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Stormwater Management

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Welcome to  Stormwater Management Information page. This page is designed to provide  Borough residents and property owners with quick access to information and resources to preserve and protect our water in the Borough and the Lancaster County regional community. Manheim Borough is actively involved in a variety of programs and initiatives to meet various Statewide and National goals for clean water.

As this communities knows, heavy rains can cause serious problems for this community.  In 2011, Tropical Storm Lee caused widespread flooding in this community. Over the years, other smaller storms have caused property damage and flooding of our roads, bridges, parks, and homes.

We all have a role to play to protect this community from the impacts of the rain.  Stormwater originates from rainfall and other precipitation that runs off of surfaces all over the Borough – rooftops, streets, construction sites, lawns, fields, etc. Stormwater makes its way either along the surface or soaks into the ground. The surface water flows into swales, storm drains, and other natural water courses. As this water moved toward the streams and rivers, it will pick up loose things on the ground with it. This can include pollutants, sediment, leaves, trash, etc. The groundwater often times comes to the surface from springs in the water table.The Borough, together with the Borough Authority, Penn Township and Rapho Township are actively working to protect the ground water, the primary source of our drinking water in this region.  The Borough is therefore developing a variety of programs and strategies to enhance water quality through plantings, mowing strategies, implementation of storm water management facilities and other “best management practices” (BMPs). We hope that you will find this information useful in learning about the requirements as well as tools to use on your own.

STORM WATER INLETS –  Please keep an eye on any inlets near your house and keep them clear if you can – if not, ask your neighbors to help or call into the Borough office if the job looks too big for you to handle.  If you see excessive ponding of water near an inlet please contact the Borough office.

SUMP PUMPS –  Please remember that the Borough requires that all sump pumps go through grass or yards before getting into our storm water system. Also, no sump pump systems are permitted to be pumped directly into the sanitary (public sewer) system or directly onto a street or alley. If your system is connected to the sewer, it must be disconnected immediately. If you are not sure, please feel free to contact the Authority and their staff will be able to help you figure that out. The extra water in the system puts a strain on the sewer treatment plant and can result in problems for the Authority and increased cost for you.

In addition, please monitor the storm water facilities that you see or live near. If you see something that looks wrong or that is causing these facilities to be polluted or blocked, please call the Borough office at (717) 665-2461.

 Examples of illicit discharges include:
  • Sediment leaving a construction site during a storm or being carried out onto the public road
  • Spills (Chemical, Gas, Oil)
  • Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm water facilities
  • Dry weather flows from outfalls into streams (at least 72 hours after a storm)

Storm Water Management – NPDES and MS4 Programs 

The Clean Water Act is the federal legislation that governs storm water management. Stormwater point discharges to waters of the U.S. (pipes and drain pipes) are regulated using National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.In 1999, federal regulations extended coverage of the NPDES program to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4’s) serving populations less than 100,000. In 2003, Manheim Borough became an MS4 community and as such is required to comply with the NPDES program. Under the NPDES storm water program, the Borough is required to develop a storm water management program that provides the details of how the community will comply with the requirements of the permit. Permits are based on a framework of six minimum control measures:
  • MCM 1 – Public education and outreach
  • MCM 2 – Public participation and involvement
  • MCM 3 – Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  • MCM 4 – Construction site runoff control
  • MCM 5 – Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment
  • MCM 6 – Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance

More information on this program is available from the Pennsylvania DEP website.PA DEP MS4 Resource Page

Click Here>> 2017-07-07 PRP Plan – DRAFT 

for Manheim Borough’s Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in order to meet the terms of the 2018-2023 MS4 Permit Cycle.

Click Here for Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater

Click Here for New Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater BMP Maintenance

What residents can do…

The goals of the Borough’s MS4 program are to reduce the discharge of pollutants into our waterways. The water that runs off your property and from the streets goes either into the ground and becomes groundwater or flows through a series of facilities such as swales and pipes to the waterways. If this water isn’t cleaned, all the pollutants the water carries end up in the stream and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. You can help to keep our water clean by doing the following:
  • Properly dispose of water from your property (rainwater, pool water, sump pumps, etc.) – directing water runoff over grassy areas, and not into streets and gutters, is required whenever this option is possible.
  • Do not wash your car in your driveway or in the street.
  • Clean up after your pets.
  • Use fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides correctly, beginning by using absolute minimum recommended application rates.
  • Properly secure and store materials that could pollute storm water.  When servicing your vehicle, do not allow oil, antifreeze, or other fluids to spill or drain onto any surface of the ground.

