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Posted on: 01/18/2019

On December 13th the Department of General Services (DGS) of Pennsylvania informed Township Supervisors that they were backing out of a deal that would have built a new PA State Police Barracks on vacant land just west of the Municipal Building on Route 20.  The agreement was 2 years in the making.  Subdivision of the 14 acres was complete, preliminary land development plans had already been approved, site and building designs were complete, a ground breaking was expected spring or summer of 2019.

Township Supervisors supported this agreement because it would have placed the preeminent law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth smack dab in the middle of Harborcreek Township with easy access to Interstate 90 benefitting not only the residents of Harborcreek but northwestern Pennsylvania as a whole.

DGS cites the issue of a small area of wetlands (less than 1 acre) and their desire for a traffic signal as reasons for voiding the agreement.  It’s important to note that the design had already worked around the wetlands area.  Even if it hadn’t, wetlands are easily mitigated every day for development.  The traffic signal, which a PennDot study deemed unnecessary, would have added $100,000 to what is estimated to be a $10 million project.   While we don’t necessarily doubt that DGS did not generally prefer this site given that most of their search has, appropriately so, centered around a more central location in Erie County, we do take issue that after 2 years of working on this project that the powers that be in Harrisburg would simply pull the plug for reasons which are suspect at best.

Having said that, we support strongly Troop E and PSP efforts in general to do everything they can in the interest of the safety of all residents in Erie County.  We thank State Representative Curt Sonney for his steadfast support in this venture.  It is unfortunate that Harrisburg scuttled this important project just months from a long awaited groundbreaking.  It is hard to fathom how much money DGS may have spent over 2 years on legal fees, engineering services, site testing etc.

We turn our attention to the future of public safety now.  Between the tireless efforts of our 3 volunteer fire companies and the newly formed East County EMS service in partnership with Lawrence Park and Wesleyville to back up the volunteers we feel the future of fire and ambulance service in Harborcreek Township is as secure as ever.  We will explore all options available and continue to look for effective yet affordable avenues for police coverage that can serve us well into the foreseeable future. 

 

Posted on: 01/18/2019

Grace Baptist Church located at 2420 Cumberland Road will be expanding the parking lot with an additional 77 parking spaces. 

 

Posted on: 01/18/2019

O’Reilly Automotive Store received final land development approval in October 2018.  The plan consists of a new 7,225 sq. ft. building and associated parking, as well as   pedestrian sidewalk, and demolition of existing structures.  O’Reilly’s will be located at 4645 Buffalo Road. Construction is anticipated in Spring 2019.

 

 

Posted on: 10/24/2018

Enormis Mobile Specialties

received land development approval for an additional parking area on the east side of the existing parking area.

 

Posted on: 10/24/2018

New State Police Headquarters - Troop E

received approval for the preliminary land development plan. The new Headquarters will be located on a 13.769 acre parcel located just west of the Harborcreek Township Building. The property was gifted to Department of General Services from Harborcreek Township. The headquarters will consist of a state of the art facility which will include an indoor shooting range, impound yard, and fueling station. The final land development plan will be submitted for final review by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Anticipated construction is summer of 2019.

 

NOTICE


Posted on: 12/20/2018

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Harborcreek Township Board of Supervisors announces the adoption of the 2019 General Fund and State Liquid Fuels Budgets for a total of $5,468,965 and sets the millage for 2019 at .9663 mills.The adopted budgets are available for inspection at the office of the Secretary of Harborcreek Township, 5601 Buffalo Road, Harborcreek, PA 16421.

 

GENERAL


Posted on: 11/24/2018

Harborcreek Township is seeking its residents help in keeping the fire hydrants in their neighborhood clear. Please "adopt" a hydrant or two and keep them clear of snow. This will save precious time if an emergency should happen in your neighborhood.

 

Posted on: 11/22/2018       ** REVISED ON: 12-03-2018

With the impending snowfall, Harborcreek Township would like to remind residents that it is illegal to park on the streets of the township from now until May so as not to impede the plowing and salting efforts of our township road crew. Please also refrain from plowing or shoveling snow into the roadway as this can cause unsafe conditions. If possible "adopt" a fire hydrant in your area and try and keep that hydrant clear of snow so as not to delay any fire fighting efforts that may need to take place in your neighborhood.

 

Posted on: 11/01/2018

Harborcreek Township, by the authority of Ordinance No. 96-157, and pursuant to authority granted in the Second Class Township Code, regulates and licenses transient retail businesses and peddlars within the Township.  The requirement to obtain a license or permit from the Township for an individual promoting a service or product, or who peddles, takes orders, or solicits for any goods, wares, merchandise or services within the Township, on a temporary basis, should not be construed or inferred as any kind of endorsement or warranty of the quality of the goods or services by the Township.

 

Posted on: 07/20/2015

We are proud to participate in the "Retire Your Old Glory" program to retire United States of America flags in a dignified and respectful manner.

A "Retire Your Old Glory" bin is located in the back entrance to the Harborcreek Township building and is available during normal business hours.

 

Posted on: 07/15/2015

Consider volunteering for one of our 3 local Fire Departments.

 

Posted on: 07/15/2015

Drop-off your gently used shoes and clothing here at the Municipal Building. Look for the large white Salvation Army - Donation Collection Bin setting outside in front of the building.

 

PARKS


Posted on: 08/11/2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $750,000 in annual coastal zone management grants to organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving Pennsylvania’s coastal zones along Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary.

Harborcreek Township will receive $35,500 of this grant to develop a master site plan for the newly acquired Shorewood Park.

 

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