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Green Lane Has Concerns about Dumpsters in Flood Plain
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent

            The Green Lane Zoning Board heard an appeal on January 5th by McCuskins Properties, LLC, Glenside, PA, concerning property the business owns, located at 750 Lumber St., Green Lane.  The approximately 10,000 square-foot parcel is in a limited industrial zoning district, adjacent to Macoby Creek, and in a flood plain.

            There are multiple dumpsters on the site.  The property owner filed an appeal with the zoning hearing board from an enforcement notice sent by the borough code enforcement officer.  The enforcement notice referenced violations of the borough code that included trash containers and receptacles without the necessary permits, failure to adhere to the borough review process, and production of glare from the property.

            The Green Lane Borough Solicitor, Dave Comer, Fox Rothschild, LLP, informed the borough council at its regular meeting on Thursday night that the Green Lane Zoning Board, an independent and quasi-judicial body, "held for the borough."  However, Solicitor Comer explained McCuskins Properties, LLC, has the right to appeal the zoning board decision to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

            Green Lane Borough Council discussed the property because the dumpsters are located in a flood plain.  The borough is greatly concerned that if there is a catastrophic flood the dumpsters could float into Macoby Creek and create a logjam.  The borough wants the dumpsters anchored so they do not become a hazard in a heavy rain event.

            In a related matter, Green Lane Borough has experienced extreme flooding along the Macoby Creek that has endangered lives and destroyed homes.  The borough is seeking grants from the Pennslyvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ameliorate the flooding issues and recompense property owners whose homes were damaged due to flooding.

            Recently, a representative of PEMA, Dan Rodgers, sent forms to the borough to be completed in anticipation of grant approval of the borough's flooding issues.  To date, there is no news concerning the expected grant from FEMA.  Nevertheless, the borough is still a candidate for a grant award from the federal agency.

            The borough council agreed to advertise an ordinance that regulates bamboo in the municipality.  If enacted, properties with bamboo would not be required to remove it.  However, property owners with bamboo are prohibited from allowing the bamboo to spread onto a neighboring property.  Bamboo is an evergreen perennial that is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world.  It is considered an invasive species because of its ability to spread.  Once it begins to spread it is difficult to eradicate.

            Comer informed the borough council he expects information on the regulation of fireworks in the borough in the near future.  Recently, state law on the regulation of fireworks has been modified. 

            The borough council agreed to ratify an agreement of sale for $50,000 with Michael Tierney for a small parcel of land the borough owns at 303 Main St.  Settlement is expected to occur on January 23.  A member of the Green Lane Borough Council must be present at settlement.

            The borough council reviewed the route for a proposed "Highlands Trail" through the borough.  The proposed trail will go down Fourth Street, cross Main Street, and onto Walnut Street.  Thence, the trail will cross Route 29 near Perkiomen Performance.  Signs are expected to be positioned along the trail which mostly encompasses sidewalks.

            The Green Lane Industrial Development Authority (IDA) met prior to the borough council meeting last Thursday.  The IDA is a conduit for tax-exempt and non-profit entities to borrow money.  Typically, non-profits and tax-exempt entities indemnify and hold harmless IDAs from any financial problems that occur. 

            Recently, a senior community, Gloria Dei, needed to amend its loans.  The IDA will receive $1,000 to $2,000 for acting as a conduit for the amended loan.  The payment to the IDA can be used for municipal needs such as work on the borough's park.  Comer and his firm were reappointed to represent the Green Lane IDA.  All current members of the IDA were reappointed as well.

             Mayor Lynn Wolfe Bergey announced there will be an emergency management drill for the Limerick nuclear power plant on Tuesday, September 26th.  The drills are conducted every two years.  Green Lane is within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear power plant. 

            The mayor commended the borough council members for the quiet, unrecognized great good they do for their community.






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