City Council Meeting Minutes
November 25, 2013
CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in Special Session on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8:57 p.m. in Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA, with the following Council members present: 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 O’Rourke, Business Administrator. 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.
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILL NO. 20:
Final Passage of Bill No. 20, Ordinance No. 16, Session 2013, (View) A Bill establishing the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority, which was introduced by Hill-Evans at the November 6 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 20 came up for discussion.
President Hill-Evans explained that on November 6, 2013, York City Council introduced Bill No. 20 to create an authority known as the “City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority (CRIZ).” Council held a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. this evening to discuss this legislation and receive public testimony. If the Bill is passed tonight, the Articles of Incorporation will be filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of PA on November 30, 2013. Once received, transcripts of the public hearing will be attached to Bill No. 20 located in the City Clerk’s archives, 101 S. George St., York, PA.
As discussed during the public hearing, Council made the following amendments to Bill No. 20:
Councilman Helfrich made a motion to amend Bill No. 20 to add the following:
“VI(d). The authority shall set aside, on an annual basis, a minimum of 15% of the funds received from the state and York City to be put toward city infrastructure projects as approved within the state’s CRIZ guidelines.”
The motion to amend was seconded by Nixon and passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
President Hill-Evans made a motion to further amend Bill No. 20 to add the following:
“VII. Upon failure of the Authority to be designated, the York City CRIZ will be dissolved at the will of Council.”
The motion to amend was seconded by Helfrich, and passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
Vice President Nixon offered a final amendment to Bill No. 20 to add the following:
“VIII. The authority shall consider the positive effects for employment opportunities for the citizens of York City.”
Manuel Gomez, resident, suggested that the authority make these proposed changes and that Council just work with them so there are no false expectations.
The motion to amend was seconded by Hill-Evans, and passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nelson, Nixon – 3; Nays – Hill-Evans – 1.
There being no further discussion, a motion was made by Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, to approve Bill No. 20, Ordinance No. 16, as amended. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
Next, Councilman Helfrich said he has concerns about how appointments to the CRIZ were presented to Council. First, he said there was no time given to seek community representation, and that because of the filing deadline for the CRIZ application, Council is given no choice but to approve. He stated that though he is familiar with all but one of the recommended appointees, and knows them to be qualified, the group as a whole is not as representative of our community as he would like. Additionally, he questioned whether a separate resolution needed to be presented to approve these appointments.
Bill Hines, resident, suggested that Council change the terms of office to allow a probationary period for the authority members.
Assistant Solicitor Sabol responded that state statute regulates term structure so therefore Council cannot change them.
The City Clerk said the Articles of Incorporation lists authority members and as such a motion can be made to incorporate the nominated members into the Articles.
Assistant Solicitor Sabol agreed.
Articles of Incorporation. Councilman Helfrich made a motion to approve the following members of the CRIZ authority into the Articles of Incorporation:
Charles Bacas to serve until the first Monday of January of January 2015.
Larry Homsher to serve until the first Monday of January 2015.
David Confer to serve until the first Monday of January 2016.
Kendall Menzer to serve until the first Monday of January 2016.
Robert Pullo to serve until the first Monday of January 2017.
Robert Simpson to serve until the first Monday of January 2018.
Patti Stirk to serve until the first Monday of January 2019.
The motion to approve was seconded by Nixon, and passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 4; Nays – 0.
President Hill-Evans asked Assistant Solicitor Sabol to verify that the changes Council made to Bill No. 20 are permissible. If not, she said Council has agreed to hold a special meeting to remove those changes. (Note: It was later determined by Assistant Solicitor Sabol that Council’s amendments could be forwarded to the Secretary of State as approved; therefore, no special meeting was required.)
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the November 25, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 9:35 p.m.