Milton Borough residents who live in the floodplain can attend two meetings that will address different aspects of flood-related issues.
At the first meeting, residents can learn about the importance of elevation certificates and how to read this document. Mark Freeze, professional land surveyor from Coukart & Associates, will help facilitate the meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 19.
The second meeting will discuss flood insurance and real estate. Jeff and Rick Coup from The Coup Agency will speak about the options homeowners have in the floodplain. It will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 23.
Both meetings will be held at Milton Borough’s Council Room, 2 Filbert St.
The meetings offer a platform to hear residents’ flood-related issues and discuss potential solutions. It is envisioned to be a working group, allowing Milton residents to engage in dialogue during the meeting, resulting in a brainstorming and educational opportunity.
These meetings are part of a larger flood resiliency initiative in six communities. Milton Borough is working with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) to undertake this flood resiliency effort in the borough.
Teri Provost, the SEDA-COG staffer who is helping to head the effort, said the process only works with community involvement.
“It’s an exciting opportunity because residents can have a voice in the effort to find solutions to flood-related issues, including potential flood insurance reform,” Provost said.
The initiative is part of SEDA-COG’s education and training process that helps municipalities find solutions to flood-related issues. At its completion, SEDA-COG aims to examine legislative solutions to flood insurance reform with local, state, and federal officials.
Appalachian Regional Commission and Keystone Communities Program grants funded the completion of a planning process to develop a self-help assessment tool for six central Pennsylvania riverine communities: Bloomsburg, Danville, Lewisburg, Milton, Newport, and Selinsgrove.
The assessment tool is aimed at assisting the municipality and its residents in defining, designing, and implementing flood resiliency strategies.
Through this, community teams and flood task force committees form that further generate actionable solutions.
For more information, residents may call SEDA-COG’s Teri Provost at 1-800-332-6701.