CITY OF HARRISBURG CONTINUES TO PURCHASE PROPERTIES IMPACTED BY SINK HOLES ON 14TH STREET

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June 13, 2018

CITY OF HARRISBURG CONTINUES TO PURCHASE PROPERTIES IMPACTED BY SINK HOLES ON 14TH STREET

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has acquired 39 of the 53 properties on South 14th Street that were affected by the sink hole that developed in March 2014. 

The City is purchasing affected homes in the 1400 block of South 14th Street in partnership with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Commonwealth Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Two rows of attached homes on either side of the block are slated for acquisition, and the City is now working with homeowners and renters to purchase the remaining 14 homes.

“We are pleased to announce that we are making great progress in resolving the dangerous situation that these sinkholes created for dozens of families,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We thank the federal, state and county agencies for responding to our calls for help, and we thank residents for cooperating with our efforts to acquire these properties.”

The City has received a total of $5,779,099 in federal funding from FEMA and HUD to acquire and demolish the affected homes, help relocate the residents and tenants, and secure the sinkhole site. This work has been conducted in two phases.

The City also has been granted $1million from Dauphin County to rehabilitate the sink hole site after demolition is completed and the area turned into a green space.

In conjunction with PEMA and the Department of Community and Economic Development, the City is working with Navarro & Wright for property acquisitions and engineering services, and with Capital Access for renter relocation.

Almost $2 million has been spent thus far to acquire properties in the first two phases of the project.

Remaining homeowners have a deadline of June 30, 2018 to participate in the Buyout Program. Homeowners must confirm their desire to participate in the Buyout Program, and the City must have signed agreements from all participants by the end of June.

The City hopes to have all participating properties vacant by the end of June to begin utility relocation work and project demolition work at the site in July/August 2018.

The site will be prepared as green open space, per HUD/FEMA guidelines. The City is not permitted to place any structures on the site after the existing homes have been removed and the site has been remediated.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.

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MAYOR PAPENFUSE DEMONSTRATES NEW SANITATION APP AT WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

June 12, 2018 HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse and city officials will demonstrate a new mobile app to help residents more easily access information about trash and recycling collections at a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.
 
“This new Recycle Coach App promises to provide valuable services to our residents in helping them quickly gain information about sanitation services and better track schedules,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We are excited to show how easy Recycle Coach will be to use for both residents and public works staff.”
 
Residents can access Recycle Coach from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The app is free to download and to use.
 
With Recycle Coach, residents can:
  • Stay organized with custom curbside collection and events calendars
  • Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items 
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected].
 
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Last of Three Public Meetings on Proposed Sanitation Ordinance Scheduled for Wednesday at Scottish Rite

June 12, 2018 HARRISBURG, PA — The Harrisburg City Council will hold the last of three public meetings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Scottish Rite, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg.

The City Council has sponsored three meetings to allow citizen input on the proposed sanitation ordinance. The ordinance concerns proposed fines for trash and recycling violations and proposed annual payments for trash service.

All Harrisburg Ciity residents are welcome.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.

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MAYOR TO ADDRESS HARRISBURG NON-PROFITS AT FRIDAY LUNCHEON

May 31, 2018

HARRISBURG –   Mayor Eric Papenfuse will address representatives of non-profits in Harrisburg at a luncheon sponsored by the PA Diversity Coalition from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Crowne Plaza, 23 S. Second St., Harrisburg.

A meet-and-greet will be held from 11-11:30 a.m.

The Mayor will speak on “The Roles Education, Economic Development and Diversity Play in the Resurgence of Harrisburg.”

Please see additional information below.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.

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The PADC & Mayoral State of the City Address June 1, 2018  11:00AM – 1:00PM

 

The PA Diversity Coalition has finalized this year’s Mayoral State of the City Address, which will be Friday, June 1, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm. During his time with us, Mayor Papenfuse has been asked to address this year’s theme, which is: “The Role Education, Economic Development and Diversity plays in the Resurgence of Harrisburg.”

 

When: June 1, 2018- 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey 23 S. 2nd St Harrisburg PA. 17101

Introduction(s): Meet & Greet 11:00-11:30

 

Because of their Missions and Visions, the following NonProfit Organizations have been recommended to be highlighted during the event and receive a contribution:

• Addie Christina’s:
“A.D.D.I.E’s Foundation”

• Chris Franklin’s:
“Chris “Handles” Franklin Foundation”

• Danny Lansanah’s:
“Tackling Success Foundation”

• Lawrence Hamm’s:
“Hamm Camp Incorporated”

• Premier Arts and Science Charter School

• Robert Tate’s:
“The Robert Tate Foundation”

• The Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Center

Individual tickets will be sold for:
$85.00 each (non-members)
$60.00 each (PADC Members)

PUBLIC MEETINGS ON NEW SANITATION ORDINANCE SLATED FOR JUNE 6TH AND JUNE 13TH

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HARRISBURG –  The Harrisburg City Council will hold a series of public meetings beginning 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Public Works Building, 1820 Paxton St., to allow citizen input on the new sanitation ordinance. The ordinance concerns proposed fines for trash and recycling violations and proposed annual payments for trash service.

