Written by Dan Miller
BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING – July 5, 2016
Call to Order – 7 PM
Pledge of Allegiance
Public Comment on Agenda Items
Firefighters Responding to a Call
Defined Contribution Pension Plan
9. Resolution Authorizing the Borough Manager to Apply for a
10. Award Contract – Human Resources to Complete Phase 3
of the EIP
11. Green Light Go Grant Agreement
12. Planning Commission Stipends
13. Conditional Offer of Employment for Full Time Police
14. Approve Capital Purchase For Harborton Place Service
15. Proposals for September 3, 2016 Fireworks Display
Note – General public comment will be limited to 4 minutes per speaker
Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2016 19:41
Written by Dan Miller
The intersection of Union and Emaus streets in downtown Middletown was officially reopened to traffic at about 1 p.m. on Friday, July 1.
Workers with Flyway, the contractor doing the downtown streetscape project, and with consulting engineers HRG dragged away the hated road-closed signs that have blocked - or at least tried to block - cars and trucks for months.
Union and Emaus is a four-way intersection. Temporary stop signs have been put up, until the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation gives the green light to the new traffic signals.
Emaus Street is open at the intersection in both east and west directions. But if you are heading south on Union you can only go as far as Roberto's Pizza, just past the intersection with Emaus, because streetscape work is still underway.
Work is to soon shift south to Brown and Union streets. The intersection will close at some point, although trains will still be able to use the railroad tracks, officials have said.
The streetscape includes improvements from Spring and Union streets south to Ann Street. The improvements include stormwater system upgrades, new sidewalks and curbing, new lighting and traffic signal poles, and new trees.
The streetscape is to be finished by sometime in the fall, borough officials have said.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 14:59
Middletown Police arrested and charged a Baltimore man in connection with a burglary and attempted burglary of two homes on the north side of Middletown.
Michael C. Diehl, 22, has been charged with burglary for his role in the break-in Fri., June 17 of a home in the 1000 block of Plane St. An HP laptop computer and an iPad with an estimated valued of more than $1,000 were reported stolen from the residence.
Police also charged Diehl with criminal attempt burglary for an attempted burglary of another home located in the 1000 block of Cypress Street.
Diehl has also been charged with two unrelated drug offenses, intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not registered, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and false identification to law enforcement officer, police said.
“An alert citizen provided real-time information to the 911 center of the location of the suspect and another male that led to their detention and investigation early Wednesday morning (June 22),” said Middletown Police Chief John Bey. “She recognized the one male from an alert provided during a neighborhood canvas by patrol officers, and called immediately. Information developed by interviewing these suspects led police to a residence in the 1100 Block of Cypress Street, where a search warrant was served on the residence and police recovered numerous items of stolen property.”
Bey said police were further assisted in their investigation after viewing a video provided by a neighbor. Bey said the home surveillance tape showed Diehl attempting to break into the Cypress St. home on June 17.
Diehl was arraigned June 22 before District Judge Raymond Shugars and held at Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 1, at 9 a.m. before District Judge David Judy in Royalton.
Bey said the accused had been staying at a residence in the 1100 block of Cypress St.
“This is a fine example of the ability of alert citizens helping police to bring a successful conclusion to a crime spree in their neighborhood,” Bey said. “The Middletown Police Department thanks all those who helped with this case and provided tips that we diligently followed up on.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:43
Written by Joe Sukle
Almost 100 years ago, the Mothers Congress Circle, a charitable organization, sold cupcakes to help raise money to buy the clock. The town clock, located at the corner of N. Union & Emaus streets in Middletown, PA, returned on June 15, 2016 after an extensive restoration.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:59
Written by Joe Sukle
New traffic signals were placed in downtown Middletown June 22, 2016 as part of the Borough's streetscape program. Workers labored over an hour to complete the task.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:55