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City Council Meeting Minutes

February 19, 2013

February 19, 2013 
Signed Resolutions 
Signed Bills

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on February 19, 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
 
Jeremy Holtzapple questioned the introduction and passage of the fee increase for curative zoning map amendments. He said transparency is important and feels residents weren't given advance notice of the fee increase. 
 
Manuel Gomez relayed a message to Mayor C. Kim Bracey that much of the strife plaguing the Human Relations Commission was done during her watch and with her consent. He said the pressure will not relent and citizens will continue to monitor this situation and miscues. He urged the Mayor to use a hands off approach with regard to the Human Relations Commission. 
 
Bill Hynes, CEO, Think Loud Development, dispelled disparaging rumors about the operation and intent of their business. He said a press conference will be held on February 28, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. at the Strand Capitol explaining the mission and goals of their business. He invited residents to attend.
 
Franklin Williams said Council's public comment is not a political forum, however, the political process and government is somewhat tied in. He then discussed the 2014 budget process and said its never to early to begin the process or we could be in for a huge tax increase. 
 
Stephanie Seaton spoke against the violence in our city. She said the father of her children was shot and killed and she appreciates those who reached out to her. Ms. Seaton said we all deserve protection and should work toward a safe community. She said there are people in the community who want to work with our officials to address the violence and she encourages this collaboration.
 
Charlotte Bergdol thanked those who assisted the fire victims of the Rodeway Inn. She then announced several events happening around York. 
 
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: 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 February 5, 2013 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans read correspondence and announcements.
 
PRESENTATIONS
 
Jane Conover, York County Community Foundation, outlined the “Reclaiming Continental Square” initiative. The project goals are to simplify and unify the space, highlight the history and historic architecture, establish as a destination place, emphasize as our town square, and create an inviting gathering place with space for outdoor events and activities. She then showed colored renderings of key concepts proposed including ideas such as outdoor seating areas, family attractions, lighting the architecture, art and light projection on buildings, and restoration of historic restrooms. Ms. Conover said their next steps include development of a phased implementation plan, collaborations with entities such as the City of York, Downtown Inc, and Better York, funding-raising efforts, and grant applications. 
 
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.
 
 
SPECIAL AGENDA
 
Resolution No. 12, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution referring a landowner curative map amendment application submitted by York Building Products to the York City Planning Commission for review and recommendations, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 12 came up for discussion.
 
President Hill-Evans explained that a landowner curative amendment is a landowners challenge to the validity of a Zoning Ordinance or map which prohibits or restricts the use of development of land in which the applicant has an interest. York Building Products (YBP) is requesting such an amendment to the zoning map for a 16.32 acre portion of its property located at 1072 Roosevelt Ave. YBP requests to change the current zoning from RS-1 (Residential) to EC (Employment Center). The York City Planning Commission will first review the application at its April 8th meeting. After recommendations are received from the Planning Commission, Council will tentatively hold a public hearing on April 16th at which time discussion will take place and public comment will be received. Due to the legal nature of this request, Council will only have discussion and take public comment on this issue at the public hearing as all testimony and discussion will be formally recorded by a stenographer. 
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 12 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB
 
Resolution No. 13, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution approving the final subdivision/land development plans submitted by York Habitat for Humanity to subdivide one lot into two and construct a single family attached dwelling at 403 S. Albemarle St., was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 13 came up for discussion.
 
Councilman Helfrich disclosed that he is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Committee and therefore requests abstention from voting. A motion was made by Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, to authorize said abstention. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans- 4; Nays – 0. (Note: Helfrich was not required to vote on this motion.)
 
Therefore, Resolution No. 13 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0; Abstained – Helfrich – 1. 
 
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS
 
Final Passage of Bill No. 1, Ordinance No. 1, Session 2013, (View) An ordinance amending the 2013 CDBG & HOME program budgets to reflect funding levels rolled over from 2012, which was introduced by Nelson at the February 5 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Nelson, seconded by Helfrich, Bill No. 1, Ordinance No. 1, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Introduction of Bill No. 2,(View) A Bill approving the 2012 Codified Ordinance Replacement Pages, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the March 5 meeting of Council.
 
Resolution No. 14, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution appointing Jim Gross to the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority to fill the unexpired term of James Anderson, which term shall expire January 5, 2015, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 14 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: No requests.
 
 
COUNCIL COMMENT
 
Vice President Nixon thanked Mr. Hynes of Think Loud Development for investing in our city. 
 
Councilman Helfrich said he was contacted by several businesses regarding the lack of towing services in the city. He said it appears an opportunity exists and he encouraged towing companies to inquire.  
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None
 
 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for March 5, 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 19, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:32 p.m.