Information that has appeared in previous issues.
Boathouse Road Will Be Closed Daily
Boathouse Road will be closed daily from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. through Monday, January 1, 2018 during the operation of Sweet Lights.
Hershey Entertainment Complex Safety and Security staff will be assigned to the road closure points at Boathouse Road/Route 39 and Boathouse Road/Sandbeach Road (west of the park entrance). Signage will be in place to facilitate the road closure.
Police Department to Hire a Part-Time Dispatcher
The Township of Derry Police Department is currently accepting applications for a part-time dispatcher for the communication center.
Applicants for this position must be well organized with strong verbal skills and have the ability to perform multiple tasks under stressful situations. Must possess good penmanship, computer knowledge/skills, and an aptitude to make quick decisions and think independently, as well as follow orders.
The Sweetest Walk That You Will Ever Take
The Presbyterian Women of Derry Presbyterian Church will hold its popular Cookie Walk and jumbles shop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 in the fellowship hall at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey.
A variety of home-baked cookies including gluten-free will be for sale by the pound, and customers can mix and match to create an assortment of their favorites. Some cookies and baked goods will be individually priced.
The jumbles shop will feature previously owned jewelry, a large assortment of Christmas decorations, handmade gifts and other small items. Proceeds will support the mission work of the Presbyterian Church.
A red and white quilt in the Dresden plate pattern, handmade by the quilters of Derry Church, will be offered as a silent auction item. The minimum bid for this double-size (90”x75”) quilt is $300.
In case of snow, the cookie walk will be held on Saturday, December 9.
PennDOT Provides Safe Driving Tips
PennDOT reminds motorists that wet leaves, fog, sun glare, and frost are a few driving hazards they will encounter this fall, but there are steps drivers can take to help make their commutes safer. Check out PennDOT’s safe driving tips for fall.
See the Big Apple During the Holiday Season
The Department of Parks and Recreation will host a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, December 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Shop for a special holiday gift, or take in a show! The bus will depart from the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton Street, and will arrive at approximately 11:30 a.m. in N.Y. Explore the city and have a fabulous dining experience before 6:30 p.m. when the bus will head home. There will be a short stop on the way there and on the way back. The cost is $75 per person. Register here .
PPL Electric Utilities Helps With Energy Efficiency
PPL Electric Utilities offers many energy efficiency programs and rebates to help you use less electricity at little or no cost. One program that draws special interest around this time of year is the WRAP energy efficiency program. It’s helped more than 100,000 income-qualified families.
If you meet income guidelines (and have your landlord’s permission, for renters), PPL will conduct a free energy audit of your home and identify opportunities to save energy. Based on the audit, energy-saving products like low-flow showerheads and LED bulbs will be installed at no cost to you. In some cases, refrigerators, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers are replaced. Additional services for customers with electric heat and
Sign-Up for Free Online Classes with Your Hershey Public Library Card
Gale, online, instructor-led courses in workforce development and personal enrichment begin on October 18. Enroll online now to join FREE online classes in the following: Accounting and Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Healthcare and Medical, Language and Arts, Law and Legal, Personal Development, Teaching and Education, Technology, and Writing and Publishing.
2017 Leaf Collection
Leaf collection started and will end on December 4. See the Township’s website for guidelines and the collection schedule. Residents are asked to check and make sure that basketball hoops do not extend beyond the curb.
Department of Public Works to Hire Seasonal Employees
The Department of Public Works has immediate openings for seasonal laborers. The work will consists of grounds and park maintenance, and leaf collection.
The hourly wage is $13.00. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a current, valid PA Driver’s license.
Applications are available on the Township’s website, or at the Public Works Facility, 650 Clearwater Road, Hershey. Call 717-533-2057, option 4, for more information.website for more information and to sign-up to cook.
Creating a Safe and Inclusive Community by Preventing Bullying
“It is important to establish a culture of inclusion and respect for individual differences.”
The first in a series of Hershey All Things Diversity Sessions was presented by Erica Weiler-Timmins, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Psychological Services and Training at Milton Hershey School on Monday, September 18, at the Hershey Story Museum.
