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Dallas Township considers towing policy


May 08. 2013 12:10AM
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DALLAS TWP. — The township supervisors welcomed suggestions and questions from towing companies at Tuesday night’s work meeting.

The council is considering the creation of a towing policy similar to those in Kingston and Hanover Township.

Bob Kadluboski, who is well-known for his criticisms of Wilkes-Barre politics, started off the towers’ comments by telling the supervisors they should avoid the towing woes in the city of Wilkes-Barre.

“The poster child for what’s wrong is Wilkes-Barre,” Kadluboski said.

He asked if the township intended to charge fees to the towers with which it worked. Supervisor Bill Grant assured him that was not the intent. “We’re not looking at this as a money generator for the township,” he said.

Township solicitor Thomas Brennan agreed. He said people had asked to be given a chance to tow for the township. “We are trying to be fair to everyone,” he said.

Representatives of different firms asked about an informational packet they had received. Many were not pleased the township might expect a tower to shoulder the expense of towing stolen cars. Another discussion centered on the possibility of the township requiring an inventory of car contents.

Chris Yankovich said, “I never go in their vehicles.” He said the towed vehicles were locked and put in impound.

A representative of Falzone’s Towing Service said the business does photograph valuables in plain sight in a vehicle. It documents laptops or wallets left on seats. But the representative said, “We don’t dig through them or check the car trunk or glove box.”

Supervisor Liz Martin thanked the representatives for their input and asked those interested in a rotation system similar to the one in Kingston to sign up at the end of the meeting.

In other matters: · The council agreed to meet with Superintendent Frank Galicki about the possibility of applying for a COPS federal grant to provide a resource officer to the school district. · A sewer and stormwater project for StOVERSET FOLLOWS:redney Road was discussed as a project for the 2014 Community Development Block Grant.

The supervisors’ next regular meeting in Mayhas been rescheduled to May 20 due to the primaries on May 21. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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