The following questions were recently asked on the Wonderline:
Q: The county commissioners represent certain areas of the county. So do the city council members in York represent certain areas of the city?
A: The five county commissioners represent five specific districts in the county.
The eight city council members, however, serve at large – meaning they represent the city as a whole and no one council member represents just one certain area of the city.
Q: When did the city of York stop having partisan races for city council/mayor? I remember – and I don’t think it was that long ago – that the city-level races went through the Primary and General Elections because people ran as Republicans or Democrats or whatever. So when did that stop? And was it done by a citywide vote?
A: As of Jan. 5, 2005, York was the last city in the state to have its city council members elected by party affiliation. On Jan. 6, 2005, the sitting York city council voted to pass an ordinance that discontinued that practice.
The city council at that time held first reading of the new ordinance during their last meeting of 2004. Second reading was held on Jan. 6 and the council suspended the rules in order to take a vote.
Other municipalities in the state had abandoned the practice years before. The York City Council took on the matter after a number of people said they felt they didn’t get a chance to vote due to party affiliation.
When the council had its final reading on the matter, on Jan. 6, 2005, no one from the public spoke for or against the change.
And all the council members voted in favor of the change.
So the city council races in York have been non-partisan ever since.
Q: Has the York City Council always had eight council members?
A: According to the York County history book, “Yesterday and Today,” the city of York was incorporated on Sept. 5, 1875, with four trustees.
On Aug. 20, 1877, the city of York was organized as a City of the Second Class with a mayor and four council members elected. In 1884, York and New York were incorporated into the City of York.
In 1882, the city was divided into two voting wards. In 1964, the city was divided into four voting wards and two council members were selected from each ward – creating the eight city council seats.
It was later changed so the city council members represented the city at large, not just the wards they represented.
Q: How long has the city of York had a city administrator position?
A: Ordinance Number 1134, adopted on Sept. 12, 1928, created the appointed office of city administrator.
Q: In regard to “For the Record,” we have talked to others who would like to know why you cut back to only the serious calls. It is boring now, considering the humor in so many of the calls received. Are you going to print the usual best of the year calls?
A: The form in which the newspaper receives the daily calls changed when the county dispatch center began. The newspaper no longer receives direct call reports from the police or sheriff’s departments (detailing each specific report or complaint as had been done in the past). Right now, the newspaper receives just the nature of the calls that go through the county dispatch, without the details that the newspaper once received.
Q: Is it true that York has a mandatory minimum number of lots for a property to be classified as a mobile home park?
A: This is true. A mobile home park in York has to have at least 15 unit spaces, according to Section 21-46 of the municipal code.
Q: Has there ever been a president that did not give a State of the Union address?
A: Yes. Presidents Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison and James Garfield did not present State of the Union addresses.
Q: Can a person vote, ever again, if they have been convicted of a felony? Let’s say if they were convicted as many as 10 or 15 years or so ago.
A: Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are restored two years after the completion of all supervised release (except if convicted of treason). Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Q: When the police and sheriff’s dispatch offices combined, did all the dispatchers have the ability to keep working? I remember seeing something about that earlier in the newspaper but couldn’t remember the outcome.
A: Yes, they all retained employment.
Three of the city dispatchers were hired on by the county for the new consolidated emergency communications center. The other two city dispatchers remained employees of the city police department in administrative roles.
All the county dispatchers retained employment and remain county employees.
One additional person, who was not employed by either entity before the consolidation, was hired.
Q: Back in the 1970s, my aunts always made “Green Goddess” salad dressing, from scratch and it was so dang good. I know you can buy “Green Goddess” salad dressing in the store, but it just doesn’t taste the same. Can you find us a real, authentic recipe for exactly how it was made in the 1970s.
A: The consistent recipe we found in cookbooks from the 1970s for Green Goddess salad dressing is this:
1 cup of mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup snipped fresh chives or minced scallions
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 anchovy fillets, rinsed, patted dry and minced (or 1 tablespoon anchovy paste)
Salt and pepper to taste.
Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl until well blended. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Refrigerate.