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

12/22/2020

From Penn Waste:

Penn Waste Wednesday and Thursday Customers – due to the inclement weather last week, we notified you that we will accept double the normal limit of waste on your next collection day. As you may have noticed, some crews may be in your area collecting your waste and recycling on a day other than your normal collection day. We are trying to catch up in some of the areas that were missed due to the weather. We will still be collecting your waste and recyclables on your regularly scheduled day. If you do not currently have your waste and recycling curbside, you will still be collected this week. If you did leave your waste and recycling curbside after being missed and were collected on a day other than your normal collection day, you will still be collected on your normal collection day as well.

As a reminder, Penn Waste does operate on Thursday, December 24th. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday, December 26th.

We appreciate your understanding.

Joel Washok
Market Development Representative
Penn Waste Inc./Waste Connections

12/15/2020

Trash pick-up notice from Penn Waste (we will update as we receive additional info):

Good morning,

I am emailing you this morning to inform you of the steps that Penn Waste are putting in place in advance of the upcoming inclement weather we are preparing to receive this week.

Wednesday 12/16/20 – Penn Waste routes will be running tomorrow until it is no longer safe for crews to be on the road. We will continue to monitor the storm to determine next steps for the remainder of the week. If there are any areas that we are unable to collect due to safety of our crews, we will collect double next week.

Thursday 12/17/20 – Penn Waste employees will be reviewing tomorrow and determine how to proceed for Thursday collections. I will be in touch once we have determined our operational strategy.

All information will be posted on our website, social media and emailed to our email subscribers as it is finalized. I will continue to update you as I know more.

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!

12/14/2020

FREE TURKEY GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN CHANGED!:

Due to the anticipated snow, the time and date of the turkey give away will be Saturday, Dec. 19, from noon to 3 at the Rutherford Home Association.

Upcoming Snowstorm:By all indications we will have a significant snow event this week.  As needed, we will post updates ...
12/14/2020

Upcoming Snowstorm:
By all indications we will have a significant snow event this week. As needed, we will post updates as events unfold.
Due to the rain today, we will not be collecting leaves and we anticipate that this will remain the case for the rest of the week. Our current priority is to prepare the plows for winter operations for the storm. We will resume a reduced level of leaf collection as soon as conditions permit.
Once the snow begins we will be working to clear the snow back to the curbs. This may take some time to accomplish. Please clear any basketball hoops from the right of way.

SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES

Street Between
Bonnymeade Avenue Derry Street and Dawn-Mar Street
Cardinal Drive Chambers Hill Road and Cardinal Court
Center Street Main Street and 3rd Street
Center Street Third Street and Highland Street
Chambers Hill Road Penhar Drive and Paxton Street
Cockley Road Chambers Hill Road and Lower Swatara line
Derry Street Milroy Road and Pleasant View Road
East Park Drive Derry Street and Spring Creek Road
Eddington Street (north only) Lancaster Street and Fordham Avenue
Eighty-Second Street Lee's Drive and Paxton Street
Forty-Eighth Street Derry Street and Lower Paxton line
Harrisburg Street, South (east only) Quarry Road and Highland Street
Harvest Drive 50th Street and Arney Road
High Street Hickory Street and Harrisburg Street
Keckler Road Highland Street and Chambers Hill Road
Kempton Avenue Lancaster Street and Fordham Avenue
Lenker Road Montour Street and Simpson Street
Mall Road North Harrisburg Street and Paxton Street
Monroe Street (north only) Center Street and Elm Street
Mushroom Hill Road Grayson Road and Chambers Hill Road
Orchard Drive Pine Street and Reynder Street
Pajabon Drive Stacey Drive and Keckler Road
Pleasant View Road Township line and Bridge Street
Reservoir Road Harrisburg Street and Kelker Street
Reynder Street Orchard Drive and Swatara Street
Sixtieth Street Chambers Hill Road and Acorn Drive
Sixty-Fifth Street Derry Street and Evelyn Street
Sixty-Ninth Street (east side only) Derry Street to end
Sixty-Seventh Street Derry Street and Lower Paxton line
Sixty-Third Street Derry Street and Ann Street
Wilhelm Road Derry Street and Simpson Road

12/14/2020

Kelly Roberts, manager at the Rutherford Home Association (The Reliance Hose Co) located at 6690 Derry Street, announces that they are partnering with PA Skills and Capital Vending on Thursday, December 17, 2020, to give away 500 free turkeys and stuffed animals. The giveaway will take place in the parking lot at the Rutherford Fire Company from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.

