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Abandoned or "Junk" Vehicles and/or Equipment
Section 474 of the Code of Ordinance addresses Vehicles and Equipment, Abandoned and Junked.  

If you wish to file a complaint regarding the violation of Section 474, call Non-Emergency Dispatch, 717-664-1180, or for further information regarding this Ordinance, contact the Manheim Township Police Department at 717-569-6401.
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Manheim 5-13-1968 by Ord. No. 1968-8 (Part 8, Ch. 2, of the 1976 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 367.
Solid waste — See Ch. 421.
Towing — See Ch. 462.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 480.

§ 474-1Certain property constitutes nuisance.

The Commissioners of the Township find that the storage or parking of wrecked, junked, stripped or abandoned motor vehicles on private property or the storage, placement or accumulation on private property of junked, wrecked, discarded or abandonedmachinery, equipment, household appliances or other debris and waste materials of any kind or description constitutes a nuisance and is detrimental to the public health, safety, morals and welfare, except when such vehicles or other herein-named items are parked or stored in a building, or unless the same be authorized in conjunction with a business properly operated pursuant to the zoning and other laws of the Township.

§ 474-2Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
JUNKED, WRECKED, STRIPPED, ABANDONED and DISCARDED
The items or materials so described are no longer in current usage as evidenced by an apparent relinquishment of all rights thereto through continued disuse.

§ 474-3Storage of motor vehicles.

It shall be unlawful to park, store or leave any motor vehicle of any kind in a wrecked, junked, stripped or abandoned condition on private property, unless in a building, and it shall be unlawful for the owner of such motor vehicle, or the owner or occupant of any property, to allow, permit or suffer the same to be left upon any privately owned property, unless the same be authorized in conjunction with a business properly operated pursuant to the zoning laws and other laws of the Township.
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Manheim 5-13-1968 by Ord. No. 1968-8 (Part 8, Ch. 2, of the 1976 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 367.
Solid waste — See Ch. 421.
Towing — See Ch. 462.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 480.

§ 474-1Certain property constitutes nuisance.

The Commissioners of the Township find that the storage or parking of wrecked, junked, stripped or abandoned motor vehicles on private property or the storage, placement or accumulation on private property of junked, wrecked, discarded or abandonedmachinery, equipment, household appliances or other debris and waste materials of any kind or description constitutes a nuisance and is detrimental to the public health, safety, morals and welfare, except when such vehicles or other herein-named items are parked or stored in a building, or unless the same be authorized in conjunction with a business properly operated pursuant to the zoning and other laws of the Township.

§ 474-2Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
JUNKED, WRECKED, STRIPPED, ABANDONED and DISCARDED
The items or materials so described are no longer in current usage as evidenced by an apparent relinquishment of all rights thereto through continued disuse.

§ 474-3Storage of motor vehicles.

It shall be unlawful to park, store or leave any motor vehicle of any kind in a wrecked, junked, stripped or abandoned condition on private property, unless in a building, and it shall be unlawful for the owner of such motor vehicle, or the owner or occupant of any property, to allow, permit or suffer the same to be left upon any privately owned property, unless the same be authorized in conjunction with a business properly operated pursuant to the zoning laws and other laws of the Township.

Blighted or Abandoned Properties
To report a blighted or abandoned property, as defined under the Ordinance 2018-04, contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 1113 or via email to

High Grass and Weeds

Chapter 277, Weeds and Grass, in the Code of Ordinances states:

Any weeds, and any vines, grasses or other vegetation (not including bushes and trees) which are not edible and are not planted for a clearly useful or ornamental purpose, which exceed six inches in height on any improved property or 12 inches in height on any unimproved property in Manheim Township are hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, cleanliness and comfort of the inhabitants of the Township. Here is a link to the complete text of Chapter 277.

To report a violation of this Ordinance, please call non-emergency dispatch at 717-664-1180.  For questions or clarification of this Ordinance, contact the Police Department at 717-569-6401. 

