UPPER PROVIDENCE - Township supervisors adopted a new storm-water management ordinance at Tuesday's work session.

Regulations passed in 1999 required municipalities in what are considered urban areas to create storm-water ordinances that allow for management and improvement. The ordinance must be enacted by March 10, 2004 and will be in effect for the next five years.

The requirements, set forth by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will include stiffer erosion control, post-construction runoff, best management practices and pollution prevention.

The township's current storm water practices are similar to the standards that are set forth, though with the new ordinance, water quality is considered along with controlling runoff. The standards are more involved and include erosion and stream protection.

Penalties and enforcement are also more stringent with the adopted ordinance and developers are required to maintain and repair systems for ten years following construction.

"How are you going to monitor the positive and negative effects?" asked Betsy Daley, of the Schuylkill Canal Association.

Supervisors responded that the township has assessed current management practices so any change would be based from that standard. The ordinance also requires regular inspections.

"How is the community at large being brought into this?" asked Daley.

The ordinance encompasses public education and participation and will allow for some variation as necessary.

"It's more important to be conservative," said Edward Skypala, township solicitor. "At this point, we are unsure of the ripple-down effect."

In other news, supervisors voted to adopt a resolution to set recreational usage fees for township parks. A $250 refundable security deposit and $50 per event charge was assigned.

The board made notification of public hearings for possible zoning changes of two lots within the township. Reitnour subdivision consisting of three lots located at Black Rock and Egypt Roads and Gracia property on Hollow Road will be discussed at the hearing tentatively set for May 3, 2004.

Officials discussed plans to apply for a Community Development grant to access federal funds in April. The township grant proposal requests an estimated $72,000 worth of improvements to drainage systems in Mont Clare.

The affected locations, at Sowers Avenue and Lovers Lanes, Jacobs Street and St. Michael's Church, require piping, re-grading and additional curbing to deal with storm-water problems. The township expects a response by August and if approved Montgomery County would proceed with construction in October.

Approval was granted to lease land and construct a Nextel service tower on township property subject to explanation of the definition of maintenance for road and access to tower.

Additionally, supervisors adopted a resolution to allow the Mont Clare Fire Commission to accept bids on the purchase of a new rescue boat. Fire officials hope to purchase a fiberglass-bottomed boat, at a top price of $10,000, to replace the current boat, which is damaged.

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