Every other Wednesday there is a Harrisburg Fiscal Recovery Meeting. This time, Patty Kim returned to a room where she spent many hours, but now in a new role as a State Representative.
Representative Kim asked the Mayor to join her in discussions about what is happening with the cities seemingly endless infrastructure problems. Kim also asked government officials, businesses and residents to help answer the infrastructure problem.
Lewis London says he's worried about the problems in the City. "Upgrade everything, cause you know a lot of stuff is old, so just keep everything upgraded, so we won't have these problems that they are having now."
Officials say, that would be nice, but where does the money come from? Mayor Thompson says infrastructure is one of the top priorities across the nation. "The US Conference of Mayor's has three top priorities, one of them was on gun legislation, the other was infrastructure, so I'm very much involved with Mayor's across the world on how we get funding from the federal government."
On Wednesday, Representative Kim was inviting others in government, the business community and the public to help find infrastructure answers at a round table meeting. "I feel like we have a broken puzzle and everyone just brings in their missing puzzles, so if there is any connections let's work on it so we can get an overall picture of a plan for the city."
According to the Mayor, Harrisburg is not alone with its infrastructure problems. "Lancaster, York, Redding all have 100 year old systems and they all have had multiple breaks this year and in prior years."
The Mayor turned down Rep. Kim's offer to meet with her and other leaders including State Senator Rob Tepliz. "I won't be present, I have a press conference today and other meetings, right after this meeting so I won't be participatory."
At the meeting, it was also noted that Harrisburg's bills are running past due. Those bills are totaling around $4.6 million. Some of these bills are 120 days past their due date.