The township will buy Bobcat Skid Steer for $43,187 through a state program.

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DALLAS TWP. — Township supervisors decided Tuesday night to move forward with plans to purchase a 2012 Bobcat Skid Steer for $43,187 through the state COSTARS program.

The vehicle has a universal front end for different attachments, including an asphalt grinder, which will be rented on a monthly basis. The cost of the vehicle falls within the budget of $50,000 that was allotted for the purchase.

COSTARS is a cooperative purchasing program administered by the state Department of General Services Bureau of Procurement.

In other matters, engineer Tom Doughton and the supervisors discussed the footbridge project near the Kunkle Fire Station. Doughton said the state Department of Environmental Protection permit for the project has been submitted. Doughtonadded that he thinks the bridge will cost less than the $40,000 budgeted for it.

The bridge will likely be 5 or 6 feet wide, accessible for two-way traffic, as well as for disabled citizens’ scooters. There was concern that the bridge not be excessively wide, as residents might then use the bridge for quads and ATVs.

Back Mountain Regional representative Chief Harry Vivian discussed the Smart911 service. The Luzerne County service is free and secure. Residents create a home profile in which they can enter vital medical information on the Smart911.com website. The information will be immediately displayed to emergency responders in cases in which the caller is unable to respond to questions regarding medications and medical conditions.

The public hearing on a proposed ordinance to amend the township’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance has been re-scheduled for July 16 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Board of Supervisors meeting at 7 p.m.

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