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Bracey takes city hall on the road
Yorkers in the city's west end will have the services of city hall just around the corner one Tuesday afternoon.
York City Mayor Kim Bracey's office announced Monday that the first of four "City Hall for a Day" events will be held June 21 at the corner of West Princess and South West streets.
City administration — the mayor and some of her department directors — will hold the event from 4 to 6 p.m. that Tuesday, according to a news release from the mayor's office.
Bracey first introduced the idea in her annual State of the City address on April 27 at Hannah Penn K-8.
In that speech, she talked about "bringing city hall to the communities."
She said then that she plans on holding events around town that bring the services of city hall to different neighborhoods of York City.
Talking to the media after the address, she hesitated to call the events "town halls" — while people wouldn't be discouraged from coming to address the government about whatever they want, this would be more an opportunity for people to come and get tangible assistance from a codes officer, or the public works department, or another government service. It's intended less to be a forum and more direct assistance to the area residents, she said.
This first event in the west end is in the city's Historic Salem Square neighborhood — one that's seen more than its share of violent crime. The city and neighborhood organizations have applied to get the area what's called an Elm Street designation from the state, a label that would open the doors to more resources.