Commissioners Coming To A Town Near You

The York County Board of Commissioners in an effort to reach out within the community will hit the road this year to hold three official public meetings and an informal community meeting.

The first of the four off-site meetings is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in the library at William Penn Senior High School in York City. Additional official meetings are slated for May 4 in in Peach Bottom Township and Nov. 16 in Hanover. The Board will hold an informal community meeting in Carroll Township on September 15.

“We’re bringing County government to the community,” said President Commissioner Susan Byrnes. “Our goal is to engage residents to learn of their concerns, to explain the role of County government and offer assistance in any way we can.”

York County government provides a vast array of programs in sectors such as health and human services, elections administration, criminal justice and public safety.

Vice President Commissioner Doug Hoke said the off-site meetings will be an opportunity to learn how those services are provided and ask questions about the Commissioners’ philosophies on managing the organization. The Commissioners typically meet each Wednesday in the York County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St. in York City.

“We’ve always had an open-door policy in the Commissioners’ office to anyone with questions or concerns about county government operations,” Hoke said. “We hope these off-site meetings will make it even easier to connect with us.”

The meetings are just one of the ways the County in recent years has improved communication with the community, said Commissioner Chris Reilly. For example, he pointed to the County’s social media presence and redesign of the County website, which features a wealth of information about County finances, operations and events.

Residents can even send emails directly to the Commissioners, who post their direct email addresses online, Reilly said.

“Even if you are unable to attend one of our community meetings, we are available within a few clicks of your mouse or with a quick phone call,” Reilly said. “We are deeply cognizant of who we were elected serve.”

The full schedule of the off-site meetings is as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 20, 10 a.m.: William Penn Senior High School, 101 W. College Ave in York City
  • Wednesday, May 4, 10 a.m.: Delta Area Senior Center, 5 Pendyrus St, Suite 1 in Peach Bottom Township.
  • Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m.: Community meeting at the Carroll Township Municipal Building, 555 Chestnut Grove Road.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., New Hope Ministries, 135 Baltimore Street in Hanover.

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