Dalton Borough Council considers tax sale property for possible Streamside Park expansion

By Ben Freda - For Abnigton Journal | September 15th, 2015 2:07 pm

DALTON — Christine Dettore, director of Land Preservation at Wildlands Conservancy, spoke to the borough council Sept. 10 about expanding Streamside Park in the borough.

She said Dalton resident Helene Novak has reached out to Countryside Conservancy for acquisition of her property, but referred matters of acquisition to the borough. The property is up for tax sale.

“As far as the Conservancy’s concern at this time, it’s not something that they can handle,” said Dettore. “But they (Countryside Conservancy) met with me, and I have met with Ms. Novak. And it’s something that she would like the borough to consider to see if it (property) can become part of the adjacent park, and in the future, be allowed for the extension of the trail.”

Dettore said the property would make a great extension to the park, according to the representatives who worked on the Streamside Park application.

“Right now, DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) employees will be more than happy to assist the borough if they feel it’s something they can acquire,” she said. “There’s things that we can do now that would allow me to apply for the grant in the spring to get a portion of the funds back. I believe she (Novak) will be willing to take less than the appraised value. The back taxes are close to $21,000. “

In other business, board member Kyle Brown announced that Howard Wolf, who makes signs for Dalton Borough, put lettering on the two dumpsters near the municipal building to reflect they are for Dalton residents only. He said residents from outside the borough have been putting recycling and garbage in those dumpsters.

In other business, the board voted to approve:

• the 2016 Minimum Municipal Obligation police pension for full-time officers to be $23,686.

• the 2016 Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System police pension for part-time officers to be $10,208.

• the Scranton-Abingtons Planning Association Ordinance, which authorizes the president and other members of Dalton Borough Council to execute and enter into an cooperative agreement between Dalton Borough and the boroughs of Clarks Green, Clarks Summit, Dunmore, the City of Scranton, and the townships of Glenburn, Newton, South Abington, Waverly, and West Abington.

By Ben Freda

For Abnigton Journal

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or by email at news@s24528.p831.sites.pressdns.com.