Information that has appeared in previous issues.
Hershey Trust Company Presents Hershey West End Sketch Plan
The Hershey Trust Company presented a sketch plan for the Hershey West End Master Plan at the April 24, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting. The plan proposes the development of a mixed-use, commercial, and residential neighborhood of approximately 245.79 acres, south of Route 322 in the area of the Hershey Center for Applied Research, the Cocoa Beanery, and U-Gro Learning Center.
The plan includes a hotel/conference center, medical office buildings, commercial and retail space, restaurants, a variety of housing options including assisted living and age-restricted apartments, and recreational uses, to be built over 10 to 15 years in multiple phases.
The plan may be viewed at the Hershey Trust Company Real Estate website. The site contains a project description and frequently asked questions. Feedback is also being received via the site.
Do You Have a Stray Cat in Your Neighborhood?
Derry Township Community Cats Can Help
Derry Township Community Cats will hold a clinic to spay/neuter and vaccinate outdoor cats from Derry Township on May 22.
If you are feeding outdoor cats in need of this service, which is free to Township residents, please call the cat line at 717-592-8087 to be added to the trapping and surgery schedule. Space is limited. Visit https://www.derrytownshipcats.org/
for more information.
Register Now for the May 21st Hershey All Things Diversity Session
The next Hershey All Things Diversity program coordinated by Derry Township and The Hershey Story is titled Opening the Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives on Diverse Populations and will be presented on Monday, May 21 at the Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.
This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for Hershey community members of different backgrounds to share their experiences living or working in Hershey, and to consider what we can do as a community to be more inclusive.
This program is underwritten by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, The Hershey Company, and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.
A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 6:00 p.m. The program will conclude at 7:15 with dessert.
Give Hershey a Kiss on May 12th
The Kiss Hershey Back annual event will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be a FREE post event with food, kid-friendly activities, and more! If interested in volunteering, click on the link below and more information will be provided to you.
Kiss Hershey Back is a township-wide cleanup effort led by the Penn State College of Medicine students to make the Sweetest Place on Earth also the Cleanest Place on Earth. This project was started in 2008 by five first-year medical students who wanted to give back to the community.
Architectural Designs of New Community Center to be Presented at May 8 Board of Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the Tuesday, May 8 Board of Supervisors meeting for a presentation on the schematic designs for the proposed Hershey Community Center. The Board will consider authorization to proceed to design development.
The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.
Monarch Butterfly Art Work to be Displayed on Avenue
A unique work of art will be displayed on Cocoa Avenue near the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Conservation Area, across from Cocoaplex.
Jump Street, an organization dedicated to developing educational and economic opportunities with the arts for all age groups, is coordinating a “Butterfly Mural Trail,” which will display twelve pieces of art around Dauphin County, leading to the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.
The project will engage hundreds of students in multiple Dauphin County school districts to educate, develop, implement, and administer a public art project that promotes growth and tourism in their own community.
The first four murals will be painted in a 15-day artist-in-residency program at Halifax Area High School under the professional guidance of artist Kuen Kuen Spichiger.
Students enrolled in the Dauphin County Technical School marketing and graphics art program will design a map of the mural locations, and construction students will install the 4’x4′ murals.
Visit Jump Street’s website
to learn more and for information on their Art of the States, ArtsFest of Greater Harrisburg, Derby Day, and Poetry Out Loud events.
Trees Planted as Stream Buffer
Volunteers planted 200 trees in Derry Township on Wednesday in support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Tree Partnership.
The trees were planted at the Evangelical Free Church of Hershey located at 330 Hilltop Road. The Derry Township Municipal Authority organized the project as a first step in the process for Derry Township to reach its pollution reduction goals under its MS4 permit. The trees will filter and absorb runoff to reduce pollution from entering our waterways.
The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is a collaborative effort of national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and citizens committed to improving Pennsylvania’s communities, economy, and ecology.
The Partnership aims to facilitate the planting of 10 million new trees in priority landscapes in Pennsylvania by the end of 2025.
A big thanks to the 20 volunteers that assisted with the planting despite the rain.
Yard Waste Collection
The first collection of the year will take place April 30 through May 4 on your regular trash collection day. An unlimited amount of wood and yard waste will be collected curbside and should be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m.
