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Tinicum flood insurance rating ups standing since 2013 review


Noting deep appreciation for the key work its zoning officer performed to help make it possible, Tinicum Township has announced it has received notification of being “in good standing with the National Flood Insurance Program,” which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“We weren’t in trouble because of the shortcomings they called out after a 2013 site visit, but we certainly would have been if we had done nothing about them,” said Township Manager Teri Lewis at the April 2 public board of supervisors meeting. “Our zoning officer, Tracy Tackett, did great work toward helping us be able to demonstrate we were worthy of being in good standing with the program.”

Tackett also serves as township planner. The official good standing notification from FEMA’s Region III office added that Tinicum’s “enforcement of its ordinance complies with program requirements,” and that the township’s “efforts toward reducing future flood risk are commendable.”

Also at the April 2 meeting, after acknowledging a speed study and recommendation from Township Engineer Tom Fountain, supervisors authorized their solicitor to draft an ordinance that would establish a speed limit of 35 mph on Cafferty Road, between Tory Road and Point Pleasant. The ordinance will next need authorization to be advertised.

Cafferty presently has postings of 25 and 35 mph, as well as unposted parts that leave the speed limit to revert to 55 mph. The initiative was taken in response to complaints from residents, who noted the area is an attraction for “seasonal visitors.”

In another traffic hazard report, Police Chief Matt Phelan said that tractor trailer trucks “were having issues with navigating the newly repaired Golden Pheasant Bridge,” on Route 32 (River Road). He added that PennDOT was “looking into signage” to address the problem.

Phelan’s department will be participating in the annual Drug Take Back event, on Saturday, Apr. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wehrung’s Lumber and Home Center on Route 611 in Ottsville. The township notes the event is an opportunity for a “safe way to dispose of unused or unwanted drugs,” thereby helping to keep them out of the wrong hands.