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June 8, 2017
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
The Isle of Que will be labeled a “slum” so that the borough will be able to get federal money in order to raise up more houses where flood damage could occur and make other improvements, the Orange Street News has learned.
The decision was announced at the June 5th board meeting.
Snyder county gets around $400,000 a year from the Community Development Block Grant Program. Thirty percent of that goes to Selinsgrove Borough. That means $96,500 can only be used for certain things like:
*water system improvements
*sanitary sewer system improvements
*storm sewer improvements
*to prevent blight or slum
“It takes a lot of money to raise a house,” Borough Manager Paul Williams told the OSN.
However, some people who live in the Isle of Que were not happy to hear that their neighborhood would be called a slum.
A slum is defined as “a squalid and overcrowded urban street or district inhabited by very poor people.” The Isle of Que is known locally by residents as a nice, tree lined area.
“That is not right. It is beautiful over here. The river is beautiful, its a great place to live,” Isle Of Que resident Judy Kline told them OSN.
But other Isle residents were happy the Borough Council were taking steps to help improve their properties.
Isle Of Que resident Jacob Merting told the OSN it was the right move to call the area a slum or else it would be “unfair that most people can’t raise there houses” without the funding.
The Borough Council will hold a meeting on August 7 to discuss more details to the public.