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Website Redesign Underway
The Township website is in the process of being redesigned. Residents needing copies of Board or Planning Commission minutes or agendas should contact secretary@harristownship.org. Once the redesign is complete, we will resume posting minutes and agendas online.
Thank you for your patience!

Policing in Harris Township

Residents may have seen recent media reports about two thefts in the Township. The first occurred at the Wash World on Boal Avenue on July 14, 2014 at approximately 12:39 AM. An unknown white male stole cash/coins from the change machine. The suspect was caputred on surveillance camera and is described as a white mail possibly in his 40s or 50s diriving a white Toyota van.

The second occured at Happy Valley Refreshments on Boal Avenue between July 20 and 21, 2014. An unknown person entered the business through the window AC unit and stole cash and checks.

If you can provide any information on either of these incidents, please contact State College Police at 234-7150.

In light of these incidents, the Township wanted to provide more information on the police services we receive from State College Borough and provide an update on our year to date crime statistics.

The Township has contracted police services from State College Borough for 33 years. The amount of weekly patrol hours is determined at budget time by the Board of Supervisors. We are currently contracting for 74 hours of patrol time per week.

This does not mean that we are only receiving 74 hours of police services per week. The Township is covered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the Borough, meaning residents can contact the police anytime they need them. We use the 74 hours of contracted time for regular patrols, special traffic details (we work with the police department to conduct speed enforcement throughout the Township) and to address other non-emergency issues. 

Though we've had several high profile incidents in 2014, our crime rate is actually down 41 percent since 2010. From July 22, 2013 to July 21, 2014, we've had a total of 127 reported crimes. In 2010, that number was 214. Residents who wish to see the breakdown for the entire 5 year period can contavt the Township Manager at
manager@harristownship.org or by phone at 466-6228.

What can residents do in light of these recent incidents? First, report any suspicious activity you see to State College Police (234-7150). Second, the police can work with interested residents to set up neighborhood watch programs. these programs provide an extra set of eyes for the police and can help to deter vandalism and other crimes. Residents interested in setting up a neighborhood watch program can either contact the police directly at the number listed above or the Township Office at 466-6228.

We encourage residents with questions about our police services to either contact the Township Manager at
manager@harristownship.org or 466-6228 or to attend a monthly Board of Supervisors meeting. The Board meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:30 PM. All citizens are encouraged to attend.

Adopt--A-Hydrant Program

The Boalsburg Fire Company is asking for your partnership in its Hydrant Heroes Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and keeping it free of snow during the winter and free of weeds and shrubbery in the summer. Your participation in this program saves time in the fire company's incident response, and could help save property or even a life. To sign up for the program, please contact the fire company at info@boalsburgfire.com or call (814) 466-7367.

Community Help Centre Now Accepting Donations

The Community Help Centre (CHC) is Centre County's volunteer-based, non-profit organization that provides services, resources, education, training and information to people who are in need of support and to people who are seeking crisis intervention.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the CHC's work, please contact Bonnie Tatterson, Director of the CHC at bonniet@communityhelpcentre.com.

Donations are accepted online at www.communityhelpcentre.com and at the Centre located at 141 West Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801.

Planning Commissioner Ron Buckalew Honored by PA Planning Chapter

Long time Harris Township Planning Commission member Ron Buckalew won the Citizen Planning Advocate Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association. Dr. Buckalew has been a member of the Township's Planning Commission for 24 years and also served on the Centre Region Planning Commission.

Keeping Chickens on Residential Lots

A sheet detailing the newly-enacted chicken regulations can be found here.

Columbia Gas to Gauge Interest in Gas Line Extension

Columbia Gas gave a presentation and answered resident’s questions at the Board's August meeting on the process for extending natural gas lines. Efforts will continue to gauge interest in having gas lines extended in the Township.  They have asked interested residents to complete the form linked below (in both Word and pdf formats). Please complete and return the form to the Township Manager via e-mail at akfarkas@comcast.net or by dropping it off or mailing it to the office,
224 East Main Street.
We appreciate your feedback on this issue.

Columbia Gas Form (Word)
Columbia Gas Form (PDF)


Township News

Township residents can stay informed about community activities by tuning into Township-sponsored programs on C-NET TV (channel 7), or view them online, on-demand at C-NET's website

The Board of Supervisors meetings air on the following days and times during the second week of each month:

Tuesday – 7:30 PM
Wednesday – 2:00 PM
Thursday – 1:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Friday – 8:30 AM
Sunday – 4:00 PM

Residents Encouraged to Sign Up to Receive Emergency Alerts

Centre Region residents are encouraged to click the link below and register to receive emergency alerts directly via their landlines, cell phones and email accounts through the Centre County Code Red System. Alerts will only be sent when critical information has to be communicated and all information will be kept confidential.

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Special Announcements

Earned Income Tax Reminder

As a reminder, the Township no longer collects earned income tax. Taxes are collected by State College Borough.
2013 tax forms can be found www.statecollegepa.us/DocumentCenter/View/8614

Real Estate Tax Bills Sent Out
2014 State College Area School District real estate taxes were recently mailed to property owners.

The period for discount payments expires September 15th.

The deadline for the first installment payment (for those opting to make installment payments) is August 15th.

Taxes can be paid in person during regular business hours of 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM on weekdays, or dropped off in our after-hours drop box at the Township office. The drop box is directly to the right of the front door.

Please find the 2014 meeting schedules for the Harris Township Authority, Board, and Commission/Committees by clicking here

Township Office 
224 East Main Street
P.O. Box 20
 Boalsburg, PA 16827

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