DALLAS TWP. – Township supervisors received a status update from DGK Insurance and Financial Services on Tuesday night regarding the officials' upcoming selection of insurance policies and providers.
The township is expecting five quotes from four carriers.
The board also heard from Dallas Fire & Ambulance regarding the proposal of an ordinance allowing the fire company to bill insurance companies for its services. Dallas Fire provided the board with a copy of the current ordinance in effect in Dallas Borough.
The department's officials came to the decision that a proposal should be made at the October meeting.
In other matters:
• The board discussed updating telephone, Internet and wireless services to save the township a combined $2,000 annually.
• Annual contributions to charity were noted as $1,000 to the Luzerne County SPCA, $4,000 to the Back Mountain Library, and $1,000 to the Visiting Nurses Association of America. The board agreed to check the status of the VNA on the grounds that it may no longer be a nonprofit.
• Police Chief Bob Jolley said there is a parking problem in College Manor as a result of overcrowding from Misericordia University. The supervisors said they would discuss amending the parking policies and the police's authorization to tow.
• Jolley also brought up the need for the township to hire a part-time officer. He said the township regularly pays overtime hours to the full-time officers, and that thus far the department has luckily not had any health concerns or accidents, but that it should be prepared should the need arise.
The board agreed it would be in the best interest of the township both for financial and managerial reasons to propose the hiring of a part-time officer at the next meeting.
• Roadmaster Martin Barry expressed his desire to proceed with the adoption of the letter of notice to residents regarding their responsibilities of plant life overhanging the public roads.
• Barry also addressed residents' concerns about potholes and heavy traffic on the dirt section of Harris Road. The road has been seeing heavy traffic due to GPS directions, and Barry assured the road will be posted with No Thru Traffic and speed advisement signs.
The township supervisors will next meet on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the township building.