West Pittston council adopts 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan

By Jimmy Fisher - jfisher@timesleader.com | November 4th, 2015 3:30 pm

WEST PITTSTON — Borough council members adopted the Luzerne County 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan at their monthly meeting on Monday.

A Hazard Mitigation Plan allows municipalities to receive funds for any properties and streets damaged by natural disasters, such as the 2011 flood, in West Pittston’s case.

According to council president Brian Thornton, the Hazard Mitigation Plan is something council approves every year.

“It’s mandated and required,” he said. “It’s a plan where Luzerne County recommended it and all the towns have to agree to it. Every borough and every municipality has to adopt it and I think every year we have to do it too.”

In other business, borough council members:

• Entered into an Inter-Municipal Agreement with Exeter Borough for a joint Sanitary Sewer Project that will see sewer improvements in both boroughs.

• Approved the addition of Avoca, Hughestown and Dupont boroughs as voting members of the Pennsylvania Northeast Land Bank Authority.

• Entered into a grant agreement with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for the 2014 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program in which the borough would receive $347,700 to acquire and demolish the flood damaged properties of 6 Luzerne Avenue and 1100 Susquehanna Avenue.

By Jimmy Fisher


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