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City Commission Meeting Minutes 07-05-2005
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MINUTES    

CITY OF SOUTH BAY
REGULAR CITY COMMISSION MEETING
JULY 5, 2005

Present                                                 Absent

Mayor Clarence E. Anthony
Vice-Mayor Esther E. Berry
Commissioner Joe Kyles
Commissioner Shirley Walker -Turner
Commissioner John Wilson

Members of Staff Present

Bobby “Tony” Smith, City Manager                                
Virginia K. Walker, City Clerk
Annette J. Parchment, Asst. to City Mgr. / Human Resource Dir.
Cynthia Hammond, Finance Director
Theodore Green, Public Works Director
Allen Davis, Utilities Director
Charles Inman, Recreation Director
James Richard Harris, Comm. Dev. Manager
Michael Morris, Public Safety Director

Mayor Anthony opened the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Commissioner Joe Kyle led a prayer.

Mr. Michael Morris, Director of Public Safety, spoke regarding the Fire Services Agreement.

Commissioner Shirley Walker-Turner, asked does agreeing to this agreement commit us to the Regional Fire Services?

Chief Morris, replied “No”, but we will have to maintain two (2) full-time firefighters at all times.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, asked who service Lake Harbor?

Chief Morris, replied Palm Beach County does.  Lake Harbor is in the unincorporated area of the county.


Continuation of Minutes of July 5, 2005, Regular City Commission Meeting             Page 1386

Consent agenda was approved.

Minutes of May 17, 2005, were approved. Moved by Commissioner Walker-Turner, seconded by Commissioner Kyles.  Vice-Mayor Esther E. Berry, yes; Commissioner Joe Kyles, yes; Commissioner John Wilson, yes; Commissioner Walker-Turner, yes and Mayor Clarence E. Anthony, yes.  Passed 5-0.

Resolution 31-2005, approving the Strategic Planning process and identified objectives for deficit redirection, fiscal recovery, and budget planning.  Moved by Vice-Mayor Berry, seconded by Commissioner Kyles.  Vice-Mayor Esther E. Berry, yes; Commissioner Joe Kyles, yes; Commissioner John Wilson, yes; Commissioner Walker-Turner, yes; and Mayor Clarence E. Anthony, yes.  Passed 5-0.

A motion was made by Commissioner Joe Kyles and seconded by Vice-Mayor Berry to move items 1.) Update on Interconnect to City of Belle Glade; and 2.) Review & Discussion of Wastewater Disposal Corrective Action Plan to new business.  Vice-Mayor Esther E. Berry, yes; Commissioner Joe Kyles, yes; Commissioner John Wilson, yes; Commissioner Shirley Walker-Turner, yes and Mayor Clarence Anthony, yes.
 Passed 5-0.

A motion was made by Commissioner John Wilson and seconded by Vice-Mayor Esther E. Berry to award bid for constructing interconnect pipe 1.) Ratification for award of bid to Midway Corporation to construct Interconnect pipe; and 2.) Ratification of Notice to proceed on construction.  Vice-Mayor Berry, yes; Commissioner Joe Kyles, yes; Commissioner John Wilson, yes; Commissioner Shirley Walker-Turner, yes and Mayor Clarence E. Anthony, yes.  Passed 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS:

A motion was made by Vice-Mayor Esther E. Berry, and seconded by Commissioner Shirley Walker-Turner to approve the Interlocal Agreement for Fire Services.  Vice-Mayor Berry, yes; Commissioner Kyles, yes; Commissioner Wilson, yes; Commissioner Walker-Turner, yes and Mayor Anthony, yes.  Passed 5-0.

Mayor Anthony, said that he and the Director of Public Safety met and negotiated a salary of $56,000.00.  A motion was made to pay the Director of Public Safety an annual salary of $56,000.00.  Moved by Vice-Mayor Berry, and seconded by Commissioner Walker-Turner.  Vice-Mayor Berry, yes; Commissioner Kyles, yes; Commissioner Wilson, yes; Commissioner Walker-Turner, yes and Mayor Anthony, yes.  Passed 5-0.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, replied that she has met with County Commissioner Tony Masilotti, regarding the Splash Pad, and was informed there was $250,000.00 for Splash Pad.


