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City Council Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on October 2, 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. (Councilwoman Joanne Borders passed away on September 24, 2012.)
 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Charlotte Bergdoll spoke kind words about Councilwoman Joanne Borders who passed away on Monday, September 24, 2012.
 
Mike Rhine submitted a statement to Council requesting a meeting with Council and the Mayor regarding alleged harassment by police officers. 
 
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. Also present was Assistant Solicitor Don Hoyt and Director Stephanie Seaton, York City Human Relations Commission.
 
Members of York City Council staff in attendance included:  Dianna L. Thompson-Mitchell, City Clerk.
 
MOMENT OF SILENCE: President Hill-Evans called for a moment of silence in memory of Councilwoman Joanne Borders.
 
Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 
 
Approval of Minutes: Council dispensed with the reading of the Minutes of September 18, 2012 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans read the following announcement regarding the Council vacancy:
 
A vacancy currently exists in the Office of York City Council, as declared by City Council, effective September 25, 2012. Pursuant to Section 406 of the 3rd Class City Code, Council shall appoint a candidate within 30 days, which shall occur on or before October 25, 2012, with said appointment to serve until the first Monday of January 2014.
 
Council is seeking interested persons to submit resumes for appointment to fill said vacancy.
 
ñ     To be considered for the position:
ñ     Candidate shall be at least twenty-one years of age.
ñ     Shall have been a resident of the City for at least one year prior to appointment.
ñ     Shall reside in the City throughout their term of service.
 
For consideration of appointment, please forward a resume and letter of interest to: Dianna L. Thompson-Mitchell, York City Clerk, Attn: Council Vacancy, 101 S. George St., York, PA 17401, or email: dthompso@yorkcity.org
 
RESUMES DUE BY 12:00 NOON - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012. NO EXCEPTIONS.
 
President Hill-Evans said that applicants will be asked to fill out a background check release form.
 
 
PRESENTATIONS: None
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED
 
Committee Issues: Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss items for the November legislative agenda.
 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS 
 
Committee Issues: President Hill-Evans reported that Council met in committee work sessions on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss at length items for Council's October 2 & 16 legislative agendas. 
 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB
 
Resolution No. 103, Session 2012, A Resolution appointing Matthew J. Argabright as an alternate member of HARB to fill the unexpired term of W. Craig Zumbrun, which term shall expire the first Monday of January 2016, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 103 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS
 
Final Passage of Bill No. 28, Ordinance No. 30, Session 2012, (View) An Ordinance vacating a portion of West Hope Ave., Stone Alley and other unnamed public alleys, (Homes at Thackston Park) which was introduced by Nelson at the August 21 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 28, Ordinance No. 30, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0. Note: This item appeared on Council's 9-18-12 agenda but did not pass as 4 votes were required to approve and only 3 members of Council were in attendance.)
 
Final Passage of Bill No. 31, Ordinance No. 31, Session 2012, (View) A Bill amending the 2012 Budget in the amount of $11,697.00 for a donation from Peoples Bank for purchase of a T3 Segway for use by the downtown police patrol, which was introduced by Hill-Evans at the September 18 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 31, Ordinance No. 31, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Final Passage of Bill No. 32, Ordinance No. 32, Session 2012, (View) A Bill amending the 2012 Budget in the amount of $117,800.00 for purchase of a vehicle exhaust extraction system for use by the Department of Fire/Rescue Services, which was introduced by Borders at the September 18 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Helfrich, Bill No. 32, Ordinance No. 32, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
 
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Introduction of Bill No. 33, Session 2012, (View) A Bill amending Article 905 “Street Excavations” of the Codified Ordinances to add certain regulations for permittees, was introduced by Helfrich, read by short title, and deferred until the October 16 meeting of Council.
 
Resolution No. 104, Session 2012, (View) Authorizing a budget transfer in the 2012 budget in the amount of $11,780.00 in matching funds for purchase of a vehicle exhaust extraction system for the Department of Fire/Rescue Services, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 104 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 105, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution releasing financial security funds to York Development Corporation in the amount of $30,565.70 associated with the subdivision at 130-140 S. West St., was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 105 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 106, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution awarding a general construction contract to Lobar, Inc. in the amount of $2,280,560.00 for the Police Station renovation project, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 106 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 107, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution awarding a plumbing contract to SSM Industries, Inc. in the amount of $462,225.00 for the Police Station renovation project, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 107 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 108, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution awarding an HVAC contract to Myco Mechanical, Inc. in the amount of $1,043,000.00 for the Police Station renovation project, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 108 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 109, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution awarding an electrical contract to Northwind Engineering in the amount of $876,520.00 for the Police Station renovation project, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 109 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 110, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution authorizing funds from a Fair Housing Assistance Program grant in the amount of $10,322.00 be applied to salaries for the York City Human Relations Commission employees, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 110 came up for discussion.
 
Assistant Solicitor Hoyt stated that he was informed by Business Administrator Michael O'Rourke that this Resolution was not drafted properly in that a budget transfer request is necessary in order to transfer funds to salaries.
 
President Hill-Evans explained that since this item was already discussed in committee, she would allow Director Seaton to prepare the correct Resolution for submission on Council's October 16 agenda. 
 
Councilman Helfrich asked that Director Seaton have the Resolution reviewed by the Business Administrator or Finance Department prior to submission. 
 
Director Seaton said she would prepare the correct Resolution and will send it out for review. 
 
President Hill-Evans said that although the Resolution before Council tonight does not approve the actual budget transfer, she would like to vote on it anyway as a preliminary step in authorizing the use of these funds for salaries.  
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 110 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 111, Session 2012, (View) A Resolution approving an amended York City Fire Civil Service Rules and Regulations, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 111 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None
 
 
COUNCIL COMMENT
 
Members of Council took a moment to remember Councilwoman Joanne Borders who passed away on Monday, September 24, 2012 at the age of 67. 
 
President Hill-Evans gave kudos to organizers of York's Bike Night. She said it was a success.
 
Councilman Helfrich thanked those who participated in Saturday's clean-up efforts. He then encouraged residents to recycle as recycling saves thousands of taxpayer dollars. 
 
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None
 
 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for October 16, 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 October 2, 2012 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:40 p.m.