Steelton Borough Council Lays Draft 2019 Budget Out for Public Inspection

At a special meeting held on November 14th, 2018, Steelton Borough Council voted to lay the draft 2019 General and Sewer Fund budgets before the public for inspection and comment for a period of thirty (30) days.

Members of the public are welcome to review the budget at Borough Hall, make copies for a small copying fee, or view the links here to review the 2019 Draft Budget Documents.

Comments/Input on the budget can be placed in writing to Finance Committee Chairman, Councilman Michael Segina, at msegina@steeltonpa.com

During the inspection period, the Draft Budget may be changed at the discretion of Borough Council.

Steelton Borough Council plans to adopt the final budget at its regular meeting scheduled for Monday, December 17th at 6:30PM at Borough Hall.


 

 

‘The Steel Works’ Development Announcement

‘The Steel Works’ development to transform downtown Steelton with a new grocery store, brewpub, apartments and more.



Economic incentives by Dauphin County, Steelton and Steelton-Highspire School District pave the way for the project</b/>

STEELTON, PA (November 13, 2018) – A Steelton native is heading the firm planning to transform six vacant blocks in the heart of the borough to “The Steel Works,’’ a mixed-use development featuring a grocery, brewpub and more than 75 apartments.

Jonathan Bowser, Managing Partner of Integrated Development Partners, LLC (IDP) of Camp Hill joined the Dauphin County Commissioners and Steelton officials to unveil the long-awaited project.

“It means a lot to me to do my first project in the town where I grew up and where I still have a lot of family,’’ said Bowser, the former CEO of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation. “I believe this project will start to revitalize the borough and be a catalyst for additional development.’’

IDP purchased the land earlier this year for $375,000 from the Steelton Economic Development Corporation, which selected the firm after asking interested developers to submit plans. The search, managed by the Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority, began in the spring after the previous developer failed to get financing.

“This project shows what is possible when government works with the private sector to spur development that will lift an entire community and change lives,’’ said county board Chairman Jeff Haste. “Steelton is an example of how Dauphin County partners with municipal officials to tackle blight and turn disused industrial sites into prized assets.’’

IDP will benefit from a tax abatement zone approved last summer by the county, Steelton and the Steelton-Highspire School District. New construction will receive a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement, meaning developers only pay property taxes at the pre-improvement rate.

Additionally, under the Commissioners’ Transformation Initiative to redevelop former industrial and commercial sites, the county used $230,000 of a $400,000 federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to conduct environmental assessments of the site needed before construction. Since 2011, the county also used more than $500,000 in gaming grants and federal block grants for Front Street improvements including new sidewalks and pedestrian crossing areas.

“We are excited to have IDP as our partner to finally develop this site and catalyze the revitalization of downtown Steelton,” said Steelton Borough Council President Brian Proctor.

Joe Beck, President of the Steelton Economic Development Corporation, agreed.

“IDP’s connection to Steelton, their knowledge of the town and its needs, their development vision, and their track record of success in Central Pennsylvania ensure that they will see a top-notch development to the finish line,’’ Beck said.

Plans for the Steel Works call for five separate buildings spanning the 102 – 230 North Front Street, including a free-standing, 20,000-square-foot supermarket. A pair of four-story and three-story buildings will include a 6,000-square-foot brewpub along with a mix of retail and office space on the first floors and apartments above. Construction is expected to begin late fall next year and continue for 12 to 36 months.

“One of best ways we can help improve the lives of our residents is by transforming blighted and unused commercial properties and allow them to shine again, as we are doing in Steelton,’’ said Commissioner Mike Pries. “This project will have a positive economic ripple effect throughout the borough.’’

In addition to parking in the rear of the development, plans call for a large park and amphitheater able to host events and small concerts called the “Brickyard’’ in recognition of the former brickyard on old the old steel mill site.

“Everyone knows I’m proud to be from Steelton, and today I’m doubly proud that a fellow Steelton native is allowing our borough to take a huge step to a new and prosperous future,’’ said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. “The Steel Works is the kind of project that will show other developers what is possible in Steelton.’’

Bowser praised county and local officials for creating the incentives that made it possible to obtain additional financing to make the project work. Developers typically get financing by showing the value of existing new construction, but in Steelton and other former factory towns that isn’t possible, which is why public sector assistance is critical, he said.

“The Steel Works will benefit the borough on multiple fronts,’’ Bowser said. “It will create new jobs and over time generate new tax revenue and, I think most importantly, it starts to build confidence in the real estate investment community that Steelton is a good community in which to do economic development projects.’’

Future developers will also be able to take advantage of the tax incentives enjoyed by The Steel Works as part of the borough-wide Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Program enacted last year.

As with The Steel Works, new construction and improvements done in the downtown commercial district along Front Street, between Conestoga Street to Strawberry Alley are eligible for 10 years of property tax relief

That downtown zone also encompasses the 100 block of Adams Street to cover the Adams Street Townhouse Project, featuring 12, three-bedroom townhomes selling at below-market rates to qualifying buyers. The Tri-County Housing Development Authority is the developer and expects to begin construction on the first six homes later this year.

New construction or renovation done outside the downtown zone is eligible for reduced property taxes over nine years. Under the plan, property outside the commercial zone can receive 100 percent abatement for the first five years, 80 percent in year six; 60 percent in year 7; 40 percent in year 8; and a 20 percent break in year nine before paying the full amount on improved properties in year 10.

Proposed No Parking Street Sweeper Ordinance

In an effort to improve quality of life in the East End, Steelton Borough Council is considering an ordinance establishing permanent designated street sweeper routes throughout the year to allow regular cleaning of East End streets.

The proposed ordinance will establish “No Parking” restrictions on designated streets during certain dates and times which impact on-street parking locations during certain times of the week.

These “No Parking” restrictions would be enforces from April 1st thru November 30th if the proposed ordinance is established.

In addition to the East End area, parts of several additional Borough streets are proposed to be added to the “No Parking” restrictions. Please review the proposed ordinance below for the list of streets included. Additional Streets consist of:

  • Swatara Street
  • Sweetbrier Alley
  • Mohn Street
  • Paxton Street
  • Bailey Street
  • Reading Street
  • South Third Street
  • Bessemer Street
  • Lebanon Street
  • Conestoga Street
  • Short Street
  • Fourth Street
  • Chambers Street
  • Ridge Street
  • Third Street
  • Washington Street

The Borough will also hold a 14 day public comment period in which residents may submit comments in writing for Council’s review. The public comment period will last from Monday, April 2nd until Monday, April 15th at 4:30 pm. Written comments may be submitted to Doug Brown, Borough Manager, at dbrown@steeltonpa.com or mailed to:

ATTN: Street Sweeper Comments
123 North Front Street
Steelton, PA 17113

After reviewing public comments, Borough Council will consider passing the ordinance establishing a permanent street sweeper route and “No Parking” restrictions in the East End as well as the above list of additional streets.

Please call Doug Brown at 717-939-9842 ext. 5030 or by email at dbrown@steeltonpa.com with any questions.

Proposed Ordinance

Proposed Maps – East End

Below are the proposed “No Parking” restrictions. The lines are located on the side of the streets that will be restricted. An online interactive map can be found here. (Works best on PC) The interactive map can will allow you to zoom in to better see which side of the street will be restricted. Each time frame can be selected individually.

Mondays – 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Mondays – 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Fridays – 7:30 am to 9:30 am

Fridays – 9:30 am to 11:30 am

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…)