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City Council Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2011

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on July 19, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to receive general public comment, with the following Council members present: Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding.

 

 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Steve Young, York, PA, apologized for his outburst at the last meeting. He did say that he was disappointed by the lack of respect given by certain members of the city's Administration towards the general public. He said he was correct about the Northwest Triangle and 101 S. George St. projects, and his assertion that people don't want to walk from Small Field to the baseball stadium. Mr. Young stated that he is upset with Downtown Inc. and feels we need to employ people who will properly market and promote our city.
 
Franklin Williams, York, PA, spoke about the pub opening at 41 E. Jackson St. He said there are still outstanding zoning issues that need resolved and that the Zoning Officer said “a nonconforming use continues on.”
 
Michael Rodenhaber, York, PA, reported a series of nuisances that took place during the Turner Evolution event advertised as occurring at the Sovereign Bank Stadium from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011. He said the nuisances were so extreme that he called the police numerous times throughout the day and into the late evening to report excessive noise, windows vibrating in homes along Queen Street, offensive smell of burning rubber permeating the neighborhood, and event participants' urinating on the walls of Westminster Church.
 
(Note: President Ray followed up with an email dated July 20, 2011 to Sovereign Bank Stadium executives and members of the Administration relaying the nuisances reported by Mr. Rodenhaber. In an email response dated July 22, 2011, Police Chief Wesley Kahley responded that he
spoke with the shift supervisors that worked the day of the event and the Traffic Safety Sgt. He said the shift supervisor worked with event staff to try and improve the traffic issues on location. He said these are all issues that can beaddressed if the event returns to the City next year. He further stated that notes are taken for each event and placed in their files so that the event becomes logistically better and more enjoyable for everyone visiting the City and the City residents that live around the event location.)
 
There being no further public comment, President Ray adjourned the General Committee meeting and reconvened in Legislative Session at 7:00 p.m., in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, with the following members present: Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding.
 
Members of the Administration in attendance included: Kevin Schreiber, Director of Economic and Community Development, Steve Douglas, General Manager of the Waste Water Treatment Plant, and Stephanie Seaton, Director of the Human Relations Commission. Also present was Assistant Solicitor Don Hoyt.
 
Members of York City Council staff in attendance included: Dianna L. Thompson, City Clerk.
 
Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
 
Approval of Minutes: Council dispensed with the reading of the Minutes of June 7, 2011 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: President Ray read correspondence and announcements.
 
(Post Office Letter and Board Vacancies Announcement also attached to the official Minutes located in the City Clerk's Office.)

 
PRESENTATIONS
 
Jane Conover, York County Community Foundation - Provided Council with an overview of YCCF and resources available to the community, information about the Reclaiming Continental Square Project, and the merger of YorkCounts into the YCCF. For more information on YCCF, please visit them at www.yccf.org.
 
Sonia Huntzinger, Executive Director, Downtown Inc - Introduced Chad Meyers, the new Downtown Business Development Liaison, who will actively recruit new retail and restaurants to downtown York. She said Chad will work closely with the City of York, property owners, commercial realtors and community leaders to begin strategically filling the vacancies throughout York’s Central Business District. She said funding for this position came from a consortium of community entities that included the City of York, Downtown Inc, Better York, York County Economic Development Corporation, York County Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For further information, please contact Downtown Inc at (717) 849-2331 or visit www.downtownyorkpa.com.

 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED
 
Public Hearing: York City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 6:00PM in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to discuss the proposed Zoning Ordinance re-write and zoning map (Bill No.33-10), as well as proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan 2030 related to said re-write. Public testimony will be received at the conclusion of the hearing. Council will consider adoption of the new zoning ordinance, zoning map, and Comprehensive Plan 2030 amendments at its August 16, 2011 meeting at 7:00PM in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA. The public is invited to attend.

 

STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No Reports

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Resolution No. 86, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness to Jeff Lau for work to be done at 34 Cherry Lane (Mudhook Brew Pub), was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 86 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

 
Resolution No. 87, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution reducing the financial security for Tooling Dynamics from $345,588.10 to $10,725.00 for Phase 2 of the project related to the land development plan to expand the facility located at 905 Vogelsong Rd., was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 87 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.
 
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS
 
Bill No. 22, Ordinance No. 21, Session 2011, (View) A Bill amending the 2011 Budget to appropriate expenditures to reflect grant funding rolled over from 2010, which was introduced by Ray at the June 7 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Bill No. 22, Ordinance No. 21, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

 
Bill No. 23, Ordinance No. 22, Session 2011, (View) A Bill amending the 2011 Budget to appropriate additional revenue and expenditures for the Home Visitor Grant - $4,500.00 and Dental grant - $12,748.00, which was introduced by Hill-Evans at the June 7 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Bill No. 23, Ordinance No. 22, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

 
NEW BUSINESS

 
Introduction of Bill No. 24, Session 2011, (View) A Bill amending the 2011 CDBG for the Bureau of Housing Services to reflect changes resulting from actual funding levels allocated for 2011, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the August 16 meeting of Council.

 
Resolution No. 88, Session 2011,(View) A Resolution awarding a contract to Garland/DBS, Inc., through the U.S. Communities government purchasing program, to replace the Chlorine building roof at the WWTP for a total cost of $64,838.00, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 88 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

 
Resolution No. 89, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution authorizing a budget transfer for the Sewer Dept. in the amount of $12,105.43 to cover construction expenses, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 89 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

 
Resolution No. 90, Session 2011, (View)A Resolution authorizing an agreement with the PA Dept. of Health for public health preparedness strategies for the period of August 10, 2011 through August 9, 2012, at a cost of $178,575.00, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 90 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS
 
Public Hearing: York City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 6:00PM in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to discuss the proposed Zoning Ordinance re-write and zoning map (Bill No.33-10), as well as proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan 2030 related to said re-write. Public testimony will be received at the conclusion of the hearing. Council will consider adoption of the new zoning ordinance, zoning map, and Comprehensive Plan 2030 amendments at its August 16, 2011 meeting at 7:00PM in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA. The public is invited to attend.None
 
 
COUNCIL COMMENT
 
President Ray asked if the new zoning ordinance would have to sit an additional 30 days after approval before it becomes effective. Assistant Solicitor Hoyt said he would have to research that information. Director Schreiber said he would also look into this question as the zoning ordinance is definitely a unique situation.

 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT:

 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for August 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. (Public Comment commences at 6:30 p.m.) in City Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA.

 
ADJOURNMENT:There being no further business, the July 19, 2011 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:40 p.m.