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City Council Meeting Minutes

November 15, 2011

 

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on November, 15, 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, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding. 
 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Edgar Rodriquez, Holy Chicken, invited residents to attend their Thanksgiving celebration on November 23rd beginning at 12 noon. He said they will have music and food for the public's enjoyment. Mr. Rodriquez said normal business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Also, children who bring their report cards and show marked improvement, receive a free meal.
 
Matthew Mann, resident, congratulated the victors of the General Election. He then discussed the recent shootings, one of which claimed the life of his childhood friend. He said we cannot continue to live in fear and encouraged residents to get involved and speak out against crime.
 
Michael Helfrich, resident, also spoke out against crime and asked that parents and grandparents continue to instill morals and the power of learning to our youth. He then questioned why claims are being made that his serving on Council would cause an expense to taxpayers.
 
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, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding. 
 
Members of the Administration in attendance included: 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 November 1, 2011 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: President Ray read correspondence and announcements.
 
PRESENTATIONS: None
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED
 
Special Council Session: Council will convene in a Special Session on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7:00    p.m. in Council Chambers to consider final passage of proposed projects to be funded through a bond issue (Bills 39 & 40).
 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS 
 
General Committee, Genevieve H. Ray, Chair: Final recommendations have been made to Bill No. 16, a Bill establishing a comprehensive towing ordinance. As sixty (60) days has elapsed since its original introduction, the legislation has been re-advertised and will appear on Council's December 6, 2011 agenda for consideration of         final passage.
 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB: None
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS: None
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Resolution No. 143, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness to Nathan Derr, Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects, for work to be done at 613 S. George St., and Martin Wagner, D&L Custom Sheet Metal, for work to be done at 401 E. Market St., was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 144 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 144, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution appointing Teresa Johnescu as an alternate member of HARB to fill a vacancy, which term shall expire the first Monday of January 2015, and Theodore Miller as a member of the York City Human Relations Commission, to fill the unexpired term of Cynthia Dixon, which term shall expire July 16, 2012, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 144 came up for discussion.
 
Teresa Johnescu introduced herself and gave a brief bio. She thanked the Mayor and Council for their consideration.
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 144 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Ray – 4; Nays – 0. The City Clerk then administered the Oath of Office to Ms. Johnescu.
 
Resolution No. 145, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution authorizing a financial securities release for York College in the amount of $501,726.50 related to the land development plan associated with construction of a new dormitory, with the remaining balance of financial security being $84,602.65, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 145 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.
 
SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA
 
A motion was made by Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, to waive the provisions of Resolution No. 215 of Session 1969 to permit consideration of a supplemental agenda containing 7 items. The motion passed unanimously. Therefore, Councilman Nixon introduced the following Bills by consent:
 
Introduction of Bill No. 39, Session 2011, (View) A Bill authorizing a Bond Issue in the amount of $5,325,137.00 for acquisition of the parking system from the York City General Authority.
 
Introduction of Bill No. 40, Session 2011, (View) A Bill authorizing a General Obligation Bond in the amount of $5 million for capital projects and note refunding.
 
Introduction of Bill No. 41, Session 2011, (View) A Bill authorizing a General Obligation Bond in the amount of $29,985,000.00 for financing various capital projects.
 
Introduction of Bill No. 42, Session 2011, (View) A Bill amending Article 933 “Sewer Rentals” of the Codified Ordinances to increase sewer fees for 2012.
 
Introduction of Bill No. 43, Session 2011, (View) A Bill amending Article 951.12 “Annual Collection Fee Schedule” of the Codified Ordinances to increase refuse fees for 2012.
 
Introduction of Bill No. 44, Session 2011, (View) A Bill adopting the 2012 York City Budget ($42,042,792.00).
 
Introduction of Bill No. 45, Session 2011, (View) A Bill fixing the tax rate for year 2012 (.01923 mils).
 
Bill No.'s 39 through 45 were read by short title and deferred until a future meeting of Council. President Ray said Council will convene in a Special Meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to consider passage of Bill No.'s 40 and 41. All other Bills will be considered in December.
 
Council expressed their displeasure that no one from the Administration was in attendance this evening to present the budget. However, President Ray read a statement from Mayor Bracey that was included in the 2012 budget book under “Introduction.” (Read statement)
 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS 
 
Council briefly discussed proposed dates to hold Council's budget hearings. Council agreed to meet at either 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., however, dates were not finalized. President Ray did say she would contact the Mayor and Business Administrator about possibly holding a General Committee meeting on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to give them opportunity to formally present the 2012 Proposed Budget to Council.
 
COUNCIL COMMENT
 
President Ray asked Solicitor Hoyt to review the proposed streetlight fee and provide an opinion on whether we can impose such a fee.
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None
 
RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Michael Miller, resident, asked how the streetlight fee would affect residents. President Ray said as Council just received the budget and associated documents this evening, they are unable to respond to questions at this time.
 
Mike Helfrich, resident, stated that the bond issue is about $2 million higher than originally discussed. He asked that Council consider amending the amount to reflect previous discussions. President Ray responded that there may be more involved in that figure than it appears, such as our bond rating, but said she's unable to provide verification at this point.
 
Councilman Nixon said Council just received these supplemental documents as they walked into Council Chambers this evening and that he takes serious issue with the timing of these documents.
 
 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for December 6, 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. (Note: A Special Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to consider passage of Bill No.'s 40 & 41.)
 

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the November 15, 2011 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:31 p.m.