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City Council Meeting Minutes

May 6, 2014

Signed Resolutions / Signed Bills / Committee Minutes – 4/23/14

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on May 6, 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.

I. Public Comment: 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Ed Day, resident, complimented the city on its accomplishments and said he is a proud residents. He then complimented Council on how they conduct their meetings.

Leo Lunger, resident, discussed his research on legislation for keeping of chickens in the city. He said he does not support legislation to allow residents to keep chickens.

Sandy Kennedy, resident, feels smaller flocks of chickens should be allowed if the yard space is available and they are well kept.

There being no further public comment, President Hill-Evans adjourned the general public comment session 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: Mayor C. Kim Bracey; Mike Johnson, Acting Business Administrator; Tom Ray, Director of Human Resources; and Assistant Solicitor Jason Sabol.

Members of York City Council staff in attendance included: Dianna L. Thompson-Mitchell, City Clerk.

II. Legislative meeting called to order – 7:00 p.m.

III. Roll Call

IV. Pledge of Allegiance

V. Moment of Silence

VI. Action on previous meeting Minutes of April 15, 2014 (legislative) & April 23, 2014 (committee): Council dispensed with the reading of the Minutes of the April 15, 2014 legislative session and April 23, 2014 committee meeting and unanimously approved them as written.

VII. Presentations, Proclamations and Awards

• Mayor C. Kim Bracey – Outlined professional services to be provided by Michael Johnson in the area of strategic planning, management and public policy development for the York City Department of Business Administration. She introduced Mr. Johnson and outlined his credentials and responsibilities as interim business administrator for the city. Mayor Bracey provided Council with a copy of the professional services agreement. (View)

Mr. Johnson discussed his background and experience in finance and his role in the strategic planning, management and public policy development for the City of York. He said he is here to serve as an advisor to both Council and the Administration and that he is a proponent of open communications.

• Britta Schwab, Bell Socialization Services (BSS) - Announced that BSS and State Representative Kevin Schreiber will team up to host a York City Career Fair on May 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 140 W. King St., York, PA. She said there will be approximately 45 employers in attendance, as well as several educational institutions. Ms. Schwab encouraged residents to attend.

VII. Committee Meeting(s) Scheduled

• Committee Work Sessions: Scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. (Committee items due by 12 noon on May 21st)

IX. Status of Prior Committee Referrals

Bill No. 9 – Amending Article 705 “Keeping of Animals” of the Codified Ordinances to define and establish regulations for the keeping of wild animals was discussed at length at Council’s April 23 committee meeting. Additional amendments are being researched, therefore, the Bill remains in committee at this time.

LERTA – A Bill amending Article 308 “Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Program” of the Codified Ordinances to include exceptions to investment opportunity eligible areas was discussed at Council’s April 23 committee meeting. Clarification on tax incentives/disincentives is being examined, therefore, the Bill remains in committee at this time.

X. Legislative Agenda: (Order of Business – Action on Subdivision/Land Development & HARB Resolutions; Final Passage of Bills/Resolutions; New Business.)

Subdivision / Land Development / HARB: NONE

Final Passage of Bills / Resolutions

1. Final Passage of Bill No. 10 – A Bill
Amending the 2014 Budget. (To accept a JAG award in the amount of $51,748.00) (View)
Introduced by: Henry Hay Nixon
Originator: Police

Final Passage of Bill No. 10, Ordinance No. 8, Session 2014, A Bill amending the 2014 budget by appropriating revenue and expenses for the York City Police Department in the amount of $51,748.00 for the enhancement of law enforcement operations through acceptance of a Bureau of Justice Assistance funding award, which was introduced by Nixon at the April 15 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Bill No. 10, Ordinance No. 8, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.
 

New Business

2. Introduction of Bill No. 11 - A Bill
Amending the 2014 CDBG/HOME Budgets. (To reflect changes in revenue/expenses resulting from actual allocations for the 2014 program year)(View)
Introduced by: Renee S. Nelson
Originator: Economic & Community Development (BHS)
(Note: Bills sit for at least one meeting; therefore, this Bill will be considered for final passage on or after May 21, 2014)

Introduction of Bill No. 11, Session 2014, A Bill amending the 2014 CDBG and HOME budgets to reflect changes in revenue and expenses resulting from actual allocations of funding for the CDBG program budget ($1,213,120.24) and HOME program budget ($188,099.00), was introduced by Nelson, read by short title, and deferred until the May 21 meeting of Council.

3. Introduction of Bill No. 12 - A Bill
Amending the 2014 Budget. (To roll over 2013 unspent JAG funds into the 2014 Budget - $33,074.70)
Introduced by: Henry Hay Nixon (View)
Originator: Police
(Note: Bills sit for at least one meeting; therefore, this Bill will be considered for final passage on or after May 21, 2014)

Introduction of Bill No. 12, Session 2014, A Bill amending the York City Budget for the year 2014 by appropriating revenue and expenditures for the York City Police Department for 2013 remaining Justice Assistance Grant funding to be rolled over into year 2014 to reflect total amended revenue/expenditures of $33,074.70, was introduced by Nixon, read by short title, and deferred until the May 21 meeting of Council.