Items must be in a container no bigger than 32 gallons or in a “Kraft” bag no heavier than 50 lbs. Branches and tree limbs must not exceed 3″ in diameter, must be cut to 4′ in length, bundled and secured by rope or twine and must not be heavier than 50 lbs.
Grass clippings are NOT to be collected under this program and are to be treated as solid waste. Call Waste Management at 1-800-634-4595 for additional information.
Support the Hershey Community Chorus at their May 1 Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale
The Hershey Community Chorus will hold a Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale on Tuesday, May 1, at the Mohler Senior Center located at 25 Hope Drive, Hershey. The meal includes spaghetti with homemade meat or marinara sauce, tossed salad, bread, butter, and a beverage. The dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., or until it’s sold out. Take-out is available.
Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 12. Advance sale tickets are available from any chorus member, by emailing a request to info@HersheyCommunityChorus.org
, or by calling 717- 508-4400. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Proceeds from the event will help to fund the upcoming spring concerts scheduled for Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church located at 433 E. Main Street, Hummelstown.
This year’s spring concert titled “The Road Less Traveled,” will feature unique vocal techniques and compositional ideas.
Friends of the Hershey Public Library to Loan Passes to the Hershey Story and the Hershey Gardens
The Friends of the Hershey Public Library are sponsoring free passes to the Hershey Story and the Hershey Gardens beginning May 1.
The passes, good for up to four in a group, can be checked out for one week with an adult library card. There is one pass for the Hershey Gardens and one for the Hershey Story and they cannot be renewed.
This is a wonderful and unexpected service provided to the community by the Friends and the Hershey Public Library.
Friends of the Hershey Public Library to Loan Passes to the Hershey Story and the Hershey Gardens
Help the Environment and Ditch Your Old Appliances through PPL’s Energy-Efficiency Programs
The old refrigerator in your garage or basement could be costing you an extra $150 a year in electricity.
Through PPL’s energy-efficiency programs, your working refrigerator or freezer can be picked-up for free and you will receive a $35 check. As an added bonus, if you recycle an old air conditioning unit or dehumidifier at the same time, you’ll receive an additional $10. The refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size and be clean, empty, and defrosted.
Visit PPL’s website
to schedule a free pick-up, or call 1-877-486-9204.
Recycling your old appliances is good for the environment. Under PPL’s appliance recycling program, up to 95 percent of your appliance’s components are used in new products and don’t end up in a landfill.
The Climate Realty Project
The Hershey Indivisibles will host Josh Hooper, a certified member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, who trained with former Vice President Al Gore in Pittsburgh last fall. The program will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.
The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the discussion will begin after a short business meeting that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Hooper is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium, an alliance of Pennsylvania colleges and universities working to achieve a more sustainable environment – both on campus and in the larger world. Come to hear the latest news about the climate threat and the good news about what is already starting to happen in response to climate change.
The Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event nor any product or service offered.
Hershey Horticulture Society Holds Annual Plant Sale
The Hershey Horticulture Society will hold its popular annual plant sale on Saturday, May 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Brownstone Lodge, 215 W. Governor Road, Hershey.
The sale is a wonderful opportunity for gardeners to purchase a large variety of plants that Society members share from their own gardens, referred to as “pass along” plants.
The novice gardener can get a head start in purchasing plants that thrive in the area and multiply to share with fellow gardeners. The sale will include flowers, herbs, and small trees and shrubs. In addition, there will be some favorite house plants for sale.
Members of the Society will be present to answer questions. The event will include a garden related flea market and bake sale.
Spend a Day in Amish Country Horticulture Society
The Hershey Horticulture Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum on Tuesday, May 15. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Masonic Lodge, 215 W. Governor Road, Hershey, and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. The cost is $90.00 and includes a Victorian Tea lunch and a tour of Kreider Farms. Call 717-564-4053 to reserve your spot or for more information.
Help to Maintain the Monarch Butterfly Food Source
A community work day has been scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m. at the Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Conservation area on Cocoa Avenue (across from Giant).
Volunteers are needed to remove non-native, invasive plants, and plant native perennials that monarch butterflies and other pollinators need for food and reproduction. The plants will also improve water quality in adjacent streams.
