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The Dallas Post 08-21-2011

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S
eventeenyoungstersgotalesson in water quality Tuesdayat the Water DayCamp hosted by Pennsylvania-American Water Co. at TheLands at Hillside Farms.
Experimenting with kid-friendly pollu-tants, such as hot chocolate-based cow ma-nureandKool-Aidfertilizer,thetykessawtherelationship between contaminants and wa-ter runoff.ScottSharp,awaterqualitysupervisor,setup what he called an “enviroscape,” a plasticmodelthatdepictedastreamleadingtoalake with a farm, factory, golf course and homesnearby.Hedemonstratedhowsimplecarelessness,such as oil (also made of hot chocolate)dumpedinaparkinglot,couldhavenegativeconsequences on a water source. Thekidswatchedasarainstorm,causedby9-year-old Chelcea Morgan’s spray bottle, washed away all the dirt, chemical fertilizer,manure and other pollutants, which quickly
Kids learn importance of protecting resources
CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK PHOTOS/FOR THE DALLAS POST
TylerSkoniecki,Nanticoke,holdsupamilkcontainerhehasdecoratedatacamponwatersafetypresentedbythePennslyvania-AmericanWaterCo.atTheLandsatHillsideFarms.
 Wonders of 
 WATER
LaurenYouellsofFortyFortgetshelpde-coaratingherwatercontainer.BySARAHHITE
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THE BACK MOUNTAIN'S NEWSPAPER SINCE 1889
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An edition of The Times Leader
August21-27,2011
WILKES-BARRE,PA.
Dallas Township Supervisorssigned an agreement with WilliamsField Services LLC Tuesday evening thatwillputconstrictionsonthecom-pany’s construction of a natural gaspipeline and metering station. Two of the township’s three super- visors, Frank Wagner and Phil Walter,signed the deal, while supervisorGlennHowelldidnot.EarlierthisyearHowell recused himself from voting onnaturalgasissueswithinthetown-ship because he and his wife signed apipeline easement with a gas compa-ny.Solicitor Thomas Brennan said theagreement was about 2 ½ months inthe making, and the process has beendifficult – last month the township re-ported a stalemate in negotiations. The company’s gathering line would take gas from wells in Susque-hanna County through Wyoming CountytoendatasiteoffHildebrandtRoad in Dallas Township in order totap into the Transco interstate pipe-line and send the gas to market. Thepactincludesanunderstanding between the township and Williamsthat subdivision and land develop-ment would apply to the company’spipeline project – a notion already ac-knowledgedAug.9whentheplanning commission conditionally approvedfivemilesoftheSpringvilleGatherinLine to be located within the town-ship.Brennan said Williams will ensurethe safety of the project by following all federal and state laws as they per-taintonaturalgaspipelinesandkeepaminimum setback for the pipeline of 25feetfromadjacentpropertyownersunless terrain or safety hazards deemthe setback unreasonable. The company’s metering stationplans also were altered greatly by theagreement. Williams’ planned meter-ing station, which is proposed to beconstructed on the Perry propertyabout 1,800 feet from the Dallasschools, will be modified to removeany communications tower, odorant/mercaptan tank, flare, odorant build-
DALLASTOWNSHIPSUPERVISORS
Pipeline pact reached with Williams
Supervisors, company iron out gas agreement
BySARAHHITEshite@mydallaspost.com
SeePIPELINE,Page12