Pet Waste Can Affect Water Quality

Alliance for the Bay

Lancaster County Watersheds

Manheim Borough 2014-15 MS4 Report

EPA MS4 Resource Page

Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance

When It Rains It Drains Informational Brochure

Stormwater and the Construction Industry Information

Links:

FEMA Flood Map Information

After clicking on above link, enter the address you are interested in and click “search”.  The property will be identified by a red “pin”.  You can zoom in and move the map location to view any location in more detail.  Generally speaking, if your property is located in a blue shaded area or a red/blue striped area, your property is located within a regulated flood area.  To obtain specific flood elevations for your property you will need to contact a PA Registered Professional Surveyor.


 

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has installed live stream cams (click here) at the Chiques Creek, upstream from the Borough.

Chiques Creek Stream Gage Information

MANHEIM BOROUGH STORM WATER ORDINANCE

Click below to download a copy of the Adopted Ordinance.

 

PoolLogo
504 Adele Ave
Manheim, PA 17545-1218
(717) 665-5900 (during summer pool hours only)

9-12-18 – 2018 Preliminary Year-end Pool Summary

2017 Year-End Pool Usage and Financial Summary

Note that the pool rate schedule provides for resident and non-resident rates. Resident rates are for those who reside within Manheim Borough only. Non-resident rates apply to all others, including those who reside within Penn and Rapho Townships.  

Season memberships and daily passes do not cover all of the costs to operate, maintain and repair the pool.  The costs that are over and above the revenues from memberships and passes amount to approximately $115,000 annually.  Additionally, approximately $500,000 of capital repairs will be necessary over the next 5 years, including approxmately $180,000 prior to the 2019 season.  

The annual operating deficit and the capital repair expenses are covered solely by the taxpayers of Manheim Borough, as no other municipality has chosen to make financial contributions toward the operation and maintenance of the pool.  It is for this reason that only residents of Manheim Borough are eligible for the reduced resident rates.

Pool Rules Regulations

 

Election Info

Voting Locations:

Ward 1:
St. Paul UCC
50 North Main Street

Ward 2
Grace Brethren Church
333 East High Street

REMEMBER TO VOTE!

 

Employment

  • No positions are available at this time.  Please check back for future job postings.

 

FAQs

The answers to most questions can be found on our website – take some time to browse, click on drop-down menus and links.  Current information and notices will normally be posted right on our front page which we refer to as our Borough Bulletin Board.  We encourage you to bookmark that page and visit often.  Our goal is to be as open and transparent as possible, and to keep our residents informed of important happenings in our community.

Where can I find Council meeting minutes and agendas?
Under the “Government” dropdown menu, hover mouse over “Borough Council” and you’ll see “Upcoming  Agenda and Associated Information” and “Council Minutes”.

What is the Municipal Service Fee (Now known as the Trash and Recycling Fee)?
The Municipal Service Fee, now known as the Trash and Recycling Fee, is the brown slip that you will receive in January and July. It was reduced for 2017 and will now be $95 twice per year instead of $125 twice a year.  As the name implies, the fee covers trash and recycling. Checks can be made out to Manheim Borough. Please remember to pay this separately from your water/sewer bill (white bill), and to be sure payment is physically received in the Borough office by the deadline stated on the bill in order to avoid late charges and penalties.

When is trash and recycling picked up, and are there other special pickups throughout the year?
Please visit our trash and recycling page or call into the Borough office at 717-665-2461 for additional information.

Who do I talk to about issues related to stormwater runoff or flood maps?
Please first check the Stormwater Management link at left as that contains valuable information and resources, including a link to FEMA Flood Maps which allow you to zoom directly into any property location.  If you still have questions, please contact:

Manheim Borough Office
15 East High Street
Manheim, PA 17545
717-665-2461

Who do I need to contact regarding my sewer/water bill?
Manheim Borough Authority – Candace Hoover
18 East High Street
Manheim, PA 17545
717-665-2737

Zoning and Building permit questions?
Visit our Zoning and Codes page, or contact our Code Enforcement Officer, Donna Czeiner
717-665-2461 x14

Who takes care of roadkill disposal?
Manheim Borough Public Works
717-665-2461

Is open burning allowed in the Borough?
Open Burning is not permitted anywhere in the Borough.

SECTION F Open Burning

Who is responsible for maintaining curbs and sidewalks?
Property owners are responsible to maintain, repair, and replace any curb or sidewalk areas that are damaged or unsafe.
Please contact the Code Enforcement Officer for questions.
Code Enforcement Officer, Donna Czeiner
717-665-2461 x14

 

Current Projects

2018 Projects

UGI Gas Main Project 

Please check back here for project updates that we will post as soon we receive them from UGI.

