City of Miami Beach - City Commission Meeting
Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall
1700 Convention Center Drive
March 14, 2001

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PA1 Cert. of Apprec./J. Bremer, Volunteering as Payroll Project Manager. 1

PA2 Cert. of Apprec./Police Officers, Efforts in T.A.G. 2001 Program. (Liebman)

PA3 Proclamation/Peace Corps, Honor its Volunteers, Past & Present. (Liebman)

PA4 Cert. of Apprec./Beach High Baseball Team, Successful Season. (Smith) 3

PA5 New Item: Proclamation/So Be Rollers & National Skate Patrol. (Dermer)

C2A Issue SO, Purchase/Install Siemens Prompt Response System, $214,864. 5

C2B BA 128-99/00, Roof Replacement of City Hall Bldg., $329,149. 25

C4A Ref: Community Affairs Comm., Commemorate Late Jerome Greene. (Smith) 27

C4B Ref: Fin. & Citywide Proj. Comm., Establish Citizen/Staff Task Force. (Cruz) 39

C4C Ref: Joint Fin. & CW Proj. Comm. & Land Use Comm., Rights-of-Way Ordinance. 41

C4D Ref: Community Affairs Comm., Name Baseball Field "Skip Bertman Stadium".(Smith) 43

C4E Ref: Community Affairs Comm., Honor Former Mayor Mel Richard. (Dermer) 51

C4F Ref: Community Affairs Comm., Appropriate Utilization of Gov't Cable Channel 20. A

C7A Reschedule Commission Mtg for March 28, 2001 & Change Comm. Dates for April. 53

C7B Approve/Adopt, Local Housing Asst. Plan for SHIP Program for State FY 2001-2004. 55

C7C Accept Recomm., Design Services for Lobby of TOPA & Carpet Repl. at Conv. Ctr. 85

C7D Execute Agmt w/ Motorola, Purchase Mobile Computing System for Police Dept. 91

C7E Adopt Budget/Approp. Funds, Police Special Revenue Account FY 2000/01. 111

C7F File Grant/Auth. Budget & Expend. of Grant Funds, Fla. Motor Vehicle Prev. Auth. 115

C7G File Grant Retroactively/Auth. Budget & Expend. of Grant Funds, Victims of Crime Act. 127

C7H Execute Amend. to Agmt w/ ARI Architects, (14) Restrooms at MB Conv. Center. 167

C7I Execute Agmt w/ B&A, A/E & Graphic Design Services for Various Projects. 213

C7J Execute Amend. to A/E Agmt w/ B&A, Constr. Mgmt Serv./N. Bch. Rec. Corridor. 219

C7K Accept Proposal/Execute Agmt, Long Range Plan for Electrowave Shuttle Service. 227

C7L Issue RFQ, Final Design/Engineering Plan for Roadway Project on Collins Avenue. 251

C7M Retroactively Approve Placement of (140) Banners for Winter Party, 3/2/01 to 3/13/01. 265

R5A 10:30 a.m. 2nd Rdg, Amend "Cone of Silence". 273

R5B 10:35 a.m. 2nd Rdg, Amend Ord., Capital Projects Oversight Committee. 283

R5C 10:40 a.m. 2nd Rdg, Altos Del Mar Single Fam. Resid. Devlp't Regs. 5/7 289

R5D 10:50 a.m. 2nd Rdg, Revisions to Off-Street Parking & Roof Replacements. 5/7 323

R5E 11:00 a.m., 1st & Only Rdg, Zoning Map Change Ordinance. 5/7 329

R5F 2:00 p.m., 2nd Rdg, Revisions to Historic Preservation Ordinance. 5/7 339

R6A Report: Land Use & Development Committee Meeting of March 5, 2001. 347

R7A D-Accept Recomm., Provide Prog. Mgmt Serv. to Manage Facilities & Parks Projects. 351

R7B 3:00 p.m., Auth. Linc. Rd Marketing to Utilize Concession Rev. for Promoting Linc. Rd. 389

R7C 10:45 p.m. Public Hrg, Waive Land Devlp't Regulations, N. Shore Park/Youth Ctr. 5/7 395

R7D D-Accept Recomm., Provide Urban Design, A/E Serv. in Flamingo/Lummus Park. 405/SM

R7E Issue Rate Order, Declare Proposed Increase in Cable TV Rate by Interlink. 407

R9A Board and Committee Appointments. 413

R9A1 Disc. Health Advisory Committee/Appointments. 459

R9B1 1:30 p.m., Dr. Stanley Sutnick Citizens' Forum. 461

R9B2 5:30 p.m., Dr. Stanley Sutnick Citizens' Forum. 461

R9C D-Disc. Waiving Service Fees for Moda in Miami - Fashion Week. (Kasdin) 463

R9D Disc. Create Blue-Ribbon Comm., Evaluate Park Prog./Fee Structure for CMB. (Bower) 483

R9E 2:05 p.m., Disc. Funding for "Cool School" as Promised by MBHA. (Liebman) 485

R9F 4:30 p.m., Disc. Winter Music Conference. (Liebman) 491

R9G D-Disc. Extension of Operating Hours for Bars & Nightclubs. (Liebman) 493

R9H 3:30 p.m., Disc. Czech Republic as a Sister City. (Bower) 497

R9I Disc. Creation of Sunset Harbour Advisory Board. (Liebman) 499

R9J Disc. Progress Report on the Status of Regional Library. (Garcia) 503

R9K 4:00 p.m., Disc. Dennis Donegan's Letter/Hit-and-Run Traffic Fatalities. (Smith) 505/SM

R9L Report on the G.O. Bond Committee Mtg of March 5, 2001. (Dermer) A

REPORTS AND INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

A City Attorney's Status Report. 511

B Parking Status Report. 519

C Status Report on Collins Park Cultural Center. 537

D 11:30 a.m., Indian Creek Greenway Project Presentation. 547

E Status Report on the Rehabilitation Project of Existing Bldgs./Fire Station 4 & 2. 611

REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY ITEMS - 10:00 A.M.

2A Report on Itemized Revenues/Expenditures of RDA, January 2001. 1

2B Report on the Georgian Condominium. 3

2C Status Report on South Pointe Streetscape. 13

3A Set RDA Mtg for March 28, 2001 & Change RDA Mtg Dates for April. 21

Call to Order - 9:28 a.m.

Inspirational Message and Pledge of Allegiance

Requests for Additions, Withdrawals, and Deferrals

PA - Presentations and Awards

9:32 am/148t1

PA1 Certificate of Appreciation to be Presented to John P. Bremer for His Volunteer Activities from November 1, 1999 through January 31, 2001, as Payroll Project Manager on Behalf of the Information Technology Department to Implement the Cyborg Systems, Inc., Human Resources and Payroll Management System. (Page 1)

(Information Technology)

ACTION: Certificate of Appreciation presented.

