Federal & State Mandates Increase
Township Stormwater Management Costs
New Stormwater Fee Set for 2019
Federal and State regulations will immediately increase stormwater management costs in Lower Paxton by more than $1 million per year, from a current spending level of about $2.5 million per year to about $3.6 million per year in 2019. To meet the cost of these regulations, a Stormwater Fee must be added to sewer bills. Funds will be used to meet Federal and State requirements, including the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and other water quality obligations. Projects will be designed to reduce sediment from stormwater discharges and stream bank erosion, and improve the health of Paxton Creek in Lower Paxton, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. The Township has been under state mandate to reduce Paxton Creek sediment for several years. The Stormwater Fee will be billed on the quarterly Sewer bill and is slated to begin in 2019.
How much is the fee?
The Board of Supervisors has not made any decisions regarding the fee amount. They have gathered information from many sources and have received recommendations from the consultants, Raftelis, Inc.
There has not been a vote on the fee amount. The Supervisors attended public meetings to receive feedback from residents before making any decisions. Supervisors will review that feedback and prepare for the next steps in the process.
By reviewing this document, you will see that the recommended amount per single family residence is $32 per quarter. Again, this has not been voted on. This is a recommended amount by the consultants.
What will the fee be used for?
In order to fulfill requirements of Federal and State regulations, Lower Paxton Township operates an MS4 program and has submitted a Pollutant Reduction Plan as well as applied for an NPDES permit. These programs require projects to be completed to reduce sediment and target load reductions. The list of potential projects that were submitted in the PRP are listed below. Please note these projects have the potential to be cost-shared with Susquehanna Township and Capital Region Water.
Fox Hunt Stream Restoration - $357,000
Stonebridge Apartments - $511,200
Wildwood Lake, Black Run - $305,300
Veteran's Park South - $467,000
Veteran's Park North - $547,400
Earl Drive 1 - $443,040
Earl Drive 2 - $255,600
Earl Drive 3 -$691,540
Black Run - North - $1,603,168
Pines Apt Complex - $690,200
UNT to Spring Creek - $856,800
Walker Mill Road Basin Retrofit - $526,494
Upcoming Stormwater Fee Meetings:
December 11, 2018 at 7 pm
The Lower Paxton Township Authority hereby gives notice that it will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m.,
at the Municipal Center, 425 Prince Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109.
In this meeting, the Authority will meet jointly with the Board of Supervisors of Lower Paxton Township.
The purpose of this joint meeting will be to review and potentially act upon business associated the establishment of a Stormwater Fund.
The Supervisors and Authority will convene this joint meeting as part of the Supervisors normally scheduled and previously advertised workshop meeting.
Public Meeting Dates:
October 29 at 7 pm - Completed
October 30 at 7 pm - Completed
Both meetings will be held at the Municipal Center (425 Prince Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109)
VIDEO OF THE PUBLIC MEETINGS SESSIONS IS AVAILABLE HERE.
September 25 & 26 - Completed
Small Group Meetings with:
Please note: Click here for a copy of the handout given out during the September 25 & 26 Small Group Meetings.
This handout summarizes the recommended rate structure and sites examples of commericial properties.
September 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Completed
Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center
About the Meeting:
The Board of Supervisors will meet with Raftelis (contractor working on Stormwater project) to review rate options.
Raftelis has been in the process of organizing and developing various ways to calculate the rate payment for the Stormwater Fee.
This meeting is an information-gathering session for the Supervisors.
An MS4 is an acronym for a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. It’s a system of stormwater conveyances and structures owned or operated by a public agency that does not connect to the sanitary sewer system and does not lead to a wastewater treatment plant. It discharges untreated water into local drainageways, streams and rivers. Pennsylvania’s MS4 program is implemented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which fulfills this role to comply with federal mandates under the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an oversight role because they are the federal agency charged with managing the Clean Water Act. The authorization that MS4 communities get from the DEP to legally discharge stormwater into local stream and rivers is called an “NPDES” permit which stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. To meet the terms of their NPDES Permit, communities need to develop what’s called a “Stormwater Management Program” (SWMP). Communities that discharge stormwater into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, such as Lower Paxton Township, are also required to develop a “Pollutant Reduction Plan” (PRP).