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City Council Meeting Minutes

January 4, 2010

CALL TO ORDER: City Council convened in a Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, with the following Council members present: Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, and Genevieve H. Ray. Mayor Kim Bracey was also present.

Members of the Administration in attendance included: John Senft, Fire Chief. Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, Kevin Schreiber, Director of Economic Development, Mark Whitman, Police Commissioner, and Michael O’Rourke, Business Administrator, were absent. Assistant Solicitors Don Hoyt and Shaleeta Washington were also absent. (Note: The position of Community Development Director is vacant.)

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

The following Certificates of Election were received, found to be in order, and duly filed with the Minutes of this meeting:

· Renee S. Nelson to the Office of City Council for a term of four years beginning the first Monday of January 2010.

· Henry Hay Nixon to the Office of City Council for a term of four years beginning the first Monday of January 2010.

· Karin Krebs to the Office of City Treasurer for a term of two years beginning the first Monday of January 2010.

· C. Kim Bracey to the Office of Mayor for a term of four years beginning the first Monday of January 2010.

City Clerk Dianna L. Thompson administered the Oath of Office to Councilwoman Renee S. Nelson and City Treasurer Karin Krebs.

The Honorable Judge Barbara H. Nixon administered the Oath of Office to Councilman Henry Hay Nixon.

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Hill-Evans, seconded by Smith, to dispense with the reading of the Minutes of December 15, 2009, and approve them as written. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Hill-Evans, Smith, Ray – 3; Nays – 0. Abstain – Nelson, Nixon – 2. (Nelson and Nixon abstained as they were not members of Council during the 2009-year.)

City Clerk Dianna L. Thompson chaired the meeting until a Council President was appointed.

REORGANIZATION:

Resolution No. 1, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution waiving the provisions of “Rule No. 2 – Adoption” of the Rules and Procedures of Council in order to allow the newly elected Council members to review said rules and propose amendments and/or recommendations as appropriate, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 1 came up for discussion.

Councilwoman Ray explained that Rule No. 2 regulates that the Rules and Procedures of Council may be amended and/or adopted at the reorganization meeting of Council. In order to give the new Council members adequate time to review the rules and make recommendations, if appropriate, it was felt that waiving this provision would be in Council’s best interest.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 1 passed by the following vote: Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 2, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution appointing Councilwoman Genevieve Ray as President of Council to serve in said capacity until the first Monday of January 2012, was introduced by Smith, read at length and on motion of Smith, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 2 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

As a President has been appointed, City Clerk Dianna L. Thompson called for a recess at 4:14 p.m. to pass chairmanship to President Ray.

President Ray reconvened the meeting at 4:15 p.m. She thanked Council for their support and said she looks forward to serving in her new role as Council President.

Resolution No. 3, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution appointing Councilwoman Carol Hill-Evans as Vice-President of Council to serve in said capacity until the first Monday of January 2012, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 3 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Vice-President Hill-Evans thanked Council for supporting her nomination.

Resolution No. 4, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution establishing the seating order of Council members around the Council table as follows: President Ray shall be seated at the head of the table, to the right shall be seated Councilwoman Nelson, to the right of the latter shall be seated Vice-President Hill-Evans, to the right of the latter shall be seated Councilman Nixon, and to the right of the latter shall be seated Councilwoman Smith. The Resolution was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 4 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 5, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution establishing the voting order of Council as follows: First, Councilwoman Nelson; Second, Vice-President Hill-Evans; Third, Councilman Nixon; Fourth, Councilwoman Smith; and Fifth, President Ray. The Resolution was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 5 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 6, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution establishing Council committee assignments as follows:

Police Committee: Nelson, Chair., Hill-Evans, and Nixon
Fire Committee: Nelson, Chair., Hill-Evans, and Nixon
Public Works Committee: Smith, Chair., Nelson, and Ray
Economic Development Committee: Hill-Evans, Chair., Nixon and Smith
Community Development Committee: Hill-Evans, Chair., Ray, and Smith
Business Administration Committee: Nixon, Chair., Hill-Evans, and Nelson
Rules and Administrative Code Committee: Ray, Chair., Hill-Evans, and Nixon

Each to serve in said capacity until the first Monday of January 2012.

The Resolution was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 6 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 7, Session 2010, (View)(View Schedule) A Resolution establishing the year 2010 stated meetings of Council, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 7 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 8, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution fixing a bond for the City Treasurer in the amount of $250,000.00 to remain in effect during the Treasurer's term of office or until such time Council chooses to amend said amount, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 8 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 9, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution appointing Vice-President Hill-Evans as Council's representative to the Officer's and Employees Retirement Board to serve in said capacity until the first Monday of January 2012, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 9 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 10, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution appointing President Ray as Council's liaison to the York County Board of Commissioners to serve in said capacity until the first Monday of January 2012, was introduced by Nixon, read at length, and on motion of Nixon, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 10 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 11, Session 2010, (View) A Resolution appointing Councilpersons Smith and Nelson as Council's liaison to the City/School District Cooperation & Open Communications Committee to serve in said capacity until the first Monday of January 2012, was introduced by Nelson, read at length, and on motion of Nelson, 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 2010, (View) A Resolution appointing Councilman Nixon as Council's liaison to the Community Progress Council Board of Directors to serve in said capacity until the first Monday of January 2012, was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 12 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Nelson, Hill-Evans, Nixon, Smith, Ray – 5; Nays – 0.

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

Rules & Administrative Code Committee: President Ray made a motion to schedule a Rules and Administrative Code Committee meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the Rules & Procedures of Council. The motion was seconded by Hill-Evans and approved unanimously. Therefore, a Rules & Administrative Code Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

COUNCIL COMMENT

President Ray said she is pleased to see Mayor Bracey here today and stated that she looks forward to a new year in working with the Administration in achieving the goals set forth in sustaining a better York Community.

Councilwoman Smith congratulated Councilpersons Nixon and Nelson on their first meeting and she welcomed Mayor Bracey and Treasurer Krebs who were in attendance. She said she looks forward to working with everyone and stated that we need to work together in order to achieve the goals of the city.

Councilman Nixon said he looks forward to developing a good working relationship with the Mayor, the Administration and Council.

Vice-President Hill-Evans also congratulated the new Council, Mayor and Treasurer and said she looks forward to working as a team.

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT

Fire Chief Senft stated that the Department of Fire/Rescue Services remains at your service and he invited Council and the public to various trainings being offered by the department.

Mayor Bracey also congratulated the victors of the November General Election and said she and her Administration stand ready to work with Council and look forward to a cooperative relationship. She thanked Council for their support.

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, 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 January 4, 2010 Reorganization meeting of Council adjourned at 4:35 p.m.