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The SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the official transportation planning organization for eight (8) Central Pennsylvania Counties (Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union), as designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 27, 2013. Prior to that date, the counties identified above were part of the SEDA-COG Rural Planning Organization (RPO). The 2010 decennial Census resulted in a new urbanized area (UZA) determination that required the formation of an MPO for the affected Bloomsburg-Berwick UZA; local and state parties agreed to make the MPO coverage contain the entirety of the 8 counties listed above.
The SEDA-COG MPO operates via an agreement with PennDOT to approve studies and capital improvements for highways, bridges, transit, railroads, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, and other transportation concerns. Three primary documents are developed and approved by the MPO: the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). In executing its work, the MPO strives to help provide a balanced transportation system for the maximum benefit of people, businesses, and communities in the region.
Consistent with its bylaws, the SEDA-COG MPO’s governing body consists of 17 voting members: one representative from each of the eight member counties (typically the county planning director); three representatives from PennDOT (Engineering District 2-0, Engineering District 3-0, and Central Office); one representative from transit; one representative from multi-modal interests; one representative from the SEDA-COG Board; one representative from SEDA-COG’s Transportation Program; one representative from the largest municipality (by population) in the Bloomsburg-Berwick UZA; and one representative from the 2nd largest municipality (by population) in the Bloomsburg-Berwick UZA . In addition to the 17 voting members, the MPO includes non-voting members. Such non-voting members receive MPO reports and agendas and may participate in MPO discussions. Non-voting members include, among others: Lycoming County officials, Centre County officials, Luzerne County officials, Federal
If you live in Bloomsburg and your home was damaged in floods resulting from Tropical Storm Lee, funds are available to help with repairs. The Town has received $1 million in federal HOME funds, and homeowners may be eligible for up to $25,000 in no-interest loans. Property owners may also qualify for an additional $10,000 to reduce hazards related to lead-based paint.
According to Bloomsburg Town Administrator William Lowthert, who is overseeing the rehabilitation program, “The goal is to reduce future flood damage. Homeowners can flood proof their property, move utilities from harm’s way, and take other measures to help reduce their home’s susceptibility to flooding.”
Applicants for rehabilitation funds must document property damage sustained in 2011’s flood, and cannot receive funds to make repairs for which they already received funds. Such “duplication of benefits” is not permitted.
Lowthert estimates there are sufficient funds to rehabilitate 16-20 homes, and several homeowners have shown interest in the program. In the coming weeks they will be asked to submit formal applications and the Town, with help from SEDA-COG, will provide assistance with the application process. SEDA-COG rehabilitation specialists will complete home inspections before repairs are undertaken.
After specific repairs are identified and approved by the homeowner, SEDA-COG will pursue bids for the work from private contractors. SEDA-COG assisted the Town in securing funds for the program and is also providing administrative assistance.
Those seeking more information may call Lowthert at 570-784-7123, ext. 121, or e-mail him at [email protected]
If you are interested in applying for these rehabilitation funds please fill out the form and follow the instructions listed below:
Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Prequalification Form
Pre-Qualification Form Instructions:
1. The first step to be put on the waiting list is for the homeowner to complete the Pre-Qualification
The Draft Application for the CDBG – National Disaster Resiliency Competition will be available for citizen review and comments on February 21, 2015. It can be located at: http://www.newpa.com/community/disaster-recovery. There is a 15 day citizen comment period that will expire on March 9, 2015. The application will be submitted to HUD no later than March 27, 2015.
The purpose of the CDBG-NDR program is to assist disaster recovery in the most impacted and distressed areas declared a major federal disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013. The allocations for this funding will be based on a review of the applications submitted by 67 eligible applicants from Presidentially-declared disasters that occurred in 2011, 2012, or 2013, and estimates of remaining unmet need. These funds are separate and distinct from the annual allocation of CDBG funds, and any CDBG-DR funds.
The Goals of the application are:
1) Initiate and encourage planning strategies based upon watersheds and not solely upon jurisdictional boundaries, as has been the custom thus far;
2) Designate one or more communities that would participate in a “Resilient Make Over”;
3) Bring to bear all of our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities and planning expertise within the academic, local, county, state and federal structures, which are now stove piped, for all aspects of preparedness, planning, response, mitigation and infrastructure protection; and,
4) Roll these activities, to include the two Pennsylvania HUD NDRC eligible applicants (Commonwealth of PA, and Luzerne County) into a successful “Resilient PA” program, much like the successful Ready.gov, ReadyPA, and High Water Mark, Storm Ready government grass roots programs.
Persons who would like to provide written comment on the draft Application may send those comments electronically to Larry Belmont at [email protected] , or via mail to his attention at the
Mayor Sandy Davis and Town Council would like to invite you to Council Chambers at Town Hall on February 17th from 6:00PM-7:30PM to meet socially with Council and also view the beautiful artwork being displayed in Mayor Davis’ office from local artists, Bob Brown and the late Marlin Wagner. Please join us for good conversation and to remember Marlin.
Thank you very much to Aramark of Bloomsburg University for providing the light refreshments for this event!
We hope you to see you there!
The Mayor of Bloomsburg has dedicated a wall in her office for exhibit space for local artists. These artists will be selected from time to time by invitation of the Mayor.
Artists must be Town of Bloomsburg residents or be affiliated with a gallery or business in Bloomsburg. All submissions for consideration must portray the theme of “Bloomsburg”, ie. the Town Fountain, Town Park, Carver Hall, the river, street scenes, buildings, architecture, landmarks, farmers market, the fair, etc.
