Dalton Borough to borrow $800,000 for road work

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal | April 18th, 2016 12:36 pm

DALTON — Officials announced at a meeting April 14 the borough will borrow $800,000 to be used for paving roads.

Dalton Borough Council approved an ordinance in order to begin filing paperwork to secure the funds.

Atty. Frank Bolock said all of the paperwork will need to go to the Commonwealth Department of Community and Economic Development. He said that the process will probably take a month before they will receive the funds.

In other business, board member Len Peters discussed possible sites to place a salt shed. He listed the Department of Public Works building, the parking lot behind the Dalton Fire Hall, Dalton Streamside Park, and a piece of the Pennsylvania Power and Light (PP&L) property on East Main Street as possible choices.

“Those are sum total of the properties,” he said. “Some obviously aren’t very good.”

Peters said that the parking lot behind the firehouse won’t work because it’s a flood zone. He said PP&L hasn’t been helpful in releasing the property on East Main Street.

“The only place that makes sense in the borough is the parking lot sitting on Streamside Park,” he said. “It’s on a hill. It’s above the flood plain. It’s big enough. The disadvantage is that we lose the parking lot.”

President Gus Vlassis said that fortunately council has time to decide since Vice President Bill Montgomery worked with North Abington Township to use their salt shed for several years.

In other business, the board approved a request to get $500 from the recreation budget to fund the upcoming fishing derby, which will be on Sunday, May 15 at Dalton Streamside Park.

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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