Bullying and inclusiveness cannot coexist. Bullying is unacceptable in an inclusive environment and a community is not inclusive when bullying is permitted to take place. Everyone must do their part to prevent and stop bullying to achieve a safe and inclusive community. Dr. Weiler-Timmins discussed the prevalence of observed or perceived unwanted aggressive behavior in schools in the United States. “One in five U.S. students will be bullied in school with a higher percentage occurring in middle school. Bullying occurs across all ages, socioeconomic classes, races, and cultures”, said Weiler-Timmins. Read More
Sinkhole Closes Route 422 in Londonderry Township
All lanes of Route 422 in North Londonderry Township, Lebanon County, were closed on Tuesday, September 5, as a safety precaution due to the expansion of a nearby sinkhole that created cracks in the pavement of eastbound Route 422 and continues to threaten the stability of the highway. PennDOT has been assessing the sinkhole located near the highway in front of the Palmyra Bowling center and is developing options for repairs to make the highway safe for travel.
A signed detour will direct eastbound motorists on Route 422 by way of Route 117, Route 322, and Route 934. Westbound motorists on Route 422 will be detoured by way of Route 934, Route 322, and Route 117.
There is a depression in the parking lot adjacent to the highway that is about 45 feet in diameter, extending into the shoulder and eastbound lane of Route 422. The sinkhole appears to be growing in size. Two openings in the parking lot pavement appeared last week, and additional cracking of the roadway pavement has extended further to the north.
PennDOT has been evaluating options to address the sinkhole and its undermining of Route 422. An emergency contract will be prepared and a contractor will be in place this week to excavate the sinkhole and make repairs. The project will also include excavation of the highway 200 feet east of a previous repair made in 2014, located near the west driveway entrance to the bowling center. The goal is to finish the repair and reopen Route 422 to traffic by Thanksgiving.
Hershey Volunteer Fire Department Wants to Help You to Prepare for an Emergency
September is National Preparedness Month. Follow the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company on Twitter and Facebook for information on how to be prepared for an emergency. Disasters don’t give much of a warning so you should plan ahead and be ready.
Follow the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook www.facebook.com/hersheyfire and on Twitter @hersheyfire.
Hershey Community Is Invited to Diversity and Inclusion Events
“The Township is pleased to help lead these important sessions to help build awareness and understanding in our community to align with our inclusion resolution. Together, we can all help create an environment where everyone is welcomed, affirmed and valued.” Susan Cort, Derry Township Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairwoman
Hershey Area All Things Diversity Sessions will begin in September and run through May 2018. The educational sessions are organized by the Township of Derry with assistance from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. This is the second year for the community-wide diversity and inclusion sessions.
The five sessions will be held on the main level of The Hershey Story located at 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. A light supper and dessert will be provided to attendees. The sessions are free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required.
The first session, “Creating a Safe and Inclusive Community by Preventing Bullying,” will be held on September 18, 2017 from 5:30-7:15 p.m. The presenter will be Erica Weiler-Timmins, Director of Psychological Services at Milton Hershey School. In this session, Weiler-Timmins will discuss the prevalence and impact of bullying and strategies to create a safer and more inclusive community for our youth.
Future topics include “Navigating the Generations: Creating an Inclusive Community for All Ages” on November 20, 2017; “Creating an Inclusive Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Members” on January 15, 2018; “Understanding Religious Differences to Create a More Respectful and Inclusive Community” on March 19, 2018; and “Opening the Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives of Diverse Populations” on May 21, 2018. All sessions run from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
To register and find more information, please visit the Township’s website, All Things Diversity section.
August 31st Was Overdose Awareness Day in Derry Township
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors has declared August 31st Overdose Awareness Day in Derry Township in support of a worldwide effort to increase awareness of the drug epidemic that we are facing. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global campaign that works towards preventing overdoses, reducing the stigma associated with it, and providing support to families and loved ones of overdose victims.
Visit www.overdoseday.com for more information on the drug crisis and how you can get involved in the prevention efforts.
Very Important Business
What’s the most popular question in Derry Township when fall is right around the corner? “When is Trick or Treat Night?” Residents in Derry Township take this October evening of costumes and treats very seriously. This year’s Trick or Treat will be held on Thursday, October 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Dauphin County Chiefs of Police Association selects the date and recommends that all municipalities in Dauphin County have Trick or Treat on the same night, on a weekday night (the Thursday before Halloween), so that it is only held on one night and everyone is aware of it for the safety of the children.
Back-In Angled Parking Has Been Installed on Chocolate Avenue
Downtown Hershey now has a new parking option. Back-in angled parking can be found near 11 East Chocolate Avenue, the location for the new MeltSpa by Hershey.
Back-in angled parking offers several benefits to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It eliminates the difficulty of backing into traffic that is present with pull-in angled parking, provides motorists with better vision of bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vehicles, and also improves safety when loading and unloading cargo and helping children in and out of car seats. With back-in angled parking, open car doors direct young children toward a point of safety rather than out into the street.
