PREFABRICATED HARRISBURG POLICE SUBSTATION TO ARRIVE AT 15TH AND DRUMMOND STREETS ON THURSDAY

Dec. 12, 2018 Harrisburg, PA –The prefabricated Harrisburg Police substation structure will arrive Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 in the City of Harrisburg in five oversized loads. The structure will be set on the cast-in-place concrete foundation at 15th and Drummond Streets.

To accommodate the delivery, “No Parking” signs will be posted along Derry and South 15th Streets. Strict compliance with the “No Parking” signs are required and violators will be towed to allow the delivery to occur.

Media and people  wishing to observe the activities may park on South 16th Street.  South 15th Street will be closed.

The 1,600-square- foot structure was designed by SGS Architects Engineers Inc. at a total construction bid price of $929,194.  The contractors are King Bryant, Inc. (Prime); Garden Spot Mechanical, Inc. (Plumbing and HVAC) and Wassertech Engineering Ltd. (electrical).

The modular building was constructed at NRB Inc. in New Holland, PA.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or call 717 255 3015.

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CITY OF HARRISBURG SCORES 81 ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX

HARRISBURG – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) published official city scorecards on Monday, October 8, 2018 indicating that the City of Harrisburg scored 81 out of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI).

The Human Rights campaign consisting of three million members and supporters nationwide is the largest civil rights organization working towards achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans.

Each year, for the last seven years, the HRC MEI examines 506 cities nationwide on 49 different criteria from every state. It evaluates how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there.

Harrisburg’s 2016 HRC MEI score was 68 points out of 100. Harrisburg’s 2017 HRC MEI score was 56 out of 100. This year, Harrisburg scored 81 out of 100, a 25 point increase due to the service of the nine Commissioners of the re-instated Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC).

The HHRC was reinstated November of 2017, with the appointment of nine commissioners who were confirmed by City Council. These members are:

  1. Commissioner Russell A. Boggs, Chair
  2. Commissioner Gretchen Little, Vice Chair
  3. Commissioner Amanda L. Arbour
  4. Commissioner Theo Braddy
  5. Commissioner Valerie Carelock
  6. Commissioner Amanda Carter
  7. Commissioner Joshua J. Grubbs
  8. Commissioner Kia L. Hansard
  9. Commissioner Christi’an Yellowdy

“I commend the Human Relations Commission and all of our city workers who are helping to improve the quality of life for all of our residents and who are making Harrisburg a more inclusive and welcoming city,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

The 25 point increase is attributed to the following four areas:

  1. Re-instatement of the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission with the appointment of 9 Commissioners in November of 2017
  2. Transgender inclusive healthcare benefits expressly documented in employee benefit manual/book
  3. The City of Harrisburg Police reporting its 2016 Hate Crime Statistics to the FBI
  4. An increase in the City leadership’s commitment to fully include the LGBTQ+ communities in pro-equality Legislative or Policy Efforts

City score cards can be viewed at: https://goo.gl/GXJ8gB

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, at [email protected] or call 717 212 7269.

 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF LEAF COLLECTION AT OCT. 10 PRESS CONFERENCE

October 9, 2018

 HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10, at the MLK City Government Center to announce the details of fall leaf collection.

The City of Harrisburg Public Works Crew will work to make sure the leaves are collected quickly and efficiently.  Capital Region Water will be in close coordination with Public Works to continue street sweeping during leaf collection.

Residents are requested to help by putting leaves in brown paper bags at the curb the night before street sweeping. There is a limited number of free paper leaf bags for residents to pick up at the Public Works Center at 1820 Paxton Street between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You can also buy the bags at most hardware and home improvement stores. Plastic bags are not accepted at the composting site.

If you are unable to bag your leaves, you can pile them into the street the night before street sweeping. Please be sure not to block drains. Blocked storm drains can cause puddles or flooding when it rains.

The City will collect leaves between now and Friday December 7, 2018. Please follow the posted street cleaning schedule even if your collection day is a holiday. There will be no leaf collection on holidays.

If you have any questions, please call The City at 311 for leaf collection questions or Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606 for street sweeping questions.