Mosquito Infestation/West Nile Virus
Contact Lancaster County's Coordinator's Office for the West Nile Virus Program, Penn State Extension, at 717-821-3053 or 717-675-2077.

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 .


"Noise Ordinance" - Chapter 216 Disorderly Conduct

Chapter 216 of the Code of Ordinances, Disorderly Conduct, Section 216-1, Unlawful acts [Amended 3-14-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-03] states:
A. 
Any person who shall commit or cause to be committed any act, word or conduct causing a breach of the peace and good order of the Township shall be guilty of disorderly practices in violation of this chapter if that person:
(1) 
Causes any danger, discomfort or unreasonable annoyance to any of the inhabitants of the Township or users of the Township thoroughfares or public areas, including but not limited to anyone who shall willfully make any loud, boisterous or unseemly noise or disturbance; or
(2) 
Fights or quarrels or incites others to fight or quarrel; or
(3) 
Congregates with others upon any of the Township thoroughfares or other public areas of the Township to the reasonable annoyance of peaceable residents nearby or users of any Township thoroughfares or public areas by the use of obscene or other offensive language or by threatening conduct; or
(4) 
Loiters near or in the entrances to commercial establishments, whether on public or private property, or any place of public resort, whether public or private, or upon any private property within the Township without the consent of the owners thereof, whereby the public peace is broken or disturbed or the traveling public reasonably annoyed by obscene or other offensive language, by loud or boisterous noise, by threatening conduct, or by blocking entrance to such an establishment; or
(5) 
At any time makes any sound which reasonably annoys or disturbs humans or which reasonably causes an adverse psychological or physiological effect on humans, in a manner that the sound is heard across property lines or through tenant walls or between one dwelling unit and another, or in a manner that the sound is heard in excess of 50 feet from the source of the sound.
B. 
The sounds in Subsection A(5) of this section are any sound and may typically include, but are not limited to, such things as motor vehicles and motor vehicle accessories, domestic power tools, motorized lawn and garden equipment, loading and unloading vehicles, powered model vehicles, street sales, motor vehicle repairs and testing, unnecessary horn blowing, sound trucks, public address systems, radios, TV's, stereos/CD players and musical instruments.
C. 
The use of domestic power tools, powered model vehicles, motor vehicle repairs and testing, radios, TV's, stereos/CD players and musical instruments or any other sound which has the effect described in Subsection A(5) of this section outside the confines of a dwelling or commercial structure, the use of motorized lawn and garden equipment, sound trucks or public address systems or street sales, unnecessary horn blowing, or unnecessary idling or revving of motorcycles or truck tractors are prohibited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

§ 216-2. Exemptions.

The following are exempted from the provisions of this chapter:
A. 
Amplified and nonamplified activities approved by the Township Manager-Secretary or designee, which may include but not be limited to athletic events, concerts, block parties, church carnivals, or other publicly or privately sponsored events.
B. 
Emergency work: sounds caused by the performance of emergency work or by the ordinary and accepted use of emergency apparatus and equipment.
C. 
Municipal and utility services: sounds resulting from the repair/management or replacement of any municipal or utility installation in or about the public right-of-way.
D. 
Warning devices: sounds made by warning devices operating continuously for three minutes or less, except that, in the event of an actual emergency, the time limit shall not apply.
E. 
Unusual/extreme weather conditions. Where unusual or extreme weather conditions, such as heat, cold, pollen advisories, rain, snow, or other condition that would affect the health and safety of persons working therein, restrict the ability of persons to work between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., upon application to and permission from the Manheim Township Police Department, such persons may engage in activities between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. that may cause sounds otherwise prohibited.

§ 216-3. Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $1,000, and costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment for not more than 30 days, as authorized by law.

To report a violation, while it is occurring, of this Ordinance call non-emergency dispatch at 717-664-1180.  For questions or clarification of this Ordinance, contact the Police Department at 717-569-6401.


Public Sidewalks
A public sidewalk is a concrete, paved, or other improved pedestrian path intended for public use, located adjacent to or within a street.