AchalkboardwithHalloween-themedsong titles written on one side and corresponding musicalartistsontheothersatpushedagainsta wall inside a trailer parked in the dirt lotacrossfromWycallisElementary.Someone, maybe a student or a teacher,started a holiday matching game that wouldneverbefinishedinclass,atleast.Fifteen more trailers filled with old furni-turefromtheformerDallasHighSchoolbuild-ingwereavailabletoaboutthesamenumberofbiddersatanauctiononSaturday,Aug.13.Metal carts, wooden desks, bookcases andother merchandise were there for the taking,as well as the memories of the recently torndown 50-year-old building thatcamealongwiththem.Jan Goeringer, wife of Dallas School Board presi-dent Bruce Goeringer, saidshe stopped by the auctionto see if there were anyitems she could bid on tokeep as souvenirs for herfamily, all of which are Dal-lasgraduates.“I’mhereforsentimentalreasons,” said the Dallasresident while browsing arowofofficechairs.“Iwant-edtoseeiftherewassome-thing I could hang on mykids’ bedroom walls. It alllooksfamiliar.It’ssad,look-ingatallthemerchandise.”Class of 2010Dallas gradPierce Donovan, of Shaver-town, said he was fond of the former high schoolbuilding,despiteitsageandcondition.“I really enjoyed the oldbuilding,” he said, looking at some hand-painted stools. “It was really cool. I didn’tmindthatitwasold,butIguesssomepeopledid.”A few other Dallas alumni attended theeventtobrowseandstirmemories,butmanyof the bidders were professionals from recy-clingplantsandotherlocalbusinesses.Auctioneer Steve Traver said he contactedmetal scrappers, charter schools, and otherpartieshethoughtmightbeinterestedintheequipment.Healsopostedtheauctioninlocalnewspapers and an industry website, www.auctionzip.com,onwhichthelistingre-ceivedmorethan7,000views.Joe Maloney, of NAPW Architectural &Commercial Salvage in Kingston, said hiscompany will buy anything that looks like itcanberecycled,includingmetalmusicstandsandcafeteriatables.MarvinJayma,ofWilkes-Barre,saidhewasgoingtobidondesksandchairsinordertofur-
BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE DALLAS POST
AuctioneerWayneSteeleofSteveTraverAuctionscallsforbidsduringtheDallasHighSchoolauctiononSaturdaymorning.Theschooldistrictauctionedunneededitemsfromthenow-demolishedformerhighschool.
School’s outfor Dallasclassroomequipment
BySARAHHITEshite@mydallaspost.com
“I’m herefor senti-mentalreasons. Iwanted tosee ifthere wassomethingI couldhang onmy kids’bedroomwalls.”
JanGoeringer
Wife of DallasSchool Boardpresident BruceGoeringer
SeeEQUIPMENT,Page12
Steven Nave,18, will be thefirststudentin17yearstopar-ticipate in the Dallas RotaryExchange Student program. Thismonth,Navewillleaveto live with a host family andattend his senior year of highschoolinAichiPrefectureandIchinomiyainAichi,Japanfora full year. The home-schooled Dallas Township teen said he’s al- ways had an affinity for Japa-nese culture, and after taking language lessons for a few years, he felt he was ready toexperience the country first-hand.Nave won’t graduate in Ja-pan, and he already hasenough high school and col-lege credits to take a breakfrom his studies at home.He said he first heard aboutthe program through a friendof his sister, Karla, and she wastheonewhourgedhimtoparticipate because of his in-terest in the country.“Eventually I started re-searchingitandKarlashowedme a blog, then I just realizedhow incredibly cool the ex-change process would be,” hesaid.Navesaidhe’sbeeninterest-edinallthingsJapanesesincehe was about 14 years old. WhenhebegansurfingtheIn-ternet and came across someinformationaboutthecountryand its culture.“Just naturally through do-ing that I started picking upJapanese, I started readinabout Japanese grammar, IstartedwatchingJapaneseTVshows and reading comics,he said.He began using the RosettaStone foreign language pro-gram and eventually got a tu-tor to help him with his lan-guage studies.“I’ve got a one-hour lessontwice a week,” said Nave. “I just went over to New YorkCity a couple weeks ago tomeet my sensei’s friends fromJapan and we had a little con- versation and it was interest-ing because I felt that I wasable to communicate pretty well and understand what
Nave first teen in 17 years to participate in Rotary Exchange
BySARAHHITEshite@mydallaspost.com
SeeEXCHANGE,Page12SeeWATER,Page12
 
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PAGE2 Sunday, August 21, 2011
