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03.24.2010 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 2j,12010 - CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES MARCH 24, 2010 (A) CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL At approximately 6:10 p.m., Mayor Gibson stated the following: "I now call to order a public meeting of the City Council of the City of Miami Gardens for March 24, 2010. Madam Clerk call the roll: City Clerk Ronetta Taylor confirmed a quorum with the following members being present: Mayor Shirley Gibson, Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell Jr., Councilwoman Barbara Watson, Councilman Andre Williams, Councilman Melvin L. Bratton, Councilwoman Sharon Pritchett and Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert III. This meeting was called to order in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 1515 NW 167t' Street, Building 5, Suite 200, Miami Gardens, Florida. After the quorum was established, Mayor Gibson stated "The City Attorney has announced at a public meeting that she desires advice concerning the pending litigation matter of Miami Metro Media, LLC versus the City of Miami Gardens. We will now recess this public meeting to a private Attorney-Client session. The Executive Session will be limited to settlement negotiations or strategy sessions related to litigation expenditures. For the record, there is a court reporter present and this meeting will be held pursuant to Section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes. The meeting will be transcribed and upon completion, it will be provided to the City Clerk. The transcript will remain confidential and not subject to public disclosure, until the conclusion of the litigation. In attendance at the Executive Session will be myself, Mayor Shirley Gibson, Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell Jr, Councilwoman Barbara Watson, Councilman Andre Williams, Councilman Melvin L. Bratton, Councilwoman Sharon Pritchett and Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert III, City Manager Danny O. Crew, City Attorney Sonja K. Dickens, Assistant City Attorney Monica D. Barnes, outside Counsel Michael Burke, and the Court Reporter. The estimated length of the session shall be one hour. Upon Conclusion of the session, we will return to the public portion of the meeting to terminate the session. Motion to recess. Motion offered by Councilman Gilbert, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to recess this meeting". This motion passed and carried by a unanimous voice vote. All parties involved in this Executive Session retired to the City Council Conference Room. At approximately 7:16 p.m., Mayor Gibson reopened the Public meeting in the City Council Chambers, and stated, "The public Meeting is hereby called back to order. An Attorney Client-Client Session in the Litigation matter, Miami Metro Media, LLC versus the City of Miami Gardens has been held in accordance with Section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes. The Attorney Client Session is hereby terminated. Motion to adjourn." Motion offered by Councilman Gilbert, seconded by Vice Mayor Campbell. This motion passed and carried by a Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 1 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 unanimous voice vote. The City Council for the City of Miami Gardens, Florida, met in regular session on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, beginning at 7:17 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, 1515 NW 167th Street, Building 5, Suite 200, Miami Gardens,Florida. (B) INVOCATION Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert delivered the Invocation. (C) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Recited in unison. (D) APPROVAL OF MINUTES D-1) Regular City Council Minutes—February 24,2010 Motion offered by Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilman Bratton to approve the minutes, with necessary corrections, if any. This motion passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. (E) ORDER OF BUSINESS (Items to be pulled from Consent Agenda at this time) Motion offered by Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilman Bratton to pull Item J-2 from the Consent Agenda. This motion passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. (F) SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes each) F-1) Councilman Gilbert—Miami Norland Lady Vikings State Basketball Champs Councilman Gilbert along with the City Council presented trophies and mementos to the Miami Norland Lady Vikings State Basketball Champs,the coaches and support staff, as well as the Principal,Vice Principal, and Business Manager. The Miami Norland Lady Vikings is the State Basketball Champs for the second time in two years. F-2) City Manager Dr. Danny O. Crew-Black Global Bikers Association Mark Brown, President of the Black Global Bikers Association appeared before the City Council to present the City with a Plaque for its support during this association's community events. F-3) Mayor Gibson—Wertheim College of Medicine,FIU-Luther Brewster, Ph.D., Dir. NeighborhoodHELP and Virginia Harvin,RN, Community Outreach Coordinator Mayor Gibson shared the City of Miami Gardens is a partner with the Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU. Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU has decided it wants to train physicians to be culturally sensitive, and to understand how to heal an individual and subsequently heal a family. There is a team assigned to a family, with a medical school physician who is with that family until he/she finishes medical school. Furthermore, there is an additional support system to address any issues that might occur with that household. Virginia Harvin, 20040 NW 13th Court, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to expound on the program. She said exactly one year ago, FIU introduced this Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 2 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 program and partnership to the City of Miami Gardens. NeighborhoodHELP has now grown to five (5) members. Dr. Luther Brewster, 16699 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, appeared before the City Council to provide an update on NeighborhoodHELP. The program currently has 42 students. The students have completed three classes and are now moving to their fourth class. It is during this fourth class that the students are assigned to their households. The implementation date for this is May 14, 2010. The students include: Social Work students,nursing students, law students, education students. A Pipeline Program has also been added. Currently 162 households have been identified and referred to FIU by community base organizations. Councilman Bratton asked whether those 42 households are aware they were selected to participate in this program. Dr. Brewster said the 42 households are aware due in part because they were selected and referred to FIU by community based organizations. Councilman Bratton asked for security purposes how would the students visiting these households be identified. Dr. Brewster said the students would have identification badges. Mayor Gibson thanked Dr. Brewster for this presentation. She further shared one of the challenges FIU has is identifying African American and other minority students to go into med school, and if enrolled,that they are successful. F-4) Proclamation—Water Conservation Month Mayor Gibson presented a proclamation to Mr. Joseph Jean-Baptiste from the South Florida Water Management District,proclaiming April as Water Conservation Month. Mr. Baptiste appeared before the City Council to thank Mayor Gibson, the City Council and the City of Miami Gardens for its support. F-5) City Manager Dr. Danny O. Crew—City of Miami Gardens Employee of the Month Manager Crew introduced Orlando Wray, an employee in the Fleet Department, as Employee of the month for the month of February 2010. Manager Crew presented a five year service pin to Michael Jordan of the Public Works Department. (G) PUBLIC COMMENTS Santarvis Brown, 17531 NW 47th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Item K-1. He presented a petition with over 200 signatures in support of this item as well. That document is attached hereto as Exhibit "A", and made a part of the Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 3 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 public record thereof. Alice Stanley, 15281 NW 18th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council for clarification purposes and asked how many individuals can participate in the senior's program. Furthermore she wanted to know whether additional pickup/departing sites can be added to the route. Right now the seniors are picked up at Cloverleaf Park. She further shared a field trip for Fairchild Tropical Gardens is scheduled for this coming Monday. The information provided for this fieldtrip states no lunch provides. For clarification purposes she asked whether the bus would be stopping for lunch or should the seniors bring their lunch? Mayor Gibson asked that Ms. Stanley speak with Daniel Rosemond, Assistant City Manager about these issues. Councilwoman Pritchett asked that all the Council members be provided with the information being provided to Ms. Stanley. Vice Mayor Campbell opined that residents should not have to wait to come to a City Council meeting to get their questions answered. He suggested that if there are questions individuals should contact the department directly rather than having to wait for a City Council meeting. Mayor Gibson further shared the City just purchased a large piece of property (183`d Street, NW 12th Avenue) for a senior center. She commented, individuals will find that this particular property, when developed with be the Hub for a lot of senior citizen activities. (I) ORDINANCES) FOR FIRST READING: None. (I) ORDINANCE(S) FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S): I-1) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, RELATING TO ELECTIONS, CALLING THE 2010 GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS FOR THE CITY COUNCIL SEATS 2, 4. 