The loan program was discussed at this week's meeting of the
The borough has a total of
The maximum loan that would be available to a resident is
Some of the sidewalks in the borough are in "deplorable" condition, he said.
The borough has had a program to fund sidewalk repairs "off an on" for many years,
Lane said he plans to apply to the county for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds which, if they are approved, would allow the borough to also provide grants to residents to repair or replace their sidewalks.
To qualify for such a grant, residents typically would need to have an income below a certain level, Lane said.
However, residents of any income would be eligible to apply for a loan, he said.
Lane said it is too late to apply for the CDBG funding this year, but added that he will apply for it next year.
The paving project that will be bid out will take place on streets near
The paving will take place on
The area around the school campus has a relatively high amount of traffic, he said.
Nineteen free, three-hour parking spaces on the
The borough rents out reserved parking spaces. The creation of the additional reserved spaces is intended to offset the loss of reserved parking spaces that will occur when the Midtown Parking Lot on
Lane announced some good news related to the borough's ongoing appeal of its preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, which delineates the location of so-called Special Flood Hazard Areas. Hunt Engineers, which is conducting a hydrology study of the Mix Run stream, "feels confident" that a number of homes in the area of Mix Run will be removed from a Special Flood Hazard Area, Lane said. Special Flood Hazard Areas are locations where citizens would be required to obtain flood insurance -- whose annual premiums are projected to rise to thousands of dollars -- in order to qualify for a mortgage from a bank.
Another piece of good news related to the appeal is that
Lane said he believes one reason the volume increased is that there are more storm drain systems for roads, which funnel water to the river.
Lane said the V.F.W. post has donated thousands more to the police department since he became borough manager in
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