February 12, 2016
Poverty is an economic and moral issue that threatens social justice and quality of life in Lancaster City and across our nation. Our community has decided to take a stand against this epidemic that is impacting our vulnerable neighbors. The Mayor's Commission to Combat Poverty will engage the community to increase the understanding of local poverty and undergo a problem solving process to make Lancaster City a better place for all. Join the Mayor's Commission to Combat Poverty at the first public hearing, February 18, 2016 at Reynolds Middle School from 6 to 9 pm to discuss Core Services.... read more
February 4, 2016
- 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,... read more
January 28, 2016
Snow removal along the entire length of all snow emergency routes has been completed. Travel lanes on all side streets in all neighborhoods have been opened. To report anything that may have been missed, please contact the Streets Department at 717-291-4835. Today, Thursday, January 28, clean-up in underway across the City. Work crews, each with a backhoe and 2 dump trucks, are stationed in all 12 City sectors and the Downtown. Each crew is removing snow piles at intersections and clearing curb cuts for passage.   Residents are reminded to clear sidewalks for safe passage. For assistance with... read more
January 27, 2016
Crews have completed almost all snow removal in Lancaster City. By Thursday morning, all snow emergency routes will be cleared from curb-to-curb along their entire length from curb-to-curb. These emergency routes include: * Duke Street * Lime Street * Walnut Street * Chestnut Street * Orange Street * Prince Street * Queen Street * King Street The Prince Street garage will be available from 6:00 PM Wednesday until 7:00 AM Thursday, January 27. Please take a ticket upon entry. Cars remaining in the garage after 9:00 AM will be charged a parking fee. The School District of Lancaster has... read more
January 26, 2016
THE CHALLENGE Poor visibility, combined with rapid accumulation over a short period of time, limited the effectiveness of plows during the past weekend’s snow storm. Simply stated, there was/is not enough space to place plowed snow. This meant that City crews had to entirely REMOVE snow from streets – a VERY time consuming and labor intensive process. That process continues.  If all goes according to the below schedule, we expect to have the entire length of all snow emergency routes cleared of snow, curb-to-curb by midnight Wednesday. SNOW REMOVAL using skid-loaders and dump trucks continues... read more
January 22, 2016
1/25 9:30 PM UPDATE Enforcement of metered parking will be suspended on Tuesday, January 26th in order to provide additional on-street parking options for City residents. Residents are reminded to remove vehicles from Parking Garages by 9 AM. Cars can be moved to metered spaces at no charge. 1/25 6:00 PM UPDATE The Snow Emergency for the City of Lancaster will end at 7:00 AM, Tuesday morning. Vehicles remaining in parking garages after 9:00 AM will be charged a parking fee to exit. City crews and contractors are working continuously around-the-clock to remove snow from emergency routes, side... read more
January 21, 2016
Please monitor local news media to find out if a snow emergency is declared this weekend. Announcements will be made by WGAL News and To receive a phone call, text message, or email alert from the City, sign up TODAY. In the event of a snow emergency, alerts will be sent out through both South Central Alerts AND City e-alerts. You must sign up for BOTH of these alert systems to ensure that you are notified regardless of where in the city you live. Click here to sign up for SC Alerts. Click here to sign up for City e-alerts. In the event that a snow emergency is... read more
December 21, 2015
Many city offices and services will be operating on holiday schedules Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1. City Hall Thursday, December 24 - 8:30 am - 2 pm Friday, December 25 - Closed Monday, December 28 - Closed Friday, January 1 - Closed Lancaster City Visitor Center Thursday, December 24 - 10 am to 2 pm Friday, December 25 - Closed Saturday, December 26 - 10 am to 4  pm Sunday, December 27 - 11 am to 3 pm Monday, December 28 - Closed Thursday, December 31 - 10 am to 2 pm Friday, January 1 - Closed Recycling Center Thursday, December 24 - 8 am to noon Friday, December 25 -... read more
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