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City Council Meeting Minutes

May 15, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on May 15, 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, Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, and Carol Hill-Evans, President, with President Hill-Evans presiding. 
 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Karl Walters, York, PA, spoke of speeding and traffic concerns at the intersection of Hartley and Princess Streets.
 
Joseph Gurreri, Debora Ness, Russell L. Wantz, Jr., Ray Shaffer, Jennifer Ratz, Larry Heim, and Charles Brawn, all spoke against the notification letter received from the city stating that they were in violation of the zoning code and must remove their soda machines within 30-days. (Read Ordinance)(Read Letter) Director Kevin Schreiber said he would be happy to meet with these individuals after the meeting to discuss this situation further.
 
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, 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, Kevin Schreiber, Director of Economic and Community Development, and Assistant Solicitor Mark Elion.
 
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 May 1, 2012 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: None
 
PRESENTATIONS: None
 
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED: None
 
 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No reports.
 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB
 
Resolution No. 62, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a permit to Richard Gribble for work to be done at 228 W. Market St., Arthur Naylor for work to be done at 422 W. Philadelphia St., and Richard Myford for work to be done at 361, 365 & 367 E. Philadelphia St., 320 E. King St., 340 W. Princess St. and 441 W. King St., was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 62 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Borders, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS: None
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Introduction of Bill No. 16, Session 2012, (View) A Bill amending the 2012 City Budget for the CDBG and HOME program budgets to reflect changes resulting from actual funding levels for 2009-2012, was introduced by Nelson, read by short title and deferred until the June 5, 2012 meeting of Council.
 
Resolution No. 63, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to Doug Lamb Construction in the amount of $161,310.00 for the N. George St. Streetscape Improvement Project, was introduced by Borders, read at length, and on motion of Borders, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 63 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Borders, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 64, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with the PA Department of Health in the amount of $178,202.00 for public health preparedness services and activities for the period of August 10, 2012 through June 30, 2013, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 64 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Borders, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0. 
 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None
 
COUNCIL COMMENT
 
Councilwoman Borders invited residents to attend the “Stand Up for Our Community” event taking place on May 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
 
Vice President Nixon reported that he and the Mayor met with representatives from the York Water Company about a proposal offered by York Water to purchase the city's sewer system. He said discussions continue and he would keep Council informed.
 
Councilman Helfrich said he is concerned about the soda machine controversy in that we may be running away our “good” business owners who depend on this revenue. He then discussed a notice received by a resident stating she was in violation of high weeds and grass when in actuality she intentionally kept them high because she liked the flowers they produced. He said he hopes residents contact the administration in situations like this and that an agreement could be worked out.
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT 
 
Director Schreiber asked that the residents who spoke about the soda machines stay after the meeting so they can discuss this further.
 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for June 5, 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 7:26 p.m.