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City Council Meeting Minutes

August 19, 2008

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on August 19, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to receive general public comment, with the following Council members present: Genevieve Ray, Cameron Texter, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Joseph R. Musso, President, with President Musso presiding. Mayor John Brenner was not present.

GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT

William Bolt, 1016 S. Pine St., York, PA, discussed gang markings appearing throughout his neighborhood and how the Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark might be affected. He stated that he heard graffiti artists are being invited to attend the skatepark grand opening and how this might be a bad idea.

Michael Helfrich, 23 S. George St., York, PA, alerted Council that 15,000 GPDs of raw sewage discharge was recently discovered in Spring Garden Twp. and in North York Borough, litter is being dumped into the storm drains. He asked residents throughout the county to take part in keeping our streams clean. Next, Mr. Helfrich invited residents to come out this weekend and enjoy Yorkfest.

There being no further public comment, President Musso adjourned the General Committee meeting and reconvened in Legislative Session at 7:00 p.m., in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, with the following members present: Genevieve Ray, Cameron Texter, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Joseph R. Musso, President, with President Musso presiding. Mayor John Brenner was not present.

Members of the Administration in attendance included: Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, Kim Bracey, Director of Community Development, John Senft, Fire Chief, Michael O’Rourke, Business Administrator, and Randy Helt, Director of Human Resources. Matt Jackson, Director of Economic Development, and Mark Whitman, Police Commissioner, were absent. Also present was Don Hoyt, Assistant Solicitor.

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

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Texter seconded by Ray, to dispense with the reading of the Minutes of July 15, 2008, and approve them as written. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

PRESENTATIONS

Zoning Ordinance & Strategic Comprehensive Plan Update – April Showers, JMT Consulting Group, was onboard and presented Council with a progress report on the Zoning Ordinance rewrite and Strategic Comprehensive Plan update. (View report) She said once the plan is completed, it will be made available for public review and comment. Mrs. Showers reported that they plan to tentatively have the document ready for public review sometime in September. The comp plan must be adopted before the zoning ordinance, she explained. Mrs. Showers then answered questions from Council.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED

Aug 26 - Police Committee at 7 p.m. to discuss Bill No. 40 amending the Nuisance Abatement Ordinance.

Aug 26 - C.D. Committee at 8 p.m. to discuss Bills 32 "exemption from dwelling improvements" & Bill 33 "vacant property registration".

Sept 9 - C.D. & P.W. Committees meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss Codorus Homes - Thackston Park Projects with Housing Authority representatives doing a presentation.

Sept 16 - General Committee meeting at 6 p.m. to hear from Matt Jackson & staff an update on the NWT project.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Development Committee, Genevieve Ray, Chair: C.D. Committee meeting held on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss Bill No. 32 (View) - a Bill amending Article 307 “Exemption from Dwelling Improvements” to change the definition of improvement to include construction of new dwelling units and to expand the definition of dwelling units; Bill No. 33 (View) - a Bill establishing Article 1729 “Vacant Property Registration” to establish guidelines for the registration of vacant properties in the city and payment of related fees; and Bill No. 36 (View) – a Bill amending Article 1728 “Vacant Property Review Committee” to update definitions. Bills 32 & 33 remain in committee. Bill No. 36 was not discussed in committee but in accordance with the Rules of Council the Bill is automatically released from committee unless voted to remain in committee.

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Resolution No. 112, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution approving the preliminary/final land development plan submitted by York Hospital to construct a Lecture Hall addition to their facility located at 1001 S. George St., was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 112 came up for discussion.

