Derry Township eNews - July 31, 2020
Current News
Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch both the Derry Township Board of Supervisors special and regular meeting from July 28, 2020 on the Township  YouTube channel.
Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study
A Special Meeting of the Derry Township Board of Supervisors was held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to present and review the Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study. View the entire discussion on our YouTube channel .

The Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study DRAFT is available for public review at the following location:  https://www.hrg-inc.com/greater-hershey-area-study/.

Any comments or questions on the report, recommendations, maps or exhibits should be directed to Alyx Gallagher, HRG, via email at  agallagher@hrg-inc.com. We request any comments or feedback by Friday August 7, 2020. Upon receipt of comments, HRG will evaluate them, update the plan as required, and distribute a Final Report by August 31, 2020.
Climate Change Survey
Help start a local conversation about climate change. Share your thoughts in a short survey presented by the Derry Township Climate Change Advisory Committee.

For more information email HersheyClimateAction@gmail.com
Derry Township Business Contact Information
Derry Township is working to compile an inventory of our local businesses. Please provide us with some brief information so that we can keep you up-to-date on important news and happenings. By providing your information, you're authorizing us to occasionally email you with information pertaining to or affecting the Derry Township business community.

You can fill out this brief form here: https://forms.gle/BaNj81HWEkkbkDCK6
HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts
The HATS Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts, delayed from the spring, will take place Sun 8/9 to Sat 8/15. The counts provide vital data to our region's planners, decision makers and anyone else interested in making walking and biking safer and more convenient in Central PA. Visit TCRPC’s bicycle and pedestrian page for more information and to sign up to volunteer: https://bit.ly/2MZYJWj. In Derry Township, the counts will be performed at the intersection of Chocolate Avenue and Cocoa Avenue, and at the intersection of University Drive and Governor Road.

In addition, Derry Township is collaborating with the Partnership for Healthy Communities of Central PA Coalition to begin a bicycle and pedestrian counting program to expand upon the regional data collected by HATS. The Township received a grant to purchase and set up short-term counting devices to collect baseline data to measure future improvements, and to identify key areas of concern for volume and safety reasons. Derry Township Chief of Police, Garth Warner, is leading the efforts to place the counting devices. “If you notice the small, labeled devices, please be sure to leave them in place to do their job. The devices will be moved around Derry Township to get an accurate count, but the initial locations will include a spot on the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail near Shank Park and Bullfrog Valley Pond, the SAMBA Trails behind the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and several busier intersections within the Village,” says Chief Warner.
Utilities
Construction Update for PPL Duct Bank Project
As the PPL underground project continues, the following traffic closures will be in place in the coming days.
 
* This week (Monday to Friday daytime) Sandhill Rd. between Fishburn Rd & Cherry Dr. will be closed to traffic.
           Cherry Dr and the intersection of Cherry & Sandhill will be open to traffic.
           This as the duct bank installation continues north toward Rt. 322
 
* Starting Friday evening until Monday morning  Sandhill Rd. between Fishburn Rd & Cherry Dr. will be closed to traffic.
           Cherry Dr and the intersection of Cherry & Sandhill will be closed to traffic.
           Heavy rock was encountered during last weekend’s work necessitating the work to continue this weekend for completion.
 
* During daytime hours through the week Elm Ave. will continue to have block closures in various locations as that segment also continues. 
Township Events
Market on Chocolate
Socially distanced free fitness returns to Market on Chocolate this Saturday as we celebrate our 6 th anniversary! Join Power Train Gym for a free boot camp class in ChocolateTown Park at 9 a.m.

Emmanuel and Momo will perform live starting at 11 a.m., and six market guests will win Market Bucks in celebration of our sixth year. Plus don’t miss our great selection of vendors offering everything from produce to jewelry, to baked goods, to hot sauce and stuffed waffles. Look for $6 specials from many of our vendors and check out the full schedule here.
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Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Join Us at The Library
New Entrance Ribbon Cutting
Ribbon Cutting Event on Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 pm. The public is invited to come celebrate the new library renovations. There will be free ice cream from Sweet Dawgs ice cream truck from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, socially distanced family activities including bubbles, and grab-bag activity kits.

The renovation project is the result of a years-long effort involving the Hershey Public Library, The Hershey Library Endowment Trust, Derry Township, the Friends of Hershey Public Library, Chris Dawson Architect, and the Keystone Recreation Park and Conservation Fund. We are also grateful for the many donors who contributed towards the furniture and artwork that add so much character to the space.

The library hopes you can join us to celebrate this milestone achievement in the long history of Hershey Public Library, and a great opportunity to take a tour to see the new Family Entrance, the new Teen Space, and the new Storytime Room. We look forward to seeing you!
Friends of the Hershey Public Library is Having a Read-a-thon!
Register online for the library's Friends fundraiser, the Read-a-thon! (Managed by 99 Pledges.) Click “Add Participant” to create your own read-a-thon page and track your “minutes read” through Beanstack.com.

Please share your page with family and friends and read away! Read-a-thon ends on August 22. Contact Aly Tran at atran@derrytownship.org with any questions. All ages are welcome to participate. Please know that no amount is too small. Your ongoing backing and support are both truly appreciated. We could not engage in the wonderful learning opportunities and the fun things we do without your monetary support. 

For more information, please visit the Friends' website at https://friendsofhersheypubliclibrary.wildapricot.org/  This is also a great time to renew your Friends membership or become a member. Thank you.

Your donations will help pay for:
  • Year-round programming for children and adults
  • Children’s and adult reading programs
  • Film Festivals
  • National Library Week author visit
Hershey Public Library Virtual Race
Please join the Hershey Public Library Virtual Race, a fundraiser for the library’s Friends organization. NOW until August 31st. $5 from every virtual race registration goes directly to benefit the Friends. The event is managed by US Road Running Virtual Races. Register online . In this year of Covid-19, the Friends Annual Book Sale, an important source of library program funding, was canceled due to health safety concerns. Funds received from the Hershey Public Library Virtual Race will help to keep those programs going. Whether you want to race for 1 mile or 100 miles, the option is yours, and we thank you most sincerely for your support. 
Participate in your own time and choose a location that suits you. All registrants receive a finisher medal and a real race bib. For more information, please visit the Friends' website at:  https://friendsofhersheypubliclibrary.wildapricot.org/  
Lightroom Processing Photography Class
Wednesday, August 5 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Instructor, Bryson Leidich, will demonstrate the Develop module in Lightroom online in an overview class of about 60-90 minutes on Zoom. Register  online  on the Events Calendar at  www.hersheylibraryorg . After your registration is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail with a link to Zoom.
Marie's All About Color
Tuesday, August 4 & 11 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Register now at www.hersheyart.org/classlist to join a virtual class on Zoom with instructor, Marie Gamon from HAAA.  Mix and match is key to your art. Learn about colors and how they work to unleash the artist within! Class fee: $30. Registration closes on August 2nd.
Community News and Events
People Mover Suspends Service
Due to the ongoing severity of the Coronavirus, and for safety concerns for our riders and our volunteers, The People Mover will continue to suspend service, until further notice.
Thank you so much for your understanding. We look forward to the day when we can serve you again.
BE WELL. STAY SAFE. TAKE CARE.
Derry Township Community Cats Clinic
Derry Township residents can sign up to get help with trapping outdoor, free-roaming cats and having them spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free. The next clinic is August 11; reservations can be made by calling 717-592-8087. 

You can also schedule a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations for owned cats by calling the same number. Please note that cats must be six months old.
Visit  www.derrytownshipcats.org  for more information about this program and ways you can support it.
Township Publications
Derry Township Newsletters
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Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes  
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