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Woman with mold problem told to seek legal help

Published June 18. 2012 05:03PM

A Lansford woman who told borough council on Wednesday that her mold-infested home is not being properly repaired was advised to seek legal help.

The woman, who lives in Apt. 102 in the Lansford Townhouse complex, told council she had been away and when she returned, she found that rain water had leaked into the house, causing mold to grow in the bedroom and kitchen. She said the landlord has replaced the carpet, but is doing only cosmetic repairs. She said that the wood under the siding in the kitchen is crumbling, but the landlord is just covering the damage, not remediating the mold.

She said she and her 3-year-old son, whom she said has breathing problems, cannot live there.

Council advised her to seek legal help, and said they would speak with solicitor Michael Greek, who did not attend the meeting, about the matter.

In other matters, council heard from Carbon County Programs Coordinator Jim Martino of the Office of Planning and Development. Martino spoke at a public hearing portion of the meeting about street repair plans for which the borough would use Community and Economic Development Block Grant money.

The grant money is for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Council wanted to add Cortright Street back into the repair schedule. CDBG funds for 2009 ($11,774.90), and for 2010 ($36,295.10), a total of $48,070, will be allocated to Cortright Street.

In addition, $10,000 in CDBG money for 2009, $21,260.90 for 2010, and $75,657 for 2011, (a total of $106,917.90), will be allocated to East Bertsch Street.

Anyone wishing to comment on the projects is asked to send their statements to the Office of Planning and Development by 4 p.m. June 20.

In other business Wednesday, council:

*Accepted the resignation of Marie Ondrus from the Parks and Recreation Board. her resignation from the office of co-treasurer was effective June 15, and from the board itself as of Sept. 2.

"She has done an excellent, excellent job," said council president Rose Mary Cannon. "I'm sad to see this letter. I hope she changes her mind."

Council agreed to send Ondrus a letter of thanks for her work.

*Announced that the borough has received $1,535.27 in state police fines and penalties. the money is distributed by the state department of Transportation to municipalities each June and December;

*Announced the borough has received $3,339 from the Carbon County Railroad Commission. The figure is 25 percent of the commission's 2011 gross revenues;

*Announced that Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek is working to help the borough count the number of residents it has. Council members are disputing the 2010 U.S. Census figures, arguing the count missed a lot of people. The lower numbers, under 4,000, have dealt a blow to the borough in terms of revenue: The borough has lost its CDBG as an entitlement entity.

Council has wanted to do re-count, but exactly how the situation will be remedied has yet to be determined.

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