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City Council Meeting Minutes

March 6, 2012

Signed Resolutions

No Bills Approved

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on March 6, 2012 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: Joanne Borders, Michael Ray Helfrich, Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, and Carol Hill-Evans, President, with President Hill-Evans presiding. 




Shelly Seaton, York, PA, announced the “Stop the Violence” movement and encouraged all to participate in activities around the community.


There being no further public comment, President Hill-Evans 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: Joanne Borders, Michael Ray Helfrich, Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, and Carol Hill-Evans, President, with President Hill-Evans presiding. 


Members of the Administration in attendance included:  Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, and Mark Elion, Assistant Solicitor.


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 February 21, 2012 and unanimously approved them as written.


Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans read correspondence and announcements, including the following relocation notice:


RELOCATION NOTICE: On March 14, 15, 16 & 20, 2012, City offices will be relocating to 101 S. George St. The schedule will be as follows:

ñ     MARKETWAY employees will be moving from 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor to 101 S. George St. on Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, 2012 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

ñ     FINANCE AND TREASURY employees will be moving from 50 W. King St. to 101 S. George St. on Friday,
March 16 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

ñ     ALL REMAINING City Hall employees (except Police) will be moving from 50 W. King St. to 101 S. George St. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 beginning at 8:30 a.m.


The next meeting of Council, scheduled for March 20, 2012, will be held at 101 S. George St., 1st Floor. Contact numbers will remain the same.






Public Works Committee, Joanne Borders, Chair: Councilwoman Borders reported that the Public Works Committee met this evening in Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a proposed resolution to cooperate with the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (YAMPO) on resurfacing of Market St. She said members of the Committee heard from Public Works Director Jim Gross, City Engineer Jeff Shue, and YAMPO representative Will Clark. See discussion on Resolution No. 52 for more information.


Bill No. 7, Session 2012  (View) – Action on Bill No. 7,  a Bill amending Article 1731.08 “Board Meetings” of the Codified Ordinances to change HARB's meeting schedule from twice per month to once per month, was tabled at Council's February 21, 2012 meeting to allow for further research on the proposed legislation. The Bill was not referred to committee but remains tabled at this time. 








Introduction of Bill No. 11, Session 2012, (View) A Bill amending Article 111.04 “Regular, Special and Transferred Meetings” of the Codified Ordinances to amend location of Council meetings, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the March 20 meeting of Council.


Resolution No. 52, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (YAMPO) for the Market Street resurfacing project, was introduced by Borders, read at length, and on motion of Borders, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 52 came up for discussion.


Councilman Helfrich said that he originally had a concern that Market Street was being unnecessarily recommended for repaving but after he did a drive-thru, he said there were several notable areas of deterioration. Additionally, he stated that when considering that this project won't begin until 2015, and we will receive support funding, he feels this project is justified.


Public Works Director Jim Gross added that the city has been in discussions about this project for several years and he appreciates the opportunity to work with YAMPO.


President Hill-Evans asked what a “yes” vote tonight from Council would mean. Director Gross answered that approving this resolution means that Council is approving the city to move forward with the transportation and improvement project (TIP). He explained that the estimated cost for engineering services associated with this project will be approximately $65,000 to $75,000 and will be paid out of the general fund budget and liquid fuels account, which will be budgeted for over the next few years. 


David Jones, resident, asked if taxpayers' liability will be in the $65,000 to $75,000 range for this project. Director Gross responded that some funding will be covered by liquid fuels dollars and that the $65,000 to $75,000 cost is all-inclusive for the engineering services, with no additional expenditures from the city being projected.


Franklin Williams, resident, said he has noticed that some curbs that were just installed a few years ago - and were in good shape - have been ripped out and replaced and he asked, why? Director Gross answered that many of those projects were located along state routes and state codes and regulations mandated that the curbs be reinstalled according to the currently adopted codes.


There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 52 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Borders, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.






Councilman Helfrich invited residents to attend the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” event to be held at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium on March 10, 2012 beginning at 9:00 a.m.


President Hill-Evans announced the March 24, 2012 “Stop the Violence” unity march and the

March 17, 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.




NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for March 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (Public Comment commences at 6:30 p.m.) in City Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., 1st  Floor, York, PA.


ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the March 6, 2012 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:25 p.m.