JANUARY 6, 2020 REORGANIZATION MEETING OF DUPONT BOROUGH COUNCIL
There are 25 spots available for Engraving on the fourth side of the CLOCK. Cost is $250.00. Once the spots are filled, that will be it. Forms are available at the borough office.
WISH LIST: Dupont Borough would like to hear residents wishes and comments as to what they would like to see in the future for Dupont Borough. Two items on the agenda for 2020 are bringing back the Party in the Park and the Childrens Christmas Party at the VFW. The idea of forming a Recreation Board will be on the agenda in the coming year. Community Center space and Green Space for the residents and children of the Borough is a hot topic since the school property is under a sales agreement. Dupont Borough does own 33 acres, not all of which is useable land, which is located within the Grimes Industrial Park that can be used for recreational activities. Thoughts and comments on this area, as well as building a community center on the borough property next to the municipal building, or purchasing a building in town suitable for recreational space and events are some ideas. Your comments and thoughts will be taken under consideration by the Borough officials and assist in future grant applications for project funding.
PROPOSED 2020 BOROUGH BUDGET IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FROM NOV. 13 THRU NOV 26TH AT THE BOROUGH OFFICE. Final Reading and Adoption of the 2020 Budget and Tax Ordinance will be at the December 10, regular meeting at 7 pm.
The Reorganization Meeting of Dupont Borough Council will be held at 7:00pm on January 6th. At this time, the newly elected officials Bob Price, Joseph Jones, and Tax Collector Susan Gregory will be sworn into office.
The Lions Club Christmas Lighting Project – Christmas Lights will be installed on Sunday November 17th beginning at 8am. Volunteers needed can be at the park pavilion at 8am.
The Crime Watch and Lions Club Tree Lighting Event will be held December 8th and the decorating of the tree will be held Sunday December 1st weather permitting. Contact Bob Price for details and times or check on the facebook pages.
The Leos Club is collecting white socks for the Veterans, along with the VFW. The Greater Pittston AmVets Post 189 Ladies Auxiliary will be donating socks to the Leos Club Project. Socks can be dropped off at the borough building until the end of November. The VFW is also a drop off location.
ELECTION POLLING PLACE UPDATE: DUPONT BOROUGH RESIDENTS WILL BE VOTING BEGINNING WITH NOVEMBER 2019 ELECTION AT THE VFW HALL, 401-403 MAIN STREET DUPONT. ” NOT AT THE BOROUGH BUILDING” THE VFW ADA ENTRANCE IS LOCATED OFF GRANT STREET THE REAR DOOR AND MAIN ENTRANCE WILL ALSO BE OFF GRANT STREET SIDE DOOR. DOORS WILL BE POSTED.
NOTICES: July 11, 2019
DUE TO CONTINUED VANDALISM AT THE PARK THE PARK GATES WILL BE LOCKED EACH NIGHT BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND REOPENED IN THE MORNINGS. PLEASE ALSO RESPECT THE SIGNS LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK – NO BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, OR SMOKING AT THE PARK. THERE ARE BIKE RACKS AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK FOR STORAGE WHILE ENJOYING THE PARK. PLEASE REMIND EVERYONE TO OBEY THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS PUT IN PLACE TO ENSURE EVERYONE S SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT AT THE PARK. (Damage to picnic tables, equipment, security cameras, and trash thrown all over the park, graffiti, fence damage, has led to this decision)
LUZERNE COUNTY SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT UPDATE
Senator John Blake’s newsrelease: State Senator John Blake and State Representative Mike Carroll announced July 11, 2019 that the local affordable housing project in Luzerne County received funding through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. With a combination of PHARE funds and low income housing tax credits, the critically important Dupont Housing for the Elderly project will now be able to move to completion. This project which received $674,400 in PHARE funds, was also awarded a federal low-income housing tax credit allocation that will be worth up to $8.1 million. The $10 million Dupont Housing project will consist of 36 one bedroom units for area seniors..
