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The Code Compliance Department is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Recreation office and Library Services operate during the core work hours, but have separate hours for programs and events, including some weekends. See these pages for more details.
The Compost Park has seasonal hours. See the Public Works page for more details. See the Tax Collector's office hours by viewing the Tax Collector's page.
The Police and Fire Rescue services are functioning 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Township Holidays and office hour adjustments are posted on the Township's Main Calendar. Township Calendar Page
There are civil court cases on this question and it is generally understood that an owner of real estate has a cause of action against any person who has committed a trespass upon his land. What is not so well known is that cause of action does not require that the landowner allege any actual injury or damage. The harm that is to be remedied is the right to peaceably enjoy full, exclusive use of the property, not the fact that the property is being damaged.
A landowner generally has a right not only to the exclusive possession of the surface of his property but also to what lies above and below it. There is a property right in the air space above the land, and this property right can be invaded by overhanging objects, including tree limbs. When tree branches overhang a property line, the aggrieved landowner is not limited to seeking monetary relief for any damage that may have occurred. When tree limbs grow over onto another person’s property, there is a trespass. In fact, in the case of tree limbs, there is a continuing trespass occurring by the mere fact of the overhang and the possessor of land is entitled to pursue various remedies, including self-help.
With regard to self-help, an aggrieved landowner is entitled to trim the branches back to the property line, and this is true even if the overhanging branches do not damage the property. Also, if the landowner has incurred reasonable expenses in the course of exercising a self-help remedy, he may recoup those expenses from the trespasser. Again, working with your neighbor is always the recommended before taking unannounced action or "self help" to cut branches on a neighbors tree. Two court cases that outline the trespass issue are listed below: Jones v. Wagner, 425 Pa. Super. 102, 624 A.2d 166 (1993), app e al denied, 536 Pa. 626, 637 A.2d 286 (1993). Koresko v. Farley, 844 A.2d 607, 617 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2004) (“encroaching tree parts are a trespass which a landowner may remove”).
Crows are generally not classified as pests, although when thousands are roosting over your home or street, this situation and crows are difficult to defend. While crows inadvertently and naturally choose places to roost that sometimes cause problems to humans, they are intelligent and can be trained or educated to relocate to natural areas.
The Lancaster Crow Coalition will not respond to crows living naturally and not roosting in large groups and not causing problems. The phrase "...a lot of crows..." refers to groups in the hundreds or thousands -- not to small groups of one or two families in a tree. Coalition volunteers will attempt to manage the birds if they are causing real problems for residents and businesses. The goal is to educate the birds, by which Coalition volunteers will temporarily harass the animals so they learn where they are welcome and where they are not. Again, crows should be left alone if they're not in parking lots, on rubber or asphalt roofs, or in trees along densely-populated streets (where their droppings land on cars or sidewalks).
If you are having problems with crows, please contact the Lancaster Crow Coalition at its Hotline #
NOTE: When calling, you may be connected to voice mail, but you will receive a return call within 12-24 hours, 7 days a week. If need be, one of the Coalition volunteers will visit your location to assess the situation. Lancaster Crow Coalition website
If you have feral cats near your home or in your neighborhood, there are a few things you can do to mitigate this type of problem:
A. Do Not Feed The Cats
If you're feeding feral cats, you obviously care about them. Unfortunately, feeders who don't realize or can't find resources to get the cats spayed and neutered while their numbers are manageable, are soon overwhelmed by kittens, kittens, and more kittens. Don't let this happen to you or the cats.
B. Get Help
We are fortunate in Lancaster County to have several organizations that can help you trap-neuter-return the feral cats you're feeding but would like removed. Also, you may be able to find veterinarians who are willing to provide low-cost services for feral cats.
