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FEMA buyout will improve Glade Run restoration

By Staff | May 9, 2018

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary This property is located behind 113 N. Washington Street and the county reports it is in the path of the water’s highest velocity and is hit with repetitive flooding. It is in need of restoration.

MUNCY – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s buyout of the Waltman property at 113 N. Washington St. moved one step closer to reality following a discussion at last week’s borough council meeting.

Council heard from Lycoming County hazard mitigation planner Josh Schnitzlein about the reasons for the buyout. He told council the home is in the floodway, which has the potential to substantially damage the property. “It is in the path of the water of highest velocity,” he said.

Also at the meeting was Fran McJunkin, deputy director of GIS for county planning. She said the property is in an area of repetitive flooding along Glade Run.

McJunkin pointed out one benefit of opening up the area along Glade Run is that the run is in need of restoration.

“We can get into Glade Run and make it a productive stream. It is not in good shape,” she said.

In connection with the buyout, council voted to authorize Borough Manager Bill Ramsey to sign a maintenance agreement that makes the borough responsible for maintaining the property. The measure was unanimously approved by council members, Elaine McAleer, Ed Feigles, Dana Bertin, Richard Baker, William Burns and Richard Umpstead Jr. Councilwoman Linda Stein was absent.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 17 at Borough Hall, 14 N. Washington St.