York’s very awesome gender-bending, feral cat-comparing, Soft Kitty-prioritizing council meeting

With only six items on the agenda last night, York City Council’s meeting was far from the newsiest I’ve ever attended, but as anyone who was watching from home can attest to, the meeting was awesome.

To be fair, council members did pass a resolution authorizing the city to lock in electricity rates and save about $400,000 over the next two years. City Public Works Director Jim Gross delivered that good news.

But it was a bunch of other odd moments that stole the show. Like this gem when Councilman Michael Helfrich’s picture appeared on the screens up front with a new title below his name:

As someone who has mistakenly identified the gender of other former council members in hurried courtroom tweets (Sorry about that, Cameron Texter) I’ll withhold judgement. But the reporters in the room did have a nice giggle.

Note that Helfrich’s last name is also spelled wrong. But that wouldn’t be the first time, would it? *Cough* Recount.

Also amusing was resident Franklin Williams’ comparison of politicians and feral cats. Your friendly city reporter didn’t quite follow that one, but Williams seldom disappoints at the lectern.

By far the best moment though was the unidentified commenter who turned up at the meeting to tell council that Hannah Penn Middle School should not be closed. Council President Carol Hill-Evans kindly asked him if he knew he was not at a school board meeting, but the exchange continued for several more minutes as the man told us that he had some ideas about saving the city and invited council members to his house to listen.

“My Pomeranian won’t bite,” he told them.

Phew.

After turning down Hill-Evans’ invitation to come to council again — “Once was enough” — the man left the lectern, but not before Helfrich reminded him that there was, at that very moment, a meeting going on at William Penn Senior High School to discuss whether to close Hannah Penn Middle School.

“Oh, I’m not going,” he replied. “I’m going home to watch ‘Big Bang Theory.’”

I like to think that’s exactly how Sheldon Cooper would have put it.

That would have been enough to make my night, but then I saw this brilliant tweet from Blanda Nace to York Dispatch colleague Greg Gross in reference to Tuesday night’s 4th Congressional district debate:

“BlandaNace: Big bang theory is on RT @greggrss About 5 mins until debate starts and well under 100 people here. Sad.”

Priorities, folks.

About Emily Opilo

City reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Email me at eopilo@ydr.com or call me at 717-771-2032. Follow me on Twitter @emilyopilo.
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