Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

  • Good morning, everyone. We're going to start now. Thank you.

    We have established a quorum. I'd ask all guests and visitors to please retire behind the rail. Members will take their seat and Council will now come to order.

    To give our invocation this morning, the Chair recognizes Father David Vidal of St. Veronica Catholic Church. He is here today as the guest of Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

    I would ask all guests and visitors to please rise.

  • (Members and guests rise.)

  • Good morning, Council President Clarke, Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, and all members of the City Council. Greetings from St. Veronica's Church. And I would like, first of all, to thank Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez for inviting me to be here this morning, and we will invoke his assistance for the most important work that the people of Philadelphia has entrusted to you.

    Today it comes to my mind some beautiful words of Pope Francis with whom I am related somehow. I am also a native from Argentina. And speaking about your wonderful work, Pope said, Politics remain a great vocation and one of the highest forms of love. I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who aren't disturbed by the state of society, the people, and the lives of the poor. It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed on working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education, and healthcare. Why not turn to God and ask him to inspire the plans, and this is what we do today. Let us pray.

    Oh, Lord, you have said with your words and shown with your example that the one who has any leadership among his or her brothers and sisters must place himself or herself at the service of others.

    Assist all the honorable members of this City Council to be true servants of your people; that they may find in their work an opportunity to spread the goodness and kindness that you have for each one of us; that they may have that wisdom to look for the goodness and happiness of all, especially of those who are less fortunate and are working for a gesture of love; that they may have the strength to work for this Council without hesitation and fear.

    Oh, Lord, we know that our actions seem to be like a simple drop of water in the midst of an ocean of needs. However, we also know that with your help, troubled water can be turned into a rain of blessings.

    Oh, Lord, we ask of all of these things with great confidence because we know that our prayer is already your blessing.

    Amen.

  • Thank you so much, Father.

    Council will be at ease.

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you. The next order of business is the approval of the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, January 30th, 2014.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Journal of the meeting of Thursday, January 30th, 2014 be approved.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the Journal of the meeting of January 30th, 2014 stand approved.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and the Journal is approved.

    The next order of business is requests for leaves of absence, and the Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of the majority, there are no requests for leaves of absence today.

  • The Chair thanks the gentleman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Neill.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of the republicans, there are no requests for leave of absence.

  • Thank you so much, Councilman.

    At this time, I would like to dispense with the regular order of business to welcome all our guests and visitors here today. We really appreciate the fact that you have come down on this very cold day to witness your government in action. We hope that your experience today is a pleasurable one, so much so that you come back again. So, again, thank you so much for coming down.

    At this time, the Chair would like to recognize Councilman Johnson.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I would like to request a leave to take care of Council business outside of Council Chambers and to be recorded voting yea on all bills and resolutions today.

  • Thank you, Councilman. Leave shall be granted.

  • At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee, who will present a resolution on my behalf to James Lafferty. Would Mr. Lafferty and those accompanying him please join the Councilman at the podium.

    Please proceed, Councilman.

  • Good morning, everyone. It's great to honor folks that decide to get in public service early in life. So this is a resolution honoring and recognizing James Lafferty.

    The Council of the City of Philadelphia is pleased and proud to honor and recognize James Lafferty for being one of the youngest - if not the youngest - officials elected to Sharon Hill Borough Council in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

    Whereas, James Lafferty is a senior at Temple University -- where Councilwoman Bass and I think turns out great graduates -- with a double major in economics and political science; and

  • Whereas, James Lafferty has demonstrated commitment to his community from a young age through volunteer activities; and

    Whereas, James Lafferty is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and Delaware County Community College Student Government Association; and

  • Whereas, upon graduation from Temple University, James Lafferty aspires to attend law school and work as a prosecutor for the City of Philadelphia or the federal government; and

    This past November James Lafferty was elected to the Sharon Hill Borough Council at the age of 23; and

  • Whereas, James Lafferty is an example to our youth that they are never too young to become involved in their community and in government;

    Whereas, we are proud of James' accomplishments, wish him the best in his service to Sharon Hill Borough, and welcome him as a colleague and a peer; and

  • Therefore, by virtue of this citation, the Council of the City of Philadelphia hereby honors and recognizes James Lafferty upon his election to Sharon Hill Borough Council while completing his undergraduate studies at Temple University. We wish James success in his studies and his service and extend to him the sincere respect and admiration of this legislative body.

    Congratulations.

  • (Applause.)

  • The Chair recognizes Mr. Lafferty for remarks. This is your first opportunity, sir.

  • Good morning. I'd like to thank Council President Clarke for bestowing upon me this honor and as well as City Council for allowing me to be here today. Also I'd like to thank my family, friends, supporters, and colleagues in Sharon Hill. Without them, I definitely would not be standing before you.

    When I decided to get involved at a young age, I did it because I have a deep desire to serve my community and I wanted to give back to the people that have given me so much in my life. And when I heard about that I was receiving this honor, I was a bit reserved, because I didn't see it as an extraordinary thing until I began to speak to others and came to realize the significance, and the significance is, the reality is that our generation, my generation, will one day have to take over and lead our communities, and the important thing to remember is that we need to work to the best of our abilities to provide a better, brighter future for ourselves and our posterity.

