MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD FACEBOOK LIVE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FRIDAY AT NOON

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will be joined by Tracie Witter, Regional Affairs Director at PPL Electric Utilities, Charlotte Katzenmoyer, CEO at Capital Region Water, and Karl Singleton, President/CEO at PA Diversity Coalition, on the next “Facebook Live Community Conversation”. Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer will also be on the show to provide Harrisburg School District updates. Nona Watson, Director of Economic Development, and Sheila Dow Ford, Executive Director of Impact Harrisburg, will provide updates to the Neighborhood Business Stabilization Program.  

The public is encouraged to submit questions and concerns in advance, which can be done as comments on the City of Harrisburg Facebook post about this announcement. City officials will be responding to Facebook Live comments received during the session as well.    

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion about Utilities, Business Resources, and Other News Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20 

WHEN: Friday, May 1 at 12:00 p.m.   

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. Video of past sessions can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W.  

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/

  

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD FACEBOOK LIVE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FRIDAY AT NOON

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will be joined by Nona Watson, Director of Economic Development, Sheila Dow Ford, Executive Director of Impact Harrisburg, Natalie Falatek, First Vice President at Mid Penn Bank, and Amy Hill, Broad Street Market Board Chair and Central PA Food Bank Community Engagement & Advocacy Directoron the next “Facebook Live Community Conversation”. Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer will also be on the show to provide Harrisburg School District updates.  The public is encouraged to submit questions and concerns in advance, which can be done as comments on the City of Harrisburg Facebook post about this announcement. City officials will be responding to Facebook Live comments received during the session as well.  

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion about Funding for Small Businesses, Updates from the Broad Street Market, Highlights from the Central PA Food Bank, and Other News Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20 

WHEN: Friday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m.   

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. Video of past sessions can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W 

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/. 

  

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NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS STABILIZATION PROGRAM TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES ANNOUNCED

HARRISBURG – Impact Harrisburg and the City of Harrisburg have partnered to build a one million dollar fund to help Harrisburg small businesses impacted by the coronavirus shut-down. The Neighborhood Business Stabilization Program (NBSP) is designed to provide emergency cash flow help during these difficult times. 

Grants of up to $10,000 will be offered to neighborhood businesses who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary objective of the program is to help neighborhood businesses survive this health crisis, as well as to help them provide goods and services to Harrisburg’s residents to the maximum possible extent.  

This program is intended for City-licensed neighborhood businesses located in the City of Harrisburg. The application process opens on Friday, April 24, and all eligible Harrisburg small businesses are encouraged to apply. 

“Small business drives the economic development in Harrisburg,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “I fully support this partnership and this funding opportunity will greatly help the City’s small businesses.”

More information on the program and the online application can be found at www.impactharrisburg.org.

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CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD VIRTUAL WORK SESSION TUESDAY AT 5:30 P.M.

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold their upcoming Work Session as a live streamed video-conference. To submit comments that will be read into the record during the public comment period, residents may email [email protected]. Comments should follow the same criteria as in-person sessions, including the following:   

  • Must include the resident’s name and address  
  • When read aloud, the comments should be under 2 minutes  
  • One comment per resident  

Comments will be read aloud into the record by the City Clerk at the appropriate time during the work session. The public is encouraged to submit comments prior to 4 p.m. the day of the meeting.

WHAT: City Council Virtual Work Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Live Stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

The agenda and meeting materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council. The direct link to resolutions that will be discussed can be found at https://ecode360.com/documents/pub/HA1391/Resolutions/ 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD FACEBOOK LIVE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FRIDAY AT NOON

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will be joined by Nicholas Bertram, President of The Giant Company, and Rae Lynn Cox, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the United Way of the Capital Region, on the next “Facebook Live Community Conversation”. Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer will also be on the show to provide Harrisburg School District updates.  The public is encouraged to submit questions and concerns in advance, which can be done as comments on the City of Harrisburg Facebook post about this announcement. City officials will be responding to Facebook Live comments received during the session as well.    

