Dalton Borough Council/Planning Commission member resigns

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal
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DALTON — Jared Gard resigned from both the borough council and the planning commission during the borough council’s May 10 meeting.

“Due to my job and time constraints, I have to hand in my resignation as a council member and also a planning commission member,” Gard said.

“I’m sorry to hear that,” president Gus Vlassis replied.

“Very much so,” council member William Brandt added.

Mayor Aaron Holzman commended Gard for the time and effort he put into the Novak property (210 Lackawanna Ave.).

“I understand how much work that was,” Holzman said. “I’m sure if everything goes as planned and the trails go through, we’ll have something to remember your efforts by,” he said.

Vlassia echoed the comment.

Solicitor Frank Bolock added, “I would just agree that the Novak project among other things wouldn’t have happened without Jared’s input.”

Council voted to approve Gard’s resignation.

Council member Kyle Brown reported Gregory Palaskas expressed interest in becoming a member of the Dalton Planning Commission, adding the commission recommended his appointment. The council voted to approve Palaskas to the commission.

Also, Vlassis recommended Eric Johnson to replace Gard as a member of the council.

“There’s a strong possibility that Eric Johnson, chairperson of the planning commission, would be interested and would make an excellent member of the council because of his experience on the planning commission,” he said.

Council voted to approve Johnson as a member of the council.

In his president’s report, Vlassis said he talked with secretary Jo Ann Davies and finance committee members Lorraine Daniels and Bill Montgomery and they agreed to use online banking with QuickBooks and NBT Bank.

In his law and legislative report, Montgomery read a resolution of the Council of the Borough of Dalton, authorizing Countryside Conservancy to have an easement for a portion of the property between Cherry Street and Brookside Road.

He mentioned the purpose of the easement is to facilitate the development and the expansion of the Trolley Trail by Countryside Conservancy.

“They (conservancy) haven’t got all the details worked out but we can allow them to have this (easement),” he said.

Montgomery said the easement allows both the council and Countryside Conservancy to share the property.

The council voted to approve the easement.

Also, the council voted to approve a permit for the upcoming Herb & Perennial Sale, which will be May 19 at the Dalton Public Library.

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By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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