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Dallas Twp. told of gun-free problem

February 19. 2013 11:03PM
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DALLAS TWP. – In light of the Connecticut school massacre, Jason Demnicki, a Luzerne County Community College student, told the supervisors at Tuesday's meeting that students and teachers should be allowed to carry guns in their schools to protect themselves and others, if needed.

Gun-free zones are where all of the mass shootings have taken place, said Demnicki, pointing out that schools are designated as gun-free zones.

People will go to the areas of least resistance to cause the most harm. I believe that a gun-free zone is something we should appeal. Switzerland has more guns and less crime.

In another matter, Christina Brown showed supervisors photos of damage done to her property from years of storm water runoff across the road from her Valley View Drive property.

She said a ditch, which she frequently cleared of leaves and debris, would overflow every time it rained, causing excess water to flood her property and collapse a retaining wall.

The township has since cleaned out the swale and paved it over, which put an end to the problem, but Brown said she wants the township to pay for repairs to the wall because the water originated on a township right-of-way.

Brown said she had reported the problem many times over the last six years, but nothing had been done until recently.

There's been quite extensive damage to my house from water prior to fixing the problem, she said.

Township Engineer Tom Doughton said there are some very clear drainage laws in place, established by PennDOT, which determine what party is responsible, depending on which way the runoff flows.

He also mentioned he has seen similar problems to Brown's in that Shrine Acres neighborhood.

Solicitor Tom Brennan said he's not sure if the township is liable for damages, but would look into the issue further.

In other business, Jack Dodson and Harry Vivian of the Kunkle and Dallas fire and ambulance companies, respectively, reported they have reached an agreement to a dispute over a county 911 mapping issue.

The board will vote on the proposed 2013 budget at a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the conference room.

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