MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE 2019 HOLIDAY PARADE AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON TUESDAY

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, at the City Government Center to announce the 2019 Holiday Parade that will be held on November 23 at 12 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg. This year’s parade theme is “Winter Wonderland.

“We are very excited about this year’s parade,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We are expecting a large crowd this year along the parade route as we kick off the holiday season.” The parade will include high school marching bands, dance performances, local celebrities, musical acts, vintage and classic cars, theatre groups, decorated floats, and costumed characters.

“I would like to give special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg. Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful parade,” Mayor Papenfuse said.

The parade route is as follows: Market Street to Second Street, Second Street to North Street, North Street to Front Street, Front Street to City Island. Road closures will begin at 9 a.m. and end at approximately 4 p.m.

Large parade balloons, provided by Starbound Entertainment, will complete the entire parade route and feature both cold air and helium balloons. Balloon designs include a snowflake, Rudolph, snowman ornament, turkey in traditional pilgrim settler attire, and a snowglobe featuring an elf. 

Five food trucks will be available on Market Street from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. including: 717 Tacos, Knead HBG, Tiki T’s Mini Donuts and More, Get Rollin’ Gourmet Eggrolls and Bartlebaugh Concessions. A carnival game will also be available. 

A parade map and foodie guide are available at harrisburgpa.gov/holiday-parade.

The Market Square Garage will offer a $10 special event rate from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.  In addition to the discounted garage rate, parade attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code.

Following the parade, join Santa for hot chocolate and cookies in Strawberry Square, while supplies last, followed by the awards ceremony. Awards will be given to the top Dance, Step & Drill Team Units and cash prizes will be given to the top High School marching bands. All parade participants are eligible to enter the “Best in Theme” contest to win an award.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Capital BlueCross, Comcast, PPL Electric Utilities, Valve, Belco Community Credit Union, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, and SP Plus. 

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti, Communications Manager, at  [email protected] or 717-255-6535.

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CITY OF HARRISBURG HOLDS DEDICATION EVENT ANNOUNCING COMPLETION OF SINKHOLE MITIGATION PROJECT

HARRISBURG – The 14th Street Sinkhole Mitigation Project has reached completion, and the area has been transformed into a community green space.

What:       Press Conference and Dedication Ceremony To Announce

                  Sinkhole Mitigation Project Completion and Unveiling of

                  Community Green Space

Where:     Corner of South 14th St and Magnolia St, Harrisburg

When:      Thursday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Who:        Mayor Eric Papenfuse, Mr. Steve Ward from FEMA, Mr. Tom Hughes from PEMA, Mr. Richard Vilello from PA DCED, Senator John DiSanto, Commissioner Mike Pries, and officials and representatives from other project partners

Background:

In March 2014, a sinkhole developed in the 1400 block of South 14th Street, affecting 53 homes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the project application for the City of Harrisburg’s sinkhole mitigation project and provided $1,650,000 in federal funds. This is FEMA’s first Sinkhole Mitigation Project, funded under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, in the United States.

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provided the local match of $550,000 from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for Phase 1 of the project. The City was also granted $1 million from Dauphin County’s Community Development Block Grant disaster relief funds to rehabilitate the sinkhole site and turn the area into a green space. DCED provided an additional 3 million dollars from HUD for Phase 2 of the project.

With the support of the above entities, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City was able to acquire and demolish the affected homes, help relocate the residents and tenants, and secure the sinkhole site.

The City of Harrisburg began building demolition on the South 14th Street Sinkhole Mitigation Project on April 2, 2019. The site was then excavated to a depth of 10 feet and backfilled. Demolition activities were followed by site grading, lawn and tree planting. The end result is open space surrounded by a pedestrian path, with deed restrictions prohibiting future development of the property. It has been zoned as green space without the possibility for future construction.

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti, Communications Manager, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-6535.

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DEDICATION EVENT ANNOUNCING COMPLETION OF SINKHOLE MITIGATION PROJECT TO BE HELD THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH

What: Press Conference and Dedication Ceremony To Announce Sinkhole Mitigation Project Completion and Unveiling of Community Green Space

Where: Corner of South 14th St and Mulberry St, Harrisburg

When: Thursday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Who: Mayor Papenfuse, Mr. Steve Ward from FEMA, Senator John DiSanto, and officials and representatives from other project partners.