Back-in requires a motorist to signal prior to the space, stop just past the space, and then slowly back in until the vehicle reaches the curb.
See the information on back-in angled parking in the following links:
Crossing to Trail Installed on Wood Road
Bikers and walkers can now access the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail at the intersection of Wood Road and Limerick Court near Oakmont development. Landing areas have been constructed on both sides of Wood Road at the crosswalk, an opening has been made in the guide rail, and paved access to the trail has been installed.
When using the crossing, please make sure that motorists are coming to a stop before crossing. We ask motorists to be aware of the crossing and to stop when pedestrians or bikers are waiting to cross.
Work Continues in Derry Township on the Mariner East 2 Project
Sunoco Pipeline is constructing 350 miles of pipeline from Ohio to southeast Pennsylvania to transport natural gas liquids. Segment 4 is approximately 52 miles and will travel through Cumberland, York and Dauphin Counties.
Currently, construction activities in Derry Township include pipeline tie-in near Sand Hill Road, road bore work at Sand Hill Road, and continuing the horizontal directional drilling of the pilot hole near Waltonville Road. The drilling is scheduled to take place for two months. See the Mariner East News, September and the Mariner Pipeline Facts website for further information.
Exelon Provides Important Safety Information to Residents in the Three Mile Island Area
An Emergency Planning brochure for the Three Mile Island area has been created to provide instructions on what to do prior to and during an emergency. Residents are asked to review the brochure on how to be prepared, emergency supplies, emergency alert system, Potassium Iodide, radiation, and evacuation routes. Read Brochure
A survey is enclosed for those with impaired sight, hearing, or mobility. Return the self-addressed, postage-paid survey so that emergency responders can be prepared to provide assistance to you during an emergency.
Best Reads As Recommended by the Staff of the Hershey Public Library
Once a year, the library staff compiles a list of their favorite books to read during the previous year. This mixture of new and old, fiction and non-fiction, is much anticipated and enjoyed by the library’s patrons. Staff Picks
A New Community Recreation Center is Proposed in Derry Township
A public meeting was held on Tuesday, June 27, to present the proposed conceptual design for a new facility on Cocoa Avenue. See a summary of the meeting, the slide presentation, and recording of the meeting on the Township’s website.
Earn and Learn with Recyclebank
Township Objects to Proposed Updates to the M&H Railroad
The Township of Derry and the Borough of Hummelstown held a joint public information session on Wednesday, May 3, to discuss what is known on the proposed M&H Railroad project and related safety concerns.
M&H Railroad was awarded a state grant of $220,500 through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) to rehabilitate about five miles of track, a wye and a turnout. This initial funding would be used by M&H to relocate their freight interchange from Middletown to Hummelstown to transport freight, including hazardous materials, from Hummelstown across Route 322/422 to customers in Middletown and adjoining townships.
In a detailed slide presentation, Lieutenant Timothy Roche showed the location of the crossings, shared safety concerns, and provided the results of a speed and volume study that was performed on SR322.
Representatives from the Lower Dauphin School District, Derry Township School District, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, Dauphin County, Senator John DiSanto’s office, and Representative Tom Mehaffie were in attendance to voice their opposition to the project.
The Township of Derry, the Borough of Hummelstown, and community stakeholders will continue to work collaboratively against the project. Citizens are encouraged to send letters of concern within the next week to PennDOT, state officials, and the governor’s office at the addresses below.
The Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120
Senator John DiSanto, Senate Box 203015, Room 353, Main Capitol, Harrisburg, PA 17120-3015
Representative Thomas L. Mehaffie III,159 B East Wing, PO Box 202106, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2106
Secretary Leslie S. Richards, PA Department of Transportation, 8th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120
Michael Keiser, P.E., District Executive, PA DOT District 8-0, 2140, Herr St., Harrisburg, PA 17103-1699
PPL to Replace Power Lines in Derry Township
PPL Electric Utilities has started work to rebuild two transmission lines to improve the reliability of electric services to the region. The first line runs from a PPL substation near Route 322 to Shank Park and continues toward a PPL substation near the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The second line runs from the PPL substation near Route 322 by Shank Park and ends at the substation in Elizabethtown.
The wooden poles and wires will be replaced with taller steel poles and new wires that are more resistant to strong wind and storms. The work on the two lines will be staggered in order to ensure ongoing service to all of the customers in the area and will occur through 2018.
Questions on the project can be directed to the project team at 717-560-2436.