Dave Morgan and Robert Heidelbaugh were in attendance and outlined the project. York Hospital is proposing to develop a 16,707 sq. ft. addition at the hospital to be used for education of their staff. The addition would be located at the main building entrance where non-emergency ambulances transport patients. The addition would be constructed atop the existing pavement and roof area. Additionally, new steps, possibly a fountain, landscaped area, and colored concrete entrance is being proposed. Mr. Morgan and Mr. Heidelbaugh answered project questions from Council.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 112 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 113, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a permit for work to be covered in the applications filed by Bob Mock, SAAarchitects, for work to be done at 30 S. Howard St., Dick Bono for work to be done at 1 (One) N. George St., Patrick Sells for work to be done at 475 W. Philadelphia St., and Todd Lowe, J.R. McKinley Construction, for work to done at 19-21 N. George St., was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 113 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

CONSENT AGENDA

Introduction of Bill No. 40, Session 2008, (View) A Bill amending Article 1751 “Nuisance Abatement” of the Codified Ordinances to update language, was introduced by Texter, read by short title, and came up for discussion.

Motion to refer to committee. Councilman Texter said he received calls from representatives from RAYAC and they a have questions and comments related to this Bill. Therefore, he made a motion to refer Bill No. 40 to the Police Committee. The motion was seconded by Smith and passed unanimously. Councilman Texter scheduled a Police Committee meeting for Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Introduction of Bill No. 41, Session 2008, (View) A Bill amending the 2008 Budget to appropriate revenue and expenditures in the amount of $11,500 for a PA Liquor Control Board (PLCB) grant award, which funds will be used toward programs geared at reducing underage drinking, was introduced by Texter, read by short title, and deferred until the September 2nd meeting of Council.

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

Final Passage of Bill No. 34, Ordinance No. 30, Session 2008, (View) A Bill amending Article 1763.02 (Section 106) of the Property Maintenance Code, which was introduced by Ray at the July 15th meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Texter, seconded by Hill-Evans, Bill No. 34 came up for discussion.

Councilwoman Ray briefly explained that this amendment would allow the City (at the City's discretion) to abate property code violations once the property owner has failed to respond to the violation notice or has otherwise failed to correct the violation.

Tom Foust, 436 W. Market St., York, PA, said legislation similar to this was passed in Baltimore, MD and the problem was that the property was valued less than the cost to make repairs. He stated that there needs to be discretion used with regard to enforcement of this ordinance. Councilman Texter responded that discretion is implied with inclusion of the statement “is authorized to” as worded in the legislation.

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 34, Ordinance No. 30 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 35, Ordinance No. 31, Session 2008, (View) A Bill amending Article 1763.02 (Section 109) of the Property Maintenance Code, which was introduced by Ray at the July 15th meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Texter, Bill No. 35 came up for discussion.

In an email from Assistant Solicitor Shaleeta Washington, she explained that “Section 109 has been amended to remove most of the mandatory language (i.e., "shall") to replace it with discretionary language such as "may" or "is authorized to." This language was at issue in the South End case, which was taken to the PA Supreme Court. Although the City prevailed, it would be best to just clean up the language so that it does not appear that the City has to take specific actions. In addition, language was added that the code official may demolish or remove property that poses an imminent threat to the public without prior notice or hearing (to satisfy due process concerns, a hearing can be held afterwards). It is the City's position that it can do this already, but it would be good to clarify this further in the ordinance. Furthermore, Pennsylvania and other courts (including the US Supreme Court) have all stated that municipalities can demolish dangerous buildings in emergency situations without first providing the owners with notice or a hearing (so long as a hearing is available afterwards). Some cosmetic changes were also made to the Section, such as changing the word "repairs" to "work" because "work" encompasses a broader range of possibilities.”

Councilman Texter offered an amendment to Bill No. 35. He explained that previously, when the Building Code Official ordered demolition of a building for the health, safety and welfare of the public, HARB has complained that the action did not meet its requirements as the city code requires HARB to review the need of demolition of a building before that action takes place, no matter if the demolition occurs for safety reasons. This change, he said, will guarantee that this portion of the law will take precedence if and when the code official decides that immediate action becomes necessary to protect the public's health, safety and welfare.

With that said, Councilman Texter introduced the following Resolution amending Bill No. 35:

Resolution No. 114, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution amending Bill No. 35 regarding imminent danger so that requirements in the Bill supercede requirements in all other ordinances, was introduced by Texter, read at length, and on motion of Texter, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 114 came up for discussion.

