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Steelton Borough Donates $2,500 to Harrisburg Promise

Harrisburg Promise currently has over 50 Steelton-Highspire students from the seventh to tenth grades enrolled in this program. This is their fourth year. The Harrisburg Promise Program promises our students two years of their education at HACC if they graduate from high school, maintain a 2.5 GPA, commit to attending monthly sessions at HACC, and refrain from doing drugs.

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2019 Borough Manager Open Letter to Steelton Residents

Dear Valued Residents:

This year Steelton Borough officials and staff worked hard behind the scenes to keep existing projects moving forward and look towards the future. While the progress we are making may not be flashy, and may not yet be highly visible, 2019 marked a year in which we continued to build the foundation for a successful future.

Here are just a few items in which we made significant progress in 2019:

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Major tax incentive to spur economic development unveiled

Under the LERTA — Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Program – work done in the downtown commercial district along Front Street, between Conestoga Street to Strawberry Alley and in the 100 block of Adams Street, is eligible for 10 years of property tax relief.

New construction or renovation done elsewhere in the borough 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.

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Steelton Borough Welcome Firefly Dispensary to Town

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health awarded KW Ventures Holdings LLC operating as Firefly Dispensaries a permit to operate a medical cannabis dispensary in Steelton Borough. Firefly was the only awardee in Dauphin County and only one of four dispensaries awarded a permit in the South-Central Region.

Firefly will build a brand new state-of-the-art facility at 801 South Front Street which will serve as its flagship location.

Firefly is working closely with Steelton Borough and Police Chief Minium to coordinate development of the dispensary to maximize security and community benefit.

Steelton Borough congratulates Firefly and welcomes Jonathan Gusdorff and the team to our town. We are looking forward to a top-notch facility and business. Thank you for your commitment to Steelton Borough.

New member to the Adopt-A-Block family

Steelton Borough is proud to welcome a new member to the Adopt-A-Block family. Promise Place has adopted the 300 block of South Second Street from Chestnut to Mohn. Send a thanks to Promise Place for doing their part in keeping Steelton clean.

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