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State riparian grant would offer stability at Lenape Park


A $330,000 state grant could provide stability for years to come at Lenape Park, while protecting a portion of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek.

Perkasie Borough Council unanimously voted at a regular business meeting Monday night to apply for a Riparian Buffer Grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

While most grant programs require matching funds borough officials said volunteer hours could account for the borough’s match under the program guidelines.

That means volunteers would be sought to help plant trees along the buffer area.

“We received a similar grant in 2010-11,” said Andrea Coaxum, borough manager.

The DCNR website said a major push across the commonwealth is under way to establish riparian forest buffers along waterways.

Riparian buffers may consist of plantings including trees, shrubs and grasses, which help filter pollution, protect against bank erosion and improve soil stability.

If the entire amount is received, trees would be planted along Lenape Park as Phase I, while Phase II would be planted along Pleasant Spring Creek, borough officials said. Grant applications must be submitted in October.

In other news:

It’s been nearly a year since Perkasie Borough Council began considering options to lower costs of electricity to its customers.

Council expects a report before its next October meeting about options to help offset skyrocketing electric costs from its wholesale vendor AMP of Ohio.

In August 2017, steep monthly transmission costs were announced with an estimated $20,000 per month more than expected or budgeted.

AMP supplies power through PPL, and under the agreement with Perkasie the wholesale provider could tack on those additional monthly costs.

The borough sets its electric rates to customers on a yearly basis.

Discussions began last November about considering a rate structure change for commercial and high energy users to make the borough more attractive to business investors and developers.

One of the options under consideration would be for Perkasie to generate some of its own power to help reduce the amount of electricity purchased through AMP.

Costs for any electric generation start-up program managed by the borough were not available.