LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
August 26, 2019 7:00 PM
LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
August 26, 2019 7:00 PM
Lower Allen Township – Recreation and Parks Board
August 28, 2019
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Starting on Thursday, August 22, and continuing through the weekend, a contractor will be doing pipeline relocation work on Gettysburg Road west of Wesley Drive, in the area of Audubon Road. Access will be available, but traffic will be limited to one lane, controlled by flaggers, so there may be delays.
Please use caution, and patience, when driving through the area.
Construction has been continuing on the roundabouts at Rossmoyne Road/Lisburn Road and Arcona Road/Lisburn Road. Much of the initial work has been subsurface, so above-ground constructed facilities are not yet evident.
Rossmoyne/Lisburn: The Stormwater Management Basin has been completed. A portion of the storm drainage collection and conveyance system has been installed. Utility coordination work has been ongoing, and relocation of utility facilities will soon begin.
Arcona/Lisburn: Installation of the sanitary sewer main through the roundabout area is complete. Significant amounts of rock were encountered during this excavation. While that is not surprising, it does slow the work since blasting is not feasible in that location. A portion of the storm drainage collection and conveyance system has been installed. Utility facility relocation work is in progress.
Reopening of Lisburn Road is still scheduled for mid-November.
Lisburn Road will be detoured starting Monday, July 15, for construction of two roundabouts. The roundabouts will be located at the intersections of Lisburn Road/Rossmoyne Road, and Lisburn Road/Arcona Road.
Lisburn Road will be closed to all traffic between the bridge over the Pa. Turnpike, and Rocky Way. Rossmoyne Road and Arcona Road will be closed in the area of Lisburn Road. Access to the Arcona neighborhood and shops will be available using Strong Road, between Rossmoyne Road and Arcona Road. Signs will be posted to direct traffic on the detour route, which will use Slate Hill Road, US Route 15, and PA Route 114.
A plan showing the road configuration after construction is complete can be viewed here. The overall detour plan can be viewed here. The local traffic detour plan can be viewed here.
Construction is expected to be completed in November. Project updates will be posted via the Township’s website and Facebook page as details are available. Questions about the construction can be directed to the Township Engineer, Dan Flint, at email@example.com.
Construction of two roundabouts is scheduled to begin on Lisburn Road. The roundabouts will be located at the intersections of Lisburn Road/Rossmoyne Road, and Lisburn Road/Arcona Road.
Preliminary work will start the week on June 24. Roads will remain open while this work occurs, but there may be short-term delays as traffic is controlled by flaggers.
As the project progresses, Lisburn Road will be detoured during the major construction. Lisburn Road will be closed to all traffic between the bridge over the Pa. Turnpike, and Rocky Way. Rossmoyne Road and Arcona Road will be closed in the area of Lisburn Road. Access to the Arcona neighborhood and shops will be available using Strong Road, between Rossmoyne Road and Arcona Road.
The date for the road closure has not yet been set, but will be publicized in advance. Signs will be posted directing drivers to and along the detour routes. A plan showing the road configuration after construction is complete can be viewed here.
Project updates will be posted via the Township’s website and Facebook page as details are available. Questions about the construction can be directed to the Township Engineer, Dan Flint, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has an extensive amount of information about roundabouts, including videos. This information can be accessed here: https://www.penndot.gov/ProjectAndPrograms/RoadDesignEnvironment/RoadDesign/Pages/Roundabouts.aspx
STORMWATER FEE BEGINNING APRIL 2019
Beginning April 1, 2019, you will see a NEW Stormwater Fee as a line item on your existing Sewer and/or Refuse bill from the Township, or you will begin to receive a Stormwater bill from the Township if you are currently not served by public sewer or refuse. This is a quarterly fee that is being assessed on all properties in Lower Allen Township. Residential, including vacant properties, will be billed a flat $19.00 fee per quarter. Non-residential and multifamily units will be billed based upon the area of impervious coverage on the property.
