Community Meeting Slated for Sept. 15 in Carroll Township

The York County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 15 will host an informal community meeting in Carroll Township as part of the Board’s ongoing efforts to connect with residents.

Attendees will have a chance to meet the Commissioners, get an update on County government operations and hear from representatives with the County Planning Commission, 911, Conservation District and Heroin Task Force. Questions will be answered.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Township Municipal Building, 555 Chestnut Grove Road. The public is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

“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,” said President Commissioner Susan Byrnes. “Ultimately, we want to ensure we are taking every step possible to ensure we are most effectively serving the community.”

The Carroll Township meeting is the third of four regional meetings scheduled by the Board in 2016. Unlike the other three, the meeting in Carroll Township will not feature official Board action but instead serve as a casual opportunity for discussion.

Earlier meetings were held at William Penn Senior High School and the Delta Area Senior Center. The final regional meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at New Hope Ministries, 135 Baltimore Street in Hanover.

Vice President Commissioner Doug Hoke said the regional meetings are an opportunity to learn how County services are provided and ask questions about the Commissioners’ philosophies on managing the organization.

“We hope these meetings make it easy to connect with us,” Hoke said. “They are part of our commitment to open and transparent government.”

The County in recent years has taken a variety of steps to improve communication with the community, said Commissioner Chris Reilly. For example, he pointed to the County’s ever-growing social media presence and the recently redesigned County website, which features extensive 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 can’t attend one of our community meetings, we’re available with a few clicks of your mouse or a quick phone call,” Reilly said. “We are deeply cognizant of who we are elected to serve.”

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