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Borough Web site could be launched within a week


Middletown Borough’s new Web site will “probably be launched next week,” Chris Courogen, the borough’s communications director, told Middletown Borough Council on Monday, March 16.

Courogen said he is “in the process of debugging and finalizing” the new site.

Meanwhile, Middletown residents now can e-mail eight of nine councilors through the current Web site. The exception is First Ward Councilor Michael Bowman. Bowman has been added to council’s home page, but as of Tuesday, March 17 his e-mail linked to a former councilor.

The cell phone number of Mayor James H. Curry III has been added to the current Web site. Curry for months has been complaining at council meetings about his cell phone number not being listed on the Web site.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:08

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Man hurt in 230 accident


An unidentified man was injured badly when he was struck by a vehicle in the 1900 block of West Harrisburg Pike - Route 230 - just west of the Airport Connector in Lower Swatara Twp. around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, according to township police.

The man was lying on the road when police arrived. Police rendered first aid to the man until EMS crews arrived. He was taken to a local hospital that police did not identify.

The unidentified driver remained on the scene and cooperated with officers, police said.

Lower Swatara police were assisted by officers from Highspire, Steelton, Royalton and Penn State University along with fire companies from Middletown and Highspire.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:53

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TUMBLING DOWN: Middletown is razing a commercial building to free up open space for the downtown streetscape project


Crews working for the Borough of Middletown are ramping up demolition of the former commercial property at North Union and East Emaus Street.


The storefront property is being razed to provide open space as part of the $2.7 million downtown streetscape improvement project.


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The streetscape focuses on aesthetic improvements in the area of Union Street, from just north of Emaus Street south to Ann Street.


The area once occupied by the storefront property is to include green space, a pavilion with a roof and a large trellis - also referred to as a gazebo.


A smaller trellis/gazebo is planned for the west side of Emaus Street, across from the Elks Building. The streetscape would also include planting new trees. 


The storefront property was purchased for $325,000 in April 2014 by the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority.


The property includes the McNair House just to the east on Emaus Street, however this residence is not being demolished.


Construction bids for the streetscape project will be advertised starting April 1, with contracts to be awarded by the authority in May. 


Work is to begin sometime after June 1. The authority hopes to finish the project by the end of 2015.


The commercial property is being demolished at a cost of $29,900 by SDL Construction Inc. The demolition cost is not included in the $2.7 million streetscape budget.


Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 11:48

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Detours start Monday on Main Street in Middletown

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If your travels take you regularly on Main Street in Middletown, you may want to start factoring in some extra time.

Detours go into effect Monday morning, March 16 on Route 230 – Main Street – in Middletown.


The borough is replacing water and sewer pipelines beneath Main Street, similar to the infrastructure project that was completed downtown in the South Union Street area in 2014.


The Route 230 project is to begin Monday in the section of Main Street from Vine Street east to Hoffer Street.


The borough is timing the project to be finished by August, when Main Street is to be repaved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


The Vine-to-Hoffer leg – the first of five phases for the project – is expected to take four-and-one-half weeks to complete, according to the borough.


During the Vine-to-Hoffer phase, through traffic will be detoured using Maple Road.


For truck traffic, eastbound trucks will use Vine Street to get to Interstate 283. Trucks will return to Route 230 at the Toll House Road interchange in Londonderry Twp. Westbound trucks will reverse that route.


Phase Two of the project will be at the intersection of Main and Vine streets. This phase of the work will take about nine days, according to the borough.


During Phase Three, work will focus on Main Street from Vine Street west to North Union Street. This is the longest single phase of the project and is expected to take about six-and-one-half weeks to complete.


Phase Four would consist of work at the intersection of Main and North Union streets. This phase is expected to take about 10 days.


The fifth and final phase of the Main Street project would run from North Union Street to Nissley Street/Apple Avenue. This final phase is projected to take about three-and-one-half weeks to complete.


The Route 230/Main Street project is expected to cost just over $2.5 million. The project is being paid for using proceeds from the $43 million payout that the borough received from United Water, in return for the borough agreeing to lease its water and sewer systems to United Water for 50 years. 


Another road project that will impact Main Street this year is replacement of the bridge over Swatara Creek, connecting Middletown and Londonderry Twp. on the far eastern part of town.


The bridge replacement project is to start in September, and be completed in the summer of 2016, according to PennDOT.






Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2015 12:52

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THE RACE IS ON: Unofficial ballot is set for local and county offices for 2015


Middletown voters will have plenty of choices in this year's election for Middletown Borough Council.

Counting incumbents, 15 candidates are in the running for the five seats on the nine-member council that are up for grabs in 2015. The elections begin with the primary on May 19.


Incumbents seeking re-election are Council President Chris McNamara (Republican, Second Ward), and Republicans John Brubaker and Suzanne Sullivan, both of the Third Ward.


Councilor Scott Sites is not running for a third term in the First Ward, according to an unofficial ballot posted by Dauphin County.


Also not running is Councilor Michael Bowman of the First Ward, whom council appointed in January to fill the seat vacated by Thomas Handley. First Ward voters will decide who will hold Handley's seat for the last two years of his term, through the end of 2017.


In the First Ward, the new faces – some of whom have run for council before – include Democrats David Scully and Dawn Knull and Republicans Barry Goodling, Sean Vaccarino, Tom Strohm and Dana Ward.


Two of the First Ward candidates have been on council before – Republicans Rachelle Reid and David Rhen.


The Second Ward challengers include Democrat Travis Arndt and Republican Gregory Wilsbach, the borough's former electric department supervisor who resigned in July.

Wilsbach will go against McNamara, who is listed on the county ballot as a Republican after getting elected to council as a Democrat in 2011.


In the Third Ward, four Republicans are running for the two open seats. Former Council President Diana McGlone and Damon V. Suglia are competing against Brubaker and Sullivan.


Among other area municipalities and school districts; five seats are up on Royalton Borough Council, three seats on the Lower Swatara Twp. Board of Commissioners, five seats on the Middletown Area School Board, two seats on the Londonderry Twp. Board of Supervisors, and four seats on Highspire Borough Council.


Five seats are also up on the Lower Dauphin School Board, including two seats representing Londonderry Twp. and Conewago Twp.


Five seats are also up on the Steelton-Highspire School Board, and four seats on Steelton Borough Council.


At the county level, all three incumbent Dauphin County commissioners are running again. Incumbent George Hartwick III and challenger Tom Connolly, a Swatara Twp. commissioner, will run unopposed for the two Democratic nominations in the May primary, while incumbents Jeff Haste and Mike Pries will run unopposed for the two Republican nominations, setting up a contest in November's general election.


  Tim Carter is running for Dauphin County sheriff as a Democrat, while Nick Chimienti is running as a Republican.


Incumbent Republican Ed Marsico is running for re-election as Dauphin County District Attorney. No one is listed on the Democratic side.





Unofficial Dauphin County primary ballot

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 09:10

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