DALLAS TWP. — Ellen Biegert, a consultant for the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, presented a map of a proposed section of the Back Mountain Trail to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
The group is looking into extending the trail, which follows the former Lehigh Valley Railroad corridor from Lower Demunds Road in Dallas to Mountain Springs Lake near Ricketts Glen State Park, and asked the board for its feedback.
Part of the proposed route would take hikers through the base of St. Mary’s Cemetery, along the sidewalk of the Dallas Shopping Center, across Route 309 near Grandview Avenue, along a small sidewalk portion of the proposed round-about at the center of town, down Lake Street, around Misericordia University, through wooded areas along Country Club and Kunkle roads, and then to Harvey’s Lake.
Biegert said one of the issues the group is having in planning out a route is the not being able to obtain right-of-ways onto private property.
“I have a lot of issues with using the roadway,” said Supervisor Liz Martin, asking Biegert if the map could be modified. Biegert assured Martin that much work needs to be done to the roadways to make them safe for pedestrians, including widening the roads, painting lines and installing sidewalks.
“It would involve quite a bit of change to make them safer,” she said.
In other business, township solicitor Tom Brennan advised Police Chief Robert Jolley to send a letter to Dallas School District Superintendent Frank Galicki confirming an agreement to place a township police officer in the high school to act as a School Resource Officer. Jolley said a $58,000 grant through the Department of Education will pay the salary and training expenses for an officer, who will begin employment with the township on July 1.
The board also voted to support the planning commission’s recommendations to extend a subdivision and development agreement for the developers of Yalick Farms.