Storm Preparations Underway, Free Parking at Locust Street Garage

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is prepared for the anticipated snowstorm, and residents are advised to pay close attention to weather updates.  

By special arrangement with Park Harrisburg, residents can park without charge at the Locust Street Garage, located at 214 Locust Street, beginning tonight at 6 p.m., and all day Thursday. 

“We appreciate Park Harrisburg for once again providing free parking at the Locust Street Garage during this storm,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. 

City of Harrisburg Parking Enforcement will NOT be enforcing for street sweeping on Thursday. However, City residents are still encouraged to take advantage of parking in the Locust Street Garage to assist plowing efforts. Please note that other parking enforcement, including that by Park Harrisburg, will continue as needed. More information on Park Harrisburg enforcement areas can be found at parkharrisburg.com 

The Public Works Department has 16 trucks prepared to keep primary and secondary roads clear throughout the City. Salting the roads is planned to begin concurrent with the start of the snowfall. 

Mayor Eric Papenfuse is advising residents to avoid driving if road conditions become hazardous. 

Updates will be posted on the City’s Twitter page: twitter.com/thecityofhbg.

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Mayor Papenfuse Extends Eviction Moratorium in the City of Harrisburg

HARRISBURG – Mayor Papenfuse has extended the eviction moratorium for another thirty days in the City of Harrisburg. This second extension continues to temporarily suspend the eviction, ejectment or displacement of tenants or occupants from any residential dwelling unit or rooming house.

“It is important that we continue this eviction moratorium for the health and safety of our residents during these difficult times,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. 

The renewable 30-day suspension of evictions only applies to eviction for non-payment of rent. It has no effect on evictions related to criminal activity, threats to the health and safety of other residents, or damage to property. Nothing in the ordinance relieves a tenant of the obligation to pay rent. Violation of this ordinance may result in fines of up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to 90 days for any individual who causes the violation.  

The emergency ordinance, declaration and its extensions can be viewed at the links below. City residents in need of assistance or more information regarding the moratorium should email their inquiries to codes@harrisburgpa.govThe City of Harrisburg Non-Emergency Information Help Desk can be reached at 3-1-1 or 717-255-3040. In case of emergency, residents should contact the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.

Click here to view Bill 21-2020 Eviction Moratorium

Click here to view Second Supplemental Declaration of Public Health Emergency 2.12.2021

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City Council to Hold Work Session Tuesday

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold its upcoming Work Session as a live streamed video-conference. 

WHAT: City Council Work Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, February 16th at 5:30 p.m. 

WHERE: virtually via Zoom platform, live stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

Residents may submit comments during the public comment portion of the session.  Comments/questions are limited to one per resident and must include name and address to be considered. 

The public can attend the session by using the Zoom app:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84694509930, Passcode 20214321.  

To enter the meeting by phone (dial-in method), call 301-715-8592. When prompted, enter the Webinar ID (846 9450 9930 #) and Passcode (20214321 #) .  

The agenda is can be viewed at this link: https://www.ecode360.com/documents/HA1391/public/587532138.pdfCity Council session agendas, calendar, and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council. 

 

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Mayor Papenfuse to Lead Live Discussion on City Codes Enforcement

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion on the Bureau of Codes Enforcement on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; David Patton, Codes Administrator; Anne Montgomery, Deputy Codes Administrator 

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on City Codes Enforcement and Other Updates  

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

WHEN: Friday, February 12th at 12:00 p.m.

The public is encouraged to submit questions for the panelists on the City’s Facebook post of this announcement. 

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Recordings of past session can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse  

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 to Hold Legislative Session Tuesday

  HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold its upcoming Legislative Session as a live streamed video-conference.  

WHAT: City Council Legislative Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: virtually via Zoom platform, live stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

Residents may submit comments during the public comment portion of the session. Comments/questions are limited to one per resident and must include name and address to be considered. 

The public can attend the session by using the Zoom app:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84694509930, Passcode 20214321.  

