South Fayette Township seeks input on flood plan

Published Jul 17, 2014 at 10:31 am (Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 10:50 am)

South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners is seeking public input on its new flood plan ahead of a Sept. 25 deadline to update ordinances to meet federal law.

“You may want to seek a flat rate fee for any new stormwater plan, or, a tiered system ... or you can allocate funds from other budgets,” Brian Merritt of AMEC Environment and Infrastructure said at the July 17 workshop and voting meeting.

The consultant said he had advised nearby Mt. Lebanon and its board. They ultimately went with a fee system, he said.

“But no two township (ordinances) are the same. You need to seek input from your residents and stakeholders on what to do,” he said.

The board voted 4-0 to approve advertisement of a new flood and stormwater ordinance. Commissioner Todd Miller was absent.

In other business, the board voted 4-0 to open a bank account to receive traffic impact fees from new development projects in the township. The first payments to the fund to repair roads and traffic infrastructure, under more stress due to increased traffic, will be the new Children’s Hospital South opening in September on Miller’s Run Road. Township manager Ryan Eggleston said Children’s is paying “roughly $200,000,” and that monies collected through that account can only be used to repair township infrastructure, not build new capital projects.

Commissioners also voted 4-0 to approve the purchase of 15 new bullet-resistant vests for the police department at an expected cost of $950 a piece. Eggleston said the final purchase funded by capital reserve budget cannot exceed $16,000.

At the meeting, board members read a letter from Sally Roddy as she seeks to use the abandoned Star City theater parking lot off of Miller’s Run Road for a fundraiser on Sept. 6. Roddy wrote that a Cecil Township couple, John and Kristi Thomas, are seeking help for their youngest daughter, Rachel, who has a rare liver disease. In June, the father had a portion of his liver transplanted into his daughter. To help the family deal with surgery costs, Roddy’s seeking to organize a car bash, in which a vehicle painted with Cleveland Brown colors and logos will be offered up to paying participants to slam the car with a sledge or jackhammer. Roddy said in the letter she’s organizing all applicable insurances. Eggleston said it’s not likely the board will vote on the issue, but that the event is likely to go forward.

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