9:37 am/299t1

PA2 Certificate of Appreciation to be Presented to Captain Tom Skinner, Detective Alfredo Cata, Officer David de la Espriella, Officer James Harris and Officer Julio Blanco, for their Continuous Efforts in Eradicating Graffiti in North Beach.

(Requested by Commissioner Nancy Liebman)

ACTION: Certificates of Appreciation presented.

9:42 am/451t1

PA3 Proclamation to be Presented in Recognition of the Achievements of the Peace Corps, and Honor its Volunteers, Past and Present.

Requested by Commissioner Nancy Liebman)

ACTION: Proclamation presented.

 

9:45am/600t1

PA4 Certificate of Appreciation to be Presented to Coach Lou Sanchez and the Miami Beach Senior High School 2001 Baseball Team in Recognition of their Hard Work and Success this Season. (Page 3)

(Requested by Commissioner Jose Smith)

ACTION: Certificate of Appreciation presented.

10:00am/984t1

PA5 Proclamation to be Presented to So Be Rollers & National Skate Patrol.

(Requested by Commissioner Dermer)

ACTION: Proclamation presented.

Handout:

1. Materials referencing Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

 

NEW ITEM:

Jorge M. Gonzalez, City Manager, introduced Saul Frances as the new Parking Director.

ADDENDUM ITEMS

ACTION: Motion made by Commissioner Bower to add C4F and R9L as emergency items; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Voice vote: 6-0; absent: Mayor Kasdin.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

ACTION: Motion made by Commissioner Bower to approve the Consent Agenda; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Voice vote: 6-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin.

C2 - Competitive Bid Reports

C2A Commission Memorandum No. 128-01 (Page 5)

Request for Approval to Issue a Standing Order to Siemens Business Communications, Pursuant to State of Florida Contract No. 730-650-90-1, in the Amount of $214,864, for the Purchase and Installation of a Siemens Prompt Response System, With Interactive Voice Response (IVR), Audiotex, Call Processing, Call Routing, Fax Response, Speech Recognition, and Messaging Modules, to Enable 24/7 Access to City Resources.

(Information Technology)

ACTION: Award authorized. Gus Lopez to issue a Standing Order. Kay Randall to handle.

C2B Commission Memorandum No. 129-01 (Page 25)

Request for Approval to Award a Contract to Laumar Roofing South, Inc., in the Amount of $329,149, Pursuant to Bid No. 128-99/00 for the Roof Replacement of the City Hall Building.

(Property Management)

ACTION: Award authorized. Brad Judd to handle.

C4 - Commission Committee Assignments

C4A Referral to the Community Affairs Committee - Request to Commemorate the Late Jerome Greene for his Past Involvement and Work in the City of Miami Beach. (Page 27)

(Requested by Commissioner Jose Smith)

ACTION: Referred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on committee agenda.

 

C4B Referral to the Finance and Citywide Projects Committee - Discussion Regarding Establishment of a Citizen/Staff Task Force on Group Insurance. (Page 39)

(Requested by Commissioner Simon Cruz)

ACTION: Referred. Patricia Walker to place on agenda.

 

C4C Commission Memorandum No. 130-01 (Page 41)

Referral to a Joint Meeting of the Finance and Citywide Capital Projects Committee and the Land Use Committee for Review of a Proposed Ordinance with Regard to the Use of the Public Rights-of Way by Communications Services Providers.

(City Attorney's Office)

ACTION: Referred. Patricia Walker and Jorge Gomez to coordinate a joint meeting.

 

C4D Referral to the Community Affairs Committee - Consideration of Naming the Baseball Field at Flamingo Park as the "Skip Bertman Stadium". (Page 43)

(Requested by Commissioner Jose Smith)

ACTION: Referred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on committee agenda.

 

C4E Referral to the Community Affairs Committee - Discussion Regarding Honoring Former Mayor Mel Richard. (Page 51)

(Requested by Commissioner David Dermer)

ACTION: Referred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on committee agenda.

 

6:07 pm.

C4F Commission Memorandum No. ___________ (Addendum)

Referral to the Community Affairs Committee - Discussion Regarding the Appropriate Utilization of Government Cable Channel 20.

(City Clerk's Office)

ACTION: Separated for discussion. Referred. Motion made by Commissioner Bower; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Voice vote: 5-0; absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. Judy Hoanshelt to place on committee agenda.

Jorge Gonzalez, City Manager, requested clarification at the March 14 Commission Meeting regarding airing the City of Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce "Up Close and Personal" video featuring Commissioner Jose Smith. The City Commission's direction was not to show the video on Channel 20 until clear guidelines are adopted. Staff is in the process of developing the guidelines which will be presented at the April 2 Community Affairs meeting.

C7 - Resolutions

 

C7A Commission Memorandum No. 131-01 (Page 53)

A Resolution Amending Resolution No. 2000-24186 which Set the Dates for the Year 2001 City Commission Meetings, and Rescheduling City Commission Meeting for Wednesday, March 28, 2001, and Changing the City Commission Meeting Dates for the Month of April 2001.

(City Clerk's Office)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24284 adopted. Robert Parcher to handle.

City Clerk's Note: Miami Herald, Spanish Newspapers, Internet and Channel 20.

 

1:19/1538t2

C7B Commission Memorandum No. 132-01 (Page 55)

A Resolution Approving and Adopting the Attached Local Housing Assistance Plan (PLAN) for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program for State Fiscal Years 2001/02, 2002/03, and 2003/04; Authorizing the Necessary Certifications by the Mayor and the City Clerk; and Authorizing Submission of the Local Housing Assistance Plan for Review and Approval by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation; Further, Authorizing the Appropriation of Ship Program Funds for Fiscal Year 2001/02, in the Amount of $519,776; Fiscal Year 2002/03, in the Amount of $519,776; and Fiscal Year 2003/04, in the Amount of $519,776; or the Final Allocation Amount, as Adjusted by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation; and Authorizing the Appropriation of Any Interest Accrued Thereon, for Eligible Activities Under the Rules of the Ship Program.

(Community/Economic Development)

ACTION: Separated for discussion by Commissioner Smith. Discussion held. Resolution No. 2001-24285 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Smith; seconded by Commissioner Bower; Voice vote: 6-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin. Miguell Del Campillo and Patricia Walker to handle.

Commissioner Smith requested to add Miami-Dade County Public School teachers to the criteria. Administration acknowledged that this is acceptable.

 

C7C Commission Memorandum No. 133-01 (Page 85)

A Resolution Accepting the Recommendation of the City Manager Pertaining to the Ranking of the Proposals Received in Response to Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 127-99/00, for Professional Interior Design Services to Enhance the Lobby and Entranceways of the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts and the Replacement of Carpet at the Miami Beach Convention Center; Authorizing the Administration to Enter into Negotiations with the Top Ranked Firm of A.R.I. Architects, Inc. d/b/a Sklarchitecture; and if Successful, Further Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute a Professional Services Agreement with Design Works, in an Amount not to Exceed $75,000 (Including $5,000 in Reimbursables). (Convention Center)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24286 adopted. Mayra Diaz Buttacavoli to handle.

 

C7D Commission Memorandum No. 134-01 (Page 91)

A Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute an Agreement Between the City and Motorola, as the Top Ranked Proposal Pursuant to Request for Proposals No. 44-98/99, in an Amount Not to Exceed $390,531, for the Purchase of a Mobile Computing System for the Police Department.

(Police Department)

(Deferred from January 10, 2001)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24287 adopted. Chief Barreto and Kay Randall to handle.

C7E Commission Memorandum No. 135-01 (Page 111)

A Resolution Adopting a Budget and Appropriating Funds for the Police Special Revenue Account for Fiscal Year 2000/01, in the Amount of $40,750, Said Account Funded by Unclaimed Evidence Currently Held in the Police Special Revenue Account.

(Police Department)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24288 adopted. Chief Barreto and Patricia Walker to handle.

C7F Commission Memorandum No. 136-01 (Page 115)

A Resolution Authorizing the Filing of a Grant, in the Amount of $21,213 And, If Funded, Authorizing the Budgeting and Expenditure of Grant Funds, by the Miami Beach Police Department from the State of Florida, Office of the Attorney General, Florida Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Authority.

(Police Department)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24289 adopted. Chief Barreto and Patricia Walker to handle.

 

C7G Commission Memorandum No. 137-01 (Page 127)

A Resolution Authorizing, Retroactively, the Filing of a Grant, in the Amount of $93,461, Representing $74,769 in Grant Funds and a Cash Match by the City of $18,692, and, If Funded, Authorizing the Budgeting and Expenditure of Grant Funds, by the Miami Beach Police Department from the State of Florida, Office of the Attorney General, Victims of Crime Act Program.

(Police Department)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24290 adopted. Chief Barreto to handle.

 

C7H Commission Memorandum No. 138-01 (Page 167)

A Resolution Approving and Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute Amendment No. 1 to the Agreement with A.R.I. Architects, Inc. (d.b.a. Sklarchitecture), in the Amount of $42,778, for Additional Design Services, for On-Site Coordination, and Construction Administration for 14 Restrooms Beyond the Original Scope of Work at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

(Public Works)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24291 adopted. Mayra Diaz Buttacavoli to handle.

6:15 pm/1422t3

C7I Commission Memorandum No. 139-01 (Page 213)

A Resolution Approving and Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute an Agreement, in the Amount of $98,300, for Professional Services Between the City and Bermello, Ajamil and Partners, Inc. (B&A), as the Top-Ranked Proposer Pursuant to RFQ No. 41-99/00, for Architectural, Engineering, Landscape Architectural, and Graphic Design Services; Said Agreement Providing for a Study, Review Existing City Zoning Ordinances and Building Codes, and Production of a Diagrammatic Master Plan all to Determine the Feasibility of the Co-Location and Relocation of the Property Maintenance Facility and the Public Works Yard; and Further Appropriating Funds, in the Amount of $98,300 from the $92 Million General Obligation Bond Series 2000, for Payment of Fees, Reimbursable Expenses and Supplemental Services.

(Public Works)

ACTION: Separated for discussion by Vice-Mayor Garcia. Discussion held. Resolution No. 2001-24292 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Bower; Ballot vote: 4-1; Opposed: Vice-Mayor Garcia; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. Matthew Schwartz and Patricia Walker to handle.

Handout: 1. Copy of voting ballot.

C7J Commission Memorandum No. 140-01 (Page 219)

A Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute Amendment No. 8 to the Architectural/ Engineering Services Agreement with Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc., in the Amount of $31,182, to Provide the Additional Design and Construction Management Services Required for Completion of that Portion of the North Beach Recreational Corridor Which Will Be Built Within the Limits of the North Shore Open Space Park.

(Public Works)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24293 adopted. Matthew Schwartz to handle.

City Clerk's Note: South Pointe Park, North Shore Park, Lummus Park, North Shore Open Space Park, Pine Tree Park and Parks Maintenance Facility.

 

C7K Commission Memorandum No. 141-01 (Page 227)

A Resolution Accepting the Only Responsive Proposal Received for the Preparation of a Long Range Plan for the Electrowave Shuttle Service, Pursuant to RFQ No. 17-00/01; Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute a Professional Services Agreement, as Negotiated with the Corradino Group, in an Amount Not to Exceed $50,000; and Utilizing $40,000 in Metropolitan Planning Organization/ Municipal Grant Program Funds, Matched at $10,000 by Concurrency Mitigation Funds, Previously Appropriated by Resolution No. 2000-24155, Date November 8, 2000.

(Transportation/Concurrency Management)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24294 adopted. Joseph Johnson to handle.

7:02 pm/3036t3

C7L Commission Memorandum No. 142-01 (Page 251)

A Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of a Request for Qualifications for the Completion of Final Design/Engineering Plans for a Modified Roadway Project on Collins Avenue, from 5th to 15th Streets, in an Amount Not to Exceed $134,480, to be Funded as Part of a Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) Between the City and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in the Amount of $2,568,676.61, in State and Federal Funds, as Approved by Resolution No. 2000-23944, Dated May 24, 2000; and Further Authorizing the Appropriation of $134,480 from the General Fund Undesignated Fund Balance, for Subsequent Reimbursement by FDOT, under the Provisions of the JPA.

(Transportation/Concurrency Management)

ACTION: Separated for discussion by Commissioner Liebman. Resolution No. 2001-24295 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Bower; Voice vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. Gus Lopez to issue RFQ. Joseph Johnson and Patricia Walker to handle.

Commissioner Liebman made three comments: 1) It is imperative that a citizens task force be created and that citizens and property owners in the area be asked to participate. The task force should be similar to the Collins Avenue Task Force; 2) The street lighting needs to meet the historic nature of the area; and 3) The same visioning process which was used in South Pointe needs to be done. Before this goes out to bid the architect needs to do a survey and photograph where the rights-of-way are. Intrusions need to be identified and there needs to be an agreement that yards, fountains and fences will not be ripped out. Matthew Schwartz to handle.