To enter the meeting by phone (dial-in method), call 301-715-8592. When prompted, enter the Webinar ID (846 9450 9930 #) and Passcode (20214321 #)

The live stream will begin with Caucus at 5:45 p.m. City Council session agendas, calendar, and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council

 

Mayor Papenfuse to Lead Live Discussion on Harrisburg’s Historic Districts

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion on the City’s historic districts and their preservation on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Frank GrumbineHistoric Preservation Specialist and Archivist; Kali Tennis, Member of Harrisburg Architectural Review Board 

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on Historic Districts and Other Updates  

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

WHEN: Friday, February 5th 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. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Recordings of past session can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse  

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/ 

Harrisburg City Council to Hold Public Discussions on Draft Comprehensive Plan

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will be holding public discussions on the draft 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to set forth the framework necessary for orderly growth and development. It is a policy document used by City leaders, developers, business owners, and citizens to make decisions about future growth, development, policy, and capital improvements. 

WHAT: Public Discussions on Draft Comprehensive Plan 

WHERE: via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85487948306 or dial-in  

301-715-8592, password: 032021 

WHEN: February 17th, 24th, and March 10th at 6:00 p.m. 

The document provides long-range policy direction for land use, transportation, economic development, housing, utilities, public services, and natural and cultural resources. It serves as a guide for elected and public officials by establishing policies and priorities, and providing the framework for evaluating development proposals. 

More information, the draft document, and written comment form are available at harrisburgpa.gov/CompPlan

Storm-Related Updates

Free parking has been extended at the Locust St. Garage until Wednesday, February 3rd at 8:00 a.m.

Trash and recycling pickup in the City has been suspended for Tuesday, February 2nd and will resume Wednesday, February 3rd. This week’s pickup will have a one day delay. Wednesday’s will be picked up on Thursday, Thursday’s on Friday, and Friday’s on Saturday.

Residents are reminded to not dump the plowed snow back onto the streets. 

Monitor City Twitter for latest updates: https://twitter.com/thecityofhbg

Be safe out there!

Ice is Coming to the ‘Burg

HARRISBURG – The annual Ice & Fire Festival will be modified to “Ice in the Burg” on March 5-7, 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The modified event will feature more than 50 large and small ice sculptures and will be featured in locations throughout the City including City Island, Downtown, Midtown, Italian Lake and Reservoir Park.  

“We are very excited to provide a safe and free outdoor event,” said Mayor Papenfuse.  “The ice sculptures featured in different neighborhoods this year will allow families to explore the City while getting some fresh air and exercise.” 

Activities such as the ice slide, ice skating rink, live artist market, stage performances and firepit lounge will be paused for the 2021 event. Local businesses will offer activities and dining specials following Covid-19 guidelines.   

New additions to the event will include a drive-thru ice sculpture viewing experience on City Island on March 5 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The drive-thru experience will allow attendees to safely view 10 illuminated sculptures, live ice carving, character appearances and more from their vehicle. ‘Eat in the Streets’ will feature a unique outdoor table service dining experience on Saturday, March 6 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Second Street. Participating restaurants will be available at Harrisburgpa.gov/Ice.   

The ice sculptures will be available for viewing during the following dates and times:  

Friday, March 5 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
City Island drive-thru  

Saturday, March 6 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
Ice sculptures on City Island, Downtown, Midtown, Italian Lake & Reservoir Park (ice sculptures illuminated 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)  

Sunday, March 7 | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Ice sculptures on City Island, Downtown, Midtown, Italian Lake & Reservoir Park (ice sculptures will remain in place until melted) 

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking on Saturday and Sunday.  In addition to the discounted Market Square garage rate, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code on Saturday, March 6. Street parking is free after 5 p.m. on Saturday and free all day on Sunday. Free parking is also available on City Island.  

“Without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to put together this wonderful winter event,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “I would like to give special thanks to our title sponsor M&T Bank along with all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Capital BlueCross, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, UPMC, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Commonwealth Charter Academy and Park Harrisburg.”