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
July 28, 2015
Lancaster Unity was originally formed after I saw litter on the sidewalks of our beautiful city. I posted on Facebook asking what we could do about the trash, people responded, one thing led to another and eventually we held our first community clean up. Almost a year later, we are looking forward to our fifth clean up event.  On Saturday, August 22, Lancaster Unity and Isaac's Famous Grilled Sandwiches invite the community to come out and pick up litter around the city. The litter collected will be used for “Let's RETHINK Litter in Lancaster”, a Litter Letter Project sponsored by Lancaster... read more
June 30, 2015
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has completed its Annual Community Assessment for the City of Lancaster for the period 1/1/14 – 12/31/14 and has determined that the City of Lancaster has the capacity to carry out its programs and has met its reporting requirements for the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant programs.  Click here to view the assessment.  
May 22, 2015
As Lancaster City Council members attempted to balance the wishes of residents who wanted to keep backyard hens with the concerns of their neighbors, it was small size of city lots that was the biggest factor. The typical lot in Lancaster City is 2,000 square feet, or less than .05 of an acre. Corner or duplex lots are often about 2,500 square feet. Councilwoman Danene Sorace said during the May 4 Council committee meeting that it would be impossible for her neighbors not to see or smell hens if she kept them in her back yard. City Council's Community Development and Planning Committee voted... read more

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