City Council Meeting Minutes
January 18, 2011
CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on January 18, 2011 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: Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding.
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
Rebecca Jackson and Jacqueline Jackson thanked Councilwoman Toni Smith and resident Joanne Borders for their help on the foreclosure workshops. They also thanked Councilwoman Smith for traveling with them to Philadelphia for the Martin Luther King celebration. Lastly, Ms. Jacqueline Jackson announced that September House's new location at 1251 W. King St., York, PA, is working out well.
Meg Hill-Grigson mentioned several properties along W. Market St. that were not properly shoveled. She said she nearly slipped and fell.
Steve Young stated that he has notified the police of threats against him. Next, he said it bothers him that the Mayor traveled all the way to New York with the Police Chief to speak about illegal guns. He spoke of the recent shooting of Arizona state representative Gabrielle Giffords by lone gunman Jared Loughner. He said people don't need to blame guns for our troubles, they need to blame madmen like Jared Loughner.
Judy Fry said she is a county resident that has moved to the city and has since had to deal with crime, shootings and other frightening occurrences in her neighborhood. She said she wouldn't walk around town no matter what uses are nearby. She stated that she'd rather use her car instead of walk to a nearby establishment.
There being no further public comment, President Ray 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: Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding.
Members of the Administration in attendance included: Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, and Wes Kahley, Police Chief. Also present was Don Hoyt, Assistant Solicitor and Steve Douglas, General Manager, WWTP.
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: Council dispensed with the reading of the Minutes of December 21, 27 and 30, 2010 and January 4, 2011 and unanimously approved them as written.
Correspondence and Announcements: President Ray read correspondence and announcements.
William Means, Scott Loercher, Philip Frey, and Harrison Bink, representatives of Buchart-Horn, Inc., presented information to Council on the Architectural & Engineering Feasibility Study for the proposed York City Police Department renovation project at 50 W. King St. In a letter dated July 15, 2010, Mr. Loercher and Mr. Frey provided York City representatives with the feasibility study (view study) for the York City Police Department. The letter outlined the purpose as follows:
“The purpose of the Study is to assess whether a modernized, “stand alone” police station would be a good functional and operational fit for the existing York City Hall facility. The study presumes that the current York City government functions would be consolidated elsewhere in the city.”
“The presented schematic design concept solves the project goals in a unique manner that has been thoroughly reviewed with the Police Department. It would serve the current approximately 110 officer police force which is projected to be adequate for the future and has additional lockers to provide some flexibility. The Police generated a “needs list” of 11 facility improvements that are essential to the success of the project – they are all satisfied by the proposed design concept. The report concludes that the police department could be successfully housed in a modernized York City Hall building.”
“We look forward to further discussing this information with the city committees. We appreciate the opportunity to provide quality architectural and engineering services to the City of York.”
Buchart-Horn representatives then discussed the study in further detail (view study) and answered questions from Council.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED
Special Session of Council - City Council will meet in Special Session on January 24, 2011 at 11:30AM in City Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to consider a Resolution authorizing a borrowing in anticipation of current taxes and revenues by the issuance of a $8,148,166 Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note, Series of 2011. (2011 TRAN)
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS
Community Development Committee, Carol Hill-Evans, Chair: Meeting held on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to continue discussions on the Zoning Ordinance/Map re-write and 2009 Comprehensive Plan amendment. Future meeting dates will be scheduled as provided in Schedule-E. The next Community Development Committee meeting to discuss the Zoning Ordinance/Map re-write is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:30PM in Council Chambers. The legislation remains in committee.
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB
Resolution No. 8, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution approving the final land development plan submitted by the York Housing Authority to demolish and construct a new office at 140 Willis Lane, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 8 came up for discussion.
Craig Zumbrun, York Housing Authority, presented the plan to Council. He explained the existing facility is in serious need of renovations, however, a determination was made that it would be less expensive to demolish and reconstruct the facility, which is what this plan proposes to do. Completion of this project will offer a facility with greater access and mobility.
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 8 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.
Resolution No. 9, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness to Steve Cottrill for work to be done at 309 E. Market St., and Chad Eisenhart for work to be done at 347 W. King St., was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 8 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS: None
Introduction of Bill No. 1, Session 2011, (View) A Bill authorizing a borrowing by the Sewer Authority through the Commonwealth Finance Authority in the amount of $1,500,000. (Guaranteed Sewer Authority Bond, Series 2011), was introduced by Smith, read by short title, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 1 came up for discussion.
J.T. Hand, Chair of the York City Sewer Authority, and Stacey MacNeal, Bond Counsel, were in attendance and outlined the purpose and uses associated with said borrowing.
Background: Said borrowing is in the amount of $1.5 million which will be used to begin the Micro-turbine Co-generation System Project at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The project will replace the existing system thereby reducing operating costs with an energy efficient, micro-turbine co-generation system. This project would replace the current functionally obsolete co-generation system with a more efficient micro-turbine co-generation system. With operating expenses for electricity and natural gas costs currently demanding 13% of the waste water treatment plant's total operating expenses, the proposed micro-turbine co-generation system will generate approximately 2,500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity with a cost savings of nearly $300,000.00 annually. Unfortunately, the YCSA's grant application, which was approved by Council on August 17, 2010 (Res. 100), was denied because it did not meet the requirements for the grant. Fortunately, the Sewer Authority was able to find a 1.0% low interest loan through DCED's Alternative and Clean Energy Program.
There being no further discussion, Bill No. 1 was deferred until the February 1 meeting of Council.
Resolution No. 10, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution reappointing Michael Johnson as a member of the York City Planning Commission, which term shall expire January 1, 2015, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 10 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.
Resolution No. 11, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution releasing financial security funds in the amount of $22,279.07 associated with Glory House Ministries as requested by Logos Academy, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 11 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.
Resolution No. 12, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution authorizing a budget transfer in the amount of $20,000 for the Bureau of Housing Services for demolition was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 12 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.
Resolution No. 13, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution authorizing a budget transfer in the amount of $5,033.70 for the Bureau of Housing Services for demolition was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 13 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: See Schedule-E
Councilwoman Smith inquired about residents being allowed to possess firearms during Council meetings. She said she talked to the York County Commissioners and guns are prohibited in their facility. She asked if Council could enact legislation to prohibit guns at Council meetings.
Assistant Solicitor Hoyt said Council could not restrict a person's right to carry a firearm. The difference between York City Council and the York County Courthouse is that the Courthouse is a judicial establishment which can prohibit firearms, however, Council is a legislative establishment, and cannot. He said he could further research the issue at Council's request.
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None
A Special Session of Council is scheduled for Monday, January 24, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA to consider passage of a 2011 Tax & Revenue Anticipation Note. (2011 TRAN).
The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for February 1, 2011 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 January 18, 2011 meeting of Council adjourned at 8:15PM.