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City Council Meeting Minutes

January 2, 2007

City Council convened in Regular Session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2007, in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, with the following members present: Toni Smith, Wm. Lee Smallwood, Vickie Washington, Joseph R. Musso, Vice President, and Cameron Texter, President, with President Texter presiding. Mayor John Brenner was not present.

Members of the Administration in attendance included: Kendra Hunter, Director of the Bureau of Permits, Planning & Zoning. Also present was Assistant Solicitor Don Hoyt. Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, Kim Bracey, Director of Community Development, Matt Jackson, Director of Economic Development, Mark Whitman, Police Commissioner, John Senft, Fire Chief, and Michael O’Rourke, Business Administrator, were absent.

Members of York City Council staff in attendance included: Dianna L. Thompson, City Clerk.

A motion was made by Washington, seconded by Smith, to dispense with the reading of the Minutes of December 12 and 19, 2006, and approve them as written. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Washington, Musso, Smith, Smallwood, Texter – 5; Nays - 0.


Public Comment
Jameel Saahir, 231 Harding Court, York, PA, spoke about city officials using city vehicles more than necessary and buying gas for these uses at taxpayer expense. Mr. Saahir also said he was dismayed to hear that he was accused of harassing Mayor Brenner when he was merely trying to interact with him.

Tim Page, 680 E. Princess St., York, PA, feels the political system in York is nothing but a click. If you’re not in that click, he said, you don’t get served. Mr. Page then talked about a public official, which he alleges has been vigilantly trying to shut his barbeque business down - yet this same official, he said, is taking money from a junkyard that is operating outside of the law. Mr. Page then discussed the recent tax increase and stated the tax levy has increased more than 40% since Mayor Brenner has been in office.

David Clarence, York, PA, said he has received nothing but lip service from city officials with regard to the disabled and accessibility. He complained about the inability of persons using mobility devices to enter the White Rose Community Access Television building. He also complained about curb cuts, especially the one located at the intersection of Penn and Market Streets. He said he has to ride in the street in the lane of traffic in order to get to the next accessible curb cut ramp. Mr. Clarence then began making accusations against a public official, which President Texter felt were personal attacks. President Texter asked Mr. Clarence to cease his comments or he would call for a recess. Mr. Clarence continued. Therefore, President Texter called for a recess at 7:23 p.m. and asked Mr. Clarence to move away from the speaker’s podium. After Mr. Clarence moved, President Texter called the meeting back to order at 7:27 p.m.

Franklin Williams, 528 W. Market St., York, PA, spoke about political attacks and how no one is immune - though he feels politics do not have to be this way. He said debating legislation is one thing but to personally attack another person is immoral. Mr. Williams said he hopes in 2007 we can all show some civility toward one another.

Butch Frean, 722 W. King St., York, PA, added to Mr. Williams’ statement that he feels tempers need to be controlled on both sides of the Council table. Mr. Frean then discussed trash in the alley behind his home, which has been there nearly a year. He said he is frustrated that the wrongdoers aren’t cited for dumping and because of that, the problem continues. Mr. Frean stated he has contacted the Mayor’s hotline, codes officials, and large item pick-up with no response.

Committee Reports
Economic Development Committee: Joseph R. Musso, Chair: Vice President Musso reported that the E.D. committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss how to increase communication between the Business Improvement District Authority and taxpayers and to ascertain a positive framework from which to establish the future direction of the BID. Vice President Musso invited residents living in the BID area to attend and add to discussion. This will be the only item discussed.

Agenda
Final Passage of Bill No. 69, Ordinance No. 1, Session 2007, A Bill amending the 2006 Capital Project Budget in the amount of $46,100.00 for the police department for the purchase of two 2006 Ford Crown Victoria vehicles with police package, which was introduced by Texter at the December 19, 2006 meeting of Council and read in brief, came up for final passage. On motion of Texter, seconded by Smith, Bill No. 69, Ordinance No. 1, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Washington, Musso, Smith, Smallwood, Texter – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 70, Ordinance No. 2, Session 2007, A Bill amending the 2006 Budget for the Department of Community Development to appropriate additional funds in Other Professional Services ($200,000) and Attorney Fees ($3,000) line items and to appropriate additional revenue in the Inspection Fee ($3,000) and Subdivision/Development Fee Planning ($200,000) line items, which was introduced by Musso at the December 19, 2006 meeting of Council, and read in brief, came up for final passage. On motion of Musso, seconded by Smith, Bill No. 70, Ordinance No. 2, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Washington, Musso, Smith, Smallwood, Texter – 5; Nays – 0.

