DALLAS TWP. — Kingston Township’s Summer Recreation program will be open to children in Dallas Township, supervisors announced Tuesday.
The decision made by the Dallas Township supervisors is a result of declining enrollment in Dallas Borough’s Summer Program, which is discontinued this year.
“Tracey Carr (Dallas Borough manager) called me and indicated they were not going to run a summer program through the borough this year as in years past,” Dallas Township Supervisor William Grant said. “Part of the reason is due to dwindling enrollment.”
Dallas Township had 20 children enrolled in the borough’s summer program last year, Grant said, noting in previous years registration ran between 30 to 40 children.
During the phone call, Carr stated the borough was going to team up with Kingston Township’s Summer Recreation program, Grant said.
Grant also reached out to Kingston Township and received a copy of what the program includes.
“It seems like a really great program for the kids,” he said. “It is $100 per child (cost payable by parents or caregivers) for the entire summer. There are field trips. It seems like they keep the kids busy.”
Based on the 20 children who attended the borough’s program last year, the cost to Dallas Township would be $189.03 per child, Grant said.
“Which would run us $3,780 and we only budgeted $1,200 because we thought we would still be with the borough’s program,” Grant said.
In prior years, the township’s involvement in the borough’s summer program was nearly a $7,000 expense, Grant said.
“So, ultimately we are still getting away with being a little cheaper,” he said. “After seeing the sample program, it seems that the program would be great for kids and there could be more kids participating in it.”
In other news …
• Supervisors unanimously approved hiring Paul Henn as a new full-time police officer.
Henn has served with Tunkhannock Borough Police Department and with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas Township Police Chief Douglas Higgins said. Henn has worked in law enforcement for a year and a half, Higgins said.
• Spring clean-up for township residents will be held Monday, May 7 through Saturday, May 12.
Residents may take items for disposal between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to the rear of the municipal building at 2919 on Route 309.
Participants will be asked to provide proof of residency at the time of drop-off. Dallas Township’s Road Department will assist in emptying vehicles.
Pick-up trucks and trailers will be charged accordingly, depending on the amount and size of items.
Residents will be charged a fee for bulk items such as carpets, overstuffed chairs, couches, dressers, stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters and more.
Each household is permitted to bring tires to dispose of with the understanding there will be a $2 fee charged per tire.
The following items will not be accepted for disposal under any circumstance: freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, hazardous wastes, chemicals, brush, tree stumps, cinder blocks, animal or human waste, shingles, sheetrock, or other building materials, leaves grass, garbage or newspapers.
The next Dallas Township supervisors meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 2 in the municipal building.
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