Dalton resident shares storm water runoff concerns during council meeting


By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal



DALTON — Resident John Doenges, who lives on the corner of Charles Drive and Courtright Street, addressed the borough council about storm water runoff on his and neighboring properties during a meeting Sept. 8.

Doenges said his driveway used to have headwalls, which channeled storm water into the pipe. He said that since the headwalls were removed by the borough, water rushes around the pipe, which causes the destruction of the roots of his neighbors’ trees.

“The water from the yard is coming down and washing buildings (houses), and it’s a mess,” said Doenges.

Zoning officer Jared Gard explained that the headwalls were a traffic violation and needed to be removed. He said that anything, such as a wall, a tree or a fence that is in the right-of-way, can be removed by the borough or the state.

Dalton president Gus Vlassis said the council is concerned about this issue and borough engineer John Seamans is looking into it.

“We’re still talking about it,” he said. “We’re still thinking of options. Don’t give up on it.”

In other business, board member Kyle Brown, in his health and sanitation report, announced that Mark Caesar, regional manager of J.P. Mascaro & Sons, agreed to handle the complaints of Dalton residents about garbage collection. Dalton residents can call borough secretary Jo Ann Davies, who emails the complaints to Brown, who emails them to Caesar.

“He’s (Caesar) been very good about calling the same day to find out what’s going on,” said Brown.

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By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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