How large is the Borough of Carlisle?
Carlisle Borough comprises 5.5 square miles in the center of the Cumberland Valley in south-central Pennsylvania. The population of Carlisle according to the latest Census was 18,572.
How old is the Borough of Carlisle?
The Borough of Carlisle was founded in 1751.
How is the Borough of Carlisle governed?
The Borough of Carlisle is incorporated and organized under Pennsylvania’s Borough Code. The present type of borough government is typical of small Pennsylvania municipalities in the nineteenth century. Most of the present cities were boroughs first and became cities as their populations increased. The governing body of the Borough of Carlisle is an elected council of seven members, elected at large for four-year overlapping terms. The powers of council are broad and extensive, covering virtually the whole range of municipal functions. A mayor is elected for a four-year term. Under the Borough Code, the Mayor oversees the operations of the Police Department, has veto authority over Council legislation and may break ties on Borough Council votes.
Like many of the more than 200 boroughs operating under the Borough Code, the Borough of Carlisle has adopted an ordinance to establish the office of the Borough Manger. As the chief administrative officer appointed by council, the manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and enforcing the ordinances of council, relieving council members from routine daily administration.
Where is Borough Hall located and what are the hours of operation?
Borough Hall is located at 53 W. South Street in Carlisle. The Borough Office can be reached by phone at 717-249-4422. Borough Hall is open from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays.
Who is my Council Member and how may I contact him/her?
Council members are elected at large in the Borough. Click here to see the current Borough Council. Citizens who would like to contact a council member should call the Borough office at 717-249-4422.
When does Borough Council meet?
Borough Council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in Borough Hall at 53 W. South Street. Public hearings on specific issues are often held before the regularly scheduled Council meting. Public hearings and any additional or special Council meetings required are advertised in the local newspaper no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting.
How do I get something on the agenda or address the Council at a Borough Council meeting?
To place an item on the agenda or to speak on a specific issue, contact the Office of the Borough Manager at 717-249-4422. Items appearing on the Agenda receive prior approval of the Borough Manager. To speak on an item already on the agenda, simply let the Borough Manager, Borough Secretary, Mayor, or a Council Member know that you are there to speak on a specific item, and you will be called on when the item is discussed. Citizens who desire to speak on a topic not on the printed agenda will be provided an opportunity under the “New Business” portion of the meeting. You are asked to limit your comments to five minutes, excluding questions from Council.
If I want to voice my concern (or compliment) about Borough services or a Borough department or employee, what do I do?
If you know the specific department you wish to contact please call or e-mail them directly (click here for the Borough departments). The Borough Manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the Borough. You may to contact the Borough Manager’s office at 717-249-4422, or write to the: Borough Hall, 53 W. South Street, Carlisle, PA 17013.
Where can I get a copy of the Municipal Code Book or any other ordinance?
The Code of the Borough of Carlisle can be accessed online. Citizens desiring to see a copy of the Code of the Borough of Carlisle may visit the Borough Office at 53 W. South Street. A copy of the Code of the Borough of Carlisle is also available at the Bosler Free Library, 158 W. High Street.