Live Blog: Bloom Town Council Meeting, Mon. Nov 14

8:58 Meeting adjourned.

8:57 CMSU grant accepted, replacing a PLCB grant that is used to help pay over time and cover other expenses during other spring and summer festivities.

8:54 Discussion about allowing a single parking spot for clients of David Ruckle, Lincoln Investments at 724 E. 5th., Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

8:51 Free Holiday Parking approved for Main St. 25 Nov. – 30 December, Two Hour limit still enforced. Free Municipal lot parking 19-30 December.

8:49 Public Safety Commission report. Mr. Telesky request for handicapped parking at 150 W. First Approved.

8:45 Public Works Commission recommendations as posted in Council agenda read by John Barton all passed unanimously, including all repairs and projects at the Bloomsburg Airport

8:42 Bloomsburg Univerity Foundation / Presbyterian Senior Living Subdivision approval passes unanimously subject to conditions outlined in the Planning Commission minutes are met

8:40 HARB recommendations on repairs on Jefferson St. Property and 161 east Main pass without objection.

8:37 Motion to approve the HARB Recommendation passes 4-3, Council Members Kinney, Costa, and Howell vote No

8:35 Council discussion revolving around changing the zoning for the property or definitions of what constitutes a commercial district.

8:29 Resident Oren Helbok, 5th St., objected to the general sense of the discussion that the building would be permitted because the parking on the first floor would make the building mixed use.

8:27 Discussion on at the Property at Whiteman & 3rd and whether the building would be mixed use

8:22 Code Enforcement reporting on Historical and Architectural Review Board (HARB) and the construction at 3rd St. and Whiteman Ave. There are local resident questions about the building being too close to the sidewalk.

8:18 Discussion on reduction of Flood related permit fees by 50% through the end of the year. To date no fees have been collected pending decision on this issue. To date, permits are being issued pending fees. Motion to reduce fees fees passes 6-1 with Council member Kinney voting No

8:16 Revised Policy on use of recording devices approved 6-1 with Council Member Kreisher voting No

8:15 Notice will be placed on Council Chamber door to the effect that discussions inside may be recorded by members of the public or media.

8:12 Solicitor Mihalik stated that the public has the absolute right to record all meetings openly, and believes this applies to hidden recording devices *during* a meeting. Recordings before and after a meeting is illegal without the permission of the individuals involved.

8:06 Town Solicitor Mihalik noted that secret recording before or after a meeting may be illegal (misdemeanor) but recording during meetings is legal.

8:05 Approve use of recording devices at Council Meetings. Original proposal paired down due to some objections from the Press Enterprise.

8:04 Administrative & Budget committee report. A few items listed in the agenda were restated to bring the items to attention. Minutes passed unanimously.

8:03 Approval of minutes of previous council meetings.

8:03 DBI is doing their Ocktoberfest at the Moose Exchange from 7-11 this Saturday night

8:01 Mayor Knorr reported that Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner toured Bloomsburg today to view flood damage.

8:00 Congratulations to newly elected Council Members Trump and Bower as well as Council Member Levan on her reelection.

7:57 A meeting to encourage applicants will likely be held early next week.

7:56 If the Army Corps of Engineers would use the property for the flood wall, then that property is not eligible for buyout under HGMP

7:54 Council Members Howell and Costa asked about parking as a possible use of the land. FEMA responded that this is an acceptable use.

7:51 Mayor Knorr asked if a meeting should be set up with interested homeowners, or if the list should be narrowed down. The list of possible eligible homes was closed off late last week, but since the relief should come quicker than previously expected, the possibility of encouraging further interested applicants is being discussed.

7:47 Council Member Renninger asked about the time frame for learning what the state and federal share would be. FEMA responds that it is being discussed now and decision could come any time.

7:45 Council Member Howell asked about what home owners should do in the meantime, if they should fix their homes. FEMA said that it was up to the individuals and should get guidance from local code officials.

7:42 Mayor Knorr wondered about encouraging all possible applicants to apply, but the FEMA representative reemphasized that this process is completely voluntary and any applicant can with draw the application at any time.

7:40 Up to 15 homes may be included on each application b the community. The State encourages that each application be submitted with the maximum number of applicants.

