MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO HOST ‘VIRTUAL FACEBOOK LIVE’ TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY THURSDAY

HARRISBURG: Mayor Eric Papenfuse will host a Facebook live event to unveil the lighting of the “Hope Tree” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The community-based project is intended to provide hope and unity while supporting small businesses and families in need. 

“The tree will be a source of hope during these uncertain times,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Just like the individual lights on the tree, our community shines brighter with the support of each other. I thank TwinklyPRO for their donation of the beautiful lights, and Christmas Décor for donating their services in decorating the tree.”

Senator John DiSanto applauds the project’s vision and looks forward to the Facebook live event.

“I was glad to help identify a location for this tree lighting and to raise awareness of this effort to support our local small businesses and residents during this challenging time,” said Senator DiSanto. “The amount of generosity and initiative that is being demonstrated in our community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is remarkable.” 

WHAT: “Hope Tree Lighting” Virtual Event 

WHERE: Live on facebook.com/thecityofhbg 

WHEN: Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. 

Due to the Stay-at-Home order issued for Dauphin County, this is a live-streaming virtual event. The public is encouraged to visit the City’s Facebook page to watch it live. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on The Harrisburg Hope Tree can be found at www.pahopetree.com

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CITY OF HARRISBURG ANNOUNCES THE PLACEMENT OF SIX PORTABLE LATRINES FOR PUBLIC USE DURING DISASTER EMERGENCY

HARRISBURG: The City of Harrisburg has installed six portable latrines (toilet facilities) in areas throughout the city. Two portable latrines are at each of the following three locations: at the intersection of Blackberry & River Streets, along S. 10th Street near Mulberry Street Bridge, and along S. 2nd Street below the I-83 overpass (just south of Shipoke).

The Harrisburg Emergency Management Coordinator, Fire Chief Brian Enterline, in coordination with the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, identified the three sites for the installations as prime areas that would help serve those without permanent housing.

“During this health emergency the City of Harrisburg is committed to doing everything it can to help its most vulnerable populations,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “These portable latrines will allow those that are homeless to have access to safe, sanitary facilities.  Practicing good hygiene is a key to helping slow the spread of the virus.”

Each Port-O-Let has a hand sanitizer dispenser within the unit. The units will be cleaned and re-supplied three times per week.  For more information, visit http://cachpa.org/index.php/port-o-let-w-hand-sanitizer-locations-near-encampments-market-square/

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ARTSFEST 2020 TO GO VIRTUAL DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has announced that Artsfest 2020 will go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are saddened the crowds will not be able to gather along Riverfront Park for this popular Memorial Day Weekend tradition, we are pleased to continue support for the artisans and arts through a virtual experience.  

Those interested in participating in the virtual Artsfest activities should follow the Facebook event and harrisburgpa.gov/Artsfest. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.  

“Our top priority is the heath and safety of our residents, visitors and vendors. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” said Mayor Papenfuse.  

The City does not intend to keep this virtual format for next year and looks forward to welcoming visitors, vendors and the community back to Riverfront Park for Artsfest 2021 on May 29-31. In addition to the 2021 Artsfest, plans are underway for an enhanced Artist Market at the Kipona Festival scheduled for September 5-7, 2020.  

Artsfest is an annual festival held over Memorial Day Weekend that typically draws thousands of attendees to Riverfront Park for a celebration of the arts. It features 250 juried artists and craftsmen from across the United States and Canada, live entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks and more.  

Information about the facts and latest updates on COVID-19 is available on 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/. For local updates, the public is encouraged to monitor harrisburgpa.gov/coronavirus and the City’s social media (i.e. Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter). Public inquiries on coronavirus related to City services can be emailed to [email protected]

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CITY OF HARRISBURG DELAYS TAX FILING AND PAYMENTS UNTIL JULY 15, 2020

HARRISBURG: Effective immediately, the City of Harrisburg is aligning with both the Federal and State income tax filing deadlines. Individual local income tax returns and payments are now due July 15, 2020. 

