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City Council Meeting Minutes

March 5, 2013

March 5, 2013
Signed Resolutions
Signed Bills

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on March 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, Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, and Carol Hill-Evans, President, with President Hill-Evans presiding. 
 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Jeremy Holtzapple, York, PA, questioned the number of city vehicles found traveling outside of the city limits. He asked who is authorized to travel outside of the city, how much is this costing the taxpayers, what is the mileage being used for this type of activity, and the insurance coverage on these vehicles. He then discussed RDA properties in that of 308 parcels available, only six are listed for sale. He asked how these properties are being marketed. 
 
Clarence March, York, PA, said he received a letter from the city that he doesn't keep his property clean. He said he shouldn't be blamed for what the wind blows onto his property. Next, Mr. March said although he appreciates street cleaning, its hard to remember which months it begins and ends.
 
Joe Haberle, York, PA, asked for an update on the efforts to collect delinquent sewer and refuse fees. He then discussed the rising cost of property taxes and the millions of dollars in delinquent taxes and how those who pay their taxes are being punished because of those who don't pay. 
 
Lester Abbott, York, PA, said residents got together and filed complaints about a problem property. He said with the help of council persons Hill-Evans and Helfrich, the fire department visited the property and the problem was resolved. 
 
Cindy Martin, York, PA, responded to Mr. Haberle's comments about taxes and how residents are getting frustrated and moving out of the city.
 
Franklin Williams, York, PA, discussed the constant turnover of employees and how we need to do better to retain our employees.
 
Wylene Sweeney, York, PA, said she is having a problem with squirrels in that they are damaging homes and chewing electrical wires. She stated that as a result of squirrels gnawing through her electrical wires, she lost power to her home. She said that we need to do something to control the squirrel problem in our community. 
 
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, 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 19, 2013 and approved them as written by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays - 0.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans read correspondence and announcements.
 
PRESENTATIONS: None
 
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED
 
Committee Work Sessions: Next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.
 
 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS 
 
Economic & Community Development Committee – Renee S. Nelson, Chair: On February 19th, Council referred a landowner curative map amendment, submitted by York Building Products, to the City/County Planning Commissions for review and recommendations. The legal ad for the proposed amendment is scheduled to appear in the newspaper on March 23 & 30 and will be discussed at the City Planning Commission's April 8th meeting. (7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers)(View)
 
Fire Committee - Henry Hay Nixon, Chair: A Bill amending the Fire Prevention Code of the Codified Ordinances to phase out the requirement for connection to the city's gamewell system remains in committee. (View)
 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB: None
 
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS
 
Final Passage of Bill No. 2, Ordinance No. 2, Session 2013, (View) An Ordinance approving the 2012 Codified Ordinance Replacement Pages, which was introduced by Hill-Evans at the February 19 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Bill No. 2, Ordinance No. 2, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Resolution No. 15, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with Buchart-Horn in the amount of $55,000.00 for professional services for Construction Phase services for the Police Department Renovation Project located at 50 W. King St., was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 15 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 16, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to York Materials Group in the amount of $85,567.50 for Superpave Asphalt Mixes, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 16 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 17, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution mending the 2012 Annual Action Plan to reflect changes resulting from allocating funds from RDA acquisition to RDA stabilization for 2012, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 17 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
 
Resolution No. 18, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing a budget transfer in the 2012 CDBG budget in the amount of $18,000.00 from RDA acquisition to RDA stabilization, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 18 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; 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 March 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 March 5, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:28 p.m.