    But make no mistake, currently our generation is facing many hardships. While many Americans are struggling, my generation is especially worse off, I believe. On top of having crushing student debt, seeing rising costs of living, stagnation of wages, we're entering a job market that is in a condition that has not been seen in decades. But yet we persevere. We every day work to be better, successful citizens and to contribute to our society, and that is why today I stand before you on behalf of my generation, and I dedicate this achievement to my generation.

    Thank you.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you.

    Council will be at ease.

  • (Council at ease.)

  • Thank you. Thank you very much. Very encouraging.

    The next order of business is communications. The Chair requests that the Sergeant-of-Arms deliver the messages to the temporary Chief Clerk.

    I'm sure there will be a lot of questions after this Council session, sir. Please proceed, sir.

  • To the President and members of the Council of the City of Philadelphia, I am pleased to advise that on January 31, 2014, I signed the following bills that were passed by Council at its session on January 23, 2014: Bill No. 130630 and Bill No. 130657; and

    I am transmitting herewith for the consideration of your honorable body an ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 from the General Fund, certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions, the Water Fund, the Department of Revenue and the Grants Revenue Fund, the Director of Finance - Provision for Other Grants to the General Fund, certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions, the Water Fund, the Department of Revenue and the Grants Revenue Fund, the Department of Parks and Recreation; and

    An ordinance authorizing and approving the execution and delivery of a Service Agreement between the City and the Philadelphia Municipal Authority relating to the financing and acquisition from the Authority for Industrial Development of an approximately fifteen-acre tract of land in the City bounded by 46th Street, Market Street, Haverford Avenue, and 48th Street, together with the improvements thereon, and the making of certain capital improvements to such land and including the development of a new Police Department headquarters and related parking accommodations; and

    An ordinance authorizing the Philadelphia Municipal Authority to undertake any project that the Authority is specifically authorized to undertake from time to time by ordinance of the City Council and authorizing and directing the Authority to adopt and file with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania such amendments to the Articles of Incorporation of the Authority as are necessary to implement the provisions of this ordinance, all under certain terms and conditions.

  • Thank you, sir. Those messages will be printed in today's Journal.

    Do you have any other communications?

  • There are no other communications, Mr. President.

  • Thank you very much, Mr. Christmas.

    Good morning, Mr. Decker.

    The next order of business is the introductions of bills and resolutions.

    At this time, the Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer one privileged resolution.

  • A privileged resolution authorizing the Committee on Streets and Services to hold public hearings to better understand and analyze the use of the compounds commonly called "rock salt" by the Streets Department and Philadelphia citizens to melt ice and snow and determine whether alternatives and additives can make this material and effort safer and more efficient.

  • Thank you. That resolution will be placed on today's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Today I introduce six bills.

  • An ordinance authorizing and approving the execution and delivery of a Service Agreement between the City and the Philadelphia Municipal Authority relating to the financing of the acquisition from the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development of an approximately fifteen-acre tract of land in the City bounded by 46th Street, Market Street, Haverford Avenue, and 48th Street, together with the improvements thereon, and the making of certain capital improvements to such land and improvements, including the development of a new Police Department headquarters and related parking accommodations.

  • Thank you. That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance authorizing the Philadelphia Municipal Authority, incorporated pursuant to the Municipality Authorities Act, to undertake any project (as defined in the Act) that the Authority is specifically authorized to undertake from time to time by ordinance of the City Council and authorizing and directing the Authority to adopt and file with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania such amendments to the Articles of Incorporation of the Authority as are necessary to implement the provisions of this ordinance.

  • That bill will also be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance authorizing Richard Ley to construct, own and maintain a private pole, electrical appurtenances and aerial wire over, on and under the south footway of the 3800 block of Powelton Avenue.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance amending Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Zoning and Planning," by revising the building height in certain residentially zoned districts.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Parkside Avenue, Girard Avenue, and Belmont Avenue.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And an ordinance authorizing Vuthea Vin to construct, own and maintain a private pole, electrical appurtenances and aerial wire over, on and under the south footway of the 3800 block of Powelton Avenue.

  • That bill will be referred to committee, and the Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On your behalf I offer one bill.

  • An ordinance amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code by amending Section 9-203 relating to Street Vendors and Section 9-205 relating to Sidewalk Sales by prohibiting street and sidewalk vending in certain portions of the 8th Ward.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Henon.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have no bills or resolutions.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have no bills or resolutions today.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    Is there anyone who is going to offer the bills on behalf of Councilman Johnson?

  • I'll get to you. Thank you, sir.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Good morning, Council President. Nothing today.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Green.

  • Good morning, Mr. President. No bills today.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have one privileged resolution.

  • A privileged resolution authorizing Council's Committee on Public Safety to investigate and hold public hearings reviewing the Philadelphia Fire Department's use of post incident critiques after major incidents and the impact they have upon the training and preparedness of firefighters and other first responder personnel of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

  • Thank you. That will be referred to the appropriate committee -- it will be on today's Final Passage Calendar. I'm sorry.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Goode.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer one bill on behalf of the Administration.

