Since no councilman was willing to pull any item from the budget, the only way another vote could be taken was if one of the dissenters—Bain, Lob or Petralanda — asked for the vote to be re-considered. Finally, Lob made the motion to retake the vote and Windrem quickly seconded it.
This time the vote was 3-2 in favor of approving the tentative budget for fiscal 2013-14, which begins Oct. 1. Lob was the swing vote, as Bain and Petralanda again voted “no.” The final public hearing and approval of the final budget will take place on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.
In other news, the council:
• Approved the Miami Springs Historical Society’s plans to relocate their museum to 501 East Drive and agreed to maintain the $11,000 in funding for the next fiscal year. Of the $11,000, $3,000 is for rent at the current location and the rest for renovations and moving expenses. The Miami Springs Historical Society Education Center plans to open at the East Drive location in January 2014.
• Approved a new one-year agreement for fiscal 2013-14 with Pelican Playhouse Inc. that pays $15,000 for services rendered to the City of Miami Springs.
• Approved unanimously a resolution amending the current “schedule of charges” for building, plumbing, electrical, and other related permit charges or fees.
• By consensus, gave Manuel Perez-Vicho and Southeast Design the authority to go through with their plans to seek the purchase of 10,0000 square feet of city property on the golf course and build a quality hotel at their property (627 Eldron Drive). The property must be purchased from the city and approval via a vote of the people must take place for this to happen. Southeast Design agreed to pay all expenses for the property appraisal and the necessary election.