June 11, 2014
Lancaster City’s Annual Assessment for the period of January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Philadelphia Office The Wanamaker Building  100 Penn Square East  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3380 The Honorable J. Richard Gray Mayor City of Lancaster Municipal Building P.O. Box 1599 120 N. Duke Street Lancaster, PA  17608-1599 Dear Mayor Gray: SUBJECT: - Annual Community Assessment City of Lancaster January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 The provisions of the... read more
June 10, 2014
CUSTOMERS ARE ASKED TO BOIL THEIR DRINKING WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Hiervan el agua antes de usarla. Este informe contiene informacion muy importante sobre sy agua de beber. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien. On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 11:15 AM, the City of Lancaster Water Department has issued a boil water advisory caused by water system maintenance. This notice is for customers residing at: 503, 505, 507, 509, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 533, 535, 537, 540, 541, 543 West Walnut St. 302 North... read more
June 9, 2014
Just days ago, I oversaw installation of a new public artwork in a small grassy area at the recently renovated Rodney Park. The sculpture is the result of more than a year’s worth of discussion, planning, fundraising, design, and fabrication by the City of Lancaster and its community members, and me, the artist. As you can see from the photo above, the sculpture consists of seventeen steel arches, each with a unique shape and color, each at a unique angle. At the end of the day the sculpture was installed, a young girl (also seen in the photo) and her friend, who is watching her from the... read more
May 28, 2014
If you follow the City on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve probably seen a few posts about the BUBBAs. Hosted by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, the Best Urban BMP in the Bay Awards (BUBBAs) recognizes the best urban stormwater management practices (techniques, measures or structural controls used to manage the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater runoff) that have been installed in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The reconstruction of the intersection at Plum and Walnut Streets was nominated for the BUBBA as an Ultra-urban BMP. Ultra-urban BMPs are stormwater practices built in infill... read more
May 14, 2014
From PennDOT: UPDATE - MAY 21: Due to the rain today and the limited daily amount of material allowed in the landfill, PennDOT will now continue with the ACM removal on Thursday, May 22, Friday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 27. Barring any inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, Tuesday should be the last day for road closures and detours. Looking ahead to next week, motorists who use New Holland Avenue at the east end of the City of Lancaster will experience daytime closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a milling operation to remove the old blacktop surface on the pavement. The area... read more
May 7, 2014
Warm weather is finally upon us. With summer quickly approaching, neighbors are anxious to spend time outdoors, including building recreation fires in the yards. While recreational fires are permitted, there are rules and regulations that must be followed. From the City Code: 307.1.1 Prohibited open burning. Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. 307.3 Extinguishment authority. The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit... read more
April 28, 2014
As a long-time volunteer leader at United Way of Lancaster County, I have seen United Way create amazing impact through its various initiatives. Now, over the next few weeks, we are inviting everyone in the community to literally take a “hands-on” stand for early literacy and school readiness.  The High Five Campaign for Every Child runs through May 22, and invites everyone in Lancaster County to give a “High Five” ($5 contribution) to the campaign, which will be used to provide books to young children in their homes to help them get ready for kindergarten. Many studies have shown that kids... read more
April 21, 2014
Who doesn’t love to dance?  The contemporary American poet, William Stafford, tells us that children dance before “they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” And legend has it that the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, learned to dance at seventy, because he felt an essential part of him had been neglected.  From our children to our seniors, we all find the shape of spirit and discovery in the art of dance.   Randy Walker’s Dancing Arches, a planned public art sculpture at the newly renovated Rodney Park-- scheduled for installation in May 2014-- captures that shape of spirit and... read more
March 31, 2014
The City of Lancaster, Department of Public Works, will be performing a thorough flushing of water distribution mains to promote maximum water quality. Flushing operations will begin at 10:00 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014 and continue daily between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM until approximately May 30, 2014. Operations will allow for the cleaning of each main at least once during the designated flushing dates. Visit our website, Facebook and Twitter regularly for any schedule updates. Flushing may cause customers to observe a slight cloudiness in the water and a reduction in water ... read more
March 28, 2014
It’s amazing what a simple paper placemat and some crayons can do for you. In the case of the new Lancaster Brewing Company’s kids’ activity sheets—it gave my kids an opportunity to draw while learning about keeping our city clean; inspired a discussion on the role of functional art with my husband; and instilled a good dollop of civic pride — all while relaxing over a cold beer. Who knew?! Earlier this year, on a busy Friday evening, my family and I journeyed to the Lancaster Brewing Company to check out the newly installed public artwork, the Lancaster Gateway Bundle. The Gateway Bundle... read more