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Government

  • Concerns addressed at joint council, LCEDC meeting

    “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.

  • LCEDC issues front and center at meetings

    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.

  • Council moves forward on extrication equipment plan

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    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. 

  • Candidate filing for 2014 ends

     Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    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.

  • County yet to close on new LCEDC building

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Flipping his office calendar to the second week of August, Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell fully expected to be moved into his new headquarters by now.

  • Council OKs alternative roads plan

    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.

  • Council tackles LCEDC concerns

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    In the wake of a churning sea of criticism by county officials against the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., several residents came to the LCEDC’s defense Monday night, July 14.

  • Commission works on new proposal

     Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County Capital Project Sales Tax Commission members are reworking a November general election ballot question to reauthorize the county’s 1 cent capital project sales tax to include more funding for county roads.

    The commission expects to finalize its new proposal Tuesday, July 22, in order to present it to County Council on July 28.

  • Deputies investigate suspicious fire

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious fire on Sunnybrook Lane, between John Everall and Camp Creek roads, on June 21.

    Deputies and Camp Creek, Shiloh-Zion and Antioch fire departments were dispatched to a mobile home fire on Sunnybrook Lane at 7:29 a.m.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s report, when deputies arrived the homeowner was standing in front of the residence and informed firefighters “he had extinguished the fire and they did not need to get the hose off the truck.”

  • Council waives fee for church

    A request from a local church to waive a building permit fee launched a discussion amongst county officials last month about exempting all religious institutions from similar fees. 

    The issue was discussed during Lancaster County Council’s June 23 meeting after county staff received a request from Antioch Baptist Church to waive building permit fees for a new sanctuary building.