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Bolivar sesquicentennial committee announces plans

| Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:28 p.m.

As Bolivar's Sesquicentennial celebration draws near, members of the committee attended the borough council meeting to report its progress.

Sesquicentennial committee member Colleen Mazey updated council members on recent developments in the celebration's planning, such as receiving a $5,000 grant from the Ligonier Valley Endowment and a proclamation from Westmoreland County Courthouse declaring the date of the sesquicentennial.

The council passed a motion to close Lincoln Street from Third to Fifth streets, McKinley Street from Third to Fifth streets and Fifth and 3rd streets between McKinley Street during the weekend celebration from 3 p.m. Aug. 16 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. The council also passed Mazey's request for a Civil War reenactment group to camp at Kelly Field during the celebration.

Mazey said the committee plans to meet with resident Cora Jones to formulate an emergency plan for the event.

In other news:

• Bolivar Library Coordinator Monica Pickup informed council of the library's reopening success. Its reopening during yard sale days allowed the library to raise $68 at its book sale. A $20 donation was also given to the library recently.

A children's story time event on Monday attracted 23 people and Pickup plans to continue creating events at the library, including a crocheting class.

• Several residents expressed concern over properties in the borough with excessively high grass and trash strewn around the houses. Pat Shank said the appearance of a property near McKinley Street has improved somewhat, but it is still in disarray.

“They have made some effort to get some of the shrubs cut from around the house but all of the garbage and junk is still hanging out of their shed and side door,” she said.

Clark Baird said Mayor Tom Pickup is working on addressing the matter.

A vacant residence on Lincoln Street also has high grass. Resident Darlene Gregorich has been contacting Safeguard Properties, the company managing the property, for several weeks but said no progress has been made.

“It is to the point that my grandson lost his baseball and it took us two days to find it,” Gregorich said.

Pickup said he recently contacted the company, and a representative told him the lawn will be mowed within 10 days.

• Council hired Donna Horner as treasurer, after receiving a letter of resignation from John Speidel, who took the position during June's meeting. She will be bonded and start working immediately at the rate of $250 a month.

• Sue Bartow discussed the results of last Saturday's clean-up day. Members of the council helped during the event that filled one hopper. The council collected $22, after the cost of the hopper.

• Kelly Lupacchini said parks and recreation will sponsor a concert at 6:30 p.m.July 21 with a performance by country bluegrass band The Crew of the Half Moon. There will also be a movie night at dusk on July 27 featuring the movie “Dolphin Tale.”

• McCormick Taylor Engineering Firm will be taking bid packages for the 3rd Street catch basin replacement project. The contract will be available for bidding in mid to late August.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 2.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or