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File Number: 072746
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File Number: 072746 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1017-07 Control:
File Name: AHAB BOARD Introduced: 9/14/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/4/2007
Agenda Date: 9/4/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A32
Notes: THIS IS FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. (also see 072388) Title: RESOLUTION VACATING COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS OF CURRENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS, IMPLEMENTING A NEW APPLICATION PROCESS WHEREBY INDIVIDUALS FROM THE COMMUNITY MAY SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR THE BOARD'S CONSIDERATION [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NOS. 071496 AND 072388] [SEE AGENDA ITEM NO. 7C]
Indexes: ADVISORY BOARD APPOINTMENT
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

County Attorney 9/14/2007 Assigned Mandana Dashtaki

Board of County Commissioners 9/4/2007 11A32 AMENDED Adopted as amended P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks responded to Commissioner Gimenez’ question regarding the current method of appointments. She noted that each Commissioner appoints a member under the current process, but this resolution called for each commissioner to make a recommendation and the Board, as a whole, would approve a ballot. Commissioner Edmonson noted the intent of this resolution would allow interested community members to participate in the process by submitting their names and/or resumes. Chairman Barreiro stated he felt the Commissioners should recommend the appointment. In response to Commissioner Moss’ question regarding the process, Assistant County Attorney Johnson-Stacks noted this resolution did not specify the process, but that staff would develop an application process. She noted the names of all interested individuals, as well as those recommended by Commissioners, would be submitted to the Commission in ballot form for consideration. Commissioner Jordan noted multiple applications could become cumbersome and result in a large ballot. She suggested limiting the number of applications per district or having each commissioner make an appointment. Commissioner Moss suggested the County develop an application process for people to participate by district and allow the respective district commissioner to review those applications and submit the name desired as his/her appointee, for approval by the full Board. Commissioner Edmonson accepted Commissioner Moss’ recommendation as an amendment. Assistant County Attorney Johnson-Stacks advised that based on the amendment, the number of appointments made by the County Commission would be reduced to 13, but the total members would be 15, including appointments by the Mayor and the Overall Tenant Advisory Council (OTAC). In response to Commissioner Edmonson’s comments that the State Statute required the County Commission to make 15 appointments, Assistant County Attorney Johnson-Stacks explained that 13 appointments would be acceptable. In response to Commissioner Edmonson’s question regarding two other members mandated by the State Statute, Assistant County Attorney Mandana Dashtaki noted pursuant to Section 10 of the previous ordinance, the BCC could appoint a representative from the construction industry and/or a local community development corporation, such as an attorney, architect or professional engineer. Ms. Dashtaki advised those appointments were not statutorily required and could be eliminated, reducing the number of Commission-appointed members to 13. Hearing no further discussion or comments, the foregoing proposed resolution was adopted as amended to provide that appointments made by individual commissioners be submitted through an application process.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION VACATING COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS OF CURRENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS, IMPLEMENTING A NEW APPLICATION PROCESS WHEREBY INDIVIDUALS FROM THE COMMUNITY MAY SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR THE BOARD'S CONSIDERATION

BODY
WHEREAS, pursuant to the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act ("Sadowski Act") this Board adopted Section 17-106 of the Code creating the Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB), and setting forth AHAB's membership, composition, terms of office, qualifications, organization and procedure, applicability of County rules and procedures, powers and duties, reporting requirements and staff support; and
WHEREAS, AHAB serves as the County's affordable housing committee and consists of fifteen (15) members, thirteen (13) of which are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (Board), one (1) is appointed by the Mayor, and one (1) is appointed by the Overall Tenant Advisory Council; and
WHEREAS, simultaneously with this Resolution this Board is amending the AHAB ordinance in an effort to maintain and strengthen the public's confidence in the AHAB Board by preventing those who are connected to entities that receive AHAB funding from serving on the board and making other necessary changes; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to maintain the integrity of the structure of the AHAB, in light of its recommendations to this Board; and

WHEREAS, in order to attain these goals this Board shall vacate its appointments to the current AHAB Board and, within sixty (60) days from the date of this Resolution, appoint the new members of the AHAB after each Commissioner considers the applications and makes his or her individual appointment, which will be ratified by the entire Board; and
WHEREAS, this Board shall require all those interested in serving on the AHAB to submit applications, which staff will develop, that will inform this Board of each applicant's qualifications and any potential conflict issues,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Board of County Commissioners:
Section 1. Vacates the current membership of the AHAB appointed by Commissioners.
Section 2. Directs staff to develop an application for individuals who desire to be appointed by the Commission to serve on the AHAB. At a minimum said application shall request each applicant to disclose any potential conflict of interest issues.
Section 3. Maintains the appointment process of having individual Commissioners make his or her appointment and then having the entire Board ratify the appointments of the requisite AHAB members, as outlined in 420.9076(2), Fla. Stat.; provided, however, that the application process established by this resolution shall not apply to the appointments made by the Mayor and the Overall Tenant Advisory Council (OTAC).



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