The year 2012 has been very busy in Dupont Borough with community, state and revitalization projects. This year PennDOT jobs include new traffic signals and removal of the stone wall at Heidelberg Bridge on Main Street leading into Avoca Borough, traffic signals at Lackawanna Avenue Main and Chestnut Streets and at Holden and Everhart; handicap sidewalks ramps on Route 315, Main, Ziegler and Chestnut Streets, plus the continued progress on the very long anticipated Airport Access Road
Borough developments in 2012 consist of the opening of the Regional Compost Facility located on the borough's 33-acre parcel on Garden Drive. Six municipalities currently share this service with that number sure to grow in 2013. This shared service was accomplished with a $460,000 grant awarded to Dupont Borough in 2011 for the equipment to operate the facility plus, as a bonus, benefits residents with free compost.
With the award of another grant of $75, 000 from the Luzerne County Office of Community Development, the borough used the funding for paving projects on Lidy's Rd. from Bridge at Sunset Lane to 351 Lidy's Road and Oak Street from Lackawanna to Wyoming, including the triangle on Garden Drive to Walnut from Hill to Gill Streets.
Dupont purchased an eco-friendly natural gas recycling truck with the help of a Department of Environmental Protection grant of $149,132. A natural gas fuel station was installed at the new borough garage on Commerce Road with the help of Bryan Construction and contractor Kevin Krawczyk enabling the natural gas recycling truck to be put into service. The interior of the new garage is still under construction and should open in early 2013.
The Mineral Reclamation Project continues to alter the landscape located right off the Pittston By-Pass near Quail Hill. The project started in 2011 and will take four to five years to remove approximately 1.2 million tons of coal products from the 25 acre site. When completed, the land will be planted, seeded and mulched. The owner, Central Development LLC, and Ray Hassay hope to develop the property into residential housing or senior housing.
Moving forward into 2013, Dupont Borough will continue with grant applications to finish the interior of the DPW garage to include an office, rest room and storage.
Also, a grant application will be submitted to DEP to switch the diesel packer to a natural gas and to pave streets: Simpson, Curtain, Smith, Lincoln, Gill and Highland. A letter of intent has been sent to DCED regarding regional police services by Dupont followed by a number of neighboring communities to support a feasibility study which should make for some challenging council meetings in 2013.
Dialogue continues with the Turnpike Commission concerning the status of the Garden Drive Turnpike Bridge. The Turnpike Commission has offered to compensate the borough to remove the overpass but residents are not so willing to surrender the bridge.
It looks like 2013 will be just as busy and exciting, So if you haven't made your new year's resolution, here's a suggestion, attend a council meeting. Dupont Borough Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the James Cocco Council Chamber.
Patty McDonald, borough manager, encourages businesses currently recycling through private haulers to submit their tonnage which will be used to obtain grants. For more information, contact Patty at 655-6216.
The 2013 garbage bags are now on sale. No bill notices for refuse bags will be sent to residents as bags can be picked up at the municipal office during business hours. Fees for refuse bags are: residential, $105; seniors, $75; and commercial, $150. To accommodate residents, the Dupont Municipal office will have extended hours: 6 p.m. on Thursdays and on from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays until Jan. 31. All 2012 delinquent accounts will be forwarded to the magistrate. Letters have been to the residents by the borough solicitor.
The AMVETS Post 189 2013 calendars are now available from any post member or by contacting Post Commander Bernie McDonald at 817-4858. Donation is $30 and will benefit 16 VA hospital and homes, including the Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center and the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton.
Rick Hansen, chairperson of the Dupont Lions Adopt a Highway project, announces the next cleanup will be held on Jan. 19. Members will clean the area roadway north and south of Route 315 starting from Pilot to Petro and from Petro back to Pilot.
Meeting schedule at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church: Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 in the church hall. Women's Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the church hall.
The Parish Pastoral Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the lower level meeting room.
Senior Outreach Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the rectory lower level meeting room.
New members for all of our organizations are always welcome.
Here is Joey Jones' eco-tip of the week: If you got bows on your holiday gifts, save them.
You can reuse them the next time you give a gift!
Applications for gas service are available at the Dupont Municipal offices during regular business hours; UGI Representative Mike Trussa states that in order for the company to have program approval for placement of gas lines, residents' applications must be filed with UGI.
For more information, contact Mike at 829-8664.
Dupont V.F.W. Post #4909 will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 at the post home.
Commander Gary Carwardine will preside.
The Home Association meeting will follow. Nomination of Home Association Officers will be held for 2013.
Refreshments will be served after both meetings.
The Dupont Neighbor Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the municipal building.
Residents are reminded of the snowfall ordinance in place.
The day after a snowfall of three inches or more, there is no parking on the even numbered sides of the Main, Ziegler and Chestnut Streets from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sidewalks must be cleaned within 48 hours after the snowfall ends.
Dupont Borough service schedule for the week of Dec. 30:
Monday, Dec. 31 – Refuse
Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Yard waste and Christmas trees
Thursday, Jan. 3 – Recycling, plastics, cans, glass
Dupont Public Works Department announces with the winter season that recycling and yard waste pick- ups may be disrupted due to plowing and winter road maintenance.
Every effort will be made to maintain the service schedules.
If your recyclables or yard waste are not picked up, hold all until the next scheduled pick-up.