Crew introduced Mr. Jay Marder as the City's new Planning Director. Interviews are also underway for the Public Works Director, the Planning and Zoning Administrator, the Building Official and the Personnel Director. Mr. Steers, the City's Assistant to the City Manager shared that Mr. Marder's primary responsibility will be to develop the City's Comprehensive Master Plan. 13. REPORTS OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS 13A) GENERAL REPORTS FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS Mayor Gibson reminded the Council members of the Congressional Black Caucus Convention and asked that those interested in attending, should contact Ms. Odom to make applicable arrangements. Mayor Gibson also announced that the Florida League of Cities Conference is scheduled for August 19,2004. She encouraged the Council members to attend this very informative conference. Councilman Bratton announced that a series of Town Hall meetings on FY 04/05 budget will take place in each district and asked that each Council member make the announcement of where and when their meeting would take place. Vice Mayor Campbell announced that the Town Hall meeting for District One,would take place on Friday, August 13, 2004, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 3330 NW 213 Terrace, Miami Gardens, FL. Councilwoman Watson announced that the Town Hall meeting for District Two,would take place on Tuesday,August 17,2004,beginning at 7:00 p.m.at Sierra Norwood Calvary Church,495 NW 191" Street, Miami Gardens, FL. She related that decisions are made by people that show up and asked that everyone attend. Councilwoman King announced that the Town Hall meeting for District Three,would take place on Monday, August 23, 2004, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at The First Baptist Church of Bunch Park, 15700 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL. Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 13 of 17 Councilman Bratton announced that the Town Hall meeting for District Four, would take place on Thursday, September 2, 2004, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Miami Job Corp Center at 183rd Street NW 29th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL. Councilwoman Pritchett and Councilman Braynon respectively,announced that a joint Town Hall meeting for Districts 5 and 6 would be held on Tuesday,September 14,2004,beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd Street, Miami Gardens, FL Councilwoman Pritchett shared that according to the Miami Dade County Division of Elections,there are between 1,200-1,500 newly registered voters within the City of Miami Gardens. She suggested,with each Council member's permission,that during their Town Hall meeting,that representatives from the Division of Elections be on hand to demonstrate the Ivotronic voting machine,as well as voter registration or make changes to their current voter registration information. The Council members did not have obj ections to inviting the Miami Dade County Division of Elections to the Town Hall meetings. Councilwoman King apologized for her lateness at tonight's meeting. She explained that she had to get her father settled in upon his release from the hospital after suffering a heart attack. 14. REQUESTS,PETITIONS& OTHER COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC: 14A) PUBLIC COMMENTS - 20 MINUTES Ms. Paulette Sims Wimberly, residing 17351 NW 29d,Avenue, Miami Gardens, appeared before the City Council and recommended identifying those roads designated as state and county roads, within the City of Miami Gardens. She further stated that the beautification and clean up projects for the City should be the responsibility of a Beautification Committee. That Committee should bring its recommendation to the City Council. She further expressed concern with the sink holes in her community. She also conveyed concern with the upcoming Primary Election and the fact that during the 2000 Election votes were not counted in two of the precincts in Miami Gardens. Mr. Wendell James residing at 18820 NW 290i Place,Miami Gardens, appeared before the City Council to express his view that prior to the adoption of an item, the public should have an opportunity to voice their opinion. He expressed concern with bids being awarded to vendors located outside of the City. He further expressed concern with the public being excluded from the decision making process. Mayor Gibson addressed Mr. James' concern regarding public input on agenda items. She related that the agenda is structured so that the public will have an opportunity to comment on any resolution before the Council prior to adoption. The Agenda also provides for public hearing on any ordinance on the agenda for second reading,which allows the public an opportunity to speak prior to the adoption of that ordinance. Dr. Lester Brown, residing at 18801 NW 29h Court, Miami Gardens, appeared before the City Council to state that Miami Gardens was not a poor black city. He further commented that people don't know about the City because they don't read nor come to the meetings. He further Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 14 of 17 related that the City's proposed tax rate is still the second lowest tax rate in all of Miami Dade County. He further stated that the City Council was elected to represent the citizens of this community. Therefore, citizens are not required to voice their approval of issues because that is what the City Council was elected to do. He related that one of the reasons this city was created was to bring government closer to the