For the most part, the sound of an air horn signifies the end of a sports game. In West York, it also, apparently, means council meetings are drawing to a close.
Councilman Tim Berkheimer sounded an air horn during a heated exchange with members of the West York Fire Co., including Chief Ed Washington.
It's unclear what the exchange was about, but it came during one of three recesses in a 3½-hour council meeting Monday. The meeting was held in the social hall of the fire department because of a large crowd.
A police officer confiscated the air horn, but it was returned to Berkheimer after the meeting.
The council was in the midst of finalizing putting parking meters, which were ordered to be removed, on the government auction website municibid.com when the recess was called.
When the council reconvened from the 15-minute break, council president Steve Herman asked for a motion to end the meeting.
"We're getting nowhere tonight so I'm asking for a motion to adjourn the meeting," Herman said.
After a hurried vote, the meeting ended.
Meters for sale: The council voted in September to have all parking meters in the borough removed. The meters were located on a section of West Market Street from the line with York City and Seward Street.
Council voted 4-3 to place the meters on municibid.com. Herman and Berkheimer, along with fellow council members Nancy Laird and Shane Louthian voted in favor, while Brian Wilson, Shelley Metzler and Annette "Chickie" Christine were opposed.
But that doesn't mean the meters are going up for bid anytime soon.
As part of the process, the borough must also advertise in a local newspaper that the meters are going to be sold.
That's where the council fell a bit short Monday. Despite having a motion to advertise, the council did not vote on it.
Buyer's fee: Metzler said council members received no information about how the auction website operates and what it would cost the borough to use it.
"We're been given no information about it," she said.
According to municibid.com, an 8 percent fee is assessed to the final price of each item sold. The winning bidder is charged the fee. The site makes not mention of a cost to the seller.
With cost to advertise the auction the in a newspaper, a resident called out the council that the borough would be lucky to break even.
"For those people (council members) who said to run the borough like a business: ... you're like Enron. You're screwing the people," Wilson said.
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