  • An ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 from the General Fund, certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions, the Water Fund, the Department of Revenue and the Grants Revenue Fund, the Director of Finance - Provision for Other Grants to the General Fund, certain or all City offices, departments, boards and commissions, the Water Fund, the Department of Revenue and the Grants Revenue Fund, the Department of Parks and Recreation.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Good morning, Mr. President. No bills or resolutions this morning.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have one privileged resolution on my behalf, but I have one bill, two resolutions, one privileged and non-privileged, on Councilman Johnson's behalf, one of which I'd like to speak to.

  • An ordinance amending Title 10 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Regulation of Individual Conduct and Activity," by amending Chapter 10-100, entitled "Animals," by providing further for the proper care and treatment of certain animals and making technical changes.

  • That bill will be referred to committee.

  • And a privileged resolution proclaiming February 2014 as "American Heart Month" and proclaiming February 7, 2014 as "Wear Red Day in the City of Philadelphia."

  • That resolution will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

  • And a privileged resolution authorizing City Council's Joint Committee on Public Safety and Public Health to hold hearings to examine Philadelphia's black homicide victimization rate.

  • And that resolution will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

  • And a non-privileged resolution supporting the Repair America movement which seeks to prioritize infrastructure investment which will create quality jobs, boost the economy and ensure that communities are safe and healthy, and urging our federal legislators to support this initiative.

  • Councilman, you want to -- the Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I'm offering these resolutions on behalf of Councilman Johnson who is supporting the Repair America Movement. He can't be with us today because at this very moment he is meeting with Vice President Biden and Secretary of Transportation Fox to discuss this issue. Councilman Johnson, as you know, has been working tirelessly to highlight the importance of addressing our aging infrastructure, especially in the wake of the derailment that we had a couple of weeks ago. And as Chair of Public Safety, I will be working with Councilman Johnson and the Committee of Transportation and Public Utilities to have joint hearings to deal with this matter.

    Many members of Council, including Councilwoman Blackwell and others, have had this problem with major rail problems and bridges in our communities. So we're glad that he can go and address this with Secretary Fox and Biden. Stay tuned. There's more to come.

  • Thank you, Councilman. That resolution will be on next week's Final Passage Calendar.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Neill.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have no bills or resolutions.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Squilla.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I have no bills or resolutions today.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. No bills or resolutions this week.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I offer one privileged resolution and one bill.

  • An ordinance amending Title 19 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Finance, Taxes and Collections," to provide for tax rate reductions of the Wage and Earnings Tax for Philadelphia Residents and the Tax on Net Profits Earned in Businesses, Professions or Other Activities for Philadelphia Residents.

  • The Chair recognizes -- I'm sorry. That bill will be referred to the appropriate committee.

  • And a privileged resolution recognizing and congratulating Comcast Corporation for their $1.2 billion investment to build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center to further solidify their commitment to the City of Philadelphia.

  • And that will be on today's Final Passage Calendar.

    That concludes our introduction of bills and resolutions. The next order of business is reports from committee.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee for a report from the Committee on Law and Government.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Law and Government reports two bills and one resolution with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read the report.

  • To the President and members of the Council of the City of Philadelphia, the Committee on Law and Government, to which was referred Bill No. 130851, entitled "An ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of the proposal set forth in a Resolution approved by Council proposing an amendment of The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide that Council approval is required for certain contracts for one year or less for the purpose of providing legal representation and related services for indigent persons"; and

    Bill No. 130852, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 17 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Contracts and Procurement,' by establishing reporting and auditing requirements for certain contracts for conflicts counsel for indigent individuals"; and

    Resolution No. 130861, entitled "A resolution proposing an amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide that Council approval is required for certain contracts for one year or less for the purpose of providing legal representation and related services for indigent persons," respectfully reports it has considered the same and returns the attached bills and resolution to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bill Nos. 130851 and 130852.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bills No. 130851 and 130852.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and these bills will be placed on our First Reading Calendar for today. Resolution No. 130861 will be placed on the Final Passage Calendar at our next session of Council.

    The Chair now recognizes Councilman Goode.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. The Committee on Commerce and Economic Development reports one bill with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    Mr. Decker, please read that report.

  • The Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, to which was referred Bill No. 120387, entitled "An ordinance amending Section 17-109 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Local Bidding Preferences,' by adjusting the local bidding preference for City contracts," respectfully reports it has considered and amended the same and returns the attached bill to Council with a favorable recommendation.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Goode.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bill No. 120387.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit first reading this day of Bill No. 120387.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that bill will be placed on our First Reading Calendar today.

    Thank you. That concludes our committee reports. The next order of business is the consideration of the

    Calendar.

    I note that the bills just

    reported with suspension of the rules

    have been deemed to have had a first

    reading. These bills will be placed on

    our Second Reading Calendar at our next

    session of Council.

    As there are no additional bills on the First Reading Calendar, the Chair now recognizes Councilman Jones for the purpose of calling up bills and resolutions on the Second and Final Reading Passage Calendar.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules of Council be suspended to permit the use of a Consent Agenda to consider the following bills on Second Reading and Final Passage Calendars: Nos. 130685, 130688-A, 130691-A, 130698-A, 130847-A, 130906, 130909, 130910, 130911, 130912, 130913, 130914, 130915, 130916, 130917, 130918, 130919, 130951, and 130853.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded that the rules of Council be suspended so as to permit a Consent Agenda to consider the bills just read by Councilman Jones.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and we will consider the Consent Agenda today.

