Officials announced Wednesday that Dallas Borough is slowly moving forward with plans to clean up Toby Creek to address storm water issues. Borough Manager Tracey Carr said the borough is moving forward in applying for a grant through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to ‚??clean up debris and sediment‚?Ě within Toby Creek. Carr said there are no specific plans yet because she wants to see if the project could be funded before property owners and engineers get involved in the details. Depending on the funds received, Carr said the borough and property owners along the creek may have to contribute to the cost of the project. She also said all landowners involved would need to cooperate in allowing the work for the project to be successful. Council also voted to apply for a grant from the Luzerne County Office of Community Development to address storm water and street infrastructure issues on Wellington Avenue. Carr said the street has been on the paving list for a few years, but the borough has never had enough funds to complete the project. She said every three years municipalities are eligible for a Community Development Block Grant. She added surveys will need to be conducted and additional information gathered to see if the street is eligible for the program.
‚?Ę Approved an ordinance banning large donation boxes within the borough. At last month‚??s meeting, Carr said the donation boxes, typically for clothing, furniture and other physical items, have become a nuisance in the borough and have blocked public access to driveways and other areas. ‚?Ę Approved a resolution to limit public comments during the meetings to a five-minute time frame. Carr said this has always been the rule at meetings, but there was never any formal resolution declaring it. ‚?Ę Rehired Eric Domzalski for the part-time season position of summer recreation director at the rate of $9 per hour. Carr was authorized to seek applications for summer recreation program counselors. ‚?Ę Authorized Carr to solicit bids for refuse container services for the 2012 Spring Cleanup program. ‚?Ę Donated $200 to the Dallas High School Lock-In program. ‚?Ę Hired R.N. Finch & Sons, Inc. to furnish and install air conditioning in the front offices of the municipal building in the amount of $2,050. ‚?ĘThe next Dallas Borough Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in the municipal building.