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City Council Meeting Minutes

March 3, 2009

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on March 3, 2009 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

Tonya Thompson-Morgan, York City Human Relations Commission, announced “A Celebration of Urban Life”, which is a series of events scheduled to take place at Martin Library from Monday, April 13 to Saturday, April 19. The highlight of the week will be a visit by nationally-recognized author Nathan McCall, who is scheduled to speak at Martin Library on Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room. McCall will discuss his book, “Them: A Novel.” The novel tells the story of a community that's changing and what happens when a poor and traditionally black neighborhood in Georgia faces gentrification. Book clubs will take place leading up to McCall’s visit in an effort to engage the community in reading “Them: A Novel.” The book will also be available to reserve at the York City Human Relations office, One Marketway West, Third Floor. Anyone interested in starting a book club should contact Stephanie Seaton at 846-2926. “A Celebration of Urban Life At Martin Library” coincides with National Library Week, which is celebrated from April 12 through April 18 nationwide, and National Fair Housing Month, which is recognized during the month of April.

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: Dan Robinson, Acting Director of Community Development, Captain Rolando Camacho, Police Department, and Steve Douglas, General Manager of the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Also present was Assistant Solicitor Don Hoyt. Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, Matt Jackson, Director of Economic Development, Mark Whitman, Police Commissioner, John Senft, Fire Chief, and Michael O’Rourke, Business Administrator, were absent.

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

Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Eric Johnston, 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 February 17, 2009 and approve them as written. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Correspondence and Announcements: President Musso read correspondence and announcements.

PRESENTATIONS: None

COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED

Economic Development Committee – Joseph R. Musso, Chair: Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss the pending sale of YCEDC lots 108 and 108A located in the York City Industrial Park to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC).

COMMITTEE REPORTS: None

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Resolution No. 34, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness to Craig E. Campbell for work to be done at 159 E. Market St. (Martin Library), was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 34 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 35, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution approving the final reverse subdivision plan submitted by Bethlehem Baptist Church to combine five (5) parcels of land at 474 S. Pershing Ave. into one lot, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 35 came up for discussion.

Jamie Smith, Site Design Concepts, explained that this consolidation will basically clean up the applicants property lines. As a portion of Lustig Lane was vacated (Ord. 47-08), the land will become part of the new parcel being created by this reverse subdivision plan. The applicant is also considering additions to their church and may submit a land development plan in the near future.

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

Resolution No. 36, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution approving the final land development plan submitted by Budget Furniture to construct a 3,706 square foot addition to its existing furniture store located at 31 Carlisle Ave. to be used as a warehouse for inventory, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 36 came up for discussion.

Eric Johnston, representing the project, explained that the Planning Commission recommended approval of this plan with some waivers and contingencies that the applicant has sufficiently addressed. He said this development will not create any new traffic patterns or congestion and that 20 additional parking spaces will be added as part of the development.

Gary Poe, owner of Budget Furniture, answered several project questions from Council. He said that in lieu of planting street trees at this location, they will instead plant trees along their King St. property.

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Introduction of Bill No. 12, Session 2009, (View) A Bill amending the 2009 Budget for the Bureau of Health by appropriating revenue and expenditures in the amount of $15,232 for a MCH-Home Visitor Grant, was introduced by Ray, read by short title, and deferred until the March 17 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 13, Session 2009, (View) A Bill amending the 2009 Budget for the Police Department to appropriate revenue and expenditures in the amount of $100,000 for the purchase of (4) 2009 Dodge Charger police vehicles, was introduced by Texter, read by short title, and deferred until the March 17 meeting of Council.

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

Final Passage of Bill No. 8, Ordinance No. 9, Session 2009, (View) A Bill approving the editing and inclusion of 2008 ordinances as part of the Codified Ordinances, which was introduced by Musso at the February 17 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Musso, seconded by Smith, Bill No. 8, Ordinance No. 9, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays -0 .

Final Passage of Bill No. 9, Ordinance No. 10, Session 2009, (View) A Bill amending Article 931 “Sanitary Sewers”, subsection 931.03(d)(2) “Industrial Wastes” to increase the issuance or renewal permit fee from $45.00 to $300.00, which was introduced by Smith at the February 17 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Bill No. 9 came up for discussion.