    The Chair again recognizes Councilman Jones for the purpose of calling up bills and resolutions on the regular Final Passage Calendar today.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. In addition to the bills being considered on the Consent Agenda, the following resolutions and bills are being called up from Second Reading and Final Passage Calendars: Bills No. 140061, 140062, 140065, 140068, and 140069. All other bills are being held. All other resolutions are also being held.

  • Thank you very much, Councilman.

    Before considering these resolutions, which we will consider shortly, we will have public comment. Public comment will go as follows:

    If you are interested in testifying on a bill or resolution that's on the Final Passage Calendar, you must sign up at the table to my left.

    When it is your time to testify, your name will be called. You will go to the podium in the middle of the Council. There's a device on the table. There's a light. When the light turns green, it is your time to speak. When it turns yellow, you have 30 seconds to conclude your remarks. When it turns red, we ask that you please adhere to the guidelines and conclude your remarks. You will have three minutes to testify.

    Mr. Decker, would you please call the name of the first individual.

  • There are no speakers on the public comment list, Mr. President.

  • And I said all of that and nobody is interested in testifying.

  • I protest. Somebody come testify.

  • Councilman, be careful what you wish for.

    Thank you very much. Now we will consider today's Consent Agenda. I would ask Mr. Decker to read the titles of all the bills on the Consent Agenda. After each title is read, any member may object to the inclusion of the bill on the Consent Agenda. Upon such objection and without debate, the bill will be immediately removed from the Consent Agenda and will be placed on our regular Final Passage Calendar.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read the titles of the bills on the Consent Agenda.

  • Bill No. 130685, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code,' amending Subcode A, entitled 'The Philadelphia Administrative Code,' by adding a new Chapter on site safety; amending Title 6 'Health Code,' by increasing penalties and requiring notices for asbestos projects; and amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions,' by adding conditions for site safety monitor licensing"; and

    Bill No. 130688-A, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions,' by adding new rules and obligations pertaining to construction licenses and renewals of those licenses; creating demolition licenses and increasing fines for expediters that falsify information"; and

    Bill No. 130691-A, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code by amending Subcode 'A,' (The Philadelphia Administrative Code) and Subcode 'B' (The Philadelphia Building Code), and Title 20 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Officers and Employees,' by adding certain provisions related to construction and demolition, special inspections, contractors, stop work orders, fees, fines, ethical violations and penalties"; and

    Bill No. 130698-A, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code of The Philadelphia Code by amending Subcode 'A' (The Philadelphia Administrative Code) by adding new definitions, enforcement powers, a separate permit for demolitions, and training requirements for Licenses and Inspections code officials"; and

    Bill No. 130847-A, entitled "An ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code by amending Subcode 'A' (The Philadelphia Administrative Code), Subcode 'F' (The Philadelphia Fire Code), and Subcode 'PM' (The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code), all of The Philadelphia Code, by further amending construction and demolition practices, including but not limited to the following: adding new enforcement and inspection powers for the Fire Department at construction and demolition sites, requiring sharing of information amongst the City's departments to ensure compliance with all aspects of the code, establishing worksite public safety requirements, requiring evidence of training compliance by construction and demolition workers and new signage requirements"; and

    Bill No. 130906, entitled "An ordinance authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 from the Grants Revenue Fund, the Director of Finance - Provision for Other Grants to the General Fund, the District Attorney"; and

    Bill No. 130909, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Kater Street, south side, 7th Street to 6th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130910, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Winton Street, north side, 10th Street to 11th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130911, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Kimball Street, south side, 7th Street to 6th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130912, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Federal Street, both sides, 11th Street to 12th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130913, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Cross Street, south side, Dickinson Street to Passyunk Avenue"; and

    Bill No. 130914, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Passyunk Avenue, south side, Wharton Street to 9th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130915, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Wharton Street, north side, Passyunk Avenue to 9th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130916, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on 9th Street, west side, Wharton Street to Passyunk Avenue"; and

    Bill No. 130917, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Wharton Street, both sides, 7th Street to 6th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130918, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Bainbridge Street, south side, Juniper Street to 13th Street"; and

    Bill No. 130919, entitled "An ordinance establishing a parking regulation on Manton Street, south side, 7th Street to Dead End street"; and

    Bill No. 130951, entitled "An ordinance amending Section 9-204 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Sidewalk Vendors in Center City,' by eliminating previously designated vendor locations in Center City; and by revising and adding to the list of locations that shall not be designated for vending"; and

    Bill No. 130853, entitled "An ordinance amending Chapter 19-2600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled 'Business Income and Receipts Taxes,' by revising the number of businesses that may obtain a credit against business income and receipts taxes upon contributing to certain nonprofit intermediaries engaged in neighborhood economic development activities within the City of Philadelphia."

  • Thank you, Mr. Decker.