Continuation of Minutes of July 5, 2005, Regular City Commission Meeting             Page 1387

City Manager, Bobby Tony Smith, made a recommendation for the site plan of the Splash Pad to be at Tanner Park.  Moved by Commissioner Walker-Turner and seconded by Commissioner Kyles.  Vice-Mayor Berry, yes; Commissioner Kyles, yes; Commissioner Wilson, yes; Commissioner Walker-Turner, yes and Mayor Anthony, yes.  Passed 5-0.

Mr. Smith, City Manager, asked for the City Commission authorization to move forward with the negotiating of the Splash Pad with Palm Beach County.

A motion was made to give the City Manager authorization to move forward with the negotiating of the Splash Pad.  Moved by Commissioner Walker-Turner, and seconded by Commissioner Wilson.  Vice-Mayor Berry, yes; Commissioner Wilson, yes; Commissioner Walker-Turner, yes; Commissioner Kyles, yes and Mayor Anthony, yes.  Passed 5-0.

Commissioner John Wilson, informed the City Commission that Mr. Andrae Givans, President, wanted to purchase land in South Bay to build a Howard Johnson Hotel.

Mayor Anthony, commended Commissioner Wilson for bringing companies to the City.  Mayor Anthony said a hotel is essential to the City.  He urged Commissioner Wilson to work with the City Manager to negotiate and talk about the market value of the property.

Mayor Anthony asked that staff move forward with preparing the RFP for the property located in the Park of Commerce, the 6.9 acres are separate from the Park of Commerce property.

Vice-Mayor Berry asked for an update on what has been done in the Park of Commerce.

Mr. Smith, City Manager, informed the Commission as to which businesses are going out in the Park of Commerce.  He said that the Sanchez Brothers are the only businesses to-date that we have gotten.  Mr. Smith, informed the Commission that the Sanchez Brothers wants to buy eleven (11) acres, within the Park of Commerce.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, asked during the bid process is it practical to have a minimum bid on it?  Mr. Smith, replied to do that you don’t have to have a minimum bid but the City Commission has the right to accept or reject a proposal.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, replied if we don’t know what the value of the property is we won’t know if we are accepting a fair value for the property.

Mr. Smith, City Manager, replied the market force dictates who is wishing to pay what.

Vice-Mayor Berry, asked do the City has infrastructure in the Business Park?  She replied that she would like property appraised and asked City Manager, Smith, what did he think.

Continuation of Minutes of July 5, 2005, Regular City Commission Meeting             Page 1388

Mr. Smith, City Manager, replied it is very expensive to appraise property.

Commissioner Kyles asked is 6.9 acres included in Business Park?

Mr. Smith, City Manager, replied “No” and advertisement will go out in next few days.

Mayor Anthony, asked City Commission what do they want to do?

Commissioner Wilson, replied the City Commission needs to move forward with the Howard Johnson Hotel.

Mayor Anthony, replied that the City Commission cannot make a decision on the Howard Johnson Hotel without a proposal or presentation.

A motion to send out Request for Proposals on Park of Commerce and advertise remaining property in Park of Commerce excluding 6.9 acres.  Moved by Commissioner Kyles and seconded by Commissioner Walker-Turner.  Vice-Mayor Berry, yes; Commissioner Kyles, yes; Commissioner Wilson, yes; Commissioner Walker-Turner, yes and Mayor Anthony, yes.  Passed 5-0

CITY COMMISSION REPORT:

Commissioner Kyles had no comments.

Commissioner Wilson said in January 2004 the City received a grant from South Florida Water Management District.  He asked what percentage of the design is complete?

Mr. Smith, City Manager, replied that he sent out memorandums to the City Commission explaining everything, regarding the design.  He also informed Commissioner Wilson that January 2004 was an incorrect date.  He said it was on the table seven or eight years ago, in July.

