Steelton Code Enforcement Official Attains Master Code Enforcement Professional Designation

Amrinder Singh
Code Enforcement / Zoning Officer

Steelton, PA – Amrinder Singh, Director of Code Enforcement & Building Code Official for the Borough of Steelton, Pennsylvania has been awarded the Master Code Enforcement Professional Certification by the American Association of Code Enforcement. The Master Code Enforcement Professional (MCEP) is the highest level of certification the organization offers. While thousands of code enforcement officials are certified, only a small number have received this distinction.

Singh is the first Code Official in Pennsylvania and one of ten in the country to earn the certification, which requires and demonstrates commitment to the profession, diverse knowledge of codes, and a high level of self-initiative.

“It is with great pride and honor that the American Association of Code Enforcement grants the Certification of Master Code Professional to you. This is a very prestigious certification and shows that you are highly competent in all areas of Code Enforcement” stated Tana Bryant, 2nd Vice-President and Certification Committee Chairperson for the American Association of Code Enforcement.

To obtain this designation, Code Officials must successfully complete and pass the five exams required by the American Association of Code Enforcement. These exams are administered by the International Code Council. Code Officials must also complete training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, passing six National Incident Management System courses and exams. Lastly, must be currently employed in the field of code enforcement and have a minimum of seven years of active employment in the field of code enforcement and/or regulation of health or safety.

“I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as a code official by continuing to acquire more knowledge of codes, the latest best practices and techniques for enforcement, and learning what ordinances and methods have or have not worked in other municipalities to help eliminate blight, increasing the quality of life, and property values.” said Singh.

“Mr. Singh is an invaluable part of the new leadership team in Steelton” said Doug Brown, Borough Manager. Brown added, “We set out almost two years ago to chart a new path for the Steelton Borough Codes Office centered on integrity, knowledge, and professionalism. Mr. Singh’s attainment of Master Code Enforcement Professional reflects our new path.”

Master Code Enforcement Professional

Singh also holds the following certifications from the International Code Council: Building Code Specialist, Building Inspector, Building Plans Examiner, Commercial Building Inspector, Commercial Energy Inspector, Housing and Zoning Code Specialist, ICC/AACE Code Enforcement Administrator, ICC/AACE Code Enforcement Officer, ICC/AACE Property Maintenance & Housing Inspector, ICC/AACE Zoning Inspector, Permit Specialist, Permit Technician, Residential Building Inspector, Residential Combination Inspector, Residential Electrical Inspector, Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner, Residential Mechanical Inspector, and Residential Plumbing Inspector.

The American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE), founded in 1988 by representatives from five states, now represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. AACE is the only association representing housing, property maintenance and zoning officials in the United States. Its members are employed by cities, towns, parishes, counties and state government for the enforcement of housing, property maintenance and zoning ordinances intended to provide minimum standards for the protection of the public’s health, safety and welfare. The association’s mission is to educate, elevate and improve the profession of code enforcement.

Area in Steelton, Swatara Township affected by propane leak cleared, residents allowed to return home

HARRISBURG, PA (July 29, 2017, 7:50 p.m.) – UGI Energy Services has successfully transferred the contents of a leaking propane tank that malfunctioned at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28 in Steelton. UGIES, Dauphin County HAZMAT and PP&L crews have conducted safety checks and tested air quality in the affected areas along Front and Second Streets, from Gibson Blvd. to Eleanor Street, in Steelton Borough, and from Sycamore Street to Gibson Street in Swatara Township and the City of Harrisburg, and have cleared the site for re-entry. (more…)

UGI Energy Services, Dauphin County and municipal crews continue to clean up propane leak

HARRISBURG, PA (July 29, 2017, 4:45 p.m.) – UGI Energy Services (UGIES) is continuing to draw down the contents of the propane tank that had a release valve malfunction at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28 in Steelton. As a precaution, Steelton Borough and Swatara Township officials last night ordered an evacuation of about 62 residents along Front and Second Streets from Gibson Blvd. to Eleanor Street in Steelton Borough, and from Sycamore Street to Gibson Street in the Swatara Township and the City of Harrisburg. (more…)

Two #ShopSteelton Grand Openings Planned for August

Grand Opening of The Skate Shop at Rayzor Tattoos – Saturday, August 5th at Noon
You’ve all heard about the Steelton Skate Park! But are you ready for opening day?

Join Ray Young and company for the launch of the newly expanded Skate Shop at Front and Locust Streets. The event will feature a DJ, skating, giveaways, and other surprises. Check out the expanded shop and get your gear for opening day. Steeltonians pride themselves on authenticity and The Skate Shop at Rayzor Tattoos is the area’s only authentic skate shop that is skater-owned, skater-operated, and has the highest quality equipment.