    These bills having been read on two different days, the question for each bill now is shall the bill pass finally. Mr. Decker shall call the roll and upon being called, each member shall vote aye on each of the bills, nay on each of the bills or indicate those bills for which the member is voting aye or nay.

    Mr. Decker, will you please call the roll.

  • Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Councilman Greenlee.

  • Councilman O'Brien.

  • Councilman O'Neill.

  • Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.

  • Councilman Squilla.

  • Councilwoman Tasco.

  • Council President Clarke.

  • Aye on all bills.

    The majority of all members having voted in the affirmative for each of the bills, the bills on the Consent Agenda have all passed.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read the title of 140061.

  • A resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, without consideration, deeds conveying conditional fee simple title to certain City-owned lots or pieces of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate in the Eighteenth and Twenty-Eighth Wards of the City of Philadelphia.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Greenlee.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and Resolution 140061 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, 140062.

  • A resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, without consideration, deeds conveying conditional fee simple title to certain City-owned lots or pieces of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate in the Seventh, Nineteenth, Thirty-First, Thirty-Third and Thirty-Seventh Wards of the City of Philadelphia.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Thank you, Council President. I move for the adoption.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and Resolution 140062 is adopted.

    Mr. Decker, would you please read the title of 140065.

  • A resolution calling upon the Philadelphia Public Health Department to form a Strategic Planning Committee for the purpose of increasing the use of telemedicine options in City health centers and remote health care provisions through co-location at public-owned facilities in Philadelphia and for the Strategic Planning Committee to publish a written plan.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • I move for the adoption of the resolution, Mr. President.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and Resolution 140065 has been adopted.

    Mr. Decker, 140068.

  • A resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, without consideration, deeds conveying conditional fee simple title to certain City-owned lots or pieces of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate in the Thirty-First Ward of the City of Philadelphia.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Squilla.

  • I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It has been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and 140068 has been adopted.

    Mr. Decker, 140069.

  • A resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Public Property to execute and deliver to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, without consideration, deeds conveying conditional fee simple title to certain City-owned lots or pieces of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate in the Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Wards of the City of Philadelphia.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and Resolution 140069 is adopted.

    I do believe that all bills were on the Consent Agenda for today, so there will be no regular Final Passage, and I now recognize Mr. Decker for any additional resolutions.

  • A resolution authorizing the Committee on Streets and Services to hold public hearings to better understand and analyze the use of the compounds commonly called "rock salt" by the Streets Department and Philadelphia citizens to melt ice and snow and to determine whether alternatives and additives can make this material and effort safer and more efficient, introduced by Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Kenney.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • That resolution is adopted.

  • And a resolution authorizing Council's Committee on Public Safety to investigate and hold public hearings reviewing the Philadelphia Fire Department's use of post incident critiques after major incidents and the impact they have upon the training and preparedness of firefighters and other first responder personnel of the Philadelphia Fire Department, introduced by Councilman O'Brien.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that resolution is adopted.

  • And a resolution proclaiming February 2014 as "American Heart Month" and proclaiming February 7, 2014 as "Wear Red Day in the City of Philadelphia," introduced by Councilman Jones.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for its adoption.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it. That resolution is adopted.

  • And a resolution authorizing Council's Joint Committee on Public Safety and Public Health and Human Services to hold hearings to examine Philadelphia's black homicide victimization rate, introduced by Councilman Jones on behalf of Councilman Johnson.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you again, Mr. President. I move for the adoption.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that resolution is adopted.

  • And a resolution recognizing and congratulating Comcast Corporation on their $1.2 billion investment to build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center to further solidify their commitment to the City of Philadelphia, introduced by Councilman Oh.

  • The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I move for the adoption of the resolution.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • It's been moved and properly seconded.

    All those in favor?

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it, and that resolution is also adopted.

  • There are no other resolutions on the Final Passage Calendar, Mr. President.

  • Thank you very much, Mr. Decker.

    Are there any speeches on the part of the minority?

    And the Chair recognizes Councilman O'Brien.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Last week I introduced legislation to create a Vacant Property Task Force charged with compiling an inventory and database of such properties. It also calls for an inspection team with specific responsibilities to mark and make secure large abandoned structures.

    The District Attorney released his grand jury report earlier this week and it made several references to my legislation in its recommendations. This makes me all the more confident that my legislation is appropriate and needed to increase safety in our neighborhoods and reduce the risk presented to our firefighters and our first responders. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders in Council to make this bill the best it can be and have it enacted into law.

    Continuing on my focus on the Fire Department, today I introduced a resolution calling for public hearings to review the Fire Department's use of post incident critiques after major incidents. I believe we need to look at the impact they can have upon the training and preparedness of firefighters and other first responder personnel of the Fire Department. I believe the Fire Department has a duty to its members and the community to systemically evaluate major incidents and communicate the findings to all relevant emergency personnel through a post incident critique.

    A critique is a fact-finding exercise to collect information that forms a picture of the major incident and how personnel responded from both the tactical and operational standpoint. The lessons learned from the experience are then constructively -- they're used constructively to correct deficiencies, highlight good practices, and influence training and education.

    Philadelphia recorded an all-time low of fire-related deaths in 2013, and the annual number of fires in the City continues to decline. However, the reduction of fires subsequently leads to less actual firefighting experience for firefighters.

