Public Works

LanCity Connect Update 9/1

 

 

1) We're proud to attend the Spanish American Civic Association's Back-2-School Open House, September 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A customer service representative will be available to answer questions and assist with registrations.

2) Have you seen our crew? We've started canvassing northwest and southeast neighborhoods!

3) Spread the news! It's important for southeast residents to encourage their neighbors to register.

4) Last week, crew members visited West Orange & 200-300 blocks of West Chestnut Street to hang the network extension cable. This is an important first step to bring these residents internet connectivity.

Don't forget to tune in next week for the latest news and information relating to LanCity Connect community broadband services. For additional questions or concerns, please contact customer support at (844) 526-2489 or support@lancityconnect.com.

City Services Schedule - Labor Day

City offices will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

There will be NO street cleaning.

All regular Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed 1 day. Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday and so on for the remainder of the week through Saturday. There will be yard waste collection for customers with a normal trash collection day of Monday through Thursday (Friday customers will not be affected as their yard waste will be collected on Friday, September 1). Monday through Thursday customers should put their yard waste out alongside their other trash and recycling on the delayed day.

Both the Lancaster City Visitor Center and the Recycling Drop-Off Center will be closed. Both will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, September 5.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

North Pine Street Reconstruction

UPDATE: Pine Street (Harrisburg to New) is now tentatively scheduled for demolition August 16 or 17, with paving following afterwards.  

The section from Orange to Chestnut will still be on schedule August 7 as described below.

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Next week, contractors for the City of Lancaster will be performing a full roadway reconstruction of North Pine Street (Harrisburg Ave to New Street) where recent stormwater and median improvements have been ongoing. As a result of this reconstruction, the roadway will be completely closed 24/7 for about one week, and restricted during the daytime for another week. All parking and access will be restricted while the entire roadway and subgrade is removed and replaced to a depth of approximately 14”. This work is necessary due to poor and insufficient construction materials and methods during the original construction of the roadway. The roadway currently consists of 1” to 2” of asphalt, 1” of crushed stone, and multiple layers of rough and inconsistent building debris (see attached photo) whereas a typical roadway profile consists of 14” of appropriate paving materials of crushed aggregate and layers of asphalt. This project is expected to last 5-7 days with weather cooperation and longer with rain delays. The city and its contractors will strive to have this roadway open and open to the public before school starts for administration and staff the week of August 21.

In addition to this work, they will simultaneously mill and overlay the wearing course of the roadway on North Pine Street between Orange Street and Chestnut Street (plus a small section of North Pine just north of Chestnut Street, where there is a drainage issue at the crosswalk and curb ramps). This work is expected to last approximately 3 business days, depending on the amount of base repair discovered upon milling. Residents should plan for a week of access and parking inconvenience.

Both projects will require significant parking restrictions and detours as outlined above, and enforcement of violations will be swift to expedite the work. Residents are asked to obey all posted signage to prevent ticketing and towing. Questions should be directed to the Engineering Bureau at (717) 291-4764. 

Rehabilitation of Water Mains in Quaker Hills

The City of Lancaster, Bureau of Water is starting a water main rehabilitation project later this month. This project involves the cleaning and structural lining of the water mains in the Quaker Hills development. This work will structurally rehabilitate the existing water mains to prevent the frequent water service interruptions that have occurred since April of this year. We apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced.

This work will be done in 4 phases during 2017 and 2018 at a cost of approximately $2.3 million:

Phase 1A - August and September 2017
Fresh Meadow Drive
Glen Oaks Drive
Green Lane
Saint Regis Lane

Phase 1B - October  and November 2017
Pilgrim Drive
Gable Park Lane
Friends Lane

Phase 2A - May and June 2018
Quaker Hills Road
Allen Drive

Phase 2B - July and August 2018
Blue Ridge Drive
Oak Ridge Drive

Click here to view an interactive map.

As each phase of water mains are taken out of service to allow for relining with the structural pipe, customers will be provided with temporary water service. Customer billing will be estimated based on your previous year's water usage.

You may see City employees in your  area before the rehabilitation work starts doing some necessary prep work. They will be checking your service line and valves to make sure a proper co ection can be made for your temporary water service.

If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact William Spangle at (717) 684-4951 or Benjamin Perwien at (717) 735-0341.

In case of an emergency such as a large amount of water flowing in the street or yard, or if you have no water to your home, please call the City water emergency number at (717) 291-4816.

Message about Medical Waste Disposal

In 2016, Penn Waste received over 500 pounds of medical waste at their recycling facility. This is a public safety hazard for their team members who manually sort through the recycling, putting them at risk of getting stuck by a needle.

Medical waste must be properly disposed of in the trash. Please do not place this material in your recycling bin. In order to dispose of sharps, Penn Waste recommends the following:

  1. Place medical waste in a thick container that has a lid
  2. Make sure the lid is secure by duct taping it shut and place it in your TRASH.

To learn more about what is considered medical waste and how to properly dispose of this material, please visit Penn Waste's blog.

Water Quality Alert Update III: Levels of HAAs

The City of Lancaster is continuing to monitor the levels of HAAs in the distribution system.  The City is continually monitoring the chlorine levels, to keep the levels low, to prevent the HAAs from forming in the furthest reaches of our distribution system. The City is also continuing the weekly flushing of the affected (Willow Street) area to ensure that we are maintaining the lower levels of HAA.  The most recent results for samples taken in the Willow Street area were 0.031mg/L on 02/15/17, and 0.033mg/L on 02/22/17.  Both results are still well under the EPA’s maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 0.060mg/L.

After all of the results from first quarter of 2017 (January through March) are received, the City will determine compliance with the MCL.  This is done using the running annual average (RAA) for the past four consecutive quarters. Due to the high result from the fourth quarter of 2016, the RAA may still be above the MCL, and public notices might need to be sent again in April.

Updates for the water quality testing will continue to be posted to the City’s website.

Update: Streets, Curb, Sidewalk & Utility Specs

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice of a Public Review and Comment Period for:

Lancaster City Department of Public Works
Periodic Specifications Update for Streets, Curb, Sidewalk and Utility Specifications

The Public Review and Comment Period will occur for 30 days, March 2, 2017 through March 31, 2017

Links to the the proposed specifications are available below, and are also available for free at City Hall, Engineering Bureau, 120 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Curb & Sidewalk Details
Curb & Sidwalk Specifications
Roadway Details
Water Details

The City will accept citizen comments regarding the update for 30 days (March 2 to March 31, 2017). Persons interested in commenting on the proposed specifications should write to the Department of Public Works, City Hall, 120 North Duke Street, PO Box 1599, Lancaster, PA  17608-1599. For additional information regarding the plan, call the Department at (717) 291-4764 (voice) Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

If you are a person who is mobility impaired or have other special needs, and/or requires special accommodations to participate in the review and comment period, please contact Matt Metzler at (717) 291-4764, or at mmetzler@cityoflancasterpa.com to discuss how the City may best meet your needs. 

J. Richard Gray
Mayor

2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

The 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is now available. Click here to view the PDF. This report shows our water quality and what it means. We want you to be informed about your water supply. If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact the water quality lab at (717) 291-4818.

 

LanCity Connect Broadband Update

On Tuesday, February 14, the team from MAW Communications presented City Council with an update on the broadband Internet program. The presentation was live-streamed on Facebook as well - video can be viewed below. Click here for a PDF of the slide show used in the presentation. 

Broadband Internet Program Update Due to the nature of this meeting, comment will not be taken from online viewers during the presentation. However, questions will be answered by staff afterwards so feel free to ask questions in the comments.

Posted by City of Lancaster, PA Government on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Water Quality Alert Update II: Levels of HAAs

The City of Lancaster continues to monitor the chlorine levels closely to prevent the HAAs from forming in the furthest reaches of our distribution system. The City continues our flushing program and weekly testing of the affected (Willow Street) area to ensure that we are maintaining the lower levels of HAA. The sampling results from last week of the affected site came in at 0.046mg/L and show we are still well under the EPA’s maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 0.060mg/L.

The required regulatory sampling for the first quarter of 2017 will be released at the end of February. At that time, the City will be able to determine if the running annual average for the past four consecutive quarters, falls below the MCL. Due to the high result from the fourth quarter of 2016, public notices might need to be sent again in March if the running annual average does not fall below the MCL even though our sample results noted above are well below the regulatory limits.

Updates for the water quality testing will continue to be posted to the City’s website.

Water Quality Alert Update: Levels of HAAs

The City of Lancaster has made changes to treatment and to operations to reduce the formation of HAAs through the system.  The chlorine levels have been lowered to keep the HAAs from forming in the furthest reaches of our distribution system. The City has also started flushing the affected area (Willow Street area).  Preliminary sample results for the Willow Street area show the HAA level has dropped to 0.021mg/L.  This is well under the EPA’s maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 0.060mg/L.

The City of Lancaster will continue the steps mentioned above, including weekly testing of the affected area to ensure that we are maintaining the lower levels of HAA.  The results for the first quarter of 2017 will be released at the end of February.  At that time, the City will be able to determine if the running annual average for the past four consecutive quarters, falls below the MCL.  Due to the high result from the fourth quarter of 2016, public notices might need to be sent again in March if the running annual average does not fall below the MCL. However, the water remains in compliance and safe for consumption and use.

