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Sunday, January 22, 2012
elometown Hero Project continues
The Dallas Lions Hometown
Hero Project 2011 was very well
received, and based on the num-
ber of requests and inquires
about possible sponsorships for
next year, the club has decided to
once again promote the project
for 2012 in partnership with Fron-
tier Communications. ;
The project will be a tribute to
those men and women from the
Back Mountain who have served
or who are presently serving in
any branch of the military.
The Hometown Hero Project is
a street pole banner program.
The banners are 30” wide and 60”
high. Each banner is unique and
honors a specific honoree. The
banners include a picture of the
service man or woman in uni-
form, branch of service, era of ser-
vice and rank. Photos can be in
black and white or in color.
The banners will be placed
throughout Dallas Borough on
Memorial Day and displayed
through Veterans Day. At the con-
clusion of the program, banners
will be given to family members.
Sponsorship cost for each ban-
ner is $200. Family members and
loved ones of service men and
women may purchase a banner
themselves or obtain sponsor-
ship by a local business.
Should a family wish to pur-
chase a banner the family name
will appear on the bottom of the
Planning the 2012 Hometown Heroes project sponsored by the Dallas Lions Club are, from left, seat-
ed, Don Berlew, project chairman; Dan Corbett, president; Joe Czarnecki, secretary. Standing, Joe
Hudak, lion tamer; Joe Dwinchick, director; and Dave Fitch, director.
banner. Businesses that sponsor
a banner could have their name at
the bottom of the banner.
Any proceeds from the project
will be donated to the 1st Lieu-
tenant Michael J. Cleary Founda-
Sponsorship forms will be
available at the Dallas Borough
office, Frontier Communications
office, Dallas American Legion
Post #672, Back Mountain Me-
morial Library and NAPA Auto
For additional information,
contact project chairman Don
Berlew at 675-4360 or 760-6147
or Dallas Lions P.O. Box 54, Dal-
las, PA 18612. Deadline for spon-
sorships is March 31.
see fax
Luzerne County residents
in the Lake-Lehman School
District could see a 4.4 in-
crease in their property tax-
es for the 2012-13 year as
shown in the board’s prelimi-
nary budget approved on
Business . Manager Tho-
mas Melone of Albert Mel-
one & Co. presented the
$27.4 million budget to the
board, which will increase
millage rates to 9.28 for
those living in the Luzerne
County municipalities of
Harveys Lake Borough and
Jackson, Lake, Lehman and
Ross townships.
A mill is $1 for every
$1,000 in average assessed
property value.
Melone said the increase
will translate to an addition-
al $54.90 for the year for an
average assessed property
value of $141,241.
Residents may
The budget set the millage
rate at 53.52 mills for those
living in Noxen Township in
Wyoming County, which is a
slight decrease from last
year’s millage. This trans-
lates to a decrease of $57.55
for the average assessed
property value of $14,932.
The percentage increase
for Luzerne County resi-
dents goes above the Act 1
index, a state-wide limit to
how much school boards can
raise property taxes.
This year the Act 1 index
is 2.1 percent, and the dis-
trict will need to apply for
special exceptions to cover
the proposed increase.
Melone said the district
will apply for special excep-
tions in retirement contribu-
tions and special education.
Special exceptions are “ex-
traordinary circumstances”
in which the rise in costs for
certain programs dwarfs the
amount of revenue that
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Dallas Township
0 get second gas metering station
@®.. natural gas metering
station will be located in Dallas
Township, as the zoning hearing
board recently approved Wil-
liams Field Services LLC's re-
quest to build a facility off Low-
er Demunds Road.
The facility, opposed by sever-
al local residents, will be located
on 4.29 acres about 2,682 feet
from the Dallas School District
campus, 1,140 feet from the clos-
est residence, 1,651 feet from the
closest residential development
and 2,249 feet from the Evangel
ical Free Church on Hildebrandt
Nilliams has already put the
“nishing touches on a 33-mile
natural gas pipeline that runs
from Springville Township, Sus-
quehanna County to Dallas
Township. It carries natural gas
from wells to the Transco inter-
state pipeline, also owned by
Williams, which then sends the
gas to market.
The purpose of the metering
station is to measure the quanti-
ty and quality of the natural gas.
