Hatboro homeowners seek buyouts
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Woodwinds resident Tracy Thatford addressed borough council March 11 during the committee meetings about the possible buyout and where funds would come from. She said her understanding was 75 percent would come from FEMA, 22 percent from PEMA and the remaining 3 percent would be borough money. However, council President John Zygmont said the borough had made no promises to pay the remaining costs of the buyout, but always addressed it as “local effort.”
“It’s not like we’re turning a deaf ear to you,” Zygmont said when residents of Woodwinds addressed council’s refusal to help. “Everybody here is in for helping you guys out.”
Zygmont said it was not the borough’s place to buy out property owners and that it would be unfair to use taxpayer money to assist the residents of Woodwind. Borough Solicitor Christen Pionzio told residents it would be wrong of the borough to assist these 12 residents when council couldn’t do the same for other residents in situations just Ds GLIfiFuOW, OLNH suGGHn unHPSORyment.
Borough Manager Fred Zollers said the Woodwind residents would be expected to pay the 3 percent, should FEMA/PEMA accept the buyout. He said the borough would pay the amount for demolishing and maintaining the property once the buyout was complete. If the buyout were to go through, the land would then be borough property.
Pionzio described the property as “an island” the borough did not want but would be required to maintain. She said although the building that could be bought out would be demolished and the property owned by the borough, the surrounding fiYH EuLOGLnJs RI :RRGZLnGs FRndominium would not be part of the purchase.
As for news on the buyout, Zollers said he has not had any news from FEMA/PEMA but that “no news is good news” since many area applicants had been receiving information about being eliminated from the selection process.