When: Sadsbury Township Supervisors Meeting, 6 April.
What happened: At the end of the meeting, Supervisor N. Eugene Lammey broached the idea of using The Lancaster Patriot, a conservative niche publication, for township legal publicity. Board member Robert C. Newlin Jr. noted that he is a reader of The Patriot and was also interested in changing the advertisement for Sadsbury Township from LNP | Lancaster online at The Patriot.
Background: Supervisors in the township of Little Britain, another municipality in southeast Lancaster County, also discussed changing the legal notices of LNP | LancasterOnline at The Patriot to save on costs. They filed the idea pending further investigation into the legality of using The Patriot.
Quoteable: “There is some legal uncertainty, if you will. According to Josele (Cleary, the township attorney), we can’t do it. According to their attorney (from the Patriot), we can,” Lammey said. Township Secretary Michele Neckermann said in an email that she asked Lammey if he had spoken to the Patriot’s attorney, and that he relied on what he had heard from others. people.
Why it matters: Municipalities are required to publish notices of legal actions and meetings in a newspaper with wide circulation so that residents can be informed and participate in local government. Public notices are governed by the Newspaper Advertising Act. The law limits advertising by public notice to publications that meet the definition of “large circulation newspaper”.
Political ideology: The Mountville-based The Patriot is a weekly publication that openly presents itself as a supporter of a specific political ideology. The Patriot’s website identified its former editor as Norman “Trey” Garrison. A white nationalist, Garrison encouraged violence against women and journalists and made openly racist and anti-Semitic comments in a podcast series he hosted.
The cost: Lammey predicted the township could cut its advertising costs by nearly half if it could use The Patriot instead of LNP | Lancasters online.
What happens next: Lammey suggested further investigation into whether Sadsbury Township cannot legally use The Patriot. He said supervisors might try to support a change in the law.
Other events: Supervisors voted 2 to 1, with Lammey opposed, to begin crafting an ordinance requiring all septic tanks to be pumped out at least once every three years. A pumping monitoring method will also have to be created.