6 AND PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENTS; SCHEDULING THE DAY, PLACE AND TIME OF THE ELECTION; PROVIDING FOR RUNOFF ELECTION, IF NECESSARY; PROVIDING FOR QUALIFICATION OF CANDIDATES; PROVIDING FOR CLOSE OF ELECTION BOOKS; APPROVING THE OFFICIAL BALLOT FORM; PROVIDING FOR NOTIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY CLERK) Clerk Taylor stated this item is calling the City's General and Special Election for Tuesday, Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 4 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH L,1?010 August 24, 2010, at which time a Council member will be elected for Residential Areas Seat 2 and 4, and At-Large Seat 6. Also on August 24, 2010, proposed Charter questions would be put to the voters for consideration. Mayor Gibson 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 Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to adopt this ordinance. After there was no discussion,the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilman Bratton: Yes Vice Mayor Campbell: Yes Councilman Gilbert: Yes Councilwoman Pritchett: Yes Councilwoman Watson: Yes Councilman Williams: Yes Mayor Gibson: Yes (J-1) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION NO. 2010-57-1239 J-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND ATTEST, RESPECTIVELY, THAT CERTAIN AGREEMENT WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT "A;" AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ACCEPT A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($20,000.00) TO BE USED FOR THE MIAMI GARDENS POLICE DEPARTMENT CHILD/PASSENGER SAFETY PROGRAM; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) RESOLUTION NO. 2010-58-1240 J-3) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, CONFIRMING COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III'S REAPPOINTMENT OF JOHN ZEIGLER TO THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMUNITY FOR A THREE YEAR TERM, ENDING MARCH 24, 2013; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III) Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 5 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH L24)J2010 RESOLUTION NO. 2010-59-1241 J-4) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, CONFIRMING COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III'S APPOINTMENT OF KARLYN R. HYLTON TO THE CARIBBEAN AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR A THREE YEAR TERM, ENDING MARCH 24, 2013; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III) Motion offered by Councilman Gilbert, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to adopt the Consent Agenda. This motion passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. (K-1)RESOLUTIONS RESOLUTION NO. 2010-60-1242 J-2) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2009-65-1010 TO REDUCE THE COMMERCIAL BUILDING ALTERATION AND REPAIR PERMIT FEES; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Councilwoman Pritchett asked what is the projected dollar amount in this fiscal year's budget for those permit fees. Manager Crew explained individual fees are not projected. The projection is done for fees overall. Most of the time this particular fee is not so much that it would make a significant impact on the budget. He shared there was a project coming up and the developer decided to not do the project because of the City's fees. With this reduction, that potential project might get built. Motion offered by Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to adopt this item. At the conclusion of this discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. RESOLUTION NO. 2010-61-1243 K-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE ANY AND ALL STEPS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO CREATE A "RESIDENT LABOR INCENTIVE PROGRAM," WHEREBY THE CITY WILL PROVIDE A FINANCIAL INCENTIVE TO THE CITY'S PRIVATE CONTRACTORS WHO PERFORM BOARD-UP AND CLEAN-UP SERVICES IN THE CITY; AUTHORIZING THE CITY Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 6 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 MANAGER TO TAKE ALL STEPS TO APPLY FOR EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($80,000.00) FROM THE CITY'S PUBLIC SERVICE ALLOCATION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING FROM FISCAL YEAR 2010/2011 FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN ANDRE WILLIAMS) Councilman Williams thanked all those present at tonight's meeting in support of this item. He further thanked everyone who signed the petition in support. The City has a 16% unemployment rate, which is probably the highest in South Florida. There is also a high rate of foreclosures and abandoned homes in this community. Those homes require boarding up and repair. The City has a responsibility to reasonable maintain these homes. Since the City has to maintain these homes why not hire unemployed residents who are looking for work and looking to put food on their tables. The CDBG dollars being allocated are federal dollars, and not city funds. This program utilizes no money from the City's General Fund for this purpose. This is not a unique program due in part because the City of Opa-locka has adopted a similar program. This program accomplished two goals: 1) hires local unemployed residents; and 2) repair and/or board up abandoned and foreclosed properties within the City. Motion offered by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilwoman Pritchett to adopt this resolution. Mayor Gibson asked whether the participants would be paid more than the minimum wage. Councilman