C. Provide Help
Organizations like the SPCA, Humane Society or the Humane League of Lancaster County that help stray cats and offer feral cat spay/neuter programs need all the help they can get. Even if you've never seen a feral cat, it's likely that there are feral cats in your neighborhood. You can make a big difference in your community by:
- Spaying and neutering your cats- Finding the organization/agency that helps feral cats- Being a feral cat caretaker for an organization/agency- Socializing feral kittens - Volunteering at a spay/neuter event for feral cats- Building shelters for feral cats- Fundraising or writing grants for a feral cat organization/agency- Educating others- Donating to agencies providing spay/neuter/release programs.
Link to US Humane Society - Feral Cats Information
According to research from the US Humane Society, the removal and euthanasia of feral cats only results in more cats moving into the area and going into reproductive overdrive, thereby exacerbating the local feral cat problem. A trap/nueuter/release program is an attempt to solving the local feral cat problem. By systematically spaying and neutering, the population of stray and feral cats can effectively and humanely be reduced. Link to US Humane Society - Feral Cat Information
The Township is required under the Pennsylvania Dog Law to enforce and address stray dogs, which can be a safety problem for citizens. Stray dogs problems are addressed under the Township's Animal Ordinance (Chapter 167 of the Township Code).
Building permits are required for: New Homes Additions including garages, porches, sunrooms etc. Alterations such as finishing a basement, remodeling kitchens and baths Swimming pools and spas/hot tubs Decks where any portion of the walking surface is higher than 30 inches from the finished grade, Photovoltaic (solar) systems Demolition of a structure larger than 400 square feet Prefabricated or site-built accessory buildings larger than 400 square feet. Click on the link to go to the Code Compliance Homepage where you will find specific requirements, applications and guides to assist you with your residential permit questions. If you should have any questions, or if you would like to request a building permit application by mail, please do not hesitate to contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 6 or by email to email@example.com. (NOTE: Always check with the Zoning Department before starting any project for the zoning regulations. While some projects may not require a building permit, a zoning permit may be required.) Planning and Zoning Department
Effective January 1, 2017, The Manheim Township Code Compliance Department will no longer require a re-roofing permit for existing residential dwellings. Although no permits are required, all re-roofing work is to comply with the PA Uniform Construction Code as adopted and amended by Manheim Township Ordinances 2004-7, 2004-8, 2005-6 and the applicable sections of IRC Chapter 9. Ice barriers are to be installed at all roof edges per Chapter 9 as required per Table R301.2(1) as adopted per Manheim Township Ordinance 2004-8. Commercial re-roofing permits shall continue to be issued with applicable required inspections. A building permit is to be filed along with the completed Commercial Roof Supplement. Please do not hesitate to contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406, extension 6 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Permit Application (PDF)
Commercial Re-Roofing Supplement (PDF)
Yes, the replacement or installation of such appliances (and other such installations) does require a plumbing/mechanical permit and inspection. For more information regarding plumbing/mechanical permits, contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 6, or by email to email@example.com.
Property owners may contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 7 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide the following information: property address, whether the property is a single family residence, townhouse, or duplex; and if the property has a basement and if any portion of that basement has been converted into a finished area (ie. family room, bedroom, etc.) We will check our records for a valid certificate of use and occupancy and provide a copy of the certificate to the mailing address or email address provided. Real estate agents and attorneys representing a property owner may also request a copy of a valid certificate of use and occupancy by leaving a message on the real estate agent’s voice mailbox at 717-569-6406 option 1. If the property does not have a certificate of use and occupancy on file, either the property owner or the owner’s agent will need to make application for a certificate of use and occupancy. Applications must be completed at our office during our regular business hours which are 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The filing fee for a residential certificate of use and occupancy is $50.00. At the time of application, we will schedule an appointment for an inspection of the property. Click on the link below for more information and resources concerning the application and inspection requirements for certificates of use and occupancy.
Certificate of Use and Occupancy Page
Certificate of Use and Occupancy Application (PDF)
The burning of refuse, leaves and trimming is prohibited by Manheim Township Ordinance 2004-8: amended section 307.1.1. The only exception to this Ordinance is for active agricultural farming operations on properties of ten (10) acres or more. An Agricultural Burning Permit (PDF) is required and only the burning of agricultural by-products is permitted under permit (no household refuse, construction material or similar material may be burned). Click on the link for the Open Burning Guidelines for more information.
