Dupont Borough submitted the following grant applications for gaming monies for 2013-14. (1) Two new police vehicles, one sedan and one suv estimated cost $75,000, New CNG Refuse Packer retro fitting the current packer body, and a new tandum Dump Truck with plow and spreader for the airport access road and Commerce Road maintenance. (2) Bridge replacement for Ash Street and bridge replacement for Walnut Street between Gill and Everhart and Walnut Street near Heidi Lane. Also, Dupont plans on submitting for additional infrastructure improvements including new sidewalks along Main Street. Cost estimate - pending. (3) $1 Million Dollar Grant request for creation and operation of a Regional Police Department pending the results of the DCED feasibility study. ***** DUPONT BOROUGH WAS NOTIFIED SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 THAT IT WAS AWARDED $282,000 FOR ASH STREET BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND $100,000 FOR POLICE REGIONALIZATION.*****
Painting, carpeting, vinyl flooring, restroom fixture and other upgrades to the police department are taking place in 2014. In addition, donations of $500 from Crime Watch toward the purchase of a metal bench, purchase of new computer, computer software upgrades, office supplies, police forms, and other items needed for the police department are underway. Six new part time officers were also hired within the past month.
Paving complete on Curtain, Simpson and Lincoln Streets along with handicap curb ramps. PAWCo. continues to install new water mains on Grant and Smith, afterwhich those streets will be paved.
Plans will begin in 2014 listing a number of other borough streets scheduled for paving and improvements to handicap sidewalk curbs. Focus is being given to Hillside, Hill, Gill, Walnut, and other streets in the Borough.
Work has been complete at the municipal garage located on Commerce Road. is
Dupont Volunteer Hose Company and Luzerne County Office of Community Development completed the project of the demolition of the structure at 310 Main Street which will became parking for the Hose Company.
Work continues on the new access road and 81 Interchange project which is featured as the cover of the 2014 Recycling and Event Borough Calendar. Five Homes at the end of Lidy Road have been demolished and property owners relocated due to the project. Tree clearing, utility relocation and much work is underway. The roadway will lead from Navy Way near the Holiday Inn Express across Lidy Road, Turnpike, 81 and meet on Commerce Road near the railroad tracks within the Grimes Industrial Park. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
Garden Road Bridge Elimination: Also pending and research underway is the proposed elimination of the Turnpike Bridge on Garden Road. Meeting with Penn DOT to discuss elimination of the 81 bridge over Garden Road will take place in October 2014.
Verizon Wireless Tower: Plans are being discussed to construct a verizon wireless cell tower at the borough property across from the Borough Building. The site chosen will be at the community park outside the pavilion fence area toward the creek channel. Meetings to discuss this proposal are pending. Zoning hearing on this matter is scheduled for October 2014.