Councilwoman Ray stated that in accordance with the city's programmatic agreement with HUD, documentation related to emergency demolitions must be forwarded to the SHPO with a request for comments within seven (7) business days. Additionally, the city’s ordinances requires HARB to be involved in determining the need to demolish structures located within the historic district. She asked if Bill No. 35 (and Resolution No. 114) would conflict with those requirements.

Assistant Solicitor Hoyt responded that this issue would be resolved by the “rule of reasonableness”. He said he doesn't foresee the state or federal government having a problem with demolition of a reasonable and practicable nature.

Discussion ensued about demolition, HARB involvement, what constitutes emergency demolition and if demolition would jeopardize HUD monies.

Woody Witczak, Chair of HARB, stated that Council has a vested interest in maintaining its checks and balances and with that understanding must ensure the city's programmatic agreement with HUD is being followed or HUD monies could be in jeopardy. Mr. Witczak provided Council with excerpts from the city's programmatic agreement with HUD {Section VII(b)} and Articles 1731.09-1731.12 of the York City Codified Ordinances. In reviewing these requirements, he said he does not see where this type of demolition is allowed.

Councilman Texter replied that there are times when public safety is in imminent danger and there is not always time to spare to call special meetings to discuss the danger. We don't need to create a bureaucratic maze that will put people in harms way, he said.

Discussion and debate ensued on the validity of emergency demolition.

Director Bracey said she is comfortable with Councilman Texter's proposed amendment. Assistant Solicitor Hoyt added that Fire Chief Senft and Director Bracey ensures their staff complies with the HUD programmatic agreement and he outlined the procedures the city follows with regard to emergency demolition. He said he has no problems or issues with Councilman Texter's proposed amendment.

Chief Senft added that Section VII(b) of the HUD programmatic agreement, line 3, reads “to avoid imminent threat”. When we are at the point of emergency demolition, he explained, that means we are beyond the point of “avoiding” an imminent threat...we are smack in the middle of it. He said this significant distinction cannot be ignored.

Vice President Hill-Evans asked if Councilman Texter's amendment would increase the city's liability in any way. Assistant Solicitor Hoyt said it does not.

Tom Foust, 436 W. Market St., York, PA, spoke about an incident several years ago when a building was demolished for “emergency” purposes but was later found to be an illegal demolition. He said it is prudent to make sure emergency demolition is well thought out to avoid legal issues and the repercussions that could follow.

Councilwoman Ray said her concern was that we keep in line with the HUD programmatic agreement and after hearing Director Bracey say the city will follow that agreement, she said she would support this legislation.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 114 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 35, Ordinance No. 31, as amended, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 36, Ordinance No. 32, Session 2008, (View) A Bill amending Article 1728 “Vacant Property Review Committee” of the Codified Ordinances, which was introduced by Musso at the July 15 meeting of Council, read by short title, and referred to the Community Development Committee (mtg. held 7/29/08 @ 7p.m.), came up for final passage. On motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Bill No. 36 came up for discussion.

Assistant Solicitor Hoyt explained that this amendment is to comply with recent changes made to the criteria for blighted properties under the Property Rights Protection Act.

