Taxes will remain the same in Lower Swatara Twp. under a 2016 budget that cleared its final approval from township commissioners on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
The $6.1 million budget keeps real estate taxes at 3.27 mills. It calls for the use of cash reserves to pay about $500,000 in debt on the township building and public works equipment.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2015 15:56
Written by Joe Sukle
The Dauphin County Election Board today reminds residents who would like to vote in the general election on November 3 of important deadlines for registering to vote and obtaining and filing absentee ballots.
The deadline for registering to vote before the general election is October 5. To register to vote, an individual must be:
•A United States citizen for at least one month prior to the November 3 election
•A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district for at least 30 days prior to the election, and
•At least 18 years of age on or before November 3.
Citizens who meet these requirements may also register to vote online at www.register.votespa.com, a website hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of State. If the applicant has a driver's license or other Pennsylvania Department of Transportation identification card, the signature already on record can be immediately linked to the voter record. Applicants who do not have an electronic signature on file will be able to print, sign and mail the completed application or to request a signature card be mailed to them, which must be returned to the county bureau no later than October 5.
More than 200 people have registered in Dauphin County using the electronic format.
Residents who are unable to vote in person at their polling place on Election Day can apply for an absentee ballot. The last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot is October 27. Civilian absentee ballots must be received no later than October 30.
Those offices on the election ballot include statewide judges; county officials; seven of the county’s magisterial district judges; city, township and borough officials; constables; and school directors.
Voter registration and civilian absentee ballot forms, as well as a list of polling places, can be found on www.DauphinCounty.org by clicking “Government Services,” and then on “Elections & Voter Registration” and then “"Vote,” or by calling the Bureau of Registration and Elections at 717-780-6360.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2015 17:01
Three areas in Londonderry Twp. are to be sprayed this Mon., Aug. 17 to control mosquitoes as part of Dauphin County’s West Nile Virus (WNV) Control Program.
The treatment of the insecticide will take place at 9 p.m. in the Cedar Manor, Pine Manor and Braeburn Park areas of the township. According to county officials, the treatments will be administered with ATV-mounted equipment that dispenses Biomist 3 + 15, a permethrin insecticide product, at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre. “This is a very low concentration of a pesticide that has been tested and approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for use in controlling adult mosquito populations in and around people,” according to a press release from the county announcing the spraying.
County officials also noted that residents who do not wish to have their properties sprayed should contact the WNV Control Program coordinator at (717) 921-8100 by 4 p.m. on Aug. 17.
A rain date for the application is Wed., Aug. 19.
Samples collected by the WNV Control Program have shown a high adult mosquito population carrying the virus. A total of 20 infected mosquito samples have been collected this summer in Dauphin County. Earlier this week infected samples were found in Conewago, Derry, East Hanover and Swatara townships. Three positive samples were collected in Londonderry Twp. County officials said the increase of positive samples in the county prompted the WNV Control Program to step up surveillance and spray for mosquitoes.
County officials also noted residents may place their homes on a “no-spray” list. More information about the list is available by calling the County WNV Control Program at 717-921-8100.
The press release from the county listed the following frequently asked questions about mosquito control:
1. Should toys and other items in the yard at the time of the application be washed?
It is not necessary to wash items in your yard after the application. Due to low application rates, any exposure from contact with these surfaces would be low and pose negligible risks.
2. Should swimming pools be covered before the application?
No, residue in a pool would be low and also diluted by the water in the pool.
3. Should windows be closed and air conditioners turned off?
The ULV vapor disperses readily, and little movement of the material into open windows with screens is expected. However, individuals with upper respiratory problems, such as asthma, may react to ULV applications. Closing windows and turning off air conditioners is recommended for those with upper respiratory problems.
4. How long should residents wait before a pet is permitted outdoors?
When the chemical is applied at the labeled rates, there are wide margins of safety for humans, dogs, cats and other mammals. Indoor pets may be "let out" immediately following the application. Outdoor pets may be left outdoors.
5. How long should residents wait before allowing children to enter a yard?
The ULV vapor disperses very quickly after the application. Individuals with respiratory problems may react to ULV application. People with these health issues may want to wait an hour before resuming outdoor activities in treated areas.
Additional information about the program is available on the CDC’s Web site at www.cdc.gov/westnile and by calling the County’s WNV Control Program, call the Conservation District, (717) 921-8100.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 21:06
Dauphin Co. officials report West Nile Virus (WNV) infected mosquito samples have been found in the City of Harrisburg as well as Derry and East Hanover townships.
A press release from the county’s WNV Control program noted thus far nine virus-positive samples have been collected this year.
WNV-infected samples have also been found in Jefferson Twp., Highspire and Middletown boroughs and Swatara Twp. The release also noted no human cases of WNV have been reported this year in the county.
The county’s WNV Control Program is increasing surveillance and control measures throughout the county.
Certain species of mosquitoes carry WNV, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:06
A Lower Swatara Twp. man and his son were charged with impersonating a police officer for allegedly entering and rummaging through a township home on June 22 while claiming to be looking for someone, according to Lower Swatara police.
Ray M. Arnold Jr., 56, and his son, Dillon J. Arnold, 22, both of the 100 block of Eby Lane, entered a home in the 100 block of Lake Dr. around 5 a.m. claiming they were cops looking for an individual they believed was there, police said.
One was brandishing a baseball bat, police said. The Arnolds caused about $1,000 worth of damage to the residence, police said.
Ray Arnold was charged with impersonating a public servant, burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and making, repairing or selling offensive weapons, police said. Dillon Arnold was charged with impersonating a public servant, burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, police said.
They were arraigned before District Judge Steven Semic on Thursday, July 16 and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing for the two is set for Wednesday, Aug. 12 before District Judge Michael Smith.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:59