The first step in preparing for a block party is to contact the Manheim Township Police Department with a petition signed by a majority of your neighbors agreeing to hold a block party on your street. This will be one of the first questions the police will ask. This contact should be made at lease a month in advance of the block party. Most block parties do not technically "close" streets. Neighbors that live on the block are usually free to enter and exit the street to get to their homes. If a UPS truck needs to get in, the street typically is still "open" and the vehicle enters slowly and carefully and then moves on. A block party is more about slowing or limiting movements on the street. For safety reasons for limiting or slowing vehicles moving on the street, you and your neighbors may desire to place barricades or cones on your street. These are available at the Township Public Works Department. When you have notified the Police Department of your event with the petition, you may call the PW Department at 569-6406 Ext 1129 and request the barricades and cones suitable for your needs. The Township has a very modest charge for the rental of barricades and cones per event ($10 per barricade, $1 per cone, 10% administrative fee). These items will be delivered to your street and picked up after the party.