Administrative Order #2017-1 Guidelines for Open Burning (PDF)
Agricultural Burning Permit Supplement (PDF)
A recreational fire is defined as the outdoor burning of fire materials that have a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet our less in height for the purpose of pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking warmth or similar purposes. Such fires are permitted in the Township, but there are certain conditions which must be adhered to. Click on the link for the Open Burning Guidelines.
Yes, a Residential Fire Alarm Permit (PDF) is required by the Code Compliance Department for the installation or modification of a fire alarm system, either hard-wired or remote, 12 or 24 volt. If the system is a monitored system, then the fire alarm contractor must be registered with Manheim Township. For more information regarding fire alarms, contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 6 or email@example.com.
The Manheim Township Police Department requires an alarm (security) permit for all properties using a burglary, panic or robbery alarm system. This permit is valid for up to three years. For information regarding permitting for the installation of a burglary alarm system in your home or business, contact the Police Department at 1825 Municipal Drive, or call 717-569-6401 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Click on the link for the Document Center to view the Deck Safety Checklist. We also have a Residential Deck Submittal Guide available also under the Document Center. Submittal guides can be found under the Code Compliance folder and in the submittal guide sub-folder.
Deck Safety Checklist (PDF)
Residential Deck Permit Submittal Guide (PDF)
Radon control systems are important in controlling radon gas in your home. Please see the link below for more information.
Provide your name and full address, county, phone number and email address. Include the date and location of the problem and any other related comments.
To report a mosquito complaint on-line, or for more information regarding the West Nile Virus Program, visit this website: West Nile Virus Program.
To report the existence of an "abandoned" swimming pool, contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 113 or email@example.com. West Nile Virus Program
Follow the link to the "Notify Me" page and sign up for the news and alert notifications you are interested in.
MT Zoning Ordinance 2014 – chapter 18 (sign regulations) – per the definition, an issue sign is a sign that directs attention to an opinion of a public or private nature, such as, but not limited to, a community, social, religious, political, or ballot issue. In a residential zoning district, a six (6) square foot sign is permitted with no less than a ten (10) foot setback from the street right-of-way and a height of six (6) feet. One (1) sign per street frontage and up to two (2) per lot is permitted (i.e. corner lot). In an institutional, business or industrial zoning district, signs are permitted with a maximum square footage of 32 feet, and a maximum height of ten (10) feet with a setback of ten (10) feet from the street right-of-way. One (1) sign per street frontage and up to two (2) per lot is permitted (i.e. corner lot). Per Table 2, section 1804 (8) – no sign shall be located within a street right-of-way, except a government sign, a public utility sign, a sidewalk sign, a non-profit organization sign, or another sign approved by the governing body or the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Signs located within the street right-of-way(s) may be removed by the Township.
Contact the Planning and Zoning Department with any other sign related questions.
No, the Township does not require an inspection of a property before it goes to settlement. However, a copy of a valid Manheim Twp. Certificate of Use and Occupancy may be required by the parties involved with the real estate transaction. If there is not a valid certificate of use and occupancy on file for the property, then an Application for Certificate of Use and Occupancy (PDF) is to be filed with a follow-up inspection. Review the Certificate of Use and Occupancy Inspection Checklist (PDF) for specific inspection requirements.
You may request a copy of a valid certificate of use and occupancy by leaving a message on the real estate agent’s voice mailbox at 717-569-6406 ext. 199 or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide the following information: property address, whether the property is a single family residence, townhouse, or duplex; and if the property has a basement and if any portion of that basement has been converted into a finished area (ie. family room, bedroom, etc.) We will check our records for a valid certificate of use and occupancy and provide a copy of the certificate to via fax, mail or email as requested. If the property does not have a certificate of use and occupancy on file, either the property owner or the owner’s agent will need to make application for a certificate of use and occupancy. Applications must be completed at our office during our regular business hours which are 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The filing fee for a residential certificate of use and occupancy is $50.00. At the time of application, we will schedule an appointment for an inspection of the property.