12/10/2020

A message from our Public Works Director:

Good morning,

We will continue leaf collection until next Friday, December 18. After that date, we will collect leaves only if they are in brown paper composting bags. We will need to switch the trucks over from leaf collection to winter operations.

Plenty of time and plenty of treats left until 7:30!  Come see Santa!
12/08/2020

Plenty of time and plenty of treats left until 7:30! Come see Santa!

12/07/2020

Tree Lighting and Curbside Treat Pickup, Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 pm.
POSTED ON: DECEMBER 2, 2020 - 10:08PM
A free Tree Lighting and Curbside Treat Pickup will be held on Tuesday, December 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Hills Swim Club parking lot, 4075 Swatara Drive. There be one way in and one way out using Swatara Drive. Please do not exit your vehicle.

The tree lighting event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Children will receive goodie bags and festive holiday music will be provided.

Children 12 and under who are residents of Swatara Township and Paxtang Borough, may download the picture from the Township website, and enter the coloring contest. Bring your colored picture to the event or drop it off at the municipal building (drop box provided) by 4:00 on Friday, December 11 for a chance to win a prize.

The municipal building holiday decorations will be on display through January 8, 2021.

12/07/2020
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The Swatara Township Board of Commissioners recognizes the importance of Governor Wolf’s Stay-At-Home order during the C...
12/01/2020
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The Swatara Township Board of Commissioners recognizes the importance of Governor Wolf’s Stay-At-Home order during the Covid-19 Pandemic and acknowledges the need for continuity of government. For this reason, we will be holding the next public Commissioners meeting virtually using a Zoom Webinar. If you want to participate, use the following link or telephone numbers. You will need to enter your full name upon joining the webinar.

When: December 2, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Public comment will also be taken by email prior and during the meeting addressed to [email protected].

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11/25/2020
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On November 12, 2020, the Swatara Township Board of Commissioners approved the proposed 2021 Township budget and displayed it at the offices for review during business hours, where it remains for 20 days pending consideration for adoption on December 9, 2020.

The budget is also available for review on the Township website at the following link “https://www.swataratwp.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif1301/f/minutes/2021_budget.pdf”

Among notable items for the 2021 budget, there is no tax increase and the millage rate will remain at the 2020 level.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25, we will be placing the Toys for Tots box outside under the covered entrance dur...
11/23/2020

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25, we will be placing the Toys for Tots box outside under the covered entrance during normal work hours. Anyone wishing to make a contribution is welcome to do so. After hours, the box will be stored inside the building.

Thank you for your generosity!

The Swatara Township Police Department selected the winners of the Halloween Coloring Contest.The winners will be mailed...
11/19/2020

The Swatara Township Police Department selected the winners of the Halloween Coloring Contest.

The winners will be mailed their Target Gift Cards. Thanks to all who participated and attended the Curbside Trick-or-Treat event!
#swatarastrong

11/18/2020

Schiavoni Park is reopened.

Schiavoni Park will be closed this afternoon and tomorrow morning to allow for the removal of a tree near the walking pa...
11/17/2020

Schiavoni Park will be closed this afternoon and tomorrow morning to allow for the removal of a tree near the walking path.

Due to the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases we have made the decision to close our offices to the public, effective at ...
11/16/2020

Due to the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases we have made the decision to close our offices to the public, effective at 8am Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Staff will be working either in the offices or remotely and we will minimize any inconvenience to the general public.

Any appointments with the public that are absolutely necessary will be conducted by appointment only and will occur outside in front of the building.

All correspondence to the offices may be sent via mail or placed in the Township drop box.

