Virtual Meetings

Through December 31, 2020, City Council of the City of Lancaster will conduct all of its regularly scheduled meetings, special meetings and committee meetings virtually rather than meeting in person.
The virtual meetings will be broadcast online at www.youtube.com/c/cityoflancasterpagov. Public participation will be by telephone at (717) 517-5704. You can call in when prompted to by Council president.

 

 

What We Do

City Council focuses on the long-range vision for the community, establishing policies that affect the overall operation of the city.

 

Public Comment

 

Members of the public are encouraged to address council members in person at regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, at 7:30 p.m., in City Council Chambers, City Hall Annex, 120 N. Duke Street. Please email Bernie Harris, City Clerk, at bharris@cityoflancasterpa.com to request to make comment at the next meeting. Please include your name and comments.

 

 

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

 

All locations are accessible to persons with physical disabilities.  Any person with a disability who will require an accommodation of some type while attending any of these public meetings should notify the City’s ADA/Section 504 Compliance Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance of each meeting so that the appropriate accommodation can be arranged.

 

ANY ADDITIONAL RESCHEDULED OR SPECIAL MEETINGS OF CITY COUNCIL WILL BE ADVERTISED ACCORDINGLY.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of some holidays, in Council Chambers, City Hall Annex, (Marion Street entrance) 120 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. There will only be a meeting on the first Tuesday of the month in June, July and August. See calendar below for meeting dates.

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of each month, with the exception of some holidays, in the Commission Room, City Hall Annex, (Marion Street entrance) 120 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. See calendar below for meeting dates.

Upcoming Events

Jun
1
2020
City Council Committee Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
City Council Commission Room
Jun
9
2020
City Council Meeting
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
City Council Chambers
Jul
6
2020
City Council Committee Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
City Council Commission Room
Jul
14
2020
City Council Meeting
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
City Council Chambers
Aug
3
2020
City Council Committee Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
City Council Commission Room
Aug
11
2020
City Council Meeting
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
City Council Chambers

City Council Members

Ismail Smith Wade-El

Council President
ismithwadeel@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2018

Current term ending: January 2022

Occupation: grant writer/researcher

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Carnegie Mellon University

Council activities: Chairman of the City Council Community Development & Planning Committee, member of the Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization and Personnel committees; Lancaster Recreation Commission, Lancaster Public Art Advisory Board, Lancaster County Planning Commission and Lancaster County Transportation Coordinating Committee.

Community activities: Lancaster Branch NAACP Executive Board Member, Lancaster County Council of Churches Board of Directors Member, Crispus Attucks Community Center Board Member. Member, Global Shapers. Member, Lancaster Young Professionals.

Jaime Arroyo

Council Member
jarroyo@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2020

Current term ending: January 2024

Occupation: Associate at Work Wisdom

Education: J. P. McCaskey High School; Bachelor’s degree, Millersville University; M.B.A., Drexel University

Council activities: Lancaster Recreation Commission

Council activities: Board member, SACA Development; Board member, Tabor; member of Global Shapers

Amanda Bakay

Council Member
abakay@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2020

Current term ending: January 2024

Occupation: Director of Operations, Lancaster Science Factory

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Council activities: Human Relations Commission Board of Directors; Lancaster Office of Promotion board member

Faith Craig

Council Member
fcraig@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2018

Current term ending: January 2022

Occupation: Business owner

Education: School District of Lancaster; ASSETS Lancaster business management program; Cosmetology instructor.

Council activities: Chairwoman of the City Council Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization Committee, member of the Public Safety and Public Works committees.

Community activities: Judge of Elections, Poll Clerk, former member of the Lancaster City Planning Commission.

Janet Diaz

Council Member
jdiaz@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2018

Current term ending: January 2022

Occupation: Stroke registrar

Education: Graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and Associate’s Degree, Thompson Institute; attend Lancaster Bible College

Council activities: Chairwoman of the City Council Personnel Committee, member of the Public Works and Finance committees.

Community activities: YMCA sexual assault advocate; church Sunday School teacher, choir member, finance assistant and visited the sick and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes; volunteer at Heart Walk and at Crispus Attucks Community Center events; member of the Latino Caucus of Lancaster County; campaign volunteer.

Xavier Garcia-Molina

Council Member
xgarciamolina@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2020

Current term ending: January 2024

Occupation: Middle school social studies teacher

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Pennsylvania State University

Community activities: Vice president, LGBTQ+ Coalition; YWCA Community Educator; LOHF Committee member; Spanish American Civic Association teacher

Pete Soto

Council Member
psoto@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2014

Current term ending: January 2022

Occupation: Inventory Clerk

Education: J.P. McCaskey High School (1978)

Council activities: Chairman of the City Council Public Safety Committee; member of the Community Development & Planning and Personnel Planning committees; member of the Lancaster Recreation Commission Board of Directors and Lancaster City Traffic Commission.