Mayor Papenfuse Issues Statement on Death of U.S. Marshall in Harrisburg

Jan. 18, 2018
Here is statement from Mayor Eric Papenfuse regarding the police incident in Harrisburg this morning:
“Harrisburg mourns the loss this morning of a U.S. Marshall who died protecting our residents.  While serving a warrant as part of the U.S. Marshall’s task force, three officers were shot, including a Harrisburg police officer, who was wounded, bravely returned fire and critically injured the gunman.
An investigation is underway and Harrisburg police are cooperating with federal and county law enforcement officials.
No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty. I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. Marshall, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation.”
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg, at or at 717 255 3015.


Newly installed Judge Hanif Johnson led swearing in ceremonies Tuesday for Mayor Eric Papenfuse, City Treasurer Dan Miller and members of the Harrisburg City Council  during inauguration ceremonies held Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in the MLK Government Center.

Mayor Papenfuse was re-elected to a second, four-year term in November.  During the inauguration ceremonies he recommitted to another four years of service with vision of making Harrisburg a more prosperous community. He took the oath of office on an historic Bible dating back to the Protestant Reformation.

“As Mayor of this historic and majestic city, I vow to do all in my power to fuel the renaissance that has enveloped our community, and to make our citizens proud to call Harrisburg their home,” Mayor Papenfuse pledged.

He expressed appreciation to the citizens of Harrisburg for their support of his administration and for the hard work they put into saving the city from financial catastrophe.  

“We have achieved a lot working together these past four years,” the Mayor said. “But much work still lies ahead.  As we look to the future, let us embrace the optimism and hope that is so palpable on our streets today.” 

Harrisburg Poet Laureate Rick Kearns, the city’s first Latino Poet Laureate, offered a special tribute for the 2018 Inauguration.

Members of the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra  provided musical entertainment, and students from throughout Harrisburg were inaugurated into a new Harrisburg City Council Youth Commission. 

Mayor Papenfuse, Council President Wanda Williams with members of City Council Youth Commission and Harrisburg School officials.

The Harristown Development Corp. provided refreshments for the historic occasion.

The Rev. James Jackson, Pastor of Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, offered the invocation and the Rev. Mack Granderson, Pastor of the Derry Street United Methodist Church, provided the benediction.

To view the ceremony, click HERE.


Dec. 27, 2017 
HARRISBURG: In response to the tax law recently passed by Congress, the City of Harrisburg Office of the Treasury will accept prepayment of 2018 Harrisburg City real estate raxes beginning Dec. 27.
City Treasurer Dan Miller says the City’s Treasurer’s office will receive payments Dec. 27-20, 2017.
Payments postmarked December 31, 2017 also will be accepted as paid in 2017.
In order to qualify for 2018 prepayment, taxpayers must have no outstanding tax or utility balances with the city. A copy of the 2017 city real estate tax must accompany payment. The 2018 pre-payment must be made in the exact amount of the 2017 flat invoice amount, less the 2 percent discount. All checks should have “2018 prepayment” noted on the front of the check.
Prepayment of city real estate tax is not standard procedure. The City is making a special effort to accept these payments to assist city taxpayers. The strict prepayment requirement are necessary to ensure all federal rules are followed.
For more information, call 311 or email Joyce M. Davis or call 717 255 3015.



The City of Harrisburg has drafted a new plan for a composting facility on property it has been provided in Susquehanna Township. 

The plan would allow the City to recycle leaves, branches, and brush in an environmentally friendly area that would also serve as an educational center for students.  The City has revised the plan after meetings with residents in the Township and in the City of Harrisburg. The result is a plan that will meet the City’s needs for a recycling center while addressing the concerns of area residents.    

For an overview of the recycling plan, click here: Composting-Site-Plan1

Please see link to city’s permit application, click HERE

The proposed area for the composting plan is a 5-acre permit site with a total lease area of 13.1 acres. The Harrisburg 

School District owns 41 acres in the vicinity of the composting site.

The proposed composting site will only accept processing for leaf waste, garden waste, yard waste, tree trimmings, and shrubbery.  The City will include a 6-acre green belt buffer zone to allow space for wildlife and vegetation to continue to flourish.


To comment on the plan, go to the LEAVE A COMMENT section HERE:

HPD Took Kids on “Shop With A Cop” Day!

Police from several agencies throughout the region partnered with the Harrisburg Police Athletic League to take youth on the annual “Shop with a Cop” program.  Police and youth met at the Heinz-Menaker Senior Center and enjoyed a hearty breakfast prepared by volunteers before heading out to Walmart to purchase Christmas presents for the children’s family.  Everyone returned to the Heinz-Menaker Senior Center to wrap the presents.

This year the Harrisburg Bureau of Police participated in a “No Shave” November.  Officers were permitted to grow a beard from mid-November until January 2nd for a donation of $25.  The department raised $2,000 for the “No Shave” November and will present the money to HPAL during the “Shop with a Cop” event.  