    The Fire Department is in the midst of a senior personnel transition due to a high amount of retirements. As staff leaves the department, they take their command and operation experience. The post incident critique can help fill that experience void by conducting routine after-action reviews, document problems encountered, and successful actions taken. Critiques allow for training and learning opportunities to improve plans, procedures, and outcomes based upon real experiences in Philadelphia.

    I believe it is crucial to the safety and protection of the citizens of Philadelphia to have firefighters, whose job often requires them to lay down their lives for others, to be trained in the most effective firefighting methods and protocols.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you very much, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you very much, Mr. President. I'd like to recognize that our Council acts as a body, and part of that is the discussion that we have and the interfacing that we do, sometimes agreeing, sometimes disagreeing, but at the end, making votes, hard choices, and coming up with solutions.

    One of the biggest issues on all of our minds has been the well-being of our residents and citizens in terms of jobs and wages and how we're going to deal with this economic struggle that we have, and many Councilpeople here have offered solutions. Piggybacking off of many of the discussion, I introduced a bill today to reduce wage taxes, wage and net profit taxes, on residents of Philadelphia by $100 million over the next ten years, $50 million immediately, followed by $50 million over the next ten years, and I believe that this can be done without increasing any other taxes.

    My bill reduces wage tax for employees and net profit tax for individuals that will see the rate go from 3.92 percent in 2014 to 2.09 percent in 2025. With the median household income in Philadelphia being $34,207, the annual wage in PICA tax being paid is $1,340.

    The reductions that I'm advocating, along with the conclusion or the end of the PICA tax in 2023, will result in a savings to the average family of $626 per year every year after this ten-year period is over. But for an employer of 500 workers, that is an immediate savings at that point in time of $318,000.

    When more Philadelphians have disposable income in their pockets, they will spend more money at local stores and businesses. In addition, employers will have a greater opportunity to retain both high-quality talent and every other worker who lives in Philadelphia. This is the most practical way to drive our economy and benefit our residents and do so in a way that does not increase other taxes.

    Experts agree that Philadelphia's tax system is too complex and too business unfriendly at this time, especially for the residents who live and work in our city. In 2003 and 2009, Tax Reform Commissions were established and provided a series of recommendations to simplify our tax system, but these recommendations have not been implemented. Of these recommendations in both reports, there was a need to reduce the personal wage and net profit tax on businesses. In recent hearings on making Philadelphia a more globally competitive city, Professor Robert Inman of the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania stated that even a slight reduction of wage tax could result in adding roughly 5,000 jobs to this city every year.

    When we take a look at the reduction of $5 million in wage taxes every year for ten years for the 50 million to add to the other 50 million, the creation, even at the average household income of $34,000, is roughly $4.1 million. So we can afford to do this.

    There are additional benefits that doesn't include sales tax and rents and other type of things. Business owners and economic experts have consistently testified that Philadelphia's wage tax is so detrimental and that by reducing it, we would actually add jobs, grow the economy.

    After studying this issue, I believe that this solution of reducing these taxes in particular is the solution that our city needs to address the issue identified to us by Econsult and others that by 2021, this city will see the loss of 75,000 jobs if we don't make a change.

    So with this, I hope that this reflects the discussions that we have all had, and I look forward to hearing from all of my colleagues as we continue under your leadership, Mr. President, to try to address the critical needs of our city.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones -- I'm sorry. Councilman Greenlee is next.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. This past Tuesday, the Law and Government Committee had hearings on the issue of indigent defense, and while I certainly want to recognize Councilman O'Brien and his staff's hard work on this important issue, that's not really what I wanted to talk about. But when the Administration testified, Mr. Resnick in this case gave the Administration's testimony against those bills, and they certainly had the right to their opinion, but for some reason sprinkled throughout the whole testimony was their opposition to what they called our "political interference" in this issue. So I guess as elected officials, we're not allowed to try to be involved in something that's very important to citizens of the City of Philadelphia. And where Mr. Resnick said that he was not the one that actually wrote those words, couldn't remember who did, he also seemed kind of surprised that we were offended by those remarks. Well, whatever mystery man or woman wrote those words, it's hard to believe they did not understand the negative connotations that was in that.

    And I say that just because over these past years under your leadership, Mr. President, we have certainly worked together, and one of the reasons we've worked together is the respect we've shown to each other, even when we all always didn't agree with each other.

    We got some tough things coming up this spring besides the budget, which is also difficult. We got a lot of issues. And all I would say to the Administration is, we respect their position and the hard work that they have to do, and I hope they remember one thing, respect goes both ways.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Bass.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. On any given day there is no shortage of things to be outraged about, but in light of the recent snow, I was preparing to take the train into town and wondered if I should carry my pocketbook. In light of the recent shootings around purse snatchings, I thought maybe I shouldn't, but quickly decided that I would.

    I wanted to say something to the, quote/unquote, "men" who felt that taking something, anything from any other person was acceptable, but since they haven't turned themselves in, I'll speak to them in their absence.

    So you must feel like a big man sticking a gun in a girl's face, which is terrorizing and traumatic in itself, but you didn't stop there, because being the little boy that you are, you pulled the trigger.