Commissioner Wilson replied that he had numerous of concerns:

1.      Cox Park – did it take the entire $70,471.00 to purchase the equipment?
2.      There was concrete debris left at Cox Park since the installation of the playground equipment.
3.      Truck Stop – spoke with Randy Miller regarding the agreement with Tarmac.
4.      Followed trash truck around the City and trash was being skipped from being picked up and while dumping trash, trash was being left on the ground.
5.      Community Center
6.      Alleyways
7.      Parking
8.      Manager at Marshall Heights was concerned says they are paying for trash and garbage and so is the residents living there.
Continuation of Minutes of July 5, 2005, Regular City Commission Meeting             Page 1389

Mr. smith, city Manager, replied that he needed cooperation from the Commission.

Mayor Anthony, replied that previously, years ago the Palm Beach County Housing Authority paid all water bills and everything.  Then they went to individual meters at the Housing Authority.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, replied that we do have a problem with trash.  She asked would this be cost effective, is this something we can do?  Feasibility or possibly to do it ourselves?

Mr. Smith, City Manager, replied he has already scheduled a meeting with the garbage haulers and that he was not satisfied in the service the City was receiving.  He said that there were no grants to help fund the City’s own garbage and trash hauling.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, asked about National Night Out.  She asked was there any plans to make it happen?

Chief Michael Morris, replied that the monies will come from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund and it will happen.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, informed the Commission and the public that the program through the Beacon Center, the date that had been scheduled was July 12, 2005, this date has been changed to sometime in August.  They will also have school supplies; they will be getting flyers out to the community.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, said she was concerned about services through the Parks and Recreation.  And would like a presentation brought to the Commission at first meeting in August.

Mayor Anthony, said that he has continuously met with staff to go to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and it has not been done.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, asked that a financial report be a part of the agenda.

Vice-Mayor Berry asked to have a Charter Review Committee to cleanup City’s Charter, and to bring to the Commission in September.

Vice-Mayor Berry, informed the Commission that a Vice-Mayor Initiative has been started.  She replied that they are focusing on people who are homebound.  They determine what the needs are and partner with Glades Initiative to find grant dollars.

Mayor Anthony, replied that the Tri-Cities meeting is once a month, and invite an agency to make a ten (10 minute) presentation at Tri-Cities.


Continuation of Minutes of July 5, 2005, Regular City Commission Meeting             Page 1390

Mr. Smith, City Manager, informed the Commission that he had invited Mr. Dan Aranda, Executive Director, Glades General Hospital, to the next Tri-Cities meeting.

Commissioner Wilson, replied that the City Commission need to have Dominion come in regarding what they are going to do with the land.  And to review contract again.

Mayor asked for public comments.

Ms. Glenda Davis – Marshall Heights – spokesperson for the residents of Marshall Heights.  Ms. Davis, replied that she had spoke with Ms. Cynthia Hammond, Finance Director, regarding the housing authority paying for trash.

Mr. Willie Marshall – 165 NW 6th Avenue; Mr. Marshall wanted to be placed on the agenda for next meeting of how the Police Chief was selected.  Mr. Marshall had concerns for the “No parking on grass at Tanner Park”.  He replied that officers advised him they would give him a ticket.

Mayor Anthony, advised that the “No parking” signs are there because there is nowhere to pass if you stop.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, advised that it need to be revisited for more space.

Mr. Willie Marshall, informed the City Commission that he passed by on Sunday and cars were parked everywhere.

Mr. Marshall, also advised that 1st street and 2nd street need to be repaired.

Mr. Smith, City Manager, replied he would check on timeline when roads will be fixed.

Mr. Lester Lovely – NW 11th Avenue, asked to have water bill checked.

Mr. Willie Marshall – NW12th Avenue, informed the Commission of a burst water meter at church on 12th Avenue, and meter need to be raised.

Mr. Joe – 401 Oak Court, asked do the City have any buses available to transport the children for the summer.

Commissioner Walker-Turner, asked staff to check safety on 15-passenger van.  

Mayor Anthony adjourned the meeting.
                                                                                                
                                                Clarence E. Anthony, Mayor

                                        
Virginia K. Walker, City Clerk