York city commission gets money to stay afloat, calls special meeting

There was more talk this week about York’s Human Relations Commission, the group that hears discrimination complaints and monitors hate crimes in the city.

Of late, it’s also the group that’s been struggling to stay afloat amid financial woes.

On Wednesday night, the City Council OK’ed another funds transfer to help stem the tide.

The council voted to approve a transfer of $9,681 for HRC salaries. The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Henry Nixon voting no.

That vote comes on the heels of another in early October, when the council transferred $10,322 to help get the commission through the end of the year.

In both cases, officials said the money was earned funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, for previous commission work.

Before the vote, officials spoke about the need for a second transfer as well as the future of the HRC. There seemed to be little resolution to that discussion, and no immediately clear answer on the need for multiple transfers. (Thus, Nixon’s “no” vote.)

There was little discussion of the matter after the meeting, though that’s probably because most of the people there were talking trash.

Later in the evening, HRC executive director Stephanie Seaton tweeted about an upcoming special meeting. That commission meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, she tweeted.

Come see what’s going on behind closed doors, she said on Twitter.

Don’t mind if I do.

About Tim Stonesifer

Tim Stonesifer is the York city reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Email him at tstonesifer@ydr.com, call 771-2032 or follow him on Twitter @timstonesifer.
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