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City Council Meeting Minutes

March 4, 2014

Signed Resolutions
Signed Bills
February 26, 2014 Committee Minutes

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on March 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

Doris Sweeney, York, PA, complained of absentee landlords who don’t take care of their properties. She then discussed having to put a fence because of dogs running at large.

Jim Norman, York, PA, spoke about the tax exoneration resolution on tonight’s agenda. He urged Council to deny the request.

Matthew Bupp, owner of Yorktowne Paper Mill, said he is potentially hoping to do a project in the city but has trepidation because city officials aren’t returning his calls. He asked Council to ask Business Administrator Michael O’Rourke to please return his phone call.

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 February 18, 2014 (legislative meeting) and February 26, 2014 (committee meeting) and unanimously approved them as written.

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

PRESENTATIONS: None

COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED

Committee Work Session: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. (Committee items due by 12:00 noon on March 19th)


STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS

Booting: Final amendments were made to the Booting legislation, which was discussed at length during Council’s 2/26/14 committee work session. The Bill was released from committee and appears on tonight’s agenda for introduction.

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Resolution No. 23, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness to Terry Burkhart for work to be done at 120 W. Market St., Steven Mansberger for work to be done at 119 N. Beaver St., and Paul Winter, Jr. (Grace U.M.C.) for work to be done at 37 N. Broad St., was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 23 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

Final Passage of Bill No. 4, Ordinance No. 4, Session 2014, (View) A Bill amending the 2014 Budget for the Department of Public Works to increase expenditures in the amount of $35,000 for purchase of road salt, which was introduced by Satterlee at the February 18 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 4, Ordinance No. 4, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

NEW BUSINESS

Introduction of Bill No. 5, Session 2014, (View) A Bill approving the inclusion of 2013 ordinances into the Codified Ordinance book, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the March 18 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 6, Session 2014, (View) A Bill amending Article 185 “Human Relations” of the Codified Ordinances to add a process for receiving cost of living adjustments for HRC employees, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the March 18 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 7, Session 2014, (View) A Bill a mending Article 507 “Booting” of the Codified Ordinances to add specific requirements for booting in the City of York, was introduced by Nixon, read by short title, and deferred until the March 18 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 8, Session 2014, (View) A Bill amending Article 1763 “Property Maintenance Code” of the Codified Ordinances to clarify ambiguous language and responsibility, was introduced by Nixon, read by short title, and deferred until the March 18 meeting of Council.

Resolution No. 24, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution amending the Rules & Procedures of Council to waive referral to committee requirements for HARB, board appointments, and subdivision/land development resolutions, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 24 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 25, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution exonerating municipal taxes for LOGOS Academy for year 2013 ($40,052.69) and onward, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 25 came up for discussion.

See Committee meeting minutes of February 26, 2014 for discussion.

Jim Norman, York, PA, said he is opposed to exonerating taxes because he feels this sends a bad message.

Franklin Williams, York, PA, said although he respects Mr. Norman’s sentiments, he supports this request.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 25 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 26, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution releasing security funds to the York City Housing Authority in the amount of $186,098.00 related to the land development plan for construction of the Parkway Homes Admin Bldg. located at 140 Willis Lane, York, PA, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 26 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 27, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing the purchase of (1) 2014 Ford Super Duty F-350 4WD truck in the amount of $59,723.00, through the PA State CoStars Contract #25-002 from Apple Automotive Group, and financed for five years through Fulton Leasing Group, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 27 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 28, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing the purchase of (2) 2015 Ford Super Duty F-250 4WD trucks with plows totaling $55,802.00, through the PA State CoStars Contract #25-002 from Apple Automotive Group, and financed for five years through Fulton Leasing Group, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 28 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 29, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing the purchase of (5) 2014 Ford Escapes totaling $129,310.00, through the PA State CoStars Contract #26-004 from Apple Automotive Group, and financed for five years through Fulton Leasing Group, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 29 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 30, Session 2014, (View) A Resolution authorizing a conditional offer of employment as a probationary police officer to Greg A. Pritchard, effective March 30, 2014, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 30 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None

COUNCIL COMMENT

Councilman Helfrich suggested that the public attend the committee meetings since members of the administration attend and are able to answer questions.

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for March 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 March 4, 2014 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:40 p.m.