Dupont Borough recently held its reorganization meeting for 2020. Two new councilmen, Bob Price and Joseph Jones, will take their seats on council. Jones, 19, is the youngest member to serve on council in its history.
Also, the borough building will get a new look this year. On the agenda for the monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, are bids for remodeling of the borough building. Construction is expected to begin in early spring.
Dupont Borough Council meets in the James Cocco Council Chambers.
Extended office hours
Borough Manger Patty McDonald announces the office will have extended hours for January. The office will be open until 6 p.m. every Thursday during January.
Dupont Public Works Department will be collecting Christmas trees every Tuesday in January.
Refuse bills and collections
The 2020 refuse bags are now available. Bills for 2020 refuse services have been mailed and are being collected. Cost is single/family, $125; seniors age 62 by January 2020, $95, and commercial accounts, $160. Glass recycling accounts are $100, small, and $200, large. Price includes 52 blue drawstring bags, 2020 recycling event calendar and 2020 window sticker.
Penalties of 10% will be added after Feb. 3 and 20% will be added after March 3. Delinquent accounts will be forwarded to the magistrate for collection as of April 1.
Council, at its special meeting Oct. 25, voted 3-1 and one absent to keep all services provided by the borough the same as in 2019. Public Works employees will pick up refuse on Monday, yard waste on Tuesday, and recycling on Wednesday. There will be times that the pickups are delayed due to weather or other circumstances, which means items may be picked up the following day. Also, during snow days, plowing takes priority over collections. Please be patient. On snow plowing days, recyclables will not be picked up. Residents are advised to hold all recyclables for the next scheduled pickup day for that item.
The 2019 borough calendar lists January 2020 dates differently for recycling than the new 2020 calendar. Use the 2020 new calendar for the January refuse and recycling schedule, which is Wednesdays, Jan. 15, newsprint; Jan. 22, commingled, and Jan. 29, newsprint.
Dupont residents are reminded when there is a snowfall of 3 inches or more, there is no parking on the even numbered side of streets from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after the storm. On the second day after the storm, there is no parking on the odd numbered side of streets from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sidewalks must be cleaned within 48 hours after the snowfall ends.
Private contractors are responsible for placing moved snow onto private properties only. The piling of snow at or within an intersection is not permitted.
Fire hydrants must be kept clear of snow at all times.
Centennial clock engraving
The Centennial Clock is now displayed on the Memorial Lawn adjacent the municipal building. There are still spots available for engraving with a cost of $250 each. Please contact Patty McDonald at the municipal building by Wednesday, Jan. 15, to purchase one of the remaining spaces.
Congratulations to Mark Kulick for a prefect 300 game bowled in the American League at Elko’s Bowling. Great bowling, Mark!
Lions Club news
Dupont Lions Club’s monthly food distribution will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Holy Mother of Sorrows. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.
Dupont Lions Club will hold its first meeting of the new year at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at VFW Post 4909.
VFW officer nominations
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 recently held its monthly meeting and accepted nominations for 2020 officers for president, vice president, secretary, one three-year director and one one-year director. Elections will be held at a future meeting. The meeting date will be announced.
Sacred Heart news
Raffle tickets for the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society 300 Club are available from any society member. Cost is $10 per ticket. Drawings will take place during Lent.
Orders for Sacred Heat of Jesus Confraternity of Christian Mothers’ Lenten Pierogi sale will be taken the weekend of Jan. 18-19 in the church hall after all the weekend Masses. Phone orders can be placed by calling the rectory office during regular office hours at 570-654-3713 from Jan. 20 to Feb. 12. Cost is $8 per dozen with your choice of potato or cabbage.
Sacred Heart Church will hold its annual flea market in the church hall the weekend of May 2-3. If you have items in good condition that you no longer want or need, you are kindly asked to hold onto them until April, at which time the church will begin accepting donations. Items that will be accepted include household items, toys and holiday decorations. Please note that electronics and clothing will not be accepted.
Elm Street Sportsmen’s
Elm Street Sportsmen’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Polish American Citizens Club. Election of officers will be held. John Lizak will preside. Food and refreshments will be served.
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