July Meeting Minutes are Here!

Habitat MT Meeting July 10th

Join us for our summer activities!

Garden Maintenance Dates:

Monday, July 14

Monday, July 21

Monday, July 28

Shine only, Overlook Park, Springhouse Area (Look for “Community Volunteer” sign)

Next Meeting:

Thursday, August 14th, 5:30, Stauffer Mansion on Lititz Pike

Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival Committee Meeting:

Monday, August 18th, 6:30pm, Manheim Township Public Library

Historic Preservation/Conservation Forum

Historic Preservation/Conservation Forum March 6th

Please join us and bring a friend or neighbor who is interested in historic and natural resource preservation.   The event is sponsored by MT Historical Society, Design Lancaster and Sierra Club.
The exact location of this free of charge event is the Board Room, on the second floor of the Manor
The forum will address:
•      The heritage of Belmont, the historic farmstead on Fruitville Pike at US Route 30 in Manheim Township which includes a quarry and several lime kilns, which is now proposed as a commercial and residential development. A descendant of the Mayer family who built Belmont will reflect on his family’s connection to the site. Other presenters such as former State Representative Roy Baldwin will discuss the ongoing project to restore the mid 1700’s Stoner House on the Overlook Park campus, and roles citizens can play in shaping the outcome of these efforts.
•      Projects and funding programs that affect natural resources such as woodlands, waterways, wetlands and wildlife habitat, and which also impact farmland and farm buildings, historic urban buildings and neighborhoods, and how citizens can organize to approach their local elected municipal governments to better protect these environmental resources.
•      The proposed natural gas pipeline in Southern Lancaster County.

Have a voice! Help clean-up your watershed!

The city of Lancaster needs your help! As the city’s much celebrated Green Infrastructure plan moves forward, the stormwater management ordinance, proposed to establish a stormwater utility fee for all properties in the city, is under threat. The stormwater utility fee will be used to pay for green roofs, rain gardens, pervious paving, and other projects to manage the 1 billion gallons of polluted runoff from draining to the city’s inlets to our local waterways to the Chesapeake Bay.

But Park City Mall, one of the commercial entities with the most square footage of impervious surface in the city, is dragging its heels and is asking City Council to delay the adoption of the ordinance until they have ‘more information.’ Park City management claims that they have not had adequate time to prepare for the ordinance, despite participating with the City’s stormwater ordinance advisory committee for the past 2.5 years.

City Council President John Graupera announced that a public meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., in Southern Market Center, 100 S. Queen St. to discuss the issue, before the final vote on Feb. 25. CBF members and supporters, we need you at this meeting to speak up in support of the city’s Green Infrastructure Plan and the stormwater utility fee.

If you are able to attend this important meeting, please contact me at kaustin@cbf.org so that I can have an idea of our representation at the meeting. I will provide talking points to attendees and encourage members to make a personal statement in support of the fee and the projects that it will fund. For more information, please check out the story from this week’s Lancaster Intelligencer Journal at: http://lancasteronline.com/lancaster/news/park-city-manager-delay-city-stormwater-fees/article_a034612e-9396-11e3-a1bc-001a4bcf6878.html

Thanks for your support, and I hope to see you Wednesday!

Kate Austin

Pennsylvania Grassroots Field Specialist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
kaustin@cbf.org

Township Parks- Master Site Plans!

Hello Everyone,

The Public meeting for input on the Master Site Plans for Landis Woods, Jaycee and Perelman Parks is rescheduled for Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 PM at the Library.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and plan to attend if you are able.  As a reminder, please invite your resident neighbors and friends to join us as the public input portion of these plans is most important!

PDF Flier <– Pass it on!

Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Parks

Manheim Township is in the process of developing Master Plans for Landis Woods, Jaycee and Perelman Parks. The Master Plans will provide a blueprint for future conservation and recreation improvements.

You are invited to attend a brainstorming session to voice your thoughts and ideas about the parks on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at the Morgan Center, located in the Manheim Township Public Library. Park planning consultants will provide a brief overview of each park’s characteristics and amenities and describe the planning process. Your input will help establish priorities for future park improvements.

http://www.manheimtownship.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1144