Swatara Township

Swatara Township In 1799, just twenty-three years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a court order divided Lower Paxton Township into two equal parts.
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Swatara was the name chosen for the southern part of the area. The word is thought to be from an Iroquois Indian word meaning "Where we fed on eels." Swatara Township is comprised of 14.6 square miles, equivalent to 9,344 acres. An atlas of 1875 shows Churchville, New Benton, and Highland Village as population centers. Today we know them as Oberlin, Bressler, and Enhaut, respectively. Wheat and corn fields have become Lawnton, Lenker Manor, Harrisburg Estates, Rutherford Heights. Georgian Manor, Lawnford Acres and Chambers Hill. On April 1, 1911 Swatara obtained First Class Township status with a population of 5,630. According to the 2010 census, 23,362 residents now make up the Township. Each Ward (established by population) of the Township elects its own representative to serve a four-year term on the Board. Swatara Township is governed by a nine member Board of Commissioners.

Operating as usual

10/05/2020

Due to light agendas, Swatara Township is cancelling this week’s scheduled public meetings.

You may notice the Township Offices increasing protective measures, per Federal guidelines, to combat potential COVID-19 exposures. We regret any inconvenience you may experience.

09/30/2020

Good morning. Due to a potential Covid exposure, we are closing our offices for today to perform a decontamination. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Staff will be working remotely.

09/29/2020

In case you haven't completed the census:

"The Secretary of Commerce has announced the target date of October 5, 2020, to conclude 2020 Census self-response and field data collection and operations."

09/24/2020
(File photo 2014 Back to School Clean-up) Swatara Township will hold the 7th Annual,  Back to School Clean-up on Saturda...
09/24/2020

(File photo 2014 Back to School Clean-up)

Swatara Township will hold the 7th Annual, Back to School Clean-up on Saturday, September 26th from 9am to 11pm.

The Meeting location is the Swatara Township Administration Building, 599 Eisenhower Boulevard at 9am.

Safety vests, gloves, trashbags and tools are provided. CDC social distancing and mask protocol will be followed as needed. Water, hand sanitizer and masks will be available.

Thank you for keeping our Community Clean.
#swatarastrong

Swarara Township Chicken BBQ, while supplies last!  All proceeds support the Township K-9 program!  Thanks!
09/12/2020

Swarara Township Chicken BBQ, while supplies last! All proceeds support the Township K-9 program! Thanks!

Chicken BBQ Saturday September 12, 2020 at the Swatara Township Building (in the Front).The Chicken BBQ sales start at N...
09/10/2020

Chicken BBQ Saturday September 12, 2020 at the Swatara Township Building (in the Front).

The Chicken BBQ sales start at Noon until Sold Out
Saturday, September 12th
Drive thru or Curbside Pick up only...No eating on site.

1/2 Chicken, applesauce, Macaroni and cheese, roll/butter and a cookie
$10...proceeds benefit the...
Swatara Township Police K9 Fund

Signs support the Swatara Township Police will be on sale for $15...proceeds benefit the Swatara Township Police K9 Fund

Location:
Swatara Township Administration Building
599 Eisenhower Boulevard
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Thank You for Your Support!

08/06/2020

Schiavoni and McNaughton Parks are reopened.

08/04/2020

Schiavoni And McNaughton Parks are currently closed. We will reopen as soon as possible.

08/04/2020

From Penn Waste:

Collection Update: 8/4/20 – All residential routes are operating today. Due to inclement weather and flooding roads, for any areas that we are unable to collect, we will collect double your normal limit on your next scheduled collection day. Thank you for your understanding.

08/04/2020

The Highway department spent the day cleaning inlet tops and checking for outfall obstructions in advance of the heavy rain forecasted for tomorrow.

We also ask that if you see an inlet grate that is clogged near your home, please clean it off to prevent intersection/flash flooding.

“Turn around, don’t drown!” We would also like to remind motorists to avoid driving through standing water.

The Swatara Township Board of Commissioners committed $5,000 in funding and services to the Capital Area Greenbelt Assoc...
07/10/2020

The Swatara Township Board of Commissioners committed $5,000 in funding and services to the Capital Area Greenbelt Association at last evenings BOC meeting.

Recreation Committee Chairman Richard Bouder presented CAGA Representative Cynthia Hogeman with the check.

Funds will be used to improve the gardens, complete maintenance projects and to provide specialized Police Community Outreach details along the Swatara/Paxtang area's of the Greenbelt.

