Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:13
Written by Dan Miller
UPS has about 120 new jobs opening up at its distribution center on Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, a UPS spokeswoman told the Press And Journal.
The new positions are among more than 1,500 new jobs in the greater Harrisburg region that UPS is looking to fill as the company gears up for the busy holiday shipping season.
The Middletown jobs are among 550 UPS has available in Harrisburg specifically. Besides HIA, these new positions are at the company's facility at 1821 S. 19th St. in Harrisburg.
Otherwise, UPS has 343 jobs to fill in Lancaster, 342 in Allentown, 152 in Scranton, and 176 in Wilkes-Barre.
The type of jobs UPS wants to fill in the Harrisburg area are as follows:
• 29 tractor-trailer drivers.
• 136 package car drivers.
• 591 package handlers.
• 807 driver-helpers.
Package car driver jobs start at $18.75 per hour and pay for package handlers and driver-helpers start at $10.15 per hour, UPS said.
Seasonal and part-time jobs often lead to a career at UPS, the company said. Close to 40 percent of the people hired by UPS for seasonal package handler jobs from 2012 to 2014 ended up working for the company on a permanent basis after the holidays were over.
The part-time positions come with benefits, the company said. Part-time package handlers who are in college may also be eligible for up to $25,000 in tuition assistance, UPS said.
To apply, go to UPSjobs.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 15:48
Written by Dan Miller
When James H. Curry III was elected mayor of Middletown in November 2013, he celebrated with a drink at Guido McNeal’s.
The bar is a block down the street from Curry’s house. It’s a place where the mayor has always liked to go to shoot pool, watch football and just hang out ever since Curry moved here in October 2010.
He calls it “disheartening” that co-owner Steve Wian has put Guido McNeal’s up for sale. But he understands why Wian would say things like “all this town does is push people” away (see related story).
“We have been the joke of Dauphin County for years because of the antics of the prior administration,” Curry said.
The new council leadership is not without its own controversies — with Curry often in the middle of it — but things are better, the mayor says. The new council listens to people and is more supportive of businesses and residents. But everything can’t change overnight.
“It didn’t take eight months to create the problems. People want a town they can be proud of, and that is what our goal is,” Curry said. “I wish Steve would give us a little more time.”
The borough should be doing more to support Guido McNeal’s and other businesses, but the new council is shooting itself in the foot by actions such as getting rid of the Industrial and Commercial Development Authority — a move that was strongly urged by Curry — said Diana McGlone, who returned to council in January after being elected in 2015.
“The ICDA could be used as a tool to entice new businesses and to market the town. We have now lost that because of this council wanting to dissolve it,” McGlone said.
The authority’s next meeting on Tuesday Sept. 6 was expected to be its last.
Middletown’s long proposed business association needs to get off the ground, McGlone said. The borough should also expand its homestead loan program to make funds available for businesses to improve their properties, she added.
A portion of the money expected to come back to the authority later this year — or to the borough if the authority no longer exists — from reimbursements tied to the downtown streetscape should be set aside to support the loan program, she contends.
Curry and McGlone are both also receptive to at least taking a look at the borough’s open container law, which Wian said was used to prevent him from offering outdoor seating a la Second Street in Harrisburg back in 2007. Wian cited the move as an example of how the borough has worked against the interests of businesses in the town, instead of in support.
McGlone believes that the open container ordinance as written does not prevent a bar or restaurant from offering outdoor seating where customers can drink alcohol.
Curry said he doesn’t know the language in the open container ordinance well enough to offer an opinion. But “to not consider something is close-minded,” he said.
More research on the law is needed, and council must consider upper most the views of residents and the police in contemplating any change to the open container ordinance and how it is to be applied, the mayor said.
Borough Solicitor Adam Santucci confirmed for the Press And Journal that a few years back he was asked to do research regarding the open container law at the request of then-borough Councilor Scott Sites.
Sites at the time was said to favor a relaxation of the law, but he did not move forward with any kind of proposal to council. Sites is no longer on council as he did not run for re-election in 2015.
Sites declined further comment when asked about the open container law for this article by the Press And Journal.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 15:29
Written by Eric Wise
State officials were called Aug. 18 to investigate a fuel spill at Souders Mini Market, 1100 Fulling Mill Road, Lower Swatara Township.
The township reported the spill to the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Bob Greene, the township planning and zoning coordinator. The property owner may be cited for this incident, Greene said.
The state Department of Environmental Protection water quality specialist noted “staining across the parking lot from the gas pumps to a grassy area that led to a stormwater retention pond,” said John Repetz, DEP spokesman. “The grass leading to the pond was dead, but the grass inside the pond was green and there was no standing water.”
“It was a small spot when someone parked and gas or antifreeze leaked,” said Shelley Gur, manager of the market. She said there was no fuel spill from the gas pumps. The material that was spilled is being tested, she said.
DEP requested the station hire an environmental specialist to clean up the area. Repetz said the amount of fuel spilled is unknown.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 15:07
Written by Dan Miller
The “Back to the Future” movement continues in Middletown, with borough council on Sept. 6 voting to hire a former borough manager as the town’s new director of finance and administration.
Bruce Hamer started Tuesday, Sept. 13, and will be paid $72,800 in the position, which was newly created by the new council in January.
Hamer was Middletown borough manager from 1986 to 1992, and came out of retirement in January when asked by the new council to serve as management adviser. He helped fill the void created by the exit of previous Borough Manager Tim Konek and other key staff members at the end of December 2015.
Hamer joins former borough public works director Ken Klinepeter, whom the new council hired as the new borough manager. Shortly after, former electric department supervisor Greg Wilsbach was tapped as the new public works director.
The new management team is rounded out by Grace Miller, who was recently hired as new borough secretary, although Miller is the exception as she is not a previous long-time Middletown borough employee.
The borough is still seeking a full-time planning and zoning official to head the codes department.
The borough received more than 20 applications for the finance and administration post, but none of four finalists selected were ever interviewed, said Council President Ben Kapenstein.
One of the four found another job, a second wasn’t interested anymore, and Kapenstein could not recall why the two others weren’t interviewed.
Kapenstein then approached Hamer, who had not applied but was still serving as management adviser in a lesser capacity since Klinepeter started in early May.
Hiring Hamer is the first step toward bringing borough financial operations in house, Kapenstein said. The borough now pays more than $200,000 a year for financial operations to be done by an outside consulting firm, Susquehanna Group Advisors, under an arrangement put in place by the previous council.
“We’re going to see significant savings” from bringing financial operations in house, Kapenstein said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 15:00