The facility includes a meter-
ing building, a flow control
building, a pig receiver and a fil-
ter at the site. A pig is a device
that runs through the pipeline to
remove debris from the line.
The zoning hearing board of-
fered several conditions for Wil-
liams to follow in order to con-
struct the facility.
Many of the conditions were
similar to those imposed on an-
other gas company, Chief Gath-
ering LLC, which received ap-
proval to build a metering sta-
tion Dec. 7 after nearly a year of
Williams has already put the finishing touches on a 33-mile nat-
ural gas pipeline that runs from Springville Township, Susquehan-
na County to Dallas Township. It carries natural gas from wells to
the Transco interstate pipeline, also owned by Williams, which
then sends the gas to market.
hearings. The Williams hearings
began just last month.
Williams must comply with
the following conditions:
e Install a fast-acting shut-off
valve upstream of the facility
and a valve to prevent the back-
flow of natural gas downstream
from the metering station to
minimize the effects of a poten-
tial leak. |
e Provide certification that
the valves have been installed to
the township engineer.
eo Construct a 6-foot-high
‘fence with barbed wire to be no
less’ than 50 feet away from
ground equipment at all points.
e Post warning signs around
the perimeter of the property.
e Meet with local emergency
responders and officials from the
Dallas School District to devel-
op an appropriate emergency re-
sponse plan.
e Maintain a system integrity
plan for the metering facility ap-
plicable to federal and national
industry guidelines.
e Do not store any hazardous
materials at the site.
e Install a remotely-con-
trolled video monitoring system
at the site
¢ Do not use Fairground Road
as an access road to the site.
The company has already
spent about $10 million to com-
plete a metering facility in
Northmoreland Township,
Wyoming County, where much
of the controversial equipment
for the Dallas Township site will
be located.
Those items removed from
the Lower Demunds Road site
include a 100-foot communica-
tions tower, mercaptan tanks,
odorant building, communica-
tions building, condensate tanks
and a 10-foot flare.
Residents had questions
about the company’s plan to de-
velop a better communication
system with the township in or-
der to quell concerns when work
is performed at the site,
Supervisor Liz Martin said
she and emergency manage-
ment coordinators are creating a
website to keep residents in-
formed about work on the line
and Williams officials have
agreed to provide the township
with information.
Also, resident Chuck Borland
said he noticed a pig receiver
already located at the site, and
provided photos as evidence. He
asked why the mechanism was
constructed prior to the board
issuing a decision on the matter.
Williams attorney Shawn Gal-
lagher said the pig receiver al-
ready onsite is part of the
Springville Gathering Line and
not the metering facility. The
pig receiver approved will be a
larger mechanism that will al-
low a smart pig, which collects
data about the pipeline, to pass
Council votes to oppose legislation
Dallas Post Correspondent
Council voted to write letters
of opposition to legislation relat-
ed to gas drilling during its regu-
lar meeting on Jan. 17.
The letters, which will be ad-
dressed to state Sen. Lisa Baker
and state Rep. Karen Boback,
oppose Senate Bill 1100 because
it would take away any rights
the borough has in regards to
the gas zoning laws, borough of-
ficials said.
SB1100 is coupled with House
Bill 1950, which allows the bor-
ough to receive impact fees.
Former council member
Diane Dwyer stated the two
bills should be voted on sepa-
In a letter to Baker, profes-
sional geologist Sid Halsor
points out that SB 1100 would re-
quire “every municipality to al-
low gas drilling operations in ev-
ery zoning district.” Halsor is
currently a member of the Envi-
ronmental Advisory Council of
Harveys Lake.
Dwyer also said there was an
incorrect statement in the min-
utes of the Dec. 20 council meet-
ing. The minutes state that all
seven members of council,
along with Mayor Clarence Ho-
gan, had made the decision to
forego their yearly stipends in
order to balance the borough’s
budget. Dwyer pointed out only
the seven council members
agreed to give up their stipends,
but the mayor will still receive
The decision to have the 911
home addresses displayed on all
borough mailboxes has not yet
been voted on and is in the proc-
ess of being studied from all le-
gal aspects.
Police offer identity theft advice
Dallas Township Police
Department offers tips
on protecting identity.