4. Introduction of Bill No. 13 - A Bill
Approving an intergovernmental cooperation agreement. (York City & Spring Garden Twp. for law enforcement services at 401 W. Jackson St.)(View)
Introduced by: Henry Hay Nixon
Originator: Police
(Note: Bills sit for at least one meeting; therefore, this Bill will be considered for final passage on or after May 21, 2014)

Introduction of Bill No. 13, Session 2014, A Bill approving an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement for Law Enforcement Services by and between The City of York and Spring Garden Township for the property known as 401 W. Jackson St., York, PA (owned by York College), was introduced by Nixon, read by short title, and deferred until the May 21 meeting of Council.

5. Introduction of Bill No. 14 - A Bill
Amending the 2014 Budget. (For a dental sealant grant award - $9,250.00)(View)
Introduced by: Renee S. Nelson
Originator: Economic & Community Development (Health)
(Note: Bills sit for at least one meeting; therefore, this Bill will be considered for final passage on or after May 21, 2014)

President Hill-Evans explained that Health Bureau Director Barb Kovacs has requested Council waive its committee provision to allow introduction of a bill to allow expenditures of a grant funding that will expire in June.

Motion to waive committee provision. A motion was made by Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, to waive the committee requirement to allow introduction of Bill No. 14. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

Introduction of Bill No. 14, Session 2014, A Bill amending the York City Budget for the year 2014 appropriating revenue and expenditures, in the amount of $9,250.00 for a Health Bureau-Dental Sealant grant, was introduced by Nelson, read by short title, and deferred until the May 21 meeting of Council.

6. Introduction of Bill No. 15 - A Bill
Amending Article 1113.10 “Sidewalk Cafes” of the Codified Ordinances. (To update and clarify language)(View)
Introduced by: Michael Ray Helfrich
Originator: Council (Helfrich)
(Note: Bills sit for at least one meeting; therefore, this Bill will be considered for final passage on or after May 21, 2014)

Introduction of Bill No. 15, Session 2014, A Bill amending Article 1113.10 SIDEWALK CAFES of the York City Codified Ordinances to update and clarify language, was introduced by Helfrich, read by short title, and deferred until the May 21 meeting of Council. Councilman Helfrich stated that he will have two minor amendments to the legislation prior to Council’s consideration of final passage on May 21.

7. Resolution No. 44 - A Resolution
Supporting Senate Bill 1340 & House Bill 1272. (To enable municipal police to use speed-timing equipment)(View)
Introduced by: Henry Hay Nixon
Originator: Council (Nixon)

Resolution No. 44, Session 2014, A Resolution supporting Senate Bill 1340 and House Bill 1272 enabling all municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing (radar detector) equipment as the PA State Police, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 44 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

8. Resolution No. 45 - A Resolution
Awarding a contract to Doug Lamb Construction. (For the Penn Park Improvement Project - $525,230.00)(View)
Introduced by: David Satterlee
Originator: Public Works

Resolution No. 45, Session 2014, A Resolution awarding a contract to Doug Lamb Construction in the amount of $525,230.00 for the Penn Park Improvement Project, was introduced by Satterlee, read at length, and on motion of Satterlee, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 45 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

9. Resolution No. 46 - A Resolution
Authorizing conditional letters of employment as probationary firefighters. (S. Bowman/C. Frederick)
Introduced by: Henry Hay Nixon (View)
Originator: Fire/Rescue

Resolution No. 46, Session 2014, A Resolution authorizing conditional offers of employment as probationary firefighters to Steven Bowman and Clifton Frederick effective June 9, 2014, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Helfrich, Resolution No. 46 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

10. Resolution No. 47 - A Resolution
Authorizing purchase of a 2015 Chevy Tahoe. ($32,875.00) (View)
Introduced by: Henry Hay Nixon
Originator: Fire/Rescue

Resolution No. 47, Session 2014, A Resolution authorizing the purchase of a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, 4-door, 4WD SSV for use by the Fire Department, which said purchase shall be made through CoStars State Contract #13 in the amount of $32,875.00, purchased from Apple Automotive, and leased for five years through Fulton Bank, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 47 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

11. Resolution No. 48 - A Resolution
Approving the Chauffeurs, Teamsters and Helpers Local 776 union contract. (View)
Introduced by: Michael Ray Helfrich
Originator: Business Administration (HR)

Resolution No. 48, Session 2014, A Resolution approving the Chauffeurs, Teamsters and Helpers Local 776 union contract for the period of January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015, was introduced by Helfrich, read at length, and on motion of Helfrich, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 48 came up for discussion.

Human Resources Director Tom Ray gave a summary of the contract as outlined in the preamble of the agreement. (View)

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 48 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Helfrich, Nixon, Satterlee, Nelson, Hill-Evans – 5; Nays – 0.

XI. Requests for Future Meetings: None

XII. Council Comment

President Hill-Evans announced that Council’s next legislative meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 instead of Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in observance of the May 20 primary election.

Councilman Helfrich said he is going to meet with members of the booting industry to discuss their concerns since Council voted down Bill No. 7, which sought to regulate booting in the City of York. He urged Council to reopen discussions on this issue.

XIII. Administration Comment

Mayor Bracey thanked Council for passing the speed-timing resolution. She reminded residents that the speed limit in the city is 25mph and asked residents to honor that speed limit and help save lives.

XIV. Adjournment

The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. (Public Comment commences at 6:30 p.m.) in City Council Chambers, 101 S. George St., York, PA. There being no further business, the May 6, 2014 meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.

XV. Resumption of Public Comment Period (at the discretion of the presiding officer): No additional comment.