Depending on the nature of the code violation and case and/or whether a particular matter would go before the District Magistrate, the complainant should be made aware of the fact that they may be called to testify as a victim and describe the problem or issues identified in the complaint. Although these situations are very rare, in this situation the complainants identity is no longer confidential. Again, these cases are not common.
Failure to file a Local Earned Income & Net Profits Tax Return by April 15 may result in additional costs including interest, penalties and late fees. You must file a tax return even if your employer withheld the correct tax amount and no tax is due. If your return indicates an amount due, sending a payment coupon and check does not meet the requirement of filing a return.
If you filed a paper return last year with LCTCB you will receive a return and instructions in the mail. If you filed electronically last year you will receive a postcard which will include your PIN to file electronically this year. Failure to receive a tax return, postcard or other notification by mail does not relieve you of your obligation to file an annual return.
You are encouraged to file your return electronically by using the LCTCB eFiling application available through the website at www.lctcb.org. If you mail a paper return using the USPS, you are encouraged to keep a copy of your signed return. Failure of the USPS to deliver your return may result in a late fee charge to you.
If you use a tax preparer please note that most preparers do not mail the local tax return for you, mailing the return is your responsibility. If the preparer tells you that your local return was filed electronically, be sure to request a copy of the confirmation form for your records.
Additional information on who must file, how to file, and where to file your Local Earned Income Tax Return is available at the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau website – www.lctcb.org. If you need additional assistance, you may contact LCTCB by mail at 1845 William Penn Way, Lancaster, PA 17601, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (717) 569-4521. Please note there may long wait times during tax season if you select the phone option.
LCTCB is a non-profit, independent organization established by the school districts and municipalities of Lancaster County to collect local earned income taxes. LCTCB is not a part of the Lancaster County government offices. The Lancaster County government offices will not be able to assist you with the filing of your local earned income tax return. Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau Link
If the system is a monitored system, than the fire alarm contractor must be registered with Manheim Township, and for residential systems, the Pa State Attorney General’s office as well.
For more information regarding fire alarms, contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 6 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, the Manheim Township Police Department requires an alarm (security) permit for all properties using a burglary, panic or robbery alarm system. This permit is valid for up to three years.
NOTE: For information regarding permitting for the installation of a burglary alarm system in your home or business, contact the Police Department at 1825 Municipal Drive, or call 717-569-6401 or email to email@example.com.
To do so, bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using. You should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.
It is important to take these advisories seriously because Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. These types of symptoms are not always caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
All public water in Manheim Township is provided by the City of Lancaster. If you have any questions about your water, please contact the City of Lancaster Water Department: Water Quality Laboratory at (717) 291-4818 Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:15 PM. After hours, the Water Emergency phone number is (717) 291-4816. City of Lancaster Website
Provide your name and full address, county, phone number and email address. Include the date and location of the problem and any other related comments.
To report a mosquito complaint on-line, or for more information regarding the West Nile Virus Program, visit this website: West Nile Virus Program
The Library is located at 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601, on the Overlook Community Campus. For more information, click the link below:
1. It is an area appropriate for future development and includes Lancaster City, a Borough, or Village as the core area.
2. Residential, mixed-use, commercial, industrial, and institutional development are permitted or planned for this area.
3. Public infrastructure services are provided or planned for in this area with sufficient capacity to support the intended density and intensity of development.
The Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan defines two types of Designated Growth Areas, which are the Urban Growth Area and the Village Growth Area. Specific policies for these areas are described in the Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan.
All land area within Manheim Township with the exception of the agricultural zoned land located in the northeast corner of the Township is considered a designated growth area. The area surrounded the Village of Oregon is considered a Village Growth Area while the remainder of the Township is considered an Urban Growth Area.