Motion to introduce as a whole. A Motion was made by Washington, seconded by Musso to introduce agenda items 3-5 as a whole. The motion passed unanimously. Therefore, the following Resolutions were introduced:

Resolution No. 1, Session 2007, A Resolution reappointing Michael Johnson as a member of the York City Planning Commission, which term shall expire January 1, 2011; Peter Schmidt as a member of the York City Sewer Authority, which term shall expire January 1, 2012; and Kim Bracey as a member of the York City General Authority, which term shall expire January 1, 2012, was introduced by Texter and read at length.

Resolution No. 2, Session 2007, A Resolution reappointing the following members to the Historical Architectural Review Board: Mark Shermeyer, Joan Burgasser, Justine K. Landis, and Gayle Mathys, which all terms shall expire the first Monday of January 2012, was introduced by Musso and read at length.

Resolution No. 3, Session 2007, A Resolution appointing Dennis Kunkle as an alternate member of the Historical Architectural Review Board, which term shall expire the first Monday of January 2010, was introduced by Smallwood and read at length.

On motion of Musso, seconded by Smallwood the Resolutions came up for discussion.

President Texter thanked the appointees for their willingness to serve the community.

Vice President Musso stated he is working on how we can clean up the Council appointment process. There are guidelines Council must follow when making appointments. Those guidelines could include residency, term structure, qualifications, and/or certifications. Vice President Musso specifically pointed out HARB appointments, which call for one registered architect, one real estate broker, one building inspector, one recommended by the Historical Society of York Co., and three additional persons with knowledge and interest in the preservation of the historic district. These are just some of the guidelines that Council must consider when making appointments.

Joan Burgasser, 321 E. Market St., York, PA and HARB member, thanked Council and the Mayor for considering these appointments. She said she is especially supportive of the appointment of Dennis Kunkle as an alternate member of HARB because not only does he live in the HARB district, he is also highly qualified to take on this task, she said. She went on to say that HARB has established a 3-person committee to look into state and federal regulations for current rules on historic preservation and HARB composition. Mr. Burgasser feels HARB composition should consist of city residents if at all possible.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No.’s 1-3 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Washington, Musso, Smith, Smallwood, Texter – 5; Nays – 0.

The City Clerk administered the Oath of Office to Joan Burgasser.

Resolution No. 4, Session 2007, A Resolution authorizing an agreement between the City of York and OPEN to provide HIV/AIDS prevention services for the period of January 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007 for the SISTA program, in the amount of $7,500.00, was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Smallwood, Resolution No. 4 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Washington, Musso, Smith, Smallwood, Texter – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 5, Session 2007, A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness for work to be covered in the applications submitted by LoBianco Construction, Inc. for work to be done at 27 E. Philadelphia St., Dorgan & Zuck Bldg. Contractors for work to be done at 343 E. Princess St., and LSC Design for work to be done at 235 N. Beaver St., was introduced by Washington, read at length, and on motion of Washington, seconded by Smallwood, Resolution No. 5 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Washington, Musso, Smith, Smallwood, Texter – 5; Nays – 0.

Future Meetings
Economic Development Committee: Joseph R. Musso, Chair: Vice President Musso reported that the E.D. committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss how to increase communication between the Business Improvement District Authority and taxpayers and to ascertain a positive framework from which to establish the future direction of the BID. Vice President Musso invited residents living in the BID area to attend and add to discussion. This will be the only item discussed.

Council Comment
President Texter announced that the audit is complete and the Administration is making copies for distribution to Council.

Administration Comment: None

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA.

Adjournment
There being no further business the January 2, 2007 meeting of Council adjourned at 8:10 p.m.