Visit online at: http://www.rayzortattoos.com/harrisburg-skateshop-steelton/

Grand Opening of Herbal Essentials – Saturday, August 26th
Looking for the latest in herbal remedies, beauty products, and healing? Herbal Essentials is the herbal store for bath bombs, sugar scrubs, essential oils, soaps, and much more.  Herbal Essentials was established in 2017 with one mission: to open a place where people can “heal” together and be in a location that can serve the community. Their passion for herbs is what inspired Herbal Essentials to open. Herbal Essentials prides itself on the in-store shopping experience. Join us in welcoming them to Steelton.

Visit online at: https://www.herbalessentials.net/

Adopt-a-PARK Now Open to Organizations/Businesses

Steelton Borough is now accepting application for its brand new Adopt-a-PARK Program. The Adopt-a-PARK Program is similar to the Adopt-a-Block Program; participants are responsible for keeping their adopted park clean. After 2 successful cleanup events, the organization will receive a posted sign at their park and public recognition for their hard work.

Because of the limited number of parks in the Borough, the Adopt-a-PARK Program is open to only organizations/businesses and not individuals.

If your organization or business is interested in adopting a park, fill out the application and submit to Doug Brown at Steelton Borough in person or at dbrown@steeltonpa.com

Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. Do not wait, adopt a PARK today.

Be Prepared for an Emergency at TMI

For those in the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone around Three Mile Island, the PA Department of Health will once again hold public potassium iodine (KI) distribution in Dauphin County. Having KI on hand is an emergency preparedness measure residents can take in the event of any future incident at Three Mile Island.

Residents in Steelton Borough are welcome to pick up their potassium iodine at the below time and location:

August 24, 2017 from 2pm-7pm

Middletown Boro Building located at 60 W Emaus St, Middletown
Hummelstown Fire Station located at 249-251 East Main St, Hummelstown

As always you may also get potassium anytime from the PA Dept of Health office located in Kline Plaza in Harrisburg or by calling 877-PA-Health

Major tax incentive to spur economic development unveiled

A mix of retail, commercial, and residential space will soon take shape across from Steelton Borough Hall and new townhomes are also planned, assisted by an incentive giving property tax relief for new construction and renovation.

The Renaissance Row project across from borough hall will feature 80,000-square-feet of commercial space and 46 one- and two-bedroom apartments in three, three story buildings. Additionally, groundbreaking on 12 affordable townhomes on Adams Street is planned for later this year.’’

“Providing property tax relief for new construction and renovation can make the difference between making it viable to move forward on a project,’’ said county board Chairman Jeff Haste. “By making development feasible, this incentive will lift up entire neighborhoods.’’ (more…)

Borough of Steelton Participates in 2nd Annual Building Safety Month

Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety

Building Safety Month – May, 2017 Proclamation

To help raise awareness of building safety, the Borough of Steelton Office of Code Enforcement proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May. Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings.

“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance they help to ensure the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said Borough of Steelton, Director of Code Enforcement/Building Code Official, Amrinder Singh. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide maximum public safety.”

Amrinder Singh

Amrinder Singh, Director of Code Enforcement/Building Code Official

Each year, presidential, gubernatorial and municipal proclamations are approved to bring attention to Building Safety Month. This year’s theme is Code Officials — Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth. Weekly themes during Building Safety Month are: May 1–7, Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals; May 8–14, Building Design Solutions for All Ages; May 15–21, Manage the Damage — Preparing for Natural Disasters; and May 22–28, Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency.

The Borough of Steelton will be celebrating Building Safety Month on Thursday May 25, 2017 @5PM at the Council Chambers in Borough Hall. The Office of Code Enforcement would like to invite all constituents including but not limited to property owners, tenants, business owners, and investors to this event to learn more about Building, Property Maintenance, Zoning, and other Borough Codes & Ordinances. Director of Code Enforcement/Building Code Official, Amrinder Singh, will also be sharing statistics from the department’s 2016 annual report, discuss the exciting new technology improvements that are currently being implemented for the department, and provide an update on the progress for the introduction of new ordinances that he, Borough Manager Doug Brown, along with Borough Council, & Mayor are presently working on to help increase property values and raising the quality of life.

Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Regardless of the department code officials work in—building, fire, planning or elsewhere—they work hard every day to provide public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed safely. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters.

Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man-made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses. The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.

Building codes have protected the public for thousands of years. The earliest known code of law—the Code of Hammurabi, king of the Babylonian Empire, written circa 2200 B.C.—assessed severe penalties, including death, if a building was not constructed safely. The regulation of building construction in the United States dates back to the 1700s. In the early-1900s, the insurance industry and others with similar concerns developed the first model building code.

The International Code Council, a U.S.-based membership association, created Building Safety Month as a public service to promote safety in the built environment. Code Council members develop the family of International Codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities use the Council’s codes.