Residents invited to public planning sessions for naval air station
Residents interested in the redevelopment of the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Horsham will have the opportunity to participate in the planning process during two days of meetings scheduled for June 10 and 11 at the Horsham Community Center. The event will be organized by RKG and Associates, the group tasked with developing a reuse plan on behalf of the Horsham Land Reuse Authority. RKG will conduct a two-day design charrette involving members of the community and the HLRA Board. The activities will begin with two identical public sessions on Friday afternoon and evening and will conclude on Saturday afternoon with a final presentation of the results. Meeting attendees will participate in a design exercise to prepare various sketch concepts for the team to consider. Each group will be facilitated by the RKG Team. By 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, RKG will organize the community’s thoughts into a Powerpoint presentation, demonstrating how the ideas could be incorporated into various reuse alternatives. Click here for more information.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 5/23/2011
Lower Merion announces FEMA Flood map appeal period
The Township of Lower Merion is alerting citizens potentially affected by proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that the appeal period is now underway and will continue through July 25, 2011. In January 2011, letters were sent to those impacted by the proposed changes and a public workshop was held in February to educate residents about the National Flood Insurance Program and to answer questions. Montgomery County’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps will not become effective until later in 2011 or the early part of 2012 although an effective date has not yet been provided by FEMA. From now until the effective date, property owners can take advantage of preferred risk policy extension rates or grandfathered insurance rates. Lower Merion Township property owners who wish to file an appeal or protest may do so in written form only. All appeals should be directed to the Director of Building and Planning, 75 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore PA 19003. Lower Merion Township will promptly forward all appeals and protests to FEMA.
Source: Lower Merion Township; 5/27/2011
Pottstown proposed final budget includes 1.9 percent tax increase
The Pottstown School Board approved the proposed final budget for 2011-12 that will include a tax increase of 1.9 percent. The budget will raise the tax rate for property owners in the school district to 36.8103 mills, and a property assessed at the district average of $73,963 will pay an additional $52.76 in property taxes. The tax increase will help close the remaining $2.3 million budget gap, along with cutting expenses in a variety of education programming, including elementary library, art, music, physical education, middle school art and music. The budget is open for public inspection before final adoption at the June 19 budget meeting.
Source: Pottstown Mercury; 5/19/2011
North Penn adopts proposed final budget
The proposed final budget recently adopted by the North Penn School Board includes no tax increase, no program cuts and also no pay increase for employees. However, the school board and administration are still negotiating with the unions about a wage freeze, and the state has yet to finalize a budget that will determine how much money the school district will receive. The district is asking teacher and support staff unions to accept a salary freeze for six months follow by a scheduled pay increase on the 14th pay of the 2011-12 school year. The district will use up to $7.2 million from savings to cover the remaining $10 million budget gap. The budget is set to be finalized at the June 23 board meeting.
Source: The Reporter; 5/19/2011
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