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DisplayAdvertising Deadline: Tuesdays at 12 noonContact Diane McGee at 970-7153The Dallas Post has a variety of advertising rates and programs.The Dallas Post satisfies most co-op ad programs and offers creative services at no charge. Combination rates withTheAbington Journal, Clarks Summit and the Sunday Dispatch, Pittston are available.CoverageArea: The Dallas Post covers theBack Mountain community which includes theDallas and Lake-Lehman School Districts. Wetry to get to as many events as possible, butstaff and space limitations make it impossibleto cover everything. If you have news aboutyour family, town or organization please sendit to us and we’ll try to get it in. Photographsare welcome. Send them two ways, by mail to15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA18711 or bye-mail to news@mydallaspost.com. E-mail isthe best and most timely method for submis-sion. E-mailed photos should be in JPEGformat with a resolution of at least 200 dpi. Thedeadline for all copy is Tuesday at noon. priorto publication. Corrections, clarifications? TheDallas Post will correct errors of fact or clarifyany misunderstandings, call 675-5211. Havea story idea? Please call, we’d like to hearabout it. Letters: The Dallas Post prints lettersof local interest. Send letters to: Editor, TheDallas Post, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA18711.All letters must be signed and include adaytime phone number for verification.You can now purchase any photothat appears in The Dallas Postfrom The Times Leader photo store.Simply log onto www.timesleader.com/photostore and click on the linkfor The Dallas Post.Orders for subscriptions received byFriday at noon will begin the follow-ing week. Please inform us of dam-age or delay, call 829-5000. TheDallas Post is published weekly byImpressions Media, $20 per yearin Luzerne & Wyoming Counties(PA), $24 in NJ, NY and all otherPAcounties, $27 all other states.Periodicals postage paid at Wilkes-Barre, PA18701-9996 POSTMAS-TER: Send address change to TheDallas Post, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA18711
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MONDAY,AUG.22
DallasTownshipZoningHearingBoard
There will be a continued hearing at6:30 p.m. in Insalaco Hall at Miser-icordia University for Chief Gather-ing LLC’s application for specialzoning exceptions to construct anatural gas metering station offHildebrandt Road about1,300 feetfrom the Dallas School Districtcampus.
WEDNESDAY,AUG.24
DallasTownshipZoningHearingBoard
There will be a hearing at 6:30 p.m.in Insalaco Hall at Misericordia Uni-versity for Williams Field ServicesLLC’s appeals to whether the DallasTownship zoning ordinance appliesto a natural gas pipeline.
THIS WEEK’SMEETINGS
grades 6 through12, as well asadult bible studies. PastorDave Martin encourages allour friends, family and neigh-bors to join us.Call 696-0399 or e-mailcrosscreekcomm@epix.net formore details.
TrinityMen’sClubplanschickendinner
Members of the Men’s Clubof Trinity Presbyterian Church,105 Irem Road, Dallas, willsponsor a chicken cacciatoredinner Sept.10 including sal-ad, home made desserts andbeverages.Dinner will be served from 5to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hallat the rear of the church. Take-outs will be available at 4 p.m. The cost will be $8 for adultsand $4 for children.
CrossCreekCommunityChurchtohostAwanaprogram
Cross Creek CommunityChurch, located at 370 Carv-erton Road, Trucksville, will bestarting its Awana program onSept. 7 at 6:30 p.m.Awana’s goal is to reach boysand girls with the gospel of Christ and to train them toserve Him. Awana also helpschurches and parents worktogether to develop spirituallystrong children and youth whofaithfully follow Jesus Christ.Fun nights are also sched-uled throughout the entirecourse of our year. Awanameets each Wednesday nightat 6:30 p.m. during the school year. During this time, we willalso have our Cross Roads andRevive Youth Groups for The church is located acrossthe road from Thomas’ Food Town Plaza on Route 309 inDallas. All proceeds will bene-fit the programs of the church. Tickets may be purchased inadvance by calling the churchoffice at 675-3131.
