December 7, 2015
The City Stormwater Bureau and SaveIt! would like to remind residents to winterize their rain barrels. It’s that time of year again! As December progresses and the winter chill settles in for good, it is time to winterize your rain barrel. Freezing temperatures can damage rain barrels, their diverters and faucets, and other parts and accessories. So, we recommend property owners winterize their rain barrels. Here a few tips: - Be careful! Full rain barrels are heavy! A gallon of water weighs over 8 lbs., so a full rain barrel can weigh more than 400lbs. - Start by draining the rain barrel.... read more
November 20, 2015
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... read more
October 20, 2015
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... read more
October 13, 2015
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... read more
October 12, 2015
Three abstract metal sculptures by the late artist Tedd Pettibon have been installed at 6th Ward Park. The sculptures were donated to the City of Lancaster by the estate of Tedd Pettibon after his death in 2014. Pettibon was a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College and an Adjunct Instructor at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Pettibon earned his MFA in sculpture from Sam Houston State University in Texas and a BFA in sculpture from Indiana University of PA. Pettibon used earthy, solid materials to create his art – steel, bronze, wood,... read more
October 2, 2015
  • turn around don't drown
A reminder to take precaution whenever a prolonged rain falls over several days or when an intense amount of rain falls over a short period of time. Water is a powerful force of Mother Nature and it doesn’t take much for a flash flood to strike. Roads and other areas covered by water should not be entered regardless if you’re on foot or in a vehicle. You may not truly know the depth of the water or the state of the ground/road underneath. Plan ahead and use an alternative route when traveling near the areas listed below. Play it safe and “turn around don’t drown®”.  FLOOD PRONE AREAS IN THE... read more
September 8, 2015
Congratulations to Robert (Bob) Snyder, who has been selected as the September 2015 Employee of the Month. Bob is a HSI/Building Inspector for EDNR/Codes Compliance & Inspections and has been with the City since October 2002. Bob is recognized for his assistance in a particular event that occurred during the month of August.  City Health officers encountered a situation involving an elderly man living in sub-standard conditions.  The Health officers were unable to receive a timely response from a social service agency and needed an immediate action plan for the man’s relocation because... read more
September 2, 2015
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,... read more
August 25, 2015
LEGAL NOTICE Regarding the City’s Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program NOTICE OF SUBSTANTIAL PROGRAM CHANGES The City of Lancaster proposes a substantial amendment to its 2015 “Annual Action Plan”. It is proposed that $50,000 in unspent 2014 CDBG funds be added to the Vacant & Blighted Property Acquisition & Disposition Project. The City will accept citizen comments regarding these two proposed, CDBG Program Amendments for 30 days (August 27 to September 28, 2015).  Persons interested in commenting on the proposed Amendments should contact the Kari Shrom,... read more
August 10, 2015
Something tricky about Public Art is how difficult it can be to measure its impact. It’s easy to justify that a city needs, say, fairly reliable sewer system maintenance. But Public Art maintenance? It can be tough. Is there Lancaster City data on how many commuters remark on “Silent Symphony?” Are there statistics for how ineffably a Musser Park sculpture brightens someone’s day? It’s hard to argue that pieces of Public Art don’t enhance a landscape, of course, but what else does it really do? Well, I’m glad you asked. Since I started this internship two months ago, plenty of people have... read more

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