York trash collection delayed, business panel canceled

York city trash collections for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day, according to the city’s website.

A Penn Waste employee collects trash in the snow. (Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News)

A Penn Waste employee collects trash in the snow. (Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News)

All of Thursday’s collections will take place Friday, and Friday’s collections will be Saturday because of Thursday’s inclement weather, the website states.

York Mayor Kim Bracey declared a snow emergency Wednesday at 7 p.m. And the York Business Resource Panel scheduled for today was canceled, according to the city’s Department of Economic and Community Development.

York refuse customers are asked to be patient and make special efforts during winter weather to properly prepare all items placed for collection. Wind, rain, snow and ice present many additional challenges for collection crews, often resulting in sprains and similar injuries, frostbite and even worse, the city’s website states. Additionally, the website reminds customers that collections in inclement weather will take longer, with crews beginning work as early as 6 a.m. and may be collecting as late as 9 p.m.

Check out the city’s website for a list of things you can do to help make trash collectors’ jobs easier.

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York Mayor Kim Bracey declares snow emergency

If you have been saving your on-street parking space with a trash can, you could be cited by York city officials. And no putting snow from your sidewalk into the street, either.

York Mayor Kim Bracey declared a snow emergency as of 7 p.m. March 4, meaning vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routes.

A bench saves a parking space on Roosevelt Avenue in York last year. York Mayor Kim Bracey declared a snow emergency for Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. (Kate Penn)

A bench saves a parking space on Roosevelt Avenue in York last year. York Mayor Kim Bracey declared a snow emergency for Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. (Kate Penn – York Daily Record/Sunday News)

Check out a comprehensive map of York’s snow emergency routes and parking options.

The reminders and emergency announcement came from Bracey’s office Wednesday, in which city residents were urged to clear their sidewalks within 12 hours after precipitation has ceased. Violation of the aforementioned ordinances could result in a citation.

In text, the snow emergency routes are:

Market, Philadelphia, Queen, George and Princess streets throughout the entire city; Duke Street, from Jackson Street to North Street; W. King Street, from S. Beaver Street to S. George Street; and Beaver Street, from North Street to W. College Avenue.

Snow emergency routes are specially designated and marked roads in the city, which are the top priority for snow plowing. When the mayor declares a snow emergency, parking on these roads is not permitted. Vehicles not moved from these routes by 7 p.m. on March 4 will be ticketed and towed.

Alternative parking options consist of:

Lot #2 in the 300 block of W. King Street; Lot #3 at 150 S. Duke St.; Lot #4 at S. Howard St. and W. Newton Ave.; Lot #7 in the 600 block of W. Mason Ave.; Lot #11 at Duke and Princess streets; Lot #12 in the 700 block of E. Mason Ave.; Lot #14 at Penn and St. Paul streets; Lot #17 in the 200 block of W. Market Street’s rear (Mason Avenue); Allen Field Lot; and Lafayette Plaza at 200 W. Philadelphia St.

In case you were wondering, the city’s Public Works Department is working extremely hard to ensure that York’s streets are as drivable and walkable as possible, according to the release from Bracey’s office.

Useful contacts: York City Police Department – 717-846-1234; Snow Emergency Hotline – 717-849-2228; or check out the city’s website.

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York’s Cherry Lane wrapped in scarves

Random acts of kindness were tied to tree trunks at Cherry Lane in downtown York, but a responsible party was nowhere in sight.

A statue adorned with a scarf in York's Cherry Lane, which contained a note offering the apparel for free to those in need. (Mark Walters - York Daily Record/Sunday News)

A statue adorned with a scarf in York’s Cherry Lane, which contained a note offering the apparel for free to those in need. (Mark Walters – York Daily Record/Sunday News)

Nearly a dozen scarves – some with fringes, others with stripes – were wrapped around trees and posts at the West Market Street pocket park on the afternoon of Feb. 27. Whoever left the winter apparel was likely concerned with strangers keeping warm.

Most of the scarves were adorned with pieces of paper reading, “I am not lost! Please take if you are cold in need or know someone who is!”

Merchants at nearby York City Pretzel Company and Mudhook Brewing Company did not know who tied the scarves to the trees, but figured they were likely put in Cherry Lane overnight.

Alex Keener, owner of My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe Consignment Store at 41 W. Market St., said she had heard of similar occurrences in other cities.

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One of nearly a dozen scarves in Cherry Lane on Feb. 27. The scarves contained notes offering the apparel for free to those in need. (Mark Walters – York Daily Record/Sunday News)

“I think it’s neat,” she said.

York City Police Department officers who could check the area’s surveillance cameras were unreachable late Friday afternoon.

Last summer, Downtown Inc put $10,000 worth of upgrades toward Cherry Lane, which is a courtyard-like alleyway. Also at Cherry Lane are some interesting murals, which you can read about on Jim McClure’s blog.

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York’s First Friday will feature sixth ‘Jazz in the City’ show

March’s First Friday in York will feature its sixth Jazz in the City concert, which is part of the monthly concert series featuring artists from around the region, according to a release from York Mayor Kim Bracey’s office.

The March 6 show will feature a quartet consisting of Tom Thompson playing the trumpet, Kirk Reese on piano, Ryan Kuhns playing bass and Jeff Stabley on drums, the release states.