Water Quality Alert: Levels of HAAs

On Friday, January 20, a Tier II public notification of a non-emergency drinking water violation for haloacetic acid (HAA) was mailed out to most City of Lancaster water customers. Tier II is a non-emergency notification since there is no immediate health risk. Read the public notice that was mailed out here and an FAQ with more detailed information here.

Haga clic aquí para más información.

2016 Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

There will be no street cleaning on Thursday or Friday.

All regular Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one day. Thursday customers will be collected on Friday. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday. 

The Lancaster City Recycling Drop-Off Center will be closed on Thursday, and will be open normal hours on Friday and Saturday. 

The Lancaster City Visitor Center will be closed on Thursday, and will be open on Friday from 9 am to 9 pm for the Mayor's Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving! 

2016 Fall Flushing

The City of Lancaster, Department of Public Works, will be performing a flushing of the extremities of the distribution system water main pipes to promote maximum water quality.

Flushing operations began on October 3 and will continue daily for approximately four weeks. Addresses that were flushed will be updated daily, see list below.

Flushing may cause customers to observe discolored water and a reduction in water pressure, but this occurrence should be temporary. If customers have any questions or concerns they can call the Water Quality Laboratory at 717-291-4818, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. At all other times, please call the Water Emergency number at 717-291-4816.

Click here for a list of streets flushed the week of October 17.

Downtown Crosswalk Work

Beginning on Monday 9/26, and continuing for approximately seven (7) weeks, contractors for the City of Lancaster will begin downtown crosswalk repairs as the final part of the Streetscape Phase III project. This will be completed in five (5) phases in an attempt to lessen traffic congestion in the downtown. All phases are expected to last 9 to 11 days. The first phase of the project will last from 9/26 through 10/6, approximately, with weather cooperation. The first four (4) phases will be 24-hour restrictions, as concrete work is installed and has time to cure for traffic loads. The phasing plan, approximate schedules, and traffic impacts are as follows:

 

Phase 1 (9/26 to 10/6):

Queen/Vine: South Queen Street will be reduced to one lane approaching Vine Street.

Queen/Vine: East Vine Street will be restricted to westbound traffic only; all traffic from Queen or Vine will be diverted north on Queen.

Queen/Orange: North Queen Street will be reduced to one lane approaching Orange Street.

Right turns from Orange Street to North Queen Street will not be permitted by trucks or buses. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a right turn onto North Queen Street. A detour will be implemented via Mulberry Street to Chestnut Street for trucks or buses.

 

Phase 2 (10/5 to 10/15):

Prince/King: North Prince Street will be restricted to one lane prior to the King Street approach.

Queen/Orange: North Queen Street will be restricted to one lane prior to the Orange Street approach.

Right turns from Orange Street to North Queen Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a right turn onto North Queen Street. A detour will be implemented via Mulberry Street to Chestnut Street for trucks or buses.

Duke/King: East King Street will be reduced to one lane prior to the Duke Street approach.

Left turns from North Duke Street to East King Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a left turn onto East King Street. A detour will be implemented via Church Street to Lime Street for trucks or buses.

Queen/Vine: South Queen Street will be restricted to one lane prior to the Vine Street approach.

 

Phase 3 (10/17 to 10/27):

Queen/Orange: Orange Street will be reduced to one lane prior to the Orange Street approach.

Left turns from North Queen Street to West Orange Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a left turn onto West Orange Street. A detour will be implemented via Mulberry Street to Chestnut Street for trucks or buses.

Prince/King: North Prince Street will be reduced to one lane prior to the King Street approach.

Left turns from North Prince Street to West King Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a left turn onto West King Street. A detour will be implemented via Conestoga Street to South Queen Street for trucks or buses.

Duke/King: North Duke Street will reduced to one lane prior to the King Street approach.

Left turns from North Duke Street to East King Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a left turn onto East King Street. A detour will be implemented via Church Street to Lime Street for trucks or buses.

Right turns from East King Street to South Duke Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a right turn onto South Duke Street. A detour will be implemented via Broad Street to South Duke Street for trucks or buses.

 

Phase 4 (10/27 to 11/6):

Queen/Orange: East Orange Street will be reduced to one lane prior to the Queen Street approach.

Right turns from East Orange Street to North Queen Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a right turn onto North Queen Street. A detour will be implemented via Mulberry Street to Chestnut Street for trucks or buses.

Left turns from North Queen Street to West Orange Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a right turn onto West Orange Street. A detour will be implemented via Walnut Street to Prince Street for trucks or buses.

Prince/King: West King Street will be reduced to one lane prior to the Prince Street approach.

Left turns from North Prince Street to West King Street will not be permitted by trucks. A flagger will be present from 8:00am-5:30pm to assist passenger vehicles making a left turn onto West King Street. A detour will be implemented via Conestoga Street to South Queen Street for trucks or buses.

East Orange Street will be reduced to one lane prior to the North Queen Street approach.

East King Street will be reduced to one lane prior to the Duke Street approach.

 

Phase 5 (11/7 to 11/12):

Short-term, mobile work zones will require lane and turning restrictions at all four intersections during this week, while crews replace areas of damaged brick. Flaggers will be present to assist with traffic movements. These restrictions will be daytime working hours only.

Motorists are advised to utilize alternate routes when possible, and allow for extra time during their commute. The following signalized corridors should be considered to avoid downtown congestion if commuting through the city:

Northbound: Church Street to Lime Street; North West End Avenue; Mulberry Street; Hershey Ave; Broad Street; New Holland Ave; Marietta Ave; College Ave; Race Ave;

Eastbound: Chestnut Street; Lemon Street; James Street; Harrisburg Ave; New Holland Ave

Westbound: Walnut Street; Lemon Street; James Street; Harrisburg Ave; Manor Street; Columbia Ave

Southbound: Charlotte Street; South West End Avenue; Manor Street; Hershey Ave; Broad Street; Race Ave; College Ave

Euclid Avenue Drainage Improvements

The City of Lancaster will begin work on drainage improvements in the 500 block of Euclid Avenue on Monday, September 26. The work will include the installation of two new inlets in Euclid Avenue to alleviate localized ponding water in this area. The work will require closing the 500 block of Euclid Avenue for approximately five days from Monday, September 26, to Friday, September 30.

Holly Pointe Park Playground

We're building a park! Coming soon to Holly Pointe Park: a great new place to play!

On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, volunteers from the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the City of Lancaster, and the Lancaster Recreation Commission will build a great new place for kids to play in ONE day. The playground will be at Holly Pointe Park, at the corner of Red Maple Rd. and Holly Ln. The project is in partnership with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most.

But, before the playground can be built, it must be designed. On May 24, a the Design Huddle was held at Holly Pointe Park with City Department of Public Works to work out in advance some of the logistics of building a playground in one day. Afterwards, local children and parents huddled at Burrowes Elementary School to give those who know play best a chance to design their dream playground. The drawings were then used as inspiration for the parents to finalize the playground design shown here.

The Design Huddle, and this entire effort, has been led by the KaBOOM! Project Manager, Brenna Hull. With her boundless enthusiasm, Brenna exemplifies KaBoom!’s mission of giving all kids “the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive.” Since 1996, KaBoom! has built, opened or improved over 16,000 playgrounds, serving more than 8 million children.

The City won’t be building this playground alone. Neighborhood residents have come forward to assist on committees for children’s activities and food and refreshments on build day. Yes, Build Day, October 4, 2016. That’s when 200 volunteers will converge on Holly Pointe Park to assemble and install the playground equipment. The volunteer effort is being led by the City’s Department of Public Works and the Pennsylvania Municipal League, with help from the Lancaster Recreation Commission, the School District of Lancaster and neighborhood residents. As you can see, the neighborhood is involved in all parts of this project. After all, this is a neighborhood park.

It takes a lot to organize so many volunteers to build a playground in one day. If you or someone you know could donate breakfast or lunch food, coffee, water, or even building tools or food serving supplies, it will make the day that much more successful. And, if you would like to volunteer your time, you can sign up online at www.tfaforms.com/409618.

The Holly Pointe Playground project is made possible by generous funding from the Pennsylvania Municipal League and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, with a grant through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.

If you have any questions about volunteering or donations, please go to the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s website.

For more information about the Holly Pointe Park playground project, please visit our Facebook page.

For more information about KaBoom!, go to www.kaboom.org.

LanCity Connect

The City of Lancaster is proud to announce a residential fiber optic network, LanCity Connect. 

LanCity Connect is a community-based broadband solution connecting friends, neighbors, and local businesses to the Internet. Brought to you by City of Lancaster, and powered by MAW Communications, LanCity Connect is a unique partnership that will bring high speed, affordable internet access to the individuals who live, work, and play in Lancaster. This fiber to the home network will offer residential and business internet connectivity at symmetrical speeds of up to 1 Gbps.   

LanCity Connect will offer 4 tiers of service, with a minimum of 50 Mpbs up to 1000 Mbps (1 Gbps) connections. The cost of the service will depend on your desired bandwidth needs, which is a combination of the speed you want and the number of connected devices in your household.  Residential internet services will be offered in prices from $35-90/month. We will also provide a subsidized rate for our low-income residents. We anticipate being able to add business customers in the second half of 2017.  