The amount of pedestrians and bicyclists using the Greeenbelt has significantly increased during the COVID-19 crisis.
Please, follow the rules and respect others while enjoying the gardens, trails and parks.
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#paxtangproud
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#capitalareagreenbeltassociation

Swatara Township, Swatara Fire-Rescue and the Swatara Township Police Department will have a modified version of our "Me...
07/04/2020

Swatara Township, Swatara Fire-Rescue and the Swatara Township Police Department will have a modified version of our "Meat and Greet" on July 4th.

From 11am until Noon Hamburgers and Hotdogs will be available for Curbside to-go Pick up at the Swatara Township Building.

Swatara Township will also have Non Perishable food items available in the adjacent parking lot. We ask that you limit your selections to 10 items to give others an opportunity. Also all CDC COVID-19 guidelines are to be observed. Plan to wear facial coverings and observe social distancing rules.

Non perishable food donations are accepted 24 hours a day, a Drop Off bin is located at the Swatara Township Administration Building entrance.

Both the "Meat and Greet" and Food Relief Program are FREE events. They are first come first served and based on limited availability. Future Events will be announced.
*No eating on Township Property
*Please stay in your vehicle in the parking lot
**Walk-up service is available by waiting at Flag pole area and a volunteer will assist you

***Thank you to our Volunteers, additional volunteers are always welcome.
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#swatarastrongertogether
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06/30/2020

Charles Proudfoot

Charles "Charlie" Proudfoot, of Swatara Township, born September 4, 1942 passed away on June 26 2020, at the age of 77. Born in Harrisburg, he was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and devoted husband. Charlie was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Kathleen Hanzel Proudfoot and son David Proudfoot. He was a 56 year Life Member & President of the Enhaut Fire Company and was also a Life Member of the Swatara Township Fire Company. Charlie was known throughout Swatara Township not only because of his fire company involvement but for his 34 years of service to the township as a Highway Department employee which he retired from in 2004. Charlie will be loved and missed by his daughter Kelly Miller (Stephen), granddaughters Ashley DeArce (Angel) & Emily Durbin (Josh), and 5 great-grandchildren. Charlie's care has been entrusted to the Central PA Cremation Society. Due to the current pandemic, the family will suspend services and hold a private family internment for Charlie at the family's convenience. Memorial donations in memory of Charlie can be made to: Swatara Township Parks and Recreation, 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, Pa. 17111. Donations are to be used towards erecting additional benches in honor of Charlie at the Swatara Natural Trail located at the Schiavoni & McNaughton Parks.

Swatara Township Patrolmen Neve, delivered Central Dauphin School District meals to a family with a transportation issue...
06/18/2020

Swatara Township Patrolmen Neve, delivered Central Dauphin School District meals to a family with a transportation issue today.
#thankyouforyourservice

Thank you to the CDSD and the Food Service Staff for continuing the Curbside Grab & Go Breakfast/Lunch Program during the Summer Months.
Meals are available Monday through Thursday at the Swatara Middle School and CD East High School, from 8am to Noon. Children 18 and under, residing in the Central Dauphin School District are eligible for the FREE meals.
#swatarastrong
#positvepostsCOVID19 — at SwataraMiddle School.

Thanks to all who attended our rainy public meeting on June 10, 2020!  If you weren't able to attend, you missed the pro...
06/11/2020

Thanks to all who attended our rainy public meeting on June 10, 2020! If you weren't able to attend, you missed the promotions of Sergeant Scott Neal, Sergeant Issac Levine and Corporal Shawn Moore. Plus the re-swearing of the oath(s) of Director Reider and all the officers in attendance by Magisterial District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Mike Ibberson's attainment of Chief Fire Officer designation, recognition of the outstanding work of Craig Powers, EMA Director, swearing in of (new Dad) Jonathan Kibe, and a very special recognition of the Reverend Mim Harvey.

06/06/2020

Good Morning. McNaughton and Schiavoni Parks are open.

The Swatara Township Police Department helped box and deliver Food/Snack Care Packages today. Swatara Township Commissio...
06/05/2020

The Swatara Township Police Department helped box and deliver Food/Snack Care Packages today. Swatara Township Commissioners Tom Connolly and Shaela Ellis joined volunteer Josh Campanaro, Chief Darrell Reider, Lt. Dennis Krahling and Officer Dominic Payne on the Community Service Project.

