CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING AND WORK SESSION TODAY

HARRISBURG – City Council is holding a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. on Bills 4-2020, 5-2020, and 7-2020. The public is invited to attend the virtual hearing and provide comment via phone. Residents may also email publiccomment@harrisburgpa.gov for their questions or comments. The hearing will be live-streamed at youtube.com/whbg20.  

WHAT: Public Hearing on Bills 4-2020, 5-2020, and 7-2020  

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Via Phone Conference, Live Stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

The public can join the hearing by phone by calling 301-715-8592 and entering the following information when prompted: Meeting ID: 860 3023 4870  Password: 078757 

The City Council Work Session will follow the Public Hearing. Public comments for the Work Session can be submitted by email to publiccomment@harrisburgpa.gov. Both meetings will be livestreamed at youtube.com/whbg20.  

City Council session calendar, meeting agendas and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council. Agendas can also be viewed at this direct link: https://www.ecode360.com/documents/pub/HA1391/Agendas/? 

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CITY OF HARRISBURG ANNOUNCES OPENING OF PARKING OFFICES, REMINDS PUBLIC ABOUT JUNE 15TH ENFORCEMENT OF RESIDENTIAL PERMIT, STREET SWEEPING, AND METERED PARKING

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg Parking Enforcement Office, located at 123 Walnut St Room 217, will be open Monday – Friday from 8am to 4pm starting Friday, June 12th. For residential parking permits, residents are requested to bring (or mail copies of) all required materials, including driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of residency. More details can be found at harrisburgpa.gov/parking-enforcement. At this time, payments can only be made by money order or check, made payable to City Treasurer. 

The enforcement of residential permit parking, along with street sweeping and metered parking, resumes on Monday, June 15th. To allow residents more time to apply for or renew their permit, there will be an enforcement grace period for residential permit parking only. Strict enforcement of residential parking permits will be begin on July 1st. All other aforementioned enforcement remains in effect June 15th. Residents in permit zones are encouraged to complete the application process and obtain their permit prior to July 1st to avoid penalties. 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD LIVE DISCUSSION ON #8CANTWAIT USE OF FORCE WITH HARRISBURG POLICE AND COMMUNITY

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will be joined by members of the Harrisburg Police Department and community activists with the Black Lives Movement on the next “Facebook Live Community Conversation”. They will discuss the #8CantWait Use of Force Policy and issues of racism and injustice. 

WHAT: Facebook Live Special Discussion on #8CantWait, Racism, and Injustice 

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

WHEN: Friday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m.   

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

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE ANNOUNCES UPDATES TO “SATURDAY NIGHTS IN THE CITY” RESTAURANT INITIATIVE

HARRISBURG – In partnership with the Downtown Improvement District, the City of Harrisburg announces extended hours and updates to the list of restaurants participating in “Saturday Nights in the City”. Certain City streets are closed to traffic Saturday evenings for expanded outdoor sit-down dining and table service this month. The hours of the event, which were previously 6-9 p.m., are now 5-10 p.m.  

“We are pleased with the success of the first event last weekend, ” said Mayor Papenfuse. “This program is a great way for us to support our city restaurants, and I encourage residents to come out again this upcoming Saturday night.” 

WHAT: “Saturday Nights in the City” Initiative to Support Local Businesses 

WHERE: Portions of N. Second St, Third St, State St, North St, and Conoy St. 

WHEN: Saturdays from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

The updated list of participating restaurants in this weekly event include El Sol, Stock’s on Second, Carley’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, Café Fresco, Taco Solo, Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar, Sawyer’s, Bourbon Street Saloon, Zembie’s, McGrath’s, Arooga’s, Taste Buffalo, Cork & Fork, Federal Taphouse, Rubicon, Mangia Qui, BurgerIM, Bollywood, The Brick Haus, Los Tres Cubanos, Second Street Shawarma, JB Lovedraft’s, and The Vegetable Hunter. 

The following streets will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the event this upcoming Saturday, June 13: 

  • N. Second St. – From Market to Pine 
  • State St. – Church to N. Second – westbound 
  • North St. – Susquehanna to Third – westbound, Second to Buttonwood 
  • Conoy St  
  • Third St. –  Market to Chestnut 

“Saturday Nights in the City” has also been extended through July 4th. There will be more details regarding July 4th events in a separate announcement. 

