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City Council Meeting Minutes

May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013
Signed Resolutions
No Bills Approved

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on May 7, 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

Kevin Hevner, North York Borough Manager, complimented the York City Fire Department. He said the York City Fire Department has worked with North York on many levels and it’s a pleasure working with them.

Bob Faler, Lancaster, PA, said the Fire Department is sending out tenant occupied license applications in November when the licenses aren’t issued until late September. He said he has been charged late fees but doesn’t understand why especially since there are 8 months between the required payment due date and the actually issuance of the license. He said he has called the Fire Department administration several times to speak with Captain Kimes and has been waiting for a return phone call to no avail. He said that Fireman Zach Anthony told him he needed to bring his concerns to Council. President Hill-Evans said she’s not sure why he was being referred to Council but said she would follow-up with the Fire Department.

Manuel Gomez, York, PA, spoke about creation of the Greater York Regional Authority (GYRA). He said misinformation has been communicated to the public that this Bill is only in the informational stages. He said because it was introduced, we are bound by law to go through the process. He said he supports collaboration but does not support this Bill.

Constance Marshall, Pullman Apartments resident, gave a brief background of the status of Pullman Apartments and the impending sale of the property. She said most of the tenants are on month-to-month leases and are feeling helpless that they will eventually have to be relocated once the building is sold.

Clarisse Day, Pullman Apartments resident, said there was a deed restriction on the property requiring that it be used for affordable housing until 2024 but if the building was foreclosed upon, the restriction could be lifted. The property has since been transferred to the RDA and as such, she said residents ask that the city maintain the building with the original intent of the deed.

Isaiah Morgan, Pullman Apartments resident, said residents are asking for the potential new owner to renew the current tenants’ leases or to pass a resolution to renew their leases for at least 3 years. Then at the end of 3 years, residents propose that they receive relocation assistance in the amount of $2,000.00. Lastly, he said they ask that Council pass a resolution to honor the deed restrictions until 2024 or add a new deed restriction to honor the intent of the original deed.

Jeff Baker, York, PA, questioned whether creation of the Greater York Regional Authority would give them stake in the police department. He read a portion of the Municipal Authorities Act that he says would give the GYRA power to appoint police who shall have the same rights as other peace officers of the Commonwealth. Mr. Baker said there is a lot of confusion surrounding this authority and its powers and duties.

Franklin Williams, York, PA, spoke of the media’s request for a redacted version of the Human Relations Commission audit but was rejected. He said he thought this was a democracy but it makes him mad that government tends to shun its residents.

As other residents requested to speak, President Hill-Evans recessed public comment until the end of the legislative session. She then convened in Legislative Session at 7:05 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: Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, and 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 16, 2013 and unanimously approved them as written.

Correspondence and Announcements: President Hill-Evans read correspondence and announcements.

PRESENTATIONS: None

COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED

Committee Work Session: Scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. Council will discuss items for the June legislative agenda. (Note: Council will observe summer recess after its June 4 meeting and will therefore only convene in legislative session on July 16 and August 20. No committee meetings are currently scheduled for the months of June, July or August.)


STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS

Bill No. 3 (View) - A Bill signifying intention to create the Greater York Regional Authority (GYRA). The Bill was introduced at Council's April 16 meeting and was discussed in Committee on April 24. Council will entertain further discussion on the Bill at its May 29 committee meeting. The legislation has been advertised in accordance with the law and a public hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in City Council Chambers (prior to Council's regular meeting) at which time public testimony will be received. Council will tentatively consider final passage of the legislation at its regular meeting on June 4 at 7:00 p.m.


SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Resolution No. 27, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness for work to be covered in the applications filed by York Habitat for Humanity for work to be done at 321 E. Poplar St., Rich Neher for work to be done at 332 E. Locust St., and Joseph Kelly for work to be done at 121 W. Market St., was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 27 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS: None


NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 28, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to Kinsley Construction in the amount of $33,380.05 for the 2013 Street Improvements Project – Milling, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 28 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 29, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to Shiloh Paving in the amount of $305,111.60 for the 2013 Street Improvements Project – Paving, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 29 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 30, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to Interstate Road Mgnt Corp. in the amount of $8,093.00 for the 2013 Street Improvements Project – Line Striping, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 30 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.


REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

Reminder: Bill No. 3 (View) - A Bill signifying intention to create the Greater York Regional Authority. The Bill was introduced at Council's April 16 meeting and was discussed in Committee on April 24. Council will entertain further discussion on the Bill at its May 29 committee meeting. The legislation has been advertised in accordance with the law and a public hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in City Council Chambers (prior to Council's regular meeting) at which time public testimony will be received. Council will tentatively consider final passage of the legislation at its regular meeting on June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

President Hill-Evans explained that Bill No. 3 came to Council as a supplemental agenda item at the April 16 meeting. She said although the Bill was discussed at Council’s April 24 committee meeting, it was never formally referred to committee. As such, President Hill-Evans made a motion to formally refer Bill No. 3, a Bill signifying intent to create the Greater York Regional Authority (GYRA), to committee.

Councilman Helfrich asked for clarification in that since the Bill was already introduced and advertised could Council still refer it to committee and still have the option to vote it out or keep it in committee. President Hill-Evans said that is correct. He then asked if the Bill is not voted out of committee, could Council still hold a public hearing on the legislation on June 4. Assistant Solicitor Jason Sabol said Council can still hold the public hearing whether they vote on the legislation the same evening or not because so far, all advertising requirements have been met.

Councilman Helfrich relayed that he met with Business Administrator Michael O’Rourke who told him that the police cannot be part of the GYRA or be directed by it because police officer candidates have to go through certain training requirements and must be hired directly by the municipality.

Fred DeSantis, IAFF, said we should not have advertised Bill No. 3 or scheduled the public hearing because there are still unanswered questions and he heard that both West and North York Borough’s are frowning on the legislation.

Manuel Gomez, York, PA, thanked President Hill-Evans for formally referring Bill No. 3 to committee as this will allow for vested discussion on the issue. He said he feels this legislation was rushed and that ulterior motives may be at play.

There being no further discussion, the motion was seconded by Nelson, and passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0. Therefore, Council will further discuss this legislation at its upcoming committee meeting scheduled for May 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

COUNCIL COMMENT

Councilman Satterlee invited high school and college students to the York County Economic Alliance Business Expo tomorrow at the York Fairgrounds in the Toyota Arena. Free admission will be granted to students with ID.

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the May 7, 2013 legislative session adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC COMMENT

Council President Hill-Evans resumed general public comment at 7:25 p.m.

Isaiah Morgan, Pullman Apartments resident, said he is afraid that the low income residents will be relocated to an unsafe location once the building is sold. He said because most of the residents are either low or fixed income, they may not have much of a choice with regard to their living accommodations.

Manuel Gomez, York, PA, stated that it’s troubling what’s going on with Pullman Apartments. He said it’s basically a bailout and that he predicted there would be a lack of affordable housing. He said now these residents are being put through this unnecessary grief.

Jeff Baker, York, PA, further discussed the Municipal Authorities Act and shared his interpretation of the history and purpose of this Act. He said this is an antiquated law that needs to be re-evaluated.

Franklin Williams, York, PA, asked for get well wishes for resident Hayden Mitchell who is very ill.

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. (Public Comment commences at 6:30 p.m.) in City Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA. (Note: The meeting is being held on Wednesday as Tuesday, May 21 is General Election Day.)

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the May 7, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:42 p.m.