Dates of other meetings include:

1st Meeting

  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Drill Hall @ the Harrisburg Armory  (1400 Calder Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103)

2nd Meeting

  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Scottish Rite (2701 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110)

All Harrisburg city residents are welcome. For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.

 

WE NEED YOUR INPUT FOR THE BUS OPTIMIZATION STUDY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE ON JUNE 7TH

 The City of Harrisburg, in partnership with Capital Area Transit, is conducting a study to improve bus stops along six important streets. The study is looking at bus stop locations, bus stop spacing, and bus stop features. 

Back in January, the first public meeting was held to gather your ideas on how to improve CAT’s bus stops. Now, we want to show you how those ideas have been incorporated into the study. 

Please join us at a public open house to review preliminary improvements to CAT’s bus stops and let us know what you think! 

For more information, please contact the City of Harrisburg helpdesk by phone at 311 or online at http://harrisburgpa.gov/helpdesk/ 

MAYOR PAPENFUSE SENDS MEMORIAL DAY GREETING TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

May 27, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse sends special Memorial Day greetings to families of servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty to ensure freedom for all Americans.

“As we gather with our own families and friends to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday, we should take time to remember the true import of the day,” Mayor Papenfuse said. “We would not be able to enjoy our freedoms as American citizens if thousands had not put their own lives on the line in protection of our country.  

“On behalf of the residents of Harrisburg, we honor those who have fallen in service to our country, and we stand with their families in remembering their ultimate sacrifice.”

Mayor Papenfuse also urges residents to exercise caution and to  drive safely as they celebrate this Memorial Day.For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.

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SURVEYS FOR “VISION ZERO” BEGIN MAY 30 ON STATE STREET IN HARRISBURG

 
 
May 25, 2018
 
HARRISBURG –  Representatives for the City of Harrisburg will begin conducting surveys of residents on State Street on May 30 and 31 as part of the new “Vision Zero” initiative to combat increasing rate of traffic fatalities.
 
The surveys are part of a multi-pronged approach that will include gathering data on traffic accidents, engaging residents in public meetings and designing effective strategies aimed at eliminating deaths from traffic accidents.
 
Survey will be conducted at the corner of 17th and State Streets at the following times:
 
Wednesday, May 30, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Thursday, May 31, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
 
“’Vision Zero’ will engage the community in identifying the causes of Harrisburg’s increasing traffic fatalities, including those involving pedestrians,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “The initiative also will engage the community in finding solutions to this distressing problem in our City.”
 
Paper surveys also will be available at Fire Station #2, 140 N 16th St, Harrisburg, in a secure box until June 7.
 
Online surveys at VisionZeroHBG.org can be completed through June 7.
 
Please see fact sheet below on Vision Zero:
 
What is Vision Zero?
A plan to improve pedestrian, cyclist, and driver safety in Harrisburg, beginning with State Street. The plan will focus on road design; pedestrian, cyclist, and driver education; and enforcement.
 
When does Vision Zero start and end?
The surveys on May 30 and 31 will kick off Vision Zero in Harrisburg. The plan is expected to be completed in 6-8 months, and end with a set of recommendations for safety improvements.
 
What is included in Vision Zero?
Vision Zero will include a community and commuter survey about road safety, including safety along State Street and other roadways. There will also be community workshops and meetings that you can attend to provide input and keep up with study progress.
 
Why is Harrisburg creating a Vision Zero plan?
Vision Zero is a plan designed to eliminate serious injuries and deaths on City roadways. Vision Zero is being kicked off in Harrisburg in response to increased injuries and deaths along State Street and other Harrisburg roadways.
 
Where is the study focused?
The first phase of the study take place this summer along State Street, with the study expanding to downtown Harrisburg this fall. Surveys will be conducted on the street and online. Workshops and public meetings will be held in convenient locations in the community.
 
How to participate
We want to involve the entire community, and we want to know what you think:
  • Join our community survey pop-up events May 30 and 31 along State Street
  • Take the survey online at VisionZeroHBG.org  from May 30th to June 7th
  • Visit Fire Station #2 between May 30th and June 7th to complete the survey in person
 
How to get more information
 
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.
 
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THE CITY OF HARRISBURG AND CAPITAL REGION WATER TO HOST MWDBE NETWORKING & CERTIFICATION EVENT

HARRISBURG (May 24, 2018): The City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water will be hold a Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise networking and certification event on June 1, 2018. This event, sponsored by the Keystone Contractors Association, will connect local construction companies through networking and increase opportunities for small, diverse businesses on upcoming construction projects.

The City of Harrisburg will host a press conference with Mayor Eric Papenfuse to provide more details about the event at 1o a.m. Wednesday, May 30 in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

Event Details:

What: Doing Business with the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water, Meet the Primes & MWDBE Certification Event

When: Friday, June 1, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, PA 17103

Register Online: capitalregionwater.com/businessdiversity

MBE/WBE/DBE certifying agencies, financial institutions, and bonding and insurance firms will also be on hand to help local businesses prepare for doing business with the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water.

In 2016, Capital Region Water passed a MWDBE Plan requiring minimum participation levels for MWDBE on all construction projects that exceed the bidding threshold established for municipal authorities in Pennsylvania. More information about Capital Region Water’s Business Diversity Program and MWDBE Plan can be found online at capitalregionwater.com/businessdiversity.

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