Williams in response to Mayor Gibson's question said the participants would be paid a living wage of$11.00. Councilwoman Pritchett made reference to language in the Agenda memorandum, more particularly "Traditionally, in order to abate nuisance and clean properties the City contracts with private entities to provide board-up and lot clearing at an average cost of $1,500 per home". Under the Resident Labor Incentive Program "City's contractors will receive up to $2,000 per property to provide lot clearing and board up services if the contractor employs City residents to complete the work. She asked for clarification between the two statements. Attorney Dickens explained in the first sentence average cost. The second sentence indicates this is the maximum the City will pay. She shared some of the repairs have exceed $2,000. Councilman Bratton asked what is the correct way to file a petition. Attorney Dickens in response to Councilman Bratton's question said there is no requirement for filing this type of petition. Councilman Gilbert asked whether these funds would be allocated from next fiscal year. Manager Crew explained the City will be receiving its CDBG Funds in October 2010. Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 7 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 Councilman Gilbert opined this is a good idea. He made reference to the fact that the funds would be coming out of the public service CDBG Grant, and asked if the City approved this now, would there be sufficient funds to approve the other programs already receiving funding from the Public Service CDBG Grants, such as meals for the elderly. He said in reading the documentation, it authorizes the City Manager to apply for the program. In essence the City Manager will apply through the CDBG process to the City Council for funding. Manager Crew in response to Councilman Gilbert's question said that is correct. Councilwoman Pritchett made reference to the American Reinvest Act, which puts Americans pack to work and asked why would the City have to wait until October for those funds. She said clearly there are dollars allocated for this specific purpose this fiscal year. Manager Crew said this is a separate account from the CDBG. The ARA is not a direct jobs program for the City. The ARA funds are used for public works projects, housing rehab, etc. Councilwoman Pritchett for clarification purposes asked whether the City would have to apply for the funds for this program. Manager Crew explained the City receives CDBG Funds. However, the City is not allowed to keep the money. The money has to be awarded for programming. Last year the Parks and Recreation Department applied and received $15,000 for a program. The Parks and Recreation Department's application was reviewed just like any other application. He said the priorities would have to be reviewed to include providing for jobs within the communities. At the conclusion of this discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. (M) REPORTS OF CITY MANAGER/CITY ATTORNEY/CITY CLERK M-1) City Manager Monthly Report Attorney Dickens reminded the Council Members that appointments were needed for the Education Compact so that the corporation does not become defunct. Manager Crew announced that a meeting of the Miami Gardens Leasing Corporation was needed. He suggested holding this meeting April 12,2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (N) REPORTS OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS Councilman Gilbert congratulated the City of Miami Gardens and residents for a wonderful and successful Jazz in the Gardens. Councilwoman Pritchett announced the Census will begin April 1, 2010. She encouraged everyone to fill out the questionnaire. She placed emphasis on the importance of filling out the questionnaire and being counted. Councilman Bratton said he received telephone calls about individuals who have received two census questionnaire forms. Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 8 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 Mayor Gibson said only one form per household should be filled out. Councilman Williams broached the subject of Health Care Reform. He said he wanted everyone to understand this is the most important piece of economic legislation of our lifetime. Mayor Gibson further placed emphasis on the importance of sending in the census questionnaire. Traditionally, the state of Florida has a very low percentage of response. If people do not respond to the census questionnaire, the state of Florida is going to suffer when it comes to receiving the federal dollars because you only get those dollars if you are counted. Councilwoman Pritchett commended Jay Marder, Development Services Director and Deputy City Manager Renee Farmer for the quick response in providing flyers on a day's notice. (0) WRITTEN REQUESTS, PETITIONS & OTHER WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC None (P) ADJOURNMENT There being no further business to come before this Body, and upon a motion being duly made and seconded,the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p. Attest: 7 dibson, Mayor 'or, Taylor, M , City Clerk Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 9 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 