    In three acts around purse snatchings, two women were killed and one man was shot and injured coming to the aid of his girlfriend. Two men have been apprehended, but the rest of you are still at large, lurking and stalking women, your prey. Cowardly is the word that describes you.

    What kind of person are you? If you stuck a gun in a woman's face and pulled the trigger, how many other women have you terrorized before this point? If you've done this, I'm sure you've likely put your hands on a woman before.

    Who are you and what are you? Certainly not a man at all. A coward, a weakling, a punk, gutless, without a backbone, less than scum. There are other words that could be used to describe you, but I won't darken this Chamber by saying them.

    But, again, I ask, who are you and what are you? How could you be a man born of a woman? Where did you come from? And I have my thoughts on that matter as well. Maybe you were afraid. I guess you thought without a gun these girls would have put it on you and given you the behind kicking you deserved and then some.

    You'll get what you deserve, I'm sure of that, and I ask you, was it worth it? Was it worth a life? Likely you got a couple of dollars, maybe a cell phone, maybe some makeup. It wasn't worth it. It never is, and you will pay. Our police will find you, our District Attorney will prosecute you, and all the lives will be changed forever because of your actions.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you, Councilwoman. The Chair agrees.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell.

  • Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. I almost hate to speak after those remarks. Thank you very much.

    I wanted to announce two things. One, tonight -- and we're dealing now with the closing of schools -- we're having a meeting at Lea Elementary School, where I worked in my first life as a school teacher. Registration 5:30 and meeting that starts at 6:00 with regard to Wilson Elementary School.

    But I specifically wanted all of my colleagues to know and remind you that tomorrow at 10 o'clock in the Caucus Room, State Senator Vincent Hughes will provide a briefing on the state of affairs of school funding and what's going on at the state level. So I hope all those who can will come and join us tomorrow in the Caucus Room at 10:00.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez.

  • Thank you, Council President. I want to thank you and Councilman Kenney, Oh, and Squilla and others who joined Asian Americans United and the Asian American Advancing Justice in releasing a new study called The State of Asian Americans in Philadelphia. I want to recognize their achievements in the fact that the Asian American community has grown. There are over 106,000 in the City of Philadelphia. They've grown 43 percent in 2000, 32 percent in 2010, first even to Latinos who have had about a 40 percent growth, while the rest of the population has grown about 1 percent.

    This community has become an important fabric of the City of Philadelphia. They represent over 8,500 businesses. They directly employ over 12,000 people, and commerce is estimated at anywhere between 250 million and above.

    In registration, we've seen a tremendous increase. Some of us would like to think the participation in the election of our colleague Councilman Oh had a lot to do with that. Registration has increased 23 percent and turnout by 35 percent.

    These reports are important because it speaks to a community that is growing and is important to the City of Philadelphia, but it also highlights their challenges, which are now part of the challenges that the City overall faces. Eighty-four percent of their children tend to attend public schools. Forty-eight percent of Vietnamese and 52 percent of Cambodian adults don't have a high school diploma. Twenty-six percent of the community lives in poverty, and 47 percent are low income.

    This is Philadelphia's reality. Their growth has been important to the City. Their challenges are a reflection of the overall challenges that the City of Philadelphia faces. I continue to be committed to ensure that we work for all of the City and particularly these communities who many times feel underrepresented. In terms of language access, 47 percent of their community does not speak English, and I challenge all of us to continue to figure out how we are more inclusive of this growing and important demographic.

    Thank you, Council President.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Jones.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I applaud all of my colleagues today on thoughtful public policy issues. To listen to them let's the world know that they are thoughtful on different varying points of view. Particularly Councilman Oh talked about his ordinance for wage tax reductions, but I am reminded, Mr. President, that we've delayed the poverty wage tax cut for a number of years in light of dismal budget projections, and as we work our way out of a five- to seven-year recession, depends on who is counting, that we should not forget the poor.

    What I am discovering is a series of cascade failures, cuts for necessary programs like SNAP, aka food stamps. We have not passed the unemployment extension bill, which continues to bring Pennsylvania and Philadelphia families to the brink of their own fiscal cliff.

    I also raise the issue and join voices like Councilwoman Blackwell to talk about the poor in the City of Philadelphia, but I'm noticing that poverty has many faces, as spoken to by Councilwoman Sanchez. It's not those people anymore. It's all of us and more of us every day.

    We've talked about City workers even not getting raises and becoming a part of a potentially poor class of people that are working poor. We talked about senior citizens that retired in the fourth quarter of their life, only to find out they have to make a choice between heating their home and eating or medicating their illnesses.

    In today's Daily News, it's called upon the face of poverty has changed that has included people from Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and their poverty rate exceeds the City's poverty rate.

    It is troubling to me that the impact of poverty is hitting more and more people.

    Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted to approve a new five-year farm bill, which will pass and probably be passed in the House of Representatives, but what we don't understand or have not taken to account is that it has traumatic impact on Philadelphians. We're talking about a heat and eat program that used to exist. What it meant, Mr. President, was that if you qualified for LIHEAP, you could qualify for food stamps, and if you qualified for food stamps, you could get energy assistance through LIHEAP.

