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Council committee considers fee for woody waste

Middletown residents will begin paying for woody waste disposal if Middletown Borough Council enacts changes discussed during a meeting of council’s Finance Committee on Monday, Oct. 13.


Councilor Benjamin Kapenstein said the borough must increase and implement fees for government services, including woody waste recycling. When the woody waste program began, the borough Web site said, “The monthly trash collection fee supports the cost of [woody waste recycling].” It’s unclear when money from the trash collection fee stopped supporting woody waste recycling or exactly how much of residents’ trash payments were directed to it. 


“All fees are going to be raised,” said Councilor Suzanne Sullivan, one of three committee members who discussed a list of increases to fees and other revenue generators suggested in Middletown’s Early Intervention Plan. Sullivan, Kapenstein and Councilor Vicki Malone discussed the increases as members of the committee without taking action.


Kapenstein said the intervention plan suggested imposing a fee of $35 for annual access to the woody waste site for residents. He said  council would have to approve an overhaul of the program to make that happen.


Resident Rachelle Reid balked at the $35 fee, countering by suggesting $20 annually. Reid said that contractors and landscapers should be charged more than residents for use of the facility.


Residents may stop by the borough’s finance office to obtain a free access card that allows them to drop off woody waste at any time. The woody waste facility, located off Industrial Lane in Lower Swatara Twp., accepts woody yard waste up to 6 inches in diameter and 6 feet long. With an access card, the site is available 24 hours a day.


When a resident receives a card for access to the woody waste facility, the card does not expire. Nothing stops former residents from returning to use the facility, as the borough does not deactivate individual cards. Lower Swatara Twp. sells the cards to its residents for $40 per year, although if there is no way to activate or deactivate individual access cards, they may provide lifetime access, or at least until the system is overhauled. 


Kapenstein said these issues are the reason for an overhaul, especially to ensure cards are given to residents only. Changes that would replace the present access cards would generate untold costs for the borough and inconvenience to residents who have cards and are able to visit the site as needed.


While the plan is to generate revenue from the new woody waste fee, the committee did not discuss the upfront costs of an overhaul or the time it would take to recoup such costs.


Eric Wise: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The partnership that owns The Manor Restaurant & Lounge near Hershey has big plans for the former Lamp Post Inn on East Main Street in Middletown.


Zoumas Enterprises is applying for a hotel liquor license for the Lamp Post Inn, which closed on April 19, with the intent of buying the property.


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An unidentified 20-year-old man shot himself to death on the Locust Street steps in Steelton on Tuesday, Oct. 7, Steelton police said.

Police would not reveal his identity at the request of the man's family.

Officers discovered the man on the steps and, along with ambulance personnel, tried unsuccessfully to revive him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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Middletown Borough Council voted 9-0 on Monday, Oct. 6 to transfer ownership of the former Dr. Thomas Grosh dentist office at 29 E. Main St. to the Middletown Area Historical Society for use as a town museum.





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Let’s be friends: Two Penn State Harrisburg student leaders reveal fellow students’ views of the town


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Middletown Borough leaders have a lot to say about Penn State Harrisburg. But what do the students of Penn State Harrisburg have to say about Middletown?


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