BakesaleplannedatSt.Paul’sChurch
 The Dorcas Society of StPaul’s Lutheran Church, Route118, Dallas, will hold a rum-mage and bake sale from 8a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7and Saturday, Oct. 8.Included will be toys, books,clothes and knick-knacks. Bag Day will begin at noon onSaturday.For more information, call570-696-3254.
CHURCH BRIEFS
Forthesecondyearinarow,theDallasKiwaniswaspleasedto help the Dallas Rotary at the Dallas Library Auction FoodBooth. Ronald Viglone and Lloyd Ryman pitched in andcooked.BeverlyAtherholtandAbbyCallPatricktookorderswhile Becky Andrews and Harold Stout filled orders andserved,.Fromleft,firstrow,areBeckyAndrews,BeverlyAth-erholt.Secondrow,HaroldStout,AbbyCallPatrick,LloydRy-man andRonald viglone.
KIWANISCLUBASSISTS ATAUCTIONFOODBOOTH
 
C M Y K
T H E D A L L A S P O S T
StrollingthroughthePhila-delphiaairportrecently,Isaw whatlookedlikealarge,lighteddisplaystuckinacornerbyitself.Itturnedouttobeaneightfootsquareministorecompletewithanautomatedroboticarmforretrievingpur-chaseditems,creditcardswipeslot,aperson-alityaboutthesameasmostcheckoutemploy-eesandthateye-levelsquarewhichsurelyheldaminicamera.BestBuyinabox! The“store”wasfilledwithcameramemorycards,flashdrives,cameras,noise-cancelling headphones,iPodsandotherassortedelectron-icgoodies.Swipeyourcard,grabyourpur-chaseandletthecreditcardcompanyandeveryoneitsharesinformationwithknowexactlywhereyouareandwhatyou’redoing.VisionsofGeorgeOrwell’s“1984”flashedthroughmyhead,abookIreadsolongagoinanEnglishclassatSeminarywitheitherMr.Cabot,ofJaws”fame,orMr.Carver.Un-fortunately,mybrainisnotrecallingtheexactdetailsoftheclassbutIdorememberithastodowithleadcharacterWinstonSmithandBig Brotherbeingomnipresentandcompletelyrunningeveryone’slife.Letstakeamomentanddissectatripyoutookin1976comparedtoatripyouwouldtaketoday.In1976,youpickedalocation,lookedinthephonebookfortheareacode,calledinforma-tion,talkedtoanactualpersonandaskedforthenameandnumberofhotelsinthearea. Then,youcalledseveralhotels,talkedtomoreliveindividuals,reservedyourroomwithgoodfaiththatyouwouldshowupandinquiredaboutwherethepersontakingthereservationlikedtoeatandhangout. Thenyoucalledyourbuddiesandtoldthemtobereadythenextmorningbecausetheroadtripwasplanned.MeetBigJoeFuller,BobbyCoolbaugh,JimmyDimond,Greg,StuartandafewnewfacesthenextmorningatGorda’sSunocostation,askforafreeroadmap,fueluptheChargerwitheightduffelbagsinthebackandleaveafterwritinganotelettingyourfamilyknowyoudbebackinaweek.Everythingwasdonewithcash.Fuel,hotelroom(at$19.95anightsplitfourwaysplusatipforthemaid),tollsandmeals.Theonlyfootprintweleftonthosetrips(besidesbeing thrownoutofseveralestablishmentswhereweusedthenameoftheguyfromschoolwhomeveryonedisliked)wasatthehotelwherewehadtolistahomeaddress.But,wereceivedahand-writtennote,thankingusforourstay…sometimes.Nowfortoday’strip.IGoogledtheFloridaKeysonthelaptop,whichhasinstalledCoo-kiestotrackeverywebpageIvisit.IreadcommentsfromsomeoneIdon’tknow,entercreditcardandbillinginfoandclicksubmit.Ontotheairlinewebsite,whereIlookupratesandlearntheynowcharge$50abag.Icouldliveforaweekoutofasmallcarry-onbag,buttheairlinesknowthehabitsofwom-en.TaketheMrs.,forexample.Threeoutfitsadaywithshoestomatch,sweaters(its90-plusdegreesthere),moreclothesandaccessories,includingthatindustrialstrengthhairdryer