File Name: STATUS RPT APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS TO CHARTER REVIEW TASK
Agenda Date: 4/3/2012
Agenda Item Number: 6B2
STATUS REPORT ON APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS TO CHARTER REVIEW TASK FORCE
Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Heyman asked the Clerk of the Board to provide an update on the appointment of Charter Review Task Force members.
Clerk of the Board Division Chief Christopher Agrippa responded to Commissioner Heyman that 11 out of 20 appointments were received. He noted appointments were needed from the City of Hialeah, the City of Miami Beach, Commissioner Barreiro, Commissioner Moss, Commissioner Souto, Commissioner Diaz, Chairman Martinez and two appointments from the League of Cities. Mr. Agrippa said the Clerk’s Office would follow-up to ensure receipt of the remaining appointments.
Commissioner Moss asked Assistant County Attorney Oren Rosenthal to review the Board’s Rules of Procedure requiring that six public hearings be held between the time proposed Charter amendments were placed on a Committee agenda and the date of the respective Committee meeting to ensure that these meetings were scheduled only after Charter proposals were presented.
Later in the meeting Commissioner Heyman noted she was informed by the County Attorney’s office that a motion to suspend Town Hall meetings until a Charter Review Task Force was convened and amendments were proposed would be in order. She said that Town Hall meetings educated the public; however, holding them when no issues existed was costly and presented an impact upon public resources and manpower.
Assistant County Attorney Oren Rosenthal clarified that Rule 9.03.04 could be suspended with a two-thirds vote of the County Commission until the Charter Review Task Force completed its work.
Commissioner Barreiro inquired whether Town Hall meetings were already scheduled to which Assistant County Attorney responded that meetings were scheduled for this week and next week. He suggested that these meetings continue to be held as scheduled.
It was moved by Commissioner Heyman that the Town Hall meetings be suspended. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Jordan, and upon being put to a vote, passed by a vote of 6-1 (Vice-Chairwoman Edmonson voted “No”; Commissioners Bell, Bovo, Diaz, Sosa, Suarez and Chairman Martinez were absent).
Commissioner Heyman suggested that notices be posted that the Town Hall meetings had been suspended.
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