(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 Secretary 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.
Upper Allen Township Administration
100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, Pa 17055
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
2018 Major Accomplishments
Administration And Finance
- Entered into a one-year trash contract extension with Republic Services that runs through December 31, 2019
- Received Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fourth (4th) consecutive year.
- Board awarded the bid for new emergency flashing traffic light at the intersection of English Drive and Gettysburg Pike to C.M. Heim at a cost of $78,300, which is $46,700 under budget. The light can be activated when the Fire Company responds to a call.
- Prepared an ordinance that offers a tax credit to Volunteer Fire Fighters. Adopted by Board on November 7, 2018.
- Projected 2018 expenditures came in under budget by $222,680. Revenues projections exceeded budget by $1 million.
- Board awarded road improvement bid for Kimberly Meadows and Gettysburg Pike to Kinsley Construction and Martin Paving for a total cost of $1,411,856. At the end of construction, the final cost came in at under the Board approved bid amount by $202,300, for a total of $1,211,556.
- Installed a new stormwater pipe under S. Market Street from Webercroft development to Legacy Park at a cost of $173,880, which came in under budget by approximately $16,000.
- Installed new sewer manhole and large concrete stormwater box under Allendale Road. The project elevated Allendale Road out of the flood plain. The project was awarded to low bidder at a total cost of $361,000, which came in under budget by approximately $39,000.
- Received DEP approval on new 5-Year NPDES (Stormwater) Permit. The permit included Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) showing how Township will comply with unfunded EPA/DEP mandated stormwater improvements to reduce phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment going into local streams that flow towards the Chesapeake Bay. Developed a plan to implement a new Stormwater Authority. Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution amending articles of incorporation for new Stormwater Authority. Published stormwater articles for quarterly newsletter. Updated website making it easier to find background information. Held two (2) public meetings (September 12 and October 2) on the proposed stormwater fee. Coordinated agreement with a software vendor to incorporate new stormwater fee in a new quarterly stormwater and sewer bill. Mailed letter to every commercial property owner informing them of the stormwater fee. Prepared 2019 Stormwater Authority budget for adoption in December.
- Updated various sections of the Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Applied for and received $5,000 Land Partnership Grant to assist with engineering and solicitor review costs.
- Develop new Sewer District in Lisburn Rd and Grantham Sewer Trunk. On April 4, 2018, the Board Amended Article XI, Special Sewer District, Chapter 200, to add the Lisburn Trunk and Grantham Interceptor Special Sewer District. Entered into an Agreement with Oakwood Hills to pay a share of costs to upgrade Lisburn Interceptor.
- Replaced Sewer Pipe on E. Winding Hill Road. Provided inspection assistance throughout the project. The project came in $64,000 under budget ($400,000).
- Prepare specs for Allendale sewer extension from S. Market St through Phase I of Legacy Park. The low bid came in at $161,000, which is approximately $95,520 under budget. The project is still underway.
- Constructed new playground in East Winding Hill Park at a total cost of approximately $475,000. The Township applied for and received a $200,000 grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the project. The Grand Opening was held on September 28 with several state officials in attendance.
- Constructed new Dog Park on Daybreak Church Property. Entered into a 10-year agreement for use of land with the church prior to construction. A local Boy Scout Troop constructed several gazebos in the dog park. The project was completed on June 25th and the Grand Opening was held on Saturday, June 30th.
- Completed the construction of a new water quality basin at Winding Hill Park. The project involved relocating the retention pond adjacent to the concession stand to the north end of the park.
2017 Major Accomplishments
Administration And Finance
- 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 to 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 a 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 a 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 a renewal of Aa Rating (High Quality). The bond refinancing resulted in savings of $547,519.
- Continued professional development with the 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the status of all newly approved and constructed sewers.
- Negotiated Easement Agreement with a 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 the 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.