 

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CITY OF HARRISBURG AND “CAPITAL REBIRTH”  SPONSOR ANTI-BULLYING DAY ON  OCT. 6

Sep 28, 2018 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg and Capital Rebirth will sponsor an “Anti-Bullying Superhero Day” from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at the Skyline Sports Complex on City Island. 

The event is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero and will be able to meet and greet their favorite D.C. and Marvel comic characters.

This event promotes a family-friendly atmosphere consisting of carnival style games, inflatable houses, food trucks, raffles and DJ Caraby. There also will be prizes for the children.

For more information, contact Capital Rebirth at 717-760-9749 or email at [email protected].

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE “TASTE OF INDEPENDENCE” JULY 4th FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St., to announce plans for the July 4th Food Truck Festival. 

This year’s festival will be held 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. It will include more than 40 food trucks with items such as artisanal pizza, barbecue, crab cake sandwiches, jumbo lobster roll, wraps, burrito’s and gourmet Reuben’s. Festival favorites such as kettle corn, cotton candy, fried Oreos and funnel cake will be available along with Farm Show milkshakes!

 “This year’s celebration promises to be one of the best yet,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Last year’s festival drew nearly 35,000 visitors, an increase of 10,000 from previous years.  And we are expecting an even larger crowd this year.  I would like to give a special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey Harrisburg for helping to make this event possible.”

Non-stop entertainment will be featured on the Market Street Stage and on the acoustic music stage in Kunkle Plaza with performances by Maudlin Moon, Strangest Hearts, D-BO, Nearly York, Alex Allegra and Keith Goldstein.

Children’s Festival activities are free and include glitter tattoos, caricatures and balloons. Superheroes and princesses will meet and pose for pictures. Lawn games and activities will be available for play and children can also make a superhero mask with a princess or superhero for $5.

The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and feature a 15- minute show produced by ZY Pyrotechnics. The fireworks will include over 1,000 shells launched from the City Island beach.

Following the fireworks, a free outdoor movie featuring Moana will be presented by the Midtown Cinema. The movie will be held near the live music stage between Market & Walnut Streets. The wayfinding princess will meet and pose for pictures.

Street parking on July 4th will be free, parking on City Island will be $5, and there will be $10 parking in the Market Square Garage from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, D&H Distributing, UMPC Pinnacle, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Green Mountain Energy, Strawberry Square and Adventure In Fun.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or call 717-255-3015.

 

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CITY OF HARRISBURG CONTINUES TO PURCHASE PROPERTIES IMPACTED BY SINK HOLES ON 14TH STREET

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June 13, 2018

CITY OF HARRISBURG CONTINUES TO PURCHASE PROPERTIES IMPACTED BY SINK HOLES ON 14TH STREET

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has acquired 39 of the 53 properties on South 14th Street that were affected by the sink hole that developed in March 2014. 

The City is purchasing affected homes in the 1400 block of South 14th Street in partnership with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Commonwealth Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Two rows of attached homes on either side of the block are slated for acquisition, and the City is now working with homeowners and renters to purchase the remaining 14 homes.

“We are pleased to announce that we are making great progress in resolving the dangerous situation that these sinkholes created for dozens of families,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We thank the federal, state and county agencies for responding to our calls for help, and we thank residents for cooperating with our efforts to acquire these properties.”

The City has received a total of $5,779,099 in federal funding from FEMA and HUD to acquire and demolish the affected homes, help relocate the residents and tenants, and secure the sinkhole site. This work has been conducted in two phases.

The City also has been granted $1million from Dauphin County to rehabilitate the sink hole site after demolition is completed and the area turned into a green space.

In conjunction with PEMA and the Department of Community and Economic Development, the City is working with Navarro & Wright for property acquisitions and engineering services, and with Capital Access for renter relocation.

Almost $2 million has been spent thus far to acquire properties in the first two phases of the project.

Remaining homeowners have a deadline of June 30, 2018 to participate in the Buyout Program. Homeowners must confirm their desire to participate in the Buyout Program, and the City must have signed agreements from all participants by the end of June.

The City hopes to have all participating properties vacant by the end of June to begin utility relocation work and project demolition work at the site in July/August 2018.

The site will be prepared as green open space, per HUD/FEMA guidelines. The City is not permitted to place any structures on the site after the existing homes have been removed and the site has been remediated.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.

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