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City Council Meeting Minutes

March 26, 2010

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on March 16, 2010 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. Mayor Kim Bracey was not present.

GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT

Richard Bentzel, 1001 S. Queen St., York, PA, said he's been trying to get a section of Memorial Park designated as a wildlife preserve but said the process is dragging along. He feels city officials are not responding to his follow-up requests on the designation and he's becoming frustrated.

Charlotte Bergdoll, 575 W. Market St., York, PA, thanked everyone who worked on the St. Patrick's Day festivities. She then invited residents to attend First Friday and outlined various other downtown activities people may enjoy attending. Ms. Bergdoll reminded residents that street sweeping has commenced and to remember to move your cars or be fined. She then discussed issues with the city's nuisance abatement program. She said a violation that occurred in November didn't get relayed to her until March. She asked how the city has three months to notify property owners of violations yet property owners only get 15 days to respond. Ms. Bergdoll said if she would have been notified earlier about the violation, she could have addressed the issue.

Franklin Williams, 528 W. Market St., York, PA, stated that he's concerned about the upcoming budget season. He said money is not coming from the state and costs are rising. He encouraged the city to begin the budget process early.

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. Mayor Kim Bracey was not present.

Members of the Administration in attendance included: Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, Kevin Schreiber, Acting Director of Community Development and Director of Economic Development, Capt. Wes Kahley, Acting Police Chief, John Senft, Fire Chief, and Michael O’Rourke, Business Administrator, were absent. Assistant Solicitor Shaleeta Washington was present.

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 March 2, 2010 and unanimously approved them as written.

Correspondence and Announcements: President Ray had no correspondence or announcements.

PRESENTATIONS: None

COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULED:

Public Works Committee, Councilwoman Toni Smith, Chair: Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss the York City Sewer Authority’s plan to borrow an additional $20 million to finish its plant improvements projects. The Authority anticipates seeking Council approval for the indebtedness in April. Authority members will also provide project details and the impact the project will have on the City.

STATUS OF PRIOR COMMITTEE REFERRALS:

Public Works Committee, Councilwoman Toni Smith, Chair: Meeting held this evening, Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss Bill No. 11, (View) a Bill amending the 2010 Budget in the amount of $90,000 for streetscape improvements in the 100 & 200 blocks of S. Pine St. Richard Miller, YWCA Elm Street Manager, was present and updated Council on the Olde Towne East project and proposed streetscape improvements.

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB: None
FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

Final Passage of Bill No. 9, Ordinance No. 9, Session 2010, (View) A Bill approving the 2009 Codified Ordinances replacement pages as part of the various component codes of the Codified Ordinances (approving inclusion of 2009 amendments), which was introduced by Ray at the March 2, 2010 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Bill No. 9, Ordinance No. 9, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 10, Ordinance No. 10, Session 2010, (View) A Bill amending the 2010 Budget in the amount of $100,000.00 to cover unanticipated expenses associated with snow removal, which was introduced by Smith at the March 2, 2010 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Smith, seconded by Nixon, Bill No. 10, Ordinance No. 10, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Final Passage of Bill No. 11, Ordinance No. 11, Session 2010, (View) A Bill amending the 2010 Budget in the amount of $90,000.00 for streetscape improvements in the 100 & 200 blocks of S. Pine St., which was introduced by Smith at the March 2, 2010 meeting of Council and read by short title, came up for final passage. On motion of Smith, seconded by Hill-Evans, Bill No. 11 came up for discussion.

Councilwoman Smith reported that Council met in a Public Works Committee meeting this evening at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss Bill No. 11 and to hear from Richard Miller, YWCA Elm Street Manager, an update on the Olde Towne East project and proposed streetscape improvements.

Richard Miller, YWCA Elm Street Manager, outlined the Olde Towne East project.

“Olde Towne East is a small neighborhood just east of downtown York that offers residents gorgeous architecture at affordable prices. Residents can walk to all the downtown amenities, including Martin Library, the new baseball stadium, Memorial Park's ice skating rink and downtown theaters and restaurants.

Currently, Olde Towne East is undergoing a renaissance and has been designated by the Commonwealth of PA as an "Elm Street neighborhood". This means that the State is committed to contributing resources to the rebirth of this neighborhood. New sidewalks, street lights and parks are being installed, and homes are being completely restored.

There are financial incentives for homebuyers to choose Olde Towne East, too. The Elm Street down payment assistance program offers up to 10% of the sales price towards closing costs. Purchase prices range between $45,000 and $150,000 making the monthly payment comparable to renting.” - Source: www.ywcaofyork.org

Mr. Miller then briefly outlined streetscape improvements to be done in the 100 & 200 blocks of S. Pine St., which will include installation and upgrading of lighting, planting of street trees, installation of trash receptacles, stamped brick pavers, and other aesthetic improvements.

There being no further discussion, on motion of Smith, seconded by Hill-Evans, Bill No. 11, Ordinance No. 11, passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 45, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution reappointing Tom Anthony as a member of the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals, which term shall expire March 1, 2013, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Nelson, Resolution No. 45 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 46, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution authorizing a budget transfer in the amount of $56,311.00 within the 2009 Intermunicipal Sewer Fund to cover electricity rate increases, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Nixon, Resolution No. 46 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS: None

COUNCIL COMMENT

Vice President Hill-Evans said that as the snow is melting, we are able to see how dirty our streets have become as a result of snow drifts and water runoffs. She asked residents to do their part in helping to keep our streets and sidewalks clean by sweeping and picking up trash.

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT: None

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for April 6, 2010 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 2, 2010 meeting of Council adjourned at 7:24 p.m.