whichdrivesFloridaFlickerandFlame,akaFloridaPowerandLight,crazy.Next,it’stherentalcarcompanyandyetanothercreditcardentry.Thewholeworldnowknowswe’regoingaway.Attheairport,youinsertyourcreditcardintoacomputerkiosk,boardingpassesareprintedandtheonlyworkthefewairlineem-ployeesdoisputatagonyourluggagein-dicatingyou’vepaidtheextrafee.Theresnooneattherentalcarcountersinceallyouhavetodoisfindyournameonthescreenandgotothehighlightedparkingslottopickupyour vehicle.Mapsarenotprovidedbut,iftheresaGPSinthecar,you’reinluck. TollsinFloridaarenowcompletelyauto-mated.Acameratakesaphotoofyourlicenseplateandchargesyourcreditcard.Howdidtheygetthatinfoifyoudidn’tsignupforSunPass? Thehoteltakesyourcreditcarduponarriv-al.Therestaurantstakeyourcreditcardformeals.Thestorestakeyourcreditcardforsunscreenandfood.Noonewantscash(ex-ceptthefishingguideswholoveHamiltonandGrant)and,iftheydo,thecashregisterhadbettertelltheoperatorexactlyhowmanyquarters,dimesandnickelstogiveaschangesincethenewmathbeingtaughtdoesn’ttouchonthatsubject.BigBrothercantellwhereyouwent,what youbought,whatyouateandhowlongyou werethere.Justabouteveryplacewevisitedhadoverheadcamerastrackingoureverymove.Itmakesyouwonderjusthowmuchfore-sightGeorgeOrwellhadbackin1949whenhe wrote“1984.Italsomakesmewonderifthe webcameraonthislaptopisreallyturnedoff.
HARPIN’ ON THINGS
H A R P H E F F E R N A N
Harp Heffernan
was the associate publisher, out-door editor and chief photographer of the SundayIndependent, a newspaper that was in his familyfor 87 years in Wilkes-Barre. You can e-mail him atnews@mydallaspost.com.
Nothing goesuntracked intoday’s world
Sunday, August 21, 2011 PAGE3
 The Lake-Lehman School Board ap-proved several hires, resignations andleavesofabsenceatitsmeetingMondayevening.Mallory Griggs, of Factoryville, washired as temporary mathematics teach-er at the Lake-Lehman Junior/SeniorHighSchoolwithasalaryof$42,181,ef-fectiveAug.24.Griggs is a graduate of Lackawanna TrailHighSchoolandreceivedherbach-elor’sdegreeinbusinessfromPennStateUniversity. She received her teaching certificatefromKeystoneCollege.Griggs is a former substitute teacheratLakelandHighSchoolinScottTown-ship and this will be her first long-termteachingposition. The board also approved the follow-ing substitute teachers for the 2011-12schoolyear:LesleyBaltimore,ofShaver-town, with certifications in elementaryandspecialeducation;AmandaBoice,of HarveysLake,withacertificationinEn-glish;PaulBroody,ofEdwardsville,withacertificationinspecialeducation;Alli-sonConnell,ofFortyFort,withcertifica-tions in elementary and special educa-tion; Nicole Height, of Wilkes-Barre, withacertificationinsecondarymathe-matics; Kimberly Leary, of Forty Fort, withacertificationinsecondarymathe-matics; Rachel Rost, of Jenkins Town-ship, with a certification in elementaryeducation; and Mark Umphred, of  Wilkes-Barre, with certifications in ele-mentaryandspecialeducation.Esther Liuzzi, of Kingston, was ap-pointedasadistricthealthassistantatarateof$11perhourfor186daysperyear,effectiveAug.25. The board accepted a letter of retire-ment from Irene Race, elementary mu-sicteacher,effectiveAug.1. Theboardacceptedlettersofresigna-tion from Maureen Devine, head swimcoach, and Sandra Boyle, varsity assist-antfieldhockeycoach.Theboardvotedto advertise for the position of headswimcoach. The board approved an