General Manager Steve Douglas explained that fees have not been increased for over 20 years. A fee analysis was completed by Permit and Compliance Manager Veronica Whaley outlining the methodology used in determining said fees.

President Musso and members of Council complimented Ms. Whaley on a job well done. President Musso said her fee analysis is exactly what Council needs in order to determine and understand the methodology used in determining fees. He asked that the City Clerk send this report out to all directors asking them to mimic this process when proposing fee legislation in the future. (View fee analysis)

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 9, Ordinance No. 10, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 10, Ordinance No. 11, Session 2009, (View) A Bill amending the 2009 budget by appropriating revenue and expenditures in the amount of $20,000 for the Police Department for the purchase of cameras to augment the internal security system, which was introduced by Texter at the February 17 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Texter, seconded by Smith, Bill No. 10 came up for discussion.

Captain Rolando Camacho explained that these cameras will replace the internal and external cameras located at City Hall, 50 W. King St., York, PA. He said this purchase is being funded through 2008 grant funds.

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 10, Ordinance No. 11, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 11, Ordinance No. 12, Session 2009, (View) A Bill amending the 2009 Budget by appropriating revenue and expenditures for the Human Relations Commission (HRC) to roll over 2008 grant funds into the 2009 Budget, which was introduced by Hill-Evans at the February 17 meeting of Council, and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Smith, Bill No. 11 came up for discussion.

President Musso questioned why there are remaining grant funds from years 2002, and 2004-2007. As Stephanie Seaton, Director of the HRC was not present, President Musso asked Director Robinson to relay a message to Director Seaton to provide an explanation of these remaining grant funds.

Councilman Texter interjected that these funds were part of an audit finding and the recommendations of the auditor was that these funds be reallocated and used in accordance with program guidelines. He said these are federal dollars and are not part of the general fund budget.

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 11, Ordinance No. 12, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 37, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution authorizing a budget transfer in the amount of $30,000 within the 2008 CDBG budget to cover expenses associated with Program Delivery, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 37 came up for discussion.

Director Robinson explained that $30,000 is being transferred from “Planning Administration” to “Program Delivery”. He said cost centers are merely being changed to properly account for programs identified under program delivery and that no programs are being eliminated or reduced as a result of this transfer.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 37 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 38, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution authorizing the purchase of (4) 2009 Dodge Charger Police vehicles to be used by the Police Department and purchased through the Central Westmoreland Council of Governments Cooperative Purchasing Program in the amount of $20,888.00 for each vehicle, with said purchase being made from Day Fleet Sales, Monroeville, PA, for a total purchase price of $83,552.00, was introduced by Texter, read at length, and on motion of Texter, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 38 came up for discussion.

Captain Camacho stated that WellSpan Health has contributed $100,000.00 toward this purchase. He said he, along with Mayor Brenner and Commissioner Whitman, met with the President of WellSpan Health and asked for their assistance in purchasing much needed vehicles. Captain Camacho said the President took their request to the Board of Directors and they agreed to donate funds. He said the Police Department currently has approximately 10 vehicles in its fleet with over 100,000 miles and that the officers are excited about these new vehicles.

Council thanked WellSpan Health for their generosity. Councilman Texter suggested the Administration consider sending a letter thanking them for their donation.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 38 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

Economic Development Committee – Joseph R. Musso, Chair: Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss the pending sale of YCEDC lots 108 and 108A located in the York City Industrial Park to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC).

COUNCIL COMMENT


President Musso announced that each member of Council has donated $20 toward the purchase of a $100 engraved brick, which will read “2009 York City Council” and will be used as part of the revitalization efforts of Lincoln Park. Bring on Play (BOP), a committee of volunteers, is selling the bricks to raise money to renovate the playground equipment at Lincoln Park. For more information on BOP, please visit them at http://www.yorkcity.org/webcom/PDF/mayor/bricksbro.pdf.

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for March 17, 2009 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 March 3, 2009 meeting of Council adjourned at 8:19 p.m.