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A total of 986 residential units were destroyed or damaged by flood waters that raced through the county the last week of June leaving a path of destruction that crippled some Susquehanna County communities so badly it may take years before things return to normal.
The July 11 meeting of the Susquehanna Boro Council was nearly standing room only, with a number of residents on hand to offer comments on a proposed restructuring of the streets department. Some background on the issue: shortly before the scheduled start of the June 27 meeting, a state of emergency was declared due to flooding. The meeting took place, but was abbreviated and only lasted long enough to adopt Resolution 062606-A, to apply for funds through the Growing Greener program for improvements to the boro’s River Park. Without immediate action, the application could not be submitted by deadline. All other business was put on hold, including the streets proposal; because of that evening’s events, all council members had not received a copy. The proposal itself contained three changes to consider; to create a Department of Public Works; to abolish the position of streets commissioner and create the position of department head; and, reduction of the department’s work week to 24 hours, with the funds saved to be used to contract infrastructure work out to private contractors.
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