The Care Packages were delivered to Paxton Ministries for the residents and staff at the Paxton Home and Paxton Place.

Thank you to everyone that donates and helps with the Swatara Township Fire-Rescue Food Relief Program.
#thankyouforyourservice
#swatarastrong
#swatarastrongertogether
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06/05/2020

The Creek at McNaughton and Schiavoni Parks continues to rise and cover additional walkway. We will monitor the parks and reopen them as conditions permit.

06/05/2020

While we are pleased to report no additional bear sightings at McNaughton and Schiavoni parks, the parks will remain closed due to flooding over the walkways. We will inspect again this afternoon to determine if the waters are rising or receding and act accordingly. Thank you!

06/04/2020

Schiavoni and McNaughton Parks will be closed this morning while we deal with a bear sighting in the park.

05/29/2020

Township offices will be open for Primary Election voting on June 2, 2020. General building access will be limited to voting areas only.

Township Offices will reopen to the general public on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 1pm. Mask usage is required and social distancing practices will remain in place. To enter the Township Building, a mask must be worn.

The Compost facility is open Monday-Friday 8am to 3pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Permits will be available for purchase at the Township building starting Thursday.

June 3, 2020, the scheduled public meeting will be held at 7pm in the downstairs community room. Public access will be available, but limited to allow for social distancing. Masks should be worn at the public meeting.

05/23/2020

Reminder:

The 2020 Memorial Day Events planned for the Rutherford Veterans Circle and the Historic Midland Cemetery have both been canceled by their organizers.

Have a blessed and safe Memorial Day.
05/22/2020

Have a blessed and safe Memorial Day.

05/22/2020

Have a Safe Memorial Day Holiday!

The Township Administration Building will remain closed to the public during the week of May 24, 2020. The Police Department remains fully operational, the Highway and Parks staff are continuing their work and the administrative staff are in the building or working remotely. The Codes Office is handling complaints as usual, and is issuing permits (by appointment only.)

The Township Compost Facility will be open Tuesday through Friday next week and Penn Waste Collections will be delayed by 1 day due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Reminder, Penn Waste has resumed bulk pickups.

From the Tax Collector's Office:

The Dauphin County and Swatara Township Commissioners have granted an abatement on the penalty periods for the remainder of the 2020 Tax Collection season.
This means that any UNPAID 2020 Swatara Township/Dauphin County Real Estate or Interim tax bill, issued either on February 1, 2020 or March 1, 2020, will remain at the FACE value through December 31, 2020.
So if your tax amount was $1,234.56 during the FACE period, it will remain at that amount, with NO ADDED penalty, through the remainder of this year.
If a bill is unpaid by the close of the tax season on December 31st , it will be turned over to the Dauphin County Tax Claims office as delinquent and will be assessed at the 10% Penalty amount plus fees.
PLEASE NOTE: The abatement granted for the Township/County Real Estate DOES NOT , in any way, shape or form, affect the Central Dauphin School District Real Estate tax that will be issued on July 1, 2020.

Joe Donato – Tax Collector
717-564-6155

05/19/2020

Penn Waste has advised that residential trash pickup will be delayed by one day next week due to the Memorial Day Holiday.

Bulk pickup has also resumed.

Swatara Township Fire-Rescue Chief, Mike Ibberson was out Friday and Saturday delivering food boxes to Swatara Township ...
05/16/2020

Swatara Township Fire-Rescue Chief, Mike Ibberson was out Friday and Saturday delivering food boxes to Swatara Township residents.

If any residents are in need of food resources please contact Swatara Township at 717-564-2551. Anyone that wants to donate non-perishable food items can utilize the collection bin.at the front of the Swatara Township Building, 599 Eisenhower Boulevard.
#thankyouforyourservice
#swatarastrong
#swatarastrongertogether
#positvepostsCOVID19

To further our efforts to prevent COVID infection, the Township building will remain closed, to the public, during the w...
05/15/2020

To further our efforts to prevent COVID infection, the Township building will remain closed, to the public, during the week of May 17, 2020. During this time, the Police Department and Highway Departments are in full operation around the Township.

Although some of the Police Department’s outreach activities have been scaled back to observe “social distancing” protocols, you’ll still be seeing the Police Department actively involved patrolling the Township.

The Highway Department is out sweeping the streets, filling potholes, cutting grass and maintaining the parks. The brush pickup was tremendously successful (and on schedule) and the season for the compost facility will be extended by three weeks to make up for the late start.