unpaid leaveofabsenceforSandraHoffman,second-aryspecialeducationteacher,tobeginatthestartofthe2011-12schoolyearforaperiodof12weeks.Michelle Russo, elementary specialeducation teacher, was approved for anunpaid leave of absence to begin at thestartofthe2011-12yearandendonNov.1. The board approved an extended un-paid medical leave of absence for Mi-chelleKeiper,part-timecustodian/foodserviceworkertobeginatthestartofthisschoolyearandnottoexceed60days.A motion made at the board’s March21meetingforaleaveofabsenceforKim-berly Chopyak, Ross Elementary teach-er, through Sept. 23 was rescinded. Su-perintendent Jim McGovern said Cho-
LAKE-LEHMAN SCHOOL BOARD
School board OKs slate of personnel hires and transitions
By SARAHHITEshite@mydallaspost.com
See PERSONNEL, Page 8
Borough council discussed theinstallation of a new stormwaterbasin and strengthening the zon-ingordinancetoaddressgasdrill-ing at its meeting Tuesday night.Anutrient-separatingbafflebox willbeinstalledonWoodStreetinSeptember. The baffle box is de-signedtofiltersedimentandphos-phorus from rain run-off before itenters the lake. The$73,969costoftheboxanditsinstallationwillbecoveredbya319 grant the borough received in2008 under the Clean Water Act,said Fred Lubnow, director of Aq-uatic Programs at Princeton Hy-dro. The Wood Street site is one of 23chosentoreducesedimentandphosphorus around the lake.PrincetonHydrohasbeenhand-lingtheborough’sgrantfundingtoimplement a storm water plan tolimit the amount of sediment andphosphorus entering the lake.Lubnowsaidthelong-termgoalistoreduce230poundsofphospho-rus entering the lake.He explained one pound of phosphorus has the potential toproduceupto1,100poundsofcot-ton candy-like algae.“Ilikesayingweareputtingthelake on a diet,” he said. “We arehalf way there.”Lubnow said baffle boxes effi-ciently remove phosphorus andsediment and are easy to main-tain.Council will be inviting propos-als from different insurance com-paniesforaliabilityinsurancepol-icy. Chairman Francis Kopko saidthe council is satisfied with thecurrentprovider, butwantstosee what other packages and pricesare available.AchangefromSprinttoVerizonfor cell phone coverage was ap-proved. Kopko said the change was something the council want-ed to do for better coverage. Hesaidcostsbetweenthetwocompa-nies are about the same.In other news, council an-nouncedthehearingboardongasdrillingreceivedadraftofchangesto the zoning ordinance address-ing the natural gas drilling indus-try. Kopko said the draft includesitems such as buffer zones androad use to protect citizens in theevent of natural gas activities inthe borough. Thedraftwasjustreceivedearli-er this week, he said. It should beready for public review by nextmonth.Also, due to rain, homecoming festivities scheduled for Aug.7have been rescheduled for Sept. 4at the former Hanson’s Amuse-ment Park area.Mayor Clarence Hogan an-nounced a memorial marking the10th anniversary of the Sept.11at-tacksisbeingplanned.Detailswillsoon be released.Councilisseekinganyresidents with construction or engineering experience to serve on a board of appeals. The board of appeals would hear disputed cases of resi-dents who don’t accept the deci-sion of Pasonick Engineering, theborough’s third party engineer in-spector.Interested residents should callthe borough office at 639-2113.