First quarter 2020 estimated payments initially due 4/15/20 are also extended until 7/15/20. Second quarter estimated payments continue to be due 7/15/20. This extension is automatic and no action is required by the taxpayer.

City business mercantile tax filing and payment is also extended until July 15, 2020. This includes the first quarter 2020 estimated payment.

No penalty or interest will apply to filings or payments made by July 15, 2020.

 

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF PARKING TICKETS EXTENDED

HARRISBURG – The suspension of ticketing in residential neighborhoods*, at parking meters, and for street sweeping, which was originally scheduled to expire on March 29th, has been extended through the duration of Mayor Papenfuse’s disaster declaration. 

*Clarification: This refers to residential parking permits. For more details regarding this matter, please see this previous notice issued by the Bureau of Police.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD ADDITIONAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT TO DISCUSS UPDATES WITH HARRISBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS FRIDAY

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a second Facebook Live broadcast about the Harrisburg School District and the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. He will be joined by Harrisburg School District Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Susan Sneath. City and school officials will be responding to live questions and concerns of residents. This live session will be held after the Facebook Live noon event with State Representative Patty Kim and Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries.

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.

WHAT: Facebook Live Community Conversation about the Harrisburg School District and Concerns Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Emergency

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

WHEN: Friday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. (after 12:00 p.m. live event with Representative Patty Kim and County Commissioner Mike Pries)

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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PORTABLE SINKS TO BE AVAILABLE IN CITY PARKS TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg will provide portable sinks in City parks to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Two sinks are currently placed in Riverfront Park and Reservoir Park with plans for additional sinks.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents, especially the elderly and most vulnerable,” said Mayor Papenfuse. According to health experts, washing hands regularly for 20 seconds helps slow the spread of the disease known as COVID-19.

“I would like to give special thanks to Belco Community Credit Union. We appreciate their support in providing financial support of the portable sinks during this pandemic,” said Mayor Papenfuse.

Information about the facts and latest updates on COVID-19 coronavirus is available on 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/. For local updates, the public is encouraged to monitor harrisburgpa.gov/coronavirus and the City’s social media (i.e. Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter). Public inquiries on coronavirus related to City services can be emailed to [email protected].

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti, Communications Manager, at [email protected] or 717-255-7295.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse has suspended the eviction and displacement of residential tenants and occupants for the duration of the City’s disaster declaration.

This declaration is in accordance with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court order of a Statewide Judicial Emergency issued on March 18, 2020. The City of Harrisburg fully supports and mandates the temporary suspension of eviction, ejectment, or displacement of any residential property tenant or occupant, including those who occupy rooming houses, whose ability to pay rent has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

 “The City of Harrisburg understands that individuals may have trouble paying their rent promptly in the midst of this health crisis.  We will not make matters worse by allowing landlords to evict during this disaster emergency,” said Mayor Papenfuse.

Harrisburg Codes Administrator Dave Patton is actively reaching out to landlords in the city regarding this Mayoral declaration. Questions and concerns from residents can be directed to the Codes Bureau by calling the 311 Helpdesk or emailing [email protected].

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO LEAD FACEBOOK LIVE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FRIDAY AT NOON

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will be joined by State Representative Patty Kim and Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries 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 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

WHEN: Friday, March 27 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. 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 SUSPENDS PENALTIES ON NON-PAYMENT OF TRASH BILLS

HARRISBURG – Mayor Papenfuse has suspended the application of penalties, interest, and fees on municipal waste accounts for City residential and commercial accounts, and Steelton residential accounts, through the duration of this disaster emergency. 

 “The City of Harrisburg understands that individuals may have trouble paying their bills promptly during these unprecedented times.  We will not make matters worse by applying interest, penalties, or fees on late payments of trash bills in Harrisburg and Steelton during this disaster emergency,” said Mayor Papenfuse.

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