Indiana Borough Councilman John Hartman said Tuesday that rates for national flood insurance have risen dramatically in recent years and some banks are telling homeowners they must buy flood insurance for their properties.
Hartman recommended that before homeowners buy flood insurance they should consult a flood zone map to verify that their home is indeed in a flood zone.
Flood zone maps are available online at www.paflood maps.pa.gov. Hartman said the borough’s Code and Zoning Department has flood zone maps that are more detailed.
In other action Tuesday, council approved Bill Clement as Indiana’s new emergency management coordinator. Clement works for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. His appointment still needs confirmation from Gov. Tom Corbett.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• Council agreed to remove the parking meters along South 10th Street between Gompers Avenue and School Street. Meters there are continually vandalized and stolen. That section of South 10th Street will become a zone for special commuter permit parking.
• Council approved for advertising the borough’s revised planning ordinance and the description of the new planning department, including an explanation of the relationship among the department, the borough planning director and the Indiana Borough Planning Commission.
The revised ordinance is available for public inspection in the borough administration office.
• Mayor George Hood urged high school students to enter the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s annual High School Senior Essay Scholarship Contest.
The theme this year is “Match Passion with Action” and students are asked to write about opportunities and programs in their communities that allow for civic engagement and encourage citizens to volunteer to help with local challenges.
Essay entries must be submitted by April 14. Two scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to the winning writers.
High school guidance counselors have more details on how to enter.