THE HARRISBURG BUREAU OF FIRE DEPLOYED BUOYS IN THE AREA OF THE DOCK STREET DAM ON APRIL 4, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire deployed buoys in the area of the Dock Street Dam on April 4, 2019.

The Buoys are placed annually to create an exclusion zone around the dam. This year’s placement occurred nearly a month ahead of schedule.

To increase safety measures, flashing LED lights were added to the buoys this year. Buoys were also placed on the downstream side of the dam for additional safety and visibility. These downstream buoys complement the existing signage that have been in place on the Interstate 83 bridge, warning boaters of the dam ahead.

“I want to thank the Harrisburg Fire Bureau for ordering and skillfully deploying the new buoys.” Said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “We hope everyone enjoys the Susquehanna safely this summer.” 

It is encouraged that all boaters, fishermen, and others who recreate on any body of water should familiarize themselves prior to entering the water so they can be aware of any potential hazards that are present. Safety information on boating and waterway safety can be found at https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

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CITY OF HARRISBURG BEGAN BUILDING DEMOLITION ON SOUTH 14TH STREET SINKHOLE MITIGATION PROJECT ON APRIL 2, 2019

HARRISBURG – The  City of Harrisburg began building demolition on the South 14th Street Sinkhole Mitigation Project on April 2, 2019.

With the financial and technical assistance of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Commonwealth Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the City was able to purchase the 53 homes in the 1400 Block of South 14th Street which were affected by the sinkhole that developed in March 2014. The acquisition and demolition of these homes is the first federally funded sinkhole mitigation project in the United States.

Demolition activities are expected to take approximately 45 days 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.

“We are pleased to announce that we have started the demolition on this project.” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We are thankful that the federal, state and county agencies responded to our calls for help, and are looking forward to making this area safe for our residents.”

The City received a total of $5,779,099 in federal funding from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to acquire and demolish the affected homes, help relocate the residents and tenants, and secure the sinkhole site.

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

The project is a collaboration between the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

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CITY OF HARRISBURG TO ANNOUNCE VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN AT MARCH 20 PRESS CONFERENCE 

March 18, 2019 HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at the MLK Government Center to announce the details of the Vision Zero Action Plan.

The City of Harrisburg kicked off Vision Zero in May of 2018 in response to serious crashes involving pedestrians as well as an overall goal of improving safety on City Streets. The program envisions zero pedestrian and bicycle fatalities by 2030.

Over the course of several months, City specific surveys and meetings were conducted and a task force was created to produce a comprehensive action plan with policy, program and road design recommendations to improve safety for all users of Harrisburg Streets.

Copies of the plan will be distributed at the press conference.

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

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CITY OF HARRISBURG HOLDS PUBLIC MEETING ON 4TH AND DAUPHIN PLAYGROUND 

March 6, 2019 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg will hold a public meeting from 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at Heinz Menaker Senior Center, 1824 North 4th Street  on the updates of 4th and Dauphin Playground.

Representatives from the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water will provide an overview of new park features coming in 2019. The meeting will allow Harrisburg residents to give input on the park renovations.

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

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LIVE ICE CARVING ON FRIDAY AT CITY HALL PROVIDES PREVIEW OF THE WINTER “ICE & FIRE” FESTIVAL

Harrisburg, PA – Ice Concepts will offer live ice-carving demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 1 at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. 2nd St., in preparation for Harrisburg’s 2019 Ice & Fire Festival on Saturday.

The ice carving demonstration at the MLK Government Center will feature one of the life-sized ice sculptures along with the ice block building of the 33-foot ice slide in front of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, 22 N 2nd St.

Soul Burrito will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the carving preview in front of the City Government Center.

The finished carvings will be unveiled at the second Ice & Fire festival, which will be held Saturday, March 2 from 1-9 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg.

“We invite people from throughout the region to join us to celebrate the beauty of winter,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “In addition to the ice sculptures, there will be fire dancers, food trucks, music and activities for the whole family to enjoy.”

The Ice & Fire Festival will feature an ice-skating rink on Second Street with free ice skating and skate rentals, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, a 33-foot ice slide, artist market, ice castle with appearances by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, live musical performances, fire dancers, food trucks, glass blowing workshops, firepit lounge with smores and more along Second Street from Market to Pine Streets. The HBG Flea will offer a winter market in Strawberry Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ice skating, including skate rentals and the ice slide will be free.

The Ice & Fire festival will be held on Second Street between Market & Pine Streets. Road closures will include:

  • One lane of Second Street between Market and Walnut streets will close on Friday, March 1st at 9 a.m.
  • Second Street between Market & Pine Street will close on Friday, March 1st at 10 p.m.
  • Walnut, Locust & Pine Streets between 3rd and Front Streets will close at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2
  • All road closures will end at Noon on Sunday, March 3.

