Follow along with tonight’s York City Council committee meeting

Tonight’s agenda includes talk of a salary increase for Police Chief Wes Kahley, the Penn Park project, police budgets, and more.

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Poll: Should York allow food trucks?

  • Yes, trucks will bring more people downtown
  • Yes, but only a limited number
  • Undecided
  • No, they’ll put brick and mortar restaurants out of business

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City Council members surprised by O’Rourke’s resignation

Michael O'Rourke of York speaks last year during the public comment portion of a York City advisory meeting at Phineas Davis Elementary School. O'Rourke resigned Monday as the city's business administrator.

Michael O’Rourke of York speaks last year during the public comment portion of a York City advisory meeting at Phineas Davis Elementary School. O’Rourke resigned Monday as the city’s business administrator.

City Council members expressed surprise at the departure of York Business Administrator Michael O’Rourke. They said they learned of his resignation Tuesday. Here are some of their reactions. Continue reading “City Council members surprised by O’Rourke’s resignation” »

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Follow along live with tonight’s York City Council meeting

On tonight’s agenda is the appointment of a new candidate for Director of Economic & Community Development and talk of chicken and feral cats.

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Bracey puts forward candidate for Economic Development position

York City Council will vote on a candidate put forward by Mayor Kim Bracey to fill the position of Director of Economic and Community Development at its meeting Tuesday night.

The post has been vacant since the former director, Kevin Schreiber, was elected to a seat in the state House of Representatives.

Shilvosky Buffaloe has served as acting director since Schrieber’s departure last year.

Articles included with the City Council agenda did not name the candidate but showed that the person will be paid a starting salary of $95,500.

Bracey declined to identify the candidate.

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Bed bug stigma compounds problem in York

Photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a common bedbug. York officials said there is a worsening problem with the parasites in the city.

Photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a common bedbug. York officials said there is a worsening problem with the parasites in the city.

Here’s the problem (or at least one of the problems) with bed bugs: everyone is susceptible to them.

The parasites have been found at five-star hotels resorts, and although they were once associated with developing countries, they’re now rapidly spreading through the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading “Bed bug stigma compounds problem in York” »

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Bracey visits Harrisburg in support of pension reform

York Mayor Kim Bracey was part of a bipartisan coalition that appeared in Harrisburg yesterday to voice support for a pension reform bill sponsored by state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover, according to a news release.

Grove’s bill, which would affect police and fire employees only, would change pension plans for new employees to a cash-balance hybrid plan, according to the release. Current employees would retain their existing benefits. Continue reading “Bracey visits Harrisburg in support of pension reform” »

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Use homicide, crime maps to check city neighborhoods

I recently reported that police and city officials were touting a significant drop in crime in York since 1988 and citing improvements to the city’s market district in particular. Continue reading “Use homicide, crime maps to check city neighborhoods” »

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City Council denies White Rose Bar and Grill expansion plan

A planned expansion by the White Rose Bar and Grill was voted down 5 to 1 by York City Council on Tuesday night.

Councilman David Satterlee cast the lone dissenting vote as other members upheld the Historic Architectural Review Board’s denial of the bar’s request to raze 114 W. Philadelphia St.

At a meeting in March, Joe Mula and Jeremiah Anderson, general manager and partner at White Rose, explained that the business wants to host rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and other large groups. They said demolishing the building next door, which was purchased by White Rose Bar and Grill owner Tom Sibol, would allow space for them to add on to their current structure.

HARB members said that the request should be denied because the building at 114 W. Philadelphia St., is structurally intact and has historical value.

The downtown business is expected to submit a revised request to HARB that would involve saving the facade, 5 to 6 feet back on the corner and the roof line.

Also of interest: Animal advocates speak out against ordinance dealing with feral cats

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Animal advocates speak against ordinance dealing with feral cats

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