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Project Design is Complete; Attention Turns to Construction Bids
With the design of the $29 million Bloomsburg flood protection system now complete, attention has turned to bids for its construction. The Columbia County Commissioners plan to advertise for bids this fall. SEDA-COG is overseeing the project on behalf of the Commissioners.
A meeting to update the public will be held October 29 at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of the Bloomsburg High School, 1200 Railroad Street. In addition to SEDA-COG, participants at the meeting will include the County Commissioners and representatives of Borton-Lawson, the project’s engineering firm.
The flood protection system will essentially consist of a wall, 5,650 ft. in length and 14 ft. at its highest point. Plans call for a U-shaped structure directly protecting Autoneum North America and the Windsor Foods site. The height is based on the maximum flood of record ─ Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. The wall will be one-and-a-half feet above the storm’s level.
The completed system will consist of three types of flood protection. Pre-cast concrete panels will be utilized in the vicinity of Autoneum, with openings in the wall and closures for high water situations. “Mechanically stabilized” earthen levees will be constructed along Schley and West 11th streets. The project will also make use of conventional earthen levees. There will be eight closure structures within the system, of varying design, depending on their location and the type of wall where they are used.
“While the system is intended to keep flood waters away from Autoneum and the Windsor site,” said SEDA-COG’s Glenda Ruch, “when heavy rains occur, water has to be moved from behind the wall.” A pump station for the conveyance of storm water will be constructed along Snyder’s Run, near Autoneum,
Due to HUD’s request for the inclusion of additional information in the Substantial Amendment, originally published in March 2014, DCED is currently requesting public comment for the Revised Substantial Amendment of its 2012 CDBG-DR Action Plan. The draft of this document may be reviewed on DCED’s website located at www.newpa.com, scroll to the bottom right corner and it is located under the Federally Funded HUD Programs heading labeled “Revised Substantial Amendment for CDBG-DR Action Plan (May 2014)”.
Any questions or comments may submit them to the mailbox: RA-DCEDcdbg&[email protected]
Draft 2015-2018 SEDA-COG Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
Proposed Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Amendment: CSVT Project
SEDA Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is seeking input and opening public comment periods for the documents listed above. The public comment period for the Draft 2015-2018 SEDA-COG TIP and the proposed amendment to the SEDA-COG LRTP will open on May 9, 2014 and close at 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2014.
Please join us for a public meeting and information session on the Draft 2015-2018 TIP and the proposed amendment to the SEDA-COG LRTP between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. on May 19, 2014, at SEDA-COG’s Office, 201 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
The TIP is the regionally agreed-upon list of priority transportation projects, as required by federal law. The LRTP is the region’s long range vision for prioritizing transportation investments in the region, and the proposed amendment to the LRTP results from requirements for including the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) Project in the fiscally-constrained set of projects that are part of the LRTP.
Copies of the Draft TIP and LRTP amendment documents are on the Web at www.seda-cog.org and can also be viewed during normal business hours at SEDA-COG, county government, public transit, PennDOT District offices, and libraries in the region. Citizens are encouraged to provide comments in writing.
The SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will consider adoption of the 2015-2018 TIP and the amendment to the LRTP at a public meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, at SEDA-COG’s office in Lewisburg, PA.
For more information or to provide comments, contact:
Mr. Jim Saylor, Transportation Planning Director
201 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Email: [email protected]
SEDA-COG is committed to compliance with applicable nondiscrimination
Residents can pay their sewer bill online by clicking on the “Bloomsburg Municipal Authority” page under “Government” or by going to xpressbillpay.com. Here is a step by step guide. If you have any questions, please contact the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority’s billing company at (570) 317-2600.
The Town of Bloomsburg is trying to choose a new slogan. Please take a few moments to review the choices below, then click on the hyperlink at the bottom of this article. After clicking on the hyperlink, you will be directed to an online poll. Here you will be able to vote for one of the options listed or you can submit your own idea for a new Town slogan. You may also submit your ideas or suggestions to: [email protected] If the survey is not working on your computer you can also print out the pdf provided here:
Slogan Voting Form
Please print out the survey, complete it, and mail it to:Lauren Martz Assistant Town Administrator Town Hall 301 E. Second St. Bloomsburg, PA 17815
All votes and recommendations will be presented to the Admin/Finance Committee meeting at their October meeting on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8am.Slogan choices:
“Bloom with us.”
“Grow with us.”
Click for the: Town of Bloomsburg Slogan Poll
After the flood in 2011, Town Council and staff have worked diligently to help the community recover from Tropical Storm Lee. Recently, the Town has become aware of two upcoming assistance programs that may help property owners complete their flood recovery efforts or help them better protect their homes from future flood damage. The official guidelines of these programs are anticipated to be released Fall 2013.
At this time, the Town is collecting information through a survey that was recently sent to residents who may have been flooded in 2011. These materials were sent out in an effort to gather information from property owners who may be interested in preparing for future flooding or are still recovering from the last major flood. The collected surveys will allow the Town to fully capture and convey the severity of the flooding in Bloomsburg to the State and Federal government who will be granting the funding from these assistance programs going forward.
As the guidelines are released we hope to learn the following information:Will available assistance be in the form of grants, loans, or a combination? How do property owners qualify for the assistance? Will eligibility be based upon household income, amount of damage the property suffered during the flood, and/or height of the first floor above base flood elevation? What types of properties will be eligible for assistance? Owner-occupied single-family dwellings; rental properties; multi-unit apartment buildings; and/or commercial properties?
Going forward, as the Town learns more about these assistance programs from the State and Federal government, interested property owners will be updated. If you are a property owner in a flood-prone area and are interested in learning more about possible assistance programs, please contact Town Administrator, William Lowthert at 570-784-7123 ext. 121.
In an effort to make our residents interaction with local government more in-line with modern demands, the Town of Bloomsburg welcomes you to our new website. Our focus has been to deliver customer service-oriented design and improved online services.
This marks the first time since 1998 that the site has been re-engineered. This was done primarily to deliver more intuitive navigation and better online functions. In addition, we will be saving space on our servers and the website will be hosted on a secured and backed up system off-site. This new transition will allow us to add more features and applications to the site in the future.
The Town of Bloomsburg has partnered with Summit Design Studio of Lewisburg and is using technology designed to help our local government work more efficiently and with a clear mission of enhancing customer service for our residents.
With online municipal services, there is a real value for customers who have become accustomed to the conveniences of conducting daily business online. An online service is available 24/7 and will allow us to streamline our clerical functions.
We hope you enjoy the new site and can find all the information you are looking for. If you have any suggestions please contact us at 570-784-7123 ext. 125 or send us a message via the Contact Form. In an effort to help residents get started using the site please check out the “Top 10” list below.
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