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Steel-High to cut ties with superintendent

steelhighlogoEllen Castagneto, superintendent of the Steelton-Highspire School District, will not be retained at the end of her current contract in June 2017. 

The Steelton-Highspire School Board voted 7-0 with no discussion on Thursday, March 17 to approve a resolution stating the board will seek other candidates because her contract will not be renewed. Castagneto remains an employee of the district although she has not worked at the school district's administrative offices since October 2015, when the board approved leave under the district's policy for Family Medical Leave Act.

Steelton-Highspire continues to pay Castagneto her full salary and benefits, although her FMLA leave expired in January, and she has not returned to work.

Next week's edition of the Press And Journal will publish more information on this developing story.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2016 07:10

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grace period for delinquent taxes in dauphin county

 

DauphinCologoDauphin Co. Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III are offering an interest-free grace period to all property owners with 2015 delinquent property taxes. 

County officials noted approximately 11,300 first-class letters, which include a breakdown of taxes owed and costs for properties, were mailed in February to property owners with unpaid 2015 real property taxes. Property owners must pay their taxes in full by March 31, 2016 to take advantage of the program.

“In some cases, property owners misplace their tax bills or mistakenly assume their mortgage company already paid their taxes,” said Commissioner George Hartwick, who oversees the county’s Tax Claim Bureau. “This interest-free grace period gives property owners another chance to pay their taxes.”

“By waiving the interest period, we increase collections and reduce our mailing costs,” said Commissioner Jeff Haste. “This is another way that we keep revenues coming in and costs from going up.”  

Last year, the county’s Tax Claim Bureau collected $5 million, or 23 percent of 2014 delinquent property taxes, during the grace period. The county also saved approximately $20,000 in postage and printing costs for statutorily mandated certified mail notices.

“This program not only quickly resolves many of our claims, but it also helps taxpayers,” said Commissioner Mike Pries. “Our goal is to make the tax-paying process easier for those who are trying to pay their bills and get back on their feet.”

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2016 07:56

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Snow removal update Middletown Borough

 

Middletown Councilor Diana McGlone reported progress in the town's public work’s department’s efforts to deal with the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas's gift of over 30 inches of snow..

In a post in Social Media McGlone noted snow removal on Thurs., Jan. 28 will be focused as follows:

•Union St. south of Ann St.

•Pine St. from Spruce St. to Park Circle Dr.

•Widening snow clogged areas and pushing snow back on Oak Hills Drive and Adelia S. north bound from Emaus St.

•Cleaning sidewalks on Borough’s properties

•Other identified problem areas.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 13:27

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Parking OK on snow-cleared emergency routes in Middletown Borough

 

The Borough of Middletown has announced that although parking restrictions remain in effect in the town, parking is now permitted on snow emergency routes so long as those routes/streets have been completely cleared of snow. 

The borough noted in an alert announced around 11 a.m., Wed., Jan. 25 that parking remains prohibited if a snow emergency route has yet to be cleared of snow.

 

Following are Middletown Borough’s snow emergency routes:

  1. Adelia St. East from Emaus St. to East Main St.
  2. Ann St. North from Swatara Creek west to Grant St.
  3. Catherine St. East from Emaus St. north to Main St.
  4. Emaus St. North from Adelia St. west to Wood St.
  5. Grant St. East from Ann St. to Wilson St.
  6. Main St. Both from Swatara Creek to Apple Avenue
  7. Roosevelt St. North from Vine St. west to Union St.
  8. Union St. Both from Ann St. to Park Circle Road
  9. Union St. East from Ann St. to its southern limits
  10. Vine St. East from Water St. to Aspen St.
  11. Water St. North from Vine St. to Catherine St.
  12. Wilson St. North from Grant St. to and over the overhead bridge to Main St.
  13. Wood St. East from Susquehanna St. north to Emaus St.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 11:18

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Unlawful to save parking spots with objects

 

saveparking spacesMiddletown Police Department is reminding resident /visitors that it is unlawful to place objects in the street to save parking spots.

The department noted "such actions can place people and property at risk, and can serve as a major obstacle for borough employees and contractor attempting to plow the streets."

The borough's ordnance reads as follows:

"It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person from December 1 of any year and continuing until March 31 of the following year to place or cause to be placed any item whatsoever for the purpose of reserving parking spaces on any street in the Borough during any periods of precipitation, whether or not a snow emergency has been declared."

The department asked residents to  keep in mind that public streets are open to all residents and visitors to park upon, unless marked by proper signage (to include permit parking areas), and or restricted by state or local laws. "Any actions taken against another, or his or her property, in retaliation, will not be tolerated," the department's notice added.

The reminder was issued by the police department through Middletown Borough's Nixle system on Wed., Jan. 27.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 09:45

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