Written by Dan Miller
When a business doesn’t have a plan and things go wrong, it’s big news. The business closes, jobs are lost and customers are abandoned.
None of this is happening at the Hetrick Center in Middletown. When founder Dr. Paul R. Hetrick decided it was time for a change, he already had a plan in place.
Not that Hetrick is going anywhere. He's just no longer the man in charge – unless you're his patient, that is.
On Dec. 8, Hetrick transferred ownership of the center that bears his name to Drs. Scott A. and Mary J. Colman, married chiropractors who have been with the Hetrick Center since 2001.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:46
Kylie Costik, a Londonderry Twp. teen, spent countless days training, shearing, cleaning and blow-drying the lamb she was raising. And the work and commitment paid off at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Costik, daughter of Brian and Mary Costik and a member of the Lower Dauphin Livestock 4-H Club, placed fifth in the Junior Crossbred Market Lambs category – Division 4 weight class – and earned the prestigious chance to sell her lamb at the Farm Show’s livestock auction on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:43
Middletown Borough Council intends on Tuesday, Jan. 19 to fill the council seat that has been vacant since the September resignation of Third Ward Councilor Vicki Malone.
It is likely that businessman Ed Shull will be chosen, as Shull is the one person who applied for the seat, new Council President Ben Kapenstein told the Press And Journal after council’s reorganization meeting on Monday, Jan. 4.
However, that cannot be guaranteed, as Shull will need the support of a majority of council members, Kapenstein said.
A previous council majority in 2015 ran out of time under the state Borough Code to fill the Malone vacancy, and it appeared that the borough under the law would have to petition Dauphin County Court to fill the seat.
However, Kapenstein said that council has been told informally that the new council can act on the vacancy.
“Our thought is if it goes to county court we’re going to ask for it back anyway, (because) as a new council we didn’t have a chance to make a decision,” Kapenstein said. Council’s decision on Jan. 19 should stand unless someone chooses to challenge it, he added.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:30
Middletown Borough Council plans to reopen the 2016 town budget during its first full meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
The budget, approved by a former council majority in December, calls for a 1-cent increase in the electric rate.
The impact of the increase would vary depending on how much electricity a customer uses. By one borough estimate, the average residential customer could pay $12 more a month, or $144 more a year.
A new council majority that took over this month will decide whether to go along with the increase.
“There’s a good chance that the budget will be changed” to line up with priorities of the new council, said Councilor Ben Kapenstein, who was elected president during a reorganization meeting on Jan. 6. Kapenstein chaired the finance committee under the former council majority.
The budget at present calls for no change in the borough property tax.
Any residents who have concerns about the budget or who want input into the process are being encouraged by Kapenstein to speak up at the Jan. 19 meeting.
Any changes that the new council makes to the budget will be publicly advertised in time for council to take final action on the spending plan in February, Kapenstein said.
One budget issue likely to come up is the $725,000 payment that is supposed to be made by Suez in 2016 under terms of the 50-year lease of the borough’s water and sewer systems.
The payment was to go to the borough’s general fund and, under a concession agreement, the Middletown Borough Authority – the borough’s water and sewer authority – was supposed to dissolve. However, the authority is remaining, to prevent borough groundwater wells from falling under the regulatory umbrella of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. That could lead to the $725,000 being re-directed to the authority – resulting in a $725,000 hole in the general fund budget.
Kapenstein refused to vote on the budget in December, contending that the spending plan was incomplete without the $725,000 being included.
Re-directing the $725,000 to the authority would require council approving an amendment to the lease agreement.
But council has held off acting on the proposed amendment until members hear from an independent special counsel whom the borough hired in December to provide advice on the change. The change would also have to be approved by Suez.
Only one of three parties to the lease has approved the amendment – the authority.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:27
The Middletown boys’ basketball team won the championship of their own Christmas-break tournament, the Middletown Holiday Tournament, beating Northern York and Susquehannock to win the title.
Ryan Hughes was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and joined teammate Tre’ Leach on the tournament’s all-star team.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 17:10