Motion to amend. President Musso made a motion to amend Section 1728.02(b)(9)(i) to include the word “or” at the end of the sentence (...a period of six months; or) and to amend Section 1728.04 to replace the word “shall” with “should” in the first line (...Committee should meet at least four times...). The motion to amend was seconded by Ray and passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 36, Ordinance No. 32, as amended, passed by the following vote: Yeas - Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 37, Ordinance No. 33, Session 2008, (View) A Bill amending the 2008 Budget for the Dept. of Business Administration to appropriate revenue and expenditures in the amount of $4,000 for a Venture Grant from the York County Community Foundation, which was introduced by Hill-Evans at the July 15th meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Smith, Bill No. 37, Ordinance No. 33, passed by the following vote: Yeas - Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 38, Ordinance No. 34, Session 2008, (View) A Bill amending the 2008 Budget for the Police Dept. to appropriate revenue and expenditures for a 2007-08 Weed & Seed Youth Academy Program Grant to increase the original award amount from $6,662 to $7,262 ($600 increase), which was introduced by Texter at the July 15th meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Texter, seconded by Smith, Bill No. 38, Ordinance No. 34, passed by the following vote: Yeas - Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 39, Ordinance No. 35, Session 2008, (View) A Bill amending the 2008 Budget for the Police Dept. to appropriate additional revenue and expenditures in the amount of $83,629.00 for the York City Police Dept.’s Federal Gang Resistance Education & Training (G.R.E.A.T) Program, which was introduced by Texter at the July 15th meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Texter, seconded by Smith, Bill No. 39, Ordinance No. 35, passed by the following vote: Yeas - Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 115, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution consenting to the City's involvement in a Public Safety Feasibility Study through YorkCounts, was introduced by Texter, read at length, and on motion of Texter, seconded by Ray, Resolution No. 115 came up for discussion.

Councilman Texter explained that at Council's July 15th meeting, Attorney Carl Anderson from YorkCounts was onboard and explained this undertaking. Below is an excerpt from the July 15th Council meeting:

“YorkCounts Presentation: Carl Anderson, Co-Chair of the Public Safety Committee, YorkCounts and James DeBord, YorkCounts, were onboard to discuss support of a proposed study that would weigh the pros and cons of establishing a regional approach to public safety and if the change might produce more efficient service and head off future cost increases.

YorkCounts is York County’s community-wide, nonpartisan quality-of-life coalition. YorkCounts works to assess, sustain and enhance the quality of life in York County – building alliances, introducing partners, spotlighting issues and facilitating conversations on issues such as public safety.
Mr. Anderson said YorkCounts hasn't taken a stand on the consolidation and that their role is to support an analysis to determine if such a consolidation would be beneficial. YorkCounts is approaching the five municipalities in the heart of the county with stand-alone departments (Spring Garden Township, Springettsbury Township, West Manchester Township, West York Borough and York City), the eight municipalities of the York Area Regional Police Department and the eight municipalities of the Northern York County Regional Police Department.

PERF – the Police Executive Research Forum, a national membership organization of police executives, would collect the following data from each agency: number of employees; staffing schemes and organizational structure; location and condition of facilities and equipment; dispatch and crime reporting data; approaches to case management, traffic enforcement and administration (including planning and fiscal affairs); budgeting information; procedures for hiring, promotion and training; mutual aid agreements; union contracts; and pension and benefit blueprints. Various ways to fund a new department would also be reviewed.”

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 115 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 116, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution Proclaiming May 1st as “Silver Star Banner Day” in the City of York, was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 116 passed by the following vote: Yeas - Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 117, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution reappointing Chester Landis as a member of the Nuisance Abatement Board of Appeals which term shall expire April 1, 2011; and reappointing Mike Gibson, Jeanne Buckingham, Barbara Beattie, and Dolores De Abreu as members of the York City Human Relations Commission which terms shall expire July 16, 2011, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Ray, Resolution No. 117 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 118, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution approving the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract) for the years 2006-2012, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 118 came up for discussion.

HR Director Randy Helt explained that the IBT was formerly known as the York City Employees Union (YCEU). He said there were several negotiation sessions and this agreement was ratified overwhelmingly by the IBT. He then outlined several highlights of the contract (i.e., salary, health insurance, pension, etc.).

Business Administrator O'Rourke added that IBT members are being moved into a Platinum PPO plan. He explained health and prescription coverage available under this plan. He said this is a fair agreement that gives our employees an incentive to participate. Administrator O'Rourke then answered a few questions from Council.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 118 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 119, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing budget transfers within the 2008 Recreation Fund, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 119 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 120, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing the sale of four (4) vehicles (1996 Ford SW, 1999 Chevrolet Lumina, and a 2000 & 2008 Ford Crown Victoria), was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 120 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 121, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with Rink Management Services Corporation (RMSC) to manage the York City Ice Arena for an additional two (2) years ending August 31, 2010, under the same conditions and terms as the original agreement, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Ray, Resolution No. 121 came up for discussion.