7:37 Mayor Knorr asked about upfront costs. FEMA responded that there would be upfront costs for certified appraisals but if the application is approved, then that money would come back to the community. Up front costs are the reason that some communities choose to use assessment values.

7:34 Council Member Kreisher asked about homes that would be elevated instead. FEMA responded that those people should apply as well, since the application can be withdrawn at any time.

7:31 Council Member Kreisher asked if Landlords would be eligible for the HGMP program. The FEMA representative answered that they are eligible under this program.

7:29 Letter of intent/Pre-Application available at http://www.pema.state.pa.us

7:28 FEMA representatives will be available in local communities to help facilitate the application process.

7:27 After letter of intent is approved, then applicants may submit the application proper and the State prioritizes the applications.

7:25 For application, Letter of Intent/Pre-Application (available on PEMA website) must be submitted. Letter of intent date moved back to 30 November. Application packet submission date moved back to 30 December.

7:23 Either Appraised or Assessment value must be used for all homes.

7:22 The property on which the demolished homes sit must thereafter remain vacant. The land thereafter remains open space.

7:20 The Local Government is the applicant who applies, not individual homeowners. Community is the entity that files the application. Must also be voluntary on part of communities applying as well as all individual homeowners.

7:18 Substantial damage is defined as 50% of the home’s value before the damage occurred

7:17 Estimated 500-600 homes destroyed state-wide. In terms of damage and cost, this is likely to be the largest disaster relief and mitigation project in the State’s history.

7:16 Program Priorities: Acquisition/Demolition of substantially damaged, or destroyed homes. (Commonly referred to as Buyouts)

7:13 Current estimate is that 60-65 Million will be available

7:13 FEMA provides 75% match funds to States. 15% of the funds must be used for hazard Mitigation projects.

7:11 All counties are elegible for relief From Hurricaine Irene or Tropical Storm Lee

7:10 Representative from FEMA regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program addressing council.

7:07 Possibility discussed of splitting any and all collected change between AGAPE and the local chapter of the Red Cross

7:05 Bottom of Fountain would be covered with a tarp to both protect the fountain and make collection of change easier.

7:04 Plans discussed to safeguard decorations as well as any change collected. Also possibility of refreshments served, t-shirts sold as additional source of fundraising

7:00 Citizens to be heard: Council being addressed by Gary Vadakin regarding the decorating of the fountain for the holidays. Instead of the regular decorating and idea has been discussed that the fountain will be decorated as usual but people would be encouraged to “fill the fountain with change” with change donated to local charities for flood relief.

7:00 Meeting Called to Order.

6:53 All set up and waiting for the meeting to being

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The Bloomsburg Daily will be present to Live Blog the event for those unable to attend in person.

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The top of the post will have the most current update and then you will be able to scroll down the page to see all of the previous updates in reverse chronological order.

The Agenda may be downloaded directly from the Town of Bloomsburg’s website.

The tentative agenda includes:

Citizens to be Heard: Thomas Telesky, Handicapped Parking Space Request, 150 West First St.

Approval of Monthly Reports:

  • Police Department Report
  • Police Officer Report
  • Police Vehicle Fuel Milage Report
  • Highway and Sewer Monthly Reports

Report of the Administrative & Finance Committee minutes and payments, Including:

  • Recommendation to Approve Reducing Flood Related Building Permit Fees by 50% until 31 December, 2011

Code Enforcement & Zoning Officer’s Reports, Including the monthly report and Planning Commission Minutes regarding the Bloomsburg University Foundation Senior Living Subdivision

Report of the Environment Committee, including the monthly summaries of the Recycling Center

Report of the Public Works Committee, including approval of various maintenance agreements and Recommendations on the Airport Extension and Realignment Project

Public Safety Committee minutes and Aproval of Free Holiday Parking on Main St. from Friday, 25 November – Friday 30 December (2 Hour Limit enforced). Free Parking in all Municipal Lots from Monday 19 December – Friday, 30 December.

Reports of the Town Solicitor, Fire Department, Community & Economic Development Committee, Airport Advisory Committee, and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.

