Dalton Borough Council approves parking ordinance

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal | February 16th, 2016 2:11 pm

DALTON — The borough council approved an ordinance Feb. 11 to prohibit parking on roadways from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Nov. 1 through April 1.

This ordinance authorizes parking restrictions during emergencies and facilitates public works and public events and prescribes penalties for violation. Before approval, Solicitor Frank Bolock said that the Section 5 of the ordinance states that if there is a major snowstorm, Mayor Aaron Holzman can declare an emergency.

Holzman asked how will the emergency be communicated to the public if the circumstance occurs. President Gus Vlassis suggested either phone calls or television.

The board voted to approve this amendment to the ordinance.

Also, board member Bill Brandt said that because of the warm weather, Dalton has been able to start working on ditches and drainage systems in preparation of paving the streets.

“We’ve also gone through and checked all the streets that are on our first phase, which is what we put together and what we’re heading for this year,” he said.

Brandt said that the streets that are currently ready for paving are Lily Lake Road, Lincoln Street, Washington Street, Shoemaker Road, Hess Street, and Hess Court. He also said drainage on Church Street and Sunrise Drive needs to be addressed, and Brookside Road needs cross-piping. He said that according to the old figures borough engineer John Seamans put together, the paving project costs $400,000. He also said that Scott Maciak from Lackawanna County will be putting a bid together for the borough.

In other business, Vlassis asked the council members if any one of them would be able to attend the Abington Council of Governments (ACOG) meetings, which are held on the first Thursday of every month. He said that board member Bill Montgomery normally attends the meetings. Vlassis wanted another council member to attend these meetings periodically.

“They’re (ACOG) doing at this point some evaluation and reassessment of their bylaws,” said Vlassis. “And this might be a good opportunity to have some input into their programs.”

In other news, Montgomery mentioned that Dalton resident Ed Baumeister, who does maintenance for the fire company, wants to put a trailer in the driveway for recycling electronic items. He said that he will collect the recycled electronics once a month. The board members agreed with it.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Montgomery.

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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