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First-Ever Adopt a Block Participants Honored by Steelton Borough Council

Steelton Borough honored the community’s first-ever Adopt-A-Block Program participants at the February 6th Borough Council meeting.

These individuals have taken a leadership role in cleaning up Steelton Borough by taking ownership of their blocks. Join Steelton Borough in congratulating the following Adopt-A-Block groundbreakers:

  • William “Yogi” Jones
  • Paul “Suzzie” Kuder
  • Steve Mull (Ponti’s Walk)
  • Kelly and Bryan Kratzer
  • Bryan Proctor

You can join this group of community leaders by adopting your own block. Fill out the application here and return it to Doug Brown.

Information About Steelton’s Medical Cannabis Ordinance

On December 19th, Steelton Borough Council passed Ordinance 2016-06 providing for the establishment of medical-cannabis-based businesses in the Borough’s commercial and industrial districts under Pennsylvania’s recently enacted Medical Marijuana Act (Act 16 of 2016).

Read Ordinance 2016-06

The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act is one of the strictest medical-marijuana laws in the nation. The Act authorizes the establishment of the medical cannabis industry in the Commonwealth under strongly regulated conditions. All grower-processors and medical cannabis dispensaries must be licensed by the PA Department of Health after a rigorous application process and must follow strict guidelines in their operations.

There are many questions about medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, including delivery methods that are permissible under the law.

Ordinance 2016-06 is based on a model ordinance developed by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission and provides guidelines/regulations for the establishment and operations of medical-cannabis based businesses that fit within the strict guidelines of the state law. Zoning requirements under Ordinance 2016-06 include:

  • Mandatory setbacks/distances from public and private schools and daycares;
  • Mandatory buffering requirements
  • Mandatory security requirements
  • Mandatory light-control requirements

The cannabis Industry is a $7.1 billion industry that is growing as the health and economic benefits of the medical cannabis industry continue to be realized. With the passing of Ordinance 2016-06, Steelton Borough will be at the forefront of the emerging industry and will be ready to welcome medical-cannabis-based businesses that establish themselves within the guidelines provided in the ordinance.
For more information please contact Borough Manager Doug Brown at 717-939-9842 ext. 5030

Steelton Skate Park Coming to Municipal Park: Spring/Summer 2017

This one-of-a-kind park will provide a place for local youth to skate while also attracting visitors to the Borough for tournaments, camps, and other events. Funded in large part by a Dauphin County Tourism Grant, Steelton Skate Park will be the only park of its kind in Dauphin County and the surrounding area, drawing skateboarders and action sports enthusiasts from the region for tournaments, demos, events, and camps. It will also serve as a hub for local skateboarders (a growing demographic in the Borough) and fits into the larger revitalization of Municipal Park as a recreational and cultural hub.

The park is currently in the final design phase (approved by Steelton Borough Council at the November 7th meeting). Its design draws heavily from input by leaders in the local skateboarding community. The Borough is also partnering with local business and organizations to develop youth programming and events at the park. The Steelton Skate Park is scheduled to reach construction phase in Spring 2017.

The Borough of Steelton thanks the Dauphin County Commissioners for approving the seed funding needed to make this project a reality.

Steelton Borough National Night Out Brings Community and Police Together

Steelton Borough saw record turnout for its annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 2nd.

An estimated 400 members of the community showed up to the event, which featured music, samples of hometown foods from Steelton, dancing, face-painting, skateboarding demonstrations, games, and opportunities for the public to interact with Steelton’s police officers.

Steelton Police Chief, Anthony Minium, stated that event turnout signaled a very promising direction for community policing in Steelton. “Every police officer in our department has worked hard to build bridges in the community. Tonight’s event shows that community policing works and that our residents care as much about us as we do about them.”

Black History Month: Meet The Montford Point Marines

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened up Marine Corps recruitment and basic training to African Americans at Montford Point from 1942-1949. This segregated training base was established on the grounds of Camp Lejeune to prepare the Marines for various duties while in combat. Some became gunners while serving in the Ammunition and Depot Companies. (more…)