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City Council Meeting Minutes

February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013 
Supplemental Agenda 
Signed Resolutions 
No Bills Approved

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on February 5, 2013 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: David Satterlee, Michael Ray Helfrich, Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, and Carol Hill-Evans, President, with President Hill-Evans presiding. 
 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Richard Klinedinst, York, PA, said he is going to do a prayer walk through the City of York until our residents wake up. His dream is that the City of York will become the gold standard of America.
 
Jane Heller, York, PA, discussed the King Mansion located on Kings Mill Rd., which was purchased by York College. She pleaded for help in saving this historical building.
 
Manuel Gomez, York, PA, asked for an update on the situation at the Lindbergh Academy where a student allegedly suffered injuries by police officers. Also, he said there is a new model of license plate scanners being installed in police vehicles yet we have not seen a policy on these devices. He urged Council to pass a resolution to have the police department establish and release a policy on these scanners.
 
Franklin Williams, York, PA, discussed the electronic recycling program and that a question arose about the inconvenience to some residents trying to get their recyclables to the recycling site. He hopes that the city will look at possibly including electronics in their curbside pickup. 
 
Francheska Diaz, York, PA, said she fell on a city sidewalk back in November and the city has done nothing to address her complaint.
 
Joseph Beltrante, York, PA, questioned citations against him that were not backed by proof and some of which he was found not guilty. He said he reported hazards on a property in which a resident was hurt and yet nothing was done.
 
There being no further public comment, President Hill-Evans adjourned the General Committee meeting and convened in Legislative Session at 7:00 p.m., in Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA, with the following members present: David Satterlee, 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: Michael O’Rourke, Business Administrator and Assistant Solicitor Don Hoyt.
 
Members of York City Council staff in attendance included:  Dianna L. Thompson-Mitchell, City Clerk.
 
Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 
 
Approval of Minutes: Council dispensed with the reading of the Minutes of January 15, 2013 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans invited residents to attend a free Black History event at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York, PA, on February 9, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. For more information, please contact the Historical Society at 848-1587.
 
Councilman Helfrich announced a job fair to be held on February 12, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Codorus Community Center. The fair will focus on seeking minority contractors for the Homes at Thackston Park Project. The same event will also be held at the Jefferson Center from 4-6 p.m. on the same day.
 
PRESENTATIONS: None
 
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED
 
Committee Work Session: Scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss items for the March legislative agenda.
                       
 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No reports.
 
 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB: None
 
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS: None
 
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Pulled from agenda. President Hill-Evans announced that the final subdivision and land development plan for 403 S. Albemarle St. (View) was pulled from the agenda at the request of the applicant (York Habitat for Humanity) but will appear on the February 19 agenda for action. 
 
Introduction of Bill No. 1, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution amending the 2013 CDBG & HOME program budgets to reflect funding levels rolled over from 2012, was introduced by Nelson, read by short title, and deferred until the February 19 meeting of Council.
 
Resolution No. 7, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing a release of financial security funds to York College in the amount of $84,602.65 associated with the Northside Commons Dormitory construction project located at 725 Grantley Rd., was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 7 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 8, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing a release of financial security funds to Rettew, Inc., LLC, in the amount of $346,010.50 associated with the Royal Farms construction project located at 1170 Loucks Rd., was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 8 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 9, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing a release of financial security funds to Stewart & Tate Construction in the amount of $3,982.00 associated with the expansion and stormwater plan for the Catholic Harvest Pantry project located at 628 E. Market St., was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 8 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 10, Session 2013, (View) Authorizing the 2013 Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note (TRAN) in the amount of $5,700,000.00 was introduced by Helfrich, read by short title, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 10 came up for discussion.
 
Business Administrator O'Rourke explained that this process is done every year and is a borrowing of money to help pay bills until the bulk of our tax revenue is received.
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 10 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA
 
A motion was made by Nixon, seconded by Nelson, to waive the provisions of Resolution No. 215 of Session 1969 to permit consideration of a supplemental agenda containing two resolutions. The motion passed unanimously.
 
Resolution No. 11, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution amending fees for landowner curative amendments, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 11 came up for discussion.
 
Councilman Helfrich said he is concerned that the fees established could become burdensome on the average homeowner who may not be able to afford the same costs as a profit making business. He asked if it is legal to have one fee for existing businesses and another for residential. Assistant Solicitor Hoyt responded that fees are established based on the actual cost to the municipality and is not based on income. 
 
Vice President Nixon said he was always concerned that we were not recuperating our actual costs so to align fees to reflect actual costs will ultimately save taxpayer dollars.
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 11 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 12, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution adopting a landowner curative amendment application form, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 12 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None
 
 
 
COUNCIL COMMENT: None
 
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None
 
 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for February 19, 2013 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 February 5, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:25 p.m.