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Police changes discussed at 'Harrisburg Next' forum

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Change is on the horizon in Harrisburg. That was the message at the first Harrisburg Next forum Tuesday night at the City Government Center.

#HbgNext is a Twitter hashtag created by Pennlive.com as a way for Harrisburg residents to voice questions and concerns about the Capitol city over social media.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse was joined by City Council members Eugenia Smith and Sandra Reid, as well as police Chief Tom Carter and public works Director Aaron Johnson.

The group discussed several topics including combating crime and blight, trash issues, snow removal, potholes, parking fee hikes and dog licensing. They also took questions from the audience.

Chief Carter spoke about changes coming to the police department including new zones in the Uptown section of the city, the addition of five more crime cameras, and the creation of a police force specifically dedicated to the city's housing projects.

You can find a portion of Chief Carter's remarks on the abc27 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/abc27news.

For residents and business owners concerned about new parking hours, fees and fines, the first Parking Advisory Council meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Harrisburg.

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