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Low water pressure and/or discolored water-November 1, 2018

The City of Lancaster is flushing fire hydrants. Areas of Hamilton Park, Abbeyville Manor, Old School Lane Hills (Woodlawn, Wheatland) may experience low pressure and/or discolored water.

If customers have any questions or concerns, they can call the Lancaster City Water Quality Laboratory at (717) 291-4818.

http://cityoflancasterpa.com/blog/2018-fall-flushing

Yard Waste Facility Updates & Reminders

  • Currently (until October 31), open Monday & Wednesday, 3:30pm to Dark (approx. 6:00-6:30pm).*
  • *Starting NOVEMBER 5, the NEW Monday & Wednesday hours are 3:30pm to 5:30pm. 
  • Open EVERY SATURDAY, through November 17, 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • LAST SATURDAY drop-off—November 17, 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • FINAL DAY for drop-off—Wednesday, November 21, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Hurricane rain and cold front predicted for Thursday, October 11, 2018

In advance of the predicted rain from Hurricane Michael, and the arriving cold front, Lancaster Township Public Works crew were out on Tuesday cleaning inlet grates, and the crew will be out again today.

Residents can also help prevent roadway and potential yard flooding by adopting an inlet nearest your home, and keeping it clear BEFORE a storm hits. If you do, we will even provide you with a rake to keep and use. Click on theAdopt-an-Inlet” link to sign up.

With leaf collection season here, there are leaves that have been raked into the roadway awaiting pickup. Those leaves can block inlet grates and potentially cause flooding by preventing the stormwater from entering the system. Residents are reminded to not rake leaves into or close to the inlet. In addition, grass and yard waste are not part of leaf collection, and should not be raked to the curb.

BEFORE it begins raining, please help insure that the stormwater can flow down the gutters to the inlets and enter them. If you notice that the inlets are blocked, and you cannot remove the debris yourself, call the township at (717) 291-1213 and let us know the location so that we can take care of it.

Remember—DO NOT ENTER STANDING WATER NEAR AN INLET even in an effort to open it up. Call the township for assistance. 

Interested in volunteering on a township board or commission in the future?

 If so, fill out the Volunteer Form and mail it in to the township office. To help build boards, commissions, committees, and task groups that represent the Township’s jurisdiction, the board of supervisors developed this volunteer form.

Submit the form to the township office and it will be placed in the file of persons willing to share their time and talents on special projects, or committees.

When an opening does become available, the supervisors will look at applications on file.

BoS Meeting Minutes-09/10/2018

LANCASTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
MINUTES
September 10, 2018