people. He placed emphasis on the fact that democracy can only be sustained by an educated community. Vice Mayor Campbell piggybacking on Dr.Brown's comments referenced an article written in the Miami Herald Neighbor's Section where a resident of the City was quoted as saying that because he was against incorporation, he did not vote. He commented that if you are against something you vote no. He said that this is by far the most ignorant statement he's heard in a long time. People lost their lives so that African Americans would have the right to vote. Mr. Anslem Smith, residing at 721 NW 18701 Drive, Miami Gardens, appeared before the City Council to share that all of the Miami Dade County candidates for Mayor and Commission District Seat 1,had indicated at a political forum that they would be amenable to forgiving the City's debt. He asked that the City Council hold whoever is elected to keep that promise. Mayor Gibson placed emphasis on the fact that there are a whole lot of other issues that go on in District One, other than the City of Miami Gardens. She stated that not one County Commissioner can change anything at that Board of County Commission. Issues at the County level are first brought before a Committee,which in turn decides to either support or not support the issue prior to this issue ever coming before the Board of County Commissioners. She related that the 3.5 Million Dollar debt to Miami Dade County, which is spread out over ten a year period, is insignificant to the 6.5 Million Dollars the City has to pay to Miami Dade County every year for Specialized Police Services. She encouraged residents to broach the subject of the Specialize Police Services annual cost to the City at the next candidates' forum. Ms. Hillman-Harris, residing 3314 NW 213th Street, Miami Gardens, appeared before the City Council to express her excitement with the positive things happening within the City. She asked if the City had an Emergency Management Plan in place or was the City relying on Miami Dade County's. She further expressed concern with how the meetings are being advertised because there are individuals who just don't read. She related that she's been driving through her neighborhood announcing the meetings. Manager Crew related that the City is still under Miami Dade County Emergency Management Plan. Councilwoman Watson inquired as to whether the City would have to notify the Emergency Debris contractor when there is a threat of a hurricane. Manager Crew indicated that the contractor would be contracted 12 hours before the hurricane hits land. Within five hours after the hurricane passes,crews will be out in the community cleaning up the debris. Depending on the size of the hurricane, the contractor has committed to approximately 20 clean-up crews. Captain Rifkin related that the Miami Gardens/Carol City District Police Department has a Miami Gardens City Council Minutes-August 11,2004 Page 15 of 17 Hurricane Plan that is updated each year. He related that he would provide this information to administration. Mr. Vince Mancuso reappeared before the City Council to commend them for doing an excellent job. He shared that seventy-five percent of the residents don't know that they live in the City of Miami Gardens. He placed emphasis on the fact that the City has to educate the residents about the budget. Councilwoman King shared that Miami Dade County had increased taxes through the increase of assessment value, and no one has gone down to the Miami Dade County Manager's office to complain about that increase. Nor is this information been mentioned in the Miami Herald. Mayor Gibson shared that a lot of residents think that they live in Carol City and Opa-locks because of the zip codes. She related that she's been working with the Post Master in an effort to get this situation resolved. Ms. Venita Nelson, residing at 1683 NW 193rd Street, Miami Gardens, and serving as the Executive Director of Cool Kids Learn, Inc., the City's contractor for Park Programs, appeared before the City Council and provided each Council member with a T-shirt from the Summer Youth Program. She further provided a progress report for Cool Kids Learn's first six months and expounded on the activities that took place during the summer program and the planned activities for the fall season. Members of the City Council commended Ms.Nelson and her staff, for doing an excellent job for the City of Miami Gardens. Mr.Noriega reappeared before the City Council to report that he's lost approximately three to four feet of property to the rise in water from Andover Lake. Manager Crew related that that he would contact the South Florida Management District about this problem. Mr.Noriega further expressed concern with the removal of bus benches with advertisement and questioned how would a small business advertise. Manager Crew related that advertisement would be allowed on the bus shelters. Community newspapers are also venues that small businesses use to advertise. Councilwoman Watson asked if it would be appropriate for small businesses to place advertisements in the City's Newsletter. Manager Crew said that it is inappropriate for governments to sell advertisements space for placement in the City's Newsletters. 15. SPECIAL PRESENTATION(S) 16. ADJOURNMENT: Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 16 of 17 Upon being duly moved by Councilman Braynon and seconded by Councilman Bratton and upon being unanimously voted upon, the meeting ad'o ed at 10. 3 p.m. Sllirjo Gibso1i, Mayor Attest: onetta Taylor, CMCVity Clerk Miami Gardens City Council Minutes—August 11,2004 Page 17 of 17