For more information, please visit www.lancityconnect.com

TRAFFIC ALERT - Penn Square August 3 & 4

On Wednesday, August 3, between the hours of 9 am to 3 pm, contractors will be detouring both Queen Street and King Street at Penn Square as a new overhead traffic signal pole is installed and the old one is removed.

     - Motorists heading north on Queen Street will be forced to detour east on King Street
       (to Lime-Orange-Queen).
     - Motorists heading east on King Street will be forced to detour north on Queen Street
       (to Chestnut-Duke-King).

Flaggers will be present to help traffic flow and to prevent cross-street issues and intersection blockages. Additionally, we will install a message board on South Queen (at Church) to try to get motorists around the downtown congestion via Church Street to Lime Street. Delays should be expected.

ALSO

On Thursday, August 4, PPL will be restricting the 000 block of North Queen Street (and working at Grant Street) to perform maintenance on the transformer vault grating in the street. Lane and parking restrictions will be present on Queen Street between 9 am and 3 pm. Northbound Queen Street will be down to one lane prior to the monument to prevent issues at the monument at Penn Square. Delays should be expected during this time. 

Water Quality Alert - Fordney Rd & Grandview

A newly relined main on Fordney Road was flushed this morning. This work has been completed, however water may still be discolored. Water should clear in several hours. Fordney Road and Grandview Heights area are affected. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Quality Lab at 291-4818.

Beware of Fraudulent Utility Workers

The City of Lancaster is urging our water customers to be vigilant for imposters posing as water utility workers that continue to use a scam to rob homes across the US and here in Pennsylvania. The imposters, who usually travel in pairs, gain entry to customer's homes claiming to be from the local water department and then while one imposter takes the residents to the basement to explain a fictitious water problem, the second person robs the house. This issue was recently featured on episodes of Good Morning America and Nightline.

The City's water meter readers are dressed in distinct blue uniforms as shown in the picture above. They have tags on their uniforms that have "City of Lancaster" and their name. The name on their City uniform should match with the city issued picture ID badge that they carry also shown above. They will always be in a white city vehicle as shown in the picture above that has the city logo on it and a vehicle number clearly labeled on the front quarter panel.

If anyone knocks on your door claiming to be from the "water department" or some similar phrase, please protect yourself and your family from this dangerous scam. Ask for their City ID badge and make sure the picture matches both the person carrying it and the name tag on their uniform.

Most importantly, a City employee will never ask to come into your home without first making contact with you and scheduling an appointment.

Response to Concerns about Lead in Water

- The City of Lancaster Water Bureau is paying close attention to what unfolded in Flint, Michigan, and our thoughts are with all those who are struggling without access to safe and reliable water in their homes. Customers who receive water service from the City of Lancaster have no reason to question the safety of water at the tap.

- Flint underscores that our first job is to protect the families we serve. Those of us involved in managing, cleaning and delivering water share a solemn obligation to protect public health.

- We do not have first-hand information about what occurred in Flint, but this much seems clear: When Flint switched its water supply source, it did not take the required steps to manage water chemistry. The new water caused lead to leach from service lines and home plumbing –that lead ended up in water coming out of the taps.

- Lead does not come from the treatment plants and water mains; it comes from lead service lines running between the water main in the street and the home, and from plumbing inside the home. In our community, we have less than 2% of lead service lines remaining in our system. We proactively replace lead service lines every year and we require the home owner to replace their portion of the service line if we discover that their plumbing also contains lead.  When we replace mains, we remove the City's lead lines and work with the owners to replace their lines. Replacing these lines require a collaborative effort between our customers and our utility. So as communities and as a broader society, we must advance a serious discussion on how we pay to get the lead out.

- This kind of incident is unlikely here. Since 1992, the City has added a low-level corrosion inhibitor to the water. This additive prevents the dissolving of lead (from home plumbing materials) into the water. We also routinely test for lead in the drinking water at selected older high-risk homes. If more than 10 percent of the homes tested have high lead levels (over 15 parts-per-billion), the City Water Department must notify their consumers. Be assured our water does not have a high level of lead. The City is in compliance with the PA Department of Environmental Regulation Lead & Copper Rule.

- We are not content to simply comply with regulations. We observe the letter of the law and embrace the spirit of it. We conduct over 30,000 water quality test every single year to ensure we are providing the highest quality water we can to our customers.

- There is positive movement in the national approach to eliminating lead risks. The U.S. federal regulation that address lead in drinking water – the Lead and Copper Rule – is currently under revision. The National Drinking Water Advisory Council, which advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has recommended that utilities should create plans for removal of all lead service lines within their systems, with a shared responsibility between the utility and their customers, which we already do here in Lancaster. It also advised that utilities should engage in more outreach to customers on lead, including assisting them with testing their water.

- If you are a property owner, there are steps you can take to address potential risks from lead in water. Lead service lines are typically only present in older homes, but older brass faucets with lead content can be in newer homes. A certified plumber can tell you for sure if you have a lead service line, check for lead solders in your internal pipes and look for fixtures containing lead.

- The only way to know with certainty if you have lead at the tap is to have your water tested by a certified laboratory. If you or your plumber has determined that your home has a lead service line, contact our Water Bureau at (717) 291-4880 about working together to replace it. If calling after business hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned.

- The City of Lancaster is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components in each home. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using the water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you can have the water tested. Information is available at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead, or call the National Lead Information Center at (800) 424-LEAD.

- There are other steps you can take to protect your family, including purchasing a certified water filter to remove lead, making sure you flush out the lines after a period of stagnation in order to get fresh water that is coming from the main, and avoiding consuming water from the hot water tap, where lead is more likely to be present. You can find more guidance on www.drinktap.org.

Additional Facts About Lead

Lead was used as a component of paint, piping (including water service lines), solder, brass, and as a gasoline additive. Lead is no longer used in many of these products, but homes built prior to 1980 could contain high lead paints and plumbing fixtures. Lead can enter tap water through corrosion of brass or chrome plated plumbing materials. EPA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control report lead paint (and the contaminated dust and soil it generates) is the leading source of lead exposure in older homes.

A number of successful steps were taken in the 1980’s to reduce lead in drinking water. As of 1986, the Safe Drinking Water Act prohibits the use of pipe, solder or flux containing high lead levels. The Lead Contamination Control Act of 1988 requires schools and day-care centers to repair or remove water coolers with lead-lined tanks.

If you have questions about lead or water quality concerns, please contact our Water Quality Supervisor drajchel@cityoflancasterpa.com or call 717.291.4833.

Local Research on High Blood Levels in Children

Lancaster General Hospital’s Lead Coalition conducted a research study in 2015 and concluded that there is no association between lead service lines and high blood lead levels in children. Click here for more information about the Lancaster Lead Coalition. 

Chestnut Street Bikeway

The City’s Traffic Commission heard questions from City residents and reviewed a conceptual plan for bike lanes on a portion of Chestnut Street at its November 10th meeting. More than a hundred residents attended the meeting, where Public Works Director Charlotte Katzenmoyer talked about a possible pilot project to test a two-way bikeway for one year. The pilot could begin as early as next spring, pending approval by the Traffic Commission. The section of West Chestnut Street between College Avenue and Mulberry Street is being considered as a location for the pilot bikeway because the street was recently repaved and re-striped.

Mayor Gray, who also serves as Chair of the Traffic Commission, expressed gratitude to residents for participating in the meeting. “This was a very productive discussion, with great questions. There’s a lot of support for our decision to establish bike lanes in the City. This meeting was a good first step in making sure we get it right.”

A second neighborhood meeting to discuss bike lanes will be held at Reynolds Middle School on December 9 at 7:00 pm. Please help spread the word.

Click here to download an FAQ answering the questions listed below that were raised during the November 10th meeting and in the days that followed.

How will people in wheelchairs be able to access RRTA vans in front of the Unitarian Church, since the van lift now goes directly to the sidewalk?

How will snow removal be handled? Will Chestnut Street still be a Snow Emergency Route?

How will bikes handle cars pulling out onto Chestnut Street from the south?

Why do you have yield signs at intersections since cyclists in street don’t need to yield?

How will sight distances be handled for cars pulling out of cross streets?

How will the College Avenue intersection be handled? With signals?

If the pilot is not successful, will it be removed?

What types of signage will be used on side streets?

Will this slow traffic for commuters and people driving into the city?

How many bikes actually use these cycle tracks?

Is this to increase safety for bicycle commuters now or to increase the number of cyclists commuting?

Won’t the Yield signs send a mixed message?

How do we get children to obey the Yield sign?

What do the downtown merchants think of the bikeway?

Why not convert Chestnut Street to two-way traffic?

How will backing out of driveways be handled?

Will there be improved lighting at intersections?

Were traffic counts done in the morning when commuters are coming into the city?

Why was Chestnut Street striped the way that it is now compared to before the new paving?

Is the city considering the safety of residents?

When would the bikeway be completed?

How far will the bikeway go?

Will joggers be allowed in the bike lane?

Will school buses that turn onto Nevin St be able to make this turn safely?

And will parking be lost at this intersection to maintain turning radius?

Will speed bumps be used to control speeds for cyclists and to alert drivers?

