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Jim Thorpe resident asks borough council for help

Published February 08. 2013 05:03PM

Jim Thorpe resident, Rosemary Lane, attended Thursday evening's Borough Council Administration meeting asking for help. Lane stated she had been awarded a Home Grant a few years ago and hadn't received funds and is looking into receiving the money.

Lane, of 93 Broadway, had discussed that she had been awarded the Home Grant in 2006 for around $20,000.

Lane stated, "I've never seen a penny of that money that's supposed to be in an escrow account."

Lane stated that she had not heard anything since 2008 but has been calling and trying to find out information.

The person who had administered the Home Grant was William Delgesso. The Home Grant is through the Pa Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Lane discussed the reason for the grant was because of water damages to her house from a water main break that happened a few years ago.

Through the grant program a contractor was hired to work on the house.

Lane discussed issues and problems with the contractor and the contactor was let go.

She also stated that the Inspector General has visited her home to see the damages.

Council members, Betsy Ahner, President, Greg Strubinger, Vice President, and Joanne Klitsch discussed with Lane the eligibility of the grant. The council members questioned issues with ownership of the house that was mentioned in previous correspondence.

"It was never in question and he (Delgesso) should never have approved me for it if it was an issue."

Lane stated she needed a 99 year lease, which she said she had done. Then the house was given to her and she became the owner.

"We have to go back to DCED to see if the program is still there and see what funds in the account are accessible. The program hasn't been done in 3-4 years," stated Ahner.

There are funds in the JT Home Program but council would need to check with DCED.

Ahner, Strubinger, and Klitsch discussed looking into this further and also speaking with the Borough Solicitor, James Nanovic.

Lane stated that she wants to see about getting the funds and getting the damages to her house fixed.

Lane thanked the council members for their discussion and help.

"This has nothing to do with the borough or the people in the borough," she said.

She added that the issues she has had with the project aren't with anyone in the borough and she appreciates the borough.

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