Project is underway as of Monday September 17th, beginning at West High and Fulton St., working eastward toward Market Square, continuing through the south side of Market Square to Main St., then from Main St. on the north side of Market Square to Charlotte St.  Various tie-ins will occur at intersections along the route.

Work is scheduled to occur during the following weekly time period:

Sundays starting at 6 PM through Friday mornings ending at 6 AM.

During this time period, daytime work hours will be between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM, and evening work hours will be between the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM.

Street closures and detours will NOT be utilized – flaggers will be in place during working hours, with lane restrictions in place as needed.

Adjacent residents and businesses will be receiving direct notifications from UGI regarding any planned service interruptions along with any other pertinent information.

This part of the project will last approximately 2 months.

Upon completion of the West High portion of the project, the work will shift to South Cherry and West Stiegel St., and then to South Penn St. from West Stiegel northward to West High St.  Work associated with the abandonment of the old gas mains will occur at several intersections upon completion of the new main installations.  This work will last approximately 2 months.  There will be no street closures associated with this portion of the project.  Adjacent residents and businesses will be receiving direct notifications from UGI regarding any planned service interruptions along with any other pertinent information.

PennDOT’s West High St Paving Project will be postponed until 2019 due to the above UGI project.

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PennDOT’s Main St/PA 72 Paving Project:

Work will be continuing weather permitting – as we receive project updates from PennDOT they will be posted here.

The paving is anticipated to continue through the end of September as weather permits.  Paving will only occur within the Borough during daytime off-peak hours.   

Alternate Route When Detour Is In Effect:

Traffic will continue to flow northbound on SR 72 through town during the detour period. Southbound traffic on SR 72 will be detoured at Colebrook Street to North & South Charlotte Streets to Railroad Avenue to New Charlotte Street. The detour will be in place from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday. 

Please note that this work plan can change at any time. Cross street traffic will be limited during paving operations.

 042518 – PennDOT to Repair Pave Route 72 through Manheim and Rapho Twp. 


Traffic Signal Battery Backup Project – The Borough was awarded a Green Light-Go grant from PennDOT for the installation of battery backup power supply for all traffic signals in the Borough.  This project is now complete.

South Charlotte Street repaving project. This project is now complete!

North Main Street (PA 72) Stormwater Improvements – The Borough was awarded a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant to install storm sewers from Danner Alley to Gramby Street.  This project will help reduce the amount of stormwater on Main Street and the resulting splash onto adjacent sidewalks and buildings.  This project is now complete! 

Click on video below to see the problem that will be addressed by this project!

Click Here for ABC27 News Clip on the Main Street Storm Sewer Project!

South Hazel Street – This project, extending from High Street to Stiegel Street, will utilize the full-depth reclamation process which will essentially reconstruct the entire street.  

NOTE: Due to a number of factors, including UGI’s plans for replacing a gas main in the Spring of 2019, the S Hazel Street project is being postponed until the Summer of 2019.


Memorial Park Veterans’ Memorial – Plans are underway for a veteran’s memorial at Memorial Park.  This project is being undertaken by a group of volunteer veterans. MEMORIAL PLAZA SKETCH (enlarged)  MEMORIAL PLAZA SKETCH (note these plans are current under revision and being finalized…more information will follow)

Completed projects:

The purpose of the 2017 street projects was primarily that of preventive maintenance in order to extend the life of the affected streets and to allow the Borough to utilize our limited funds in a more efficient manner.  Similar to what many people do with residential driveways and parking lots, the seal coat helps to prevent water from seeping into and below the surface.  This water, along with the freeze/thaw cycles, are the primary cause of pot holes and more significant street damage, which results in the need for more extensive (and expensive) repairs.

Wolf Street Parking Lot – New lighting has been installed, enhancing night-time visibility and safety, and the surface has been re-sealed.  The Cardboard Dumpsters have been permanently relocated to the parking lot at Logan Park off of Ferdinand Street.

Police/EMS Building Project: Construction is complete.  The police are now operating out of the new building.  Emergency Services Campus

Chiques Creek Sediment Removal (72 @ Fruitville Pike) – Work has been completed for the removal of sediment from the Chiques Creek.  This will greatly enhance capacity and flow through this area. Chiques Creek sediment removal plans

Adele Ave Stormwater improvements:  The project is now complete. 2015-10-01 – Adele Avenue plans (BID SET)

Stiegel & Penn Street: Resurfacing/Stormwater Project: This project is now complete.   2014-07-14 – West Stiegel and Penn Street Improvements (BID SET)

Logan Park Restoration Project: This project has been completed. LoganPark_NFWF_Maps

 

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