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JACKSON TWP. — Township supervisors agreed to participate in a multi-municipality road line-painting project and offered residents a new way to receive emergency information Monday night.

The agreement for a widespread line-painting agreement with the Back Mountain Community Partnership will encompass Jackson, Lehman, Kingston, and Dallas townships, and Dallas Borough.

“This is a big step forward,” said Supervisor Tim Evans.

John J. Wilkes Jr., supervisor chairman, said the move will result in a significant cost savings to the township. An exact amount of the savings or miles covered were not available at this time. Participating municipalities are still determining which roadways will be included, Wilkes said.

Bids will be collected by the partnership committee and possibly opened during the June meeting of the partnership. Information will then be shared with Jackson Township residents.

Wilkes said that due to the large scope of the project, the municipalities are using the Pennsylvania COSTARS program, a cooperative purchasing program through the Pennsylvania Department of General Services Bureau of Procurement, as a guideline for the project’s total cost.

Also, supervisors agreed to participate in a speed and traffic study of Hillside Road with Lehman and Kingston townships.

In another matter, wanting to improve communication with residents, supervisors are compiling a list of email addresses of residents who wish to be included on an emergency contact list.

Supervisor Al Fox said the service will allow them to communicate emergencies, including but not limited to weather or prison issues in a timely fashion. Residents may contact the municipal office at 570-675-8371.

In other matters, supervisors:

-Approved a motion to have USA Again, Wilkes-Barre, recycling bins placed on the municipal building grounds for clothing and other textile items May 1. The bins will be available 24 hours a day for drop-off items. Fox said the township will receive a modest reimbursement in exchange of installing the bins.

-Approved a land lease agreement for a Verizon Wireless cellphone tower at the township salt shed and storage facility, 150 Heritage Drive. Jeffery Malak, solicitor, was unable to provide the lease agreement amount.

A free PSATS/LTAP chainsaw safety class will be held 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15, at the township Municipal Building.

Supervisors approved Chris Capasso as a part-time police officer with a hiring date of April 7.

The Recreation Board will host an egg hunt at 2 p.m. April 19 at the Jackson Township Recreation Park.

A municipal auction will be held at 9 a.m. April 12 at the West Wyoming municipal auction site.

The next meeting of the supervisors will be at 9 a.m. May 5, in the municipal building.

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