WELCOME TO TAYLOR BOROUGH
This is the official website of the Borough of Taylor. Taylor is a borough in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, four miles southwest of Scranton on the Lackawanna River. The history of Taylor Borough is an interesting journey. It was founded in 1790 by Cornelius Atherton. Silk manufacturing and coal mining were once practiced in the borough. It is our intention at TaylorBorough.com to provide it’s visitors with an informative recap of our community. Taylor Borough has been a unique place to live and work. We hope that the information on this website will be useful and informative.
What started a few years ago as a passing “what if,” in the mind of one Taylor resident as she sat watching her grandchild play in an Abington-area splash park, has materialized into to a momentous fundraising effort, with a reach that has extended some 2,000 miles, and garnered a total so far of $27,529.65 in donations.
Peg Derenick, one of the founding members of the Taylor Splash Park Committee, and that “daydreaming grandmother” who has led a team of volunteers from Taylor Borough dedicated to creating a free place for children to come and cool off in the summer, could barely contain her excitement when news arrived last year that another member of the group — Jody Oustrich — had been working behind the scenes to secure a $5,000 donation via his brother Ryan’s employer, Vivant.
Vivant, which has more than 800,000 customers across the US and Canada, made the donation via its “Vivant Gives Back Foundation.”
According to the company, Vivant Gives Back donated more than $4 million dollars and 10,999 hours of community service to more than 100 non-profit organizations thought the US and Canada.
Ryan, a Riverside graduate who currently resides near Provo, Utah, first learned of the project while visiting family in Taylor. After his company superiors learned of the planned project, Vivant presented the donation on his behalf.
The committee also benefitted from the Infect Scranton Zombie Survivor Challenge, earning $2,000 in 2013 and $1,000 in 2012.
Additionally, the committee has been working diligently for the just over a year to raise the necessary fund to construct the proposed splash park without using taxpayer funds. Their efforts have included baked sales, breakfast with Santa, breakfast with the bunny, daily number lottery sales and a silly string day at Riverside Elementary East.
The committee has also received help from individuals and businesses.
Currently, members of the committee are actively seeking grants through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, that would also provide matching funds to the committees fundraising efforts. They are also submitting for other grants to include the Lackwanna County Community Reinvest Program.
Although the estimated cost of the splash park is $275,000 it is a three year project, with project completion estimated in 2015.
And while it may seem that they have a long way to go in order to reach their goal, Derenick is every bit excited today as she was when the committee’s bank rolls where much less.
“We’ll get there,” she said. “The more people see how far we’ve come in such a short time, the more businesses, like Jody’s brother’s company, step forward … we’ll get this built.”
Donations can be made to Taylor Splash Park and sent to Taylor Borough, 122 Union St., Taylor, Pa. 18517
Individuals, families and senior citizens with household income last year of less than $51,000.00, can receive free assistance in completing and filling their federal, state and local tax returns through the University of Scranton’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
Appointments are available at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S Main Street in Taylor, February 10th from 3-7 p.m.; February 18th, from 2-6p.m.; February 24th from 4-8 p.m.; March 5th, from 4-8p.m.; March 15th, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. and March 21st, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please call 570-504-0614 to make an appointment
Taylor Borough Snow Removal
Taylor Borough residents are reminded that it is illegal for any person, owner or resident of the borough to deposit, throw or discard snow, slush or other obstructions into the public streets and rights-of-way. Offenders may be subject to a $600 fine. Residents have 24 hours after the snow stops to remove the snow and ice from their sidewalks
Its winter time in Taylor Borough
Its winter time and the snow has been falling in Taylor Borough. Taylor Borough Council would like to remind all Taylor residents that, the placement of any objects intended to save or protect parking spaces in front of properties is illegal. This is a citable offense for the residents that placed the object in the streets. Objects placed in the Borough Right-of Ways will be removed and disposed of accordingly. Along with the resident being citied
While making our streets clean and safe our Department of Public Works has been having problems with homeowners who have portable basketball hoops that hang out beyond the curb lines. The Department has had a few incidents over the years when the plow trucks catch on the rim or the net of the basketball hoops. Taylor Borough Council is asking all residents to move the basketball hoops away from the roadway so this can be avoided and make it safer for our Department of Public work employees in removing the snow
Taylor Borough reorganize for new year
Borough council members unanimously elected Kenneth Mickavicz to return as council president. In another unanimous vote, re-elected council member John Tigue to return as vice president.
Newly elected Mayor Ted Praschak, newcomers to council Eugene Gallagher and Chuck McKeel, and returning members Mr. Tigue and James Digwood were sworn in.
The borough will hold its meetings on the second Wednesday of each month in 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building.
122 Union Street
Taylor PA 18517
(570) 562-1400 Phone
(570) 562-1415 Fax