12010 CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES MARCH 24, 2010 (A) CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL At approximately 6:10 p.m., Mayor Gibson stated the following: "I now call to order a public meeting of the City Council of the City of Miami Gardens for March 24, 2010. Madam Clerk call the roll: City Clerk Ronetta Taylor confirmed a quorum with the following members being present: Mayor Shirley Gibson, Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell Jr., Councilwoman Barbara Watson, Councilman Andre Williams, Councilman Melvin L. Bratton, Councilwoman Sharon Pritchett and Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert III. This meeting was called to order in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 1515 NW 167`' Street, Building 5, Suite 200, Miami Gardens, Florida. After the quorum was established, Mayor Gibson stated "The City Attorney has announced at a public meeting that she desires advice concerning the pending litigation matter of Miami Metro Media, LLC versus the City of Miami Gardens. We will now recess this public meeting to a private Attorney-Client session. The Executive Session will be limited to settlement negotiations or strategy sessions related to litigation expenditures. For the record, there is a court reporter present and this meeting will be held pursuant to Section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes. The meeting will be transcribed and upon completion, it will be provided to the City Clerk. The transcript will remain confidential and not subject to public disclosure,until the conclusion of the litigation. In attendance at the Executive Session will be myself, Mayor Shirley Gibson, Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell Jr, Councilwoman Barbara Watson, Councilman Andre Williams, Councilman Melvin L. Bratton, Councilwoman Sharon Pritchett and Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert III, City Manager Danny O. Crew, City Attorney Sonja K. Dickens, Assistant City Attorney Monica D. Barnes, outside Counsel Michael Burke, and the Court Reporter. The estimated length of the session shall be one hour. Upon Conclusion of the session, we will return to the public portion of the meeting to terminate the session. Motion to recess. Motion offered by Councilman Gilbert, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to recess this meeting". This motion passed and carried by a unanimous voice vote. All parties involved in this Executive Session retired to the City Council Conference Room. At approximately 7:16 p.m., Mayor Gibson reopened the Public meeting in the City Council Chambers, and stated, "The public Meeting is hereby called back to order. An Attorney Client-Client Session in the Litigation matter, Miami Metro Media, LLC versus the City of Miami Gardens has been held in accordance with Section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes. The Attorney Client Session is hereby terminated. Motion to adjourn." Motion offered by Councilman Gilbert, seconded by Vice Mayor Campbell. This motion passed and carried by a Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 1 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 12010 unanimous voice vote. The City Council for the City of Miami Gardens, Florida, met in regular session on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, beginning at 7:17 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, 1515 NW 167th Street,Building 5, Suite 200, Miami Gardens,Florida. (B) INVOCATION Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert delivered the Invocation. (C) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Recited in unison. (D) APPROVAL OF MINUTES D-1) Regular City Council Minutes—February 24, 2010 Motion offered by Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilman Bratton to approve the minutes, with necessary corrections, if any. This motion passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. (E) ORDER OF BUSINESS (Items to be pulled from Consent Agenda at this time) Motion offered by Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilman Bratton to pull Item J-2 from the Consent Agenda. This motion passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. (F) SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes each) F-1) Councilman Gilbert—Miami Norland Lady Vikings State Basketball Champs Councilman Gilbert along with the City Council presented trophies and mementos to the Miami Norland Lady Vikings State Basketball Champs,the coaches and support staff, as well as the Principal,Vice Principal, and Business Manager. The Miami Norland Lady Vikings is the State Basketball Champs for the second time in two years. F-2) City Manager Dr. Danny O. Crew -Black Global Bikers Association Mark Brown, President of the Black Global Bikers Association appeared before the City Council to present the City with a Plaque for its support during this association's community events. F-3) Mayor Gibson—Wertheim College of Medicine,FIU-Luther Brewster, Ph.D.,Dir. NeighborhoodHELP and Virginia Harvin,RN, Community Outreach Coordinator Mayor Gibson shared the City of Miami Gardens is a partner with the Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU. Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU has decided it wants to train physicians to be culturally sensitive, and to understand how to heal an individual and subsequently heal a family. There is a team assigned to a family, with a medical school physician who is with that family until he/she finishes medical school. Furthermore, there is an additional support system to address any issues that might occur with that household. Virginia Harvin, 20040 NW 13th Court, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council to expound on the program. She said exactly one year ago, FIU introduced this Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 2 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 program and partnership to the City of Miami Gardens. NeighborhoodHELP has now grown to five (5)members. Dr. Luther Brewster, 16699 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, appeared before the City Council to provide an update on NeighborhoodHELP. The program currently has 42 students. The students have completed three classes and are now moving to their fourth class. It is during this fourth class that the students are assigned to their households. The implementation date for this is May 14, 2010. The students include: Social Work students, nursing students, law students, education students. A Pipeline Program has also been added. Currently 162 households have been identified and referred to FIU by community base organizations. Councilman Bratton asked whether those 42 households are aware they were selected to participate in this program. Dr. Brewster said the 42 households are aware due in part because they were selected and referred to FIU by community based organizations. Councilman Bratton asked for security purposes how would the students visiting these households be identified. Dr. Brewster said the students would have identification badges. Mayor Gibson thanked Dr. Brewster for this presentation. She further shared one of the challenges FIU has is identifying African American and other minority students to go into med school, and if enrolled,that they are successful. F-4) Proclamation—Water Conservation Month Mayor Gibson presented a proclamation to Mr. Joseph Jean-Baptiste from the South Florida Water Management District,proclaiming April as Water Conservation Month. Mr. Baptiste appeared before the City Council to thank Mayor Gibson, the City Council and the City of Miami Gardens for its support. F-5) City Manager Dr. Danny O. Crew—City of Miami Gardens Employee of the Month Manager Crew introduced Orlando Wray, an employee in the Fleet Department, as Employee of the month for the month of February 2010. Manager Crew presented a five year service pin to Michael Jordan of the Public Works Department. (G) PUBLIC COMMENTS Santarvis Brown, 17531 NW 47th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council in support of Item K-1. He presented a petition with over 200 signatures in support of this item as well. That document is attached hereto as Exhibit "A", and made a part of the Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 3 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 public record thereof. Alice Stanley, 15281 NW 18th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida, appeared before the City Council for clarification purposes and asked how many individuals can participate in the senior's program. Furthermore she wanted to know whether additional pickup/departing sites can be added to the route. Right now the seniors are picked up at Cloverleaf Park. She further shared a field trip for Fairchild Tropical Gardens is scheduled for this coming Monday. The information provided for this fieldtrip states no lunch provides. For clarification purposes she asked whether the bus would be stopping for lunch or should the seniors bring their lunch? Mayor Gibson asked that Ms. Stanley speak with Daniel Rosemond, Assistant City Manager about these issues. Councilwoman Pritchett asked that all the Council members be provided with the information being provided to Ms. Stanley. Vice Mayor Campbell opined that residents should not have to wait to come to a City Council meeting to get their questions answered. He suggested that if there are questions individuals should contact the department directly rather than having to wait for a City Council meeting. Mayor Gibson further shared the City just purchased a large piece of property (183`d Street, NW 12th Avenue) for a senior center. She commented, individuals will find that this particular property, when developed with be the Hub for a lot of senior citizen activities. (H) ORDINANCE(S) FOR FIRST READING: None. (I) ORDINANCE(S) FOR SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING(S): I-1) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, RELATING TO ELECTIONS, CALLING THE 2010 GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS FOR THE CITY COUNCIL SEATS 2, 4. 