DALTON - Mill Street resident Bill Gerrity informed Dalton Borough Council members, at their June 13 meeting, that a row of trees are falling into the creek behind his property, causing problems near his backyard. He said the trees are 80 to 90 feet tall and falling one by one because their bark is being eroded.
“(On) three of the trees, actually, all the bark fell off and they died,” he said.
Gerrity mentioned that the first tree fell into the creek, causing the water to rise 15 feet above the creek’s bank.
“About four months ago the next two trees fell across the creek. And if you walk alongside the karate center (United Tang Soo Do Alliance), you can see them ,” he said.
Gerrity said two two trees remain near Main Street and he fears the outcome.
“These trees are going to come down shortly,” he said. “I don’t know who’s responsible for trees on the creek bank.”
Gerrity said board members have an obligation to review the situation before remaining trees fall and cause damage or hurt someone. He said children fish in the creek all the time and animals such as turtles and rabbits live near the creek.
Board member Bill Montgomery said he would contact the Department of Public Works. “ We can’t go in the creek.”
The board thanked Gerrity for his concern.
In other news, Cub Scout Ryan Dill, of Pack 175 in Factoryville, asked the board’s permission to stain picnic tables at Dalton Streamside Park pavilion for his Eagle Scout project.
Montgomery asked Dill the length of the project. Dill said with help from other scouts it could be completed in two weekends.
Montgomery said, “As a matter of fact, we have enough stain right now to do the job. We just need to get a hold of a few brushes.”
Montgomery suggested Dill formalize with a letter.
In other business, secretary Jo Ann Davies read a letter of correspondence, which was signed by Gail Rees, president of the Dalton Business and Professional Association.
“I’m trying to organize and look in to providing several forms for our community to share ideas and promote common goals,” Davies read aloud from Rees’ letter. “The format might provide an opportunity for the representatives to educate the public as to specific duties and encourage participation in the municipal activities to support your efforts. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you on the specifics, the publicity, time, and so on.”
Montgomery said that the board will take it under advisement.
In other business, in his report, Mayor Aaron Holzman announced that his drawings of the baseball field for Dalton Streamside Park have been approved by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
“I’m waiting on John Stevens to complete a certificate of design, which then allows us to put it up to bid,” he said. “As soon as we get that, we’re good to go.”