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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MAYOR PAPENFUSE DECLARES STATE OF FISCAL CRISIS IN THE CITY OF HARRISBURG

 

June 25, 2018 HARRISBURG — Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Monday at the MLKGovernment Center, 10 N. Second St., to declare a state of fiscal crisis following the State Legislature’s passage of a budget that did not include a provision to allow the City of Harrisburg to leave Act 47 with its current taxing authority.

“With the State Legislature’s failure to act Friday to extend Harrisburg’s taxing authority beyond Act 47,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “the City now faces a looming financial catastrophe that will require immediate implementation of austerity measures to begin to close a projected $12 million budget deficit over the next three years.

The Mayor will provide details of plans to address the City’s fiscal state of crisis at the press conference on Monday.

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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PUBLIC MEETING ON VISION ZERO SLATED FOR JUNE 27, 2018 IN ALLISON HILL

June 25, 2018 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is holding a public meeting on the Vision Zero program to stop traffic injuries and fatalities from 5-7 p.m.  Wednesday, June 27, 2018,  at Fire Station #2, corner of State and N. 16th Streets.

The purpose of the meeting will be to allow Harrisburg residents to receive information about the Vision Zero program and to offer their suggestions and feedback.

Officials will focus specifically on the first phase of the Vision Zero project, the State Street Rapid Response.  Research has shown that State Street has a high incidence of traffic accidents, including those involving pedestrians. 

Download the preliminary survey findings by clicking here.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].

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HARRISBURG POLICE TO HONOR HARRISBURG POLICE OFFICER JEFFREY COOK

June 19, 2018

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg Police Officer Jeffrey Cook will be honored by Safariland Saves Club at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the Emergency Operation Center, accessible through the MLK Government Center, 10 N.Second St. 

The Safariland Group Saves Club honors officers who, during the line of duty, experience a life-threatening incident in which their Safariland Group armor or gear contributed to saving their lives.

These heroes become advocates for the law enforcement community, expressing the importance of wearing armor, providing safety tips derived from their own experience and serving as living proof of the Safariland Group creed; Together, We Save Lives. 

Ed Hinchey, Saves Club Manager for Safariland, Stacey Baker of Safariland Group, and Jeff Bridi from Atlantic Tactical will present Officer Cook with a plaque recognizing him for being saved by Safariland Protech plates. 

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, 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, 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’ 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 pos 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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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING: Mulder Square Transportation Improvements

The City of Harrisburg will conduct a Public Meeting to inform the public of the selection of a preferred alternative for the reconfiguration of the intersection of Mulberry Street and Derry Street and solicit feedback on the proposed multimodal transportation improvements in MulDer Square in the Allison Hill neighborhood.   

The purpose of the project is to improve livability, walkability, accessibility for all modes of transportation, increase property values, and spur economic development in the targeted redevelopment area known as MulDer Square.  The project will include traffic calming measures, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, green stormwater infrastructure enhancements and other related improvements at the following locations:  

  • Creation of a neighborhood gateway and traffic calming and safety upgrades at the intersection of Mulberry Street and Derry Street 
  • Removal of Derry Street cul-de-sac and development of a multiuse path and linear park from the intersection of Derry Street and Sylvan Terrace to Cameron Street 
  • Conversion of Nectarine Street between Mulberry Street and Haehnlen Street into a green alley creating an inviting public space that is focused on pedestrians 

The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed project.  Representatives from the City of Harrisburg, its design consultants, and various project stakeholders will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project.  Anyone with knowledge of historic resources in the project area is encouraged to attend this meeting.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

LOCATION:

First Church of the Brethren 

219 Hummel Street 

Harrisburg, PA, 17104  

DATE:Thursday, June 28, 2018  

TIME:7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

The Public Meeting location is ADA accessible and any person requiring special assistance is asked to contact the City of Harrisburg prior to the meeting. If you require additional information concerning this meeting, please contact Wayne Martin, P.E., City of Harrisburg, City Engineer at (717) 255-3178 or [email protected] or Chad Decker, PE, PTOE, Dawood Engineering, Inc., Project Manager, at (717) 732-8576 or [email protected] 

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PUBLIC MEETING ON VISION ZERO SLATED FOR JUNE 27, 2018 IN ALLISON HILL

 

June 18, 2018 HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is holding a public meeting on the Vision Zero program to stop traffic injuries and fatalities from 5-7 p.m.  Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Fire Station #2, corner of State and N. 16th Streets.

The purpose of the meeting will be to allow Harrisburg residents to receive information about the Vision Zero program and to offer their suggestions and feedback.

Officials will focus specifically on the first phase of the Vision Zero project, the State Street Rapid Response.  Research has shown that State Street has a high incidence of traffic accidents, including those involving pedestrians.  Officials will provide details on information about State Street traffic accidents.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].

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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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MAYOR PAPENFUSE DEMONSTRATES NEW SANITATION APP AT WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

June 12, 2018 HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse and city officials will demonstrate a new mobile app to help residents more easily access information about trash and recycling collections at a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.
 
“This new Recycle Coach App promises to provide valuable services to our residents in helping them quickly gain information about sanitation services and better track schedules,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We are excited to show how easy Recycle Coach will be to use for both residents and public works staff.”
 
Residents can access Recycle Coach from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The app is free to download and to use.
 
With Recycle Coach, residents can:
  • Stay organized with custom curbside collection and events calendars
  • Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items 
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].
 
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Last of Three Public Meetings on Proposed Sanitation Ordinance Scheduled for Wednesday at Scottish Rite

June 12, 2018 HARRISBURG, PA — The Harrisburg City Council will hold the last of three public meetings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Scottish Rite, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg.

The City Council has sponsored three meetings to allow citizen input on the proposed sanitation ordinance. The ordinance concerns proposed fines for trash and recycling violations and proposed annual payments for trash service.

All Harrisburg Ciity residents are welcome.

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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