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion about Grocery Services, Community Resources, and Other News Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20 

WHEN: Friday, April 17 at 12:00 p.m.   

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. Video of past sessions can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W 

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/. 

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CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS GO VIRTUAL DURING DISASTER EMERGENCY

April 13, 2020

Agenda for 4-14-2020 Legislative Session: https://www.ecode360.com/documents/HA1391/public/538524477.pdf 

Anyone interested in receiving a copy of any Ordinance or Resolution on the April 14th Legislative Agenda, please contact the City Clerk, Kirk Petroski at [email protected]


April 8, 2020

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold their next Caucus and Legislative Session as a live streamed videoconference. To submit comments that will be read into the record during the public comment period, residents may email [email protected]. Comments should follow the same criteria as in-person sessions, including the following:  

  • Must include the resident’s name and address 
  • When read aloud, the comments should be under 2 minutes 
  • One comment per resident 

Comments received prior to 4 p.m. the day of the meeting will be read aloud into the record by the City Clerk in the first of two public comment periods. Comments received afterwards and during the session will be read aloud during the second public comment period towards the end of the session.

The public is invited to also submit questions for Fire Chief Brian Enterline, who will attend the meeting to give updates and discuss his role as the Harrisburg Emergency Management Coordinator. Similar to the public comment, questions can be submitted to [email protected]. Please direct your questions to Chief Enterline in the email and send prior to 4 p.m. the day of the meeting. 

WHAT: City Council Virtual Caucus and Legislative Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 

Caucus at 5:45 p.m., followed immediately by Legislative Session at 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Live Stream at youtube.com/whbg20 

The agenda and meeting materials will be available on the City’s website at harrisburgpa.gov

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Help the Helpers: City of Harrisburg and UPMC Encourage the Community to Keep Helping, Look for New Ways to Help

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 9, 2020 “Help the Helpers,” a joint initiative of the City of Harrisburg and UPMC, encourages the community to recognize and look for ways to support “the helpers” and each other, such as picking up a gallon of milk, offering to walk a dog, or making food for your neighbor. During times of crisis, Harrisburgians remember the advice of Mister Rogers to look for the helpers.

“Help the Helpers” invites our community to show support to health care workers, as well as grocery clerks, pharmacists, garbage collectors, delivery drivers, and others who perform essential roles to keep our communities safe. A phone call to a neighbor, a card to an isolated elderly person, an offer to order groceries, a donation of protective equipment for health care workers, or handmade face masks for your neighbors, can all contribute to our community caring for each other.

Window signs of support, social media frames, and sharing personal stories of how we are supporting each other are part of this initiative. Community members are encouraged to share their “help the helpers” stories with the hashtag #HELPTHEHELPERS. Window signs and social frames can be downloaded at UPMCPinnacle.com/HELPTHEHELPERS.

“There are volunteers and everyday citizens doing their best to support one another through a very difficult time. We are encouraging all of these ‘helpers’ to be recognized for building and strengthening our community,” Mayor Eric Papenfuse said. “For everyone’s safety and to lower the likelihood of exposure to or spreading of COVID-19, you should always follow the social distancing and self-isolation recommendations when engaging in any of these activities.”

“The community response and support to our UPMC staff is extraordinary and heart-warming. Hundreds of caring people and organizations have offered their supplies, their help, and their encouragement. These simple actions are making all the difference, allowing first responders and care teams to meet our mission of providing outstanding patient care during this difficult time,” said Christian Caicedo, MD, president, Dauphin Region, UPMC.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD FACEBOOK LIVE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FRIDAY AT NOON

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will be joined by Dr. Christian Caicedo, UPMC Dauphin Region President, Nona Watson, City of Harrisburg Director of Economic Development, and Sheila Dow Ford, Executive Director of Impact Harrisburg on the next “Facebook Live Community Conversation”. The public is encouraged to submit questions and concerns in advance, which can be done as comments on the City of Harrisburg Facebook post about this announcement. City officials will be responding to Facebook Live comments received during the session as well.  