6 AND PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENTS; SCHEDULING THE DAY, PLACE AND TIME OF THE ELECTION; PROVIDING FOR RUNOFF ELECTION, IF NECESSARY; PROVIDING FOR QUALIFICATION OF CANDIDATES; PROVIDING FOR CLOSE OF ELECTION BOOKS; APPROVING THE OFFICIAL BALLOT FORM; PROVIDING FOR NOTIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY CLERK) Clerk Taylor stated this item is calling the City's General and Special Election for Tuesday, Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 4 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 August 24, 2010, at which time a Council member will be elected for Residential Areas Seat 2 and 4, and At-Large Seat 6. Also on August 24, 2010, proposed Charter questions would be put to the voters for consideration. Mayor Gibson 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 Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to adopt this ordinance. After there was no discussion,the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 7-0 vote. Councilman Bratton: Yes Vice Mayor Campbell: Yes Councilman Gilbert: Yes Councilwoman Pritchett: Yes Councilwoman Watson: Yes Councilman Williams: Yes Mayor Gibson: Yes (J-1) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION NO. 2010-57-1239 J-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE AND ATTEST, RESPECTIVELY, THAT CERTAIN AGREEMENT WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT "A;" AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ACCEPT A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($20,000.00) TO BE USED FOR THE MIAMI GARDENS POLICE DEPARTMENT CHILD/PASSENGER SAFETY PROGRAM; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) RESOLUTION NO. 2010-58-1240 J-3) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, CONFIRMING COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III'S REAPPOINTMENT OF JOHN ZEIGLER TO THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMUNITY FOR A THREE YEAR TERM, ENDING MARCH 24, 2013; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III) Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 5 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 1 2010 RESOLUTION NO. 2010-59-1241 J-4) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, CONFIRMING COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III'S APPOINTMENT OF KARLYN R. HYLTON TO THE CARIBBEAN AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR A THREE YEAR TERM, ENDING MARCH 24, 2013; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III) Motion offered by Councilman Gilbert, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to adopt the Consent Agenda. This motion passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. (K-1)RESOLUTIONS RESOLUTION NO. 2010-60-1242 J-2) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2009-65-1010 TO REDUCE THE COMMERCIAL BUILDING ALTERATION AND REPAIR PERMIT FEES; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY THE CITY MANAGER) Councilwoman Pritchett asked what is the projected dollar amount in this fiscal year's budget for those permit fees. Manager Crew explained individual fees are not projected. The projection is done for fees overall. Most of the time this particular fee is not so much that it would make a significant impact on the budget. He shared there was a project coming up and the developer decided to not do the project because of the City's fees. With this reduction, that potential project might get built. Motion offered by Councilwoman Pritchett, seconded by Councilwoman Watson to adopt this item. At the conclusion of this discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. RESOLUTION NO. 2010-61-1243 K-1) A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE ANY AND ALL STEPS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO CREATE A "RESIDENT LABOR INCENTIVE PROGRAM," WHEREBY THE CITY WILL PROVIDE A FINANCIAL INCENTIVE TO THE CITY'S PRIVATE CONTRACTORS WHO PERFORM BOARD-UP AND CLEAN-UP SERVICES IN THE CITY; AUTHORIZING THE CITY Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 6 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 MANAGER TO TAKE ALL STEPS TO APPLY FOR EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($80,000.00) FROM THE CITY'S PUBLIC SERVICE ALLOCATION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING FROM FISCAL YEAR 2010/2011 FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (SPONSORED BY COUNCILMAN ANDRE WILLIAMS) Councilman Williams thanked all those present at tonight's meeting in support of this item. He further thanked everyone who signed the petition in support. The City has a 16% unemployment rate, which is probably the highest in South Florida. There is also a high rate of foreclosures and abandoned homes in this community. Those homes require boarding up and repair. The City has a responsibility to reasonable maintain these homes. Since the City has to maintain these homes why not hire unemployed residents who are looking for work and looking to put food on their tables. The CDBG dollars being allocated are federal dollars, and not city funds. This program utilizes no money from the City's General Fund for this purpose. This is not a unique program due in part because the City of Opa-locka has adopted a similar program. This program accomplished two goals: 1) hires local unemployed residents; and 2) repair and/or board up abandoned and foreclosed properties within the City. Motion offered by Councilman Williams, seconded by Councilwoman Pritchett to adopt this resolution. Mayor Gibson asked whether the participants would be paid more than the minimum