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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1984 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 9/20/17

SWEPT AWAY: First an earthquake, then a hurricane, then, seemingly out of nowhere, a flood unseen since the days of Agnes, overtakes the region with devastating effect

MIDDLETOWN — A special …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1984 edition of the Press & Journal


Town meeting to aid residents facing eviction cancelled by council

MIDDLETOWN — A special meeting of Borough Council, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, has been cancelled, according to Borough Administrator/Secretary Suzan Sides.

The meeting, which was to be a town meeting, was scheduled in response to the proposed eviction of two Susquehanna Street families through a Paul T. Leicht Urban Renewal Project.

Dauphin County commissioners, members of the Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority and former Susquehanna Street residents were invited to attend the meeting.

Shortly after the time and date were set, however, the meeting was cancelled, reportedly upon the advice of Borough Solicitor David Clipper.

Council President Melvin Seiders told the Press And Journal that the attorney felt the meeting was useless at this point and there was nothing more the borough could do.

The meeting was requested at last week's meeting of borough council by State Street resident William Reigle.

Council supported the idea, and according to Seiders, had been making plans for the town meeting until the attorney advised against it.

The owners of the two Susquehanna Street homes, Jack and Mary Hamman and Clifford Bailey Jr., were included in the DCRA program since shortly after the Agnes flood of 1972. After years of court battles in an effort to be removed from the redevelopment program, the families gave up the fight and allowed their attorney to negotiate with the legal counsel for the DCRA and approve an eviction agreement. The terms of the agreement gave the residents 30 days to vacate the premises.

LD school superintendent hands in resignation

HUMMELSTOWN — Residents of Lower Dauphin School District were shocked Monday evening when the Board of Directors voted to accept an agreement under which Dr. Henry R. Hoerner will relinquish his post as school superintendent, effective Dec. 1, 1985.

The agenda which had been distributed prior to the regular meeting of the board made no mention of the agreement, signed earlier the same day, but Director Dr. Robert L. Jones asked for a change in the agenda at the outset of the meeting and subsequently read the agreement which had been worked out between Hoerner and the board.

Under the terms of the agreement as presented by Jones, the school district and Hoerner agree to discontinue all litigation in Commonwealth Court over the controversial “extension” of Hoerner's contract by a retiring board of directors on Oct. 17, 1983. The incoming board of directors voted in February to declare the contract extension “invalid” and “against public policy.”

When the Pennsylvania Department of Education ruled that the manner in which Hoerner's contract was extended was "improper," Hoerner instituted legal proceedings against PDE and the secretary of the department.

Headlines from the edition

• Teachers await board’s vote in 11th-hour contract proposal (Middletown Area School District)

• Mobile home freeze in Lower Swatara Township

• Man charged of sex assault of 4 1/2-year-old

• Blue Raiders cage Cougars

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