January 30, 2014
As you know, at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 21st, we issued a snow emergency declaration.  With this, WGAL News, Lancaster Online, and the City's website posted announcements that a snow emergency would go into effect at Noon.  We also sent snow emergency messages on the City's Facebook, Twitter, and email alert systems and on the Police website and Facebook account.  With the snow emergency declaration, residents were advised to clear vehicles from snow emergency routes and move cars into Parking Authority Garages.  This is not the first snow emergency declaration issued in the City, but it... read more
January 27, 2014
I'm pleased to report that agreements have been reached with two of the City's three bargaining units.  Last month, we completed separate contract negotiations with the Lancaster Police Officers Association and with non-uniformed personnel represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.  We appreciate the efforts of these bargaining units to negotiate in good faith to arrive at a mutually agreeable contract.   Highlights of these agreements follow. First, Police union members have ratified a three-year contract that began on January 1st.  Medical savings... read more
January 17, 2014
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Lyman Whitaker Lyman has been a practicing sculptor for over fifty years, with a unique knowledge of materials and their application. The past three decades have primarily been focused on creating Wind Sculptures. Because the Wind Sculptures are innovative and artistic and have a high degree of mechanical integrity, they are well respected for quality craftsmanship. Lyman graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Utah. There he studied under Avard Fairbanks and Angelo Carvaglia, learning classical sculpture techniques as well as contemporary... read more
January 9, 2014
One of the goals of the City of Lancaster's Public Art Program and Public Art Advisory Board is to seek and develop collaborative opportunities for artists to work with the community and to seek an educational component for every project. Recently, artists Ulrich Pakker and his wife, Pamela installed one of the city's newest pieces of public art located in Crystal Park titled, "Changing Gears." During their visit they met with students in the after school programs at Buchanan, Lafayette and Fulton elementary schools. To prepare for the Pakker's visit, Public Art Manager, Tracy Beyl, made... read more
January 6, 2014
Long-time City resident Bill Bard was born in a house on New Dorwart Street over 90 years ago. He has many fond memories of growing up in the Cabbage Hill neighborhood. He sent Tracy Beyl, public art manager, the following poem about Changing Gears, the new public art piece in Crystal Park: Changing Gears Sculpture in Crystal Park Fine Art to Behold Accolades, Artist Ulrich Pakker Crystal, Rodney Parks Your Dream has come true Changing Gears is what we do As we travel life’s highway Childhood to final Journey New adventure everyday Children always high gear So full of... read more
December 19, 2013
Due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays, city offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25; Thursday, December 26; and Wednesday, January 1. Here are a few service reminders: - There will be NO street cleaning on Wednesday, December 25; Thursday, December 26; and Wednesday, January 1. - Trash and recycling collection will be on the following holiday schedule: Week of Christmas - Monday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 24 will run as normal. Wednesday, December 25 through Friday, December 27 will all run one day behind. Week of New Year's - Monday, December 30 and Tuesday, December... read more
December 18, 2013
Lancaster has been in the news twice this week, topping lists for both the Best Neighborhoods for Holiday Decorations and the 10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America.  Downtown Lancaster was featured in Metro Philly, a free daily newspaper targeted at young professionals in the Philadelphia area. While the rest of the list focused on festive neighborhoods directly in Philadelphia, they branched out to include Downtown Lancaster, citing our holiday events and Central Market as reasons to make the trip. View the full article > In more national news, Lancaster was ranked #4 on Movoto Real... read more
December 10, 2013
Due to weather conditions, contract collection of trash and recycling has been suspended for Tuesday, December 10.  For the remainder of the week, collections will proceed under the “holiday” schedule meaning that collections will occur a day later beginning with Tuesday’s collection.  Although some collections were made on Tuesday, the route will be run again on Wednesday.  For those collection scheduled Wednesday – Friday, please set out trash and recycling a day later.  Friday collections should have trash and recycling at the curb by 2:00 a.m.  Questions should be directed to the Solid... read more
November 19, 2013
The new City Hall Annex is complete, and City Hall staff will relocate there during Thanksgiving week. While there will be no suspension of services during this time, customers should be advised to expect some inconveniences. Please be aware of the following information: On Friday, November 22nd at 3 PM, access to the network server for City Hall and Treasury office users will be suspended. This will impact all email, internet, and all billing and payment functions. Customers wishing to make payments on City accounts are advised to do so before 3 PM on November 22nd.   Phone service to City... read more
November 19, 2013
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, city offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Here are a few service reminders: - There will be NO street cleaning on Thursday and Friday. - Trash will be delayed one day for Thursday and Friday only. All others should put their trash and recycling curbside on their normal pick up day. For problems or inquires, please call the Solid Waste Hotline at 291-4744. Click here for the full trash/recycling and street cleaning calendar. The City of Lancaster wishes all residents a safe and happy Thanksgiving!