 

C7M Commission Memorandum No. 143-01 (Page 265)

A Resolution Retroactively Approving and Authorizing the Placement of One Hundred and Forty (140) Banners for the Winter Party, in Miami Beach from March 8, 2001 to March 12, 2001, as Requested by the Applicant at the Following Locations: Macarthur Causeway, from the Coast Guard Station to Alton Road; Alton Road, Exit South (Corner Traffic Light); 5th Street, Between Alton Road and Ocean Drive; Collins Avenue, Between 12th and 18th Street; Washington Avenue, Between 8th and 15th Street; 17th Street; Between Washington Avenue and Alton Road; Alton Road, Between 17th Street and 13th Street; Said Banners to Be Affixed to Light Poles in the Public Right-of-Way; Measuring 3'x7' and Having a Copy and Design as Shown on the Attached Drawing; to be Installed and Removed in Accordance with All Other Applicable City Requirements; the Administration Further Recommends That These Banners Be Installed No Earlier than March 2, 2001, and Removed by March 13, 2001.

(Arts, Culture & Entertainment)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24296 adopted. Retroactive approval. No further action is required.

 

End of Consent Agenda

REGULAR AGENDA

 

R5 - Ordinances

 

10:33 am/2050t1

R5A Commission Memorandum No. 144-01 (Page 273)

An Ordinance Amending Chapter 2 of the Code of the City of Miami Beach Entitled "Administration", by Amending Article VII Thereof Entitled "Standards of Conduct", by Amending Division 4 Entitled "Procurement," by Amending Section 2-486 Entitled "Cone of Silence"; said Amendment Extending the Prohibitions on Oral Communications to all City Evaluation Committee Members; Providing for Additional Exceptions Relative to Oral Communications; and Providing for the Requirement of Reporting Violations to the City Attorney's Office; Further Providing for Repealer, Severability, and an Effective Date. 10:30 a.m. Public Hearing

(City Manager's Office)

(Continued from February 21, 2001)

ACTION: Public hearing held. Ordinance Number 2001-3295 adopted as amended. Motion made by Commissioner Smith; seconded by Commissioner Bower; Ballot vote: 6-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin. R. Parcher to forward to Municipal Code. Gus Lopez to handle.

Commissioner Bower requested that a "Cone of Silence" explanation be added to the RFP/RFQ. Jorge Gonzalez, City Manager, stated that this is already being done, however the Administration will try to enhance the exposure and will look into additional alternatives. Gus Lopez to handle.

Amendment:

In Section 2-486 (a) (2) b. on page 276 of the Agenda in the fourth line of said paragraph b, following the word "that" insert:

following the Manager making his or her written recommendation, the Cone of Silence shall be lifted as relates to communications between the Mayor and Members of the Commission and the City Manager; provided further.....

Motion made by Commissioner Smith to approve the amendment; seconded by Commissioner Bower; voice vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Liebman.

Handout:

1. Memorandum from Murray Dubbin, City Attorney to Commissioner Jose Smith, dated March 13, 2001, RE: Agenda Item R5A - Amendment to the Cone of Silence Ordinance

10:55am/2814t1

R5B Commission Memorandum No. 145-01 (Page 283)

An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 99-3206, Which Amended Division 24 of Chapter 2, Article III, of the Miami Beach City Code, Entitled "Capital Projects Oversight Committee" (Said Committee Now Known as the "Convention Center Capital Projects Oversight Committee"); Herein Amending Section V of Ordinance No. 99-3206 by Deleting the Sunset Provision; Providing for Severability; Codification; Repealer; and an Effective Date. 10:35 a.m. Second Reading, Public Hearing

(Convention Center)

(First Reading on February 21, 2001)

ACTION: Public hearing held. Ordinance Number 2001-3296 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Bower; seconded by Commissioner Cruz; Ballot vote: 6-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin. R. Parcher to forward to Municipal Code. No action is required.

 

10:57 am/2879t1

R5C Commission Memorandum No. 146-01 (Page 289)

Altos Del Mar Single Family Residential Development Regulations

An Ordinance Amending the Code of the City of Miami Beach, Florida, Amending Chapter 142 Entitled "Zoning Districts and Regulations," Division 2 Entitled "RS-1, RS-2, RS-3, RS-4 Single-Family Residential Districts" by Creating Development Regulations within the RS-3 and RS-4 Single Family Residential Zoning Districts for the Altos Del Mar Historic District, Bounded by 79th Street on the North, Collins Avenue on the West, 77th Street on the South, and the Atlantic Ocean on the East, by Specifying Lot Area, Setback, Building Height, Maximum Building Size and Various Other Ancillary Development Regulations; Providing for Inclusion in the Code of the City of Miami Beach, Florida; Repealer; Severability; and Effective Date. 10:40 a.m. Public Hearing

(Planning Department)

(Continued from February 21, 2001)

ACTION: Public hearing held. Ordinance Number 2001-3297 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Bower; seconded by Commissioner Cruz; Ballot vote: 6-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin. R. Parcher to forward to Municipal Code. Jorge Gomez to handle.

City Clerk's Note: Exhibit 1: Proposed Altos Del Mar Zoning Amendments and Design Guidelines.

Exhibit 2: Altos Del Mar Design Guidelines

 

11:11am/3400t1

R5D Commission Memorandum No. 147-01 (Page 323)

Revisions to Off-Street Parking and Roof Replacements

An Ordinance Amending Chapter 142 of the Miami Beach City Code Entitled "Zoning Districts and Regulations" by Amending Section 142-875 Thereof Entitled "Roof Replacements" by Allowing Alternate Roof Materials; Amending Chapter 130 of the Miami Beach City Code Entitled "Off-Street Parking" by Amending Section 130-64 Thereof Entitled "Drives" by Modifying Minimum Driveways Widths; Providing for Codification, Repealer, Severability, and an Effective Date. 10:50 a.m. Second Reading, Public Hearing

(Planning Department)

(First Reading on February 21, 2001)

ACTION: Public hearing held. Ordinance Number 2001-3298 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Bower; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Ballot vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. R. Parcher to forward to Municipal Code. Jorge Gomez to handle.

 

11:18 am/3679t1

R5E Commission Memorandum No. 148-01 (Page 329)

Ordinance - Zoning Map Change

An Ordinance Amending the Official Zoning District Map, Referenced in Section 142-72 of the Code of the City of Miami Beach, Florida, by Changing the Zoning District Classification of Lots 1 through 8 Inclusive of Block 47, Ocean Beach Addition No. 3, as Recorded on PB 2-81, Public Records of Miami-Dade County Florida, Located on the West Side of Washington Avenue Between 6th and 7th Streets, from the Current Zoning District Classification RM-1 Residential Multi-Family Low Intensity, to the Proposed Zoning District Classification RM-2 Residential Multi-Family Medium Intensity; Amending the Affected Portion of the City's Official Zoning District Map to Reflect the Change to RM-2; Providing for Repealer, Severability and an Effective Date. 11:00 a.m. First and Only Reading, Public Hearing

(Planning Department)

ACTION: Public hearing held. Motion to Open and Continue on March 28, 2001 at 10:30 am made by Commissioner Bower; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Voice vote: 6-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin. Judy Hoanshelt to place on agenda. Jorge Gomez to handle.