Residents are required to remove snow and/or ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours of storm cessation. Do not push or throw snow or ice into roadways. This creates hazardous driving conditions.

To report a violation of this Ordinance, contact non-emergency dispatch at 717-664-1180.  For questions or clarification of this Ordinance, contact the Police Department at 717-569-6401.
 
The installation or replacement of a public sidewalk may require a Street Opening Permit.  For more information contact the Public Works Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 1129.

Refuse/Recycling Disposal Guidelines
As a resident of Manheim Township, you are required to have weekly refuse and recycling pickup.  Residents are free to choose from any of the registered township haulers. Refuse is collected one time per week and is collected on the same day as your recycling.  

Placement for Collection:  

  • All refuse should be placed in a leak-proof container with a close fitting lid or cover for storage and placed curbside for pick up. 
  • Please place residential containers along streets for pick up.
  • Do not place containers along streets for pickup sooner than 3:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled pick up.
  • Do not leave refuse and recycling containers at the place of collection longer than 12 hours after the scheduled day of collection.
  • Prior to placing curbside, please make arrangements with your refuse hauler for puck up of all over-sized refuse items, such as furniture, mattresses, grills, etc.  Please do not place these items curbside until the day before the scheduled pick up.
  • Remove the doors from all refrigerators, freezers, etc. before placing curbside for pick up.
Hours of Collection:

  • Regular municipal waste and recyclable materials shall be collected from residential units and farms between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Collection for nonresidential units shall be between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • If your scheduled pick up falls on a holiday, please contact your hauler to determine your pick up dates.  Typically, if your refuse collection day falls on a holiday, then pick up will be delayed by one day.
  • If your refuse is missed, please contact your hauler as soon as possible.

Recycling Guidelines

  • Manheim Township has a commingled recycling program.  This means that you may mix together the cans, glass and plastic bottles in your green recycling bin.  You do not need to worry about keeping them separate.  Newspaper, however, must be stored and recycled separately.
  • A bin is provided to new residents at no costs.  This bin is the property of Manheim Township and should be left at the residence if you move from the property.  
  • Lost, stolen, damaged or additional bins can be purchased at the Municipal Office, 1840 Municipal Drive, for a nominal fee.  For additional information, please contact the Public Works Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 1129.  

For further tips on preparing recyclables, please refer to Preparing Recyclable Materials.

Temporary Placement of Dumpsters

The temporary placement of dumpsters in residential areas is permitted.  A dumpster may be placed on a driveway or Township roadway.  Make sure the dumpster does not obstruct the view of motorists at an intersection or for oncoming traffic.  Please allow room for two vehicles to pass, if possible.  Do not block driveways, fire hydrants or storm drains.  If the placement of a dumpster creates a hazard, you will be instructed to move or remove it.

If you have any questions regarding the placement of a dumpster on a property, contact Sam Maurer, Assistant Zoning Officer, at 717-569-6406 ext. 1124 or

Questions regarding placement of a dumpster on a roadway should be directed to the Police Department by calling 717-569-6401.  




Trees and Shrubs
Tree or Shrub Limbs Overhanging a Property Line

This is a civil matter which cannot be enforced by the Township.  The Township strongly advises you to first talk to the neighboring property owner to see if they will trim the branch or authorize you to trim it back.

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 this remedy, he/she/they may recoup those expenses from the neighboring property owner.

Again, working with your neighbor is always the recommended before taking unannounced action by cutting branches on a neighbor's tree or shrub.

Removing Trees in the Public Right-of-Way

A permit is required for anyone who is 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. 





Vehicles Parked on Grass
ARTICLE XX SECTION 2007 of Zoning Ordinance 2014 states:

PARKING AREA SURFACE Every off-street parking area and access drive thereto shall be surfaced with an all-weather durable and dustless material, such as stone, asphalt, macadam, or concrete. It shall be so graded and drained as to dispose of all surface water accumulation and shall have bumper guards where needed.

To report a violation or for further clarification of this Ordinance, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 1112 or via email to .  


Manheim Township • 1840 Municipal Drive • Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 • 717-569-6408
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