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.  In addition to the discounted garage rate, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code.  Here is a link to the ParkMobile App: http://us.parkmobile.com/mobile-apps. Street parking is free after 5 p.m.

“Without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to put together this wonderful winter festival,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “I would like to give special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Explore HBG, M&T Bank, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, UPMC Pinnacle, Aetna, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Spirit Sound & Light, LLC, SP+ and Green Mountain Energy.”

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

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SORORITY TO HONOR HARRISBURG POLICE COMMISSIONER THOMAS C. CARTER

HARRISBURG, PA – Harrisburg Police Commissioner Thomas C. Carter will be honored with the “Men of Rhoyalty award from  Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc, Kappa Omicron Sigma Chapter, during ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sunday, March, 10 2019  at the Red Lion Hotel – Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is a leading non-profit, community service organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life within the community.

The “Men of Rhoyalty” award  honors seven men in the community who contribute and make sacrifices on behalf of their families, friends and communities.

“I am both honored and humbled to accept this award,” said Commissioner Carter.  “The Kappa Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is an organization that is committed to supporting our community and to encouraging the highest ideals of leadership.  I am truly inspired by their dedication.”

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at[email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF SECOND WINTER “ICE & FIRE” FESTIVAL AT THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

February 19, 2019  Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 to announce the Second Ice & Fire Festival, which will be held 1-9 p.m. Saturday, March 2 on Second Street between Market & Pine Streets in Downtown Harrisburg.

“Our Ice & Fire Festival is proving to be one of the most popular winter events in our region,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We are expecting an even larger crowd in our second year as we have even more free and fun activities for the whole family.”

The Ice & Fire Festival will feature an ice-skating rink on Second Street, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, a 33-foot ice slide, artist market, ice castle with appearances by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, live musical performances, fire dancers, food trucks, glass blowing workshops, fire dancers, a firepit lounge with smores and more along Second Street from Market to Pine Streets. The HBG Flea will offer a winter market in Strawberry Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ice skating, including skate rentals and the ice slide will be free.

Road closures include:

  • Second Street between Market & Pine Street will close on Friday, March 1st at 10 p.m.
  • Walnut, Locust & Pine Streets between 3rd and Front Streets will close at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 2.
  • All road closures will end noon on Sunday, March 3.

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking from 10 a.m. – noon.  In addition to the discounted garage rate, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code. Street parking is free after 5 p.m.

“Without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to put together this wonderful winter festival,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “I would like to give special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Explore HBG, M&T Bank, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, UPMC Pinnacle, Aetna, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Spirit Sound & Light, LLC, SP+ and Green Mountain Energy.”

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

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HARRISBURG TREASURER DAN MILLER TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON NEW CONVENIENCE PARKING  FOR BILL PAYERS AT CITY HALL

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Jan. 22, 2019 Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Treasurer Dan Miller will provide details on new efforts to make bill paying more convenient for residents at a press briefing at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at the MLK Government Center, 10 N Second St.

Miller will provide information on the recent designation of a free parking spot behind the MLK Government Center to help people who come to the Treasurer’s Office to pay bills.

The reserved parking spot at City Hall for bill payers is the most recent effort to make bill paying more convenient.  Last week, the City announced a new kiosk at the Public Works Building, 1820 Paxton St., to allow residents to pay some bills with credit or debit cards.

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

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HARRISBURG POLICE BEGIN CAMPAIGN TO WARN PEOPLE ABOUT IDLING VEHICLES DURING WINTER

Jan.17, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Police on Thursday will begin issuing warnings to drivers who leave their cars idling during cold weather. 

The warnings are an attempt to curb the increase in stolen vehicles that occurs during the winter when people leave their cars running and unattended.  Statistics show that more than 190 vehicles were stolen 2018, the majority of which occurred during winter.

The written warnings will be placed on the windshields of unattended cars that are running, and they note that owners risk fines up to $1000 for future infractions.

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

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PAYMENT KIOSK NOW AVAILABLE AT CITY’S PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING

 

Jan, 9, 2019 Harrisburg, PA – A new electronic kiosk has been installed at the City of Harrisburg’s Public Works Building, 1820 Paxton St., to allow people to use credit and debit cards to pay refuse/disposal and parking tickets.

Residents also will be able to use the kiosk to pay City and School taxes during the appropriate payment period. The kiosk will be available 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday.

The kiosk will accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and PayPal.  Use of the cards will entail the following fees:

  • Credit card convenience fee is 2.35% ($1.00 minimum)
  • Debit card convenience fee is 1.50% ($1.00 minimum)

The new kiosk at the Public Works Building may be more convenient than paying at the MLK Government Center downtown, as there is ample free parking. Payments made through the kiosk will be credited the next business day.

Residents will not be able to pay bills with cash or checks at the Public Works Building.

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

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