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, 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

Regular Meetings

The Council Of The City Of Lancaster holds regularly scheduled meetings on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month (except December 24) in Council Chambers, City Hall Annex (Marion Street entrance), 120 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA at 7:30 p.m. (prevailing time).

 

Committee Meetings

6:00 p.m. in the Commission Room in City Hall Annex, (Marion Street Entrance) 120 N. Duke St. on the first Monday of the month (except September 2).

City Council Members

James Reichenbach

Council President
jreichenbach@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2012

Current term ending: January 2020

Occupation: Consultant

Education: Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavioral Science, Penn State University; Master of Science in Psychology, Walden University

Council activities: Ex-officio member of all City Council committees; Member of the Lancaster Recreation Commission Board; member of Lancaster Public Library Board; member of Lancaster Property Reinvestment Board; member of the Lancaster City Housing Authority Board.

Chris Ballentine

Council Member
cballentine@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: November 2017

Current term ending: January 2020

Occupation: Digital & Segment Communications Specialist (CNH Industrial)

Council activities: Chairman of the City Council Finance Committee; member of the Public Safety and Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization committees.

Community activities: member of CHI St. Joseph’s Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Directors, member of Lancaster City Human Relations Commission (LCHRC) board, member of Leadership Lancaster Board of Directors.

 

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.

John Graupera

Council Member
jgraupera@cityoflancasterpa.com

Began on City Council: January 2000

Current term ending: January 2020

Occupation: Educator, School District of Lancaster

Education: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Temple University, Philadelphia; Master of Science in Education, Penn State University, State College

Council activities: Chairman of the City Council Public Works Committee; member of the Finance and Community Development & Planning committees.

Community activities: Board member, Shreiner Concord Cemetery Foundation

Ismail Smith Wade-El

Council Member
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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Dec
17
2019
City Council Meeting
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Council Chambers, City Hall Annex (Marion Street entrance)
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 accom…