Live Blog of Rep. Millard Fernville Meeting

7:46 Meeting Ends

7:41 Resident reporting a past meeting with Army Corps of Engineers and their aversion to dredging because the waterway beds refill in just 15 years

7:40 Rep Millard said among his goals is to remove the worst of the debris along fishing creek

7:36 Rep millard asked for FEMA rep to be here tonight, but FEMA was unable to attend. Rep Millard said that FEMA will be presenting to the General Assembly and has a commitment from FEMA to attend at future meetings. These meetings with Rep Millard and FEMA will be advertised in the press and radio. Meeting will deal specifically with acquisition and shortening the time frame

7:35 Rep Millard asking for contact information from residents for follow up

7:33 Conversation turns from buyout back to the cleanup and dredging of Fishing Creek and the necessity for something to be done about that waterway

7:29 Resident asking about possibility of people grouping together for private demolition. Offers to ask around for his neighbors to see if this is possible

7:28 If there is a massive buyout, properties will probably be grouped and the TWP will put out bids for demolition

7:25 Rep Millard: in the past redevelopment authority was charged with administering buyout.

7:24 There is still general confusion over insurance money received and how that will affect eventual buyout money received, with different messages coming form Hemlock Township and Rep Millard

7:23 Back to Live blogging after dealing with video feed

7:11 Rep Millard: Eminent Domain can be used to forcibly acquire homes, but this is only used in extreme circumstances.

7:06 Resident asked if it is possible for him to sell his home outright. Rep Millard responds that he knows of no reason why that is not possible.

7:04 Rep. Millard looking to collect information from the residents in attendance so that he can follow the process along and help residents get the insurance coverage they’re due.

7:01 Residents cross-talking and generally angry at the whole project, that either a buyout was not done and the floodwall not built

7:01 Resident: Asking how long these flood wall feasibility studies are going to go on?

6:58 Rep Millard asking how many residents saw their flood insurance rates go up, general hand raising and agreement that rates for most did.

6:57 General murmuring “We’ll never see the Floodwall”

6:55 Resident: Wondering about keeping records from contrators when she has people just working on her property who are not contractors. Rep Millard says to just keep track of hours.

6:50 Stephanie Haney: Wed. Nov 2nd there will be a 2PM and 6PM meeting held at TWP. building to help residents with the acquisition process. haney@hemlocktownship.org

6:49 General Frustration from many people over the slowness of government insurance response and the futility of raising homes above flood level.

6:46 Resident asking about the necessity of making people carry $100,000 (for example) of flood insurance when there’s only $10,000 left on their mortgage.

6:45 Rep Millard: Hazard Assessment officer based in Stillwater, with PEMA, works with DEP.

6:44 Resident: Asking who determines value of house before flooding

6:40 Rep Millard collecting information from residents on which companies assessed their damaged properties so the information can also be forwarded to FEMA

6:39 Rep Millard: If there is success with the bond program to speed up the buyout process, he will make public notice about that.

6:38 Resident is frustrated at different answers from different government agencies.

6:37 Rep Millard emphasises that he will advocate on Residents’ behalf for all that want to be acquired.

6:36 Commissioner Kovack: If you feel the FEMA appraised value of your home is incorrect you may appeal. You can go to the DRC on Sawmill Road. Weekdays 10-7pm Sat 10-5pm 800 827 8112

6:34 Rep Millard: Isn’t sure of answer to that question. Will double check with FEMA on their position on this issue

6:32 Resident: If a floodwall is going to go through a person’s property, will those properties be bought out?

6:27 [Asked not to record this part – Private information]

6:26 Residents in agreement that in 2006 they got money a lot faster from State Farm than from FEMA in 2011

6:26 Residents interject that they are getting less money now for greater damage when compared to 2006

6:21 Resident asking about money received from insurance, if that money is put toward mortgage, how will that effect buyout if that occurs.

6:18 Residents ask about money received from insurance and then from posible buyout. Records must be kept of money received and from where. Buyout money received will be deducted from amount previously received from insurance.

6:16 Resident worried about the meeting not publicized well, learned about it from the Bloomsburg Daily.

6:14 Rep Millard says that more than 200 Ft. of the island the taken out Army Corps of engineers must be called in to manage project.

6:13 Rep. Millard says it is feasible and permits are rather easy to get

6:12 Rep Millard responds that Dept. Environmental Protection can issue emergency permits.