Restaurant staff and patrons are expected to follow social distancing guidelines and other precautions. This is to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. 

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MARKET STREET BRIDGE LIGHTING TO UNDERGO ADJUSTMENTS AS PART OF PENNDOT STUDY ON MAYFLIES

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is a cooperative partner in a PennDOT study investigating how bridge lighting could affect mayflies in the area. The Market Street Bridge’s under bridge lighting colors will undergo adjustments as part of the testing to determine its attractiveness or deterrence on mayflies. 

This study aims to target certain characteristics of the under arch lights on the Market Street Bridge and determine whether it impacts the number of mayflies attracted to the bridge’s above deck lighting. This may ultimately include minor changes to the above bridge lighting and/or the addition of under bridge lighting based on the testing study outcome anticipated to be known in the Fall of 2020.  Workers will be on site at various times during the night-time testing period, observing the mayfly interaction with the lights, recording light level readings, and taking photographs. 

The testing will begin later this week or early next week, depending on mayfly hatch and weather conditions. There will be signage displaying alert messages on the nights of actual testing, anticipated to be up to two nights under optimal weather and mayfly conditions, during the data collection period. 

Motorists are advised to slow down and use extra caution during the testing events for their own safety and for that of PennDOT’s workers. 

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CITY OF HARRISBURG PREPARING FOR JUNE 8TH RALLY AND PROTEST AT CAPITOL COMPLEX

HARRISBURG –  The City of Harrisburg is expecting a large number of outside advocacy groups to rally at the Capitol Complex Monday morning. The Harrisburg Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, is preparing for a significant event that may impact traffic access to parts of the downtown area. Beginning in the morning, barricades will be distributed at various points along Forster, Second, and Third Streets. 

“I encourage Harrisburg residents to stay home and not go downtown tomorrow morning if possible,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “While we are hoping for peaceful demonstrations, there will be an increased police presence to direct traffic and deter potentially volatile situations.” 

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CITY COUNCIL TO MAKE REMARKS CONDEMNING SYSTEMIC RACISM TODAY AT 11:00 A.M.

HARRISBURG – Council President Wanda Williams has announced that City Councilmembers will be making remarks condemning systemic racism today at 11:00 a.m. in front of the MLK City Government Center. At 11:15 a.m., following the remarks, there will be a moment of silence and the act of taking a knee for nine minutes. City Council statement is attached. 

City Council Statement 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE ANNOUNCES JUNE WEEKEND INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT RESTAURANTS

HARRISBURG – In partnership with the Downtown Improvement District, the City of Harrisburg has announced a weekend initiative to support restaurants during the month of June. Certain City streets will be closed to traffic each Saturday evening for expanded outdoor sit-down dining and table service this month. Restaurant staff and patrons are expected to follow social distancing guidelines and other precautions. 

“We know that businesses have faced challenges and struggles during this pandemic,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “I encourage residents to come support their favorite restaurants safely as we work together to get through these difficult times.” 

WHAT: “Saturday Nights in the City” Initiative to Support Local Businesses 

WHERE: N. Second St from Market St to Pine St, and portions of State St and North St (see attached map) 

WHEN: Saturdays in June from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  

Participating restaurants in this weekly event include Stock’s on Second, Carley’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, Café Fresco, Second Street Shawarma, Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar (starting June 13th), Sawyer’s, Bourbon Street Saloon, Zembie’s Sports Tavern, McGrath’s Irish Pub, Taste Buffalo, Arooga’s, Federal Taphouse, Mangia Qui, Rubicon, and Cork & Fork. 

“I applaud the efforts of the City of Harrisburg to allow for street closures on behalf of the struggling restaurant industry,” said Mangia Qui owner Staci Basore. “This will allow for much needed revenue as well as provide us an opportunity to integrate on-premise dining, in conjunction with our ongoing delivery and take-out platform.  We will be measured in our approach with regards to the safety and health of our guests and staff.” 

The following streets will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the event days: 

  • N. Second St. – From Market to Pine 
  • State St. – Church to N. Second – westbound 
  • North St. – Susquehanna to Third – westbound 

In light of recent events, there will be increased police and security presence in the area. As a reminder, please practice social distancing. This is to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. 

road closure

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