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City Council Meeting Minutes

January 4, 2011

 

CALL TO ORDER:City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on January 4, 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, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding.

 
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT

 
Charlotte Bergdoll congratulated Council on passing the budget. She then reminded residents about First Friday and encouraged them to attend. Next, she asked if there was some clear record outlining the acquisition of 101 S. George St. (location for the new City Hall) Lastly, Mr. Bergdoll thanked members of Doctor's Row Neighborhood Association for helping move a family that was without heat. She said this was a great team effort by Doctor's Row, the City and the Fire Department.

 
Steve Young expressed deep concern about four young people who were shot. He said crime is a serious problem in our community. He stated that we need more participation at the police-youth outreach meetings. Mr. Young then announced that he will not be running for a seat on Council.

 
Marakay Rogers thanked the County of York for agreeing to house offices for the York City Human Relations Commission.

 
Note: President Ray will investigate a complaint made by a resident claiming that the York Rescue Mission is turning away certain clients in need of sleeping arrangements due to inaccessibility.

 
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, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding.

 
Members of the Administration in attendance included: Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, Steve Buffington, Fire Chief, Tom Ray, Director of Human Resources, and Steve Douglas, General Manager, Waste Water Treatment Plant. Also present was Assistant Solicitor Don Hoyt.

 
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 postponed voting on the Minutes of December 21, 27 and 30, 2010 to allow more time for proper review.

 
Correspondence and Announcements

 
Councilman Nixon read a press release issued by Mayor Bracey outlining new parking meter hours. All parking meters owned by the General Authority shall be enforced Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Meters in the Retail Zone shall also be enforced on Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. (Press Release)

 
Councilwoman Nelson announced the Rent-a-Kid program offered by the York Area Agency on Aging. She said senior citizens may rent-a-kid – aged 7th to 12th grade – to assist in daily activities. For more information, please contact the York Area Agency on Aging at (717) 771-9103.

 
Councilwoman Smith invited residents to attend a foreclosure seminar to be held at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium on March 26, 2011. Lenders and counselors will be on-hand to answer questions. For more information please contact Councilwoman Smith at (717) 848-6388 or Rebecca Jackson, Opportunities Inc., at (71) 650-0513.

 
PRESENTATIONS: None

 
COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED:

 
Community Development Committee, Carol Hill-Evans, Chair: Meeting scheduled for January 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss the draft Zoning ordinance and Comp Plan amendment.

 
Community Development Committee, Carol Hill-Evans, Chair:Tentative meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to continue discussion on the draft Zoning ordinance and Comp Plan amendment.

 
View “Schedule E” for further detail.

 
President Ray stated that the Zoning Code re-write is a crucial planning and public participation process and Council encourages citizens to submit their comments and suggestions in writing and to keep oral comments brief and concise. If specific sections of the proposal are to be referenced, please provide as much information as possible, such as page number and section, in order to allow Council to properly pinpoint your reference.

 
STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS: No reports.

 
SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB: None

 
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS: None

 
NEW BUSINESS

 
Resolution No. 1, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution establishing the schedule of 2011 York City Council meetings, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 1 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.

 
Resolution No. 2, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution reappointing Robert Hollis as a member of the Zoning Hearing Board, which term shall expire January 1, 2016, and appointing Roderick Artis as a member of the York City Sewer Authority Board, which term shall expire January 1, 2016, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 2 came up for discussion.

 
Mr. Artis thanked Mayor Bracey and Council for their support and said he's looking forward to serving the City of York.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 2 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.

 
The City Clerk administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Artis.

 
Resolution No. 3, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution awarding a contract to A. Restuccia Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $370,327.00 for the West End Improvements Project, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 3 came up for discussion.

 
Public Works Director Jim Gross explained that this is a streetscape project that will include installation of street trees, curbs and sidewalks. He said they had to scale back the project because of costs, however, with grant funding assistance from DCED, they are able to complete most of the project. The project area will include portions of W. Princess St. and S. Penn St.

 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 3 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.

 
Resolution No. 4, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution authorizing a professional services agreement with Buchart-Horn for a one-year period in the amount of $46,464.00 for the computer system at the WWTP, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 4 came up for discussion.

 
WWTP General Manager Steve Douglas explained that Buchart-Horn has provided technical support for the WWTP's Westinghouse Computer System since 1988. This equipment and software is now being replaced by a new system. Buchart-Horn helped develop and customize a system to fit the WWTP's monitoring and control requirements. This system includes enhancements that allow for remote computer control of the plant process and a more user-friendly interface for the plant operators. He said that this computer monitors about 95% of the plant's operations and has allowed the WWTP to maintain an efficient operation with a reduced workforce.

 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 4 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.

 
Resolution No. 5, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution authorizing a one-year agreement with MedExcess to provide stop loss insurance for the City of York was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 5 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.

 
Resolution No. 6, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution appointing Christopher Martin, Corey Zerbe, Michael Wynegar, Chuck Crumpton, Joseph Colahan, Daniel Kling, Chad Howell, Benjamin Praster, and Vincent Monte as probationary police officers effective January 10, 2011, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 6 came up for discussion.

 
Councilwoman Smith said she is very pleased that the City of York will gain nine (9) new police officers. She did question why their biographies were not attached as historically they have been.

 
Councilwoman Nelson responded that Captain Tschopp had planned to attend tonight's meeting to provide Council with brief biographies but he had an unexpected matter to attend to. She did say that each candidate completed and passed a complex application process.

 
There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 6 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.

 
Resolution No. 7, Session 2011, (View) A Resolution authorizing the purchase of one 2011 Ford Explorer in the amount of $26,621.96 through Costars state contract #13, with the vendor for said purchase being New Holland Auto Group, and financing provided by Fulton Bank through a 5-year lease/purchase agreement at a rate of 3.99%, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 7 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 4; Nays – 0.

 
REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: See Schedule E

 
COUNCIL COMMENT

 
President Ray asked if there was any update or status on the acquisition of 101 S. George St. Assistant Solicitor Hoyt replied that there is no update.
 
ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

 
RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC COMMENT

 
Joanne Borders said she is extremely pleased that Council approved the appointment of 9 new police officers.

 
Franklin Williams said although he's happy we're getting 9 new police officers, he was disappointed that biographies of each candidate wasn't provided. He said he is even more disappointed that none of the newly appointed officers attended tonight's meeting.

 
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for January 18, 2011at 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 4, 2011 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:45 p.m.