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PAVILION RENTALS ARE CANCELLED FOR YEAR 2021.     THE PARK IS OPEN AND THE OUTSIDE PAVILION AREA IS OPEN, HOWEVER, THE KITCHEN FOR RENTALS IS CLOSED.


PLAYGROUND –   COUNCIL APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF A TRUCKLOAD OF PLAYGROUND MULCH AND IN SEEING RECENT POSTS ON FB PEOPLE WANTING TO CLEAN UP THE PARK, WE ARE ASKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO STOP BY AND HELP SPREAD THE MULCH AROUND THE EQUIPMENT.    THE DELIVERY DATE WILL BE POSTED ONCE IT IS CONFIRMED.   VOLUNTEERS CAN BRING RAKES.   THE BOROUGH WILL HAVE GLOVES AVAILABLE.    FEEL FREE TO BRING UP OTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR THE CLEANUP DAY BY CALLING THE BOROUGH OFFICE  655-6216.

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APRIL 13, 2021 COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 7PM.  THE BUILDING IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE THE MAY MEETING OPEN FOR PUBLIC ATTENDANCE.   APRILS WILL BE VIRTUAL OR THROUGH ZOOM.  THE CODES WILL BE AVAILABLE TUESDAY, BY CALLING THE OFFICE BEFORE 4 PM.

JOIN ZOOM MEETING

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72257983481?pwd=T1NrWkloc1hBNzU4bnN4bnFBaTlyUT09

Meeting ID:  722 5798 3481

Passcode:  CfPA2K

 


SPRING CLEANUP:   Dupont Borough is looking for volunteers needing community service hours or community minded volunteers just to help clean up the community.   We are hoping to start at the Grimes Industrial Park from Suscon Road to the end and trim small brush and trees about five feet off the shoulder of the road and pick up roadside trash.   Please feel free to do it at your convenience.   Stop at the borough for supplies, gloves, bags, etc.    We will be doing this during the month of April.  Borough staff and Council members will be involved on the weekend picking up what is cut and cleaned up.   DPW will also spend an hour on thursdays or fridays cutting some brush.   The borough truck will go out and pick up what is placed on the shoulder of the road for pickup.  Branches will go to the compost facility and trash to the landfill.    WE APPRECIATE ANY HELP FROM EMPLOYEES WORKING IN THE PARK, RESIDENTS, AND GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS LOOKING TO DO PROJECTS.        The borough is also looking into a walk trail and recreation area within the Grimes Park on the 33 acres of land owned by the borough behind the DPW Garage.   Anyone with ideas or comments willing to get involved and participate on a committee to draft plans can contact the borough office.    If you work at one of the businesses within the park bring it up to management.   Lets get everyone involved to make a great area for all to enjoy spending time outdoors.

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THE BOROUGH BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY APRIL 1ST  AND  FRIDAY APRIL 2ND .   THE 2021 SEWER BILLS WILL BE MAILED BEGINNING OF MAY AND THE NEW PAYMENT WINDOW LOCATED IN THE FRONT ENTRANCE FOYER  TO THE BOROUGH BUILDING WILL BE READY TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS.  THERE IS ALSO A DROP BOX AVAILABLE IN THE FOYER.   PAYMENTS CAN ALSO BE MAILED.        ADMIN OFFICE REMODELING SHOULD BE COMPLETE BY EARLY MAY.  WORK WILL THEN BEGIN IN THE LOWER LEVEL OR POLICE AREA OF THE BOROUGH BUILDING.   NEW SECURITY MEASURES WILL BE POSTED FOR ACCESS TO THE BUILDING  FOR BOTH ADMIN AND POLICE ENTRANCE AREAS.     THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS PAINTING, LIGHTING AND FLOORING WILL ALSO BE DONE LATE APRIL EARLY MAY.      IN PERSON MEETINGS SHOULD RESUME IN MAY IN THE CHAMBERS .

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RESIDENTS  BE  AWARE:       4 WAY STOP SIGN WAS INSTALLED MARCH 11, 2021 WHICH WAS PASSED AT A PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETING FOR WALNUT STREET AND HILLSIDE AVENUE  INTERSECTION. 

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ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT  AND PAPER SHREDDING EVENT    SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2021  FROM 3 TO 6 PM  AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING

SHREDDING IN FRONT   AND ELECTRONICS IN BACK            2021 Electronic Recycling Event

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MARCH 9, 2021 COUNCIL MEETING 7PM –  htto://bit.ly/39dpnt (all lowercase)   or Call 1-202-860-2110 and enter meeting number 185 068 8301


 

Dupont residents…Regarding glass recycling.

Effective immediately…

We will no longer be accepting glass as part of the bi-weekly  co-mingle recycling.  Many area towns are facing the same situation since the recycling centers are not accepting glass.  Please put your glass out in a separate box or container on Monday with your regular trash.  We will advise if this situation changes.  Thanks for your cooperation.

 

 

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2021 MEETING SCHEDULE:  Second Tuesday of each month at 7pm  and special meetings or changes as advertised.

