Lancaster City Hall 2018

Lancaster City Hall

Lancaster City Council has decided to hold one regular monthly meeting instead of two in July and August.

It’s not uncommon for municipal councils to pare back their schedule during the summer, when they typically have less on their agendas, President James Reichenbach said.

The change is an experiment, he said. If everything goes smoothly and public reaction is positive, fewer summer meetings could be the default going forward. Conversely, if there are hitches, “we’ll scrap it,” he said.

Council members endorsed the change unanimously in an informal vote at this month’s committee meeting. A formal vote was not needed, Reichenbach said.

In other business at Tuesday's regular meeting, council:

• Authorized appointment of special counsel to assist the city in researching the history and legal background of city sewer extensions into Manheim Township. The sewers contribute to the stormwater overflows that the city is under a federal mandate to bring under control. The administration intends to retain attorney Michael Klein of Cozen O’Connor at a cost of $700 per hour.

• Introduced an ordinance to allow city residents, not just city employees, to serve as Emergency Management Director or Deputy Director.

• Authorized an auction of surplus city property. It will take place Saturday, June 8, at the city’s former Streets Department building, 750 Fairview Ave. A preliminary list of items to be sold is available on the city website.