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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HARRISBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HONORED FOR “NATIONAL NIGHT OUT” EVENT

Jan. 3, 2019 HARRISBURG PA – The National Association of Town Watch has honored the Harrisburg Police Department with its “Rookie of the Year” award in recognition of the City’s 2018 “National Night Out” event.

The National Association of Town Watch said 16,790 law enforcement agencies, community groups, towns and cities organized “National Night Out” events in 2018. The organization said almost 800 of the groups across 50 states were eligible for the honor, but the Harrisburg Police Department was one of only three organizations to be honored in Pennsylvania.

The Harrisburg event was held in August at Sunshine Park, also known as Morrison Park, 12th & Herr Streets.

“We are exceedingly proud of the Harrisburg Police Department and its dedicated service to the people of our great city,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “Congratulations to Commissioner Thomas C. Carter and to all of the men and women who work to keep our community safe.”

Commissioner Carter extended his thanks to Harrisburg police as well as to Corporal Josh Hammer, who leads the Community Policing Unit, and to Community Policing Coordinator Blake Lynch.

“Thanks to everyone who made this event such a resounding success,” Commissioner Carter said.  “We especially want to thank staff with Harrisburg Public Works and our Parks & Recreation Department for their help with our first National Night Out.”
 
The event featured more than 50 vendors, including exhibits from several law enforcement agencies, the Pennsylvania State Police Helicopter unit, the Harrisburg Fire Department and Life Team EMS.  It also included games, live entertainment, K-9 demonstrations, free food, and drinks.

Harrisburg Police officers gave out Kona Ice and Farm Show Milkshakes. Live performances from local community groups and a DJ highlighted the event.
 
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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DRIVERS REMINDED TO OBEY ALL STREET CLEANING SIGNS

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Jan. 3, 2019 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is reminding residents and visitors to pay attention to signs detailing parking restrictions associated with street cleaning schedules throughout the city.

Capital Region Water is responsible for street cleaning, but the City also uses the schedule to perform other maintenance and repair tasks.  Even when streets aren’t being cleaned, cars must not be parked in the restricted areas and risk being ticketed.

“City workers use the street cleaning days to take care of many tasks important to our quality of life,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We respectfully ask residents and visitors to observe the rules posted on street signs to avoid parking penalties.”

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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CITY OF HARRISBURG ACCEPTING PR0POSALS FROM QUALIFIED COMPANIES TO PROVIDE POLICE BODY VIDEO CAMERAS

Jan. 2, 2019 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is accepting proposals from qualified companies to provide the Harrisburg Bureau of Police with body video cameras.

The issuance of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) RFP#2018-03 Body Worn Cameras constitutes an invitation to submit proposals to the City of Harrisburg and is not to be construed as an official and customary request for bids.  Proposers must read all RFP documents prior to submitting a sealed proposal.  

All information pertaining to the proposal submission requirements and process are detailed in Section V. of the RFP, which can be found on the City’s website here: http://harrisburgpa.gov/bodycams/.

Qualified vendors should complete and submit their inquiries and/or sealed proposal via e-mail to:

Eric Collins, Deputy Director of Information Technology — [email protected]/.

Proposals also may be mailed to:

Eric Collins

Deputy Director of Information Technology

MLK Government Center

10 North Second St.

Harrisburg, PA 17101

Proposals must be received prior to the deadline of 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

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

 

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New Year’s Eve Celebration Information (Events, Parking, Road Closures)

On December 31, 2018, the City of Harrisburg will celebrate the New Year with a strawberry drop and fireworks at midnight. The event will also feature a free kids craft (while supplies last), story time with a princess and superhero, and free dance party zumba class in the street at 11pm provided by Fitness|U. Share your New Year’s resolutions on the Fitness|U 2019 New Year, New You Pledge Wall. The strawberry drop ceremony will begin at 11:45 p.m. outside the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Harrisburg.

For a full list of the family events, parties and dining specials happening throughout the city, please visit ExploreHBG.com.

Schedule of Events

9pm – 11pm: Visit a princess and superhero; FREE NYE party hat kids craft (while supplies hat)

9pm – 12am: Fitness|U 2019 New Year, New You Pledge Wall – share your resolution

10pm – 12:30am: DJ entertainment

10pm: Storytime with a princess and superhero

11pm: FREE Glow Zumba Dance Party in the street, provided by Fitness|U

11:45pm: Strawberry Drop Ceremony

12am: Strawberry Drop & Fireworks

Event Documents

Event Rules
View Rules

 

Parking

$10 Event parking provided by SP+ Municipal Services will be available in the Market Square garage from 5 pm – 5 am. Road closures will include 2nd Street from Chestnut to Walnut. Access to the Market Street garage will be available.

Road Closures

Beginning at 6 pm, 2nd Street from Chestnut Street to Walnut Street will be closed. Second Street from Market to Walnut will be closed. Traffic will be permitted to enter the Market Square Garage or to detour West onto Blackberry Street if exiting the garage.  Market Street from Front to Second will be closed.

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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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“LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH!” IS THEME OF CITY’S ANNUAL GIANT HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Dec. 4, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse and the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will lead the City’s annual Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

“Let There Be Peace on Earth” is the theme of this year’s celebration, which is sponsored by Giant Foods.  The company donated the 26-foot-tall tree as a gift to the City in December 2014 during Mayor Papenfuse’s first year in office.

The Mayor will offer remarks at the event, and members of the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will offer words of inspiration.  Christyan Seay, artistic director of the Capital Area Music Association (CAMA), and Esmeralda Hetrick, publisher of La Voz Latina Central, will sing holiday songs for the occasion. 

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

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FREE PARKING ON CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS EVE IN CITY OF HARRISBURG

Dec. 5, 2018 HARRISBURG – Parking will be free in Harrisburg on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Harrisburg, but will return to normal on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

“We thank SP Plus for providing free parking on Christmas and Christmas Eve,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse, “and we hope this will encourage people to come downtown and enjoy all of the holiday festivities.”

The MLK Government Center will be open Christmas Eve, but closed on Christmas and on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

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

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