Lititz welcomes Coolest Small Town title
BY LAURA KNOWLES, Correspondent
"Lititz is, in fact, the 'Coolest Small Town in America,' " council president Karen Weibel said on Feb. 26.
Weibel opened the borough council meeting with news that Lititz was the winner of Budget Travel's Coolest Small Town in America contest for 2013.
She thanked borough manager Sue Ann Barry and Venture Lititz director Kelly Withum, who registered the borough to be considered as the coolest town. She also thanked Gaylord Poling of the Tiger's Eye, who launched a campaign to get the most votes for Lititz.
Officials are planning to celebrate the designation among upcoming activities including the Rectric Bike Race, Memorial Day Parade, Lovin' Lititz Every Second Friday and Walk for a Cure.
Council also learned Lititz is one of six Lancaster County municipalities selected to participate in a Mid-Atlantic region stormwater-management program. The other municipalities are Mount Joy Borough and East Cocalico, Manheim, Warwick and West Lampeter townships.
Joanne Throwe and Monica Billig of the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center said the program is intended to develop long-term solutions to managing stormwater.
Billig, manager of an EFC satellite office in Lancaster County, said the program is supported by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
EFC is working with the municipal staff to protect waterways by: limiting solid surfaces; using permeable materials; planting buffers of vegetation to filter and slow runoff; and reducing the amount of litter, sediment and other debris that enters waterways.
Throwe said, "Heavy rains have in the past, and will in the future, endanger livelihoods."
The organization, based in Maryland, is relevant here because the Susquehanna River and its tributaries have played an important part in Lancaster County's economy and culture, and they ultimately flow into the Chesapeake Bay.