MAY YOU HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
SNOW REMOVAL REMINDER - It looks like we may see snow for thanksgiving! Please remember to remove snow/ice off of sidewalks within twenty-four hours after the cessation of snowfall, or if the snowfall ceases during the night, then within twenty-four hours after sunrise. The borough will be enforcing the snow removal ordinance. Senior citizens who have difficulty cleaning off their walks might be interested in a program through the York County Area Agency on Aging called Rent -A- Kid. The recommended payment to the young person is $5.00/hour. Call 771-9103 for details. Do not throw snow onto streets or alleys when shoveling off your walks. It inhibits snow removal and freezes up, making effective snow removal on streets very difficult. It is also prohibited by Ordinance. Maintenance personnel will conscientiously remove the snow off of the streets as soon as possible, and cinder and salt to provide for traction. State roads are cleared usually before local roads due to the volume of traffic and liquid salt that is applied. Please be patient; we are concerned about your safe passage, and will do our best to keep the streets cleared for you.
YORK COUNTY WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM - Contact the York County Planning Commission at 771-9870 for information about this program for those that meet the income criteria. Services include attic and basement insulation, window and door weather stripping, etc. Inefficient or unsafe furnaces will be repaired or replaced. The work for those eligible is free of charge; no lien is filed against your property. This is available for renters and homeowners. It is worth while checking into this program to lower your energy bills and to provide a more comfortable home.
YORK COUNTY HOME IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM - The York County Planning Commission has several programs for assisting home owners in maintaining their homes with repairs such as for heating systems, electrical work, plumbing, and new roofs. The programs provide for low interest deferred loan payments. You may contact Robin Doll with the Planning Commission at 771-9870 for information, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
TAX INFORMATION - Individual tax responsibility can sometimes be perplexing, especially to those who have just moved into the area. The Manchester Borough Tax Collector annually collects taxes for the borough, the county, and the school district.
Taxes for York County and Manchester Borough are listed together on the same bill and mailed in February with a due date for discount payment by April 15th. (There are discounts and penalties depending on when the bill is paid; see your bill for specific information.) If you are a property owner, you will be billed for real estate taxes for both the county and the borough, the amounts based on millage rates. The borough also has a $5.00 per capita tax that all residents over 18 years of age are required to pay unless qualifying for an exemption. The per capita tax will be included with the real estate bill. If you are not a property owner, then you will be billed separately. All borough/county taxes must be paid by December 31st of the current year. If they are not paid by that date, they will be sent to Tax Claim or G.H. Harris for collection.
Taxes for Northeastern School District will be billed in June for payment by September 1st. They include a tax on real estate and a per capita tax with a special tax. Residents, 18 years or older who do not own property, will be responsible for the per capita tax and the special tax. This is just a brief description. You may always obtain additional information concerning the above referenced taxes from the borough tax collector.
The York Adams Tax Bureau distributes an Earned Income Tax collected by your employee on your wages to your municipality or school district in which you reside, in addition to, the Local Service Tax on those who work in the municipality.The Earned Income Tax is a tax on gross wages and net profits. Tax rates are 1% on the school district where you live, and the tax is shared between the municipality and school district. If you work within Pennsylvania your employer is required to withhold the tax and remit it to the collector where the employer is located. The York Adams Tax Bureau collects the tax for most of York and all of Adams Counties. If you are self-employed or work out-of-state, you are required to make estimated quarterly payments of the tax due. An annual Individual Earned Income Tax Return must be filed with the YATB by April 15 following the end of the tax year. A return must be filed even if you had no earned income. Only permanently retired or disabled individuals are exempt from filing.
MUNICIPAL BEAUTIFICATION - The Council is pleased that leaf collection in Fall and street sweeping in Spring provide successful services for residents. Please check the web site and the sign at the borough office for scheduling. We also need your assistance to trim back the grass that is growing between the curb, sidewalks, and street in front of your house. Those of you that have street trees in front of their house should remember to trim back the weeds in the area around the tree. Please contact the street tree committee before trimming any branches. It is amazing how that extra effort can improve the appearance of our community and your home. Everyone working together can make a difference.