Jazz in the City is a collaboration of the City of York, the Strand-Capitol and Downtown Inc.

The concert is at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center’s Philadelphia Street entrance. Each concert is held on First Friday from October through June from 5 to 7 p.m.

Additionally, Bracey’s office advised of street closings next week for First Friday. North Beaver Street between Market and Philadelphia streets will be closed to motorists from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., with parking on the street prohibited from 3:30 to 9:30.

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Teen’s Fourth Friday in York offers fellowship, resources

Youth are invited to Teen’s Fourth Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 27, according to a news release from York Mayor Kim Bracey’s office.

Held at William Penn Senior High School, the event aims to give students an opportunity to build a relationship with the York City Police Department, according to the release.

The initiative is designed to provide youth with a safe and positive place to enjoy themselves, meet new peers and receive access to information from several community programs, the release states.

Several community organizations, including the YMCA and Planned Parenthood, are helping York City School District sponsor the event.

“Providing our youth with positive outlets and the support of caring community members continues to be an important aspect of my administration,” Mayor Bracey said in the release. “The collaborative efforts that are flourishing in our community are very encouraging and indicative of our future as a city.”

In addition to fellowship and access to resources, youth will also be provided free meals.

To learn more about the event, visit the city’s website or check out the Teen’s Fourth Friday Facebook page.

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Nonprofit sends $11,000 check to financially-strapped city

MANTEC sent an $11,000 check to the financially-strapped City of York for 100 percent of what it would have had to pay in taxes if it was not a nonprofit organization.

The nonprofit, which has its headquarters in York, helps “to meet the needs of small and mid-sized manufacturing enterprises in South Central Pennsylvania,” its website says.

The organization sent a letter along with the check to the city. Councilman Henry Nixon read the letter during the city council meeting Tuesday night.

“We at MATEC continue to believe it is important to support the city as you and your administration work to provide essential services to all citizens of York,” the letter states. “I am certain you will put our hard-earned dollars to good use.” Continue reading “Nonprofit sends $11,000 check to financially-strapped city” »

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Pa. Municipal League: Legislative reforms needed

In light of York’s dire budget season, the Pennsylvania Municipal League, a bipartisan organization representing municipalities around the state, has called on legislators to take action on legislative reforms it says would lessen the strain on cash-strapped municipalities.

The league supports a pension reform bill sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover Township) and also supports changes to the state’s binding arbitration laws. Continue reading “Pa. Municipal League: Legislative reforms needed” »

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Readers: Vacant lots could be put to use

Last week, I shared a story about how Baltimore is considering turning some of its vacant lots into flower beds, community gardens and tree canopies in an effort to green the city and increase the availability of locally sourced goods.

But would that work in York? Readers seem to think so. Here’s a few ideas from a thread on the York Daily Record Facebook page about what the city could do to improve its brownfields and abandoned buildings. Continue reading “Readers: Vacant lots could be put to use” »

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What should York do with vacant lots? Flower beds, maybe?

Barbara Beattie walks though her flower garden at the intersection of North Pine and Walnut streets saying, 'these are my babies. . . . It's warmed my heart that people have embraced my dream.' Until November, the corner property was occupied by two fire-damaged, abandoned row homes. Beattie, who grew up in the neighborhood more than 50 years ago, returned and bought a house next to the blighted homes with a plan of buying the lots after they were demolished and turning them into a garden. Beattie said she is pleased with how the plan turned out. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- File)

Barbara Beattie walks though her flower garden at the intersection of North Pine and Walnut streets saying, ‘these are my babies. . . . It’s warmed my heart that people have embraced my dream.’ Until November, the corner property was occupied by two fire-damaged, abandoned row homes. Beattie, who grew up in the neighborhood more than 50 years ago, returned and bought a house next to the blighted homes with a plan of buying the lots after they were demolished and turning them into a garden. Beattie said she is pleased with how the plan turned out. (Daily Record/Sunday News — File)

Baltimore is eying the possibility of transforming its blighted, vacant lots into something beautiful — flower gardens, according to The Baltimore Sun. 

The Sun reported that about a dozen urban farms already are operating in Baltimore and now the city is investigating whether the lots could be used to supply some of the many florists in the city, as well as to produce materials for perfumes and cooking and essential oils. Continue reading “What should York do with vacant lots? Flower beds, maybe?” »

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Read the agreement authorizing police to wear body cameras in schools

York City Police Sgt. Rick Barth stands in front of Phineas Davis Elementary School during the start of school on Feb. 28, 2014. The city police department wants to use grant money to purchase two body cameras for school resource officers. (File - Daily Record/Sunday News)

York City Police Sgt. Rick Barth stands in front of Phineas Davis Elementary School during the start of school on Feb. 28, 2014. The city police department wants to use grant money to purchase two body cameras for school resource officers. (File – Daily Record/Sunday News)

York City Council members said during a committee meeting Wednesday night that they want more information before they approve the use of grant funds to purchase two body cameras for school resource officers.

Specifically, council members said they wanted information about the intent of the cameras and privacy policies governing their use. For example, they want to know if the cameras will be running constantly or if they will be turned on only during an incident. Continue reading “Read the agreement authorizing police to wear body cameras in schools” »

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