Michael Snyder, Attorney for the Village of South Beach, and several residents expressed their concerns with the zoning change. They stated that the residential quality of life will change. They expressed concern that the alley will no longer be usable because of delivery service issues.

Commissioner Liebman requested that the developer and architect meet with the neighbors to try to identify a solution.

 

3:39pm/2708t2

R5F Commission Memorandum No. 149-01 (Page 339)

Ordinance - Revisions to Historic Preservation Ordinance

An Ordinance Amending the Land Development Regulations of the Code of the City of Miami Beach, by Amending Chapter 118, Article X, Division 4, Entitled "Designation" by Amending Sections 118-591 and 118-593 to Amend the Procedures for Obtaining a Demolition Permit Pursuant to Historic Designation; Providing for Inclusion in the City Code; Providing for Repealer, Severability and an Effective Date. 2:00 p.m. Second Reading, Public Hearing

(Planning Department)

(First Reading on February 21, 2001)

ACTION: Public hearing held. Ordinance Number 2001-3299 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Bower; Ballot vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. R. Parcher to forward to the Municipal Code Corporation. Jorge Gomez to handle.

 

R6 - Commission Committee Reports

3:55 pm/3305t2

R6A Commission Memorandum No. 150-01 (Page 347)

Report of the Land Use and Development Committee Meeting of March 5, 2001: 1) Discussion to Have the Administration Develop a Designated Route for Tour Buses Which Would Exclude Residential Neighborhoods; 2) Discussion on the Beachfront Prototype Restroom/Concession Facility; 3) Discussion on a Request to Add a Requirement That Private Developers Contribute a Percentage of Their Construction Budget to the Art in Public Places Fund When Land Donated from the City Is Used; 4) Discussion Regarding the Relocation of the Community Garden to a Vacant City-Owned Lot on the West Side of Collins Avenue Between 2nd and 3rd Street in South Pointe and the Establishment of a Municipal Surface Parking Lot on Washington Avenue Between 1st and 2nd Street in South Pointe.

ACTION: Verbal report given by Commissioner Liebman. Report accepted. Motion made by Commissioner Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Bower; Voice vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz.

Item # 1: Item deferred by Committee - No action required.

Item # 2: Administration to go for RFP for the concession rights for the various facilities; including a maintenance component; Bruce Henderson and Joe Damien to handle.

Item # 3: Item approved. James Quinlan to handle.

Item # 4: Item approved. Kevin Smith to handle.

R7 - Resolutions

 

R7A Commission Memorandum No. 151-01 (Page 351)

A Resolution Accepting the Recommendation of the City Manager Pertaining to the Ranking of the Proposals Received in Response to Request for Qualifications (RFQ) No. 111/99-00, to Provide Program Management Services to Manage Construction Projects for Facilities and Parks; Authorizing the Administration to Enter into Negotiations with the Most Qualified Firm of A2 Group, Inc.; and Authorizing the Administration to Negotiate with the Second Most Qualified Firm as Determined by the City Manager, Should the Administration Not Be Able to Successfully Negotiate a Contract with the Most Qualified Firm.

(City Manager's Office)

(Deferred from February 21, 2001)

(This Item Will be Heard at the Special Commission Meeting of March 28, 2001)

ACTION: Deferred to March 28, 2001. Judy Hoanshelt to place on agenda.

 

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R7B Commission Memorandum No. 152-01 (Page 389)

A Resolution Authorizing the Lincoln Road Marketing, Inc. To Utilize Concession Revenue Generated from Lincoln Road Special Events for the Purpose of Marketing and Promoting Lincoln Road, and Appropriating $49,000 of Available Revenue to be Reimbursed for Marketing and Promotion.

(City Manager's Office)

ACTION: Resolution No. 2001-24297 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Bower; Voice vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. Ronnie Singer and Patricia Walker to handle.

A citizen, Joe Fontana, stated that Lincoln Road is out of control. There are scooters, motorcycles, roller bladers, skate boarders on Lincoln Road, and the Farmer's Market on the weekends. All of these activities make it hazardous to the pedestrian.

Commissioner Bower agreed and stated the administration needs to have more oversight over the booths. Ronnie Singer, Assistant to the City Manager, stated that she observed the problem and action is being taken.

Vice-Mayor Garcia stated that Lincoln Road is dirty and needs maintenance.

Commissioner Liebman stated that there are illegal street performers.

Ronnie Singer to handle.

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R7C Commission Memorandum No. 153-01 (Page 395)

A Resolution Waiving the Land Development Regulations Applicable to the North Shore Park and Youth Center as Determined by the Planning Director, Pursuant to Section 142-425(d) of the Code of the City of Miami Beach, for the North Shore Park and Youth Center General Obligation and Park Bonds Project, in Order to Allow Various Encroachments into the Required Setbacks Facing 72nd and 73rd Streets, and Harding Avenue, and Eliminate the Provision of On-Site Parking Spaces for the Aforementioned Project. 10:45 a.m. Public Hearing

(Public Works)

ACTION: Public hearing held. Resolution No. 2001-24298 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Bower; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Voice vote: 6-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin. Mayra Diaz Buttacavoli to handle.

 

R7D Commission Memorandum No. 154-01 (Page 405)

A Resolution Accepting the Recommendation of the City Manager Pertaining to the Ranking of the Proposals Received in Response to Request for Qualifications (RFQ) No. 7-00/01, to Provide Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and Engineering Services for Planning, Design, and Construction Services for Streetscape, and Utility Improvements in the Flamingo/Lummus Park Neighborhood; Authorizing the Administration to Enter into Negotiations with the Most Qualified Firm of EDAW, and If Unsuccessful in Negotiating a Contract with the Most Qualified Firm of EDAW Authorize the Administration to Negotiate a Contract with the Second Most Qualified Firm of Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners; and If Unsuccessful in Negotiating a Contract with the Second Most Qualified Firm of Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners; Authorize the Administration to Negotiate a Contract with the Third Most Qualified Firm of the Corradino Group. (Public Works)

(Deferred from February 21, 2001) (Item To be Submitted)

(This Item Will be Heard at the Special Commission Meeting of March 28, 2001)

ACTION: Deferred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on March 28, 2001 agenda.

 

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R7E Commission Memorandum No. 155-01 (Page 407)

A Resolution Approving the Issuance and Execution by the City Manager of a Rate Order, Which Declares the Proposed Increase in Cable Television Rate by Interlink Communications Partners, LLC d/b/a Charter Communications, Inc., to be Reasonable and Approves Said Increase; and Providing an Effective Date. (City Attorney's Office)

ACTION: Larry Levy, First Assistant City Attorney, gave a verbal report. No motion made.

