DALTON - At the Dalton Council meeting, Nov. 8, President Bill Salva mentioned that Dalton Council was requested by the Lackawanna County Borough Association to contribute $200 to stop the commuter tax.
Jared Gard, who represented Dalton in a meeting about this matter, mentioned that individuals who do not live in Scranton, would have to pay a 1 percent commuter taxto work in Scranton.
President Bill Salva asked Gard if the tax is starting at $200 and then increasing. Gard replied that it was not discussed.
Salva entertained a motion to approve the donation. Board member Bill Montgomery asked to table it until they find out if the donation is higher than $200. Board member Lorraine Daniels assured that the donation is $200. Daniels added that she would like to pass the motion because it would help the people of Dalton.
We don't have to take the second step if it becomes expensive, she said. She made the motion to donate $200 to stop the commuter tax. Nobody seconded this motion; therefore, the motion died.
We will not make a donation at the time, said Salva. It doesn't mean it can't be revisited.
In other business, Salva thanked firefighter Mark Sujkowski and the rest of the Dalton Fire Company for making their firehouse a shelter for the citizens of Dalton during Hurricane Sandy.
Sujkowski said that there was a lot of work done by the fire department and the police. He gave a copy of the County EMA (Emergency Medical Associates) Responsive Recovery cost to Bob Carpenter and noted a local damage assessment.
Right now, the county's gathering the members together to submit to the state to see what sort of qualifications we have with the state, but they're looking for initial damage assessments, he said.
Salva asked Sujkowski to host an open-house training session about generators.
Sujkowski agreed to advertise the training session.