6:11 Resident: What would be possibility of private dredging?

6:10 Legislation for bond issue and stream clean up is being talked about.

6:09 Rep Millard suggests possibility of floating a state bond to speed up buyout process.

6:08 Residents frustrated over being homeless and having mortgages while waiting for checks

6:07 18 months to 2 years before checks would be issued. Anger from Residents over this

6:06 Rep Millard says that first we must know how much money is coming from the Federal government and then how it is divided before it will be disbursed.

6:05 Rep Millard doesn’t know answer but says that that question has been asked many times and it depends on where and when and if floodwall is built

6:04 What the future will hold for Fernville if a flood wall goes in after a home is rebuilt and the home is in the way of a new floodwall.

6:03 Opening up to Resident questions

6:01 Rep. Millard encourages residents to ask Twp. officials to use the higher value for buyout of homes.

6:01 There is the assessment value and appraised value of homes. Township can decide which value is going to be used.

6:00 Rep Millard looking for a list of names and addresses of resident adn the value of their houses of what the residents think the buyout value of their homes would be.

5:59 State is looking to find a way to shift dollars for buyout, but needs to know first what is available from the Federal Government

5:57 Meeting started early. Rep Millard talking about funding for buyout of homes in Fernville

Rep. Millard will be holding a meeting with Fernville residents tonight at 6:00 PM at the Bloomsburg Tech Center (the old Elks). We are going to attempt to live blog and live stream the event, as we did for the Bloomsburg Town Council Open Forum. Technology and other factors may change our plans, but we will keep you updated here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Flood Open Forum Live Blog

8:00 Mayor: Getting Federal dollars is more difficult due to lack of earmarks. Money is awarded to best project on cost basis, rather than influence over political leaders.

7:58 Resident: With future flood plans, is it possible to coordinate flood planning efforts with towns upriver? Mayor responds that he would like to see a regional plan, but also feels that he needs to fight specifically for his town against other communities in getting flood protection.

7:55 Resident concerned that Emergency Services, waking people at 2AM to evacuate, only told people to “get out” with no information on specifically where to go.

7:53 Mayor Knorr responds to resident concerns about islands and debris blocking Fishing Creek. Town does not have authority over waterways.

7:50 Resident asks if there are set places for people to go for those who are evacuated. Mayor responds that it’s difficult to get that information out since people usually only pay attention to that information in the immediate hours before an emergency

7:49 Resident wonders about evacuation. Wondolosky responds that the town does not have the authority to remove people who refuse to leave.

7:47 BU Psychology professor’s daughter learned of Flood and its severity through facebook and wonders about social media for future emergencies

7:44 Resident: What’s the town’s plan for the next emergency. Mayor spoke of replacing town hall’s emergency generator. Resident: wonders why Bloomsburg University could not be utilized.

7:43 Joe Wondoloski, Emergency Services, responds with needing to educate people on being prepared for emergencies, and improving the information infrastructure.

7:41 Eileen Chapman, AGAPE, worried about “last mile” of information for people not reading newspaper or without electricity for online access.

7:40 Mayor Knorr is also happy with the response of the Bloomsburg Daily and its citizen news response.

7:39 Press Enterprise took criticism and Bloomsburg Daily started in response. Mayor Knorr happy with PE response and that it was free for several days

7:37 Port Noble Drive Resident. Came home on the 9th from Canada. had 5 feet of water in house. Disaster response was good, but we need disaster prevention response. Radio and Newspaper need to have permanent information available for emergencies. Applause.

7:34 Kathy Zimmerman, Wonderview. Port-a-Potties were taken out almost immediately when water came on, but there were still hundreds of volunteers in town

7:32 Mr. Hopper, 10th St., WHLM employee. Also commends town emergency services for their speed in getting information to WHLM so the information could get out over the air.

7:30 Resident commend Town Council on early response, AGAPE as well, the University Students that came to help. Round of applause

7:28 River Road Resident, Lived in flood area since 1972. How does the Town get away with filling in low lying lands, especially around the airport.

7:26 Mayor thinks long term solution lies in flood protection.

7:25 Resident restates that he loves it here. Mayor states that finding funds for buyout is on the agenda for November meeting.