(1) Farmers selling their own products;
(2) Persons soliciting funds or selling goods, wares or merchandise, donated by the owner thereof, where the funds or the proceeds of sale are to be applied exclusively for a charitable purpose;
(3) Representatives and members of Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, American Association of Retired Persons, Disabled American Veterans, Y.W.C.A. and Y.M.C.A., Y.W.H.A. and Y.M.H.A., Red Cross, Salvation Army and other national and international service organizations and associations existing for the benefit of youth, aged, handicapped or stricken and soliciting or selling for the purpose of self perpetuation and who may be registered as charitable organizations with the State or Federal Government;
(4) Manufacturers or producers of bread and bakery products, meat and meat products, or milk or milk products, who sell their own products;
(5) Insurance and real estate agents and brokers licenses by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(6) Individuals distributing sales literature "door hangings" if there is no attempt to contact the home or business occupant.
If you see suspicious door to door sales or have a question about a door to door solicitation, please contact the MT Police Department non-emergency dispatch at 664-1180.
If you have questions or need more information on items such as licenses/permits, please contact the Police Department by mail at 1825 Municipal Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601, or call (717) 569-6401 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is illegal to mistreat or abuse any animal. Violations should be reported to a local humane organization or the police.
It is illegal to abandon or attempt to abandon any dog.' No dog under eight weeks of age may be sold, traded, bartered or transferred. You may not place any poison or harmful substance in any place where dogs may easily eat it, whether it is your own property or elsewhere.
You must have a current kennel license if you operate a facility that keeps, harbors, boards, shelters, sells, gives away or transfers a total of 26 or more dogs in any one calendar year.
Owners of dogs and cats 3 months of age or older are required to have a current rabies vaccination.
It is illegal to interfere with an officer or employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture engaged in enforcement of dog laws. Lancaster County Treasurer - Dog License Page
Most block parties do not technically "close" streets. Neighbors that live on the block are usually free to enter and exit the street to get to their homes. If a UPS truck needs to get in, the street typically is still "open" and the vehicle enters slowly and carefully and then moves on. A block party is more about slowing or limiting movements on the street.
For safety reasons for limiting or slowing vehicles moving on the street, you and your neighbors may desire to place barricades or cones on your street. These are available at the Township Public Works Department. When you have notified the Police Department of your event with the petition, you may call the PW Department at 569-6406 Ext 129 and request the barricades and cones suitable for your needs. The Township has a very modest charge for the rental of barricades and cones ($10 per barricade, $1 per cone). These items will be delivered to your street and picked up after the party.
PPL, Inc. is responsible for fixing public street lights when they are not working. In initiate a work request to fix the problem, you have two options. First, you can contact the Township Public Works department at 569-6406 ext. 1129 and explain the location and/or provide the pole number and the Township will contact PPL, Inc. to arrange for the repair. Second, you can contact PPL, Inc. Directly. For PPL Electric Utilities-owned lights that number is the customer contact center at 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775). Please note that PPL, Inc. likes to have the unique pole number from the street light pole to make sure their service staff are able to find the proper location of the problem. The PPL service folks may take a clear description of the pole location, if it is difficult to find the pole number or reach the pole on a busy street. Each pole with a street light should have a small silver placard located at eye level on the pole containing a two line PPL pole number (i.e. PPL Co., 40486; 527907). Anyone can call go through this process to report a broken street light or an electrical outage.
Green recycling bins are available at the Municipal Office, 1840 Municipal Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601. A bin is issued to new Township residents at no charge. Lost, damaged or stolen bins can be purchased from the Township at the cost of $9.00 per bin.
Refuse is collected one time per week and is to be collected on the same day as your recycling.
Containers may not be placed along streets for pickup sooner than 3:00 P.M. on the day before your scheduled pickup.
Containers shall not be left along streets longer than 12 hours after your scheduled day of collection.
Registered township haulers shall pickup refuse between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.
If your scheduled pickup falls on a holiday, please contact your hauler to determine your pickup day. Typically, if your refuse collection day falls on a holiday, then pickup will be delayed by oneday.
If your refuse is missed, please contact your hauler as soon as possible to have your garbage picked up.
