Dalton Borough to purchase new Department of Public Works vehicle

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal | August 18th, 2015 2:26 pm

DALTON — Borough council member Bill Brandt said at the Aug. 13 meeting he found a used truck to replace the borough’s old Department of Public Works vehicle. He said the truck is a 2003 Sterling and that it’s similar to the old truck but has a better engine.

Brandt said that the truck costs $17,000. Council President Gus Vlassis asked how the borough is going to pay for it.

Vlassis said that the borough has to get a bid.

“If we have the money, it’s a good idea,” he said. “The longer we wait, winter’s coming, then (the money’s) going to start disappearing. It fits all our equipment. That’s huge.”

The board voted to purchase the truck.

Board member Kyle Brown said the borough’s Department of Public Works created a sign to satisfy the MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) community publicity about storm drains. He said that the sign reads, “Only rain down the drain,” and it has a picture of a salmon on it.

“Right here in town, where we have sidewalks adjacent to storm drains, it makes a nice, little place to display a little bit of signage,” he said. “We can spray paint the sidewalk with our fish and little motto.”

Brown said that the sign should prevent people from pouring liquids such as motor oil or insecticides down the storm drains.

Mayor Aaron Holzman received an email from Lackwanna County about possibly using the back lot of the municipal building as a pick-up site for used tires from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Also, Holzman announced that he received a letter from Sen. John Blake saying that he wrote a letter on Dalton’s behalf to the Department of Community & Economical Development Dennis Davin. He said that Blake’s letter approved the grant for the purchase of two new police vehicles equipped with in-car camera systems. The total amount of the grant was $89,718.05.

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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