Tom Hillgrove, President of RMSC, and Mike Cleveland, RMSC, were present and outlined services and activities provided by RMSC as managers of the ice rink. They said there are no changes in the terms of the agreement compared to the original agreement made on September 29, 2004.

Business Administrator O'Rourke said the ice rink has over a $1 million deficit, which is no fault of RMSC. He said this is a result of poor speculation on how much revenue would be generated during the rink’s inception.

Mr. Hillgrove and Mr. Cleveland answered questions from Council and Administrator O'Rourke regarding revenue, admission costs, and projections.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 121 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 122, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing the installation, maintenance and/or upgrades of streetlights throughout the City of York in accordance with the city's agreement with Metropolitan Edison Company, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 122 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 123, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds with the Dept. of Community & Economic Development (DCED) in the amount of $250,000 for the Elm Street Program for residential reinvestment, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 123 came up for discussion.

Jane Conover, YWCA and Richard Miller, Project Manager, were present and outlined the project. In a report given by Mr. Miller, he stated that since the project's inception, crime is down by 6% since 2001, new streetscape improvements have been made on Princess & Prospect Sts., monthly litter cleanups have been organized, the Renaissance Park is completed, and seven (7) new homes were built and sold to homeowners – which are just a few of the great things happening in the project area. Ms. Conover and Mr. Miller answered a few project questions from Council.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 123 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 124, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with the PA Dept. of Health to support and implement a dental sealant program in the City of York for the period of October 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 in the amount of $50,000 was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 124 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 125, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with the York Cancer Center and R.O.A.R. to provide cancer education and prevention services in the community for the period of September 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 in the amount of $3,900 (each) and funded through state health grant #10020, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 125 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 126, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with the PA Dept. of Health to provide cancer screening services in the community for the period of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2013 in the amount of $276,800 and funded through state health grant #10020, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 126 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 127, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing an agreement with WellSpan Health to provide epidemiological services and consultation to the York City Bureau of Health for the period of August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2009, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 127 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 128, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution approving the 2009 Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO) pension allocations for Police ($3,120,389); Fire ($1,785,031); and O&E Employees ($344,088), was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Texter, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 128 came up for discussion.

Administrator O'Rourke explained the annual contributions and calculations for each of the pension funds. He said this is an increase of $182,452 from last year's contributions. A discussion ensued about MMO contributions over the past 10 years and the enormous costs this has caused the city.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 128 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 129, Session 2008, (View) A Resolution authorizing the filing of an application for funds in the amount of $1 million with the U.S. Dept. of Justice to have certain sections of the city designated as federal weed & seed sites, was introduced by Texter, read at length, and on motion of Texter, seconded by Ray, Resolution No. 129 came up for discussion.

Janis Lyman, Grants Coordinator, explained that if the city is approved for the 2008 grant, then this 2009 application will be voided out. We have been rejected in the past, she explained, which is why we are covering our bases in filing early for 2009 funds.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 129 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

Aug 26 - Police Committee at 7 p.m. to discuss Bill No. 40 amending the Nuisance Abatement Ordinance.

Aug 26 - C.D. Committee at 8 p.m. to discuss Bills 32 "exemption from dwelling improvements" & Bill 33 "vacant property registration".

Sept 9 - C.D. & P.W. Committees meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss Codorus Homes - Thackston Park Projects with Housing Authority representatives doing a presentation.

Sept 16 - General Committee meeting at 6 p.m. to hear from Matt Jackson & staff an update on the NWT project.

COUNCIL COMMENT

Vice President Hill-Evans invited residents to take part in Penn Park Clean-up Day on Saturday, August 30th from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: NONE

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (Public Comment commences at 6:30 p.m.) in City Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the August 19, 2008 meeting of Council adjourned at 10:05 p.m.