City Clerk's Note: Because no action was taken, the rate increase goes into effect automatically in 30-days.

R9 - New Business and Commission Requests

R9A Commission Memorandum No. 156-01 (Page 413)

Board and Committee Appointments. (City Clerk's Office)

Beautification Committee:

Sara Lauffenberger term expires.12/31/2001 appointed by Commissioner Liebman

Police Citizens Relations Committee:

Don Israel term expires 12/31/2002 appointed by Commissioner Liebman

Youth Center Advisory Board:

Ellen Peterson term expires 12/31/2002 appointed by Commissioner Liebman

Golf Advisory Committee:

Rolando Rodriguez term expires 12/31/2002 appointed by Commissioner Garcia

Howard Kaufman term expires 12/31/2001 appointed by Commissioner Smith

Community Development Advisory Committee:

Fernand Amandi term expires 12/31/2002 appointed by Commissioner Cruz

Fine Arts Board:

Chenell Tannure term expires 12/31/2002 appointed by Commissioner Cruz

 

R9A1 Commission Memorandum No. 157-01 (Page 459)

Discussion Regarding Health Advisory Committee/Appointments.

(Risk Management)

ACTION: Deferred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on March 28, 2001 agenda.

 

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R9B(1) Dr. Stanley Sutnick Citizen's Forum. (1:30 p.m.) (Page 461)

ACTION:

 

1) Mr. Franklin Zavala-Velez spoke as an advocate for people with disabilities in regards to HUD and Section 8 not complying with people with disabilities. He also spoke about the Housing Authority's lack of service to people with disabilities and commented on a lawsuit regarding the lack of bathroom accessibility for people with disabilities in the parks.

Vice Mayor Garcia stated the Administration was filling an ADA position to handle these matters.

Handout:

1. Letter from Franklin Zavala-Velez to Ms. Joanna Revelo, Community/Economic Development, dated February 27, 2001, RE: FY2001-FY2002 Consolidated Plan - lack of policy recommendations and funding priorities addressing the needs of people with disabilities.

2) Torquill Smith spoke in regards to a pilot program addressing the homeless situation, the statistics and the funding for the program. He also spoke about a medical outreach program as a form of intervention, and asked the Administration if he could set up a meeting with Max, Lisette, Cristina Cuervo, Captain Conwell and Frank DelVecchio to meet with Dr. Arthur Fournier, a doctor at the University of Miami, who runs Dade County's Community Health Program through Jackson Memorial Hospital and has experience regarding these medical services for his evaluation.

3) Nina Weber Worth spoke about her being accused of violating the Sunshine Law in regards to a Parks and Recreation Facility board meeting.

4) Gil Zriny - Spoke on behalf of the South Pointe property owners and thanked the Commissioners for coming down to see the implementation in regards to the streetscape.

5) Amy Agnoli and Debra Leibowitz a Miami Herald reporter, asked the Commission if they were aware of an RFP regarding a contract for tennis facilities management at Flamingo Park and North Shore Park. She also questioned the way the finances are being managed in Flamingo Park and North Shore Park and if the monies from revenues was being put back into the facility. She asked why is it not making money for the city and why has an RFP not been issued by the city. City Manager, Jorge Gonzalez stated it was his understanding an RFP had been issued but not fully executed because it did not have respondents. The City Manager further stated the City is planning to issue a new RFP for the management of the tennis centers in the future. Kevin Smith to handle.

Handout:

1. Speakers List

R9B(2) Dr. Stanley Sutnick Citizen's Forum. (5:30 p.m.)

ACTION:

1) Bea Kalstein apologized for disrupting the meeting because of her fall. She questioned people who were making comments in regards to facilities being maintained and asked where have they been. She stated that she has repeatedly requested previous Administrations to fix the sidewalk curbs on 17 Street and Convention Center Dr. She complimented Jorge Gonzalez, City Manager, and the Administration for finally getting it fixed.

2) Carlos Gonzalez spoke about his theater work and his religious practices, spoke about the working poor and the cost of living in Miami Beach for low income families. He commented how the homeless situation is going to grow. He spoke about the City of Miami Beach violating human and civil rights and that he was evicted because he called Code Compliance because of the condition in his building and how he would like to meet with the commissioners on an individual basis.

3) Jan Fisher spoke how she would like to see City of Miami Beach become more of a cultural city.

 

R9C Discussion Regarding Waiving Fees for All City Services Associated with Moda in Miami - Fashion Week of the Americas. (Page 463)

(Requested by Mayor Neisen Kasdin)

(This Item Will be Heard at the Special Commission Meeting of March 28, 2001)

ACTION: Deferred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on March 28, 2001 agenda.

 

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R9D Discussion Regarding Creating a Blue-Ribbon Committee to Evaluate and Support Park Programs and Fee Structure for City of Miami Beach. (Page 483)

(Requested by Commissioner Matti Herrera Bower)

ACTION: Commissioner Bower introduced the item. She stated that there should be a committee to review the parks fee structure and programs. She questioned why children on Miami Beach need to go to other cities for recreational programs. She questioned what other cities are doing and what needs to be done to keep the children in Miami Beach.

Commissioner Smith asked about the fees structure and fee waivers. Mayra Diaz Buttacavoli stated that the Parks and Recreational Facilities Board has been working on this task.

Commissioner Liebman stated that may be the board needs to create task forces to investigate the different areas rather than create a new committee.

Nina Weber Worth gave an overview of the activities of the board.

Vice-Mayor Garcia asked if the number of board members needs to be increased. He also stated that the Commission needs to get involve with the activities of the board by attending some of the meetings.

Commissioner Bower stated that she is the commission liaison to the Parks and Recreational Facilities Board and at their next meeting she will ask that the issues be placed on the agenda. She will attend the meeting and come back to the Commission with a procedure. Kevin Smith to handle.

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R9E Discussion Regarding Funding of "Cool School" as Contractually Promised by the Miami Beach Housing Authority. (Page 485)

(Requested by Commissioner Nancy Liebman)

ACTION: Deferred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on March 28, 2001 agenda.

 

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R9F Discussion Regarding the Winter Music Conference. (Page 491)

(Requested by Commissioner Nancy Liebman)

ACTION: Discussion held. Bill Kelly, Director for the Winter Music Conference stated because of the competition faced from events that will be going on in Miami, where the clubs are allowed to stay open later he is requesting the City of Miami Beach to continue until 8am by allowing Salvation to remain open and serving until that time in order to help the Aids fund raising event to have extended hours.