WHAT: Facebook Live Community Conversation to Discuss the City’s Partnerships with UPMC Pinnacle on the “Help the Helpers” campaign and with Impact Harrisburg on New Neighborhood Business Stabilization Grant Program

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20 

WHEN: Friday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. 

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. Video of past sessions can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W.  

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/

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HARRISBURG CITY COUNCIL EMERGENCY TELEPHONIC SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

PUBLIC OFFICIAL MEMO – 3-30-2020


HARRISBURG CITY COUNCIL
EMERGENCY TELEPHONIC SPECIAL MEETING
Monday, March 30, 2020
DRAFT MINUTES

Meeting Narrative

Minutes written by City Solicitor, Neil A. Grover

The telephonic meeting was commenced at 5:00 P.M. The participants used of a call-in number.

ATTENDENCE ON THE CALL: Mayor Papenfuse, Council President Wanda R.

  1. Williams, Council Vice-President Ben Allatt, Council Members Shamaine Daniels, Dave Madsen, Westburn Majors (partial meeting), Ausha Green and Danielle Bowers. Also participating in the call were the City Solicitor, Neil A. Grover; Business Administrator, Marc Woolley; City Clerk, Kirk Petroski; Assistant City Clerk, Chardan Huston; and Special Assistant to Mayor, Katie V. Hicks, who coordinated the call-in.

The Emergency Meeting was scheduled and held without public advertising in light of the restrictions on attendance and the disruption of normal governmental functions triggered by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. It was conducted without a formal agenda.

Of note, previously advertised and scheduled City Council Legislative Session and Work Sessions were cancelled because of the public health risks now presented by gathering. Theses DRAFT minutes will be published on the City website promptly to notify the public of the meeting.

Immediately prior to the call, the City Solicitor emailed proposed general parameters to meet and go forward with public meeting to the City Officials, in light of the competing and incompatible obligations and restrictions presented by the COVID- 19 Emergency Declarations, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Act, the Sunshine Act, the Third Class City Code and the Optional Third Class City Charter Law, which is attached to the Minutes.

Mr. Grover reviewed the proposed parameters of proceeding with the call in the absence of a Sunshine Act notification and on arriving at a process moving forward on how the City Council can “publicly” meet to conduct business.

The Mayor provided a brief overview of why the meeting was requested and the obvious need to confer in this time of crisis. He requested that after a process moving forward on the call and in the future is settled upon, that each Official what matters of public concern that they thought other officials should be aware or that may require a City response or action.

The participants discussed how to now advertise meetings and proceed under existing obligations and restrictions. After input and discussion, the participants agreed to utilize Zoom as a virtual meeting platform, which the City’s IT Department, Communications Director and Law Bureau have been testing.

Council members Allatt, Bowers, Daniels, Green, Madsen and Williams confirmed they were agreed to try Zoom for electronic meetings. Councilwoman Green suggested that the meetings also be live streamed.

The Business Administrator advised that the meetings also would broadcast live on Channel 20. The City Solicitor advised and suggested that the same system should be used not only for City Council meetings, but for all City Boards and Commissions subject to the Sunshine Act.

With that agreement on how to proceed, the Mayor inquired when the first live digital City Council Meeting should occur. It was agreed the Council would meet at the regularly scheduled time and date on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 6 P.M. for a Legislative Session. The Solicitor advised to briefly hold off on advertising as the General Assembly was considering emergency legislation on local public meetings, which may alter the current requirements.

The questions of how public participation could occur was discussed. The City will explore with IT and Communications personnel how best to do so, but the tentative plan will be to have individuals who wish to participate to sign up in advance of the meeting, as permitted by the Sunshine Act. The Solicitor also recommended requiring participants to provide an address to demonstrate their status as a City resident or taxpayer to the City, which also is provided in the Sunshine Act.

