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April 15, 2019
City Hall will be closed on Friday, April 19 for Good Friday.  There will be no street cleaning on Friday, April 19. Trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule.  Both the Lancaster City Visitor Center and the Recycling Drop-Off Center will be open regular hours on Friday, April 19. The Lancaster City Visitor Center will be closed on Sunday, April 21 for Easter.
April 12, 2019
Please join Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace, City of Lancaster staff, and others, for the public presentation of the City of Lancaster’s Municipal Operations Climate Action Plan. The City’s plan represents a bold step forward and a steadfast commitment to meeting the terms set forth by the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. Speakers will include Mayor Sorace, NPR’s Marie Cusick who will deliver a keynote speech regarding climate policy in Pennsylvania, and Senior Planner Douglas Smith who will discuss details of the plan. Time for Q&A will be provided after the presentation has concluded. WHEN:... read more
April 5, 2019
"It never hurts to make a little extra money," said school crossing guard Patricia Esh. Esh started as a school crossing guard with the City of Lancaster in October 2017. She has been a stay-at-home mom for 16 years, and once her youngest started middle school she decided it was time to get out of the house. "When I saw the ad for crossing guards and that it was only 2 hours a day, I thought, 'Why not?' " said Esh. "I have been able to get myself a new car and make the payments from my paychecks, which makes me feels like I am contributing to our household." Outside of her regular hours, she... read more
April 4, 2019
I speak for the streets. The streets of Lancaster City that is. All 113 miles of streets, and 8.5 miles of alley in every corner. Some of us are tired, worn thin, and pock-marked. We get jostled around every time wheels pass over us. Especially the big trucks (yikes!). Dug up unceremoniously because what lies beneath is leaking or needing replacement. What lies beneath? A web of piping carrying water, sewer, stormwater, gas, telecommunications, electrical conduit.  Some of it is very old! How old is it? A hundred and twenty-five years old just at the corner of Lemon and Prince! Made of wood,... read more
March 28, 2019
Congratulations to Thomas Goodhart, who was named Neighbor of the Month for March! Thomas is a Lancaster City native, and currently lives on Pearl Street in the home he grew up in since 1968.  Several neighbors nominated Thomas, noting that he is the "unoffical mayor" of their block! One neighbor said, "He is quick to help you shovel your sidewalk. He has adopted our block and takes that role seriously. He even make sure no one steals the packages from his neighbors stoops!" Another neighbor wrote, "Since we've known Thomas, he has always been eager to say hello and share a conversation or a... read more
March 26, 2019
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 Monday April 1, 2019 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Operations will allow for the cleaning of each main at least once during the designated flushing dates. Visit our website, Facebook and Twitter regularly, or sign up for South Central Alerts, for schedule updates. Bookmark this page - we will regularly post what streets are scheduled to be flushed. Flushing may cause customers to observe a slight cloudiness in the... read more
March 3, 2019
Due to inclement weather, City offices will operate on a two-hour delay on Monday, March 4. There will be no street cleaning. 
February 28, 2019
Mayor Sorace is pleased to announce the appointment of Jess King as the new Chief of Staff for the City of Lancaster. King lives in southeast Lancaster City with her husband and two daughters. She was most recently a candidate for congress in Pennsylvania’s 11th District, after serving as Executive Director of ASSETS from 2010 to 2018. She brings two decades of expertise in affordable housing and economic development, as well as a commitment to equity, opportunity, and public service for the good of others. “A commitment to the well-being of the City, its staff and residents, is essential to... read more
February 22, 2019
The Mobile Food Facility fire safety regulations promulgated by the Lancaster City Bureau of Fire, Fire Marshal Division, set to be enforced beginning March 1, 2019 are temporarily suspended. Revised regulations are being drafted and will be implemented following a necessary review by the City’s solicitor. In the interim, the Fire Marshal will be conducting courtesy fire safety inventory inspections of Mobile Food Facilities in conjunction with routine Health Officer inspections whenever possible and practical. Registered Mobile Food Facility operators, and those seeking registration, will be... read more
February 22, 2019
The Lancaster City Bureau of Fire has determined the early morning fire that claimed the lives of Lydia and Jose Montes on Feb. 14 was accidental. The fire at 758 Poplar St. originated in a second-floor bedroom, but due to significant fire damage in the room of origin, investigators have not specifically cited a cause at this time. The home sustained a total fire loss of $75,000. The fire was jointly investigated by the Lancaster City Fire Marshal Division, Lancaster City Bureau of Police and Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal. The Lancaster City Bureau of Fire reminds residents to:... read more

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