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
February 20, 2019
Due to inclement weather, City Hall will close at 11 a.m. The Recycling Drop Off Center will close at 12 p.m.  Street cleaning has been suspended for the remainder of the day.  Penn Waste was able to collect all trash this morning, and most of recycling. If you are a Wednesday customer and your recycling did not get picked up, please leave it curbside - it will be collected tomorrow if weather allows, or Friday at the latest.  Tonight’s City Planning Commission meeting and public hearing for 95 Chesapeake Street is cancelled. All agenda items will be forwarded to the next regularly scheduled... read more
February 15, 2019
The Lancaster County Planning Commission, the Lancaster Intermunicpal Committee, and the City of Lancaster announced today the release of the preliminary public draft of the Lancaster Active Transportation Plan. The plan is available for review and comment at Working together, the three entities helped guide the preparation of the Draft Active Transportation Plan. The Plan presents a vision for the future that enables people of all ages and abilities to move safely and conveniently throughout the county on an interconnected network of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit... read more
February 15, 2019
Congratulations to Scott Murphy who was named Neighbor of the Month for February! Scott, originally from Pottstown, bought his home on North Mary Street in 2000 and has been an integral part of the neighborhood ever since! He lives there with his son Rowan, who is a third grader at Fulton Elementary.  The neighbor that nominated Scott said, "Scott works tirelessly for the 100 block of N. Mary St. He consistently cleans up the neighborhood with his son, picking up trash and notifying neighbors of any problem areas. He organizes our block party every year and gets required signatures. His kid... read more