Staff will be available to assist you via phone and email.

Meetings with Police Officers will also take place in our parking lot. Police may be reached at the non-emergency number at 717-564-2550.

Arrangements for upcoming public meetings will be detailed in a future announcement.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Thanks to those joining us for this evening's budget review of Fire, Police and Codes/Zoning.  Please join us Tuesday, N...
11/10/2020

Thanks to those joining us for this evening's budget review of Fire, Police and Codes/Zoning. Please join us Tuesday, November 10, @ 6pm, for reviews of the Highway Department, Recreation Department and Administration for 2021.

11/09/2020
Swatara PA |

There is an immediate opening for an experienced custodian at the Township. Please check the posting on the Township website for details and application.https://www.swataratwp.com/

Applications will be accepted through November 23, 2020.

Please use the application on the Township website and submit via email or directly to the Township offices. Thank You!

Join Swatara Township Director of Public Safety Darrell Reider and several other police officers on November 10 at 9:00...

11/04/2020

Because of the COVID shutdown earlier this year, the Compost Facility will remain open until and including Saturday, November 21.

Steelton American Legion has a half truck left with food for anyone in need. They are there now for anyone to stop by an...
10/31/2020

Steelton American Legion has a half truck left with food for anyone in need. They are there now for anyone to stop by and grab anything they might need.

**UPDATE THE TRUCK HAS ARRIVED SAFELY PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH OUR VOLUNTEERS**
ATTENTION ANYONE COMING FOR THE FOOD DRIVE: DUE TO HIGHWAY ACCIDENT THE TRUCK HAS BEEN DELAYED! THANK YOU (we will update as soon as we have confirmation)

10/29/2020

Trick or Treat Drive Thru on Saturday, October 31 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Swatara Township is hosting a Trick or Treat Drive Thru event this Saturday (10/31/20) from 3pm to 4:30pm in the parking lot of the Rainbow Hills Swim Club (located at 4075 Swatara Drive, behind the township building). Ghosts and goblins can be escorted safely by vehicle into the parking lot and follow the path to acquire some treats! Swatara Police and Fire-Rescue will be on scene to welcome all of the ghouls and monsters who may find their way to this event. We are also offering a coloring contest to those who wish to test their skills among others. To compete, please download the picture from the Township website and bring it to the event completely colored and filled out with your name and telephone number so that it can be collected as you pass by. Winners will be contacted directly during the week of November 2nd and will receive a prize. This event is open to Swatara Township and Paxtang Borough residents who are 12 years of age and younger. We hope to see you there!

Check out this free event this Saturday! Hope to see you there!
10/28/2020
NEWS POST: TRICK OR TREAT DRIVE THRU THIS SATURDAY!

Check out this free event this Saturday! Hope to see you there!

Swatara Township will be hosting a Trick or Treat Drive Thru event this Saturday (10/31/20) from 3pm to 4:30pm in the parking lot of the Rainbow Hills Swim Club (located at 4075 Swatara Drive, behind the township building).

Swatara Fire-Rescue
10/28/2020

Swatara Fire-Rescue

On Tuesday October 27th, Swatara Fire Rescue firefighters were introduced to their new NFPA 1582 Firefighter Physical Benefit, provided by a partnership between UPMC and Swatara Township.

Firefighters will be provided with

Physical Examination, Blood Analysis, Urinalysis, Lab tests, Audiometric Testing, Visual Acuity Test, Pulmonary Function Test, Chest X-Ray (Due every 5 years), EKG, Stress Test, Cancer Screening, OSHA Respiratory Questionnaire.

After the benefit informational session, the UPMC doctors sought to understand first hand the stress that a firefighter undergoes in the course of his/her duties on an emergency response. They donned turnout gear and performed core firefighting skills with the assistance of STFR firefighters.

We’d like to thank the Swatara Township Board of Commissioners and our township residents for the unwavering support that has allowed this monumental program occur.

10/17/2020

Trick or Treat will be on Halloween in Swatara Township!

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.

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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Comments

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?