Bike Share Program Comes to Hershey
Penn State Health, Penn State College of Medicine and Zagster, Inc. will partner and will provide bike stations at six locations for use for employees, residents, and visitors to get around campus and the Hershey area. Riders must be 18 years old or older and can join the program by signing up as a Hershey Rides Zagster member. Members receive the first two hours of use free.
Design Standards Adopted for the Downtown Core
A supplemental Ordinance on Design Standards was adopted on the same night that the Zoning Ordinance was adopted, implementing minimum design standards for alterations to properties within the Downtown Core Zoning District.
Design guidelines and review requirements have been in place since 1993 under the Chocolate Avenue Preservation District. The new Ordinance revised the prior guidelines to make them more enforceable and easier for property owners to understand. Also, 1- and 2-family dwellings that are within the Downtown Core Zoning District, but are not located on Chocolate Avenue, are exempt from the Design Standards. The standards ensure that future development and alterations to properties within the Downtown Core Zoning District along Chocolate Avenue, and commercial properties elsewhere within the Downtown Core Zoning District, are designed in a manner that is consistent with surrounding uses.
A Downtown Core Design Board will replace the Design Advisory Board and will be responsible for reviewing applications for alterations to properties in the Downtown Core Zoning District. New construction and demolition projects will also be reviewed by the Design Board; however, comments on these types of projects would be advisory in nature, and the Board of Supervisors will have final approval.
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A new Zoning Ordinance was adopted at the March 28th Board of Supervisors meeting. The new ordinance will go into effect on April 3, 2017. The ordinance will support the goals established in the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in January, 2016. The adoption of the ordinance completes a 7-year project that engaged the community, government officials, and the expertise of consultants Derck & Edson and Environmental Planning & Design. The ordinance can be viewed here.
Waste Management is Awarded Three-Year Contract
Services for the collection of municipal solid waste and recyclables were bid and three proposals were received and opened on February 15th. The bid included options for the collection of electronics and an incentive based recycling program. Two of the companies provided a bid for both of the options. The prices for the collection of electronics were $425,124, or $3.75 per quarter and $476,138, or $5.88 per quarter. Currently, residents can take electronics to the Dauphin County Recycling Center free of charge. The Department of Environmental Protection does not allow electronics to be collected at the Recycling Center.
The prices for the incentive based recycling program were $1.20 and $1.89 per quarter. The last contract was awarded five years ago. In an effort to achieve the lowest quarterly fee, the contract was awarded on the base bid. Services for the collection of electronic waste and an incentive based recycling program will not be included at this time. The Township will explore other options.
Waste Management submitted the lowest bid of $5,311,242.72. The quarter residential fee is $63.90 per quarter. The pay as you throw program is $4.50 per bag. The three-year contract may be extended for two additional one-year terms.
Friendly Reminder on Pet Waste Etiquette
The wonderful warmer temperatures that we had in February brought walkers out to the parks and trails earlier this year. We want to remind pet owners that they should carry a bag with them to clean up after their pet.
Laudermilch Road Bridge to be Replaced in 2018
Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) held an informational meeting this week on plans for the Laudermilch Road Bridge to be replaced as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The Laudermilch Road bridge was built in 1917 is deteriorating and structurally deficient. PWKP will finance, design, construct and maintain 558 bridges throughout the Commonwealth for a 28-year term.
The bridge, which provides a crossing over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, is scheduled to be replaced in April, 2018. Construction is anticipated to take place over six months. Motorists will be detoured to Lingle Avenue during the project.
The new bridge will be 90-feet long and will include two 12-ft. lanes and 4′ shoulders with a new innovative application called Polyester Polymer Concrete Overlay to protect the bridge deck from the infiltration of deicing salts to reduce long-term maintenance costs.
More information on the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and an up-to-date schedule as the project progresses can be viewed at www.parapidbridges.com.
Disc Golf Course Now Open
An 18-Hole disc golf course has opened in Shank Park. If you are good at throwing a Frisbee, you’ll enjoy testing your skill in a game of Disc Golf. Similar to golf, but using a Frisbee and baskets, players aim to make 18 baskets located throughout Shank Park in fewer throws than their opponents. The equipment was purchased with a donation from an anonymous donor.
Take Old Electronics to the Dauphin County Recycling Center
Please remember that electronics are no longer permitted to be collected at the Derry Township Recycling Center. The PA Department of Environmental Protection requires that electronic waste be taken to the Dauphin county Recycle Center located at 1625 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Center can be reached at 717-982-6772.
