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City council considers requests at hearing

By Denyse Clark

Lancaster City Council held a public hearing and budget workshop Tuesday, June 16, for its proposed $23.8 million fiscal 2015-16 budget.
One school project request and several council recommendations were made at the meeting, but not all of them were fully approved.
During the public hearing, Reggie Lowery, executive director of Communities In Schools (CIS), addressed council about its continued support for YouthBuild.


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City to scrap playground ‘firetruck’

By Denyse Clark

At its Tuesday, April 14, meeting, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a request to remove a Mack fire truck static display from Wayne Fields All Children’s Playground beside the Municipal Justice Center and sell the parts for scrap metal.
The money received for the scrap will be set aside to buy new playground equipment to fill the vacant spot for the children of the park, per a motion made by councilman John Howard.


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Part 3 of 3: Results of requests for travel, financial information

LCEDC, officials exchange FOIA docs

By Chris Sardelli

“Letting the sun shine in” is a phrase used to describe the public’s efforts to access information about government officials and actions.
Based on that interpretation, the weather has been awfully sunny in Lancaster County following a flurry of Freedom of Information Act requests filed during the last few months amongst county officials, media and the public.
Revelations about some of those FOIA requests were made public during a recent joint workshop March 24 between Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.


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Part 2 of 3: Officials talk state leadership, FOIA docs

Council, LCEDC discuss concerns

By Chris McGinn

Are there concerns amongst state leaders about the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and have LCEDC leaders tried to meet with state delegates about those issues?
Those questions, and more than a few answers, were brought up during a recent joint meeting March 24 between Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
Held inside council chambers and lasting almost three hours, the meeting touched upon a number of topics, including several weighing heavily on some council members’ minds.


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Part 1 of 3: LCEDC, county officials discuss salary increases, conflicts of interest

Concerns addressed at joint council, LCEDC meeting

By Chris Sardelli

“Clearing the air” seemed to be the theme of the day during a joint meeting March 24 between Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
Held in council chambers, the special meeting was the culmination of months of concerns, conversations and accusations from a slew of county officials about the state and structure of the LCEDC.


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LCEDC issues front and center at meetings

By Chris Sardelli

The words “economic development” were a hot topic Monday, March 9, as discussions regarding FOIA letters, financial information, conflicts of interest and “witch hunts” were all bandied about by county officials during two separate meetings.
The discussions began during the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. board of directors meeting Monday afternoon and ended with a long discussion by county officials during the Lancaster County Council meeting that evening.


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Council moves forward on extrication equipment plan

By Chris Sardelli

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A plan to supply county firefighters with brand-new extrication equipment, vital for saving people trapped after motor vehicle accidents, was considered during Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Sept. 8. 


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Willis: Seller hit some ‘real problems’

County yet to close on new LCEDC building

By Chris Sardelli

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Candidate filing for 2014 ends

By Greg Summers

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Another phase in the 2014 election cycle ended at noon Friday, Aug. 15, when candidate filing wrapped up for four Lancaster City Council seats, four Lancaster County school board seats and the Cane Creek Watershed Board.

Filing in the nonpartisan (no political party affiliation) races, which started Aug. 1, had some last-day activity with two candidates coming in to file, said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson.


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Transportation authority could fund roads if sales tax proposal fails

Council OKs alternative roads plan

By Chris Sardelli

With the capital project sales tax initiative in a state of flux, one county councilman has suggested an alternative to help fix local roads.
During Lancaster County Council’s July 14 meeting, minutes after council decided to send a proposed list of projects back to the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission for another review, Councilman Jack Estridge offered a separate idea to secure much-needed funding for roads.


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