Kingston Township police chief resigns

First Posted: 9/11/2014

Kingston Township Board of Supervisors announced on Sept. 10 the receipt of $350,000 in state gaming monies by the Back Mountain Community Partnership which includes Kingston Township, Dallas Borough, Dallas Township, Jackson Township, Franklin Township and Lehman Township.

“The Partnership will decide how those monies are allocated,” said township manager Kathleen Sebastian.

In another matter, the township accepted the resignation of its Police Chief James Balavage, effective Sept. 30.

Balavage said it had been a “distinct honor and privilege” to serve the residents of the township and work with the board. Balavage also credited solicitor Benjamin Jones and Sebastian and previous township officials in facilitating his success during his tenure as police chief.

The board named Sergeant Michael Moravac as acting chief of police.

In other business, the board …

* Awarded a three year independent auditing services agreement to J.H. Williams at a cost of $5,300 for 2014, $5,450 for 201; and $5,600 for 2016.

* Awarded MS4 Storm Water reporting for 2014 to Borton Lawson Engineering at a cost not to exceed $15,000.

* Authorized its solicitor and township manager to begin an injunction process on certain blighted properties within the township, utilizing grant funding from the Luzerne County Office of Community Development.

* Approved the removal of two storm damaged trees in the township’s right of way located at Older Carverton Road and East Franklin Street for an amount not to exceed $2,800 for both.

The next regular meeting of the Kingston Township Board of Supervisors is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.

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