Derry Township eNews - June 19, 2020
Current News
Park Restrictions Lifted
Beginning on Friday, June 19th all remaining park amenities owned and operated by the Township of Derry will reopen for use. Organized sports, picnic shelter rentals, and use of playgrounds may all resume while following CDC guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation as you safely enjoy the recreational facilities in Derry Township.
PPL Resumes Work
PPL resumed construction activities on Elm Avenue and wants to remind residents about the revised construction plans. Specifically, they need to continue work at the same location, since they’ll be adjusting the depth of the trench as they work down the street. This approach allows the crews to avoid some water lines and dig through less rock, allowing the work to be completed more quickly. For more information or questions, please visit www.pplelectric.com/HersheyProject and read the “Mid May 2020 Update” or email HersheyProject@pplweb.com.
Road Closure - Under-Road Utility Work
Sand Hill Road just south of Laurel Drive will be closed starting 7:00 am on Friday, June 19, 2020. Work at this closure will be conducted throughout the weekend and should be finished by sometime early Monday morning, June 22, 2020. The roadway will remained closed for the duration of the time it takes to complete the work. There is a chance the work will be completed earlier than expected. The official detour route uses Roush, Waltonville, and Roundtop Roads. Access to residences in the area will still be afforded to those within the limited access areas.
COVID-19 Flexible Business Support Program
In an effort to assist local businesses in responsibly reopening and resuming operations as they recover from the effects of COVID-19, the Derry Township Board of Supervisors approved temporary provisions at its June 9, 2020 meeting. The COVID-19 Flexible Business Support Program is intended to provide businesses with certain regulatory relief and eased restrictions to enable them to safely and effectively operate their business on their property in conjunction with implementing the Governor’s Office, PA Department of Health, and other agency and industry guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitation, and public health. Read more.
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
Board of Supervisors to Meet Virtually on June 23
The public is invited to attend the next Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. The agenda will be posted on the Township website later today. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please  visit our website .
Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Plan
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/. Eric Stump from HRG will be making a presentation on the report at the July 28 Board of Supervisors meeting.

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.

This project was undertaken in the summer of 2018 in an effort to identify future transportation improvements that may be necessary to accommodate projected growth and development in the greater Hershey area. Geographically, the study considers all of Derry Township and Hummelstown Borough, along with portions of Londonderry Township. The study involved the analysis of existing conditions, planned development, and projected growth to identify impacts to the transportation system. It includes in a capital improvement plan identifying recommended transportation improvements and costs, suggested updates to the Derry Township Official Map, and information to be included in project statements for major regional improvements to submit to HATS for inclusion on the TIP.

The project was largely funded through a PennDOT Connects Planning grant, administered through TCRPC and HATS. The PennDOT Connects effort involves coordinating land use planning with transportation planning so that one is not being considered without the other. The Greater Hershey planning process has involved discussions with various stakeholders to ensure that the plan considers transportation needs and circulation patterns in relation to projected growth and development.

In general, transportation improvements can take many years to plan, design, fund, and construct. Having a good plan in place and identifying necessary improvements is the first step to defining a project and seeking funding.

Derry Township Recycling Center Hours
The Township Recycling Center will resume normal summer business hours beginning on Monday, June 22nd.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Residents are still required to wear masks and observe all social distancing requirements outlined by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Township Events
Market on Chocolate
Market on Chocolate is open for the summer season! Join us in ChocolateTown Square on Saturdays from 9:30 to 1:30. The Downtown Hershey Association is excited welcome several new and returning vendors and we have been working hard with vendors and the Department of Agriculture to make sure your shopping experience is safe and comfortable. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
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Join Us at The Library
Library Reopens
The Hershey Public Library is so excited to resume in-person library services on Monday, June 29 at 9:30 am. Please know that your health and safety are of paramount importance when you visit. Therefore, social distancing and the wearing of a mask are required inside the building while the novel coronavirus remains at large. A lot has happened since you were last at the Hershey Public Library. So, what's new? Renovations that began in October 2019 are now completed. Come on in to explore via the Family Entrance. Take a moment to admire the new reading garden before entering a new children’s library space that has a Story Time Room and a new Teen Room. These new spaces provide a modern look and have an inviting ambiance that we hope all who visit will enjoy. Please stop by to see how the library looks now. We can't wait to welcome you back.


The library's summer hours are now in operation. The library closes at 3:00 pm on Saturdays, now until Labor Day weekend.
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