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Home Rule Study Commission to meet at Ross Street UMC

Ross Street United Methodist Church. (Source: Google Street View)

Lancaster’s Home Rule Study Commission will hold its third neighborhood meeting in the city’s northeast.

The commission will convene at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. at Ross Street United Methodist Church, 312 E. Ross St.

Topics on the agenda include a review of the responses the commission has received to the questions it posed to city department heads; questions for previous mayors; and information-gathering visits to other municipalities.

The commission has been meeting since the summer to study Lancaster’s government and determine if it should draft a home rule charter.

In October, it began a series of four meetings at neighborhood venues, one in each quadrant, to promote citizen engagement with the project. The first, at Bright Side Opportunities Center, drew about a dozen members of the public; the second, at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, drew perhaps half that many.

The commission has until mid-February to decide whether to draft a charter, but is planning a vote in mid-January, to allow time for drafting a final report if the vote is “no.”

In November, Chairman Brian Adams suggested having a special meeting for the vote; Thursday’s agenda indicates it tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 24.

That would allow the commission’s fourth neighborhood meeting to take place in northwest Lancaster on Thursday, Jan. 4. The venue has yet to be announced.