Won’t narrow lanes increase accidents for everyone?

Do fatal accidents in the city happen primarily on wider roads?

Will the police department, fire department, and other emergency services get to review this pilot before it’s installed?

How wide is a typical car?

How wide is a ladder fire truck?

How wide is a trash truck?

How will the City handle trash collection?

 

Please post any addition questions on our Facebook page or send them to info@cityoflancasterpa.com. Check our blog often for additional questions and answers.

2015 Leaf Collection

The City’s Annual Street Leaf Collection Program will begin October 26 and continue through December 14, weather permitting. Leaves are collected two different ways depending on where they fall.

Leaves falling into streets are collected by street sweepers. Street sweeping leaf collection follows the twice monthly street sweeping schedule, except on King, Orange, Queen, Prince and Manor Streets and Highland Avenue which are designated for weekly cleaning. Residents can confirm their pickup days by checking the signs on their street. On November 3, 26 and 27, street leaf collection will not occur due to City holidays.

Residents should not rake leaves into street-side gutters, as leaf collection by street sweeping is not intended to be used for the collection of leaves that have fallen on sidewalks and private property. Residents are also reminded that general street cleaning operations continue year-round and parking restrictions are enforced throughout all seasons.

Leaves falling onto sidewalks and the yards of private property will be collected, but must be placed in 30-gallon yard waste bags; leaves should not be placed in plastic bags. Appropriate yard waste bags are free of charge and can be picked up at the following locations:

-          The Treasury Office at 39 West Chestnut Street

-          City Hall at 120 North Duke Street

-          Bureau of Streets at 515 North Franklin Street

-          Recycling Drop-Off Center at 850 New Holland Avenue

Bagged leaves will be collected according to the trash collection schedule on alternating weeks of November 2, November 16 and November 30, ending December 4.

Please be aware that limbs and branches should never be placed in gutters or along curbs since they cause damage to collection equipment. There is a separate recycling program for yard waste between April and October. Please contact the Solid Waste Hotline at (717) 291-4744 or SWHotline@cityoflancasterpa.com for details and schedule.

For more information regarding street cleaning and leaf collection, please contact the Bureau of Streets at (717) 291-4835.

Fall 2015 Flushing

The City of Lancaster, Department of Public Works, will be performing a flushing of the extremities of the distribution system water main pipes to promote maximum water quality.

Flushing operations began on October 13 and will continue daily for approximately four weeks. Addresses that were flushed will be updated daily, see list below.

Flushing may cause customers to observe discolored water and a reduction in water pressure, but this occurrence should be temporary. If customers have any questions or concerns they can call the Water Quality Laboratory at 717-291-4818, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. At all other times, please call the Water Emergency number at 717-291-4816.

