In her State of the City address on Thursday evening, Mayor Danene Sorace asked city residents to put three things on their to-do lists.
Register to vote. Help city police find good recruits. And download the “Fix It! Lancaster” app.
Fix It! Lancaster is the city’s new non-emergency service request platform. It allows residents to notify the city departments of problems and track them as they are resolved. Users can tag addresses and upload photos and descriptions.
Categories include public works concerns such as potholes or burnt-out streetlights; property maintenance violations such as overgrown yards; or police issues such as an abandoned vehicle.
The service is available via desktop, app, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and text (717) 716-7108.
As for police recruitment, that has been an ongoing effort. Currently, the department is down about 20 officers, Chief Richard Mendez said Thursday evening.
The department has been taking steps to diversify, seeking to recruit more Black and Latino officers and more city residents and signing on to “30 x 30,” a pledge to make women 30% of its incoming recruit classes by 2030.
For more information, visit LCBPcareers.com.
Sorace’s third request was that residents register to vote, a plea she has made in her earlier State of the City addresses.
Among other things, if City Council gives a thumbs-up to creating a home rule study commission, voters will have to approve the idea in a referendum before things can move forward.
“We need everybody to turn up and vote,” she said.