    Enemies of the poor have separated that out so that you're no longer eligible for both, and they're beginning to take out again and again underpinnings that give a safety net for our most vulnerable. Eleven thousand nine hundred and ten people are on unemployment.

    So this vote today in the Senate -- in the U.S. is critical. They have not had an unemployment benefit since Christmas. Ironic, isn't it? On average, $314 a week are given to people on unemployment. That means a cumulative effect of $2,198 in cuts. And those cuts don't stop at the individuals that didn't receive unemployment, because they are consumers. Their disposable income is small. They go to the corner store. They spend money on gas bills. They buy food in local establishments.

    And so as we look at this in the chambers of the Senate, that we need to keep in mind that this is impacting people right here in our city.

    I look forward to working with the Mayor's Office of Community and Economic Opportunity to have what is an anti-poverty summit scheduled for this September. We will not look at, in earnest, wage cuts in good times if we can't look at anti-poverty impacts in bad times for all citizens of Philadelphia.

    So, yes, I want more jobs, but I don't want the negative impacts when people are pushed to the brink of poverty and even, in some cases, starvation and homelessness. This is a city of all of our people and we're going to look out for them all.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you, Councilman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilwoman Blackwell again.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I mentioned Senator Hughes tomorrow and a meeting with Dr. Hite present tonight at Lea School, but I neglected to mention there will also be a meeting tonight at 6 o'clock, same time, at the Hardy Williams School at 54th and Arlington, the old Shaw. So you get two for the price of one.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    The Chair recognizes Councilman Oh.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. I forgot to say something, but I just want to first say I thank Councilwoman Sanchez. Before I got elected, I was setting up meetings with her, taking my Asian American businesses, and we had so many times we went over to Councilwoman Sanchez, who was the acting Asian American Councilwoman. So thank you very much, Maria.

    And I wanted to just say best wishes to Councilman Bill Green, also Farah Jimenez. Councilman Green is now the SRC Chair. And I especially want to say -- and many people, myself included, are happy about that, but I wanted to say to some people who may not find that like the best thing in the world at this point in time, we got to get rid of this Philly shrug thing. Let's go into this with full faith and full support for our new SRC Chairman. Let's back him up. Let's believe that he is going to do a great job for our schools, because we need it, and let's support him.

    I believe in Bill. Bill's a work in progress, like all of us are, but he needs our help. He needs our help. And he certainly has mine and I am happy to see him.

    I don't know who would take this job. He is taking this job and it's a tough, tough job, so important, so critical for our city.

    It's a wonderful thing that you're doing this. You're in our prayers. I certainly wish you the best. I think I speak for everybody on Council. Thank you, Bill.

  • (Applause.)

  • Thank you, sir.

    With that, the Chair recognizes Councilwoman Brown for a motion to adjourn.

  • Thank you, Mr. President. Councilman Oh has opened up the door here and I would be remiss not to formally state on the record how much I agree with what Councilman Oh has said with regards to our departing colleague Councilman Green and will acknowledge that even in our times of agreeing to disagree on public policy, that has never affected, if you will, our ability to enjoy each other's company offline.

    So I will say, as I stated earlier, that I've worked with both Councilman Bill Green and Farah Jimenez on various public policy matters and have found them to be passionate, which should really be in capital letters, bold lettering, underscored, exclamation points, quite passionate in his stated position and doggedly determined to push the needle.

    So my greatest hope is to think that we will continue to work strategically with the new Chair of the SRC Commission, looking at both traditional and, more importantly, non-traditional funding streams that bring new, recurring, sustainable dollars to the School District of Philadelphia coupled with a fair funding formula that provides for quality education for all the students irrespective of where they sit, public, private or charter. Irrespective of where they sit, they all deserve a quality education.

    And with that, I congratulate also Councilman Bill Green.

    With that, Mr. President --

  • Councilwoman, hold on one second.

    Councilman Jones.

  • For the record, you're not -- this isn't your last session, is it?

  • Okay. All right. I just wanted -- because I had a long one for you, but I'll save it for next week.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • Councilman, I doubt that the Councilman would have been as quiet as he is today if this is his last. There's no way that would have happened.

  • Councilwoman Blackwell, before Councilwoman Brown calls for a motion to adjourn, did you --

  • Yes. I wanted to say that as Chair of the Education Committee, we're expecting great things from one of our colleagues and great access. And also as all of you know, People's Emergency Center is in my district and we spoke at a dedication with Farah Jimenez yesterday. So we really feel we should have great access to at least express our views, and certainly we look forward to reaching out to them.

    And on another matter, we certainly want to thank our labor in the City, District Council 33, the Water Department, and 98, for what they've done to try to help us in this storm and all those related issues.

    Thank you again, Mr. President.

  • Thank you, Councilwoman.

    And Councilwoman Brown, we'll now have a motion to adjourn.

  • Surely. I move that Council stand adjourned until Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

  • (Duly seconded.)

  • Thank you. It's been moved and properly seconded that Council stand adjourned until Thursday, February 13th, 2014.

    All those in favor say aye.

  • (No response.)

  • The ayes have it.

    Thank you all very much.

  • (Stated Meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.)