Bracey to hold town hall July 25 at Smith School

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

York City Mayor Kim Bracey will head to the Edgar Fahs Smith School for her quarterly town-hall meeting July 25. 

Much as she did at her last town hall in March, Bracey will bring her top administration deputies to the school, including Shilvosky Buffaloe, acting director of community and economic development, and representatives from the York City police and fire departments, Bracey said.

The mayor said she also expects York City School District Superintendent Eric Holmes and other representatives from the district to speak about plans for the Smith School.

York Mayor C. Kim Bracey holds a Town Hall meeting at the Yorktown Center on Kelly Drive, Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

In April, the York City school board unanimously approved a proposal to convert the former middle school into an academy focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. 

More:York City School District approves STEAM school, proposes budget

The new Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy will open in the fall, with officials budgeting more than $2.5 million to cover the academy’s first year of operations.

Bracey’s town hall will start at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium and is open to all city residents, though Bracey said she expects the crowd to be mostly residents from the Avenues neighborhood. 

Direct communication: Bracey gives an annual State of the City address, but by going into the city’s neighborhoods, she said she is able to be more connected to residents and get a better understanding of their concerns.

Bracey said the meetings give residents the chance to address their complaints directly to city officials on their own terms.

“It’s an opportunity to speak with our residents in their neighborhood, where they’re comfortable,” Bracey said.

At her Fireside town hall, trash and blight were the top issues raised by many residents. 

More:York City officials update residents at public meeting

On Saturday, the city will step up its efforts to enforce its ordinance regulating litter, trash, abandoned and junked vehicles, hazardous waste and illegal dumping. 

Though city officials were working on cleaning up the city before the town hall, Bracey said the neighborhood public meetings help officials figure out how to tweak policies to avoid future problems. 

“How do we ensure that this ongoing issue isn’t an ongoing issue (anymore) for the residents?” Bracey said, referring to the goal of her town halls.