Motion made by Commissioner Bower to extend the hours of operation for those clubs with existing City Occupational Licenses as of today and that have a 5:00 am liquor license to extend their hours of operation to 7:00 am on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 and to be allowed to serve alcohol. Any club which will remain open must notify the Police Department and Code Compliance by Friday, March 16; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Voice vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. Al Childress and Chief Barreto to handle.

City Clerk's note: The motion was to use the same criteria used for New Years events in regards to extension of operating hours.

R9G Discussion Regarding Extension of Operating Hours for Bars and Nightclubs. (Page 493)

(Requested by Commissioner Nancy Liebman)

(This Item Will be Heard at the Special Commission Meeting of March 28, 2001)

ACTION: Deferred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on March 28, 2001 agenda.

 

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R9H Discussion Regarding the Czech Republic as a Sister City. (Page 497)

(Requested by Commissioner Matti Herrera Bower)

ACTION: Discussion held. Resolution No. 2001-24299 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Bower; seconded by Commissioner Liebman to adopt the resolution; Voice vote;5-0; absent Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. Matthew Schwartz to handle.

Motion made by Commissioner Bower to refer the Sister Cities Program to a City of Miami Beach Commission Workshop; seconded by Commissioner Smith; Voice vote: 4-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin, Commissioner Cruz and Commissioner Dermer. R. Parcher to coordinate a Commission Workshop.

Handout:

1. Letters, historical background, profile of proposed Sister City, and color photos of Cesky Krumlov

 

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R9I Discussion Regarding the Creation of a Sunset Harbour Advisory Board. (Page 499)

(Requested by Commissioner Nancy Liebman)

ACTION: Deferred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on March 28, 2001 agenda.

 

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R9J Discussion Regarding Progress Report on the Status of the Regional Library. (Page 503)

(Requested by Vice-Mayor Luis R. Garcia, Jr.)

ACTION: Deferred. Judy Hoanshelt to place on March 28, 2001 agenda.

 

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R9K Discussion Regarding Dennis Donegan's Letter on Quality of Life Problems in North Beach. (Page 505)

(Requested by Commissioner Jose Smith)

ACTION: Commissioner Smith referenced the letter written by Dennis and Mimi Donegan regarding North Beach safety and quality of life issues. Specific issues include drug dealing, panhandling, vagrants blocking the sidewalk, closed or abandoned property, and the two fatalities on Harding Avenue.

Chief Barreto addressed each of the properties identified in the Donegan's letter. Regarding the homeless issue, there are a lot of businesses selling alcoholic beverages which contribute to the problems. The Legal Department has resolved the Salvation Army contract issues. This will address some of the homeless issues and it will have a visible impact in the area. The Department has also put into place a zero tolerance program for panhandling. He also stated the Grafitti program which will also have an impact on the quality of life.

Chief Barreto spoke about the fatalities on 79th and 78th Streets and Harding Avenue. He stated that both accidents were caused by drinking impaired drivers. He also stated that there is a 10 block stretch on Harding Ave. which can be driven without hitting a single red traffic light. Harding Ave. is a major north south artery and recommended that the City contact FDOT to have the traffic signal lights changed, crosswalks added, install additional traffic signals, and add signage. Traffic enforcement in the area has been increased. Chief Barreto and Joseph Johnson to contact FDOT.

Vice-Mayor Garcia suggested that a community workshop be held for the North Beach area to address safety and quality of life issues. The meeting needs to be advertised to ensure community participation. Chief Barreto to handle.

Carlos Corea, an area resident, asked for the support of the City Commission to take the necessary actions to try to correct some of the traffic problems and thanked the Commission for their support.

Motion made by Commissioner Smith to prepare a resolution requesting FDOT to immediately take the necessary steps to adjust the traffic light signalization on Harding Ave.; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Voice vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. Legal Department to handle.

Motion made by Commissioner Smith to refer to the Neighborhoods Committee a request for the Administration to develop a plan for the area addressing traffic calming measures such as signage, parking, crosswalks, and any other item which may be needed; seconded by Commissioner Dermer; Voice vote 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz. Ronnie Singer.

Handout:

1. Petitions submitted to Commission Garcia

2. Color photos of some of the trouble spots

 

ADDENDUM:

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R9L Report on the GO Bond Committee meeting of 3/5/01.

ACTION: Verbal status report given by Commissioner Dermer. Motion made by Commissioner Bower; seconded by Commissioner Liebman; Voice vote: 5-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin and Commissioner Cruz.

Commissioner Liebman requested clarification of the tasks which should be undertaken by the GO Bond Oversight Committee and what are there powers and duties. Matthew Schwartz to handle.

Handout:

1. G.O. Bond Program Oversight Committee, March 5, 2001, Meeting Minutes.

Reports and Informational Items

A Commission Memorandum No. 158-01 (Page 511)

City Attorney's Status Report. (City Attorney's Office)

ACTION: Written report submitted.

B Commission Memorandum No. 159-01 (Page 519)

Parking Status Report. (Parking Department)

ACTION: Written report submitted.

 

C Commission Memorandum No. 160-01 (Page 537)

Status Report on the Collins Park Cultural Center.

(City Manager's Office)

ACTION: Written report submitted.

 

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D Commission Memorandum No. 161-01 (Page 547)

Indian Creek Greenway Project - Presentation of the Technical Assistance Grant from the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (NPS/RTCA) in the Form of a Concept Plan Expressing the Vision of the Citizens of Miami Beach for a Linear Park along the Eastern Edge of the Indian Creek Waterway from 22nd Street to 54th Street; this Presentation is the Culmination of the (NPS/RTCA) Technical Assistance Grant.

(Planning Department)

ACTION: Presentation made by William Cary. Mr. Stuart Reed, local attorney, environmental advocate and organizer of The Friends of Indian Creek, and Mr. Leonard A. Wien Jr., Creek-side resident, businessman and President of the Indian Creek Association spoke.

Commissioner Dermer stated he felt the most important task is to assemble the land. The property owners need to commit to donating their land for the project.

Commissioner Bower asked the Administration how to proceed. Jorge Gonzalez, City Manager, stated that there needs to be a partnership between the City and the association. He stated that before the Administration spends more money, that an assessment needs to be done to determine if the property can be assembled.

Commissioner Liebman volunteered to work with the point person to meet with the property owners.

Commissioner Smith stated their are compelling reasons for property owners to give up the property and stated that he would be happy to help.

Mr. Wien Jr. stated that there are 79 separate parcels, over 5,000 property owners, and 33 condominiums.

City Manager stated that the Commission has:

1. Validated the project.

2. Given direction to proceed to the next step.

3. Given authorization for expenditures using his purchasing authority.

Further meetings with Mr. Wien Jr., and the Administration need to take place.

Vice Mayor Garcia requested a progress report for the April 18, 2001 Commission Meeting. Judy Hoanshelt place on the agenda. Jorge Gomez handle.

