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Cumberland Valley's Josha Titus passes in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth match Thursday evening at Wilson Middle School.

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Beer and wine sales coming to Carlisle Sheetz on Ritner Highway

Beer and wine sales will be coming to a Sheetz store at the intersection of Allen Road and Ritner Highway in Carlisle.

Carlisle Borough Council passed a resolution at its Wednesday workshop meeting to transfer a restaurant retail liquor license from Shippensburg Borough to Carlisle.

Mark Kozar of Flaherty & O’Hara, the law firm handling the liquor license transfer for Sheetz, said the liquor code was amended in 2000 to allow the transfer of a license from any municipality in the county to another municipality in the county so long as a resolution is issued permitting the transfer.

Kozar said the timeline for the addition of beer and wine sales will be dependent on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

A cooler area at the store used to hold cold soda will be eliminated to make room for a beer cave, a walk-in area in which all the beer will be stored. Although the stores are open 24 hours, beer and wine sales would be limited to 7 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Sunday. The door to the beer cave is locked each morning at 1:45 a.m.

Founded in 1952 with a single store in Altoona, Sheetz now has more than 600 stores in six states, and 256 of those stores sell beer and/or wine, including 54 stores in Pennsylvania.

Kozar said Sheetz has a comprehensive responsible alcohol management program in which all employees receive training from the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement on how to recognize fake identifications, visibly intoxicated people and pass-off situations. They will also be trained in interventional procedures, or TIP, training.

Sheetz also follows a 100-percent carding policy that uses a scanner to recognize fake or underage identifications. If more than one person comes to the register to buy beer or wine, all of them are carded. If one of them is underage, there is no sale and a record of the attempted purchase is made.

Sheetz will also sell a selection of single beers for on-premise consumption with a limit of two beers, which must be purchased with food. Kozar said this is not something that Sheetz wants to do, but is required as a result of court decisions.

“They don’t have happy hours. They don’t promote on-premise consumption at all. They actually prefer not to do it, but we’re forced to and, what we’ve seen in the 54 stores that are open and operating is there’s very little on-premises consumption,” he said.

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Redeveloping Carlisle: Four years, three projects and $25 million

Changes to key roads on the north end of Carlisle could begin as early as next month with construction continuing for three years.

That timeline was discussed during a presentation by project manager Herbert, Rowland & Grubic at Wednesday’s workshop meeting of the Carlisle Borough Council.

Brian Emberg of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic said the Connectivity Project, which is related to infrastructure improvements connected to the Carlisle Urban Redevelopment Plan, is divided into three projects that will total almost $25 million over the next few years.

The first project includes development in and around the former IAC/Masland site that is now owned by Carlisle Auto Industries. This project is further divided into two phases.

The western phase includes the extension of A, B, C and D streets from Fairground Avenue to Carlisle Springs Road, and does not affect traffic as it is passing through the former IAC/Masland site. The only potential effect on traffic could be when the extensions of those streets reach the tie-in phase with existing roads, Emberg said.

The western phase began with groundbreaking at the CAI site and is expected to continue through November.

Phase 2

The second phase, tagged the HOP phase because of the highway occupancy permit required to complete the work, is on hold until that permit is issued. The work includes road improvements along Carlisle Springs Road, and is anticipated to take place between May 2018 and May 2019, with the bulk of the work coming in 2018.

“A lot of the work in 2019 would be clean up, seeding and mulching and that type of work,” Emberg said.

There is a possible closure and detour on Carlisle Springs Road during the HOP phase, pending approval from PennDOT, Emberg said. Once that approval is granted, the borough will have a more clear idea of when the detour will occur, what the detour route will be and how long the detour will last.

The alternative to detouring is to close down segments and use flagging, which would cause even greater traffic disruptions that would last for a longer period of time.

“If we can close the highway and detour, the construction can occur in a much more compact time so it will have less impact to the traveling public, the school district’s bus routes and the elementary school,” Emberg said.

There is also an aging water line in the center of the road that will be repaired when the road is closed. Because of its location, it’s nearly impossible to do flagging and single-lane closure, Emberg said.

“By piggybacking on this detour, it’s going to save the borough quite a bit of money,” Emberg said.

Borough manager Matt Candland said the detour allows a number of projects involving water, sewer and stormwater to be done at the same time to save time and money.

The two phases included in the CAI Development Project are expected to reach $4.4 million.

Project 1

The second project, known as Borough Project 1, includes the realignment of Carlisle Springs Road and signalizing the intersection as well as a roundabout at the intersection of North Hanover Street, East and West Penn streets and Fairground Avenue.

