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City Council Meeting Minutes

May 1, 2012

No Resolutions

Approved/Signed Bills

 
CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on May 1, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA, to receive general public comment, with the following Council members present: Joanne Borders, Michael Ray Helfrich, Renee S. Nelson, and Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, with Vice President Nixon presiding. 
 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Craig Cooper, resident, reported a dead animal on the road near his property. He also spoke about the newly enacted sewer and refuse collection procedures and said he was appalled that some residents' delinquent bills were allowed to amass such a high debt.
 
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, 101 S. George St., York, PA, with the following members present: Joanne Borders, Michael Ray Helfrich, Renee S. Nelson, and Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, with Vice President Nixon presiding. 
 
Members of the Administration in attendance included: Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, and 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 April 17, 2012 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: None
 
PRESENTATIONS
 
Fathers Workshop, Mobile Food Bus: Robin Turner, Founder & Director, The Fathers Workshop, announced the mobile food bus initiative, which is an initiative geared to deliver fresh, local produce to York City senior citizens and low-income individuals and families. Ms. Turner said they look to “bring healthy produce, weekly, to York citizens that do not have access to or the ability to transport fresh produce.” Their plan is to work with various agencies to increase accessibility to healthy foods. Ms. Turner explained that out of 117 responses to their survey, 72% would like fresh produce delivered. In addition to delivering fresh food, they will also provide demonstration classes to aid in what to do with different types of produce, such as mangoes. She said they will also ask local farmers and gardeners to donate excess produce and will look to employ those who would otherwise be hard to employ. Ms. Turner asked for the community's support in their endeavor to bring fresh produce and jobs to the City of York.
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED: None
 
 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No reports.
 
 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB: None
 
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS
 
Final Passage of Bill No. 15, Ordinance No. 15, Session 2012, (View) An Ordinance amending the 2012 Budget in the amount of $118,000 for the S. Pine St. Streetscape Project, which was introduced by Borders at the April 17 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Borders, seconded by Helfrich, Bill No. 15 came up for discussion.
 
Director Gross explained that this is the extension to a streetscape project done a few years ago. He said funding was received from DCED and will be used for streetscape upgrades to S. Pine St. between Princess and Prospect Streets. 
 
Gary Jones, Vice President, Elm Street Alliance, outlined other streetscape projects to come and said the projects completed so far have been great. He stated that installation of new streetlights seem to have help alleviate some of the nuisances that previously existed in the area.
 
There being no further discussion, Bill No. 15, Ordinance No. 15, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Borders, Nelson – 4; Nays – 0.
 
NEW BUSINESS: None
 
 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None
 
 
COUNCIL COMMENT
 
Vice President Nixon applauded the Administration in their efforts to collect delinquent sewer and refuse fees. He said implementation of the new collection process has resulted in collection of over $100,000 in delinquent fees and over 800 payment plans instituted. 
 
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None
 
 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for May 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (Public Comment commences at 6:30 p.m.) in City Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA.
 
 
ADJOURNMENT:There being no further business, the May 1, 2012 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:15 p.m.