Tiny community struggles to find residents to help run it

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — A 44-acre Pennsylvania community with fewer than 90 residents may soon end up absorbed by an adjacent city because there isn't enough citizen interest to keep its government functioning.

No one except the newly elected mayor of Mount Carbon showed up this month for a reorganizational meeting, The Morning Call of Allentown reported Friday.

The Schuylkill County borough's fate has hung in the balance since last year, when all three council members quit and the borough secretary resigned.

Retired railroad worker John Raess was elected mayor in November with two write-in votes. The newspaper said it is possible Mount Carbon might end up as part of the 15,000-resident city of Pottsville, a merger both communities would have to OK.

Merging with Pottsville would mean higher taxes for Mount Carbon's residents.

The county courthouse is currently collecting Mount Carbon residents' tax payments, but no one is maintaining borough infrastructure.