The dedicated source of funding generated by the Stormwater Management Program Fee provides the resources to address the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) compliance requirements. The Township’s Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) was approved by PADEP in December of 2018. Township staff is currently working on implementation of that plan, which includes the conversion of 10 detention basins into bioretention facilities within a five-year period. In addition to the PRP implementation, the Operation and Maintenance of our Stormwater System is a significant portion of the Stormwater Program.
If you received your stormwater bill and think there might be an error, you should complete a Stormwater Appeal Form and submit it to Rebecca Davis, MS4 Coordinator, at email@example.com. To file an appeal, go to the Lower Allen Township website, www.latwp.org, and click on the Lower Allen Stormwater Icon. A link to a form fillable appeal form will be at the bottom of the page. Forms are also available at the Township office.
Updates on the Stormwater Program will be placed on the Township website (www.latwp.org) and in future issues of the Township News. If you have any questions regarding the fee, or Stormwater Program, please contact Rebecca Davis, MS4 Coordinator, @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or 717-975-7575 ext. 1010.
The Lower Allen Township Board of Commissioners heard a presentation from Arcadis, the Township’s consultant, regarding the Stormwater Fee and Feasibility Study at their regular meeting on October 8, 2018. Recommendations regarding the Stormwater rate structure were discussed with the Commissioners as well as the Stormwater Management Program scope and budget.
The 5-year Stormwater Program budget is projected to be approximately 1.2 million dollars per year. Most of the money in the budget is allocated to the EPA and PADEP federally-mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Compliance requirements. Additional budgeted funds will be spent on stormwater infrastructure maintenance, inspection and replacement as required.
The following rate structure was presented to the Commissioners: Residential properties, including vacant properties, will be billed a flat fee. Non-residential and multifamily units will be billed based upon the impervious area on the property. An Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) was calculated to equal 3,115 SF. This number was based upon a digitized study of buildings, sidewalks, and driveways in the Township. To determine the fee per ERU, the total number of ERUs in the Township was calculated and this number was divided by the Stormwater Program costs. The quarterly stormwater fee for Lower Allen Township properties was presented to the Commissioners as $19 per ERU.
Residential and vacant properties will be billed a flat rate of $19.00 (1 ERU) per quarter. Non-residential and multifamily units will be billed based on the number of ERUs (3,115 SF) that the property has, times the rate of $19/per ERU, per quarter. The chart below illustrates fee examples:
At the conclusion of the presentation by Arcadis, the Commissioners voted unanimously to advertise an ordinance authorizing the Stormwater Fee. Ordinance 2018-10 was enacted by the Board of Commissioners on October 22, 2018, authorizing LATSA to enact and collect stormwater fees and to provide a system for collection of the fees for payment to Lower Allen Township to maintain stormwater facilities and fund other stormwater related expenditures. At their November 1, 2018 regular meeting, LATSA unanimously approved Resolution 2018-A-01, enacting the Stormwater Fee rate of $19.00/ERU to be billed quarterly. A Stormwater Credit and Appeals Policy is being drafted currently and will be reviewed and discussed by the LATSA board at their monthly meetings.
The initial quarterly Stormwater Fee bills are projected to mailed in April 2019. If you currently receive a refuse and/or sewer bill, you will see this charge as a separate line item on your bill. If you do not receive a refuse and/or sewer bill, you will now receive a stormwater fee bill from the Township.
Arcadis’s October 8, 2018, presentation is available for review on the Lower Allen Township website:
Updates on the Stormwater Program and information about the Stormwater Authority will be placed on the Township website (www.latwp.org) and in future issues of the Township News. If you have any questions regarding the fee, stormwater program or the Stormwater Authority, please contact Rebecca Davis, MS4 Coordinator, @ email@example.com. or 717-975-7575 ext. 1010.
Click Here to view the Stormwater Authority’s Fee Resolution
Click Here to view Lower Allen Township’s MS4 Page.
Click Here to view Lower Allen Township Stormwater Fee Rate Structure
Click Here to view Arcadis Stormwater Fee Study Presentation