Township Eager for Funding Help to Clear Debris

LOWER FREDERICK PA – Money due to be released to municipalities by the federal and Pennsylvania emergency management agencies, partially to help pay for clean-up of damage left behind by Tropical Storm Ida, gives township Board of Supervisors Chair Chuck Yeiser hope that Lower Frederick can cover future costs of removing debris sitting in Foy Park and elsewhere, he said Saturday (Oct. 16, 2021).

The Main Street, Spring Mount, park was the scene during the weekend of the successful township Fall Fest, which attracted hundreds of people to games, activities, food, and entertainment. A swath of the park lining the bank of the Perkiomen Creek was unusable, however. It was covered with downed trees and other items washed across the land weeks ago from creek flooding caused by Ida’s heavy rains.

The area was cordoned off Saturday by yellow caution tape and signs that declared “Danger, Keep Off, Unstable Debris.”

Yeiser was on hand at Fall Fest to both greet residents and distribute information about availability of the proposed draft for Lower Frederick’s updated comprehensive plan. He pointed to the debris field as he talked, and indicated he and fellow supervisors were looking to clear it away. As with most municipalities in similar straits, however, that expense could run into thousands of dollars.

It’s a cost few counties, townships, and boroughs are in a position to afford themselves.

That’s why Yeiser said he welcomed the Oct. 8 news from the emergency management agencies on how federal money allocated to help municipalities will be passed to them through its state counterpart. The funding has the potential to pay for up to 75 percent of tasks like hauling away the Foy Park flood remains. The relief can’t come soon enough, he said.

It still leaves 25 percent to be paid by the municipalities themselves. Regulations accompanying the funding may allow that quarter-share to be contributed as in-kind services, like those provided by the township Public Works Department.

The draft of the comprehensive plan update

Not surprisingly, the 160-page draft of the comprehensive plan update – published in September and available here for download from the township website – in part addresses Lower Frederick’s floodplain areas. It offers a series of goals specifically intended to help reduce the effects of storm water run-off and simultaneously protect township public and private water resources from contamination.

The highly detailed report gives a thorough history and overview of the township’s land uses and attributes. It also sets the same kind of goals and recommendations for other portions of its natural environment, transportation, infrastructure, and village development and community character. The draft update further describes how the plan can be implemented and afforded through 2040.

The township welcomes public comment on the draft update. Yeiser encourages residents to browse through and read its contents, and send an e-mail with thoughts or suggestions to lowerfrederick2040@lowerfrederick.org.

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