President Williams wants her staff to review and advise on pending legislation. New and emergency legislation also may be forthcoming in light of COVID-19 developments.

The City Clerk inquired further on public comment. Mr. Grover indicated it may be initially limited to the Clerk reading into the record written comments that are received on Agenda items.

The Mayor turned to the informational portion of the meeting and suggested they treat this as a conversation. He reported on the Governor’s declarations of disaster emergency and the new stay-at-home order. He noted there was a lot of confusion on how it may work, but noted it was possible people may be asked where they are going when in public to determine if they are violating the order. It’s expected they will be encouraged to stay home if stopped.

The Mayor reported there has been a lot of waivers issued by the Commonwealth for businesses to stay open. He reported that under the stay-at-home order, people may still go grocery shopping, visit healthcare professionals or to a pharmacy. The Mayor thinks the message from the City must be clear: people should stay at home.

Councilman Madsen referenced social services and County operations from his conference call earlier in the day. He noted they discussed homelessness issues. A joint plan has been discussed as to what to do. That might develop or lead to an item to be on the Agenda for April 14.

President Williams advised that she received an email from Senator Hughes that provide information on places to contact regarding social services. She will forward that information.

Councilman Allatt noted that a $2.2 trillion fund was just approved by Congress and all should watch for and share good links to inform people on how the funds will be put to use.

Councilwoman Bowers reported she has been contacted by a woman regarding holding off on commercial evictions. She learned through the Law Bureau that we don’t have authority to stop such legal actions, but that the City could address the

issue by stating the public importance of the situation and the fact the Courts are presently closed to hear any new eviction matters.

Councilwoman Bowers also inquired on a decision regarding advising residents and commercial tenants of the situation in the City newsletter. The Mayor responded that staff was working on a letter now that would be sent to all residents. He was willing to circulate a draft before it’s sent out publicly if members wished to comment. On commercial evictions, the Mayor stated the City is willing to issue something to call for a restriction, even if symbolic.

Councilwoman Bowers was glad the City would do so with the newsletter, which the Mayor indicated should go out next week, with a draft expected by Friday. The Solicitor advises the Law Bureau could draft something on the commercial eviction topic to summarize the de facto restrictions right now. The Mayor suggested it be in the form of an informational Executive Order.

Councilwoman Green reported that in her job, they have been working on a Resource Guide to show how to get access to funds, how to file unemployment, etc. She will share it.

Councilwoman Daniels reported she had no further updates at this time.

Councilman Madsen stated he thought the City should touch on issues of hunger, noting at the last event distributing food, the boxes of food ran out quickly. He has seen other entities doing similar things but would like to maximize efforts. The Mayor agreed there were a lot of positive efforts occurring on food distribution and for other volunteer efforts. He agreed the City can do a better job in getting all that information together.

President Williams noted that Senator Hughes’ email also addresses food and housing.

The Mayor inquired if the group was comfortable with an additional call on April 6th to continue an informational exchange and President Williams advised she preferred April 7, which all agreed was a workable date at 5:00 P.M.

Everyone was thanked for their efforts and participation. The Telephonic Meeting adjourned at 5:52 P.M.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD FACEBOOK LIVE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FRIDAY AT NOON

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will be joined by Rosie Turner, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Harrisburg YMCA, and Jennifer Wintermyer, Executive Director of Tri-County Community Action, on the next “Facebook Live Community Conversation” to answer questions and discuss the concerns of residents.  The public is encouraged to submit questions and concerns in advance, which can be done as comments on the City of Harrisburg Facebook post about this announcement. City officials will be responding to Facebook Live comments received during the session as well.    

WHAT: Facebook Live Community Conversation about Social Services during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20 

WHEN: Friday, April 3 at 12:00 p.m. 

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. Video of past sessions can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W.  

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/. 

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