FLUSHED ON NOVEMBER 4

206 W Kendig Rd

5 Carlton Ct

5 Lampost Ct

10 Westbridge Ct

5 Newport Ct

12 Candlewyck Ct

117 West Willow Rd

24 Plank Ave

17 Dennis Dr

109 Woodlawn Dr

112 Donnelley Dr

FLUSHED ON NOVEMBER 2

416 Winding Way

1134 Gypsy Hill Rd

1609 Fiddlewood Dr

84 Lamp Post Ln

92 Hitching Post Ln

11 Kathrines Way

1516 Book Rd

Garber Dr @ Providence Pl

110 Providence Pl

Dorianne Dr @ Cheryl Ann Ct

1592 Eshelmanmill Rd

116 Elk Ln

Thunder Ln

1714 Bridge Rd

25 Baldwin Dr

22 Eagle Dr

1116 Village Rd

354 Flintlock Dr

29 Greystone Circle

7 Wyckford Pl

5 Hayward Pl

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 30

6 Pickford Dr

224 Fairfax Dr

113 Westmore Way

5 Stockbridge Circle

4 Grafton Circle

212 Country Meadows Dr

11 Emerson Ct

270 Strasburg Pk

109 Hoover Rd

120 Turnbridge Dr

1830 Conestoga Ave

104 Cliff Ave

126 Harvey Ave

122 Spring Ave

164 Herr Ave

2128 Millcreek Rd

618 Redwood Dr

413 Wendover Way

39 Oakgrove Ln

20 Buckwalter Circle

31 Laurelgate Pl

712 Timbergate Ct

911 Rivergate Ct

110 Linger St

Chandler Ln off Murrcross Way Millersville

21 Strawberry Ln

6 Cranberry Circle

5 Blueberry Circle

829 Paramount Ave

19 Kimberly Ct

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 29

26 Bently Summit

32 Bender Ave

1725 Crossfield Dr

55 Deep Hallow Ln

10 Townsend Ct

26 Greythorne Rd

1857 Spring Ridge Ln

16 Cold Stream Dr

23 Water Leaf Rd

24 Southbrook Dr

104 Goldfield Dr

691 Northfield Dr

664 N Pier Dr

337 Greenland Dr

414 Greenland Dr

447 Lupine Circle

455 Coreopsis Dr

458 Garland Circle

42 Derby Ln

8 Aspen Ct

28 Birch Ct

38 Cedar Ct

43 Dogwood Ct

36 Elm Ct

60 Ginko Ct

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 28

113 Snt Georges Dr

Stonemill Rd @ Kilgannon Ln

700 Stone Creek Rd

2757 Weston Rd

132 Kent Ct

882 Millersville Rd

914 Wheaton Dr

1075 Richmond Rd

1812 Mayflower Circle

210 Armel Dr

1035 Fremont St

Ally 164 @ Fremont St

280 Holly Ln

45 Holly Circle

321 Clover Ave

1591 Peony Rd

416 English Ct

1535 N Jefferson St

1604 Millport Rd

1919 Millport Rd

201 Southridge Dr

213 Southridge Dr

238 Randall Ct

160 American Ave

5 Whitetail Path

206 Bank Barn Ln

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 27

1617 Peony Rd

1725 Wiker Ave

129 Francess Ave

125 Sundra Ave

127 Henrietta Ave

51 Hickory Dr

1735 Pennsylvania Ave

1847 Serene Way

32 N Eastland Ave

150 Jimanna Dr

179 Amanda Circle

1968 Karen Circle

18 Debra Ln

114 Red Oak Rd

287 Black Oak Dr

20 Brandon Ct

858 S Pearl St

859 S Queen St

630 Almanac Ave

Ally 54 @ S Franklin St

29 Pleasant St

5 Belmont St

1425 Putnam Dr

1410 Abbas Ave

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 26

1327 Maple Ave

1528 Springside Dr

972 Elm Ave

140 Wilson Dr

1321 Belle Valley Rd

335 Devon Dr

841 George St

628 E Mifflin St

S Lime St @ E Mifflin St

740 Eastend Ave

Ally 35 @ S Reservoir St

141 Conestoga Woods Rd

9 Woodlyn Ct

227 Holly Ln

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 23

1500 Princess Anne Dr

178 Greenfield Rd

1929 La Salle Ave

1832 Freedom Rd

1905 Horseshoe Rd

405 Brook Terrace

406 Kathryne Ct

408 Cardnial Ct

1690 Weaver Way

1692 Southlawn Dr

313 Cornell Ave

1535 Wheatland Ave

1849 Wheatland Ave

2002 Wheatland Ave

1585 Wilson Ave

4 Bellevue Ct

4 Abington Ct

82 Victoria Ln

70 Summitville Ct

327 Talbot Circle

1830 Ursinus Ave

2112 Manor Ridge Dr

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 22

140 South Tree Dr

275 Plane Tree Dr

230 Wohlsen Way

18 Prestige Ln

110 Urban Dr

2617 Paddock Ln

2632 Standardbred Dr

501 Richardson Dr

127 Hampden Dr

153 Hershey Mill Rd

3887 Columbia Ave

3840 Hempland Rd

1514 Newton Rd

1509 Clayton Rd

1544 Valley Rd

1533 Quarry Ln

606 River Dr

922 Landis Ave

1208 Harrisburg Pk

1518 Marietta Ave

1051 Lititz Ave

1034 N Lime St

Ice Ave @ N Ann St

728 E Ross St

334 Maple Ave

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 21

901 Eden Rd

1710 Taylor Dr

221 Wren Way

130 Cotswald Ct

1260 Barclay Dr

1269 Barclay Dr

1278 Winchester Dr

7 Hartsford Green

10 Lichfield Ln

1371 Foxcroft Dr

130 Langford Circle

260 Eshelman Rd

70 Eshelman Rd

33 Park Circle

3614 Clear Stream Dr

3650 Clear Stream Dr

2170 Noll Dr

221 Rohrerstown Rd

1861 Brubaker Run Rd

1953 Glen Brook Ave

413 Glen Brook Ct

554 Northlawn Ct

575 Woodbine Blvd

628 Woodbine Blvd

668 Steinman Dr

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 20

1998 Speedwell Rd

675 Good Dr

1275 Manheim Pk

154 Roosevelt Blvd

141 Maple Ln

8 Elmwood Terrace

Glen Moore Circle

201 Elizabeth Dr

1302 Rose Ave

1300 Crown Ave

1644 Brookhaven Dr

809 Skyline Dr

826 Salisbury Ct

731 Janet Ave

590 Friendship Ave

640 Martha Ave

1466 New Holland Ave

1046 Edgemoore Ct

1024 Skyline Dr

1020 Salisbury Ct

502 Willow Ln

906 Debbie Dr

Colonial Village Ln

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 19

1289 Getz Way

1306 Banner Dr

1304 Jasmine Ln

157 Colonial Crest Dr

1449 Drake Ln

2257 Nicholsen Sq

413 Revere Rd

145 Sunrise Ave

1954 Melody Ln

21 Cedar Ln

2006 Rachael Dr

2019 Carlton Pl

506 Dolly Dr

2043 Bonnie Dr

716 Ashbourne Ave

610 Covington Pl

1655 Crooked Oak Dr

445 Buttler Ave

371 Carerra Dr

1969 Heatherton Dr

12 Tartan  Ct

349 W Roseville Rd

1890 Fruitville Pk

537 W Roseville Rd

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 16

1306 Stillwater Rd

1331 Beaconfield Ln

2056 Waterford Ln

2040 Stonecrest Dr

2003 Pennwick Rd

18 Fernbrook Circle

2231 Harmony Hill Dr

871 Lamplight Circle

2174 Lois Ln

2128 Colleen Way

2172 Shereem Rd

3831 Oregon Pk

2816 Old Orchard Rd

2531 Ponderosa Dr

1280 Butterfield Rd

Crosswick Ln

Enterprise Court

1107 Enterprise Rd

750 Enterprise Way

2882 Yellow Goose Rd

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 15

209 Bucky Dr

18 Richard Dr

3 Falcon Court

20 Soverign Circle

257 Pulte Rd

2791 Pebblebrook Rd

111 Mitrie Ln

86 Hampton Ln

2782 Southwick Rd

524 Ashford Dr

204 Sppottswood Dr

53 Kreider Ave

486 Royer Dr

257 Heatherstone Way

2053 Wynfield Dr

19 Northgate Ln

130 Langford Circle

Landis Valley Rd @ Alden Dr

2593 Camas Ln

472 Wetherburn Dr

25 Wythe Circle

118 Prentis Pl

20 Levingston Circle

115 Blaikley Circle

284 Springhaven Dr

387 Apple Ln

442 Ringneck Ln

2395 Partridge Ln

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 14

386 Barley Dr

1125 N Bristol Dr

502 Bedford Pl

502 Wellesley Ct

504 Dorset St

641 Rosewood Circle

30 Wright Ave

30 Citation Ln

16 Monarch Point

141 Kings Gate Dr

14 Regency Ct

27 Kings Point

26 Viscount Pl

19 Marquis Ct

23 Old Pos Ln

22 Bennington Circle

Aster Ln @ Starflower View

525 Airport Rd

29 Jared Pl

25 Semple Ct

113 Hibuscus Ct

769 Rosemont Dr

34 Camellia Ct

215 Gardenia Ct

44 Ridings Way

2919 Tiffany Dr

32 Crestmont Ct

770 Jake Landis Rd

640 Laurel Ln

232 Suncrest Rd

306 Snt Thomas Rd

1882 Rohrerstown Rd

1811 Rohrerstown Rd

5816 Wild Lilac Dr

FLUSHED ON OCTOBER 13

967 Fruitville Pk

528 Cheltenham Ct

932 Buckwalter Rd

628 Fleetwood Dr

Olympia St @ Erbs Quarry Rd

490 Snyder Rd

516 Snyder Rd

640 Snyder Rd

12 Druid Circle

499 Stonehendge Dr

7 Barrow Circle

Snyder Rd East Of Bluestone Dr

21 Thresher Court

17 Clover Court

10 Fieldstone Court

316 Millpond Dr

317 Fletcher Dr

288 Bowyer Ln

87 Summer Ln

160 Summer Ln

311 Portland Pl

521 Portland Pl

699 Integrity Dr

8 Silbury Hill

15 Woodhenge Circle

22 Draper Circle

531 Ashton Place

18 Brookside Court

389 N Farm Dr

19 Olde Mill Court

324 Ecker Dr

318 Darlington Court

City Closed for Labor Day

City offices will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labor Day.

Trash collection will be delayed one day for the entire week. Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday and so on for the remainder of the week through Saturday. The Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, September 7, but will be open on Saturday, September 5 from 8:00 am to noon.

There will be no street cleaning on Monday, September 7. Street cleaning will resume it's regular schedule on Tuesday, September 8.

The Lancaster City Visitor Center will be closed on Monday, September 7. 

Wishing all a safe & happy holiday weekend!

2015 Water Main Flushing

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 PM on Sunday, April 5, 2015 and continue daily between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM until approximately May 29, 2015. 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. Bookmark this page - we will regularly post what streets are scheduled to be flushed, and will confirm when they are flushed. 

Flushing may cause customers to observe a slight cloudiness in the water and a reduction in water  pressure, but this occurrence should be temporary and can be remedied by running a second floor faucet for a few minutes. If customers experience cloudy water after this procedure is followed, they may report the occurrenceby calling the Water Quality Lab at 717-291-4818.

Questions? Check our FAQ for answers, or call 717-291-4818.

FLUSHED ON APRIL 29:

      1522 ESHELMAN MILL RD WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      BIRCH DR @ ESHELMAN MILL RD

      71 WILLOW VALLEY DR BLDG 6 WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      22 BEAVER VALLEY PIKE WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      1706 HANS HERR DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      2601 WILLOW STREET PIKE WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      412 WOODHALL DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      29 GREYSTONE CIR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      5 THORNHILL LN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      7 WYCKFORD PL WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      5 HEATHERFIELD DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      610 WOODHALL DR PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      705 WOODHALL DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      32 WYNDMERE WAY PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      5 HAYWARD PL WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      5 GREENBRIER LN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      301 FIELDCREST DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      2047 SILVER LN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      111 SUSAN AVE WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      502 PENN GRANT RD WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      1848 HANS HERR DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      414 WYNWOOD DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      106 SANDSTONE DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      110 COVERED WAGON DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      354 FLINTLOCK DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      210 LANEVIEW DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      318 CRESTLINE DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      321 HOMECREST DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      318 EDGEMONT DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      18 CASEY DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      112 DONNELLY DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      106 FIRST ST WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      105 PENN GRANT RD WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      2921 WILLOW STREET PIKE WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      PEACH BOTTOM RD @ VIOLET AVE

      19 VILLAGE SQ WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      14 BATT AVE WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      15 BARBARA AVE WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      19 MYLIN AVE WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      BARBARA AVE @ PLANK AVE

      NOLT AVE @ W WILLOW RD

      25 NOLT AVE WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      335 CAROLLYNN DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      5 CARLTON CT WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      123 CHARLESTON DR PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      13 COBBLESTONE DR PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      8 LEESBURGE DR PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      5 LAMPOST CT PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      10 WESTBRIDGE CT PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      12 CANDLEWYCK CT PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      5 NEWPORT CT PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      143 CARRIAGE HOUSE DR PEQUEA TOWNSHIP

      1545 N JEFFERSON CT WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      1548 BRAXTON DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      1547 DUNMORE DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      1565 S JEFFERSON CT WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      816 E JEFFERSON CT WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      813 LIGHTFOOT DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      8 CREEKWOOD DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      403 A BANK BARN LN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      326 WOODCREST DR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      101 PEBBLESIDE LN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      106 CROSSCREEK LN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      115 PEBBLE RUN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      108 LITTLE HL WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      1 UPPER GRN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      LOWER GRN @ MIDDLE GRN

      11 UPPER GRN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      128 BANK BARN LN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      206 BANK BARN LN WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      WHITEFIELD LN @ WOLGEMUTH DR

      5 KRESS CIR WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP

      1805 STURBRIDGE DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      1861 STURBRIDGE DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      55 DANBURY RD MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      1840 NANTICOKE RD MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      1885 NANTICOKE RD MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      26 W ROSEVILLE RD MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      120 W ROSEVILLE RD MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      1931 HARRINGTON DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      120 DUNHARROW DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      12 TARTAN CT MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      1961 HEATHERTON DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      152 FOXSHIRE DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      21 CEDAR LN MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      2004 LITITZ PIKE MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      321 E ROSEVILLE RD MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      444 MURRY HILL CIR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      1851 SANTA BARBARA DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      29 E ROSEVILLE RD MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      1739 BILLVIEW DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

      1737 SANTA BARBARA DR MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

Chlorine Taste and Odor in Water

City of Lancaster drinking water customers can have absolute confidence that their drinking water continues to meet or exceed all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act standards and regulations. Some customers have reported a stronger chlorine taste or smell in their drinking water, however water remains safe for consumption and all other uses.

The Water Bureau’s water quality team is working to resolve this temporary, aesthetically-related condition in the water and has adjusted its treatment process to alleviate the issue. The stronger chlorine smell is the result of the recent snow and ice melt that has increased the volume of water in the Conestoga River. This has produced an increase in organic compounds. Organic compounds are removed through the treatment process. Higher concentrations, combined with our disinfection process, can result in the development of various taste and odors, including a stronger chlorine smell or taste in the water. The water is safe for consumption and use. The chlorine residual in the finished water leaving the plant, remains the same. There is not more chlorine in the water; rather the chlorine smell and taste are a byproduct of disinfecting the water and removing the organics.