Jan. 12 virtual;  Feb. 9 virtual ; March 9; April 13; May 11; June 8; July 13; Aug. 10; Sept. 14; Oct. 12; Nov. 9; Dec. 14.

 


UGI 2021 GAS LINE INSTALLATION SCHEDULE

YELLOW AREAS – Work to begin January 4, 2021  –   In process

More information available by contacting Lucy Sassi UGI  570-829-8664

or check out the following links:  https://www.ugi.com/getgas          https://www.ugi.com/rebates-for-home/        https://www.ugi.com/find-hvac-contractor

Residential Customers – $29.00 monthly fixed charge.

Upfront Residential Payoff – $2,158.09

2020 UGI Get Gas Work Schedule - Yellow Areas


DUPONT HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY PROJECT

AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER BEN FRANKLIN SCHOOL

 

APPLICATIONS BEGIN FEBRUARY 1, 2020  

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH ONLINE APPLICATION

YOU CAN CONTACT THE BOROUGH AND THEY WILL HELP

ENTER APPLICATION ON LINE OR CALL PAT STOODLEY  570-287-9661 AT THE HOUSING AND HE WILL HAVE HOURS AVAILABLE AT HIS OFFICE FOR WALK INS  TO HELP WITH APPLICATIONS.

Dupont Press Release

 


RECYCLING UPDATE:    Glass will no longer be recycled.   Glass needs to be disposed of in the Refuse Bags.


Work begins on demolition of former Ben Franklin School building  to become the new site of a three story 36 unit housing complex.  For information on the Application process for one of the 36 units

please contact the Luzerne County Housing Authority.  A press release will be issued late December

regarding the project and application process may begin February 1, 2021.

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SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES!

LOCAL BUSINESS LISTING     

(note:  a few have changed since last printed)

Most businesses are listed in the Dupont Borough Calendar.   However, a story on WNEP recently brought attention to a new business located at 10 Freeport Road, Grimes Industrial Park, ANIMALS AMERICA THRIFT OUTLET.    Follow them on Facebook or check out the wnep article.   The article lists them as Pittston Township, but it is actually in Dupont.  Other Dupont businesses in the park include US Hydrations, Eastern Produce, Herrs Foods, Midlantic Engineering, Clarklift Services, GT Fabrication, Main Pool & Chemical, Petroleum Products.     For those residents selling clothing, jewelry, avon products, skin car products, make up products, soaps, baked goods, etc.  if you would like a listing in the business directory on the website, please contact the borough office.

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2021 REFUSE BAG BILLS –   The refuse bag postcards will be here at the borough building during December, beginning December 14th.  Residents can stop by to pay the fee and will be given the receipt along with the bags, window sticker and calendar.   After December, any remaining bills not paid will be mailed to property owners .  The fee is due January 31, 2021.               The budget will be passed on the 8th of December.  The bags should be here by the 11th.  Therefore we will begin selling the 2021 bags on December 14th.  Due to construction we may set certain days and hours.  Please follow the notices on the front door of the building, updates on website and facebook pages.    We will also have Saturday and Sunday hours posted to help get through this process during building construction.  ANYONE WISHING TO HAVE THE BAGS DELIVERED CAN REQUEST THAT BY CALLING THE OFFICE.  ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE TO PICKUP PAYMENT AT TIME OF DELIVERY, OR IF MAILING IN PAYMENT AND REQUESTING A DELIVERY, ATTACH A NOTE TO YOUR PAYMENT.  PLEASE LIST A PHONE NUMBER SO WE CAN CALL TO ADVISE YOU OF THE PORCH DELIVERY.

 

NEWS UPDATES:

UGI GET GAS UPDATE:  Leeward Construction is the contractor for Phase 3.  They will hold a pre-construction meeting early December 2020 and begin work thereafter.  See the map below for areas being scheduled for work.  Most areas are streets branched off Walnut including Hillside, Elm, Penn, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Everhart, Lolli, etc.

Building remodeling – Residents are being advised that the front entrance may be close during demo/construction.  The side entrance near the flag poles will be the entrance.  Anyone with special needs can call the office for special arrangements.      Sorry for any inconvenience.   UPDATE:  11-23-20 FRONT ENTRANCE IS BEING USED WITH PLEXIGLASS AND TABLE SET UP FOR PMTS AND BAG PURCHASES.

2021 Refuse Fee Increase: Dupont Borough Budget for 2021 includes a $15.00 increase in refuse fees.  2021 Fees are $140 for residential family; $110 for seniors; and $175.00 for commercial.

Yard Waste Pickup -Usually ends mid November .  The 2020 calendar shows the last day as November 10th.  However, DPW will pickup Tues. the 17th and the 24th along with ashes for those who need leaf pickup.   NO YARD WASTE PICKUP AFTER THANKSGIVING.  ASHES ONLY.

Ordinance Reminders:   Snow Ordinance –  Sidewalks must be cleared of snow.   Do not put snow onto roadways.   Respect plow drivers and be safe.

