York City Council will meet Tuesday, cancel future meetings due to coronavirus

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
York City Council members, from left, H. Michael Buckingham, Vice President Sandie Walker, President Henry Nixon, Judy Ritter-Dixon and Edquina Washington take the stage during a York City Council Town Hall Meeting at Logos Academy in York City, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York City Council has canceled its meetings following Tuesday night's until the city's COVID-19 disaster declaration is lifted.

The council canceled public comment for the 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting, but still planned to convene to handle resolutions and bills that were already slated to come up on the agenda, according to a Tuesday morning email from city clerk Dianna L. Thompson-Mitchell.

Among agenda items Tuesday, York City Mayor Michael Helfrich planned to ask the City Council to extend last week's disaster declaration for an additional 60 days. Helfrich's original declaration was for seven days. 

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If emergency matters arise while the declaration is still in effect, the council will convene at 6 p.m. April 7.

The mayor, in an impromptu news conference on Monday afternoon, also announced City Hall would close its doors to anyone who hasn't made an appointment until April 17, which is subject to change.

The city has indefinitely suspended its sewer amnesty and refuse program, which officials have praised as the most generous program in the city's history.

There are 76 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, none of which are in York County, according to the state Health Department.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.