Harrisburg Environmental Advisory Council meets for first time

Some new council members took their seats Thursday night in Harrisburg City Council chambers.

It was not a new city council; it was the new Environmental Advisory Council.

It's made up of five members that were appointed by city council and the mayor to take care of a wide range of environmental issues they see as important.

Council members shared their concerns in a brain-storming session.

“We have the Paxton Creek,” said Lewis Butts. “That needs to be redesigned, even cleaned up.”

“We have a lot of food here in our city that we can eat, besides going to the grocery store,” said Rafiyqa Muhammad, who would like to focus on education. “But you don't know what to pick. You don't know what to eat.”

City Councilwoman Sandra Reid sat in on the meeting. She said the city's been trying to get an Environmental Advisory Council for several years now.

“In the long run it's going to bring businesses into the city because once we become an environmentally conscious city,” she said. “It can be an economic driver for the city.”

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