Pick up of all "bulk" or oversized refuse items, such as furniture, mattresses, grills, etc., should be arranged through your refuse hauler.
Residential streets within Manheim Township are swept during March through April.
Please contact the Lancaster City Bureau of Water at the link below.
If you are paving the existing driveway with no intentions of expanding the driveway, you do not need a permit. However, if you are paving your driveway and expanding the area of the driveway for additional parking area or a basketball court, then you do need a permit from the Planning and Zoning Department. If you are doing construction as part of the driveway and opening the street in the public right-of-way, a street opening permit is required.
In Pennsylvania, the PA Public Utility Commission (PUC) oversees all public utilities in the Commonwealth. The Township is not the appropriate entity to contact when you have a service issue related to public utilities monitored by the PUC.
Again, all consumers must first attempt to resolve service issues with the respective utility company. If the utility company is non-responsive to your request for improvements to service, you need to contact the PA Public Utility Commission, Bureau of Consumer Services (BCS).
The Bureau of Consumer Services (BCS) assists consumers in resolving complaints with utility companies under the PUCs authority. Again, before you file an informal complaint, you must first deal directly with your utility company. If the company is unable to resolve your problem, you may contact us to file an informal complaint. BCS investigates and responds to informal complaints as soon as possible. The telephone number for the BCS is below.
Please do not file an Informal or Formal Complaint or provide BCS comments regarding the following utilities, since the PUC does not regulate these services:
For Rural Electric Cooperatives, please contact the PA Rural Electric Association.
For utilities owned and operated by municipalities that operate wholly within their limits (none in Manheim Township), contact the service provider.
For Cable TV companies (Comcast in Manheim Township), contact the municipal office.
For cellular or wireless phone companies, contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
For bottled propane gas companies, contact the PA Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection.
For oil companies, contact the PA Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection. PUC Bureau of Consumer Services
Manheim Township does not offer private property owners tree and branch removal services. Private home owners and property owners are responsible for the care of their own property and should care for these matters independently or with the assistance of their neighbors and/or private lawn/yard care services. The Township does maintain the Compost Park at 2775 Oregon Pike for residents to haul and dispose of tree branches for a modest charge. Tree branches should not be confused with leaves and the annual leaf pick-up rogram. The Township does provides free leaf only pick-up for leaves in the Fall for all Township residents.
Preventative measures, such as removing attractants from the vicinity of your house, will decrease the likelihood of an encounter with any wild animal. Attractants include garbage and dog or cat food left out at night, open compost piles, a pond, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Elevated sheds, openings under concrete slabs and porches, and access to crawl spaces under houses are all attractive to skunks and other wildlife because they make ideal denning sites.
Tragically, some people feel the only solution to a resident skunk is to put out a live trap, catch the skunk, and then destroy or relocate them. Inevitably, another skunk or wild animal will move into the area and the cycle begins all over again. Skunks, like other suburban and urban wildlife, prefer to live the easy life we unknowingly provide for them and don't like a hostile environment. Taking steps to deter these animals will encourage them to move on.
Relocating a skunk miles away from its - your - home is akin to you being transported to Chicago with no food, no money, and only the clothes on your back. They have a slim chance of survival against the other animals who already have established territories, who know where to find food, and where to hide from predators.
Moving an animal can also spread disease, not just between the old area and the new, but also between species. Viruses such as distemper and parvo thrive in new hosts. The practice of trapping and relocating animals risks separating mothers from their young and leaving the babies behind to die, or to be raised by financially-strapped rehabilitation centers.
Taking Care of Your Trash and Waste - The most effective method of discouraging visits by a skunk is to secure metal trash containers with tight-fitting lids and to hold to the lid in place with a thick rubber strap. Make sure compost piles are in sturdy closed containers. Keep all recycling containers closed and out of reach. If you feed your dog or cat outside, be sure to bring any leftover food indoors after dusk. Replace the food and water bowls with ammonia stations during the nighttime hours.
