Two renovations planned for Dalton Community Library

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal

DALTON — Two renovations were mentioned at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Dalton Borough Council.

Council President Gus Vlassis announced in his report that Lackawanna County plans to post a cell tower either on top of the Dalton Community Library building or on the ground near it. He said this way, people will be able to use free Wi-Fi inside the library.

Board member Kyle Brown, in his health and sanitation report, mentioned the cover of the library’s outdoor trash can has holes, which can cause the can to be filled with precipitation. He said that contacted the Abington Rotary Club, which donated the trash can.

“They (Rotary Club) found a Cub Scout pack, who’s willing to fix it for them,” said Brown. “The Cub Scouts are going to come fix it and the Rotary’s going to pay for the materials.”

Vlassis then mentioned it was Cb Scouts who installed the trash can in front of the library years ago.

In other business…

• Lorraine Daniels said the finance committee is working to put a budget together for 2018, which she said is difficult this year because reassessment figures are down.

“Our stormwater management would be up $5,000 a month,” she said. “Our hospitalization is up about $5,000 a month.”

Daniels said the council will operate with a small budget and the finance committee will discuss this further to prepare for a tentative budget for December.

• Aaron Holzman, in his mayor’s report, reported he and Dalton Police Chief Chris Tolson interviewed Christopher Gnall for a part-time police officer position.

“The chief (Tolson) and I were happy with his paperwork,” he said.

Holzman said Gnall and other new police officers will be introduced to the council.

• The council voted to approve Ordinance #3 of 2017, which “amends the provisions of File of Council No. 3 of 1986 so as to clarify the prohibition of discharge of stormwater, roof or surface drainage water into the Dalton sewer system via sump pump, piping, or any other artificial method and increasing the penalties, costs and assessments, associated with enforcement of the ordinance.”

• The council also voted to approve Ordinance #4 of 2017, which “provides for the repeal of certain legislation, not included therein to save from repeal certain other legislation not included therein; and to provide penalties for tampering with the code.”

• The council voted to approve Ordinance # 5 of 2017, which “provides for the continuation of previous provisions repealing and saving from real certain ordinances not included therein adopting certain changes made to previously adopted ordinances and providing for the proper maintenance of the code and to provide penalties for the violation of the code or chapters thereof.”

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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