Volunteers are asked to register through Penn State Extension with Kristen Kyler at email@example.com
, or 717-948-6609. Registration provides insurance for the participants and helps the organizers to get an idea of how many people will be there to help. Once registered, Kristen will provide volunteers with details on where to park, what to bring, etc…
The project is a coordinated effort by the Derry Township Environmental Action Committee, the Hershey Trust Company, the Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation, Penn State Extension, Hershey Gardens, and Manada Conservancy.
PA State Police Museum Offers History Lecture
The Pennsylvania State Police Museum will present a two-hour program on the origins and evolution of the State Police Force from 1905-1937 on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. Topics to be covered will include the infamous Coal & Iron police, the roles played by Teddy Roosevelt and M.S. Hershey, the deaths of the first two Troopers killed in the line of duty, Omar the Belgian Shepherd Medal of Valor recipient, and why the Pennsylvania State Police decided to pick Hershey as the place to locate their recruit training facility. Part of the program will also include a tour of the Museum at no charge.This program is free to the public and will be held in the Museum’s All-Purpose room. Space is limited to 60 attendees, therefore, interested parties should contact the Museum at 717-534-0565, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve a seat.
The Museum is located at 187 East Hersheypark Drive.
What’s Your Sport?
Joy of Sports Foundation Offers
A Sports Sampling Camp
Hershey students entering grades 5th through 8th are invited to participate in a four-day sports camp Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The camps will be held at the School District and Township fields and facilities. The cost is $120 for early birds and $135 after.
This is an awesome way for kids to try new sports and enjoy familiar ones without a large commitment. The sports will be soccer, basketball, flag football, touch rugby, field hockey, volleyball, kickball, lacrosse, baseball/softball, tennis, ultimate frisbee, and track & field.
Help to Plant Trees on Arbor Day
The Derry Environmental Action Committee and Derry Township are sponsoring a street tree planting program on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Volunteers are needed to help with the planting.
Volunteers will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue. Please wear clothing appropriate for outdoor work, bring work gloves, and if possible, a ground shovel. Other tools that will come in handy are a flat shovel, ground rake, broom and utility knife.
Please contact Chuck Gassert at 717-566-5058 to volunteer.
Secure Your Firearms
The National Shooting Sports Foundation in conjunction with Project ChildSafe has provided the Derry Township Police Department with a supply of gun locks. Stop by the station, 620 Clearwater Road, to pick up a complimentary lock.
Dr. Jeffery Long Delivers Message Know Thy Neighbor: Cultivating a Community of Respect
Differences can divide a community without a willingness to understand, accept, and welcome one another.
Dr. Jeffery Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College was the presenter at the March Hershey All Things Diversity session held at The Hershey Story. Dr. Long encouraged us to “know thy neighbor.”
He explained that intolerance is a form of violence. “Differences are not a reason to treat others badly.” He quoted Thomas Jefferson and emphasized that someone believing differently from one’s self does not hurt anything. “Why do we care if others believe differently,” he asked.
Conflict is a serious issue that arises when there is a lack of understanding. He urged us to talk to members of the community who are different from us. Ask them questions in a friendly, non-opinionated manner to gain knowledge.
Derry Township Community Cats is Taking Reservations for May Clinic
Derry Township Community Cats is accepting reservations for spaying and neutering of outdoor cats for their next clinic on May 22.
Spaces are limited, so call soon to reserve your space if you have outdoor cats that need these services. “Kitten season” is upon us, so don’t delay!
Hundreds of unwanted kittens are born this time of year, and the more homeless cats that we can prevent the better!
The spay/neuter/vaccination service is free to Derry Township residents. Call 717-592-8087 for assistance in trapping cats to be neutered.
If You Can Create Less Trash, You Can Pay As You Throw
Recycling more and composting can reduce the amount of trash that you throw away and can save you money.
Trash bags for the PAYT option cost $4.50 each and can be purchased at the Recycling Center, Library, Recreation Center, and Administration Building.
If you want to change to the PAYT program, contact Waste Management at 1-800-869-5566. Future quarterly invoices from Waste Management will be $8.13.
The 2nd Annual Health Expo will be held on Friday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company, 249 E. Main Street, Hummelstown.
