Laurel Mountain Borough hears concerns about neighborhood thefts
By Rebecca Ridinger
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Residents of Laurel Mountain Borough and members of council voiced concerns about criminal activity that has taken place recently in the neighborhood.
Some of this dialogue was prompted by the theft of a purse and mobile phone that was stolen from a home. The purse was later recovered, money removed, having been discarded in Somerset County.
Council member Susan Crouse sent email advice to a number of residents regarding the disturbances and neighbors went door-to-door trying to inform as many people as possible.
“We need to be working with local police,” Crouse said.
Council president Joe Griffith urged citizens to contact police as soon as they suspect something sinister might be taking place.
“This gives the police insight into what is going on,” Griffith said. “No matter how slight, call sooner. This helps prevent future occurrences and adds to police knowledge regarding occurrences.”
Mayor Phil Light did ensure that council is working with the police and noted that Ligonier Borough Police Chief John Berger corroborated advice given by council to residents.
Light again stressed the importance of contacting police with more immediacy if suspicious.
“We're the civilians, they are the police,” he said. “Let them make the assumptions.”
Council also warned against disclosing too much information regarding household valuables and not taking sensible precautions.
“Things happen everywhere; life carries on as usual,” Mayor Light said. “We just need to be vigilant and stress working together.”
In other news:
• Council discussed future resolutions for water, drainage, sewage and gas line issues, and will look into some avenues for possible funding of these projects.
• Residents expressed dissatisfaction with ditches and craters in the roadways, pointing to the fact that they pay to keep up the roads. Council took concerns seriously and agreed to explore what can be done to remedy the situation.
• Disputes about animal issues were brought before council, concerning ‘roving' pets and an ordinance that bans keeping farm animals in the Borough. Council is investigating.
Rebecca Ridinger is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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