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City Council Meeting Minutes

September 3, 2013

Signed Resolutions
Signed Bills

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on September 3, 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

Charlotte Bergdoll applauded the York Revolution for taking over the Halloween Parade.

Franklin Williams spoke about the tensions within the York City Human Relations Commission and the issues surrounding appointment and reappointment of commission members. He said he was interested in serving on the commission but is not able to do so because he currently serves on the Zoning Hearing Board.

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: Barb Kovacs, Director of the Bureau of Health, and Steve Buffington, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning. Also present was 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 August 20, 2013 and unanimously approved them as written.

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

PRESENTATIONS

President Hill-Evans read a proclamation declaring September as National Preparedness Month in the City of York. (Read

COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED

Committee Work Session: Scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. Council will be discussing items for the October legislative agenda.

STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No reports.

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Final Passage of Resolution No. 51, Session 2013, (View) Accepting the recommendations of HARB in denying an application submitted by Jared Hollinghead, on behalf of Golden Beauty Supply, for work to be done at 229 S. George St., which was introduced by Nixon at the August 20 meeting of Council and tabled, came up for final passage. On motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 51 was removed from the tabled and came up for discussion.

Background: The applicant, Ms. Young Sol, submitted an application to remove the garage located in the rear of 229 S. George St. to create a parking area for her customers. HARB denied the request because they felt the structure had historical significance and recommended the applicant instead renovate the structure into a parking garage.

Councilman Helfrich gave a brief history of the structure in question. He said this facility once housed the York Auto Wrecking Company, the Miller Brick Company and then a social security office. He said based on his research, the building has no historical significance. Councilman Helfrich said he then looked at the structure, which he toured, and found it to be in deplorable condition and would prove costly to restore. As a result of his findings, he said he sees no reason to deny the applicants request to demolish the building.

President Hill-Evans, Vice President Nixon, and Councilman Satterlee all agreed that in this situation, HARB’s recommendations may not be the best option for this applicant.

Hairdresser Gretchen Williams, Golden Beauty Supply customer Sandra Harrison, and city residents Franklin Williams and Manuel Gomez all supported Ms. Sol’s request to demolish the building to provide parking for her customers.

Jesus Castanon, who owns the business next door to Golden Beauty Salon, said he has no objection to Ms. Sol’s request.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 51 was REJECTED by the following vote: Yeas – None; Nays – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5.

Motion to clarify. President Hill-Evans made a motion to add clarifying language to solidify Council’s intent. Therefore, a motion was made by Hill-Evans, seconded by Satterlee, to include the following language: “Council hereby rejects the recommendations of HARB and approves a certificate of appropriateness for work to be covered in the application submitted by Jared Hollinghead, on behalf of Golden Beauty Supply, for work to be done at 229 S. George St.” The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0. Therefore, the application is authorized to demolish the structure to create parking for her customers.

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

Final Passage of Bill No. 12, Ordinance No. 11, Session 2013, (View) A Bill amending the 2013 Budget to appropriate revenue and expenditures in the amount of $50,000.00 for a Health Bureau Safe and Healthy Communities grant, which was introduced by Nelson at the August 20 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 12, Ordinance No. 11, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 13, Ordinance No. 12, Session 2013, (View) A Bill amending the 2013 Budget to appropriate additional revenue and expenditures in the amount of $40,500.00 for a Health Bureau Adult Injury grant, which was introduced by Nelson at the August 20 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Nelson, seconded by Helfrich, Bill No. 13, Ordinance No. 12, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 14, Ordinance No. 13, Session 2013, (View) A Bill amending Article 933.16(c) “Rebates for Low Income Elderly Citizens and Low Income Permanently Disabled Citizens” of the Codified Ordinances to update sewer rental charge rebate fees, which was introduced by Helfrich at the August 20 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 14 came up for discussion.

Councilman Helfrich explained that this amendment will increase the level of income at which rebates are calculated for qualified individuals. He said there is minimal revenue loss related to this program and will help those who really need it.

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 14, Ordinance No. 13, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.


NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 63, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution appointing Joseph Stein as a member of the Fire Civil Service Commission to fill the unexpired term of E. Hayden Mitchell, which term shall expire November 5, 2015, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 63 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0. Mr. Stein thanked Council for his appointment and said he looks forwarding to serving the City of York. The City Clerk then administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Stein.

Resolution No. 64, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution approving a budget transfer in the amount of $15,000 for other professional services for the Bureau of Permits, Planning & Zoning, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Satterlee, Resolution No. 64 came up for discussion.

Director Buffington explained that this transfer will be to cover the cost for 3rd party inspections and plan reviews. He said this expenditure was not planned in the 2013 budget but there are funds available in advertising that can be transferred. He feels that this amount will be basically reimbursed through the revenue received from the inspections and plan reviews. Director Buffington stated that it is very difficult to estimate the amount of revenue because one never knows what development will actually occur. He then answered questions from Council about the inspection and plan review process.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 64 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; 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 September 17, 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 September 3, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:43 p.m.