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City Council Minutes

October 25, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 25, 2010 in Council Chambers.  A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor (7:07 pm), Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

A motion to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2010 Council meeting as submitted was seconded and approved 3:0. (Commissioner Stout was out of the Council room; Commissioner Sydnor was not present at this time.)

Unfinished Business

Second reading and vote on ordinance to revise the tax credit/impact fee abatement for Downtown/Waterfront Redevelopment District-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Second reading and vote on ordinance to amend senior tax credit application deadline from June 1 to May 1 of each year-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

City committee appointments/reappointments-A motion by Commissioner Knox to reappoint Rex Marshall and Steve Williams to the Municipal Utilities Commission was seconded and passed 4:0.  A motion by Commissioner Hanson to reappoint Gregory Meekins and Charles McFadden to the Ethics Commission was seconded and approved 5:0.  A motion by Commissioner Hanson to reappoint Enez Stafford-Grubb, David Cannon, William Jackson, and John Matthews to the Housing Board of Review was seconded and approved 5:0.

New Business

Introduction of resolution to rescind ASOP #7 (Demolition of Buildings)-There are provisions in ASOP #7 that are inconsistent with the International Property Maintenance Code which the City has adopted.  The resolution will be adopted at the next meeting.

Approve financial statement for September 2010-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the financial statement for September 2010 was seconded and unanimously approved.

Approval of Comprehensive Plan draft and scheduling of public hearing-Council held a work session to thoroughly review the draft.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan and to hold a public hearing on Monday, November 15th at 6:00 pm was seconded and unanimously approved.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5415 - Brekford - 15 laptop computers and adaptors for CPD - $18,255 (100% grant funding)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5415 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5459 - Smith's Printing - 10,000 departmental worksheets for CPD - $595.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5459 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5458 - Valerie Mann - administration of CPD grants - $420.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5458 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5457 - Eastside Automotive - fan motor, controller, and labor for CPD Vehicle C‑14 - $679.84-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5457 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 91492 - J. G. Parks & Sons - fan clutch for garbage truck #15 - $1,016.39-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91492 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 91495 - Traffic Parts - 2 pairs pedestrian signals (Race & Muir) - $450.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91495 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 91496 - Lehigh Valley Safety Supply Co. - 19 pairs safety shoes - DPW - $1,709.65-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91496 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 91494 - Jones & Frank - repair fuel pumps at yacht basin - $597.79-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91494 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5446 - Winstead's Fire Equipment, emergency repairs to Engine 1-2 - $1,502.21-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5446 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5447 - Winstead's Fire Equipment, repairs to Engine 1-4 estimate of   $950.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5447 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5448 - Winstead's Fire Equipment, repairs to Rescue 1-1 estimate of $1,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5448 was seconded and unanimously approved.

Appointments

David Ferguson to discuss City ordinances-Mr. Ferguson received a letter from the Department of Public Works stating that his house on Robbins Street was in violation because of an unpainted window frame.  He feels the ordinance is unfairly implemented in his case.  Rob Collison will review the records with the Department of Public Works.

Additional Action by Council

Visions America Community Development Corporation-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to give Visions America Community Development Corporation a letter of support for the Home Initiatives Program was seconded and unanimously approved.

Twenty-four hour security on Race Street-Francis Gilbert complained about a private business receiving security paid for by the taxpayers.  Chief Malik stated that this is not correct.  The officers are spending additional time in the downtown area because it has recently become a trouble spot. Mr. Gilbert was invited to attend the next Police Board meeting to discuss this issue.

Park Bench on Race Street-Frank Bittner asked that the bench be put back in the 400 block of Race Street to aid the people waiting for the bus.  Several people spoke about the seriousness of the downtown vagrancy problem and how businesses were suffering.  With the increased police presence in the last 2 weeks, the situation is improving.  Council is looking into several different locations for the bus stop.

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to go into closed executive session after the meeting to discuss a legal matter and a personnel matter was seconded and unanimously approved.

Funds for Non-Profit Agencies-Commissioner Stout drafted application criteria in the event funds become available to offer municipal grants to non-profit agencies. He suggested that Council standardize the process.

Traffic & Safety Committee Report-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the Traffic & Safety Committee's recommendation to put a street light on the empty pole on Rosemont Avenue was seconded and approved 4:0. (Commissioner Sydnor was out of the room.)

Maces Lane Improvements-Survey work is being done now. They should have a preliminary plan within 2 weeks which will be presented to Council and then the community.

Christ Rock Improvements-David A. Bramble, Inc. is in the process of ordering all their material. They will probably be breaking ground as soon as the annexation is official (45 days from the last Council meeting). A community meeting will be held prior to that time.

Rescue Fire Company's Train Garden-A motion by Commissioner Knox to allow Rescue Fire Company to use the 307 Gay Street building for the train garden was seconded and unanimously approved.

Fire Trucks in Parades-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow Rescue Fire Company to have fire trucks in 12 or fewer parades a year in adjoining counties was seconded and unanimously approved.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and unanimously approved.  With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 25, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer