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NEW RENTAL POLICY FOR LAKE ERIE COMMUNITY PARK

We will no longer accept pavilion rentals for the next year before December 1st. Those that have already paid for rentals are not affected. This policy will start today.

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Girard Township, Erie County, PA will consider for adoption an ordinance imposing an annual tax levy for fire protection services under the authority of the Second Class Township Code, Section 3205(4). This ordinance will impose a tax at the rate of .75 mills on each dollar on assessed valuation for Erie County purposes beginning January 1, 2024 and each calendar year thereafter, names the Township Tax Collector as collection agent for the tax and imposes penalties for violations.

This ordinance will be considered and public comments accepted at the public meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 7:00 PM at the Township Office, 10140 Ridge Rd, Girard PA. The full ordinance is available for public inspection at the Township Office Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM and at the office of this newspaper.

Lindy L. Platz

Secretary

The Supervisors Regular Meeting on March 14th is cancelled. The next meeting will be March 28th at 4:00 p.m.

FINAL NOTICE & PUBLIC EXPLANATION

OF A PROPOSED ACTVITY IN A 100 YEAR FLOODPLAIN & WETLAND

IN GIRARD TOWNSHIP, ERIE, COUNTY, PA

(February 24, 2023)

To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals.

This is to give notice that the County of Erie, on behalf of Girard Township, has conducted an evaluation of the multi-year funded Girard Township Miller Road Replacement Project as required by Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. The proposed project involves replacement of the Miller Road culvert over Brandy Run. The subject portion of Brandy Run is located in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Zone A Special Flood Hazard Area (floodplain). Additionally, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetland Inventory (NWI) mapping shows a wetland area adjacent to the project area.

PROJECT SUMMARY

Project Name: Girard Township Miller Road Culvert Replacement Project

Project Number: (S-20/21/22-E-33-6-5)

Project Location: The culvert is located on Miller Road in Girard Township, Erie County, PA. Miller Road is located between Tannery Road and Daggett Road.

Purpose of Project: The existing Miller Road culvert crossing over Brandy Run is in poor condition with areas of significant structural failure, and the culvert must be replaced. If the existing culvert pipe is not replaced, the structural condition will continue to decline to the point of complete structural failure. In addition to causing the closure of Miller Road, the failure of the existing culvert will likely involve collapse into Brandy Run, which will have negative impacts to the environmental condition and floodplain area of Brandy Run and adjacent sensitive natural areas.

Project Description: Multi-year CDBG funds and local monies will provide for removal and disposal of the existing Miller Road culvert which has a 24’ span, 12’ rise, and a total length of approximately 85’ (including beveled end sections). The replacement culvert will be a 60’ long corrugated structural steel plate arch with a 24’ span and 12’ rise. The replacement culvert will also include corrugated structural aluminum plate headwalls and wing walls at both ends. The project will include all appurtenant and incidental work as necessary.

Funding Source/Amount: $293,826 (Multi-year CDBG funds) + $113,524 (Local monies) = $407,350 (+/-)

The evaluation was undertaken to determine:

(1) Alternatives to locating the project in a floodplain/wetland area.

(2) Identification of direct and indirect impacts associated with occupying or modifying the floodplain/wetland and the beneficial or harmful impacts to the floodplain/floodplain — direct and indirect; short term and long term.

(3) Identification of mitigation measures, if any, to minimize impacts to and preserve the benefits of the floodplain/wetland.

(4) Whether it is possible to modify or relocate the project and why. If there are no alternatives, explain why the project should occur.

FINDINGS/EXPLANATION

(1) Because the project involves the in-kind replacement of the existing culvert structure with a new structure, the project must be undertaken in the proposed location. The structure type (corrugated metal pipe arch), and structural condition of the culvert is such that suitable repair of the existing culvert is not achievable. Therefore, complete replacement of the existing culvert is proposed.

(2) The portion of the Miller Road roadway traversing the floodplain area is an elevated embankment, and the roadway area is located above (beyond) the limit of the floodplain. The replacement of the culvert will be undertaken within the “footprint” of the elevated roadway embankment area without direct impact to the adjacent mapped floodplain areas. Furthermore, adjacent wetland areas located within the floodplain will not be directly impacted by the culvert replacement project. Potential indirect impacts will be fully addressed through the PA DEP permit process as outlined below.

(3) The culvert replacement project will require a Pennsylvania Water Obstruction and Encroachment General Permit No. 11 issued through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), and the project will be undertaken in accordance with all imposed permit conditions and requirements. Said permit conditions and requirements will include implementation of strict erosion and sedimentation control measures during construction to protect adjacent sensitive natural resources as well as Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) coordination with jurisdictional agencies regarding potential project impacts to threatened and endangered species.

(4) The existing Miller Road culvert crossing over Brandy Run is in poor condition with areas of significant structural failure, and the culvert must be replaced. The structure type (corrugated metal pipe arch), and structural condition of the culvert is such that suitable repair of the existing culvert is not achievable. Therefore, complete replacement of the existing culvert is proposed. If the existing culvert pipe is not replaced, the structural condition will continue to decline to the point of complete structural failure. In addition to causing the closure of Miller Road, the failure of the existing culvert will likely involve collapse into Brandy Run, which will have negative impacts to the environmental condition and floodplain area of Brandy Run and adjacent sensitive natural areas. Therefore, the mitigation measure that provides the least impact to the Brandy Run floodplain, associated stream and wetland areas, and flow patterns is replacement of the existing culvert pipe with a new culvert pipe.

Written comments/concerns regarding the County’s findings and explanation should be addressed to

Erie County Department of Planning

150 East Front Street, Suite 300, Erie, PA 16507

Attention: Jessica Horan-Kunco, Director

JHoran-Kunco@eriecountypa.gov

The comment period is from February 25 to March 7, 2023. Additional project information contained within a draft Environmental Review Record may be reviewed at the above noted address from the hours of 8:00 to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.

Brenton Davis

County Executive

Click on the link below to read the Floodplain Wetland Notice

https://www.girardtownship.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Floodplain-Wetland-Notice-Girard-Twp.pdf

The Township received an email from Erie County Planning asking for resident’s opinion. Please help by filling out the survey by using the following links. Thank you:

As part of the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, we are taking a public survey that will help us to gauge the level of public support for a variety of risk reduction products. That public survey is available online at https://forms.gle/Dayp1JbT8ddcR6mU9

The Girard Township Office will be closed Monday August 8th through Wednesday August 10th so that staff can attend a conference.

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