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RAYAC News Briefs July 24, 2017



NAR comments on FHFA "Duty to Serve" rule
On July 10, NAR submitted comments to the FHFA regarding the Agency's proposed "Duty to Serve Underserved Markets" plans. Ensuring the continued availability of affordable mortgage credit to all qualified borrowers is an obligation of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Without the affirmative obligation of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) to facilitate the financing of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families, access to credit in some of these markets would remain limited. As the GSEs implement their proposed plans, their efforts do not need to compromise safe and sound lending standards. Support of fair and affordable mortgages to a full range of qualified households in the market is achievable.
Source:; 7/14/2017


New tool illustrates active water projects in PA
Pennsylvania American Water has unveiled an interactive tool that lets its customers see where some of the money they spend on water each month is being used. The company recently unveiled a user-friendly, interactive, web-based map showing its 2017 infrastructure upgrade projects. The map displays project details, dollars invested and streets with planned upgrades. "Often, customers do not see their water bills at work because we may not be upgrading infrastructure in their neighborhood, and underground water and wastewater pipes are typically considered out of sight, out of mind," Pennsylvania American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre said in a press release. "This innovative tool showcases our projects and provides details using an interactive map that is accessible from any computer or smartphone." The interactive map can be accessed on the company's website . Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. The company serves approximately 670,000 water and wastewater customers in 36 counties across Pennsylvania.
Source: Daily Local; 7/16/2017




Gettysburg Planning Commission seeks volunteers

Two vacancies have opened up on the Gettysburg Planning Commission after the recent resignation of two members. Interested citizens can apply by completing a form on the borough's website, , and emailing it to borough Secretary Sarah Stull at or delivering it in person to Borough Hall, 59 E. High St. Current Planning Commission members have urged Borough Council to institute a protocol for filling vacancies, including publicizing the need for applicants, giving applicants information like the date of the council meeting when appointments will be made, and establishing rules under which applicants would address the council prior to its vote. According to commission member Sarah Kipp, the process is sometimes "really confusing and discouraging" for applicants. Borough Council could vote to fill the planning commission vacancies at its next regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. in Borough Hall. Click here for more information about the Gettysburg Planning Commission responsibilities.

Source: Gettysburg Times; 7/18/2017


Mt. Joy public hearings for proposed zoning ordinance

The Board of Supervisors of Mount Joy Township has scheduled public hearings to receive public comment on the proposed zoning ordinance and zoning map. The hearings will be held in the Gettysburg Middle School Auditorium, 37 Lefever St., Gettysburg Wednesday, July 26, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. The board intends to consider and to vote upon enactment of the proposed ordinance and map during its regularly scheduled meeting that follows the conclusion of the last public hearing, or at another public meeting held no more than 90 days after the last public hearing at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Mount Joy Township Municipal Building, 902 Hoffman Home Road, Gettysburg. A copy of the proposed zoning ordinance and zoning map will be available on the township website and may also be examined at the municipal building during regular business hours.

Source: Gettysburg Times; 7/19/2017


Littlestown adjusts school schedules

The Littlestown Area School Board voted to cut a few minutes from the school day to give teachers more time for professional development in 2017-18. Littlestown Area High School will lose 10 minutes of classroom instruction per day, Maple Avenue Middle School will lose 13 minutes and Alloway Creek Elementary will lose seven minutes. Teachers will use the additional professional development time to cooperatively plan lessons, reflect on best practices and work in groups to improve education, said Director of Curriculum and Technology Lori Stollar. The professional development times will change at the high school from 28 minutes to 36 minutes per day and at the middle school from 29 minutes to 42 minutes per day. The elementary school will gain 45 minutes of uninterrupted time instead of 20 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon.

Source: Gettysburg Times; 6/23/2017




York City inspectors using new gadgets to fight blight

York City officials recently announced plans to crack down on neglected properties. To streamline the process, the city's property maintenance inspectors will be equipped with handheld devices that can take photographs to instantly document violations and print citations. The devices are thanks to a partnership with Qdot Engineering, said Steven Buffington, deputy director of the city's Permits, Planning and Zoning Bureau. Buffington said the new devices allow inspectors to complete inspections and issue citations in just five minutes. Violations of the city's Neighborhood Improvement Ordinance - which regulates litter, trash, abandoned and junked vehicles, hazardous waste and illegal dumping - bring down residents' quality of life and make York City less attractive to potential new residents and businesses, Buffington said. York City Councilman Henry Nixon said the devices cut through the bureaucracy of mailing out letters and waiting weeks for responses, while helping to "achieve a greater compliance" under the ordinance.

Source: York Dispatch; 7/14/2017


Yorktowne Hotel design plan revealed

At a recent "renovation celebration" event at the Yorktowne Hotel, project partners unveiled design plans for the upcoming work. The back section of the hotel along Duke Street will be removed due to major structural issues in that part of the building. The removal of the rear section of the hotel will make way for a courtyard, said project planners. The hotel's original façade will be restored to preserve the building's historic appearance, but the interior will be accented with modern touches. A rooftop bar will also be added once renovations are completed in late 2018 or early 2019. Click here for the latest updates on the project.

Source: York Dispatch; 7/17/2017


York County Tourism Grant Committee approves three additional projects

The York County Tourism Grant Committee recently approved three additional funding requests for 2017. The York County Community Foundation will receive $100,000 to lead a collaborative York County branding initiative. The Susquehanna Folk Music Society was awarded $60,000 over two years for a two-day folk and traditional arts festival to be held at Roundtop Mountain Resort. The third was a $15,000 timely opportunities grant to assist the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau in hosting Emmy-winning travel journalist Peter Greenburg in June. Greenburg filmed a York County segment that will air on PBS affiliates nationwide in early 2018 and also hosted his nationally syndicated radio show from Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center. The three additional projects bring the total in grant awards to over $1 million, with several grants spanning several years. For more information about the grants, visit .

Source: York County Tourism Grant Committee; 7/14/2017




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