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Londonderry Twp. gets loan to replace bridges

Londonderry Twp. will receive a $925,000 loan from Dauphin County to replace three township bridges

The Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank will provide the low-interest loan to replace the bridges on Beagle, Braeburn and Hollendale roads, said township manager Steve Letavic.It will take about a year and a half to move the bridge replacements through the design, permit and building process, Letavic said.

The current order of replacement: Beagle first, then Braeburn, then Hollendale, Letavic said.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:43

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Water, sewer rate increases to come before council again

A mistake was made in a motion on March 3 to adopt a proposed water and sewer rate increase, rendering Middletown Borough Council’s vote and a subsequent veto by Mayor James H. Curry III moot, according to council President Christopher McNamara. 

The motion to raise sewer rates – the average residential rate would go from $43 to $68 a month – and water rates slightly instead should have been to advertise the proposed increases for a future council meeting in April, McNamara said.

 

“In regards to the meeting of March 3, there was some confusion at the onset of the meeting and I’ll take responsibility as chairman of the board,” McNamara said at council’s meeting on  Monday, March 17. “In regards to the water and sewer rate study and the increase, the motion should have been for advertisement rather than adoption.”

 

A new motion to advertise the proposed rate increases was approved by a 7-2 vote, with councilors Benjamin Kapenstein and Anne Einhorn opposing.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:44

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Supporters rally for dismissed wrestling coach

tinyandreapic3 26 14Photo by David Amerman - Andrea Nauman, wife of former Middletown wrestling coach Mike Nauman, addresses the Middletown Area School Board.

The atmosphere was incendiary in Middletown Area Middle School’s auditorium for the Middletown Area School Board’s meeting on Monday, March 24.

The room was largely populated with supporters of Mike Nauman, the revered head coach of the varsity wrestling team who was recently dismissed from the post after more than a decade.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 20:14

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Middletown Council preserves communications director position

Middletown Borough Council defeated an attempt to eliminate the borough’s director of communications position following a citizen’s suggestion that the position was unnecessary.

 

A motion to eliminate the post failed by a 5-4 vote, preserving the $50,000-a-year position, currently held by Chris Courogen.

 

It was during public comment at the council’s meeting Monday, March 3 that resident Rachelle Reid first brought up the idea of nixing the position.

 

“[The borough is] paying him $50,000 a year plus benefits and a car to ride back and forth to work,” said Reid. “Why do we need a communications director when nobody in this area has one? What are we paying him to do? He’s supposed to be the guy that stands out front and explains things to people and that’s the borough manager’s job.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:32

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In need of repair: Middletown’s unity and downtown

A caring collection of Middletown residents assembled for a public focus group meeting in the MCSO Building on Friday, March 14 to discuss their hometown’s needs and how the borough’s proposed $4.3 million downtown streetscape improvement project could help address them.tinystreetpic3 19 14Photo by Jim Lewis - Middletown’s proposed $4.3 million revitalization project would renovate the downtown business district.

 

And while potential upkeep improvement and cosmetic repair were examined, the crux of the focus group’s findings was that Middletown is in more need of a repair as a community.

 

“When people were asked what the No. 1 failing of Middletown was, the No. 1 failing was a lack of unity,” said Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of economic consulting firm Sage Policy Group and moderator of the focus group.

 

The improvement project, which has received a $250,000 grant – money from slot machine gaming – from Dauphin County and a $1.5 million low-interest loan from the county’s new Infrastructure Bank, would include storm sewer replacement and a downtown revitalization that would feature new sidewalks and a new town square at Union and Emaus streets.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:49

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