GET GAS PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR JULY 15TH START DATE FOR HILL, GILL, 200 BLK HOLDEN, WALNUT FROM GILL TO LOLLI LANE. RESIDENTS CAN PICKUP APPLICATIONS AT THE DUPONT BOROUGH OFFICE OR EMAIL LSASSI@UGI.COM.
ZONING AND BUILDING PERMITS
(For more information refer to Code Enforcement section of website)
There are two types of permits – Zoning permits and Building Permits – Any zoning permits obtained should be taken to the borough office to be placed in your property file. The county does not forward a copy to the Borough. We recently have contacted the county to change this. Zoning provides the setbacks and zoning approval for changes to a property and whether those changes are allowed in certain districts. There is residential, commercial, business, industrial zoning districts. Building permits cover the work being done on the property. Both insure that the work is being done correctly by rules and codes which protect the property owner, the contractor, and neighboring properties.
Volunteers are needed for roadside cleanup events, the monthly food distribution program, planting of flowers around the Welcome to Dupont Signs, possibly painting firehydrants, and much more. Please contact Mayor Lello for information on how your group or organization can help the community. There will be park equipment to be installed, painting at the pavilion kitchen area, roofing, cleaning and other small projects to be completed. Please spend time making Dupont a great community for all to enjoy.
GRANTS: Dupont is submitting a grant to redo the basketball courts on Hemlock Street to include winter activities such as the Ice Skating Rink. Back in the 1960’s and ’70s residents enjoyed ice skating at the location on Hemlock and Walnut. Anyone with pictures or articles from that time line are asked to submit to the Borough office to be included in the grant application. The grant will also include new playground equipment, benches, trees along Hemlock Street. Interest in a walking trail will also be taken into consideration if the site size will allow it. Another grant application is being submitted for wood carpet mulch and four new pieces of playground equipment for the community park on Elm Street. Letters of support are needed for all grant applications. Please send letters to dupontboro@comcast. net or drop off during business hours to the borough office. Thank you.
Recent Grants Awarded and in Process include: $175,000 Building Remodeling Grant; $326,000 Growing Greener Bank Stabilization Grant; $3400 Act 13 Recreation Grant; $151,000 Bridge Replacement Grant; $64,000 Police Regionalization Grant Change Order; $100,000 OCD Paving Grant; $25,481 DEP 902 Grant for Recycling Containers and Calendars; $85,000 Mill Creek Repair Grant, $50,000 Pump Station Upgrades Grant. In addition, as a member of the Gr. Pittston Regional Compost Facility, their grant award toward a new grinder is $ 360,000.
New Grant applications are being submitted to redo the basketball courts to include ice skating rink, benches, trees, and new playground equipment at Memorial Park. Flood Mitigation Grant application to complete the repairs to the Mill Creek Flood Control Project Channel. An application to rebuild Grove Street has been submitted, but did not make this round of funding approval. Also a grant application for purchase of a one ton dump truck, cng refuse packer and ventrac mower was submitted and did not make this round of funding approval. They will be resubmitted in the future.
MARCH 26, 2019 — DUPONT BOROUGH RECEIVES MULTIMODAL GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $151,236 TO REPLACE THE BRIDGE ON WALNUT STREET BETWEEN ELM AND HEMLOCK. THIS BRIDGE IS LOCATED NEAR THE LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD. THE NEW BRIDGE WILL BE WIDER THAN THE CURRENT BRIDGE.
REMINDER: ANYONE SWITCHING TO NATURAL GAS – THERE ARE REBATES AVAILABLE TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF THE NEW EQUIPMENT INCLUDING THERMOSTAT, WATER HEATER, GAS FURNACE, GAS BOILER, OR COMBINATION BOILER. GO TO WWW.UGI.COM/REBATES. THERE IS A DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR REBATES.
PROPOSED GAS LINES PHASE II AND PHASE III – BOROUGH OFFICIALS MET UGI AND OTHERS TODAY JUNE 27TH, 2019 TO DISCUSS THE JULY 15TH START DATE FOR HILL, GILL, 200 BLOCK OF HOLDEN AND WALNUT STREET FROM GILL TO LOLLI LANE FOR GET GAS PROGRAM.
