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
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