Filling a pitcher and letting it stand without a lid for a couple hours will typically dissipate a chlorine smell.

To speak with water quality personnel, call (717) 291-4818.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted - February 27

DRINKING WATER PROBLEM CORRECTED

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED: WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK.

Este informe contiene informacion muy importante sobre sy agua de beber. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

As of Friday February 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM, the boil water advisory is lifted for customers residing at:

  • 102, 103, 106, 107, 110, 111, 114, 115, Canterbury Turn.
  • 226, 229, 230, 234, 237, 238, 241, 242, 245, 246, 249, 250, 253, 257 Heatherstone Way

Your water is safe to drink and we have lifted the boil water advisory.

We are pleased to report the problem has been corrected and you are no longer required to boil your water.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Run the cold water faucet or water fountain for 2-3 minutes. Flush out any automatic icemakers. Drain and refill hot water heaters if set below 115 degrees and run water softener through a regeneration cycle.

For further information, please call the Water Quality Laboratory at 291-4818, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. At all other times, please call the Water Emergency number at 291-4816.

This notice is provided by the City of Lancaster. Public Water Supplier ID #7360058 

Boil Water Advisory - February 25

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING

BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR:

  • 102, 103, 106, 107, 110, 111, 114, 115, Canterbury Turn.
  • 226, 229, 230, 234, 237, 238, 241, 242, 245, 246, 249, 250, 253, 257 Heatherstone Way

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 Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 1:00 PM, the City of Lancaster Water Department has issued a boil water advisory caused by water system maintenance. This notice is for customers residing at:

  • 102, 103, 106, 107, 110, 111, 114, 115, Canterbury Turn.
  • 226, 229, 230, 234, 237, 238, 241, 242, 245, 246, 249, 250, 253, 257 Heatherstone Way

The City of Lancaster Water System may be at an increased risk from microbial contamination due to a drop/loss of water pressure within parts of the distribution system. 

Typically a drop/loss of water pressure is the result of a pipeline break or a pump failure. A drop/loss of pressure creates conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through back-flow by back-pressure or back-siphonage. Although there is no direct evidence that the water is unsafe, there is a pronounced increased chance that disease-causing organisms could enter the water distribution system.  

What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using; or use bottled water.  You should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.

What does this mean?

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

What happened? What is being done?

We are working to correct the problem. We will inform you when the situation is corrected and tests confirm the water is safe to drink.

You may also contact the City of Lancaster Water Department: Water Quality Laboratory at (717) 291-4818 Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. After hours, the Water Emergency phone number is (717) 291-4816. 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

This notice is provided by the City of Lancaster. Public Water Supplier ID #7360058 

Notice: Salting of Sidewalks

This winter, be mindful of what type of salt you're using to deice sidewalks. Some types of salt can damage concrete surfaces. In addition, a significant portion of the stormwater within the City drains into the sewer system and subsequently makes it to the wastewater treatment plant. Any deicer with acetate would be the least desired for the sewer system, and the City does not allow anti-skid material to be used, such as sand. As a first choice we recommend salt made with potassium chloride or with magnesium chloride as an alternate to minimize damage to concrete surfaces. Also please apply these products at rates per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Ruth at (717) 291-4729 or rruth@cityoflancasterpa.com.

FAQ about Cartons from Penn Waste

From Penn Waste:

In January, we announced that we will begin taking cartons as an acceptable recyclable item. Many households use cartons on a daily basis. Removing them from the waste stream and allowing these items to be recyclable will have a great impact on the environment.

With any new recyclable material, there may be some questions. In order to provide all of our customers with as much information as possible, we created a flyer on Frequently Asked Questions about Cartons. Topics covered include what a carton is, what are they made from and how to recycle cartons. Please keep reading for more information on carton recycling.

By now, you may already have a good idea of what a carton is. Cartons are a type of packaging for food and beverage products you can purchase at the store. They are easy to recognize and are available in two types – shelf-stable and refrigerated. Shelf-stable carton products include juice, milk, soy milk, soup or broth and wine cartons. These items are typically found on the shelves in the grocery stores. Refrigerated carton products include milk, juice, cream and egg substitutes. These items are typically found in the chilled sections of grocery stores.

So now that you know what a carton is, you may be wondering what cartons are made from. Cartons mainly contain paper in the form of paperboard and thin layers of polyethylene (a type of plastic) and/or aluminum. Shelf-stable cartons contain about 74% paper, 22% polyethylene and 4% aluminum. Refrigerated cartons contain about 80% paper and 20% polyethylene.

Recycling your cartons is easy to do. Simply place your empty carton in your recycle bin with all of your other recyclable items. Here are some more tips to recycle cartons:

  • Make sure your carton is empty
  • Rinse out your carton to remove any odors
  • Remove any caps and straws

Want to learn more about carton recycling? Please be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions piece here. We have also updated our Recycling Guidelines to include cartons. You may also want to visit the carton council’s websitefor more information on carton recycling.

To stay up to date on all things recycling or collection updates, be sure to like our Facebook pagefollow us on Twitter and sign up for our E-News Updates.

 

Winter Weather Reminders from Penn Waste

From Penn Waste:

In anticipation of the bad weather in the forecast over the next few days, below are several winter reminders to ensure your safety, the safety of our employees and that your trash and recycling gets collected.

Trash Bags – White trash bags blend in with the snow. If you have a darker colored trash bag that you could use or a trash can that you can place your bag in, it will make it easier for our employees to see ensuring that your trash gets collected.

Access to Your Trash & Recycling – Please make sure there is a clear, safe path for our employees to access your trash and recycling.

Bad Weather – Trash and recycling may not be collected at the exact time that it usually is due to poor weather conditions. Please visit www.pennwaste.com  to sign up for e-news alerts (scroll to the bottom of the homepage) and visit our website throughout the day for updates regarding your service. You can also find updates on our social media sites – www.facebook.com/pennwaste and www.twitter.com/pennwaste.

Children –Safety is our number one priority. If you have children who are out playing in the snow, please be mindful of them playing close to the streets since visibility may be impaired due to poor weather conditions.

Slow Down Before You Go Around – If you are behind a trash or recycling truck, please make sure you slow down before you go around. Check for traffic coming in the opposite direction before going around the truck and make sure you look for our employees before trying to pass.

Keep Your Eyes On the Road When Driving – Please do not text and drive or get absorbed with other distractions such as playing with the radio or fixing your makeup. You are putting yourself, others on the road and our employees at risk. Keep your eyes on the road at all times and give yourself some room between other cars when driving. 

Below are additional winter reminders for our customers who have Penn Waste dumpsters:

Wet Items Freeze to Dumpsters – Exposed, wet items freeze to your dumpster in these cold winter temperatures. It makes it very difficult for our drivers to safely and efficiently empty your frozen dumpsters which may lead to waste remaining in your container after dumping. Please close your lids!

Please Make Sure the Road to Your Container is Plowed – The weight of the truck will compact the snow creating a sheet of ice, resulting in a serious safety hazard for our drivers.

Do Not Block Access to Your Dumpster with Excess Snow – This includes gates, corral and the path to direct access.

Corral Pins – If you have a corral that has doors, the corral pins which hold the doors closed can freeze which may prevent us from accessing your dumpster or being able to close the doors. Placing salt around the pins can help alleviate this from happening, but we ask that you be aware of this in case we are not able to access your dumpster.

Thank you for working with us so we can effectively collect your trash and recycling while maintaining the safety of our employees.

Please check out Penn Waste's blog for these tips and more.

City Services Holiday Schedule

Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, City offices will be closed on: Thursday, December 25; Friday, December 26; and Thursday, January 1.

There will be no Street Cleaning on Thursday, December 25 or Thursday, January 1. 

City curbside collection of trash and recyclables scheduled for December 25 & 26 and January 1 & 2 will be delayed one day. Residents with Friday collection are reminded to set out trash and recycling at curbside by 2:00 AM on Saturday morning since Penn Waste will begin early.

The Recycling Drop Off Center located at 850 New Holland Avenue will be closed December 25 and January 1 for the holiday and will also close early at 12:00 PM (Noon) on Christmas Eve, December 24.  The Center will be open regular hours on Friday, December 26 (10:00 AM –  5:00 PM) and Saturday, December 27 (8:00 AM – Noon). Regular operating hours are in effect for December 31 and January 2-3.

Residents are encouraged to recycle holiday packaging including corrugated cardboard, gift boxes and wrapping paper either at curbside or delivery to the Drop Off Center.

For additional information or questions please call the Solid Waste Hotline at (717) 291-4762 or the Streets Department at (717) 291-4839.

Thanksgiving Trash Collection Schedule

Residential trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Thursday, November 27. Thursday’s route will run Friday, November 28. Friday’s route will run Saturday. November 29. Friday customers should set out trash on Friday evening since the contractor will begin collection at 2:00 AM on Saturday.

Contact the Solid Waste Hotline at 291-4744 with questions. City offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.

Notice: Water Main Flushing

The City of Lancaster, Department of Public Works, will be performing a flushing of the extremities of the distribution system water main pipes to promote maximum water quality.