7:24 “You got a whole block there, take us off the tax rolls.”

7:23 “We’re willing to walk away form our home with a mortgage. We’re not willing to rebuild. You don’t want to wreck your credit or walk away from the home you love, but you can do what you want, we’re done.”

7:21 Resident states that FEMA has money and the Town Council needs to do their homework and that they should be going after FEMA funding instead of waiting for the Federal government to come to them

7:20 Resient worried about ground saturation during rains, that the river isn’t deep enough without dredging, and wondering what good the raising houses will do. “Should we just walk away from our houses if we live near the water?”

7:18 Bauman If we want protection, the dike is the way to go. All this money should be saved and put to something useful

7:17 There isn’t a dike that can’t be over topped. You have to write the elected officials to get the dike that the town needs

7:14 Bauman “The dikes will be the way they (the corps of engineers) wants it, not the way you want it” The only part of bloom that qualifies for the cost ratio is the lower end of bloomsburg.

7:13 Former Mayor Dan Bauman discusses details of dredging. Dredging is not the answer.

7:12 Country Club Drive resident wants zoning changed so that not so much pavement moves water to other residents.

7:11 Ralph McGill responds that zoning is handicapped with lack of officers.

7:09 Want to know where help will come from in the future in trying to deal with zoning and bureaucracy, how the process can be expedited.

7:08 West 11th St. Resident. “Help was very good at the very beginning. It was wonderful. I do think now something needs to be done with the zoning”

7:06 Mr. Laubaugh worries that homes may not be raised nearly enough even if they are in compliance with code. Mayor Knorr says to discuss this with Code Enforcement and that he should be called if it feels like residents are dealing with too much red tape.

7:05 Mayor Knorr – Council hasn’t discussed issue yet, Town knows it gets money from residents, but hasn’t discussed reducing red tape to ease getting of permits.

7:04 Mr. Laubaugh wonders about his demolition permit that he needs to buy, doesn’t mind paying, but wants to know if permits will be waived so he can get started rebuilding. Agrees with dredging.

7:03 Curt Laubaugh, 10th St. Resident. Just bought trailer in June, on 1/4 acre. It’s been condemed. Want’s know the red tape the town will put him through before he can rebuild like he wants to. Lifetime bloom resident.

7:02 Port Noble Drive Resident. Can’t imagine living anywhere else, applauding efforts of town

7:01 East Main Resident. Thanking Emergency services for rescuing her.

7:00 Isabel Tarr speaking of worry of people on the East end of town. “Why do we still allow people to build in this area?”

6: 59 Mr. Hamilton wants a lobbyist in Washington for the whole area in support of dredging the Susquehanna and Fishing creek

6:58 Mayor tries to move meeting along. Townspeople grumble and want Mr. Hamilton to continue.

6:57 “If we don’t do this, 20, 30, 40, 50 years we’ll have this agian.”

6:57 “We could have hired a lobbyist in Washington for all the money we spent in town in the last 3 years.”

6:55 “I don’t care who our senator or congressman is, we need a lobbyist. We were able to pay for Streeter’s, the tennis courts”

6:54 1936 Flood Survivor: “The lifting system is far fetched.” “I’ve gone through this for years and it’s getting ridiculous. I believe in dredgine the Susquehanna and Fishing creek”

6:53 Another resident “Who cares about a (airport) runway? “Why buiild that up to flood somebody else?”

6:51 Resident in back (they aren’t stating names) wondering where the money would be raised to jack up homes. Also wants to ensure that all homes are sufficiently raised, even above what FEMA may say is the flood plain. “100 year Flood plain doesn’t mean anything”

6:50 Unidentified resident disagrees with Kreisher on the utility of raising houses.

6:48 Kreisher discussing technicalities of how a house is to be raised above flood plain

6:47 Bill Kreisher, Town council, talking of lifting and raising homes above the flood level with jacks

6:45 Town can apply for Federal funding with Town 25% match to buyout properties. Has to make sure that Town can afford buy out. Doesn’t know if the Federal government will provide monies

6:44 Mayor is doesn’t know if there will always be federal funding for a floodwall

6:43 Anger from residents that all the town is doing at this meeting is reviewing damgage instead of addressing their concerns.