POOLS -A zoning permit is required for installation of ALL pools regardless of whether it is a blow up pool, above ground pool, or an in ground pool if it is capable of containing more than twenty four (24) inches of water. A pool must meet the set back requirement from the property line. A fence is required to surround the pool. If the pool is an above ground pool above four feet in height, a fence is not required provided that all points of access to the pool is adequately protected by a self-closing, self locking gate, or has a retractable ladder. All pools will need to be inspected by the Building Code Official under the Uniform Construction Code.Recommendation: Contact the borough office BEFORE purchasing a pool for specific information.
MANCHESTER COMMUNITY SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROGRAM - ended on August 1st. It was a successful six week program for children 6-12 years of age which ended with a Carnival at John Rudy Park. Refer to www.manchesterplayground.com next year for the 2015 program information.
TAX COLLECTOR - Marcia Stauch is the Borough’s tax collector. You may reach her at (717) 880-3493.
STORM WATER - The Department of Environmental Protection has designated Manchester Borough as an MS4 municipality. As such, Manchester Borough is encouraged to inform its citizens concerning storm water runoff and the effects of pollutants on the water system. Rain by nature is important for replenishing drinking water supplies, recreation, and healthy wildlife habitats. It only becomes a problem when pollutants from our activities like car maintenance, lawn care, and dog walking are left on the ground for rain to wash away. Remember that whatever you put in your drain or on your streets affects our environment and health. "When it Rains, it Drains" publication is available for your perusal.
DEP encourages the public to become involved in related projects to improve our environment. Volunteers will be welcomed. Please contact the borough office for information. The office will be pleased to work with your organization to participate in a project. You may visit Gary Peacock's Way E-News at GPeacock@yccd.org who represents the York County Conservation District and the Watershed Alliance of York at www.watershedsyork.org for York County environmental information.
RECYCLING CONTAINERS - PennWaste provided residences new blue 32 gallon recycling containers to accommodate the increase in recycling. Recycling information was provided with the containers, although, additional copies may be picked up at the borough office. The smaller recycling bins may continue to be used and are available at the borough office.
BOROUGH SIGN - You probably have noticed the digital sign in front of the municipal office. Hopefully, we'll be able to keep you better informed about borough and community events.
SCHOOL IS IN SESSION - Be observant and cautious while driving. Please respect the crossing guards as they safely cross your children at the signaled intersections in the borough. They have a tough job dealing with traffic, and need your patience and cooperation in seeing the children arrive safely at school.
MAYOR MARTIN KEISTER is actively serving the borough. He will perform marriages.
SUSQUEHANNA LIONS CLUB - A special thanks is extended to members of the Lions Club and friends for weeding and beautifying The Park at the Square! Their volunteer organization reaches out to the community in many ways. The Park at the Square, from inception, was intended to be used by the community-at-large for all residents to come together in friendship. Thanks for helping to keep it that way!
STREET TREE COMMISSION - Council has established a Street Tree Commission to oversee the installation and maintenance of trees along the streets in the borough. The committee members are Ken Cole, Carol Hoenstine, and Lorretta Simmons. If you have any concerns about a tree in front of your property, or before trimming a tree, please contact the office or a committee member.
PARKING RESTRICTIONS - Parking signs restricting parking during the hours of 7 A.M. - 4 P.M. “when school is in session” have been installed in the vicinity of the High School on Hartman Street, several blocks of High Street, and portions of Manchester Heights.
Two permits may be obtained per address if home owners need to park on the street in front of their house during the restricted hours. This is an enforceable ordinance. Permits may be obtained at the Borough Office at a cost of $2 per permit.
NORTHEASTERN REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT has a new web site – www.neregionalpd.us.
EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS – THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SERVICE! - See a list of Emergency Services under OFFICIALS
TOWN WATCHES - It has been suggested that a Town Watch program could be organized by members of the community. Interested individuals may contact the borough office if you would like to participate in this group
NORTHEASTERN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers are always needed to assist in planning and related activities for the safety and well being of our communities. For more information, please contact the Borough Office at 266-1022.