Flushing operations will begin at 8:00 AM, Wednesday October 1st, 2014 and continue daily between the hours of 8:00 AM to 2 PM until approximately November 17th, 2014.

Flushing may cause customers to observe a slight cloudiness in the water and a reduction in water pressure, but this occurrence should be temporary. If customers have any questions or concerns they can call the Water Quality Laboratory at 717-291-4818, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. At all other times, please call the Water Emergency number at 717-291-4816.

FLUSHING  ADDRESSES:

October 23rd, 2014

THUNDER LN

1714 BRIDGE RD

25 BALDWIN DR

22 EAGLE DR

1116 VILLAGE RD

29 GREYSTONE CIRCLE

7 WYCKFORD PL

5 HAYWARD PL

206 W KENDIG RD

5 CARLTON CT

5 LAMPOST CT

10 WESTBRIDGE CT

5 NEWPORT CT

12 CANDLEWYCK CT

117 WEST WILLOW RD

24 PLANK AVE

17 DENNIS DR

109 WOODLAWN DR

112 DONNELLY DR

 

2014 Leaf Collection

The City’s Annual Street Leaf Collection Program will begin on October 20 and continue through mid December, weather permitting.  Leaves are collected differently depending on where they fall.  Leaves falling into streets are collected with city sweeping equipment.  This service is not intended to be used for the collection of leaves that have fallen on sidewalks and private property.  Residents should not rake leaves into street-side gutters.

Street sweeping leaf collection follows the twice monthly street sweeping schedule except on certain major thoroughfares that are designated for weekly cleaning (King, Orange, Queen, Prince and Manor Streets and Highland Avenue).  All residents on the twice monthly schedule should check their local street signs to confirm their pickup date on the first and third weeks or second and fourth weeks of the month.  City holidays fall on Election Day (November 4) and Thanksgiving (November 27 and 28).  Leaf collection will not occur on these holidays, but will resume for those missed streets on the next regularly scheduled street sweeping/leaf collection day.

Leaves falling in the yards of private property will also be collected, but must be placed in the 30-gallon paper yard waste bags that are available free of charge at any of the following locations:  Treasury Office at 39 West Chestnut Street, City Hall at 120 North Duke Street, Bureau of Streets at 515 North Franklin Street, and the Recycling Drop-Off Center at 850 New Holland Avenue.  Bagged leaves will be collected by Penn Waste, the City’s trash contractor, according to the trash collection schedule on alternating weeks of November 3, November 17 and December 1.  Leaves should not be placed in plastic bags.  

Residents are also reminded that general street cleaning operations continue year-round and parking restrictions are enforced throughout all seasons. For more information regarding street cleaning and leaf collection, please contact the Bureau of Streets at (717) 291-4835.

Please be aware that limbs and branches should never be placed in gutters or along curbs since they cause damage to collection equipment. There is a separate recycling program for yard waste between April and October.  Please contact the Solid Waste Hotline at (717) 291-4744 or SWHotline@cityoflancasterpa.com for details and schedule.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted - August 28

DRINKING WATER PROBLEM CORRECTED

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED: WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK.

Este informe contiene informacion muy importante sobre sy agua de beber. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

As of Thursday August 28 at 8:00 AM, the boil water advisory is lifted for customers residing at:

  • 1934 Blue Ridge Dr.
  • 68 Alan Dr.
  • 70 Alan Dr.
  • 72 Alan Dr.

Your water is safe to drink and we have lifted the boil water advisory.

We are pleased to report the problem has been corrected and you are no longer required to boil your water.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Run the cold water faucet or water fountain for 2-3 minutes. Flush out any automatic icemakers. Drain and refill hot water heaters if set below 115 degrees and run water softener through a regeneration cycle.

For further information, please call the Water Quality Laboratory at 291-4818, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. At all other times, please call the Water Emergency number at 291-4816.

 

Notice provided by the City of Lancaster, Bureau of Water     Public Water Supplier ID#: 7360058

Boil Water Advisory - August 25

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 Monday, August 25, 2014, at 2:00 PM, the City of Lancaster Water Department has issued a boil water advisory caused by water system maintenance. This notice is for customers residing at:

  • 1934 Blue Ridge Rd.
  • 68 Alan Dr.
  • 70 Alan Dr.
  • 72 Alan Dr.

The City of Lancaster Water System may be at an increased risk from microbial contamination due to a drop/loss of water pressure within parts of the distribution system. 

Typically a drop/loss of water pressure is the result of a pipeline break or a pump failure. A drop/loss of pressure creates conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through back-flow by back-pressure or back-siphonage. Although there is no direct evidence that the water is unsafe, there is a pronounced increased chance that disease-causing organisms could enter the water distribution system.  

What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using; or use bottled water.  You should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.

What does this mean?

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

What happened? What is being done?

We are working to correct the problem. We will inform you when the situation is corrected and tests confirm the water is safe to drink.

You may also contact the City of Lancaster Water Department: Water Quality Laboratory at (717) 291-4818 Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. After hours, the Water Emergency phone number is (717) 291-4816. 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

This notice is provided by the City of Lancaster. Public Water Supplier ID#7360058 

Boil Water Advisory Lifted

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED: WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK.

Este informe contiene informacion muy importante sobre sy agua de beber. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

As of Thursday June 12 at 8 o’clock in the morning, the boil water advisory is lifted 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 Mary St.

214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 247, 249, 251 North Pine St.

529, 533, 537, 541 West Chestnut St.

Your water is safe to drink and we have lifted the boil water advisory.

We are pleased to report the problem has been corrected and you are no longer required to boil your water.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Run the cold water faucet or water fountain for 2-3 minutes. Flush out any automatic icemakers. Drain and refill hot water heaters if set below 115 degrees and run water softener through a regeneration cycle.

For further information, please call the Water Quality Laboratory at 291-4818, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. At all other times, please call the Water Emergency number at 291-4816.

Notice provided by the City of Lancaster, Bureau of Water

Boil Water Advisory - June 10

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 Mary St.

214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 247, 249, 251 North Pine St.

529, 533, 537, 541 West Chestnut St.

The City of Lancaster Water System may be at an increased risk from microbial contamination due to a drop/loss of water pressure within parts of the distribution system. 

Typically a drop/loss of water pressure is the result of a pipeline break or a pump failure. A drop/loss of pressure creates conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through back-flow by back-pressure or back-siphonage. Although there is no direct evidence that the water is unsafe, there is a pronounced increased chance that disease-causing organisms could enter the water distribution system.  

What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using; or use bottled water.  You should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.

What does this mean?

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

What happened? What is being done?

We are working to correct the problem. We will inform you when the situation is corrected and tests confirm the water is safe to drink.

You may also contact the City of Lancaster Water Department: Water Quality Laboratory at (717) 291-4818 Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. After hours, the Water Emergency phone number is (717) 291-4816. 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

This notice is provided by the City of Lancaster. Public Water Supplier ID#7360058 

City of Lancaster Wins the BUBBA!

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 or redevelopment projects in urban areas with more than 75% site impervious cover.

To put it simply, the old intersection was dangerous and uninspiring. Now, the same intersection is safer, with a 5 MPH reduction in average traffic speed, and features rain gardens, a new porous patio for the Lancaster Brewing Company, and a multi-tasking public art project. Best of all, this entire project manages 1.7 million gallons annually and keeps it out of the city’s over burdened combined sewer system.

All of the new elements of the intersection keep excess stormwater from reaching the sewer system. The rain gardens are full of native shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and new tree species, and the patio is made of permeable pavers. These components allow stormwater, which would otherwise flow into the Conestoga River and all the way to the Chesapeake Bay, to soak into the ground and be treated by the natural filtration and microbial action within the soils below the area. The public art installation, the Lancaster Gateway Bundle, includes a 700 gallon cistern that collects stormwater runoff from the roof of the Lancaster Brewing Company. This cistern serves both as public art and as irrigation for planters where the brewery grows some of their own produce.

After the project was named Best Ultra-Urban BMP, it went up against projects that placed first place in other categories, like Best Innovative BMP and Best Homeowner BMP. Online voting took place to name the “ultimate” first place winner, and 1851 votes were cast. The reconstruction of the intersection of Plum and Walnut Streets received over 800 of those votes, making the City of Lancaster the grand prize winner of $5,000!

What was once a dangerous intersection is now a model for green infrastructure, and an award-winning one at that. Thank you to all who voted! For more information about green infrastructure in the City of Lancaster, visit www.saveitlancaster.com.

Closures Scheduled for New Holland Avenue

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 to be milled is located between East Ross Street and Walnut Street. Nearly 14,000 vehicles use this portion of New Holland Avenue on a daily basis. Traffic will be detoured during the day around the milling operation. The area where the milling operation is underway will also be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists while the work is underway.

The milling operation will start at the east end at East Ross Street and proceed west toward Walnut Street.  The first day will address the area between East Ross Street and North Reservoir Street; the second day will deal with the pavement between North Reservoir Street and North Franklin Street. The eastbound detour for both of these sections will utilize westbound Walnut Street, North Lime Street, and East Ross Street back to New Holland Avenue. The westbound detour will utilize East Ross Street and North Plum Street.