Compost Available at Borough Building
MARCH 26, 2019 THE GREATER PITTSTON REGIONAL COMPOST FACILITY WAS AWARDED A GRANT TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF A NEW, LARGER GRINDER WHICH IS NEEDED TO CONTINUE PROCESSING THE AMOUNT OR VOLUME OF YARD WASTE BEING DISPOSED OF AT ITS FACILITY. THE FACILITY INCLUDES DUPONT, AVOCA, DURYEA, PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, PITTSTON CITY, JENKINS TOWNSHIP AND HUGHESTOWN. Thank you to Pittston Township for help in completing and submitting the application as well as the towns for their letters of support.
ITEMS OF DISCUSSION BY RESIDENTS AT MARCH 12TH MEETING:
Residents brought up concerns on Truck Traffic in residential areas causing damage, noise ordinance changes to quiet neighborhood, traffic speed by commercial vehicle on residential area as safety concern, health concern due to stray cats and property damage, refuse fee increase and more. Copies of the minutes will be on line after approval at the April meeting. To allow council to hear your concerns, meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Public is welcome. Additional concerns by phone message and office visits include parking complaints. unlicensed vehicles, cars with flat tires, out of inspection or not recognized by property owners parked for period of time.
UPDATES ON PA AMERICAN WATER MAIN PROJECT MAIN STREET AND UGI GET GAS PROGRAM
Pa American Water Company will be meeting with the borough officials in approximately two weeks, (late March, early April 2019) to discuss the upcoming water main replacement project. This project should begin shortly thereafter. UGI expected installation for 2019 includes Hill, Gill, Holden from Walnut to Spruce and the entire Walnut Street. They are anticipating a May/June 2019 start dependent upon UGI approval of the project.
Mill Creek Channel Repairs – The contract to award repairs to the mill creek channel was awarded to Ken Rauch Contracting. The work will begin late March, early April 2019.
Next being scheduled is: Luzerne County Office of Community Development Paving Project for First, Front, and Florence Sts. Following that, the Engineer is working on completing the bid specs for the Borough Building Remodeling Project. Pending approval for the Luzerne County Housing Authority Senior Citizen Project, the grant application approval for the replacement of the Walnut Street bridge by the park, and grant applications for Grove Street paving, new Compost grinder, New CNG packer, New One Ton Dump Truck with Plow and Spreader and a Brush Hog for along creeks and roadways should be on the agenda for the Commonwealth Financing Authority /DCED within the next month. An application through Luzerne County Act 13 grant funds for recreation was submitted to paint the interior of the pavilion, install a new roof on pavilion and work with the Lions Club on new playground parent/child swing installation.
SPRING CLEANUP – CLOCK PROJECT – ENGRAVED BRICKS – BOROUGH LAWN LANDSCAPING, INCLUDING RETAINING WALL AND PAVING
The Borough would like to ask residents cooperation in cleaning up properties, curblines and sidewalks prior to the street sweeper coming through on Main Street, Ziegler, Pittston Avenue Chesntut. This should take place early April. Many recyclables as well as antiskid material lines the sidewalks and curbline areas to to the weather. Please help our DPW department and pickup any loose recyclables, clean sidewalks and curblines. Our dpw crews will be out cleaning up the ada corner ramps within the next couple of weeks. Also, Lions Club sponsored annual park cleanup and playground cleanup will be scheduled prior to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Opening Day of Baseball. Lets all pitch in and do our part to KEEP DUPONT BEAUTIFUL! Roadside cleanup projects during the Great PA Cleanup which takes place in April and May – If your group or organization wants to participate contact the Lions Club or sign up on the website Keep America Beautiful, the Great PA Clean up. Also looking for volunteers, groups, individuals, or organizations to plant flowers and landscape around the new WELCOME TO DUPONT SIGNS. There are four signs in town. One below the Petro, one near Heidleberg Bridge, one at the off ramp from the Bypass near railroad crossing, and the fourth coming down from the Pilot or Wendys.
