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County Advisory Committees

Ag Land Preservation Board - The Board works to protect viable agricultural lands by maintaining conservation and stemming development. The Board assesses farm eligibility for conservation easements and determines the quality and level of agricultural areas. The Board consists of seven members, including local farmers, a commercial building contractor, and a local government representative. Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Dauphin County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center. Contact Robert Christoff at 717-921-8100 for more information.

Council on Aging - The Council assists and advises the Dauphin County Commissioners in all matters relating to the Area Plan of Service for the Aging. This includes, but is not limited to, assessing the needs of older persons, assisting in the development of the annual service plan, and developing ways to use community resources. The Council consists of 19 members who have knowledge and experience in issues important to seniors. Meetings are held at least six times a year. Contact the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging at 717-780-6130, or click here for more information.
Assessment Appeals Board - The Board hears assessment appeal valuation cases, sets the tax roles for the County Commissioners and determines the market values used in assessment. The Assessment Appeals Board consists of four members, one of which is a solicitor. Meetings are held monthly. Contact Laurie Rux at 717-780-6102 for more information.
Children and Youth Advisory Board - The Board assists and advises the Dauphin County Commissioners and the Administrator of Children and Youth in providing and promoting the welfare and protection of the children and youth in the county and in performing any other related functions that may be assigned. The Board consists of 9 to 13 members chosen from various religious, professional, industrial, educational, cultural, and racial groups. Meetings are held at least six times a year. Click here for more information.
Conservation District - The Board establishes the direction and policy of the Conservation District and focuses on the soil and water management concerns within the county. The board consists of seven members. The Conservation District meetings are held the first Thursday of every month. Contact Bob Christoff, Executive Director 717-921-8100 or click here for more information.
Cooperative Extension - Cooperative Extension is an affiliate of Penn State University. It provides various programs to the community, such as the 4-H program for youth, the Master Gardeners, and regular series of informative lectures, seminars and classes. Cooperative Extension consists of multiple individuals with experience in this area. Members are elected at an annual meeting. Contact Jane Landis at 717-921-8803 or click here for more information.
Dauphin County Department of Drugs and Alcohol Service - The board's goal is to reduce the incidence and minimize the costs associated with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. This is done by determining the need for drug and alcohol services, aid in preparing a multi-year plan and other pertinent responsibilities. The board consists of 11 members with at least one member from each of the following five fields: criminal justice, education, health care, drug and alcohol service recipient and human services. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month. Contact 717-635-2254 or click here for more information.
Fort Hunter Board of Trustees - The Board of Trustees oversee the operation and improvement of the Fort Hunter Museum, which has been designated as a memorial to Margaret Wister Meigs. The Board oversees and manages the trust fund for Fort Hunter on behalf of Dauphin County. The board consists of seven members. Meetings are held monthly at the Fort Hunter Museum. Contact Carl Dickson at 717-599-5188 or click here for more information.
General Authority - The Authority is created to acquire, hold, construct, improve, maintain, own, and lease any and all projects and holdings of the County. The General Authority consists of five members appointed by the Dauphin County Commissioners. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month. Contact the General Authority at 717-985-1627 for more information.
Library System - The board operates the public library system, striving to assure public access to information and materials that educate, enrich, enlighten and entertain. The Board of Trustees consists of 17 individuals, 12 of whom are elected, and 5 of whom are appointed by the Dauphin County Commissioners. Interested individuals may become members by making an annual voluntary contribution. Board meetings are held at noon on the third Tuesday of each month at various libraries. Meetings are open to the public. Write to the Board President at 101 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 for more information.
Mental Heath and Mental Retardation Advisory Board - The Advisory Board works to develop plans and make recommendations to the County Commissioners regarding mental health and mental retardation services in the county, including purchase of service, contracts and funds required to implement the program. The Board also reviews the performance of the MH/MR program and recommends a system of program evaluation. The Board consists of ten members drawn from many different community groups that are focused on mental health. Meetings are held every other month. Contact Dan Eisenhauer at 717-780-7050 or click here for more information.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board - The Advisory Board provides community input and guidance to parks and recreation programs and facilities. The Board consists of five to seven members actively involved in Dauphin County Parks. Meetings are held as required. Contact Carl Dickson at 717-599-5188 or click here for more information.
Herbert A. Schaffner Youth Center Advisory Board - The Advisory Board promotes the proper management of Schaffner Youth Center and the principles of the Balanced Approach to Restorative Justice, makes recommendations to the County Commissioners, reviewing the budget and advising the Director. The Board consists of 2 standing members and 11 appointed members. Meetings occur the first Friday of every month. Contact Sara Steckbeck at 717-780-6701 or click here for more information.
Solid Waste Advisory Committee - The Committee promotes an effective Solid Waste Management Plan and advises Dauphin County with recommendations when necessary. The Committee meets as needed and consists of 13 members, including several county officials and members of local organizations. Contact Keith Kepler at 717-982-6772 or click here for more information.
Planning Commission - The Planning Commission is tasked with preparing and maintaining a county comprehension plan, review all subdivision and land development plans proposed to the county and advises the County Commissioners in determining the best development plans. The Commission consists of 11 members, including a County Commissioner. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month. Contact Tim Reardon at 717-234-2639 more information.
Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board / First Time Home Buyers Program (FTHB) -
Dauphin County offers down payment assistance for first time home buyers (that meet the qualification criteria) in Dauphin County.  The program is overseen by the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board.  For assistance with the FTHB program, please contact Terry Haines at 717-780-6255 or
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