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City Council Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013
Supplemental Agenda
Signed Resolutions
No Bills Approved

CALL TO ORDER:  City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on April 16, 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. 
 
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
 
Business Administrator Michael O'Rourke provided Council with a report on the delinquent sewer and refuse accounts for the period of 4/1/12 – 3/31/13. (Read report)
 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
 
Manuel Gomez, resident, announced that the City of York is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to its residents. For more information, contact Michael Shanabrook at email Shanabr@yorkcity.org or call him at (717) 849-2441.
 
Charlotte Bergdol, city business owner, announced several events happening throughout the city including Go Green and Earth Day.
 
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 Jason Sabol.
 
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 April 2, 2013 and unanimously approved them as written.
 
Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans read correspondence and announcements.
 
PRESENTATIONS
 
Cheryl W. Thompson, Associate Professor, York College of PA – Presentation on Nurse Managed Centers. (Visit Website) - CANCELED

 
 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED
 
Committee Work Session – Scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss items for the May legislative agenda.
 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No reports.
 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB
 
Resolution No. 26, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a permit to Dusan Bratic for work to be done at 21 S. George St., Todd Strickhouser for work to be done at 455 W. Market St., Teresa Johnescu for work to be done at 31 S. Queen St., Don Delp for work to be done at 710 S. George St., SAA Architects for work to be done at 259-261 E. Philadelphia St., and Erin Kilby for work to be done at 156 N. George St., was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 26 came up for discussion. 
 
Joe Haberle, York, PA, stated that Dusan Bratic is a delinquent taxpayer and feels he should not be able to get a permit to do work on a property. 
 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 26 came up for a vote. Councilwoman Nelson said she would like to abstain because one of the applicants is a relative. Council unanimously voted to approve the abstention. Therefore, Resolution No. 26 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0; Abstain – Nelson – 1.
 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS: None
 
NEW BUSINESS / SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA
 
President Hill-Evans announced that Council was presented with a supplemental agenda consisting of one Bill signifying the city's intention to create the Greater York Regional Authority. She said she would like to discuss this Bill before considering waiving Rule 215. 
 
President Hill-Evans asked if we will lose funding if we don't act on this legislation now. Vice President Nixon said we would not lose funding. President Hill-Evans asked why does it seem like this legislation is being rushed through the process. Vice President Nixon responded that West York and North York Boroughs, who are the other two entities interested in this joint collaboration, have already begun the process and as to not hold up the process, a supplemental agenda is being offered to Council for consideration. Additionally, Vice-President Nixon explained that 30-days advanced notice of the public hearing on this legislation is required by the Municipal Authorities Act of 1945. He said if we don't act now, Council will be in recess and the legislation may have to wait until July. Since the other two municipalities are acting now, he said it only makes sense that we follow suit. Additionally, he said this venture could save us money so he supports moving the legislation forward.
 
Councilwoman Nelson said she would like to see the legislation the other boroughs have introduced. Also, she stated that although she understands state law, she said she doesn't like that the member representing the city does not necessarily have to be a city resident. 
 
Councilman Helfrich said he questions whether we are empowering the other municipalities to make decisions for the city. Councilman Satterlee responded that the authority cannot make decisions for the city. He said they can only make recommendations and that Council would have to either accept or deny. 
 
President Hill-Evans said she doesn't understand why this legislation wasn't sent to committee first especially since its of a critical nature. Vice President Nixon said he understood President Hill-Evans point. He explained that Council has plenty of opportunity to further discuss this and at this point, this legislation merely introduces the intent, which will open it up for discussion. 
 
Councilpersons Hill-Evans, Helfrich and Nelson expressed their displeasure and concerns about receiving this legislation at the last minute and asked that all entities involved, including YCCF, attorneys and municipal officials, attend the April 24 committee meeting to add to discussion.
 
There being no further discussion, a motion was made by Nixon, seconded by Satterlee, to waive the provisions of Resolution No. 215 of Session 1969 to permit consideration of the supplemental agenda. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0. 
 
Introduction of Bill No. 3, Session 2013, (View) A Bill signifying the intention and desire of the City of York to create a joint regional Authority by authorizing the creation of the Greater York Regional Authority, was introduced by Nixon, read by short title, and deferred until a future meeting of Council. (Note: Council will discuss this legislation in Committee on April 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., followed by a public hearing on June 4 at 6:00 p.m., with Council tentatively voting on the legislation at its June 4 meeting at 7:00 p.m.)
 
Note: Councilwoman Nelson said she was confused as to the earlier motion to waive Rule 215 and that she didn't support introduction of this Bill. However, as the vote was already taken and resolved, she was unable to retract her vote. 
 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS 
 
Committee Work Session – Scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. Bill No. 3 creating the Greater York Regional Authority will be discussed in addition to other items submitted for the May legislative agenda.
 
Public Hearing – Scheduled for June 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to receive testimony on Bill No. 3, a Bill creating the Greater York Regional Authority. 
 
COUNCIL COMMENT
 
Councilman Helfrich thanked all who participated in the city-wide cleanup. 
 
President Hill-Evans reported that the Veterans Memorial Park Association had its annual Feed the Fireman event, which was a success. 
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None
 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for May 7, 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 April 16, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:50 p.m.