Dalton Borough is now the owner of the former PennStar Bank building on West Main Street and plans to begin holding meetings and conducting borough business out of it within weeks.
The bank announced last year that it would be consolidating its location in Dalton into its nearby Clarks Green office and would be donating its property, located at 105 West Main St., to the borough.
At the Dalton Council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9, solicitor Frank Bolock said that the deed for the Penn Star Bank Building has been recorded on Jan. 2 at the Lackawanna County Courthouse.
“The insurance and the utilities have been transferred over and the title insurance has been issued,” he added.
Council President Gus Vlassis appointed an Ad Hoc Committee consisting of council members Jared Gard, Bill Montgomery and Leonard Peters and Dalton Police Chief Chris Tolson to look at the building and make recommendations of what needs to be done and where they need space.
“We’ll have it in shape for our next meeting (Feb. 13) and the meeting on the 20th (Feb. 20) of the planning committee,” he stated.
“Don’t wait until the next meeting to make these recommendations,” Vlassis said to them. “We have to have a special meeting. We need to get moving, and get into that building.”
For years the borough has been using the basement of the Dalton Fire Company building for meetings and offices including those of the mayor, police department and zoning officer.
In other business, Gard mentioned nominations for the planning commission: Eric Johnson and his wife Megan Johnson. Council voted to approve them for the commission.
Also in his mayor’s report, Aaron Holzman mentioned that he and Tolson talked about expanding the coverage area and scheduling for the new part-time police officers.
In other news, secretary Jo Ann Davies read a letter from former Dalton resident Virginia Illuzzi Belson, who commended the board for keeping Chief Tolson and raising his salary.
“There were several attempts by an intrusion,” Davies read aloud from Belson’s letter. “My screen door opened to enter my home. I called 9-1-1, and Police Chief Tolson responded in five minutes. He won’t take any compensation, but I made a donation to the Fraternal Order of Police for all the great men who protect us 24/7. I speak for many, we are very happy that Police Chief Tolson is truly our guardian angel.”
Davies also said that Belson complimented Dalton for their Christmas decorations and donated $100 to the borough.
At the Dalton reorganization meeting, held Monday, Jan. 6, Lackawanna County Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle was on hand to swear in Mayor Holzman, a few current members of council that won another term and one new council member.
Moyle also swore in Montgomery, Gard, Vlassis, and Peters as councilmen.
Dalton Council then continued to appoint borough officials. Council voted to elect Vlassis as president and Montgomery as vice-president. Attorney Bolock was appointed solicitor for another year, as were: John Seamans as borough engineer; Gary Wilding as sewer enforcement officer; Jo Ann Davies as secretary/treasurer and Jack Flanagan as a vacancy board member.