TOGETHER WE AN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Present your project to the Dupont Neighborhood Crime Watch, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Dupont Youth Baseball Organization, Lions Club and others. Working together we can accomplish so much. Do you need community service hours for school or other event, contact the Borough or one of the above organizations to assist in completing a town beautification project.
ANNOUNCEMENT: DEP NOTIFIED DUPONT BOROUGH THAT THEIR APPLICATION SUBMITTED UNDER ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND WATERSHED PROTECTION (GROWING GREENER) GRANT WAS SELECTED TO RECEIVE $326,366
Dupont Borough is proposing to implement Streambank Stabilization along with Urban Stream Restoration The planned restoration would take place within both Mill Creek and Lidy Creek. The primary intent of implementing this BMP at these two locations is to address the erosion that takes place through this stream corridor as well as re-establish the stream’s natural path. The first corridor/project location is located at the confluence of Lidy Creek & Mill Creek and then extends northeast approximately 485lf. The second corridor/project location is at the intersection of New Street and an alley; from that intersection the corridor extends southwest approximately 330 lf and terminates at the box culvert that crosses under HWY 315. The project also involves rerouting stormrmwater runoff through a series of new inlets and pipes. The areas will be Everhart/Holden and Jackson/Almond/White Street along the creek bank.
NEW TAX COLLECTOR: Due to a vacancy in the tax collector office, Dupont Borough Council on January 8, 2019,
appointed SUSAN GREGORY, TAX COLLECTOR
(FOLLOW TAX COLLECTOR PAGE ON WEBSITE)
FOR HOURS, CONTACT INFORMATION
NEW RECYCLING CHANGES:
PLEASE FOR NOW RECYCLING CANS, BOTTLES, PLASTIC 1 TO 3
NO STYROFOAM, TAKEOUT CONTAINERS, TOYS, PLASTIC BAGS
WE ARE WAITING FOR A NEW BROCHURE FROM THE RECYCLING CENTER AND WILL UPDATE EVERYONE AS THE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE. THE FLYER PICKED UP AT THE BOROUGH HAD #1 TO 7. AT THIS TIME – WE WILL BE COLLECTING 1 2 AND 3. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AS WE MAKE THESE CHANGES. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON ANY CHANGES.
With Yearly Payment, Receive 52 bags, window sticker, calendar and Recycling Bin.
THE 2019 REFUSE BAGS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING DEC. 12TH
SENIORS $95; FAMILY/INDIVIDUAL $125.00 COMMERCIAL $160.00
**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** SNOW ORDINANCE:
Reference the Ordinances Section of the Website
DPW reminds residents it first plows the center of the roadway to open lane of traffic, the second day or day following the snow storm the ordinance states after snowfall of 3 inches or more by 7 AM it will be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on designated sides of streets: 1st day after there will e no parking on the EVEN side of the street to facilitate clearing of snow. The next day it will be the ODD side of the street.
Alleys are plowed after the main roads are cleared or opened.
Please park in driveways or follow ordinance so the streets can be cleaned. Do not call after the truck goes by and ask that the dpw come back because you moved your vehicle. Please clean sidewalks within forty eight hours following the end of the snowfall. It is illegal for anyone to throw snow onto the roadway when clearing driveways or sidewalks. Piling of snow in intersections is not permitted.
BLIGHTED PROPERTIES – The first application was mailed Oct 15, 2018 to the blighted property review committee through Luzerne County. Additional properties will be forwarded to the County in the near future.
- TENANT REGISTRATION – Landlords are reminded to update the tenant listing with the Borough prior to the end of November prior to the mailing of the 2019 refuse bills.
PERMITS ARE NEEDED FOR ALL TYPES OF WORK, DRIVEWAYS, GARAGES, SHEDS, ELECTRIC, PLUMBING, REPLACING DOORS, WINDOWS, ALL TYPES OF OME REMODELING, ROOFS, ETC.