The Dallas Township Po-
lice Department advises resi-
dents to guard their personal
information to avoid identity
Several township residents
have been contacted by tele-
phone and electronic mail by
people seeking information
regarding personal banking..
In one case, the caller
ted that the Dallas Town-
@ resident had won a large
m of money and a small fee
was necessary to process the
prize. Another asked for
banking information so the
prize could be electronically
tion on
delivered to a checking ac-
Legitimate operations do
not call or e-mail asking for
such information. Anyone re-
ceiving such calls or e-mails
should not provide private in-
formation or send money.
Residents are advised to
shred financial documents
and paperwork with personal
information before discard-
ing them.
Social Security numbers
should be protected. Resi-
dents are advised not to carry
their Social Security card in
their wallets or write their
Social Security number on a
personal check.
Residents are advised not
give out personal informa-
the telephone
through the mail or over the
Internet unless they have ini-
tiated the contact and know
with whom they are dealing.
Links sent in unsolicited
emails should never be
opened. Residents are ad-
vised to use firewalls, anti-
spyware and anti-virus soft-
ware to protect home com-
Obvious password like
birth dates, mother’s maiden
name or the last four digits of
a Social Security number
should never be used.
Personal information
should be kept in a secure
place at home, especially for
those who have roommates,
employ outside help or are
having work done in their
Council will seek funding to
address water drainage issues
“We don't know what we're going to do yet because
we don't want to spend money on engineering fees
on a project if we don't have the funding. The size
of the project will be determined by whether or not
Borough officials said Wednes-
day they are looking into funding
sources to solve water drainage is-
sues along Toby Creek.
Borough Manager Tracey Carr
said she and the borough engineer
have been conducting research to
find funding sources for a Toby
Creek maintenance project that
would alleviate water drainage
and other issues along the water-
Residents told council about
problems with water drainage at
council meetings after tropical
storms Irene and Lee dumped re-
cord amounts of rain on the Back
Mountain within a two-week peri-
Carr said she has contacted
state Department of Environmen-
tal Protection officials to discuss
storm water and flooding con-
cerns along Columbia Avenue, at
the American Legion and at Leg-
gio’s Restaurant.
She said the consent of all prop-
erty owners would be a require
ment for the project, and costs may
need to be shared with property
owners as well.
“We don’t know what we're go-
ing to do yet because we don’t
want to spend money on engineer-
ing fees on a project if we don’t
have the funding,” said Carr. “The
size of the project will be deter-
mined by whether or not we can
we can secure funding.”
Dallas Borough Manager Tracey Carr
About Toby Creek water drainage issues
secure funding.”
She also said borough engineer
Brent Berger is in the process of
contacting officials from the state
Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources for a partial
grant to complete the work. The
grant would require a 15 percent
contribution from the borough
and property owners.
Carr also announced Berger is
working with the state Depart-
ment of Transportation to ensure
the agency’s designs for a round-
about in the center of Dallas Bor-
ough would be in accordance with
the flow of Toby Creek, which
flows underneath that area.
In other news, council will con-
sider banning all clothing and fur-
niture donation boxes within the
borough at its next meeting.
Solicitor Jeff Malak said the do-
nation boxes are located in parking
lots and other common areas, and
the overflow of items often blocks
access to traffic.
Carr said she has received sever-
al complaints about the various do-
nation boxes located within the
borough over the last few months.
Council also passed a resolution
acknowledging the inclusion of
Dallas Township into the Back
Mountain Regional Emergency
Management Agency, and ap-
proved Alan Pugh as an assistant
coordinator of the regional group.
Malak also said council will con-
sider the adoption of a “BYOB” or-
dinance in March. The bring-your-
own-bottle ordinance refers to res-
taurants that allow customers to
bring their own alcohol rather
than selling it in-house.
Carr said there have been re-
quests in the borough about estab-
lishing BYOB policies at restau-
rants. She learned that the policy is
not governed by the Liquor Con-
trol Board, but rather the munici-
pality in which the restaurant re-
sides, so council must have alaw in
place to regulate the policy.
Malak said the law would en-
sure that alcohol would be handled
appropriately at those restaurants
and would include regulations
such as hours of consumption.
The next Dallas Borough Coun-
cil meeting will be held at 7 p.m.
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