Barring any delays due to weather or equipment breakdowns, the third day will address the portion of New Holland Avenue between North Franklin Street and North Plum Street. The last section to be addressed on Thursday and Friday is the state road portion between North Plum Street and Walnut Street. The eastbound detour for these two sections will utilize westbound Walnut Street, North Lime Street, and East Ross Street. The westbound detour will direct motorists south on North Franklin Street to Walnut Street.  

In addition to the daytime milling operation, nighttime paving work is also scheduled. Construction crews will be paving new blacktop to replace the old asphalt that has been removed by the milling operation. This nighttime work will take place between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. during the weeks of May 19 and May 27. No paving will take place over the Memorial Day weekend and Memorial Day. The paving operation will restrict traffic to a single lane with flaggers assisting motorists through the work zone.

Some of the old asphalt pavement in this area contains very low levels of asbestos. In the 1960s and early 1970s, asbestos fibers were sometimes used in asphalt pavements. When it comes time to replace  these old asphalt pavements, PennDOT takes extra precautions to remove this material safely. Due to the high traffic volumes traveling through this area, one of the precautions being taken by the contractor is to detour traffic around the work area. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also kept away from the area during the active milling operation. Residents are advised to remain indoors while the milling operation is underway.

The work on New Holland Avenue is part of a larger $3.5-million project begun in the summer of 2012 to repair and resurface Orange Street and New Holland Avenue in Lancaster City as well as small portion of Route 23 east of Route 30. The contractor for this work is Pennsy Supply, Inc. of Annville, Pennsylvania. Orange Street was completed last year. New Holland Avenue and the Route 23 portion will be completed by mid-summer of this year.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the PennDOT Project Field Office at (717) 266-8109 or the job superintendent at (717) 587-0071.

Public Works to Flush Water Distribution Mains

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  pressure, but this occurrence should be temporary and can be remedied by running a second floor faucet for a few minutes. If customers experience cloudy water after this procedure is followed,  they may report the occurrenceby calling the Water Quality Lab at 717-291-4818.

Questions? Check our FAQ for answers, or call 717-291-4818.

FLUSHED ON MONDAY, MAY 5 - SECTIONS 27 + 28

1910 Haroldson Ave  

1929 Geraldson Dr  

299 Rhoda Dr  

349 Teddy Ave  

319 Richland Dr  

448 Trena Ave  

2043 Bonnie Dr  

501 Dolly Dr  

111 Savo Ave  

71 Delp Rd  

351 Maxson Rd  

2215 Blossom Valley Rd  

2330 Wicklyn Rd  

44 Peach Ln  

81 Peach Ln  

82 Barre Dr  

20 Blossom Hill Dr  

396 Arbor Rd  

124 Northview Dr  

2470 Lititz Pike  

1546 S Jefferson Ct  

813 Lightfoot Dr  

1548 Braxton Dr  

1547 Dunmore Dr  

805 E Jefferson Ct  

309 Woodcrest Dr  

101 Pebbleside Ln  

106 Crosscreek Ln  

115 Pebble Run  

106 Bank Barn Ln  

206 Bank Barn Ln  

404 Little Hl

3 Fiddlers Grn  

1 Upper Grn  

Lower Grn @ Middle Grn

1609 Fiddlewood Dr  

1767 Rockvale Rd  

84 Lamppost Ln  

1764 Pioneer Rd  

89 Apple Blossom Dr  

1712 Pioneer Rd  

117 Chelsea Loop        

19 Kimberly Ct  

25 Baldwin Dr  

22 Eagle Dr  

17 Baldwin Dr  

21 Strawberry Ln  

6 Cranberry Cir  

5 Blueberry Cir  

Trash and Recycling Program Update

Due to the continued challenges created by melting and refreezing of snow/ice on streets and the accumulation of snow along the curbs that restrict travel on streets, it is very difficult for trash and recycling collection crews to access some streets. Penn Waste crews are doing their best to collect, but environmental conditions and safety may prevent the collection of trash and recyclables on schedule. Excess weekly trash will be collected when accessible.

There are some steps that residents can take to assist crews:

1.       Be sure trash containers are within reach and not frozen into ice and snow.

2.       Remove accumulated snow from trash containers and recycling bins.  Never shovel snow into streets.

3.       Make a cut out in the sidewalk adjacent to the curb to set containers and bags.

4.       If trash goes uncollected, leave it there so crews can get it when conditions improve.

5.       Be sure that trash is secured in bags and cans to prevent spillage or scavenging by animals and birds.

The weather this winter has created some unusual hazards and the city and contractor both appreciate residents’ patience.  

Water Quality Alerts - February 19

Customers in several areas may be experiencing brown or discolored water today, Wednesday, February 19.

The areas affected include:

- 800 - 900 block of N. President Avenue and Landis Avenue
- Willow Street
- South Pearl Street at High Street

The water should clear by later this evening. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Water Quality Lab at 291-4818.

Tree Debris Disposal

During the recent ice storm, many tree branches were downed. While the City will remove street tree debris due to the recent ice storms, this is being done to provide for public safety of the motoring public. Trees removed from private property will need to be disposed of by the property owner. Some township composting sites will accept this debris.

For example, West Earl Township has a drop site for tree cuttings and chipped tree debris. There is a $10.00 fee per load (pick-up truck to dump truck) to access the facility on a 24 hour basis. If there is a need to drop material at the site, the persons or business will need to stop at the office which is located at 157 West Metzler Road, Ephrata, PA 17522, during our normal working hours (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) to purchase an access card. This is only for tree cutting and chips. NO STUMPS are accepted at this site.

Please contact other surrounding municipalities to inquire if they will accept tree cuttings before making the trip.

Mayor’s Report - January 28, 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 is the most recent.  The incident provides an opportunity to remind the public of what to expect during a snow emergency, and to review  how snow emergencies are managed.  

1.       First, residents are encouraged to sign up for Facebook, Twitter, and alerts on the City's website.

2.       Second, residents are encouraged to determine whether or not they live on a snow emergency route, and to identify the Parking Authority Garage located closest to their residence.  Note that  garages owned by the Red Rose Transit Authority and by Lancaster Newspapers are not part of the Parking Authority network.

3.       A snow emergency declaration allows crews to plow from curb-to-curb.  This plowing cannot be done if vehicles remain parked along the route. 

4.       When a snow emergency goes into effect, City Police begin going door-to-door along snow emergency routes in an attempt to locate owners of vehicles that remained parked along these routes.  When efforts to locate those residents failed, vehicles are ticketed and towed. 

5.       During last week's emergency, Police started ticketing and going door-to-door at approximately 3 pm.  They continued this effort through the night until midnight. Towing began at approximately 4 pm. 

6.       Ticketing of these vehicles is required by the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.  Towing is done by a private tow operator under contract with the City.  Last February, after following the required bidding process, the City's towing contract was awarded to Silverback towing. 

7.       An estimated 125 vehicles were towed during last week's snow emergency.  Since that time, we have received complaints from residents related to the service provided by the towing company.  We are reviewing our contract with the company and will take whatever steps we can legally take to address these issues.  

Rick Gray
Mayor

City offices closed for Christmas & New Year's

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 31 will run as normal. Wednesday, January 1 through Friday, January 3 will all run one day behind.

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 holiday season!

 

Trash collection suspended due to weather

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 Waste Hotline at 291-4744 or via email atswhotline@cityoflancasterpa.com.

City offices closed for Thanksgiving

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!

Election Day Information

Next Tuesday is the first Tuesday in November - Election Day! Here are a few reminders:

- Vote! To find your polling place, click here. The polls are open 7 am until 8 pm!

- The City will be closed for Election Day. This means that there will be NO street cleaning on Tuesday, November 5.

- There WILL be trash collection. Trash, recycling and bagged leaves will be collected as regularly scheduled. If you have any questions, please call the Solid Waste Hotline at (717) 291-4744.

2013 Leaf Collection

Being in the midst of an Indian summer, it doesn’t feel much like fall these days – but the leaves are still turning! That means the City’s Annual Street Leaf Collection Program will begin October 14. Leaves are collected two different ways depending on where they fall.

Leaves falling into streets are collected by street sweepers. Street sweeping leaf collection follows the twice monthly street sweeping schedule, except on King, Orange, Queen, Prince and Manor Streets and Highland Avenue, which are designated for weekly cleaning.

Residents can confirm their pickup days by checking the signs on their street. On November 5th, 28th and 29th, leaf collection will not occur due to City holidays.

Residents should not rake leaves into street-side gutters, as leaf collection by street sweeping is not intended to be used for the collection of leaves that have fallen on sidewalks and private property. 

Leaves falling in the yards of private property will be collected, but must be placed in 30-gallon yard waste bags; leaves should not be placed in plastic bags. Appropriate yard waste bags are free of charge and can be picked up at the following locations:

-          The Treasury Office at 39 West Chestnut Street

-          City Hall at 120 North Duke Street

-          Bureau of Streets at 515 North Franklin Street

-          Recycling Drop-Off Center at 850 New Holland Avenue. 

Bagged leaves will be collected by Penn Waste on the weeks of November 4, November 18 and December 2 in relation to the trash collection schedule.

Leaf collection will continue through mid-December, weather permitting.

If you have questions about street cleaning and leaf collection, feel free to call the Bureau of Streets at (717) 291-4835.