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City Council Meeting Minutes

June 5, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on June 5, 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: Michael Ray Helfrich, Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, and Carol Hill-Evans, President, with President Hill-Evans presiding. 
 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Joann Kittrell, York, PA, spoke about the Food Availability Task Force initiative which is geared to promote healthy eating and physical activity behaviors as a means of reducing childhood obesity. She encouraged the community to get involved.
 
Pastor Keith Fair, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, invited youth to participate in the St. Matthew's Church Youth Center.
 
Youth Center: “The St. Matthew Youth Center, 'The Matts,' is open to students in grades 6 through 12 from mid September to the end of May. There is a yearly $5.00 membership fee (must show school I.D. card). The hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 PM and Fridays, 7:00-10:00 PM. Activities include: basketball, ping pong, pool, air hockey, foosball, arcade games, snack bar, and TV lounge. Once a month on Thursdays, the center opens one hour earlier for Bible Study.”
 
“The supervising staff are members of St. Matthew. They provide a safe environment, Bible Study leadership, tutoring and Christian friendship. For forty years, the center has offered a place for young people to gather with other young people: a joyous Christian atmosphere, for recreation, fellowship and social activities.” – Source: http://www.stmatt.org/youth_center.cfm
 
Jim Norman, York, PA, asked for full disclosure on delinquent sewer and refuse fees and real estate taxes. He said we need to ask what we can do in the future to keep these delinquencies from happening. 
 
Joe Haberle, York, PA, said he hopes a full list of delinquent sewer and refuse accounts will soon be made available to the public and that city officials will aggressively go after these delinquencies.
 
Glenn Medice, York, PA, stated that he is a new resident and is shocked to see how much money is owed to the city in delinquent accounts. He said he hopes the city's administration puts a stop to this so the city can get back on its feet.
 
Craig Smith, York, PA, suggested that Council reveal the amount of sewer and refuse fees collected from the previous month, and he questioned the accounting firm that allowed the city to get this deep in debt. He feels we need better accountability.
 
Vera Smallwood, York, PA, complained of dog poop in the yard of her neighbor. She said the neighbor has four large dogs that are allowed to poop in the yard and the stench is unbearable. 
 
Paul Kicklighter, York, PA, asked if there was anything that could be done about the goose droppings around Kiwanis Lake. Councilman Helfrich responded that, unfortunately, this is an act of nature that is not easily controlled but possibly the recreation department could hose down the walking paths. Additionally, rain water serves as a natural flushing agent. 
 
Franklin Williams, York, PA, spoke of the senseless murder of a family man by thugs that wanted to steal his truck. He asked that residents reach out to the family and help with funeral costs.
 
Katie Lamb, Americorp, announced the 2012 Senior Games, which begins on June 18th and the United Way fundraising events taking place on June 21st. 
 
Charlotte Bergdoll, York, PA, announced the new RAYAC website. Visit now.
 
Dolores Abreu, York, PA, reported illegal dumping at the rear of Lamour St.
 
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: 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 Captain Russel Tschopp, Police Dept. Also present was 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 15, 2012 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans announced that after tonight's meeting, Council will observe its summer recess and will therefore not meet again until July 17.
 
PRESENTATIONS: None
 
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED: None
 
 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No reports. 
 
 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB
 
Resolution No. 65, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution approving the final subdivision plan submitted by Darrel and Janine Tobin to subdivide 361 W. Market St. into two lots, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 65 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 66, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution approving the final subdivision plan submitted by 550 Lofts to subdivide 239 E. Boundary Ave. into two lots, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 66 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 67, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution approving the final subdivision plan submitted by York Rentals to subdivide 536 W. Philadelphia St. and 541 W. Clarke Ave. into two lots, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 67 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 68, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution approving the final subdivision plan submitted by York Preservation Partners to subdivide 900 S. George St. from one lot consisting of three condominiums into three single-family lots, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 68 came up for discussion.
 