wage. Councilman Williams in response to Mayor Gibson's question said the participants would be paid a living wage of$11.00. Councilwoman Pritchett made reference to language in the Agenda memorandum, more particularly "Traditionally, in order to abate nuisance and clean properties the City contracts with private entities to provide board-up and lot clearing at an average cost of $1,500 per home". Under the Resident Labor Incentive Program "City's contractors will receive up to $2,000 per property to provide lot clearing and board up services if the contractor employs City residents to complete the work. She asked for clarification between the two statements. Attorney Dickens explained in the first sentence average cost. The second sentence indicates this is the maximum the City will pay. She shared some of the repairs have exceed $2,000. Councilman Bratton asked what is the correct way to file a petition. Attorney Dickens in response to Councilman Bratton's question said there is no requirement for filing this type of petition. Councilman Gilbert asked whether these funds would be allocated from next fiscal year. Manager Crew explained the City will be receiving its CDBG Funds in October 2010. Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 7 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 Councilman Gilbert opined this is a good idea. He made reference to the fact that the funds would be coming out of the public service CDBG Grant, and asked if the City approved this now, would there be sufficient funds to approve the other programs already receiving funding from the Public Service CDBG Grants, such as meals for the elderly. He said in reading the documentation, it authorizes the City Manager to apply for the program. In essence the City Manager will apply through the CDBG process to the City Council for funding. Manager Crew in response to Councilman Gilbert's question said that is correct. Councilwoman Pritchett made reference to the American Reinvest Act, which puts Americans pack to work and asked why would the City have to wait until October for those funds. She said clearly there are dollars allocated for this specific purpose this fiscal year. Manager Crew said this is a separate account from the CDBG. The ARA is not a direct jobs program for the City. The ARA funds are used for public works projects, housing rehab, etc. Councilwoman Pritchett for clarification purposes asked whether the City would have to apply for the funds for this program. Manager Crew explained the City receives CDBG Funds. However, the City is not allowed to keep the money. The money has to be awarded for programming. Last year the Parks and Recreation Department applied and received $15,000 for a program. The Parks and Recreation Department's application was reviewed just like any other application. He said the priorities would have to be reviewed to include providing for jobs within the communities. At the conclusion of this discussion, the motion to adopt passed and carried by a 7-0 voice vote. (M) REPORTS OF CITY MANAGERXITY ATTORNEY/CITY CLERK M-1) City Manager Monthly Report Attorney Dickens reminded the Council Members that appointments were needed for the Education Compact so that the corporation does not become defunct. Manager Crew announced that a meeting of the Miami Gardens Leasing Corporation was needed. He suggested holding this meeting April 12, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (N) REPORTS OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS Councilman Gilbert congratulated the City of Miami Gardens and residents for a wonderful and successful Jazz in the Gardens. Councilwoman Pritchett announced the Census will begin April 1, 2010. She encouraged everyone to fill out the questionnaire. She placed emphasis on the importance of filling out the questionnaire and being counted. Councilman Bratton said he received telephone calls about individuals who have received two census questionnaire forms. Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 8 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 2010 Mayor Gibson said only one form per household should be filled out. Councilman Williams broached the subject of Health Care Reform. He said he wanted everyone to understand this is the most important piece of economic legislation of our lifetime. Mayor Gibson further placed emphasis on the importance of sending in the census questionnaire. Traditionally, the state of Florida has a very low percentage of response. If people do not respond to the census questionnaire, the state of Florida is going to suffer when it comes to receiving the federal dollars because you only get those dollars if you are counted. Councilwoman Pritchett commended Jay Marder, Development Services Director and Deputy City Manager Renee Farmer for the quick response in providing flyers on a day's notice. (0) WRITTEN REQUESTS, PETITIONS & OTHER WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC None (P) ADJOURNMENT There being no further business to come before this Body, and upon a motion being duly made and seconded,the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m. Attest: it y Gibson, Mayor jw� Ronetta Taylor, MAC, City Clerk Regular City Council Minutes March 24, 2010 Page 9