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Solving Zoning Woes and Boosting Safety: Swatara Township Update

Written by Jake Keiter and featured in our October 25th Print Edition

The Swatara Township Board of Supervisors met on a crisp autumn evening to address several crucial matters affecting the community. Among the key highlights were efforts to clear outstanding zoning and code enforcement violations, a significant proposal from Steckbeck Engineering regarding the Northern Lebanon High School Renovation Plan, and a grant application for the Bunkerhill Fire Company.

Clearing Zoning Violations

The meeting commenced with a notable achievement as the board, in collaboration with the zoning commission, successfully removed four properties from the violations list. These properties had shown substantial progress and were deemed compliant with the local zoning and code regulations. This outcome marks a significant step in the ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of life and aesthetics of the township.

The Northern Lebanon High School Renovation Plan

One of the central agenda items featured a representative from Steckbeck Engineering who presented a detailed proposal for the Northern Lebanon High School Renovation Plan. The ambitious project seeks conditional approval from the Swatara Township Board of Supervisors to extend the school’s parking lot, replace the aging auxiliary gym, and undertake essential updates to the HVAC system, among other improvements.

During the presentation, Swatara Township engineer, Kevin Fox, raised a few concerns that the board considered pivotal. Mr. Fox emphasized the need to address potential issues related to stormwater runoff, an essential consideration for any large construction project. Furthermore, he recommended conducting a comprehensive traffic study before the renovation process commences. These suggestions resonated with the board members, who recognized the importance of these factors in ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.

Consequently, the Swatara Township Board of Supervisors expressed their willingness to endorse Mr. Fox’s recommendations and will be issuing a letter outlining these requirements. However, it’s important to note that the final decision on the conditional approval for the Northern Lebanon High School Renovation Plan ultimately lies with Bethel Township. Swatara Township’s letter will serve as a critical factor in Bethel Township’s decision-making process.

Supporting Bunkerhill Fire Company

In a move that further demonstrates the commitment of the Swatara Township Board of Supervisors to supporting local community organizations, they announced their intention to apply for a $25,000 LSA (Local Share Account) grant. The funds, if awarded, will be directed toward essential supplies for the Bunkerhill Fire Company. This grant application aligns with the ongoing dedication to maintaining public safety and community welfare within Swatara Township.


Jacob Keiter is a husband, a writer, a journalist, a musician, and a business owner. His journey to becoming a writer was one that was paved with challenges, but ultimately led him to find his true calling. Jacob's early years were marked by a strong desire for creative expression. He was always drawn to music, and in his youth, he played in several bands, chasing the elusive promise of fame and success. However, despite his best efforts, Jacob struggled to find the recognition he craved. It wasn't until he hit a low point in his life that Jacob discovered his love for writing. He turned to writing as a form of therapy during a particularly difficult time, and found that it not only helped him to cope with his struggles, but also allowed him to express himself in a way that he had never been able to before. Jacob's writing skills quickly caught the attention of others, and he soon found himself working as a journalist for The Sun out of Hummelstown. From there, he went on to contribute to a variety of publications, including the American Bee Journal and Referee Magazine. Jacob's writing style is reflective of traditional journalism, but he also infuses his work with a unique voice that sets him apart from others in his field. Despite his success as a writer, Jacob also owns another business, JJ Auto & Home, which specializes in cleaning. Jacob's commitment to excellence is evident in all of his endeavors, whether it be in his writing or in his business ventures. Today, Jacob is the author of two books and continues to inspire others through his writing. His journey to becoming a writer serves as a reminder that sometimes our darkest moments can lead us to our greatest achievements.

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