More than 50 representatives from state and local agencies and the health care industry will be on hand to speak with attendees about programs and services, as well as to answer questions. A variety of free health screenings will be offered.
The event is free and no registration is required. Visit www.RepMehaffie.com
for more information.
Fix a Leak and Save Water and Money
Fix a Leak week runs through March 25. Pennsylvania American Water in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are encouraging homeowners to repair small leaks.
PA American Water reports that a small leak can waste thousands of gallons of water per year. With more than 110 million households in the United States, seemingly minor leaks from faucets, showerheads, toilets, or other appliances can collectively result in a tremendous amount of wasted water.
PA American Water is providing the following to assist homeowners with leak repairs and prevention:
Repair your leaks – Saving Water Saves You Money!
New Multi-Use Trials Coming Soon
The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) is bringing its latest trail project to Hershey. This project, in cooperation with Penn State Health, will develop 100 acres of land behind the Hershey Medical Center campus. This unique group of trails will be accessible to the public via existing trails, including the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail. It is also in proximity to the Horseshoe Trail.
SAMBA has purchased tools and supplies to build the trail system with support from The Hershey Company. Work officially began on March 18 with a team of volunteers led by SAMBA president Nick Loftus, and HMC Co-Trail Liaisons Glenn Rowe and Jesse Williams. The group cleared leaves, cut brush, and worked on drainage for the new trails.
The project will provide beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails for mountain biking for a great outdoor experience. The trails will also be open to joggers and hikers looking to enjoy some of Hershey’s natural areas. The first phase of the trail system is expected to open this summer.
Township Takes Steps to Secure Current Interest Rates for Future Borrowing for the New
Hershey Community Center
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors has been strategizing with Public Financial Management Financial Advisors and RBC Capital Markets on funding for a new Hershey Community Center. This week, the Board adopted Ordinance 703 authorizing general obligation bonds to be issued in the amount of $25,000,000 in late spring/summer 2019. Resolution 1549 authorizing a Cash Settlement Hedge for $25,000,000 to terminate no later than June 1, 2019 was also adopted.
In the Cash Settlement Hedge, if interest rates go higher than the current rate, the Township will receive a payment to offset the higher rates. If interest rates go lower than the secured swap rate, the Township will make a payment, but will issue fixed rate bonds at a lower interest rate. The cash settlement can be terminated prior to June 1, 2019.
Visit the Township’s website
to learn more and see documents that explain the process, plan, and funding considerations for the new Community Center.
Library Seeks Feedback on Makerspace
The Hershey Public Library is conducting a brief (6 questions) online survey
to assess local interest in a possible future Makerspace
in the Derry Township community. A Makerspace is a place where hands-on fine and industrial arts skills and knowledge can be shared.
2018 Waste Collection
Waste Management will begin Yard Waste Collection the week of April 30 through May 4 and will continue through October. Yard waste is collected on the same day that your trash is collected. If a holiday occurs before or on your collection day, collection will be delayed one day.
Grass clippings can be placed with the trash.
10th Annual Mission Classic to Benefit Hershey Food Bank
The Hershey Food Bank will hold the 10th Annual Mission Classic on Saturday, June 2 at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. The tournament will include a four-person scramble, skills contest, flighted awards, door prizes, a raffle, and a chicken and ribs lunch.
New Downtown Hershey Event Celebrates Cultural Arts
The Downtown Hershey Association has announced Hershey’s first annual Culturefest to be held on Saturday, June 23 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. in ChocolateTown Park. It’s a celebration of art, food, and music from nationalities around the world!
This cultural event will bring the community together to experience global arts, music, dance, ethnic dishes, fine crafts, local flavors, craft beer and wine, and downtown businesses. Children’s activities will feature interactive programming highlighting a variety of cultures.
Art vendors can learn more and apply here
Derry Township Provides Conflict Resolution
Derry Township partners with the Neighborhood Dispute Settlement Mediation Center (NDS) to offer residents mediation services. NDS has been providing services for family, landlord-tenant, neighborhood, and custody disputes for 40 years.
NDS also provides Youth Peace Sessions for students in grades K-12 in partnership with local organizations in Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Last year, 197 youth participated in the program, learning basic conflict resolution skills.
