Derry Township eNews, March 16, 2018
Current News
Township Takes Steps to Secure Current Interest Rates for Future Borrowing for the New
Hershey Community Center
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors has been strategizing with Public Financial Management Financial Advisors and RBC Capital Markets on funding for a new Hershey Community Center. This week, the Board adopted Ordinance 703 authorizing general obligation bonds to be issued in the amount of $25,000,000 in late spring/summer 2019. Resolution 1549 authorizing a Cash Settlement Hedge for $25,000,000 to terminate no later than June 1, 2019 was also adopted.

In the Cash Settlement Hedge, if interest rates go higher than the current rate, the Township will receive a payment to offset the higher rates. If interest rates go lower than the secured swap rate, the Township will make a payment, but will issue fixed rate bonds at a lower interest rate. The cash settlement can be terminated prior to June 1, 2019.

Visit the Township's website to learn more and see documents that explain the process, plan, and funding considerations for the new Community Center.
Public Information Session
Derry Township Police Department Re-Accreditation
A public information session will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Derry Township Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.

The session is part of the Derry Township Police Department's on-site assessment for re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, the department's employees and members of the community are invited to attend and offer comments on the department's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. Comments will also be accepted by the assessment team at 717-533-2057, ext. 3148 on March 20, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., or can be
mailed to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 32,
Gainesville, VA 20155.

A copy of the standards is available for review at the Derry Township Police Department, 620 Clearwater Road, Hershey.
Roadwork to Begin On 2-Mile Section of U.S. 422
East of Hershey
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that its contractor, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., will begin work today on repairs and resurfacing of a 2-mile section of U.S. 422 in Derry Township. The project is from Ceylon Avenue to North Lingle Avenue at the Dauphin-Lebanon County Line.
The $2,733,583 contract includes tree trimming, drainage work, bridge repairs to the structure over Spring Creek, curb cut work, roadway base repair, accelerated concrete patching, removal of the top layer of asphalt, and replacement with a 3-inch bituminous overlay, guiderail replacement, and new signs and pavement markings.

Traffic will not be restricted between 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., or 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Initially travelers may encounter lane shifts and single-lane restrictions with flaggers directing traffic through the work zone during daylight hours. Motorists are reminded to be alert, obey work zone signs, and reduce speeds when approaching and traveling through work zones.

Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by August.

Visit for more information. 
File Your Local Tax Return Online
Tax Day, April 17, is fast approaching. Derry Township's local tax administrator, Keystone Collections Group, just made e-file easier and faster. With clear graphics, an interactive format, and a streamlined process, you can file your local return online in minutes using any mobile device.

With e-file, you can file multiple returns from one e-file account. Enter only the most basic information necessary to file your local return. If you have an overpayment, you can transfer it to your spouse’s balance due using the “Married Filing Jointly” option. View the status of your return(s) on the Keystone Collections Group's website home page. Payments can be scheduled and refunds can be arranged on the site. 

If you work outside of Pennsylvania, you can now file online. If you moved during the year, e-file makes it easy to file your part-year returns for each of your home locations if Keystone is the tax administrator.

State law requires Pennsylvania residents with earned income to file a local tax return even when their employer withholds the tax from payroll, or when no refund is due. If you don’t have payroll withholding, work in Philadelphia, and/or have net profits, you are required to file a local earned income tax return.
Library Seeks Feedback on Makerspace
The Hershey Public Library is conducting a brief (6 questions)   online survey  to assess local interest in a possible future Makerspace in the Derry Township community. A Makerspace is a place where hands-on fine and industrial arts skills and knowledge can be shared.

Visit the library's website for more information.
Artemis Starship Simulation Adventure
The intergalactic computer game returns for another adventure on Friday, March 23, 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. (after library hours) at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. Hone your leadership skills as captain or navigate through the stars.

The event is for kids ages 8+, but teens and adults are welcome. Please note that children ages 12+ may be in the library alone, but younger children will need an adult in the building. 
34th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Department of Parks and Recreation's 34th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Hunt for eggs with special treats and prizes and visit with the Easter Bunny!

The event will be held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.

Donuts and beverages will be sold at the event. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

2018 Yard Waste Collection Schedule
Waste Management will begin Yard Waste Collection the week of April 30 through May 4 and will continue through November. Yard waste is collected on the same day that your trash is collected. If a holiday occurs before or on your collection day, collection will be delayed one day.

Grass clippings can be placed with the trash.
Get In On the Recyclebank Awesome
Neighbor Rewards
Earn a $5 Target gift card for every neighbor that you get to sign up for the Recyclebank Rewards Program. The program ends March 31.
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
Community News and Events
Teens and Anxiety Panel Discussion
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the We Matter Coalition will hold a free, special screening of the documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders, and experts.

The event will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in the Junker Auditorium at Hershey Medical Center. It will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by a panel discussion featuring members of the education, faith and health care communities. The event coincides with Teen Health Week.
Register to Run in the Hershey 10K
Put a spring in your step at the Hershey 10K presented by Capital BlueCross. Race 6.2 miles through Hersheypark and beautiful Hershey on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Central Pennsylvania, Aaron's Acres, the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). 

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. The $50 registration fee includes: race registration, short sleeve tech t-shirt, finishers medal, bib with timing device, and a post-race recovery bag. 
Meet the Candidates for the 10th Congressional Seat
The Hershey Indivisible Team (HIT) will host a Candidates' Night for the 10th Congressional Seat on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The event will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Both Republican and Democratic candidates have been invited to attend. Scott LaMar, host of WITF’s Smart Talk, will moderate.
Candidates have been sent questions on key issues of importance to HIT members. Their responses will be posted on the HIT website as soon as they can be processed.
Each candidate will be given two minutes to make introductory remarks, followed by randomly selected questions to delve more deeply into the preparation and background of each candidate. A brief meet and greet will follow. Questions can be sent to
The newly drawn 10 th Congressional District includes Dauphin County, eastern Cumberland County and northern York County.
The Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event nor any product or service offered.
Bring Your Canine Friends to the
Bark for Life Event
The annual Bark for Life of Hummelstown-Hershey will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Schaffner Memorial Park, located at Poplar and Walter Streets, Hummelstown.
Bark For Life® is an American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraising event that honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions. The Bark for Life event includes a noncompetitive walk for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Fundraising dollars go directly to human cancer research. 

Bark For Life is a great day of fun with your dog — or as an individual! Sign up or donate today! Help make a difference and save a life.   
10th Annual Mission Classic to Benefit
Hershey Food Bank
The Hershey Food Bank will hold the 10th Annual Mission Classic on Saturday, June 2 at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. The tournament will include a four-person scramble, skills contest, flighted awards, door prizes, a raffle, and a chicken and ribs lunch.

Mulligans will be available for $5.00 or 10 canned goods. Visit for more information.
Order Your Flower Basket
The William S. Bowman Trust is selling beautiful flower baskets. Orders must be placed and paid for by March 23.

11" baskets are $20 and 12" baskets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the William S. Bowman Trust for the horticultural beautification of Hershey.

Baskets will be available for pick-up on Saturday, May 12 at the Hershey Theatre parking lot, behind 14 East Chocolate Avenue, between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
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