6:42 “Is all we’re going to do is clean the fairgrounds when people are suffering?”

6:40 Resident wonders what the point about reviewing all of this? Will we just be here doing the same thing again next year?

6:37 St. Luke’s Church offering help for people who may not have received any.

6:35 Police Chief answering that phone numbers have been set up and publicized the assistance. Larking still worried about people who may be forgotten

6:35 Richard Larkin BU Psychology professor asking about mental health of resisdents after flood

6:34 mayor opening up conversation

6:32 Showing pictures of all town services and all public works buildings underwater.

6:30 Capital Outlay for Town of Bloomsburg. Close to $500,000 on emergency services as of 9/28. Expect more to come in.

6:29 AGAPE, Red Cross, and BU students commended again, along with Bloom Fire Department.

6:28 Code Enforcement’s job began after the flood water receded, worked to ensure safety of all town residents, to keep them safe after flood.

6:27 Some minor thefts reported, no real problems with looting. Police were aware of a possible issue early and worked to avoid theft of items on sidewalks.

6:26 Mayor Knorr thanking private organizations like AGAPE for disaster relief and recovery.

6:25 No deaths, No serious injuries. “We can rebuild things, but you can’t bring back a life” — Mayor Knorr

6:24 Senator Casey called Mayor Knorr to offer assistance. Commendation of town employees who assisted in emergency management in spite of their own homes being flooded and destroyed.

6:23 PA Department of Environment sprayed for bugs on 19th. Also PA Dept. of Agriculture performed inspections.

6:22 About 30% of town evacuated. BU cancelled classes to help clear town of excess people. 20,000 people effected by loss of municipal water

6:20 Helped maintain emergency zones, Over 20 rescues performed by boat and helicopter

6:20 Sunday able to reach ammonia tank and deal with problem. Again since leak was under water, it prevented gas from escaping into atmosphere

6:19 Saturday felt like low point, Ammonia leak, shelter needed to be moved, government set up in among several buildings, making communication difficult.

6:17 Ammonia leak at Windsor foods caused evacuation. Not sure of how much leaked at time so evacuated large area to be safe. Smaller leak than feared. Leak was eventually covered by water which prevented ammonia from going into air but slowed repair.

6:15 WHLM was commended for their constant broadcast and getting information out

6:14 Susquehanna crested on the 9th. Emergency siren system used on the 8th and 9th. Officers drove through the various zoned emergency areas to assist with evacuation.

6:13 Public works and fuel pumps surrounded by water. worked out deal with Weis to get fuel and other equipment. Got police from other townships, Bloom University, Bucknell. Worked in concert with National Guard

6:12 Moved emergency management to DUI center on 8th st.

6:11 Joe Wondoloski commended for managing emergency services

6:10 Emergency Siren was activated at 2:30Pm, worked in some areas, did not work in other areas

6:10 Town Council met in emergency session on the 7th and issued Declaration of Disaster Emergency. REd Cross shelter opened, and preparations made on Wednesday. Still not a lot of time. Local industries informed

6:08 Three storms contributed to event, with Tropical Storm Lee being the “knockout punch” Wednesday the 7th was the first time knew that there would be trouble

6:08 Mayor will first recount what the town’s response was and then will solicit feedback

6:07 Want to know what we did right, wrong and what can be done better. Wants to revisit 1972 as well as 2006. Can’t rely on memory alone.

6:04 Reason for meeting. Tough to get perspective from the street and resident level. Want to get sense of what is going on in town.

6:03 Welcome by Mayor Dan Knorr. Introducing town officials.

6:00 Meeting ready to start

5:27 WNEP on the scene

WNEP Van
WNEP on the Scene

5:25 Todd Heiss and Derek Gittler are currently setting up and getting ready to go!

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At 6:oo PM tonight (Tuesday, October 18th), there will be an open forum to discuss the flood response hosted by Mayor Dan Knorr at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall. (Read our own Jen Ralston’s overview and reminders for the event.) We will have two people on scene to keep track of the major concerns and issues being discussed. This page will become the live blog for the event. A live blog is “a blog post which is intended to provide a rolling textual coverage of an ongoing event, similar to live television or live radio.” (Wikipedia)

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