Scare Devices And Repellents - Motion-sensitive oscillating sprinklers have been very successful in deterring wildlife. Ro-pel and Get-Away are taste and smell repellents available for use in target areas. You can also place regular household ammonia stations around your yard in the areas frequented by skunks. To do this, take a shallow dish or bowl, place a rag in it, and pour ammonia over the rag until it is completely saturated. Place extra ammonia in the dish so the rag will continue to wick it up through the night. Avoid lawn areas, as ammonia will burn the grass.
Dealing With Skunk Families - Skunks usually breed once a year, in February or March. Birth usually occurs in April or May and skunk kittens remain in the burrow about two months until fully weaned. Young skunks stay with their mothers until late fall. When a mother skunk and her young are present, we recommend leaving them alone for the few weeks that the young are helpless. Monitor the skunks' activity to determine when they have left for good, and then secure all entrances to the nest site to prevent re-entry. Trapping skunks is rarely necessary and should never be done when they are nesting.
IMPORTANT: If you have a mother with babies, be sure to give her extra time to relocate her entire family before you seal the entrance to the den. If the parent is gone but you are unsure whether the young are also out, do not seal the opening. The babies will starve and possibly discharge their spray before dying if trapped in the den. Consider using a mild deterrent such as a radio to accelerate the skunks' departure from the den.
Under The House, Porch, Deck, Or Shed - It is important to check your property regularly to ensure that all air vents and openings to crawl spaces and other potentially accessible areas are secured. Skunks are rodent predators who often follow mice and rats into these areas. Close openings are decks, sheds, stairs, and hot tubs. Keep woodpiles elevated off the ground and pick up any debris that could potentially house a skunk den.
Place a radio near a known skunk den and keep it on loud during the day. Wait until the animal has begun their nightly foray and locate all entrances and exits. Block all exits except one and use repellents or frightening strategies to scare the skunks out. To be certain the animals have left, sprinkle flour at the exit and watch for footprint that lead away from the opening. When you are sure the animal is gone, securely close the opening.
Yards and Gardens - Skunks are one of the easiest of our wild neighbors to deter. Because they normally do not climb, fencing is a highly effective means of keeping skunks out of your yard. By attaching an extension of chicken wire along the base of your fence and burying it below the ground's surface, you will prevent skunks from gaining access by digging under the fence.
Vegetable gardens can attract skunks, although they are mainly interested in the harmful rodents and insects that can ruin your garden. While foraging for grubs, skunks may dig many shallow holes in the lawn, similar to those made by both raccoons and squirrels. A nursery or garden center can advise you about how to prevent grubs.
Yes. Click on the link below for PPL's Transmission Line Vegetative Management pamphlet for information about the program and ways to minimize impact to transmission lines. This information and more is also available on the PPL website.
1. It is critical that PPL Inc. maintain the reliability of the electrical transmission system.
2. Transmission vegetation management work is required so PPL Inc. can keep the lights on for homes and businesses in the region.
3. Regular vegetative maintenance is already paying dividends for customers in terms of maintain a reliable electrical system.
4. PPL Inc. is required to meet Federal reliability standards on certain high-voltage lines and vegetative maintenance helps to meet these standards.
First, PPL Inc. will mail initial notices to property owners along the transmission line about 4-6 weeks before work is to be done. This letter includes a phone number to call if residents have questions, and a link to our website that contains more information.
PPL Inc. will schedule a personal meeting to discuss the work in advance with any property owner who wishes to ask questions or get more information.
Next, PPL Inc.'s contractor for the job follows up with another notice and also attempts to personally contact the property owner.
In addition, PPL Inc. will provide another notice just before the work takes place. This notice is provided when specific concerns exist, when the property owner has requested it, or when PPL Inc. has been unable to reach the property owner on previous attempts.
PPL Inc. takes necessary environmental precautions when using herbicides, some of which are the same as those commonly used by homeowners. Herbicides are applied as part of the initial treatment of the right of way and typically in a three-year cycle thereafter. PPL Inc's goal for the Wire Zone is to promote the growth of low-growing vegetation such as grasses and eliminate taller growing vegetation. PPL Inc. achieves this goal by using herbicides that target woody and broad-leafed vegetation but do not harm grasses and similar desirable plants.
• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers in and around your yard that may hold water. Mosquitos that carry the virus live near and lay eggs in these types of containers.
• Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers to more effectively drain any standing water.
• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
• Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Fish eat mosquito eggs and larvae.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.
If you do have stagnant pools of water on your property, you can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. Used properly, this naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larva but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.
Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:
• Make sure screens on windows and doors fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
• Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
• When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
• Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months. West Nile Information
PPL Inc. is sensitive to the concern for private home and business owners with tree vegetation in the right of way. But keep in mind that the written right of way agreements with these property owners specifically permit PPL Inc. to cut incompatible trees and vegetation in the right of way to maintain the safe operation of the power lines. Property owners get notified well in advance and can choose to transplant vegetation.
If you live on a state road in Manheim Township, you are provided a limited number of free leaf bags to place leaves from your property along the road for pick-up. You can obtain your free bags at the Township Municipal Building 1840 Municipal Drive. Please contacting the Public Works Department at 717-569-6406 ext 1129 if you have any questions. When you call, be prepared to let us know the number of bags you need. When you come to pick them up, please be prepared to have identification ready to show that you are resident of Manheim Township and to verify that you live on a state road. Free bags are not available to other Township residents. However, kraft or yard waste bags are available for sale at our local home center, some groceries and home improvement stores in the Lancaster area.
No. Paper leaf waste bags may be placed at curb side with leaves and will be picked up during the normal leave collection cycle. Do not call into the Township offices requesting leaf pickup outside of the scheduled pick up dates.
Power outages should be reported directly to PPL, Inc. Please report emergencies immediately, including downed power lines, by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775). Press 1 for "Power Problem" when prompted. You will also need to call in to report partial power or flickering lights. If you are completely without power, check to see if your neighbors have lights, and check your breakers and fuses. Then contact PPL, Inc. Outage reports help PPL, Inc. determine the scope of an outage and direct PPL service crews to the problem. So even if you think someone in your neighborhood already has reported the outage, PPL, Inc. wants to hear from you, too.
The first step in preparing for a block party is to contact the Manheim Township Police Department with a petition signed by a majority of your neighbors agreeing to hold a block party on your street. This will be one of the first questions the police will ask. This contact should be made at lease a month in advance of the block party. Most block parties do not technically "close" streets. Neighbors that live on the block are usually free to enter and exit the street to get to their homes. If a UPS truck needs to get in, the street typically is still "open" and the vehicle enters slowly and carefully and then moves on. A block party is more about slowing or limiting movements on the street. For safety reasons for limiting or slowing vehicles moving on the street, you and your neighbors may desire to place barricades or cones on your street. These are available at the Township Public Works Department. When you have notified the Police Department of your event with the petition, you may call the PW Department at 569-6406 Ext 1129 and request the barricades and cones suitable for your needs. The Township has a very modest charge for the rental of barricades and cones per event ($10 per barricade, $1 per cone, 10% administrative fee). These items will be delivered to your street and picked up after the party.
Most drinking water advisories from the City of Lancaster require that residents boil their water for temporary period of time to insure that any microbial contaminates are eliminated. All public water in Manheim Township is provided by the City of Lancaster. If you have any questions about your water, please contact the City of Lancaster Water Department: Water Quality Laboratory at (717) 291-4818 Monday-Friday 7:45 AM-4:15 PM. After hours, the Water Bureau emergency phone number is (717) 291-4816.
Yes. Manheim Township requires a permit for anyone interested in removing a tree located in the public right-of-way. A permit is only issued if the tree is in decline or decay as a potential hazard. The applicant must complete a form which is available at the Municipal Office. There is no fee for the permit. Should you have any additional questions contact Wendy Herr at 569-6406 ext. 1129.
Residential streets within Manheim Township are swept at the end of March through the first two weeks of April.