Deadline For Past Due Trash Bills Is January 1st

If you are behind on your monthly trash bills the clock is ticking to avoid paying a penalty. You have until January 1, 2018 to pay your outstanding balance and avoid a 1.5 percent penalty on what you owe.

Take action now and get your account paid-in-full. Don’t get caught having to pay more money than necessary. Questions? Get connected with Public Works Department by calling 717-255-3040 or simply by dialing 3-1-1 . 

MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE CITY PURCHASE OF SINKHOLE IMPACTED HOMES

Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at the corner of South 14th and Magnolia Streets, to announce the purchase of homes affected by the sink holes in the area. 

“We are pleased to be able to announce the completion of the process to purchase homes in the area of South 14th Street that are directly impacted by the sink holes,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “This process will continue through the end of the year when we expect to have completed the purchasing process for 52 properties.” 

Thanks to support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the City will begin purchasing the homes on Tuesday, with at least 10 acts of sale slated to be completed this week.

Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input On City Pools

The Bureau of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input in regards to the recently completed swimming pool feasibility study. Input can be made simply by leaving a response in the comments section of this post or shared by emailing sjross@harrisburgpa.gov

Here is a list of general questions:
  1. What would you like to see at Jackson Lick and Penn National Pool?
  2. How important are the pools to you and your family?
  3. What will make our pools attractive to you?

 

 

Presser Set To Kick Off Harrisburg Bike Share

Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania (CISPA), title sponsor Highmark Blue Shield, and valuable partners will kick-off the official launch of the Harrisburg Bike Share on Thursday, October 5th at 11 AM in Strawberry Square. 

One of the largest city bike shares in the state of Pennsylvania, next to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Harrisburg Bike Share will directly benefit local youth. 93% of the revenue generated by the program will support services offered by CIPSA, the Commonwealth’s largest dropout prevention organization, serving nearly 50,000 students and their families.   

Following the press conference, invited guests will take part in the Harrisburg Bike Share ceremonial ribbon cutting and inaugural bike ride using Harrisburg Bike Share bicycles.  The Inaugural riders will include Representative Patty Kim, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, and other active members of our community. 

WHO:

WHAT:

Press conference to launch Harrisburg Bike Share program. Ribbon cutting ceremony and inaugural bike ride to follow.    

WHEN:

October 5, 2017, 11:00 am- 11:45 am 

WHERE:

  • Press Conference:   Strawberry Square, Clock Tower; 320 Market St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 
  • Ribbon Cutting: Strawberry Square, outside Walnut Street entrance 
  • Inaugural Ride:   Strawberry Square, Walnut Street entrance,  down 3rd Street to the main Capitol steps 

Mayor Papenfuse Announces Appointment Of New Business Admin

Mayor Eric Papenfuse has appointed veteran attorney Marc Woolley as the new business administrator for the City of Harrisburg.
 
Woolley has spent decades in executive positions with several large organizations, including most recently as Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary with The Hershey Trust.  He also served as General Counsel of the Philadelphia Housing Authority from 2002-2003 and as Director of Claims Administration and Assistant to the Chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority from 2004-2008. As Business Administrator for the City of Harrisburg, Woolley will supervise the Department of Administration and assist the Mayor in managing the City’s budget and finances. Woolley officially assumes his duties Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, with his office located in the Mayor’s Suite of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.
 
“Marc Woolley brings significant experience in public housing, compliance and financial management that will be a real plus for our city and its residents,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “He is enthusiastic about bringing his considerable intellect and talents to help us continue to move our City into a more prosperous future.”
 
Woolley worked with The Hershey Trust from 2011 until 2016 when disagreements within the board of directors resulted in the resignations of several board members and Woolley’s severance from the institution.  Media reports said Woolley raised alarms over the board’s spending. With The Hershey Trust, Woolley was responsible for testing and monitoring compliance with federal and state banking laws, as well as with IRS regulations.  His many responsibilities included serving as legal advisor to senior executives, managing intellectual property and trademark issues and managing sensitive communications on board issues for the $12 billion trust company. As attorney for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, Woolley counseled executive staff regarding federal housing regulations and managed a multi-million-dollar annual budget.  He supervised a staff of 11 attorneys and 11 support staff. As its attorney, Woolley was named in several lawsuits against the agency.  Two lawsuits ended in favor of the Housing Authority and two others were settled.
 
“It’s clear that throughout his stellar career, Marc has held challenging executive positions that required both courage and conviction,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “These traits will serve him well as he joins our leadership team.” Woolley also has worked as counsel of the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia, and he served as chair of the Chester-Upland Empowerment Board from 2007-2010. A native of Delaware, Woolley earned his juris doctorate from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Papenfuse And Civil War Museum To Announce New Agreement

Mayor Eric Papenfuse and officials of the National Civil War Museum will announce a new agreement between the City of Harrisburg and the museum at a press conference slated for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

“I am pleased to be able to announce a new collaborative relationship with the Civil War Museum that will benefit the people of Harrisburg,” said Mayor Papenfuse in announcing the press conference.

The Mayor and Civil War Museum officials will offer details on the agreement resolving issues that have divided them in past years.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov or call 717 255 3015.

Harrisburg Police Receive Automated External Defibrillator For Police Cruiser

The City of Harrisburg Bureau of Police has received one Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for a police cruiser to aid officers in responding to medical emergencies.

The donation came through the Fraternal Order of Police as part of a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

AED’s are a device that measures heart rhythm and can send a shock to the heart to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. The non-profit 501 (c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

FOP National President Chuck Canterbury said that a $250,000 grant would help get 263 AED’s into the hands of police across the country.

Les Neri, President of the Pennsylvania State FOP, distributed 26 AED’s to police departments with the greatest need for this life-saving device across the state. Canterbury and Neri encourage individuals to learn more about the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation at www.FirehouseSubsFoundation.org and about the FOP at www.FOP.net.

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Harrisburg Named One of The Best Small Cities For Soccer Fans

Harrisburg was named 2017’s 6th Best Small City for Soccer Fans in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com.

You can find the full study here: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cit….

To find the best places for loving on the world’s most favorite sport, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 300 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional soccer team across six divisions comprising 63 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum season-ticket price for a game to stadium accessibility to number of championship wins.
Soccer Fandomin Harrisburg (1=Best; 147=Avg.):
• 17th– Performance Level of USL Team
• 3rd – USL Fan Engagement
• 2nd – USL Stadium Capacity
• 18th – USL Attendance

Harrisburg ranks 46th overall and 6th among small cities.