HARVEYS LAKE
Boroughwill installstorm basin
By EILEENGODINDallas Post Correspondent
E
mployees of Frontier Communica-tionsveeredawayfromtheireveryday work duties on Aug. 4 and washedcarsaspartofthecompany’sFrontierCom-munity Appreciation Day. A variety of spe-cial events were hosted to mark the one- year anniversary of the company’s acquisi-tion of new community service areas, atransaction that resulted in Frontier tripli-ng its size nationally.More than 1,000 Frontier employeesthroughout Pennsylvania and New York,Frontier’s Northeast region, held free activ-ities for the community.Customers,communitymembersandlocalpoliceandemergencyresponderswereinvit-edtohavetheirvehiclescleanedup,courtesyof Frontier.
CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK/ FOR THE DALLAS POST
Tauna Thomas, Trucksville, washes cars for free during a customer appreciation day at Frontier Communi-cations in Dallas.
Frontier gives back 
Wayne Devine has a special request to wash this cus-tomer’s car at Frontier Communication’s free car washand appreciation day.
Dallas Borough Council approvedtwo ordinance updates Wednesdaynightinanefforttokeepboroughcodeup to date.One ordinance updates language toincrease enforcement for a stop sign atthe corner of Elizabeth and Sunsetstreets that has been there for years.Another will tweak the legal lan-guage in an open burning ban ordi-nance to establish limitations on theexceptions, change penalties and en-forcement provisions and repeal con-flicting ordinances.Borough Manager Tracey Carr saidthere haven’t been issues in the bor-ough that would spur these changesbut over the past few years council hasbeenworkingtoupdatealllawswithinthe borough.Councilapprovedaswitchofcompa-nies handling the borough’s plan re- view and uniform construction codeenforcementservicesfromBuildingIn-spectionUnderwriterstoBarryIsett&Associates Inc. Building InspectionUnderwriters had served the boroughsince 2004.Carr said council looks to change various service providers every few yearstofindthebestratesandservicesfor residents. Last year the boroughswitchedengineersandafewyearsagocouncil hired a new solicitor.“We just try to get the best benefitsfor the taxpayers,” Carr said.Carr was authorized to prepare aquestionnaire to give to residents con-cerning storm water drainage issuesandroadimprovementneeds.Thebor-oughwillbeeligiblefora2012housing andurbandevelopmentgrantfromtheLuzerne County Office of CommunityDevelopment.“Weknowthosearetwoissuesintheborough, so that’s what we want tospend the money on,” said Carr.Council approved the inclusion of Lake Township in the Back MountainRegional Emergency ManagementAgency and appointed Dennis BarneyDobinick as assistant regional emer-gency management director in thegroup. The Back Mountain Regional Emer-gency Management Agency currentlyserves Dallas Borough, Jackson Town-ship and Lehman Township.CouncilagrredtopayVerdin$590toprovide two maintenance visits to theDallas Borough clock during 2012.Don Wilkinson Agency/CENTAX wasappointedastheborough’staxcol-lector starting on Jan.1, 2012, pending final solicitor approval.
 In other news, council…
• Approved and recognized the fi-nancial requirement and minimummunicipal obligation budget for 2012for both the uniformed and non-uni-formedplansintheamountsof$25,861and $8,447 respectively in compliance with Act 205 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.AcceptedreceiptoftheJan.1,2011Act 205 actuarial valuation reports fortheuniformedandnon-uniformedpen-sionplansaspreparedbyBeyerBarberCo.throughThomasJ.Anderson&As-sociates and authorized the following payments: $2,700 for preparation of each actuarial valuation report and$300 for each initial fee to generate bi-annual participant statements.• Approved and authorized the ap-propriate borough official to executematerialquotationswithAmericanAs-phalt Paving Co. to purchase variousasphaltmaterialsunderthestatecoop-erative purchasing program.
DALLAS BOROUGH
Council approves law updates
By SARAHHITEshite@mydallaspost.com
The next Dallas Borough Council meet-ing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21inthe municipal building.
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