Hatboro Waives Fees for Storm-Related Damages

The Hatboro Borough Council approved a resolution to waive fees related to property repairs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Hatboro property owners who incurred damage related to Hurricane Sandy's wrath can at least cross one expense from their list.

On Monday night, the Hatboro Borough Council unanimously approved a resolution to waive permitting fees for storm-related damage dealt from last month's super storm, which downed trees and power lines and knocked out power to thousands throughout the region. 

Typically, property owners would need to apply for - and pay fees - for borough permits allowing for the removal of trees, fences and other structures, Council President John Zygmont said. 

"We’re waiving the fees to let the homeowners get back to doing everything quick," Zygmont said. 

Under the resolution, storm-related repairs would still need a permit application and photographs. In order for the fees to be waived, the area would need to be restored to "as close as practical" to the condition prior to the storm. 

"Any changes made from the original design during reconstruction would then require a permit and the normally charged fee," according to the resolution. 

The fee waiver is in place through Nov. 30. Requests must be approved by Acting Borough Manager Fred Zollers.

Assistant Borough Secretary Diane Hegele said she knows of two borough homes with structural damage stemming from the wind and downed trees. 

Huh? November 06, 2012 at 10:43 AM
How does waiving a fee allow people to "get back to doing everything quick"? People are still going to need to fill out a permit application and get the permit which is the thing that takes the time. How long does it take to write the check? I guess this means the borough has lots of money and there's no need to increase taxes next year?
A,Qbe November 06, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I lost a garage in a storm three years ago and my insurance company paid the permit cost. That is why people have insurance.
obama alive in hatboro November 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
So the rest of us are forced to pay for the building inspector when he does this inspection? Do they get Obama phones too?
Lisa Mattson Prebish November 06, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Oh my goodness.... the boro is trying to do something to help it's taxpaying residents. My homeowners has very limited coverage of damage to landscaping and you have to pay a fee and get approval for tree removal. Thank you to the boro for trying to make a difficult time a little easier. Gee whiz why does everyone have to be so negative.
K. Thom. November 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Screw the fee. The township is going to tell me wether i can repair my property or not by basically getting a permission slip nfrom them? Does anyone understand private property? And please dont respond with something about "safety". PRIVATE PROPERTY
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