City Council to Hold Budget Hearings on December 8th and 9th

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold budget hearings as live streamed videoconferences. 

WHAT: City Council Budget Hearings 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 8th and Wednesday December 9th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Live Stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

A Special Legislative Session will be held on Thursday, December 10th at 5:30 p.m. 

Residents may send their comments/questions to be included on the official record by emailing publiccomment@harrisburgpa.gov no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.  Comments/questions are limited to one per resident and must include name and address to be considered. 

City 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 2021 Proposed Budget

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion on the 2021 Proposed Budget on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Dan Connelly, Senior Advisor at Marathon Capital Strategies 

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on 2021 Proposed Budget and Other Updates  

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

WHEN: Friday, December 4th 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 athttps://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 Healthhttps://www.health.pa.gov/and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionhttps://www.cdc.gov/ 

 

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The City of Harrisburg Celebrates the New Year with Virtual Activities

Harrisburg, PA – Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the traditional City of Harrisburg New Year’s Eve Celebration will be modified to a virtual celebration. 

“While New Year’s Eve may be different this year, there are still plenty of fun virtual activities planned for a safe celebration at home,” said Mayor Papenfuse. 

Families can sign up to reserve a free balloon drop kit to enjoy a “Countdown to Kid-Night” celebration at home. A virtual countdown featuring local favorite mascot, Rascal of the Harrisburg Senators, will be available for families to ring in the New Year. Balloon-drop kits are limited and must be reserved in advance for a socially distanced, limited contact pick-up. Please visit Harrisburgpa.gov/NYE to reserve a kit and schedule a pick-up time. The deadline to reserve a balloon drop kit is Monday, December 14, or while supplies last. 

A virtual countdown at midnight will feature iconic Harrisburg locations and businesses followed by a fireworks compilation from previous years. Local businesses and residents are invited to share photos and messages to be shown alongside the fireworks. Photos and messages can be submitted online at Harrisburgpa.gov/NYE by Wednesday, December 16th. 

The community can also kick off the New Year by supporting local small businesses. Restaurants and business offering dining, takeout specials or other sales happening on New Year’s Eve can be found online at explorehbg.com/NYE. This webpage will be updated as details are received so check back frequently. Businesses that want to promote their NYE dining special or activity on this webpage should submit their information online by Friday, December 18 at Harrisburgpa.gov/NYE.  

 

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The City of Harrisburg Extends Leaf Collection Through January 1st

HARRISBURG – Due to the late leaf drop, the City of Harrisburg is extending the leaf collection program through January 1st, 2021. However, if there is a major snow event before January 1st, leaf collection will cease at that point in time.  

City of Harrisburg Public Works crews are continuously working to make sure the leaves are collected quickly and efficiently.  

Reminders for Residents:  

  • Put leaves in brown paper bags at the curb the night before street sweeping. You can buy the bags at most hardware and home improvement stores. Plastic bags are not accepted at the composting site. 
  • If you are unable to bag your leaves, you can pile them into the street the night before street sweeping. Please be sure not to block drains. Blocked storm drains can cause puddles or flooding when it rains. 
  • Please follow the posted street cleaning schedule even if your collection day is a holiday. There will be no leaf collection on holidays. 
  • For questions on leaf collections, please call the City at 311.  For street sweeping questions, contact Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606. 

 
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City of Harrisburg Announces Launch of Business Grant Program

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has partnered with Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC to launch Round 2 of the Neighborhood Business Stabilization Grant (NBSP) on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.  Grant funds of up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible, for-profit businesses who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The funds, totaling $500,000, are from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) and were appropriated through the CARES Act of 2020. This grant was awarded to the City by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  

This program is intended for City-licensed small businesses located in the City of Harrisburg. The application process opens on Tuesday, December 1st at 9:00 a.m., and all eligible Harrisburg small businesses are encouraged to apply.  

The grant program is discussed in detail in Mayor Papenfuse’s proposed budget presentation, https://youtu.be/_xBj2CI1FG4?t=3315 (55:15), and also in Friday’s “Community Conversations” discussion: https://youtu.be/ZnCPa57aq5c (clip).  

The online application will be available at https://www.harrisburgregionalchamber.org/harrisburgcdbg/

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City Council to Hold Virtual Work Session Tuesday

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

WHAT: City Council Work Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Live Stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

Residents may send their comments/questions to be included on the official record by emailing publiccomment@harrisburgpa.gov no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.  Comments/questions are limited to one per resident and must include name and address to be considered. 

City Council session agendas, calendar, and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council. 

 

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Virtual Vigil Event to be Held Tonight on Peace and Thanksgiving

HARRISBURG – The Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will be participating in a community vigil event focused on peace locally and nationwideprotecting youthand Thanksgiving in difficult times 

WHO: Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Committee, Faith Leaders and Community Partners 

WHAT: Interfaith Community Prayer Vigil for Healing, Peace, Unity, and Thanksgiving 

WHERE: virtual event, registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ooAf3QxzSZWWPqubqfbDxg 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 25th, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact Rev. Russell Goodman, Co-Chair of Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Committee, at rgoodman@susumc.org   

 

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Mayor Papenfuse Leads Discussion on Business Development and Programs

HARRISBURG  Mayor Papenfuse leads a discussion on business development and programs on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation. Please note: This week’s event will be a pre-recorded presentation due to the holiday. The public is encouraged to submit questions at the Facebook video comments section, to be addressed the following week.  

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Jamal Jones, Director of Business Development; Nona Watson, Director of Economic Development; Lillie Williams, Interim Director of Department of Building and Housing Development; Chanele House, Owner of Shea Optimum; Ashley Smith, Owner/Creator of Small Business Saturday Harrisburg; Melissa Stone, VP of Economic Development at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC; Queens BBQ – Anya & Titus Queen, Co-Owners at Queen’s BBQ and Southern Cuisine 

WHAT: Discussion on Business Development and Programs  

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

WHEN: Friday, November 27th 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/