What are the New Year’s Resolutions for Dickson City Borough?

In order to explain what we will accomplish in 2022, it is important to revisit where we have been. These past two years have been very difficult for the residents, businesses, employees and elected officials of Dickson City Borough. In 2020, the financial hit to our business district and many of our residents who were out of work due to the pandemic really put a strain on our borough, not to mention strains to many of our families.

In 2021, we felt that some of that burden was being lifted away until the first week of May, when the flooding of Scott Creek and Dundaff Street took place. Many of the residents and some businesses along that roadway suffered greatly with loss of furnaces, hot water heaters and many other valuable items. The borough worked very hard to help remove the ruined items for our residents. The borough also worked with a few hired contractors and PennDOT

to bring the areas of Scott Road, Dundaff Street and the culvert back to driva-

ble conditions.

While battling these hardships, the borough worked with the Lackawanna County to widen some roads and begin to add some elements of the Main Street Revitalization project to their work.

Here are some of the things that we hope to accomplish in Dickson City for 2022:

Main Street revitalization: Dickson City will be continuing with the Main Street Revitalization project from Hallstead Street to approximately the middle of the 800 block of Main Street on both sides. Sidewalks, decorative bands, light posts, trees, planters, benches and trash receptacles are all part of the scope of the project. Work will begin this summer and continue through August of 2023. With the recent notification of a $700,000 grant award, the borough this year will continue to work on the design and scope of the second phase of this project.

New park for Dickson City: The borough will be adding another park to our municipality this summer. The riverfront park is planned to be put out for bid this coming year and constructed throughout the summer. Some of the elements of the park include a rain garden, a walking trail, a dedicated area for trout fishing, a boat launch and a fenced-in dog park. This would add a variety of activities that our current parks do not have.

Walking trails: In 2021, the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Association and Dickson City Borough added a walking trail from behind Miner’s bar to the back edge of the Rite Aid parking lot which runs along the railroad bed and Lackawanna River. In 2022, the LVHA will begin construction on another piece of trail in the Borough that will connect the recently completed trail to the Dickson City Municipal Building.

Hospitals: Residents will see the opening of the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Dickson City along our Main Street which will house many things, including a 24-hour emergency room and there will be a groundbreaking for the Geisinger oncology campus that will be developed off of Viewmont Drive.

New businesses opening: With the recent opening of Chick-fil-A, the borough will also see the old Ruby Tuesday’s turned into a Cajun seafood restaurant called Harbor Crabs and in place of Tilted Kilt will be the American Discount Tire.

Borough business: Dickson City Days will be back on for Aug 5 and 6 and residents will also be given a modified spring cleanup trash collection, both of which have not happened the past two years due to COVID-19. We will continue our garbage and recycling collections, regular park maintenance and roadway paving projects, which will include a PennDOT project on the Boulevard Avenue for 2022.

As you can see, we continue to have big plans for Dickson City in 2022 and beyond as we continue to progress toward our sesquicentennial in 2025. On behalf of the entire borough council, commissions, committees and employees, I would like to wish all of the Dickson City residents a very healthy, happy and peaceful New Year!

Jeffrey Kovaleski is the Dickson City Borough Council president. For more information about the borough and upcoming events, including meetings, visit the borough’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dicksoncityborough.