Dorrance Supervisors Apply For Grant For Skid Steer

Dorrance Township supervisors are hoping to get a grant to buy a skid steer that will help them reduce road repair costs.

At the Nov. 12 meeting, they voted to apply for a grant of $63,540.11 to buy a Bobcat skid steer loader with a planer attachment. If they get the grant, it will come from the Local Share Assessment Fund, which awards grants from gaming funds to Luzerne County municipalities.

Supervisor Kevin Gallagher said the township recently rented a similar machine to do road repairs in-house rather than accepting bids for the work, which would have been more expensive. That experience convinced supervisors it would be cost-effective to buy the township a skid steer for future repairs.

In other business, supervisors:Agreed to discuss whether they

should prohibit mini-casinos in the township.

Sean Logsdon, an attorney filling in for Solicitor Don Karpowich, said all Pennsylvania municipalities had received letters stating that they must decide before the end of 2018 whether they want to prohibit mini-casinos. The new mini-casinos –from 300 to 750 slot machines –were legalized in Pennsylvania last month as part of a gambling expansion law.

Announced that a vote on the proposed 2018 budget will happen at the next meeting, set for 7 p. m. Monday, Dec. 11. The proposed balanced budget lists both income and expenditures at $806,765.

Addressed concerns raised by resident David Greene regarding