There are still a few brick pavers available for the Town Clock Project. Cost is $100.00. to have name engraved on the paver.
UGI GET GAS PROGRAM – For those looking into gas service, please check out the website UGI.com – There is a rebate program – www.ugi.com/rebates
WOOD STREET RESIDENTS – PA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY WILL BE INSTALLING A NEW WATER MAIN. AFTER THAT, RENEW ALL THE WATER SERVICES TO THE HOUSES. PAWCO WILL INSTALL A WATER METER PIT AT THE CURB LINE AND RUN A NEW SERVICE TO THE HOMES FOR THE CUSTOMERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY WATER CUSTOMERS FROM THE REAR OF THEIR HOME. THIS WILL BE AT NO COST TO ANY OF THE CUSTOMERS THAT IT AFFECTS.
COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT -If you follow Dupont Grapevine, or You Know your from Dupont, on facebook you see the comments from residents one latest being what do you want to see in Dupont. Your voice matters. Attend the meeting, email your concerns which will be forwarded to council and the mayor. Beautification begins with each property owner. Keep your property clean, the sidewalks, the curb lines. Your cooperation is appreciated. Join the organizations who participate in community events, become a member of the Lions Club, the Crime Watch, form a Recreation Committee. Grant applications, fundraisers, volunteer … Work together to beautify the town. The Lions Club will be holding a Highway Cleanup event from the Pilot Truck Stop to the Roundabouts, picking up litter along the roadway on October 13. Come out and be a part of this event. The Lions Club will also sponsor Trunk or Treat in October at the field behind the school on Walnut Street on October 27th. Volunteer to paint the playground equipment. Paint the pavilion. Help with the roof on the Pavilion. The Bridge on Harding Street needs boards replaced, a fresh coat of paint. Help hang the remaining Hometown Hero Banners. Do you need community service hours, contact the Borough Office. Become a part of the solution … Put a team together, pick a beautification project, lets work on sprucing up the town. Follow news in the Progress Paper on Saturdays or speak to members of the Lions Club, Crime Watch, or the Posting on the Doors of the Municipal Building and its website for upcoming events.
NEW –— DUPONT BOROUGH COUNCIL VOTED 4/1 AT ITS AUGUST REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING TO MAKE THE INTERSECTION OF HILLSIDE AND WALNUT STREET A 4-WAY STOP INTERSECTION. CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO STOP SIGNS ON WALNUT STREET, ONLY HILLSIDE AVE AT THIS INTERSECTION. DRIVERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE: STOP SIGNS WILL BE INSTALLED ON WALNUT STREET AT THE INTERSECTION WITH HILLSIDE AVENUE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
ALSO NEW: Dupont Borough at its September 11th meeting voted and approve NO PARKING SIGNS for the bridge on Lidy Road over SR 2059. The office has recieved a number of complaints from residents traveling in this area having safety concerns due to cars and trucks being parked on both sides of the bridge,
PRESCRIPTION COLLECTION BOX – Available in the hallway of the municipal building.
EYE GLASS COLLECTION BOX – Available in the hallway of the municipal building.
RECYCLING CHANGES: Dupont Borough will discuss at its June meeting changes to the recycling program: Whether to go back to the schedule in place prior to singlestream which was to separate recyclable materials and schedule pickups as follows: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Commingle which is cans, glass and plastic and 2nd and 4th Wednesday paper and cardboard; and fifth Wednesday, no recycling. We will keep you posted on the outcome.
REFUSE/RECYCLING COLLECTIONS: Also at the June meeting, Council will discuss plans to outsource refuse collection and recycling collections to a private hauler. This will allow the dpw employees more time to work on road maintenance, vegetation control, plowing and other repair projects throughout the year. UPDATE: Council did open bids for private collection of refuse at its August meeting. The bids are under review and council will vote at the September meeting as to private hauler or dpw collection. If this is awarded, it is possible that the rates for 2019 will increase. We will have more information after the September meeting on fees, collection days, etc. if changes are going to take place for 2019.
The Fence at the Little League Field has been fixed.