 For more information regarding HPAL, please go to

 To see the video from last year’s event, please go to


Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Offered Interfaith Music and Inspiration at City Hall

“Peace on Earth, Peace at Home” was the theme of the 2017 Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the MLK Government Center, hosted Tuesday, Dec. 5 by the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council.

“Peace is the greatest gift we can have during this holiday season,” Mayor Eric Papenfuse told those gathered in the atrium for the annual celebration.  “But peace must begin in our own hearts, in our own homes and in our own neighborhoods.”

Giant Foods provided refreshments for the event, and Samantha Kreps, Manager, Public and Community Relations GIANT Food Stores/MARTIN’S Food Markets, offered words of inspiration for the holiday season. 

Mayor Papenfuse and Members of his Interfaith Advisory Council at 2017 Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in the MLK Government Center.

Rev. Manny Valentin, of Derry Street United Methodist Church, provided musical inspiration.

Faith leaders from throughout the region spoke at the ceremony to officially light the 26-foot tall tree, which Giant Foods donated to the City in December 2014 during Mayor Papenfuse’s first year in office.

Rev. Sandy Strauss, Director of the PA Council of Churches, served as MC.

Click HERE to get a sample of Rev. Manny Valentin’s rendition of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

Click HERE for Mayor’s Papenfuse’s remarks.


Capital Region Water and The City of Harrisburg recently posted the Select Playground/Park Renovation Project on PennBid ( The project involves the complete renovation of 4 parks/playgrounds in the city of Harrisburg. The parks and playgrounds are located at the following sites: Royal Terrace, Penn & Sayford, Cloverly Heights, and Norwood & Holly.
Bidders may submit bids on one, two, three or all four parks!
We will be holding a pre-bid meeting at 10am on Wednesday, November 29th at Capital Region Water’s conference room located at: 100 Pine Dr., Harrisburg, PA. Although the pre-bid meeting is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged that interested bidders are present.
Please submit any questions that you may have through PennBid.


Mayor Eric Papenfuse expresses his gratitude to veterans throughout the nation on Veterans Day, and especially to Harrisburg residents who have served our nation with honor.
“As we commemorate Veterans Day, let us remember the great sacrifices our veterans and their families have made to protect our country and to ensure our freedom,” said Mayor Papenfuse.  “Our nation would not exist without these brave men and women who have so nobly defended us at home and abroad.”
Mayor Papenfuse extended special thanks to Harrisburg’s veterans and called upon residents of the City take time on Veterans Day to thank their friends, neighbors, and relatives who have served in the armed forces.

 “We owe so much to their selfless sacrifice,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Today and every day, let us remember to say the simple but meaningful words, ‘Thank you for your service.’”

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications for the City of Harrisburg, at or at 717 255 3015.


Mayor Eric Papenfuse will announce the completion of repairs to the Rebirth Fountain in Reservoir Park at a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at the fountain.

Repair of Rebirth Fountain was recently completed as a result of a years-long collaboration among civic groups and the City of Harrisburg. The fountain was installed in 1994 but had been dormant for years. It will resume normal operation in the spring of 2018.

“I would like to thank the Harrisburg Parks Foundation and the Special Projects Committee of the Greater Harrisburg Area, led by Mike Trephan, for their great work in restoring this beautiful feature of Reservoir Park,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “This is a clear example of what we can accomplish if we unite the public and private sectors in beautifying our city.”

The Harrisburg Parks Foundation and the Committee enlisted volunteers from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 520 and the Electricians Union IBWE Local to inspect the condition of the fountain equipment and to make the necessary repairs.

“We want to thank the local unions for covering the expense of the repairs and installations,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “And we must also thank our hard-working Department of Public Works for its efforts to ensure the project went smoothly.”

For more information, please contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications for the City of Harrisburg, at or at 717 255 3015.


Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will announce the start of a project to repave several sections of North Third Street in Harrisburg at a ground-breaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the corner of Third and Sayford Streets.
Repaving will involve the following areas in the estimated $5.5 million project that is expected to be completed in October 2018:
  • From Chestnut Street north to State Street
  • From Forster Street (SR 3016) north to Muench Street
  • From Maclay Street north to Seneca Street 
Doug Lamb Construction Inc. has been contracted to do the repaving.  The City of Harrisburg is sharing costs for the work with Capital Region Water (CRW). The City will pay an estimated $3.5 million, with CRW paying the remaining $2 million.
The project also will include new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps, traffic signal improvements and new street trees and tree pits.
Residents may experience some inconvenience during the work, as it will be necessary to prohibit or to alter parking on the street during construction.  “No Parking” signs will be posted approximately 24 hours in advance of the start of work.
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at or call 717-255-3015.