York City Council Meeting Gets Heated

Several heated exchanges took place during Monday's city council meeting in York, mainly between Mayor Glenda Dubose and councilwoman Jean Jones.

"And you're trying to turn something good into something evil," Jones said to Dubose. "You're trying to do me like Joseph in the Bible brother did him."

Jones is referring to a request by Dubose that she be required to pay a fee for her use of the city's activity center when Jones held a party for city employees there several months ago. Councilwoman Jones says she should not have to pay since she is a city employee, but Mayor Dubose says she believes even city employees should pay.

"If we're going to do something for the employees, then it should come by this council," Dubose said.

"These people need to move on with something bigger and better than a party," one concerned citizen told the council. "You know, we need to move on with how we're going to discipline these kids in this city. Instead of worrying about a party, a Family Dollar."

Towards the end of the meeting, York resident Anita Larkin told the council she and other York residents will be attending a hearing at the Sumter County courthouse on Tuesday morning concerning high levels of halo cyanic acid in the city's water supply.

"Attorney Brandon Blankenship of Birmingham, Alabama," Larkin said. "Tomorrow, 9AM. And there are several entities involved as well with the city of York."

York city manager Tim Sweezey told Newscenter 11 the city has no comment on the lawsuit Larkin mentioned at the meeting.


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  • by York Citizen on Mar 21, 2012 at 03:54 PM
    Go council! The people here in York support you 100%!
  • by Resident on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:12 PM
    The mayor was elected by the people as well as the city council members. This the result of people voting for their friends instead of the right canidate for the job. York will never prosper no matter who the mayor is. The town is poor, point blank, bottom line. We haven't seen anything yet because it's going to get worse. Also, as long as York remains segregated, it will never progress.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM
    People talk all the time about how poor of a mayor the City of York has but in return gets angry with the council for exposing the crap shes doing. Its a bit messy and sad, but i think the council is doing the right thing. If they don't stop her who will? The public has the right to voice there opinion but the council has the power to fight against what she is doing.And futhermore, where is the other help? Where is the State of Alabama, where is the Board of Ethics, where is NEWS? You guys sit back with your fingers crossed until someone gets killed or sued then come running to the rescue. This has gone on long enough and has to stop!PLEASE COME AND REMOVE THIS LADY AND GET A REAL POLICE DEPARTMENT! The only officers that we have had to remain in York are the flashlight cops! Every good officer that York has hired has left. The state needs to do a thorough investigation of the mayor and YPD!
  • by HeavyD Location: York on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
    Pitiful ! Can't even get along ! And, wanting the city to raise your child? Give me a break. The police dept. is NOT a baby sitting service. They can't come and make your child get into the car with you. Give me a break.
  • by Embarrass Location: YORK on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
    The city of York has been down for many many years. I agree the state needs to come in and take over. What the news was called in for was so unnecessary. If they check the books non of the city employees have payed to rent the building in question so why is there a problem now. The counsel as well as mayor need to be thrown out of office. This has gone on for to long, and how in the heck are you gonna raise kids and expect them to act as such when you all are setting a very bad example for then with all of your childish ways,some of you are so disrespectful. But I guess you wouldn't care since you dont have any children or grandchildren here in the area. In closing some of you are so so sad and forthe citizens of York we must take careful consider of the people we elect to represent "US"
  • by sumterborn Location: sumter on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    I was born an reared in Sumter county 1950,s an 60,s and it was a very nice thriving safe place to live.. sad to see its status today with such ignorant leadership an people with less than family values character.. how can we
    expect not to have many
    Many problems we see occurrring.. breaks my heart to see our county in shambles an seemingly just give it away to folks who really just don't care.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    The mayor was elected by the people - not appointed. Just like the council - this is what the people of York wanted when they voted 4 years ago.
  • by Bill Location: cuba on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:52 AM
    Just let them steal the money they have been doing it thoughout the county for years. They will be bankrupt like Birmingham before the year is out.
  • by Resident on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    The state needs to come in an take over York. The city mayor does not know what she is doing at all and should have never been appointed. The comment about kids was from someone who probably wanted an amen and 5 mins of fame. Discipline starts at home. You want better youth? Raise them right! Stop letting them be cool by driving so early, going to school events unattended, stand around at Jr. Mart, have cell phones, come home and play video games before they pick up a book, wear clothes you bought in the manner THEY PlEASE! I'm sick of people wanting the community to raise their kids! It starts at home! And as far as that dollar store, York has 2 already that are barely making it. 3 is unreal! This is not Atlanta this is York we're talking about! And if they just had to have a dollar store, why not put it in one of the many hundreds of vacant buildings downtown York instead of building near residents who don't approve of it. York has gone down only to never rise again. SAD....
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