This project will be done in staged construction, which will help maintain two lanes of traffic at all times on Hanover Street. It will move traffic off to the side and will involve building the new project like a puzzle, Emberg said.

“It will extend the duration and drive the cost up, too, but, frankly, there is no other way. It would be almost impossible to detour that,” he said.

Short detours will be need on Penn Street and Fairground Avenue.

The project is in pre-construction, and will begin in autumn 2019 with a wrap-up date in spring 2021.

Emberg said, however, that the schedules are not set in stone as they are dependent on a number of variables. For example, if the rights of way are obtained faster, the schedule could move up.

TIGER project

The third project is known as the Borough TIGER Project; so named because of a $5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant received by the borough in 2016 to assist with the construction. The project includes traffic calming measures on Fairground Avenue, stormwater and sidewalk improvements as well as a four-point roundabout at B and College streets and a three-point roundabout at B Street and Fairground Avenue.

The total cost of this project is $10.9 million, with construction slated for late summer 2019 through late summer 2020.

“It’s a little bit behind the Project 1, but we think it’s actually going to be ready for construction a little sooner,” Emberg said.

Traffic control will include detours, and the project will be phased to allow only one block at a time to be closed with accommodations being made for property owners.

Emberg also outlined a plan to keep the public informed about the progress of the project. Project updates will be available on a website that includes the background of the project as well as day-to-day updates, progress photo galleries and a section for frequently asked questions.

Information about the project will also be available through news releases, on social media, via email and through meetings.

Triggers for communication on each of these platforms include the start and end of each project, car shows and other events at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, major downtown events and changes in traffic control associated with each of the projects. These traffic controls could include lane closures, road closures and flagging.

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel 

Construction at Carlisle Tire & Wheel site along North College Street.

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Bill Tracker: Payment for school employees 'killed in the line of duty'

Each legislative session thousands of bills and amendments are introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Only a fraction become law, and an even smaller portion receive wide media coverage.

These bills impact the lives of people living in Pennsylvania every day.

Each week The Sentinel will highlight one bill that has not received widespread attention.

About the bill

On Feb. 14, Scott Beigel, Chris Hixon and Aaron Feis were among the 17 killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

All three were employees of the school district and died trying to protect students. Feis was killed when he threw himself in front of students to protect them from gunfire, according to CNN.

While several bills have been introduced to increase security at schools, one state lawmaker has introduced a measure that would compensate employees’ families for these kinds of heroics.

House Bill 2208 would provide a $500,000 death benefit to any professional school employee who is killed “in the line of duty.”

The bill, introduced by Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Philadelphia, would require the state treasurer to make a payment to the beneficiary of the employee.

Within 30 days of the employee’s death, the Office of the Attorney General would be required to investigate the case and determine if the employee died “in the line of duty,” defined as a “death of a professional employee who was killed as a result of violence while working in a professional capacity,” according to the bill.

From there, the Attorney General’s Office would notify the state secretary of Education and request the payment be made by the state treasurer.

The bill would make ineligible any family who was responsible for the employee’s death.

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South Middleton School District: Buildings and grounds position to cover safety and security

South Middleton School District has revised its description for the director of buildings and grounds position to include safety and security in both the job title and job duties.

The school board could vote April 16 on whether to accept the revised description for a full-time job last held by Andrew Glantz, who resigned on March 2 to take a similar position with the West Shore School District.

The board has appointed Edward C. Consalo to serve as the temporary director of buildings and grounds through June 30 or until a permanent replacement is hired. Consalo is being paid $350 per day.

The revised description adds safety and security duties that were previously unwritten but were part of the regular job, said Matthew Ulmer, operations and business manager. “We just formalized it.”

Prior to his departure, Glantz routinely took on such tasks as district liaison with police departments and as the supervisor in charge of maintaining the surveillance camera and burglar alarm systems, Ulmer said. He said the deadline for applicants is April 20 with interviews expected to start the week of April 30. A permanent replacement could be hired in May.

In related news, applications closed on March 30 for the director of athletics position left vacant when Patrick Dieter resigned in February. The administrative team is reviewing the credentials of 35 to 38 applicants vying for the job, said Bruce Deveney, acting superintendent. Interviews could begin within the next two weeks.

The timing of when the board could consider a finalist is contingent on the schedule of incoming Superintendent Matthew Strine, who will be involved in the interviews for the athletics director position, Deveney said. Strine is scheduled to take over on July 1.