Mike Johnson, developer, outlined that this is an 1890s structure with carriage house that was condemned by the state. In 2008, the structure was renovated into three homes with a contemporary design layout.
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 68 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 3; Abstain – Helfrich – 1; Nays – 0.
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS
 
Bill No. 16, Ordinance No. 16, Session 2012, (View) A Bill amending the 2012 City Budget for CDBG and HOME funds to reflect changes resulting from actual funding levels for 2009-2012, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 16 came up for discussion.
 
Councilman Helfrich asked why there is an increase in the homebuyer assistance line item. Director Schreiber responded that this is not an increase, its merely balancing two years worth of funding. He went on to explain that this process is an annual administrative step required by HUD. Unfortunately, he stated, our CDBG & HOME allocations were less this year and as a result, we lost two staff persons. As for the homebuyer program, he said that the county has offered to absorb the costs associated with the rental applications for city applicants, while we continue to provide the workshops. 
 
Councilman Helfrich then asked why there was a reduction in the Human Relations Commission line item. Director Schreiber answered that they received their allocation last year so this is merely showing the remaining funds being transferred to the current program year. 
 
There being no further discussion, Bill No. 16, Ordinance No. 16, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Introduction of Bill No. 17, Session 2012, (View) A Bill accepting an exchange of real estate between the City of York and the Housing Authority (Thackston Park Project), was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the July 17 meeting of Council.
 
Introduction of Bill No. 18, Session 2012, (View) A Bill accepting a dedication of land from Pullman Apartments (238-240-242 N. George St.), was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the July 17 meeting of Council.
 
Director Schreiber took a moment to briefly explain. He said about 10 or more years ago, the city loaned Pullman Partnership $475,000.00 to assistance them in mortgaging the property. The funds were allocated from CDBG monies and was to be used to renovate the building. The loan matured after 15 years but, unfortunately, the city has not received repayment of any of those funds. As a result, Director Schreiber said the city filed judgment against the partnership for collection of those outstanding funds. An agreement was eventually reached whereby the City's Redevelopment Authority (RDA) would accept a dedication of the property from Pullman at which time the RDA will make payment on the unsatisfied mortgage. He stated that the RDA would recuperate those costs upon sale of the building. Director Schreiber said he felt comfortable that the RDA would recuperate these funds as the building was appraised at more than $700,000. In the meantime, the RDA will maintain and manage the property and existing rental agreements will remain intact. 
 
Introduction of Bill No. 19, Session 2012, (View) A Bill amending Article 1751 "Nuisance Abatement" to transfer authority from the Police Commissioner to the Building Code Official, was introduced by Nelson, read by short title, and deferred until the July 17 meeting of Council.
 
Resolution No. 69, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution reappointing JoAnn Henderson as a member of the York City Board of Health, which term shall expire the first Monday of April 2017, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 69 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0. 
 
Resolution No. 70, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution appointing Christopher W. Husted as a probationary police officer, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 70 came up for discussion.
 
Captain Tschopp introduced Mr. Husted and gave a brief background on the candidate. Mr. Husted thanked Council and the Mayor for their consideration and said he's looking forward to serving the citizens of York. 
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 70 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 71, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to Flyway Excavating in the amount of $86,095.00 for the Roosevelt Ave. Channel Project, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 71 came up for discussion.
 
Director Gross explained that this project will be to help eliminate the flooding that continues to occur at the intersection of Marbrook Lane and Roosevelt Ave. He said this project is fully covered by a Growing Greener grant. 
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 71 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 72, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution authorizing a budget transfer in the amount of $28,000.00 to cover engineering services for Buchart-Horn to conduct an evaluation of the sanitary sewer system, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 72 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 73, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution amending the 2012 Annual Action Plan to reflect actual funding levels for 2009-2012 CDBG and HOME Program funds (also see Bill No. 16, Ordinance No. 16), was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 73 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None
 
 
COUNCIL COMMENT
 
Councilman Helfrich invited residents to attend the Energy Stock festival to be held from 11 a.m. to dusk at Foundry Park Plaza/Boat Basin and to participate in the Codorus Creek Cleanup on June 30 and July 1.
 
President Hill-Evans announced the 2012 Garden Tour to be held June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the event, and may be purchased at the York City Recreation and Parks Dept.
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None
 
 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for July 17, 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 June 5, 2012 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:56 p.m.