2017 Dog Licenses For Sale
Dog licenses are available for purchase at the Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road and can also be purchased on-line. Pennsylvania state law mandates that all dogs three months of age or older must be licensed. Dog licenses must be purchased by January 1st of each year regardless of when the license was purchased the previous year. It is important for your dog to have a license in case they are lost so that you can be notified when they are found.
The cost of the license is between $5 and $9, depending if the owner is a senior citizen, or if the dog is spayed or neutered.
What’s Happening in Downtown Hershey?
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Put Your Name on the New Cocoa Castle Coming to the Hershey Recreation Center
Purchase an engraved brick with a special message, name, or tribute for $150 to pave a picnic area next to the playground. In addition, fence pickets will be sold and can be engraved with your name, a loved one’s name, or a company name. Fence pickets are available for $50. Purchase two or more for $45 each.
Don’t Forget to Register Your Bike
Township residents are reminded and encouraged to register their bicycles and pedalcycles with the Township as required by Ordinance. Registration not only helps to identify the owner of bikes when they are found, lost or stolen, but also assists emergency responders in identifying a bike owner following an accident or mishap.
Bike registration forms and licenses are available at the Township Administration Building and the Recreation Center during business hours, or at the Derry Township Police Department 24-hours a day. The cost of the license is $1.00 per bike and the fee is used towards the maintenance of the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail.
The Hershey Public Library now offers borrowers the option to use their smart phone or other devices as a way to carry a library card. Simply downloading a free App, enables users to checkout materials using the self-checkout station, or at a staff service station. Barbara Ellis, the Director of Library Services, reports, “This has been a long time in coming and we are delighted to be able to upgrade to a new process. People have been asking for a while whether they could use their smart phones instead of a physical card and now they can!”
Library staff members will be available to provide assistance to cardholders that are not familiar with installing an App and loading a card barcode beginning June 27. The recommended Apps that work well at the library are Key Ring, Card Star and Stocard. Get Smart at the library and never leave home without your card again.
Is Your Township Based Business or Residential Security Alarm Registered with the DTPD?
The Derry Township Police Department recommends that all business and residential property owners who equip their property with alarm systems register their emergency contact information with the PD. Having the necessary contact information for alarm holders is critical during alarm activations when Public Safety personnel must alert the business, or residential property owners of situations that require their attention.
Can We Get in Touch With You in the Event of an Emergency?
Sign up for the Township’s emergency notification system. Click here to register. It’s important for the Township to be able to inform you of an emergency situation and to provide you with warnings, instructions, and information. Please provide your address because the system allows us to target specific geographic areas that are affected during an emergency.
Library Board of Directors Approves Strategic Plan
The Hershey Public Library is happy to publish its 2015-2017 Strategic Plan. While the plan has already been in effect this year, the final version for publication has recently been approved by the Township of Derry Library Board of Directors. The Library administration and staff welcome your ideas and efforts in making our library a community center that meets the needs of all library visitors.
Businesses and homeowners are asked to keep grass clippings on their lawn, dispose of them with their weekly trash collection, or take them to the Recycling Center located at 650 Clearwater Road. When grass clippings end up on the streets, they are carried by rain water into the stormwater drains and into our streams and lakes.
The Penn State College of Agricultural Science warns that grass clippings contain phosphorus that is a troublesome pollutant. Phosphorous causes uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds in waterways. The algae blocks sunlight and prevents other plants from growing. When it decays, it takes oxygen away from fish. “According to the Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Coalition, one bushel of fresh grass clippings can contain 0.1 pounds of phosphorus, which if it ends up in lakes or ponds is enough to produce 30 to 50 pounds of algae.
Also keep in mind that when you leave your grass clippings on your lawn, it adds fertilizer to your lawn.
Please visit www.stormwaterpa.org for more information.
Shrubs, Trees and Vegetation Care
We are asking all homeowners to make sure that shrubs, trees and vegetation are trimmed so that it is not on streets, alleys and sidewalks. Waste Management encounters many alleys that are difficult to access to collect trash and recycling because of trees and hedges growing into the alleys.
Trees should be trimmed so that there is a 12′ clearance above the curb and roadway. Shrubs and vegetation must be trimmed completely back so that nothing is on the surface of the road. Sidewalks must also be clear of vegetation and trees need to have 12′ clearance above the sidewalk as well. Please check and make sure that your property is in compliance with the township’s code. This will be of assistance in providing the best possible trash collection, snow removal, street sweeping, leaf removal and emergency services to you.
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