Artists will be able to submit work for consideration to: [email protected]
The first invitation has been extended to photographers, Bob Brown (Artspace Gallery) and Marlin Wagner. Unfortunately, Marlin Wagner recently passed away, so his Triptych of the dogwood trees at the Town Park will be a memorial tribute.
Please join us on the 2nd floor of Town Hall on Tuesday, February 17th 6:00-7:30pm to see the beautiful work of local artists, meet with Town Council members, and enjoy light refreshments provided by Aramark of Bloomsburg University.
The Town of Bloomsburg wants to know what kind of activities YOU want to see at the Bloomsburg Town Park?
Is there an event, service, or activity you would like to see offered at the Bloomsburg Town Park or other recreational facilities? Please email your ideas to: [email protected] or go to the contact form and tell us your recreation ideas for Bloomsburg.
Premieres Thursday, December 4th at 7pm on WVIA-TV (Encore Broadcasts Sat. Dec 27 at 7 and Sun. Dec 28 at Noon)
Columbia County boasts acres of rich farmland followed by the current of the Susquehanna River. In the midst of this central PA heartland is the town of Bloomsburg, where deep-rooted tradition, old fashioned charm the truest sense of genuine goodness is the norm.
Since 1855, the Bloomsburg Fair continues to delight thousands of patrons each year; the renowned Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble brings the joy of live theatre from the main stage to the classroom.
Students from around the world make Bloomsburg University’s campus dynamic; the younger set enjoys the wonder of the Children’s Museum, or a visit to Kidsburg Park.
Capture the magic of the holiday at the annual Tree Fest at the Caldwell Consistory; see a vast array of exhibits at Bill’s Old Bike Barn Museum; meet by the Fountain on the Square and discover unique little shops along Main Street’s Historic District.
Welcome to Bloomsburg; where charm, resiliency, and good-hearted people make “the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania” the best place to call home.
As northeastern Pennsylvania’s and the Central Susquehanna Valley’s member supported public television station serving a very large geographic area, the “Our Town” project was initiated in an effort to involve the communities and their residents with WVIA Public Media. The “Our Town” television series is intended to treat viewers to the many personalities, perspectives, and possibilities that local towns have to offer.Our Town Bloomsburg Sponsors Bloomsburg Kiwanis Club David M. Kovach, Columbia County Commissioner The Law Offices of Kreisher and Gregorowicz ABL Graphics The Bloomsburg University Foundation Inc. The Magee Foundation
The Town of Bloomsburg is soliciting proposals from firms and organizations interested in providing services to the Town to undertake a variety of tasks to deliver an Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program with emphasis on flood resilience repairs. A full copy of the Town’s Request for Proposals can be found at www.bloomsburgpa.org or by emailing a request to [email protected]
Proposals will be accepted until 1 p.m. prevailing time, Monday, January 5, 2015, at which time the submitted proposals will be publicly opened in Council Chambers. Proposals shall be sealed and clearly marked on the outside, “HOME Program and CDBG-DR Owner-Occupied Flood Resilience Rehabilitation Proposals” and submitted to William Lowthert, Town Administrator, Bloomsburg Town Hall, 301 East Second Street, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815. Proposals that are faxed or emailed to the Town of Bloomsburg cannot be accepted.Contact: William Lowthert Town Administrator 301 East Second Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815 570-784-7123 ext. 121 Click here for RFP: Town of Bloomsburg Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program RFP
Project Design is Complete; Attention Turns to Construction Bids
With the design of the $29 million Bloomsburg flood protection system now complete, attention has turned to bids for its construction. The Columbia County Commissioners plan to advertise for bids this fall. SEDA-COG is overseeing the project on behalf of the Commissioners.
A meeting to update the public will be held October 29 at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of the Bloomsburg High School, 1200 Railroad Street. In addition to SEDA-COG, participants at the meeting will include the County Commissioners and representatives of Borton-Lawson, the project’s engineering firm.
The flood protection system will essentially consist of a wall, 5,650 ft. in length and 14 ft. at its highest point. Plans call for a U-shaped structure directly protecting Autoneum North America and the Windsor Foods site. The height is based on the maximum flood of record ─ Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. The wall will be one-and-a-half feet above the storm’s level.
The completed system will consist of three types of flood protection. Pre-cast concrete panels will be utilized in the vicinity of Autoneum, with openings in the wall and closures for high water situations. “Mechanically stabilized” earthen levees will be constructed along Schley and West 11th streets. The project will also make use of conventional earthen levees. There will be eight closure structures within the system, of varying design, depending on their location and the type of wall where they are used.
“While the system is intended to keep flood waters away from Autoneum and the Windsor site,” said SEDA-COG’s Glenda Ruch, “when heavy rains occur, water has to be moved from behind the wall.” A pump station for the conveyance of storm water will be constructed along Snyder’s Run, near Autoneum,
Due to HUD’s request for the inclusion of additional information in the Substantial Amendment, originally published in March 2014, DCED is currently requesting public comment for the Revised Substantial Amendment of its 2012 CDBG-DR Action Plan. The draft of this document may be reviewed on DCED’s website located at www.newpa.com, scroll to the bottom right corner and it is located under the Federally Funded HUD Programs heading labeled “Revised Substantial Amendment for CDBG-DR Action Plan (May 2014)”.
Any questions or comments may submit them to the mailbox: RA-DCEDcdbg&[email protected]