Water Main Projects Scheduled for July 2018 – Wood Street, Walnut Street between Everhart and Holden, and Main Street from Ziegler to Laurel Street. Maps and Drawings on file at the Borough office.
Scranton Beltway Project – PA Turnpike – For information on this project go to https://www.patpconstruction.com/scrantonbeltway
Grant Award – March 2018 Dupont Borough was approved for Borough Building Remodeling Grant – in the amount of $173,847 to be used for heating, air conditioning, new doors, windows, flooring, office furniture and more.
Clock Project – The Clock has been delivered. the engraved plaques for the clock have been delivered. The pavers are being engraved. The Clock will be located in front of the borough building toward Elm Street. Around the clock will be the memorial brick walkway. The brick walkway, the concrete clock base, and the electrical needs to be done before the clock installer can set a date to come out and place the clock on site. Below is a picture of the engraved plaques. There is still one plaque available if anyone interested in getting something engraved. Cost is $250.00 There are 30 spaces available. The complete plaque of thirty spaces needs to be filled before the order is placed.
A tentative date of September 1st is set for the ribbon cutting.
UGI Gas Lines – Work is moving forward on the gas lines in town. Dupont Borough received an update from UGI as follows:UGI is proposing to install a gas main on Gill Street this year (2018) and expect to start construction the end of June. Other streets in Phase 2 that are proposed to be installed this calendar year are: Hill, Highland, New, Holden, Everhart, Wyoming, Lackawanna and Walnut. The third phase that is expected to have a 2019 construction timeline is still int he planning phases but would likely include: Penn, Hillside, Elm, Pine, Ash, Florence, Hemlock, Park Place, Spruce, the the block of Bridge between Center and Main.
Street Paving – Community Development Fund along with Borough Liquid Fuels will be paving streets in the Borough this year.
Senior Housing Project – Waiting to hear from PHFA and Luzerne County Housing Authority on tax credits and the status Of the senior housing project. Approval was granted for a one year extension on the option agreement for the property until January 2020 at the May council meeting.
Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant Submitted – A grant was submitted for demolition of basketball courts and construct new courts at the current site.
Flood Mitigation Grant Submitted. A grant was submitted for funds to complete repairs on the Mill Creek Flood Control Project Channel.
Atlantic Sunrise Grant – $5000 to construct a walk trail, dog trail, picnic area within the 33 acres in the Grimes Industrial Park. This area is behind the DPW Garage near US Hydrations and the Compost Facility. Tree cutting is needed as well as volunteers to prepare the site for the walk trail. Please call
the borough Office if your group or organization is interested, or any persons interested in completing
this recreational space. This grant was specific to this area, and cannot be transferred to the park on
Elm or the basketball courts.
Mill Creek Grant – $85,000 awarded to repair the cracks and grout within the concrete creek channel between 81 and Bear Creek Road. A second grant to complete repairs is being submitted in 2018 as noted above under Flood Mitigation Grant.
Pump Station Grant – Work to install new pumps at the station will take place in 2018.
Police Regionalization Grant – Extension approved until June 30, 2019 for police regionalization study.
Growing Greener Grant being submitted for flood protection along Everhart Street/Holden Street property that experiences problems during heavy rains and also for bank stabilization along Lidy and Mill Creek in area of Jackson Street/Almond Street to protect erosion of property.
MultiModal Transportation Fund Program grant being submitted (1) for replacement of Walnut Street Bridge with cross streets of Heidi and Hemlock and (2) reconstruction of Grove Street.
Shredding Event 2018 – Shredding was held June 7th from 3-6 PM. Over 1000 pounds was shred. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. 1160 POUNDS OF MATERIAL SHRED
Electronics recycling day Thursday, June 7th 2018 – no batteries will be collected
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2018 ELECTRONICS EVENT: 75 VEHICLES STOPPED BY THE EVENT. THE TRUCK WAS FULL. A TOTAL OF 6,449 POUNDS WAS COLLECTED WHICH DOUBLED LAST YEARS AMOUNT.