HARRISBURG – A state authority Tuesday approved the distribution of $12.4 million in slot machine revenue from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to help fund local projects in Luzerne County. A total of 46 projects will receive funding through the annual local share distribution approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
Laflin Borough will receive $250,000 for the resurfacing of multiple roadways throughout the borough.
Laflin Borough will conduct street sweeping services starting Monday, 5/19 and continuing to Thursday, 5/22.
Residents are asked to remove vehicles from the roadway to allow for proper access. Please do not sweep road debris
into piles as it cannot be removed by the sweeping truck unless the material is spread-out along the road edge.
Any questions can be directed to the borough office at 570-654-3323.
Seat Belt Patrol
PennDOT, its Buckle Up PA program, the National Highway Traffic Administration and Laflin Police are partnering on a Border to Border seat-belt enforcement operation as part of a Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 19 – June 8, 2014.
The operation will include 370 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania’s effort to show drivers and passengers that drivers and passengers driving or riding without a seat belt will result in a ticket, no matter the state.
To increase safety on Pennsylvania’s roadways, state and municipal police will conduct Traffic Enforcement Zones, traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols to target nighttime drivers in Luzerne County on May 19th until 10 p.m.
Last year, the Border to Border mobilization saw participation from dozens of law enforcement agencies during a four-hour morning operation. A total of 970 citations were issued for seat belt and child safety seat violations, as well as 735 citations for other traffic infractions.
The effort supplements major enforcement mobilizations in May and June, as well as the Thanksgiving holiday during which PennDOT distributes $1.1 million statewide in federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Laflin Fire Department placed in service 2 new pieces of equipment. 152 Fire Command QRS will respond to all medical calls in Laflin when an EMT is on duty / available. It is fully equipped with all medical supplies including AED, Oxygen , Pet Rescue Mask, Burn Kit, Collars, Splints, and more. It is a fully equipped command post for operation at all incidents in the borough. The 152 Special Operations Trailer has 7 electric sump pumps, 1 large gas basement pump, 6500w generator, 500 pounds oil dry, pigs and pads for oil spills, brush fire clothing and brush equipment. It will be used during times of heavy rain to take pumps to all residents in need, also respond to all large scale accidents and spills needing large amount of oil dry and pads.
Reminder from Laflin Police Corporal Vince Zerblas :
When warmer weather arrives the number of walkers in Laflin Borough increases considerably. With the absence of sidewalks throughout the town, Laflin Borough Police Department reminds walkers to stay close to the left side of the roadway, facing traffic. For those who walk after dark, Police stress the importance of wearing some type of reflective clothing, usually a vest or jacket. At the very minimum, light or white clothing might be considered as a second option to increase your visibility to approaching traffic. The safest place to walk is Laflin’s beautiful Lower Park with state of the art walking track. Walk and meet up with your friends and neighbors and enjoy this great area.
Laflin Borough recently completed the renovation of the basketball court behind the borough building on Laflin Rd. It features an all new surface and brand new backboards/hoops/nets. Come check it out!
The results are in! The Laflin Volunteer Fire Department has soared to a 5 rating from ISO, a fire department rating agency that provides ratings to insurance companies in setting fire insurance rates. There are 2864 fire departments rated in Pennsylvania, the highest percentage are 737 departments with a rating of 9. To put this in perspective of how difficult it is to achieve the highest score of 1, Plains Township was just issued a 4 after many upgrades to their training and equipment and the addition of their new ladder truck, putting them with other cities like Bethlehem, Kingston, Scranton and Erie. Wilkes Barre has the highest local rating at 3, joining just 25 others in Pa with a 3. All of these departments have a 24/7 paid staff. Only 1 Pa department has a 1, and 2 Pa Departments have a 2 rating.
Laflin Fire Chief Marc Malvizzi said: “This is a testament to the hard work of the Laflin Volunteers who strive for excellence with training, equipment and safety. With over 2000 hours of training in the last two years alone, most Pro Board Certified FF1, FF2, and Haz Mat courses, and equipment upgrades of a new QRS/Brush unit in 2011, and a Rescue Pumper in 2012, the LVFD stands ready to serve Laflin and surrounding communities with the best in fire protection”.