Bloomsburg Flood Protection Project Meeting to be Held This Thursday

Information on the Bloomsburg Flood Protection Project will be presented at a public meeting, Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the banquet hall at the Bloomsburg Fire Department, 911 Market Street. The $30 million project essentially consists of two flood walls, the first protecting Autoneum North America, Inc., and the second located at Windsor Foods. Together, the companies employ approximately 900 people. Both companies are contributing funds to the project.   Design and engineering for the project is expected to take one year, with construction occurring within the following two years.

The County Commissioners will open the April 18th public meeting with an introduction to the project. A brief history of flooding in the Bloomsburg area will also be presented. Two years ago, Autoneum and Windsor Foods were struck by floods resulting from Tropical Storm Lee. The industries were initially impacted by flooding from Fishing Creek, and then again from the Susquehanna River. Autoneum, a manufacturer of automotive floor and auxiliary mat carpeting, sustained over $60 million in losses, while flood damage at Windsor, a manufacturer of pasta products, exceeded $7 million.

Information about the two companies and their economic impact on the Town and surrounding region will be presented by Fred Gaffney, President, Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr will represent the Town, and the final speaker of the evening will be Glenda Ruch, Project Coordinator, SEDA-COG, providing an overview of the Flood Protection Project. Ms. Ruch’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Berwick Reconstruction Schedule

Berwick reconstruction narrative schedule As of April 3, 2013

Work Area:  Front Street from Dunkin Donuts to Market Street

April 1 to April 12

•Set up traffic control signing; mobilize equipment and saw cut to roadway in preparation for full depth reconstruction.

April 15 to April 24

•Excavate left side of roadway; place sub ase and pave to binder course.

• One lane of traffic will be maintained through the work area.

• There will be several days where Mulberry Street will be closed on the Subway side of Front Street for this work.

• No parking on either side Front Street from Dunkin Donuts to Market Street.

April 25 to May 6

•Excavate right side of roadway from the Mulberry intersection to Market Street. Reconstruction of the right side of the roadway from Dunkin Donuts to Mulberry Street was completed previously by the boroughs sewer project. This area will be milled and overlaid at the completion of the other work.

• One lane of traffic will be maintained through the work area.

• There will be several days where Mulberry Street will be closed on the Carpet store’s side of Front Street. Access to the municipal parking lot will be from the Market Street end.

• No parking on either side of Front Street from Dunkin Donuts to Market Street.

 

Work Area: Route 11 Southbound (Second Street) from Walnut Street to Market Street (includes a section of 11 NB from Chestnut to Walnut.

May 7 to May 14

•The contractor will perform remaining milling and overlay work on sections of route 11 Southbound from Walnut Street to Market Street. During this time, the final layer of wearing course will be placed on Front Street through the business district. The parking lines will be repainted immediately following the final paving.

• It is anticipated to complete the final wearing course on Front Street on May 13 and 14 after the festival.

• Traffic will be reduced to one lane for this work and controlled by flaggers as needed.

 

Work Area: Route 11 from Poplar Street to Arch Street

May 15 to May 31

• Complete remaining milling and overlay work on route 11 from Poplar Street (Kmart Plaza) to Auto Zone.

• Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers.

Please note that in order to complete this work as fast as possible the working hours will vary from days to nights depending on the contractors’ recourses and any weather related issues.

Low Interest Loans Available to Chamber Members

Members have access to a low interest loan program through the Chamber. Loans of up to $10,000 are available at an interest rate of 3% for a maximum term of five years. A recent change to the program is that interest only payments are required for the first six months of the loan.

Loan applications are available by contacting Chamber President Fred Gaffney at 784-2522 or [email protected]. A loan committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. Funds will be awarded for business development projects.

Information on Small Games of Chance

In 2012, the PA Legislature made several changes to the Small Games of Chance Act. As a result, non-profit groups, organizations and clubs with a Small Games of Chance license are required to track games and will be required to report to the Commonwealth starting in 2014 if proceeds exceed $2,500. With these changes, there have been many questions about the types of games that are legal and how to properly run games. The types of gambling authorized by the act are as follows:

1) Pull-tab games
2) Punchboards
3) Raffles
4) Daily drawings
5) Weekly drawings

In an effort to help groups understand the act, Representative David Millard sponsored a seminar in March, 2013. Sgt. Jeff McGinnis from the Pennsylvania State Police’s Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement was present to provide information and answer questions. Thanks to MetroCast Channel 10 and Doug Farley, video of Sgt. McGinnis’ presentation is available on the Audio & Video page.

Save Money on Your Home Energy Costs

PPL Electric Utilities changed its generation service charge on March 1. The utility’s generation and transmission rates combined make up the “price to compare” for the purposes of shopping among alternative suppliers.

For residential customers, the new price to compare is now 7.237 cents per kilowatt-hour, down from 7.544 cents per kilowatt-hour.  The small decrease to the price to compare for residential customers for the March through May period is due to lower market prices for power supply.

PPL Electric Utilities does not profit on the generation portion of customers’ bills. It merely passes along the cost of that supply to customers without markup. PPL Electric Utilities’ primary focus is on electric delivery, billing and customer service. PPL Electric Utilities encourages its customers to seek opportunities to save on power supply costs by shopping for deals with competitive electric suppliers.

ChamberChoice now offers a  Residential Energy Program through OnDemand Energy available to Chamber member employees and their friends and family.  This is a great way to bring value to your employees without touching your bottom line.  The ChamberChoice price to compare off is 6.45 cents/kwh fixed until December 2014!

You can visit www.ondemandenergy.com to access this very low rate. If you would like a flyer promoting the Residential Program to highlight in your place of business please contact the Chamber office at 570-784-2522.

For small business customers, the new price to compare will increase to 10.814 cents per kilowatt-hour, up from 10.206 cents per kilowatt-hour currently. A full list of PPL Electric Utilities’ new rates for all rate classes can be found at www.pplelectric.com/choice.

More than 619,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers, or 43 percent of all customers, have already shopped and obtain their power from other suppliers. More than 74 percent of the total amount of energy delivered by PPL Electric Utilities comes from alternative suppliers, including almost all power used by large commercial and industrial customers.