Contact NDS at 1-800-324-4453 for assistance, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Voters in Precinct 2, Please Note
Change in Polling Location
The Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, is the new polling location for Precinct 2, formerly located at All Saints Episcopal Church. The library will now be the polling location for Precinct 2 and Precinct 5.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 15. Eligible citizens my register to vote in Pennsylvania on-line
Derry Township Community Cats
Has Neutered 1,000 Cats!
Derry Township Community Cats (DTCC), a program created in December, 2012 to humanely reduce the outdoor cat population in Derry Township, celebrated the neutering of its 1,000th cat on January 23, 2018. The surgery was performed by Dr. Audrey Hoffman of the Animal Health Care Center of Hershey.
DTCC’s program humanely traps free-roaming cats, neuters and vaccinates them, and returns them to the area where they were found. DTCC is a non-profit volunteer organization that has partnered with the Derry Township Board of Supervisors and Police Department to prevent the breeding of free-roaming cats to control the outdoor cat population. The service is free to Derry Township residents.
DTCC also takes kittens that are adoptable to local rescues. Volunteers handle young kittens regularly to socialize them to people. The kittens receive medical
exams, are tested for diseases and parasites, are given vaccines, are spayed/neutered and are offered for adoption. The costs are covered through donations received by DTCC.
More information about DTCC can be obtained at www.derrytownshipcats.org
, by liking the Facebook page, or by calling the “catline” at 717-592-8087.
Hershey Public Library is a Technology Hub
Read about how the Hershey Public Library (HPL) uses technology to provide you with a connection to the Internet, train you on the use of computers and electronics, access digital media, and learn with on-line classes with your HPL membership. Read More
Derry Township Police Department Partners with Private Social Network for Neighborhoods
The Derry Township Police Department announced it is partnering with Nextdoor (nextdoor.com), a private social network for neighborhoods, to improve township-wide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Derry Township Police Department to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Derry Township residents.
Derry Township residents can create private neighborhood websites on Nextdoor to share information on neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Derry Township Police Department will be able to post information such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications. Use of the site is free for residents and the Derry Township Police Department.
Members must verify their address before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.
Derry Township residents interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com
Derry Township Environmental Advisory Council Receives 2018 TreeVitalize Grant
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry awarded the Derry Township Environmental Advisory Council a $6,375 grant for community tree plantings. Over 350,000 shade trees have been planted through the program since it was launched on Arbor Day 2004.
Applications were submitted by Derry Township homeowners over the summer to reserve their “almost free tree” for a total of 25 trees to be planted in the spring next year.
2018 Dauphin County Dog Licenses Are Available Now
Pennsylvania State Law mandates that all dogs three months of age or older must be licensed annually.
Licenses are available for purchase at the Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey (a $.50 administrative fee is charged), or on-line through PA Dog License
(a $2.00 mailing fee applies).
The cost for dog licenses are as follows:
Male – $8.50, Neutered male – $6.50, Female – $8.50, Spayed female – $6.50, plus the applicable fees.
The cost for senior citizens (65 years old and older) dog licenses are as follows: Male – $6.50, Neutered male – $4.50, Female – $6.50, Spayed female – $4.50, plus the applicable fees.
Applications for lifetime dog licenses must be applied for at the Dauphin County Treasurer’s office. Instructions
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:
Instructions for parking in a back-in angled parking space
Video providing background information on back-in angled parking
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.
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PPL to Replace Power Lines in Derry TownshipPPL 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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Derry Township Adopts New Zoning Ordinance
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 ContractServices for the collection of municipal solid waste and recyclables were bid and three proposals were received and opened on February 15, 2017. 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.
Don’t Forget to Register Your BikeTownship 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.
Get Smart at the Hershey Public LibraryThe 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.
Individuals can register their information on the Police Department’s website, www.derrypd.com, or by completing the attached form and faxing it to 717-533-4857.
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.
Please Do Not Put Grass Clippings in the Street
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.
Community Event Announcements
If you have a community event that you would like to share in the Township eNews, you can email it to email@example.com Please note: Listings should be related to local events and organizations. Events determined to be discriminatory, controversial, negative, or offensive to other persons or organizations, or which promote organizations engaging in such conduct will not be included.