Pending Work Projects –  UGI Get Gas, Luzerne County Senior Housing Complex, Dupont Borough Building Remodeling, Growing Greener bank stabilization Everhart/Holden and Almond/Jackson Streets; Walnut Street culvert replacement by park; manhole cover replacements along Main Street; Mill Creek Channel repair; Heidleberg Bridge restoration; water main replacement including sidewalk restorations, Main Street paving and ada sidewalk corners.  The water main and ada sidewalks and paving are COMPLETE.

Newly Awarded Grant Application:  $507,000 for Mill Creek Channel repairs under H2O PA Act of 2008.

Pending Grant Application:  2019-20 LSA GamingPacker, Roller, Dump Truck with Plow and Spreader.  //   2020  COVID19 –  Application submitted to Luzerne County under COVID 19 grant program for PPE supplies, security upgrades to Borough Building.  The Borough purchased masks, gloves for each department, Video Conferencing equipment, Security doors and cameras for the entrances to the borough building admin and police locations, wall thermometers and signs.

New Grant Applications Submitted 2020-2021:  Community Development Block Grant for ada upgrades to Dupont Municipal Building, Side Entrance/Meeting Room area.   Three LSA Gaming Grant applications (1) Packer, Roller, Dump Truck, Asphalt Recycler,  (2) Compost Facility – Wheel Loader (3) Compost Facility Parts and Labor for Grinder.  Three DCED Multimodal Grant Applications: (1) Quail Hill street and drainage improvements (2) Grove Street Paving (3) Walnut Street Culvert Replacement between Gill and Everhart.  Two  Penn DOT Multimodal Grant Applications (1) Borough street paving including Hill, Gill, Highland, Walnut, Liberty, Monroe, Bridge, Center, Harding where gas line installation is complete (2) Quail Hill street and drainage improvements.

MAIN STREET PROPERTY MAINTENANCE – BEAUTIFICATION INITIATIVE:    Reaching out to residents along Main Street in the Borough –  Several properties have begun projects including painting of buildings,   removal of overgrown shrubs,  placement of planter boxes, and cosmetic upgrades such as a fresh coat of paint on the front door,  enhancing the downtown Main Street area.     More work needs to be done.   We look forward to seeing more activity along the main street in line with the new paving and sidewalks being done to help beautify and brighten the downtown.    If you need help with small projects around your property, contact the Borough office.   They will be able to refer you to some local people willing to help provide services such as painting, grass cutting, small trimming projects.   Lets work together to brighten our hometown.    It takes a little step such as paint, or trimming bushes to make a big difference.

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DUPONT BOROUGH SITUATION SUMMARY INFORMATION

2020-06-13-001-1800HRS – SITUATION_STATUS

Declaration of Disaster Emergency issued March 16, 2020 18:00 HRS – 

* Extended to June 13, 2020, HAS EXPIRED.


TAX COLLECTION NOTICE:

Susan Gregory, Tax Collector announces the tax collector office hours are Monday 4 pm to 6 pm during rebate for county municipal and  for School Taxes 2021.  Face and Penalty payments office hours are Monday only 4 pm to 6 pm.    In person payments are being accepted.

Tax Collector Phone 570-262-4100  or email sknick1961@gmail.com
Payments will be accepted by mail , or front building drop-box. Checks or money orders will be accepted. No cash payments.

 




05-12-2020 – Updated Calendar Directory – Hospital Numbers
*  Please make note of these changes to the calendar.  Stickers are available in the foyer of the Borough Building.

Geisinger CMC, 570-703-8000

Geisinger GWV, 570-808-7300

Moses Taylor, 570-770-5000

Regional Hospital, 570-770-3000

Wilkes-Barre General, 570-829-8111


04/19/2020 – Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations
In light of the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations effective April 19, 2020, 8:00PM, and to provide critical protections for the workers needed to run and operate the Borough of Dupont local government, a memo has been released stating all visitors to buildings maintained and operated by the Borough of Dupont local government must wear a face mask or face covering while on the premises or you will be denied entry and access. Acceptable forms of face coverings, specifically covering the nose and mouth areas, include cloth coverings, scarfs, or bandanas.

04/17/2020 – Expanded Eligibility – Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
The link to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now available. This assistance is designed for those who typically do not qualify for standard unemployment compensation benefits, like those who are self-employed.
These benefits are retroactive to January 27, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE:  Dupont Borough Public Works Employees will continue trash, yard waste and recycling pickups Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. Thursdays and Fridays the workers may be unscheduled, and on call for emergencies.

The Borough Administration Office will be staffed and borough business can be done through in person, phone and email.

Borough Office/DPW Calls –  655-6216 x 101. Non-Emergency Police  570-654-9971.

Residents in need are asked to contact the borough office and we will respond or direct you as best we can during this situation.

Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time.


EXTERNAL SITES OF INTEREST:
LLVSA – Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority
Pennsylvania State Office of Unemployment Compensation
Pennsylvania Department of Labor Unemployment Compensation Services
Pennsylvania State Mail-in & Absentee Ballot Application
Luzerne County Home Page

 

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