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City Council Meeting Minutes

November 6, 2013

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 6, 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, and Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, with Vice President Nixon presiding. (Note: Council observed General Election Day on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.)

GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT

Leo Lunger said he still has a problem with the proposed booting ordinance. He stated that he feels it protects the business owners, not the property owners. Mr. Lunger recalled an occasion when he contacted the police to report a vehicle blocking his garage door but the police did nothing. He said he was almost two hours late for work because of this.

Eric Kirkland requested Council delay voting on the CRIZ (City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority) until the questions that were raised in a study on these types of authorities are answered. He suggested that Council make sure the authority is transparent and accountable and shares with residents how the program is benefitting them. Mr. Kirkland discussed some of the failed downtown businesses and how this has negatively impacted our residents. Vice President Nixon invited Mr. Kirkland to attend the public hearing on the CRIZ on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. He said that Council will vote on the legislation immediately following the public hearing.

Craig Smith asked Council to consider increasing the number of vendors in the downtown square. He then asked if Council is receiving reports from the city’s administration on delinquent taxes, and sewer and refuse accounts. Vice President Nixon said he appreciates Mr. Smith’s questions but that he would defer commenting because he doesn’t want this public comment session to turn into a debate.

Hector Rodriquez, Wholy Chicken, announced that they will be offering free Thanksgiving dinners again this year. He said their mission is to enrich the community by helping struggling families and individuals. He said there will be plenty of food and entertainment. Please visit their website at www.thewholychicken.com for more information.

Franklin Williams congratulated all candidates -- those who ran and won and those who ran and lost. He said he was disappointed with the low voter turnout and encouraged residents to exercise their right to vote.

There being no further public comment, Vice President Nixon 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: Shilvosky Buffaloe, Interim Director of Economic and Community Development, and Michael Shanabrook, Emergency Management Planner. Also present was 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 October 15, 2013 and unanimously approved them as written.

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

PRESENTATIONS: None


COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – 6:00 pm: Council committee work session to discuss items for December’s legislative agenda.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 6:00 pm: Council committee work session to discuss items for January’s legislative agenda.

Both hearings to be held in City Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA.


STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS

Booting: A Bill amending Article 507 “Booting” of the Codified Ordinances remains in committee at this time.

Mobile Food Vendors: A Bill amending Article 333 “Peddlers & Solicitors” of the Codified Ordinances to increase the number of mobile food vendor licenses authorized to operate in Continental Square remains in committee at this time.


SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

A Resolution authorizing the release of security funds associated with construction of a Chick-Fil-A at 922 Loucks Rd. was pulled from the agenda at the request of the City Planner.


FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

Final Passage of Resolution No. 83, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with Atlantic Tactical to provide uniforms and equipment to York City Police Officers, which was introduced at the October 15 meeting of Council and tabled, came up for final passage. A motion was made by Nixon, seconded by Hill-Evans, to remove Resolution No. 83 from the table to allow for a vote. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans -5; Nays – 0.

Councilman Helfrich stated that he requested this Resolution go back to committee because he was concerned that there was no flexibility in the bidding process. (See October 15, 2013 Council minutes for discussion.) He said his questions were answered and he is prepared to vote on this legislation.

There being no further discussion, on motion of Nixon, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 83 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans -5; Nays – 0.


NEW BUSINESS

Introduction of Bill No, 18, Session 2013, (View) A Bill establishing Article 1126 “Regulation of Portable Toilets” of the York City Codified Ordinances, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the November 19 meeting of Council.

Resolution establishing fees related to Article 1126 “Regulation of Portable Toilets” was pulled from the agenda and referred to the November 26, 2013 Committee Work Session.

Introduction of Bill No. 19, Session 2013, (View) A Bill approving the 2014-2015 Business Plan of the York Business Improvement District Authority (Downtown Inc), was introduced by Nixon, read by short title and deferred until the November 19 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 20, Session 2013, (View) A Bill creating the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority (CRIZ), was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and came up for discussion.

President Hill-Evans announced that Council will hold a public hearing on this legislation on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers and will vote on the Bill immediately following the hearing.

Resolution No. 84, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution consenting to the appointment made by the Mayor of James Sawor as a member of the York City Human Relations Commission, to fill the unexpired term of Lyn Faircloth, which term shall expire July 16, 2015, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 84 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

The City Clerk then administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Sawor.

Resolution No. 85, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with Met-Ed to install three (3) city-owned, 140-watt LED shoebox streetlights at Veterans Memorial Park parking lot located at the intersection of Edgar St. and E. Boundary Ave., was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 85 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 86, Session 2013, (View)(Plan) A Resolution adopting a City of York Hazard Mitigation Plan, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 86 came up for discussion.

Michael Shanabrook, Emergency Management Planner, explained that this plan is basically a continuation of the plan enacted 5-yrs ago and is modeled after the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. He feels this is an effective plan and will work well for the City.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 86 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 87, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution adopting the 2014 Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HUD), was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 87 came up for discussion.

Councilman Helfrich asked where the statistics came from about who is benefitting from park improvements. Director Buffaloe said he is not sure where those statistics originated.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 87 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 


REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

• Public Hearing/Special Meeting Notice - York City Council hold a public hearing on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA, to discuss and receive public testimony on Bill No. 20 to create a “City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority” (CRIZ). Council will consider adoption of the Bill immediately following the public hearing.

2014 Proposed Budget Hearings – Scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 and Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to begin each evening 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA.


COUNCIL COMMENT: None

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for November 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 November 6, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:25 p.m.