Handout:

1. Color Copy of a picture taken along Indian Creek.

2. Powerpoint Presentation .

3. Letter from Catherine Farmer, Project Manager, NPS/SERO-RTCA (National Parks Service) to Mayor of Miami Beach and City Commission, dated March 14, 2001. Attached to the letter is a color Concept Plan Map of the Indian Creek Greenway Trail.

4. Letter and materials from Thomas F. Gustafson, Gustafson & Roderman, to the Honorable Neisen Kasdin, Mayor, dated March 14, 2001.

5. Color brochure produced by EDAW Summer Student Program >99, titled "Indian Creek Greenway."

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E Commission Memorandum No. 162-01 (Page 611)

Status Report on the Rehabilitation Project of the Existing Buildings and the Additions to Fire Station No. 4 and Fire Station No. 2

(Public Works)

ACTION: Verbal report given by Jorge Chartrand, Public Works, regarding the structural evaluation prepared by MCHarry. He stated that load tests are presently being done and that within two (2) weeks a final determination can be made.

Vice-Mayor Garcia asked about the status of Fire Station 4.

Chief Jordan, Fire Chief, stated that because of the structural evaluation report, on Thursday, March 8th, 2001, employees from Fire Station 4 were temporarily relocated to Fire Station 3. Because of the concern over response time, the next day, Chief Jordan relocated the rescue unit back to Fire Station 4. Until a trailer is in place the rescue personnel are living in an RV. In the meantime, temporary sites to locate a fire station during construction of the new fire station are being looked at. Chief Jordan also emphasized that there have been no reduction in services.

Jorge Gonzalez, City Manager, stated that this is a project that has reached a level where it is on everyone's radar screen. Commissioner Garcia has been raising the issue for a while. The City Manager stated that he believes that the Administration acted judiciously and expeditiously. As soon as the results from the structural engineer were received the direction to the Chief Jordan, Fire Chief, was first and foremost, predicated on the safety of our personnel and the residents. The decision to relocate fire apparatus to Station 3 was a decision that was reached in consensus with the Fire Chief. The Manager's direction to the Fire Chief was to monitor closely the response time and if necessary, the Fire Chief was authorized to amend the decision. The Fire Chief did so. Because of the concern over response time, Chief Jordan relocated the rescue unit back to Fire Station 4. I think that the Administration through the actions of the Fire Chief acted in an appropriate manner given the circumstances.

Commissioner Liebman stated that the City needs to be more conscientious in regards to maintenance to avoid these types of situations. Jorge Gonzalez, City Manager, stated that the Commissioner is absolutely correct. The conditions are deplorable, however, it needs to be recognized that it is a condition that has occurred over a number of years. The Administration is trying to act as appropriately as it can and assured the Commission he is monitoring this very closely. He also assured the Commission that all future capital projects will have an operational plan and a maintenance plan.

Jack Richardson, President of the Fire Fighters Union, expressed several concerns.

(1) Provide citizens and visitors with adequate and effective fire and medical services.

(2) Provide firefighters who are in those stations with adequate temporary housing for the firefighters and their equipment. The firefighters are living out of a Winnebego which is designed really to house two people. The rescue unit has three people.

(3) A short term solution needs to provide a housing facility for Engine 4 and Rescue 4 on the site for at least the next 4-6 weeks --8 weeks at the most, while these tests are completed.

(4) A long term location needs to determine for temporary housing for firefighters and equipment during the construction.

(5) The last issue is the historical nature of that station. What I heard yesterday concerns me greatly, because it looks as if much of the bond issue money now is going to have to be spent to rehabilitate an aging structure so much so, that maybe what we are left with to spend on producing the fire station that is going to serve this area for the next 30 years is really not going to be adequate. The citizens of this city supported a bond issue for fire stations they did not support a bond issue for historic preservations of old buildings.

Administration to report on the status of Fire Station 2 at the next Commission meeting. Judy Hoanshelt to place on agenda.

End of Regular Agenda


Miami Beach Redevelopment Agency
Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall
1700 Convention Center Drive
March 14, 2001- 10:00 a.m.

 

Chairman of the Board Neisen O. Kasdin - Absent

AGENDA

1. ROLL CALL

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2. OLD BUSINESS

A Redevelopment Agency Memorandum No. 01-11 (Page 1)

Report of the Itemized Revenues and Expenditures of the Miami Beach Redevelopment Agency for Months Ended January 31, 2001.

(Submitted Under Separate Cover)

ACTION: Written report submitted.

B Redevelopment Agency Memorandum No. 01-12 (Page 3)

Georgian Condominium Status Report.

ACTION: Verbal report given by Christina Cuervo. Members of the RDA gave their approval to the plan.

C Redevelopment Agency Memorandum No. 01-13 (Page 13)

Status Report on South Pointe Streetscape.

ACTION: Verbal report given by Christina Cuervo. She stated that the administration will look at streamlining the revocable permit process by waiving the fee for those encroachments which are acceptable to the Administration and approving as a group rather than one at a time. Property owners of acceptable encroachments will have to comply with maintenance and insurance requirements.

Commissioner Liebman asked when the process for revocable permits will be in place. Christina Cuervo stated when the design for the phase II is finalized a process will be developed which will be approved by the City Commission which will address the fee and application issues.

Commissioner Liebman complimented the staff for the encroachment report and the photos and stated that this should be done for all future projects.

Commissioner Smith pointed out that the issues regarding maintenance, insurance and liability is exactly why there are revocable permits. He would consider waiving any fees but not the permit.

Handout:

1. Letter from Gilbert S. Zriny to Christina Cuervo, Assistant City Manager, dated March 1, 2001, RE: 2/23/01 Meeting- South Pointe Streetscape Master Plan .

2. Letter from Ron Zriny to Jorge Gonzalez, City Manager, dated March 3, 2001, RE: South Pointe Streetscape Master Plan.

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3. NEW BUSINESS

A Redevelopment Agency Memorandum No. 01-14 (Page 21)

A Resolution Amending Resolution No. 376-2000 which Set the Dates for the Year 2001 Redevelopment Agency Meetings, and Rescheduling the Redevelopment Agency Meeting for Wednesday, March 28, 2001, and Changing the Redevelopment Agency Meeting Dates for the Month of April 2001.

ACTION: Resolution No. 380-2001 adopted. Motion made by Commissioner Liebman; seconded by Commissioner Bower; Voice vote: 6-0; Absent: Mayor Kasdin. R. Parcher handle.

Commissioner Liebman requested a report on the March 28, 2001 meeting on the status of Fuddruckers. Christina Cuervo to handle. Judy Hoanshelt to place on Agenda.

End of Agenda

Meeting Adjourned: 7:06 pm