News In Brief - September 13, 2007

Solid waste citizens' committee meets

Devising a new solid-waste plan for York County rests on the shoulders of 14 area representatives who met for the first time this week.

At the kickoff meeting of the solid-waste citizens' committee Tuesday, County Manager Jim Baker outlined some of the goals and options the committee has, such as electing a chairman and seeking outside consultants.

This group, made up of representatives appointed by four area chambers of commerce, the four York County school districts, Winthrop University, York Technical College and two people who worked on York County's comprehensive land-use plan, was created to "take politics out" of the solid waste plan, Baker said.

A controversial solid-waste plan adopted in February prompted the County Council to start over with a committee-drafted plan. The February version, which called for no new landfills in York, stopped Greeneagle Co.'s proposed construction and demolition landfill from seeking a permit.

The committee is scheduled to meet again in early October.

School's water cut off for several hours

Water was cut off for several hours at Lesslie Elementary School on Wednesday after a water main was damaged, said John Hair, a district associate superintendent.

Hair said he was notified of the problem around 8 a.m. The water was back on about 1 p.m.

The main was damaged by a contract crew working for Comporium, said Glenn McFadden, executive vice president of operations.

McFadden said the crew was installing fiber optic cables to a nearby development.

Wednesday was a late start professional development day, which means students arrived two hours late.

Hair said students were allowed to use bathrooms as usual.