Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Horsham Township and DEP said they are not responsible for removing bikes, cement blocks, tree limbs and more cluttering the drainage ditch behind a resident's home.
Ruth Fuller used to spend an hour every day after work clearing trash and debris from the waterway that ran behind her Horsham Township home. But, at 77 years old, Fuller, who has lived in her Westmont Avenue home for 52 years, is no longer able to do it. And it shows. The drainage ditch, which runs behind her house and Meetinghouse Road, spilling into Pennypack Creek, is littered with cement blocks, lawn decor, tires, bikes, home insulation and other garbage. "You know that people are throwing stuff down there," Fuller's daughter, Sue Griffis said. "You know this is a breeding ground for West Nile." One of Fuller's trees has already fallen in and another, with its roots exposed, is on the verge of collapsing as well. "I lost at least …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The owner of 332 S. York Road is planning to come before the Hatboro Borough Council in March to talk about a proposal to construct homes on the oft-flooded property.
Before plans advance to build 16 two-story townhouses or apartments in a flood zone, the Hatboro governing body is expected to hear more about the plan in March, officials said. Horizon Property Management LLC, which owns the 332 S. York Road structures housing a handful of car repair shops and Manja pizza shop, was supposed to go before the zoning hearing board last week to seek approval to knock down all but the restaurant on the 1.76-acre parcel to make way for 16 residential units. At the last minute, the owner postponed its appearance at the meeting. During Monday night's Hatboro Borough Council meeting, Councilman Bill Tompkins said Horizon is looking to make a presentation at one of the council's two March meetings. Tompkins said …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The owner of 332 S. York Road in Hatboro is seeking approval to build 16 two-story residences where several car repair shops are currently located.
An oft-flooded South York Road property could be home to 16 two-story townhouses or apartments if Hatboro’s zoning hearing board grants permission to build in a floodplain. Horizon Property Management LLC, which owns the 332 S. York Road structures housing a handful of car repair shops and Manja pizza shop, is proposing to knock down all but the restaurant on the 1.76-acre parcel to make way for 16 residential units. “The applicant/appellant proposes to renovate the existing building to retain the existing restaurant and to replace all other uses with 16 two-story townhouses or garden apartments normally found in the R-4 residential district,” Jim Case of Horizon Property Management wrote in his application, which was supposed to be …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Hatboro Borough Council is discussing who should cover the local 3 percent match should 12 Woodwinds condominiums receive buyouts from the federal government.
Hatboro elected officials are wrestling with how to cover roughly $80,000 in local costs in the event the federal government approves buyouts of a dozen flood-damaged units at the Woodwinds complex. The council led the charge to request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency buy out the flood-ravaged homes, demolish them and return the property to its natural state, but Council President John Zygmont said during a capital budget meeting Monday that elected officials have yet to discuss who would cover the required 3 percent match of the approximate $2 million project. Zygmont suggested that since any federal monies would be paid in a lump sum to Hatboro that the borough use the estimated $160,000 per homeowner to leverage the …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The council agreed to have its engineer review and make a determination about the Woodwinds development.
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has reportedly all but washed its hands of a flood mitigation project aimed at helping residents at the Woodwinds development. “There’s not too much they’re going to be able to do,” Hatboro Borough Manager told the council and several Woodwinds residents of the DEP. “Their initial visit here is ‘it’s not worthy of the effort.’ ” That effort between the borough and DEP, which got underway in February - but was put on hold for six months - was what at least some residents of the 79-unit Woodwinds development were hanging their hopes on. “We’re all in limbo. We’re all in a waiting stage. Every single time it rains, my family and I have to be on call and be ready to run home at the drop of a …
Monday, August 29, 2011
This weekend's storm causes damage to Hatboro Memorial Pool, the Old Mill Inn and more.
Heavy rain caused the Pennypack to jump its banks once again in Hatboro. Patch captured some of the scenes.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Hatboro and Horsham avoid brunt of Friday's storm.
Hatboro and Horsham missed the worst of Friday night's storm, which stayed just south of the area and battered Upper Moreland Township, according to Willow Grove Fire Company Chief Lee Perlmutter. The line of storms, which brought lightning, thunder and hail, did bring enough rain to put the Pennypack Creek within feet of spilling it's banks in Hatboro. "It's quite the sight to see," said Mary Schnur, of Chalfont, who pulled in the parking lot of the Old Mill Inn to catch a glimpse of the swollen creek. Water from the Pennypack was just inches from reaching a deck that comes off the historic building and goes partly over the creek. Flooding shutdown York Road, between Horsham and Warminster roads. Hatboro fire police set up barricades and …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The charges stem from the environmental testing of Pennypack Creek.
A former lab manager of a Douglassville-based company has been charged in connection with allegedly falsifying environmental testing reports furnished to the Upper Moreland-Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority. Debbie Ann Wanner, 45, of Reading, has been charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. According to a press release, while working for Blue Marsh Laboratories, between September 2005 and August 2006, she allegedly “aided and abetted” in the preparation and submission of fraudulent environmental test reports to the local sewer authority. The accusations against Wanner stem from monitoring and water sample testing that Blue Marsh Laboratories conducted on the sewer authority’s treatment plant into Pennypack Creek. In addition to…