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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