Commissioners meeting roundup: Appell to be honored

David Weissman

Louis Appell Jr., a prominent local business and philanthropic leader who died in June, will be honored during the downtown York's final First Friday of 2016.

President Commissioner Susan Byrnes announced during the commissioners' weekly meeting Wednesday that the county will light up the facade at 6:45 p.m. outside the Judicial Center in honor of Appell.

The final First Friday of the year, titled Light Up York, will feature a tree-lighting ceremony and live reindeer available for photos in Continental Square, according to Downtown Inc's website. Festivities are expected to last from 5 to 9 p.m.

Louis Appell Jr. at his home in York.

Other business addressed during Wednesday's meeting included:

  • Commissioners voted to approve a $46,200 contract with construction consultant Murphy and Dittenhafer to move forward on a project to renovate the county-owned Strickler House, which sits next to the prison, to turn it into the new location of the York County Coroner's Office. Read more about that project here.
  • The county approved a contract with Forensic Pathology Associates in Allentown to continue providing the county with autopsy services through 2017 at a rate of $1,450 per autopsy performed. York County Coroner Pam Gay told commissioners the rate is a slight increase from last year, and her office typically orders autopsies for about a third of the deaths it investigates. To date, her office has called for 165 autopsies in 2016, she said.
  • Byrnes was unanimously approved as County Commissioner Director on the York County Conservation District Board for 2017.