Commissioners meeting roundup: One Book, One Community

David Weissman

The 2017 One Book, One Community reading campaign is underway, and "Rose Under Fire" by Elizabeth Wein has been selected.

Karen Hostetter, of the county library system, briefed the York County commissioners Wednesday about the book, which she said is about a fictional pilot during World War II.

The program, which includes participating libraries across central Pennsylvania, is in its 17th year and offers residents multiple opportunities to come together to discuss the book.

In this file photo, York County commissioners, from left, Chris Reilly, Susan Byrnes and Doug Hoke hold their weekly meeting at William Penn Senior High School in York City, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Hostetter said that Wein has ties to Lancaster County, and program coordinators are working to convince her to visit the region.

Other business: Other notes from Wednesday's county commissioner's meeting:

  • Commissioners awarded William T. Hast, of Stock and Leader, a certificate of appreciation for his 22 years of service as the solicitor for the York County Board of Assessment Appeals. Peter Ruth, also with Stock and Leader, was appointed to the position later in the meeting.
  • Commissioners approved a bid on behalf of the county Veterans' Affairs department to purchase 34,848 flags to be placed on grave sites for Memorial Day. New Jersey-based Metro Flags Inc. was the lowest responsible bidder at just less than $20,000, according to the agenda.
  • York City Council member Henry Nixon was introduced as the official liaison between the city and county. President Commissioner Susan Byrnes noted that Nixon is the first to serve in the role.
  • Commissioners authorized more than $290,000 for easement purchases by the county Agricultural Land Preservation Board. Board director Patty McCandless noted that the funds would help leverage state matching funds, estimated to be about $1.7 million, and allow the board to work on a backlog of applicants trying to preserve their farmland.