100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA
Postal Code: 17055
Township Manager, Lou Fazekas
Assistant Township Manager, Scott Fraser
Administrative Assistant / Open Records Officer, Sharon Shipman
Human Resources, Sharon Luker
Receptionist, Sherie Minich
(Left to Right) Governor Tom Wolf, Commissioner Paul Rigney, Commissioner Ken Martin, Rana Kirby (Representative Delozier’s Office), Township Manager Lou Fazekas, Department of Community and Economic Development Secre-tary Dennis M. Davin
On April 12, 2017, Upper Allen Township received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in recognition of accomplishments in the community. The award, “Building Community Partnerships,” was presented to Upper Allen Township by Governor Tom Wolf at the Governor’s residence in Harrisburg. This is the second successive year Upper Allen was recognized by the Governor for Local Government Excellence.
2017 Major Accomplishments
2016 Major Accomplishments
- Received award from Pennsylvania Center for Local Government Excellence for “Building Community Partnerships”. The award was presented by Governor Tom Wolf on April 12, 2017 at his residence in Harrisburg. The Township also received a joint award in 2016 from Governor Wolf for “Responding to Adversity”.
- Received GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 2016. The Township also received the award for 2014 and 2015 Financial Reporting.
- Completed the relocation of Verizon fiber cable, gas and water located directly in the path of a new stormwater pipe that Township will have installed under S. Market Street in the spring of 2018.
- Completed Master Plan for future Fire Company and Municipal Campus expansion.
- Assisted the Board of Commissioners negotiate new 3 year AFSCME contract and 4 Year Police Contract.
- Coordinated Customer Service training for support staff.
- Coordinated with UGI to rebuild Diehl Road and pave half of Juniper Drive after gas line was replaced.
- Awarded one year contract (2017) extension to Republic Services for trash service.
- Brought 2017 General Fund expenditures under budget by approximately $200,000. Revenues came in $951,250 over budget.
- Continued to actively manage collection of engineering fees from 17 businesses for engineering and design costs to relocate Gettysburg Road out of flood plain to Century Drive.
- Coordinated with PFM and Bond Council on refinancing 2012 General Obligation Bond. Conducted interview with Bond rating agency and received renewal of Aa Rating (High Quality). The bond refinancing resulted in savings of $547,519.
- Continued professional development with International City Management Association (ICMA) to maintain ICMA-Certified Manager (ICMA-CM) status.
- Assisted Board of Commissioners with Developer Agreement to elevate Allendale Road out of flood plain and install new box culvert.
- Prepared draft Zoning Ordinance changes for review by Planning Commission and Cumberland County Planning Department. Held Public Hearing on proposed changes and received final Board approval.
- Updated Stormwater Ordinance and 800 MHz Radio Ordinance.
- Continued compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and successfully completed the Combined Pollution Reduction Plan.
- Completed stormwater pipe and inlet inspection to identify necessary repairs before the start of 2017 road paving.
- Conducted numerous stormwater outreach and environmental education workshops.
- Developed tracking sheet to actively manage land development plans.
- Updated Township website making it easier to navigate.
- Purchased new street sweeper and swept Township once collecting approximately 88 tons of debris.
- Repaired large sinkhole on Cumberland Parkway within 48 hours of road collapse.
- Replace stormwater pipe under Hemlock Road and McCormick Road.
- Conducted 6 weeks of brush pickup collecting over 28 tons of material.
- Completed $1 million in road improvements in the following develops and streets: Arlington Hills, Creekstone, Ashcombe Farms South, Lindenwood, Park Hills, Stonehedge, Ford Farm, Bowmansdale, Ellesmere Lane, Lancaster Blvd, Freedom Rd, Peace Drive, and Eric Avenue.
- Completed sewer line televising of all streets scheduled for repair prior to the start of paving.
- Worked with Township Sewer Engineer to finalize drawing and provided a copy to Legacy Park developer for use in bid documents.
- Updated GIS layer showing status of all newly approved and constructed sewers.
- Negotiated Easement Agreement with developer for future sewer pipe extension.
- Finalized Dog Park Agreement with Daybreak Church and received Board approval of Agreement. Construction to begin in 2018.
- Park Maintenance staff developed multi-year Comprehensive Capital Park and Recreation Equipment Replacement Plan.
- Received $200,000 grant from DCNR for Winding Hill East Park playground improvements. Work on first phase to begin summer 2018.
- Acquired approximately 7 acres of additional recreation land adjacent to Winding Hill Park East, which increased park acreage from 37 acres to 45 acres.
Administration and Finance
• Received 2nd consecutive Certified Annual Financial Report (CAFR) certification for financial excellence from Government Finance Officers Association.
• Received Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in category “Responding to Adversity” by working with Lower Allen Township on joint Transportation Development District (TDD). When complete, Gettysburg Road will be realigned with Century Drive on Wesley Drive. This $2.1 million project is being paid 100% by local business owners and $1.8 million Federal Grant. Of the nearly $300,000 engineering costs, Upper Allen business owners are paying 89% of the cost.
• Implemented electronic Board of Commissioners meeting packet thereby reducing paper copies.
• Applied for 2016 Winter Storm snow reimbursement and received check for $34,233.
• Met with Senator Pat Vance and Department of Environmental Protection to help expedite Planning Module Exemption and Water Quality Management Permit in order to complete Spring Run Interceptor sewer project on time. Bids came in at $642,046 resulting in a cost savings of over $500,000 (engineers estimate $1.2 million).
• Refinanced 2011 Bond at a cost savings of over $600,000.
• Exceeded 2016 revenue projections by over $500,000 and kept expenditures under budget by over $250,000.
• Entered into Developer Agreement with Legacy Park developer to extend sewer pipe from S. Market St to Allendale Road. When complete, the project is projected to come in under budget by over $640,000 (engineers estimate $1.12 million). In addition, the agreement includes the installation of a large stormwater pipe that will also result in additional cost savings over $110,000.
• Implemented the 3rd year of 5 year Transportation Development District (TDD) Agreement by collecting $121,928 towards engineering costs for realignment of Gettysburg Road to Century Drive.
• Implemented the 3rd year of 15 year Roadway Management Plan, which included over $2 million in scheduled road improvements. Bids were opened and came in $200,000 under budget (8.9%). Through active management, final actual costs came in $111,000 under bid award (6.7%). Road improvements included Allenview development, Kim Acres Drive, and Rossmoyne Business Park.
• Applied for and received new Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit for compost and material storage facility.
• Received Gold Level Sustainable Community Certification from the Pennsylvania League of Cities and City of Pittsburgh Executive Committee for policies, procedures and transparency. First municipality in Cumberland County and surrounding counties to achieve this very prestigious award.
• Implemented 800 MHz radio certification requiring commercial buildings over 32,000 square feet to certify at least 94% radio coverage throughout building(s) with the intent to help improve the safety by improving communications for all public safety personnel (fire, police, EMS) once inside the building.
• Continued to educate residents on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) compliance by educating Boy Scouts, Webelos, Girl Scouts, and township residents by conducting seminars throughout the year. In addition, flyers were provided to Mechanicsburg Area School District to help educate kids about MS4.
• Created Sewer District that will result in recouping 50% of the costs for the Spring Run Interceptor project.
• Implemented fats, oils and grease program (FOG) for commercial food facilities. All 29 facilities were inspected and permit issued.
• Refined delinquent sewer account process resulting in the lowest outstanding balance ever, with an outstanding balance of $50,138.
• Completed comprehensive update to the Township’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.
• Completed $550,000 park improvement to Winding Hills North Park that included constructing new large parking lot, stormwater facilities and several new multipurpose fields.
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