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City Council Meeting Minutes

December 3, 2013

Signed Resolutions
Signed Bills

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on December 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, and Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, with Vice President Nixon presiding.

GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT: None

There being no 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, and Henry Hay Nixon, Vice President, with Vice President Nixon presiding.

Members of the Administration in attendance included: James Crosby, Bureau of Housing Services Director 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 November 19, 2013 and unanimously approved them as written.

Correspondence and Announcements: None

PRESENTATIONS: None

MEETINGS SCHEDULED

• Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm: Council will hold public hearings on the 2014 Proposed York City Budget and will receive presentations from the Controller, Treasurer, Mayor, Human Relations Commission, Solicitor’s Office, Public Works and Economic & Community Development. Public comment will be received at the end of the hearing.

• Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm: Council will hold public hearings on the 2014 Proposed York City Budget and will receive presentations from Business Administration, Fire Department and Police Department. Public comment will be received at the end of the hearing.

• Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:00 am: Public Hearing tentatively scheduled to receive testimony on an application for an Economic Development Liquor License. This meeting is not yet confirmed. Currently working with applicant to obtain documents. CANCELED

• Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm: Council’s regularly scheduled legislative session. Public comment begins at 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm: Council Committee meeting scheduled to discuss items for January’s legislative agenda.


STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS

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

Mobile Food Vendors: A newly drafted, comprehensive Bill regarding mobile food carts was presented and discussed at Council’s November 26th committee meeting which seeks to establish Article 332 “Mobile Food Carts” of the York City Codified Ordinances. Clarification and amendments to the proposed Bill were discussed. Council released the Bill from committee and will introduce it tonight. Final amendments as discussed in committee will be forwarded to Council and incorporated into the final draft prior to consideration of passage on December 17th.


SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB: None


FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

Bill No. 19, Ordinance No. 17, Session 2013, (View) A Bill approving the 2014-2015 Business Plan of the York Business Improvement District Authority (Downtown Inc), which was introduced by Nixon at the November 6 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Nixon, seconded by Satterlee, Bill No. 19 came up for discussion.

Eric Menzer, Downtown Inc Board Member, and CODO Project Coordinator, said he is supportive of this legislation because expansion of the Business District, which is part of the 2014-2015 plan, will allow certain businesses and developments to merge with downtown instead of operating in basic isolation.

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 19, Ordinance No. 17, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson – 4; Nays – 0.

NEW BUSINESS

Introduction of Bill No. 23, Session 2013, (View) A Bill amending Article 1501.04 “Changes in Fire Prevention Code” of the Codified Ordinances to establish an opt-in/opt-out provision for connection to the city’s gamewell system, was introduced by Helfrich, read by short title, and came up for discussion.

Councilman Helfrich said he plans to submit an amendment to this Bill prior to Council’s consideration of passage on December 17. The amendments would, in part, include an exemption for rental properties with up to two (2) units, and to regulate that new exemptions would begin at the end of 2014 billing cycle, with existing connection exemptions effective immediately upon passage of this Bill. (View proposed amendments)

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 23 was deferred until the December 17 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 24, Session 2013, (View) A Bill establishing Article 332 “Mobile Food Carts” of the Codified Ordinances, was introduced by Nixon, read by short title, and came up for discussion.

Vice President Nixon explained that revisions to this Bill were proposed during the November 26 committee meeting, which will be incorporated into the final Bill prior to consideration of passage on December 17. (View proposed amendments)

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 24 was deferred until the December 17 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 25, Session 2013, (View) A Bill amending the 2013 Budget for the Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning to increase revenue/expenditures by $104,000.00 to cover expenses for subdivision/development fee planning, was introduced by Nelson, read by short title, and deferred until the December 17 meeting of Council.

Resolution No. 89, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing a special events consulting and coordination services agreement with I O Creative in the amount of $60,600.00 per year, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 89 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson – 4; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 90, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution authorizing a Section 108 Loan Refinancing in the amount of $800,000.00, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Satterlee, Resolution No. 90 came up for discussion.

Director Crosby explained that back in 2002, the City of York obtained a Section 108 Loan in the amount of $2,000,000.00 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to repair streets and sidewalks in certain areas of the city; develop rental units in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of N. Beaver Street; develop rental units in the 200 and 300 Blocks of W. Market Street; and to purchase 50 S. Duke Street for the Housing Alliance. The City has an $800,000.00 principal balance remaining on the loan. He stated that it would be in the best interest of the City to refinance the existing Section 108 Loan over a period beginning August 1, 2014 through August 1, 2020, which would result in a yearly savings of $137,235.00 for the City. He said we can refinance again in 10 years.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 90 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson – 4; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 91, Session 2013, (View) A Resolution establishing fees associated with Article 1126 “Regulation of Portable Toilets” of the Codified Ordinances, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and came up for discussion.

Vice President Nixon explained that fee legislation must sit for at least on meeting. Therefore, this Resolution will be considered for final passage at Council’s December 17 meeting.

Councilman Helfrich said an additional amendment was made to this Resolution during the November 26 committee meeting to regulate that there would be no fee for one (1) portable toilet used for emergency home plumbing repairs lasting up to four (4) days that do not require a building or plumbing permit. He said the final revision will be presented to Council prior to the December 17 meeting. (View proposed amendment)


REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: See “Meetings Scheduled” noted earlier in the minutes.

COUNCIL COMMENT: None

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for December 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 December 3, 2013 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:21 p.m.