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City Council Meeting Minutes

February 4, 2014

Signed Resolutions
No Bills Approved

January 29, 2014 Committee Minutes

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on February 4, 2014 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, resident, announced several entertainment events taking place in York this weekend.

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: 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.

Moment of Silence: Observed.

Approval of Minutes: Council dispensed with the reading of the Minutes of the January 6, 2014 legislative meeting and January 29, 2014 committee meeting and unanimously approved them as written.

Correspondence and Announcements: None

PRESENTATIONS: None


COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED

• Committee Work Session: Scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. Council will discuss items for the March legislative agenda.

STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS

Booting: No additional action has been taken on this legislation. The Bill remains tabled in committee at this time.

Mobile Food Vendors: Council will consider approval a Resolution this evening to establish an ad-hoc committee to review and make recommendations to Council for enactment of a mobile food vendor ordinance. The legislation previously proposed remains tabled in committee at this time.

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Resolution No. 10, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing separation of parcels 20 and 37 from the final subdivision plan recorded in the York County Recorder of Deeds Office, Book 1785, Page 1181, located at 36-38 S. Queen St., as submitted by Susquehanna Real Estate, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 10 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

PULLED. Bill No. 26 of Session 2013 (View) – A Bill amending Bill No. 20, Ordinance No. 16, of Session 2013, to clarify language regarding dissolution of the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority (CRIZ), was pulled from the agenda.

NEW BUSINESS

Introduction of Bill No. 1, Session 2014, (View) A Bill amending the 2013 CDBG budget to reflect changes resulting from actual funding levels to decrease CDBG admin reimbursement in the amount of $5,000.00, was introduced Nelson, read by short title, and deferred until the February 18 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 2, Session 2014, (View) A Bill amending the 2013 CDBG budget to reflect changes resulting from actual funding levels to decrease CDBG admin reimbursement in the amount of $5,000.00, was introduced Nelson, read by short title, and deferred until the February 18 meeting of Council.

Resolution No. 3, Session 2014, (View) A Bill amending Article 513.18 “Handicapped Parking” of the Codified Ordinances to waive application fees for applicants that fall within the Federal Poverty Guidelines, was introduced by Nixon, read by short title, and deferred until the February 18 meeting of Council.

Resolution No. 11, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution establishing a Mobile Food Vending Ad-Hoc Committee, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 11 came up for discussion.

President Hill-Evans explained that Council established this committee to review and make recommendations to Council for establishment of mobile food vending legislation.

Sonny Huntzinger, Executive Director, Downtown Inc, asked if the committee will be making recommendations for city-wide legislation or just the central business district. President Hill-Evans responded that the intent is to provide recommendations for the central business district.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 11 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 12, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution appointing and reappointing the following:

Reappointment of Robyn Pottorff as a member of the Historical Architectural Review Board which term shall expire the first Monday of January 2019.

Reappointment of Patricia Maher-Wade as an alternate member of the Zoning Hearing Board which term shall expire January 1, 2017.

Reappointment of Benjamin A. McGlaughlin as a member of the York City General Authority which term shall expire January 1, 2019.

Appointment of Margaret Eckles-Ray as a member of the York City Housing Authority Board which term shall expire April 1, 2018.

Appointment of Raquel J. Lilly as a member of the York City Human Relations Commission which term shall expire July 16, 2014.

Appointment of Rebecca L. Moore as a member of the York City Human Relations Commission which term shall expire July 16, 2016.

Appointment of Amy Chamberlin as a member of the York City Human Relations Commission which term shall expire July 16, 2016.

Appointment of Richard L. Miller, II as a member of the York City Planning Commission, to fill the unexpired term of Joe Stein, which term shall expire January 1, 2017.

Note: Kittrell A. Barnes’ appointment to the York City Planning Commission was removed at the request of the Council President as she had a question about the correct number of vacancies currently on the commission.

The resolution was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 11 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

As three appointees were in attendance, the City Clerk administered the oath of office to Rebecca Moore, Amy Chamberlin, and Raquel Lilly.

Resolution No. 13, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing a professional services agreement with Buchart-Horn, not to exceed $48,500.00, for services related to the co-generation system at the WWTP, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 13 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 14, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing the purchase of a JCB 3CX-14 Super 4WD Backhoe from Stephenson Equipment through PA State Contract #4400011435 in the amount $79,900.00, to be financed through a 5-year lease purchase agreement with Fulton bank, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 14 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 15, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing a conditional offer of employment as a probationary firefighter to Stacey Moon effective February 17, 2014, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 15 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 16, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with AIG/National Union Fire Insurance Co. for 2014 stop loss insurance, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 16 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 17, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution exonerating 2012 municipal taxes and penalties for Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in the amount of $11,648.10 for the property located at 350 E. Chestnut St., was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 17 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 18, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Human Relations Commission staff member Johanna Ramirez effective January 1, 2014, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 18 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 19, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution establishing the 2014 salary for Public Works Director Jim Gross at $87,000.00 annually effective January 1, 2014, in addition to 2014 COLA’s given to other non-union city employees, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 19 came up for discussion.

President Hill-Evans said raises for Public Works Director Gross and Business Administrator O’Rourke were previously presented to Council at the December 17, 2013 meeting but did not pass.

Councilman Helfrich said these are not raises and that this is a different resolution from what Council voted upon on December 17th. He explained that this salary adjustment is not as large as the one originally proposed by the Mayor. Additionally, he stated that this is best termed as a measure to keep them in line with the cost of inflation. As these directors have foregone COLA’s in the years noted in the Resolution, he feels these proposed salaries would be a good compromise.

Vice President Nixon said he originally voted against pay increases for both of these Directors although it had nothing to do with their performance. He said it’s the principal involved and how it would affect the budget if we gave increases to all employees. However, he said he supports this compromise in an effort to adjust their cost of living so they are not behind the eight ball.

Councilman Satterlee said he voted to approve the salary increases proposed by Councilman Helfrich at the December 17th meeting. However, he said there needs to be a policy and procedure in place on how to establish raises so we’re not posed with this same situation in the future.

Councilman Helfrich reiterated that these are COLA’s, not raises.

President Hill-Evans said in her opinion this should have been more about performance. She stated that no matter how you look at it, this is a raise, and for Director’s at this level, performance evaluations should have been mandatory to support these increases.

Franklin Williams, resident, said he supports COLA’s for these Directors.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 19 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson – 4; Nays – Hill-Evans – 1.

Resolution No. 20, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution establishing the 2014 salary for Business Administrator Michael O’Rourke at $110,250.00 annually effective January 1, 2014, in addition to 2014 COLA’s given to other non-union city employees, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Satterlee, Resolution No. 20 came up for discussion.

Council members recapped comments made during discussion on Resolution No. 19.

Rebecca Moore, resident, said she feels these raises should be based on performance.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 20 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson – 4; Nays – Hill-Evans – 1.


REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None

COUNCIL COMMENT: None

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for February 18, 2014 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 February 4, 2104 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:48 p.m.