I.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, CALL TO ORDER, AND ROLL CALL
The duly advertised Lancaster Township Board of Supervisors meeting was held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 750 East King Street, Mellor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Lancaster, PA 17603.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Chair Benjamin H. Bamford. Treasurer Steven P. Elliott and Township Manager William M. Laudien were also present. Vice Chair Thomas H. Schaller was absent. Others in attendance included township staff and interested parties. Mr. Bamford led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance.
II.        PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS
No public comments.
III.      SECRETARY’S REPORT
The minutes of the August 13, 2018 board meeting were approved by general consent.
IV.       TREASURER’S REPORT
Mr. Elliott presented the treasurer’s report as of September 10, 2018:
            General Fund………………………………………………………………………… $7,007,955.91
            Highway Aid Fund…………………………………………………………………….. 769,384.85
            Parks Fund…………………………………………………………………………………. 40,013.42
            Capital Reserve Fund…………………………………………………………………. 958,820.40
            TOTAL………………………………………………………………………………… $8,776,174.58
Mr. Bamford stated the treasurer’s report would be filed for audit.
V.        PAYMENT OF BILLS
On a motion by Mr. Elliott, seconded by Mr. Bamford, the board unanimously approved the payment of bills (August 14, 2018–September 10, 2018):
         General Fund…………………………………………………………………………… $394,228.82
         Escrow Fund………………………………………………………………………………… 8,644.20
         State Highway Fund………………………………………………………………………. 4,775.49
         Parks Fund……………………………………………………………………………………………. -0-
         Capital Reserve Fund…………………………………………………………………………….. -0-
         TOTAL…………………………………………………………………………………… $407,648.51
VI.       REPORTS
A.    Lancaster Township Fire Department: Chief Ron Comfort Jr. reported there were twenty-six calls in the township, with fourteen calls for mutual aid, during the month of August 2018, making a year-to-date total of 309 calls. Chief Comfort again reminded everyone to not drive over flooded roads. You don’t know what is under the water. The road may be washed away, or there could be large holes you cannot see.
B.    Lafayette Fire Company: There were six calls answered on the east side of Lancaster Township during the month of August 2018.
C.    Police: Officer John Donnelly gave an overview of the August 2018 police report.
D.    Recycling Report: August 2018: Report not available.
E.    Sewer/Other Reports: Reports are available for public inspection at the meeting and during regular business hours.
VII.     ANNOUNCEMENTS
A.    Next Board of Supervisors Meeting: Monday, October 8, 2018, 7:00pm, workshop at 6:00pm, Lancaster Township.
VIII.   OLD BUSINESS
            No old business.
IX.      PLANNING AND ZONING BUSINESS
A.        LTPC #273 – UGI Regulator Station – Valley Road and River Drive
                        Land Development Plan Processing Waiver Request
Mr. Elliott moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved a request from Stephen Snyder, UGI Utilities, Inc., for a waiver of the requirement to process a preliminary plan and final plan for formal land development approval. The Lancaster Township Planning Commission recommended approval of this waiver request at their meeting on August 21, 2018.
X.        NEW BUSINESS
A.        Ordinance 2018-04; Amending Dog Ordinance
Mr. Elliott moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously adopted Ordinance 2018-04, amending dog ordinance No. 1992-2, section 96-3 as follows: No owner shall permit any dog to be upon any public property or the property of another person unless the dog is leashed and under control of the owner at all times.
B.        Resolution 2018-14
Mr. Elliott moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved Resolution 2018-14 for the 2019 Minimum Municipal Obligation to the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System in the amount of $186,016.00.
XI.      GUEST RECOGNITION AND PARTICIPATION
·       Paul Groff, Waypoint Drive: Indicated he has received some complaints from residents about tall weeds & grass in vacant lots. Is the owner of the lot responsible? Mr. Bamford indicated yes. Mr. Groff also stated end of Waterleaf Drive is really weedy. Someone asked why we (HOA) do not mow the open lot. He explained to them that as the association, they do not mow them since we do not own them. Was also asked about continuation of Waterleaf. Mr. Laudien explained Pilgrim will be a street that comes through, and eventually two lots adjoining those roads.
·       Steve Carrilio, Woodlyn Court: There is an issue about a trail going in looking up from the greenway into our cul de sac, and we are against that, mainly for security reasons. Right now, people from outside our community do not have access to our community, and we are worried that if that trail is put in, people will be able to walk up there, and we are concerned about that. We were told we might be able to amend the original plan of the trail and ask it be put along the detention pond so it does not go into our cul de sac. Mr. Laudien briefly explained the process when the developer comes in with the plan. If this particular amenity is not attractive to you as the home owner’s association, you need to go to the planning commission, and have it amended, but it will need to include some sort of recreational amenity that serves you as a community, and serves this larger concept. There is a formal process. You are encouraged to go back to the developer. We are happy to meet with you individually or collectively if you have questions.
·        Razieh Council, Conestoga Woods Road: We’ve heard gun shots down by the river, so we are concerned because we don’t want whatever is happening down by the river to come into our community along the trail.
·       MTPD Chief Rudzinski pointed out to the board that their monthly reports are slightly different due to some new technology and if they need something different, please let him know.
·       Student Hailey Legenstein was in attendance at the meeting for a Lancaster Catholic High School project.
XII.     ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:16pm.

Respectfully submitted,
William M. Laudien, Secretary