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City Council Meeting Minutes

April 21, 2009

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on April 21, 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

Gerry Turner, 1201 S. Pine St., York, PA, discussed the “Go Green” event scheduled for Saturday. Next, he said the exhibition game at the baseball stadium this past weekend was a huge success with over 5,000 people in attendance and he hopes to see more events like this in the future.

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, and Kevin Schreiber, Acting Director of Economic Development. Also present was Shaleeta Washington, Assistant Solicitor. Mark Whitman, Police Commissioner, John Senft, Fire Chief, Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, and Michael O’Rourke, Business Administrator, were absent. (Note: Matt Jackson, Director of Economic Development, resigned his position as Director of Economic Development effective April 17, 2009.)

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 Hill-Evans, to dispense with the reading of the Minutes of April 7, 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: None

COMMITTEE REPORTS: None

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Resolution No. 54, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness to Kohr Gerlach, Inc. for work to be done at 48 N. Beaver St., United Realty for work to be done at 331 E. King St., Chris Bender for work to be done at 506 Cooper Place, Richard L. Miller for work to be done at 59 S. Pine St., Mike Markle for work to be done at 28 E. Jackson St., and Fox Restoration & Remodeling for work to be done at 31 S. Queen St., was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Ray, Resolution No. 54 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

CONSENT AGENDA

Introduction of Bill No. 14, Session 2009, (View) A Bill amending the 2009 Budget to appropriate additional expenditures in the amount $300,000 for the 2009 Street Improvements Project, was introduced by Smith, read by short title, and deferred until the May 5, 2009 meeting of Council.

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS: None

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 55, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution recognizing the Avenues Neighborhood Association as a Civic and/or Service Association within the context of the Local Options Small Games of Chance Act, as amended (View Act), was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Ray, Resolution No. 55 came up for discussion.

Councilwoman Smith asked various questions about designation applicability, which were answered by Assistant Solicitor Washington. Afterwards, a brief discussion ensued about other neighborhood associations and how civic-service designations compare to 501(c)(3) status.

Councilwoman Ray said the Avenues Association has requested this recognition in order to hold a raffle to help support funding for the public concerts they sponsor at Farquahar Park.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 55 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 56, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution recognizing the York Towne House Tenants Association as a Civic and/or Service Association within the context of the Local Options Small Games of Chance Act, as amended (View Act), was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 56 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 57, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution appointing Daniel Robinson as Director of Community Development, effective April 16, 2009 at an annual salary of $65,000.00, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 57 came up for discussion.

President Musso asked Mr. Robinson to explain his vision for the department and vacancies within his department which need to be filled.

Acting Director Robinson said he served as interim Director of Community Development following the resignation of former Director Kim Bracey. He outlined the department's vacancies and said his staff is doing a great job chipping in where needed. He then gave a report on programs and program outcomes and said he plans to implement a proactive approach on the department's missions. Mr. Robinson also stated that he hopes to be a part of finalizing the Comprehensive Plan and that he wants to be able to provide the best services possible to our residents.

Vice- President Hill-Evans congratulated Mr. Robinson on his nomination. She said she appreciated the prompt service Mr. Robinson provided as Acting Director in responding to her inquiries.

Councilwoman Smith said she is also impressed by Mr. Robinson and feels he is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of housing and development. She stated that Mr. Robinson is a true gentleman and she believes he will represent the city well.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 57 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 58, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution appointing Kevin Schreiber as Economic Development Director and Redevelopment Authority Coordinator, effective April 16, 2009 at an annual salary of $60,000.00, was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 58 came up for discussion.

President Musso asked Mr. Schreiber to outline some of the economic development projects underway.

Mr. Schreiber explained that the Economic Development Department is currently made up of three employees (including himself) and that the Northwest Triangle Project (NWT) is their paramount project. He said they are currently working on wrapping up the city's part of the project in finalizing various contracts associated with development of the NWT. Mr. Schreiber stated that they look to switch functions in the next phase of the NWT by securing contracts for vertical structures and that they have already secured millions of dollars in grants and continue to seek additional funding. Mr. Schreiber then discussed other projects currently underway such as the Logos Academy, CODO 26, and various other revitalization projects.

Mr. Schreiber then answered questions from Council.

Councilman Texter asked Mr. Schreiber what are his goals as Director of Economic Development.

Mr. Schreiber said he would like to hire someone to keep track of their grants. Additionally, he wants to focus on blight and how they can fully utilize the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan. He stated that there is a lot resting on the shoulders of his 3-staff crew but they are up to the challenge and will seek professional consulting services, if feasible, when needed.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 58 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 59, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to Fitz & Smith, Inc. in the amount of $978,003.43 for 2009 Street Improvements – Paving, which shall be paid from the Liquid Fuels Fund, account number 21-421-44400-10009, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 59 came up for discussion.

President Musso outlined the streets to be paved.

Director Gross said they hope to complete this project by fall 2009.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 59 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 60, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to Recon Construction Services for 2009 Street Improvements – Milling in the amount of $89,166.01, which shall be paid from the Liquid Fuels Fund, account number 21-421-44400-10009 and the Special Projects Fund, account number 38-420-47120-00000, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 60 came up for discussion.

President Musso outlined the streets to be milled.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 60 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 61, Session 2009, (View) A Resolution authorizing an encroachment agreement with Agrodolce Café, 251 N. George St., to install a sidewalk cafe within the public right-of-way located within the improved sidewalk area adjacent to the building line of 251 N. George St., was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 61 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.`

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None

COUNCIL COMMENTCouncilwoman Ray asked if there was any progress on the sale of property located within the Industrial Park to Harrisburg Area Community College.

Councilman Texter said there has been some discussion between HACC and the Administration; however, they have not received a response from HACC regarding some proposals submitted by the Administration. He said we must allow the Mayor to handle this situation and that he's sure the Administration will share discussions and findings with Council when appropriate.

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for May 5, 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 April 21, 2009 meeting of Council adjourned at 8:09 p.m.