The Codes and Zoning Office is processing permits (by appointment only) and the enforcement staff is actively out performing their work. Other administration staff are working remotely and reporting in-person, as needed, to handle specific tasks that need to be done on site.

We are working each day to serve the Township and welcome your questions and will do our best to address any questions or concerns that you send to us.

When you pass by the Township Building, please note the Four Trees of Hope that serve as reminders of the sacrifice and dedication of all essential employees.

Thank you Two Gals Catering! Janet SchaffhauserJanet donated meals to the Swatara Township Police Department,  Swatara T...
05/07/2020

Thank you Two Gals Catering!
Janet Schaffhauser

Janet donated meals to the Swatara Township Police Department, Swatara Township Fire-Rescue, Swatara Township EMA and Community Life Team, Swatara Township's EMS provider.

The Italian Food was awesome last week and today's lunch was delicious.

Thank you for caring about the First Responders that are caring for our Community.
#thankyouforyourservice
#swatarastrong
#swatarastrongertogether
#positvepostsCOVID19

05/07/2020

The Swatara Township Admistrative offices will remain closed to the public the week of May 10, 2020.

05/04/2020

McNaughton and Schiavoni parks have reopened.

The Owners of the 7-Eleven on Derry Street donated food to both the Swatara Township Police Department and youth lunch p...
05/03/2020

The Owners of the 7-Eleven on Derry Street donated food to both the Swatara Township Police Department and youth lunch programs in Swatara Township. This business is a regular donor to Swatara Township events and programs including National Night Out and the Swatara Township Martin Luther King Jr. Day Backpack giveaway.

#thankyouforyourservice
#swatarastrong
#swatarastrongertogether
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05/03/2020

The May 6, 2020, Swatara Township Board of Commissioners Meeting is cancelled.

Due to flooding at McNaughton and Schiavoni parks, these two parks will remain closed for the weekend.  Crews will asses...
05/01/2020

Due to flooding at McNaughton and Schiavoni parks, these two parks will remain closed for the weekend. Crews will assess any necessary mud and debris clean-up once the waters recede.

Address

599 Eisenhower Boulevard
Harrisburg, PA
17111

General information

Board of Commissioners: Thomas Connolly Richard Bouder Jeff Varner Christine Zubeck Shaela Ellis Manager: Jim Fosselman

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(717) 564-2551

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What's going on from 63rd Street to Nyes Road on Derry Street. The conditions of that road, particularly west bound, have been awful for months. It has clearly been dug up and patched. It's way past time to complete the job.
Any idea if Trick or Treat is on for this year? When can we expect to know by?
Anyone missing this little guy? He is at the pool at East Harrisburg campground
Hi; I have a small evergreen tree to cut down. Is there somewhere I can take it to dump it?
A huge thank you to everyone in law enforcement. You are appreciated and we pray for you.🙏🇺🇸
A huge thank you to everyone working in law enforcement. We appreciate all of you and pray for your safety.🇺🇸🙏
Whats with the dump trucks at 11 pm at night coming and going REALLY!!!!
To the Community: I put several options on the table to "stop the bleeding." Unfortunately, none of those hybrid options were discussed during the May 4, 2020 budget presentation. The only options discussed that night included tax increases of 1.75% and 1.95%, which I oppose. The options I proposed included spending down the budget, transferring more from the stabilization funds, and modest tax increases. The proposals also included reducing the amount of the raises for Act 93 and CDEA employees with no furloughs or job cuts. In other words, everybody would get a 2% raise instead of 2.9% or 3.0% raise. Those three options appear to have been rejected. I think this was a fair option since nobody would lose their job, and with low inflation, the raises would be similar to those in the contract. I sent out another detailed plan on Saturday with three options. These hybrid options included: additional budget cuts, using reserves; transferring more funds from the PSERS fund; two lower tax increase options at .75%; and an Option with no tax increase that factors federal funds targeted for the District. I believe that in addition to record unemployment, we should consider the "Misery Index" when discussing tax increases. This is the amount of monthly increases we have to pay for the same level of services. Be well and stay safe, Eric Epstein, Board Director
When will the next township meeting be held?
With the Township compost facility closed, has there been any changes to yard waste p/up schedule?
Swatara Township why did duplicate sewer bills for quarter one of 2020 get mailed out!?
When is the next meeting?