 

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HARRISBURG POLLING LOCATIONS FOR NOVEMBER 5TH GENERAL ELECTIONS

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is reminding residents that their polling locations may have changed for the upcoming November 5th General Elections. The full list of Harrisburg polling locations can be found online at http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/elections_and_voter_registration/polling_places/harrisburg_locations.php. 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City Government Center, 10 N. 2nd Street, is now a polling location for voters in the City’s 4th Ward. Previously, residents in this ward were voting at St Michael’s Lutheran Church at 118 State St.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE ISSUES PROCLAMATION TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK

HARRISBURG –  Mayor Papenfuse will be presenting a proclamation recognizing October 20-26, 2019 as National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in the City of Harrisburg.

What: Proclamation Presentation for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019

Where: MLK Government Center Atrium, 10 N. 2nd St

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.

Who: Mayor Papenfuse, Representatives from the UPMC Pinnacle Lead Poisoning Prevention and Education Program (LPPEP)

 

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HARRISBURG CITY COUNCIL NOW ACCEPTING HARRISBURG YOUTH COMMISSION APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Harrisburg City Council, under the leadership of Councilwoman Shamaine Daniels and President Wanda Williams, is excited to announce that the 2020 Harrisburg Youth Commission Application is now available on the City’s website at http://harrisburgpa.gov/documents/youth-commission-application/

The purpose of the Harrisburg Youth Commission shall be to advise the government of the City of Harrisburg on all matters pertaining to youth in the City and to offer recommendations to the City on issues of concern to our youth. Councilwoman Daniels stated “This is a great opportunity for the young people of Harrisburg to have a  first-hand experience of how their local government works.”

If you are interested in joining the Youth Commission or know someone that may be interested, please share this information. The deadline to submit an application will be December 13, 2019 at 5PM. City Council is looking forward to receiving new applicants! For inquiries, please contact Harrisburg City Council/City Clerk office at 717-255-3060 or email [email protected].

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CITY OF HARRISBURG ANNOUNCES UPDATE ON REQUEST FOR LETTER OF INTEREST

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has received a total of six responses to the Request for Letter of Interest [RF-LOI# 2019-01 Water and Wastewater System Acquisition].  Four of the respondents  Aqua PA, PA American Water, Suez, and Veolia Water North America – have been selected for interviews based upon their experience operating comparable systems. Interviews are scheduled to begin on September 25th and conclude on October 8th.

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TRICK-OR-TREAT DATE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE CITY OF HARRISBURG

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is pleased to announce that Trick-or-Treat Night will be on Thursday, October 31st from 6-8 p.m. 


Also, a fun Pre-Trick or Treat Night will occur on Wednesday, October 30. Details are below:

Trick or Treat Event

What:  Join Harrisburg City Council for the Fourth Annual Pre-Trick or Treat Night Bash! 

When: October 30, 5-7 p.m. 

Where: Harrisburg Fire Station #1 (1820 N. 6th St)  and Harrisburg Fire Station #8 (9 S. 13th St)

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Mayor Papenfuse Announces Compromise Plan for 3rd Street Traffic Signage Changes

HARRISBURG –  At Tuesday’s Harrisburg City Council Legislative Session, Mayor Papenfuse addressed the concerns raised by the public at the August 20th City Council Meeting surrounding the traffic signage plans along N. 3rd St. He presented a compromise plan of action regarding the stop signs at 3rd/Emerald, 3rd/Kelker, 3rd/Boyd, and 3rd/Harris.

The City plans to remove the stop signs at the intersections of 3rd/Harris and 3rd/Boyd on Monday, October 7th and replace them with calming measures. The stop signs at 3rd/Emerald and 3rd/Kelker will remain.

After the anticipated completion of the Third Street Multimodal Project in 2020, the traffic control map will come to City Council for approval as an ordinance. City Council will make the final decision on the long-term status of the stop signs at that time.

Below are diagrams that illustrate this announcement as it relates to the stop signs at Boyd Alley and Harris St:

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Stop signs at Boyd Alley and Harris St. will be removed as part of the Third St. Project.

For Boyd Alley at HACC, the stop signs and stop bars are being replaced with the following:

  1. Raised intersection with Stamped Concrete.
  2. Proper signage

  1. Thermoplastic Yield Lines.

  1. Speed table markings.

For Harris Street the stop signs on 3rd St. are being replaced with the following:

  1. Curb Extensions at each quadrant.

  1. High visibility crosswalks
  2. Pedestrian Crossing Yield on Banana Base

 

 

 
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