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Elizabeth council supports Merchant Marine flag effort

| Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Elizabeth council adopted a resolution at Tuesday night's meeting supporting the installation of a Merchant Marine flag at the borough's war memorial.

The memorial is along Glassport Elizabeth Road near the Route 51 off ramp.

Elizabeth resident and Merchant Marine Mike Kemple has been pushing to get a flag at the memorial for a long time and attended multiple council meetings.

Councilors informed Kemple that steps must be taken, and the borough does not own the memorial property.

“We fully support him, but that is not our property to do with as we wish,” said council president Monica Glowinski. “He said he would be at every meeting until he gets his flag. God love him for his persistence. We're doing what we can on our part, but that property is state owned ... If that land was ours to deal with we'd put a flag up tomorrow, but we can't.”

Borough officials are sending a copy of the resolution and a letter to state Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Elizabeth Township, and state Sen. James Brewster, D-McKeesport, to help drum up more support.

Council voted to advertise hiring a part-time public works employee at minimum wage.

Borough officials are looking into either purchasing or leasing a new police vehicle.

Council vice president Robin Miller is doing research and communicating with vendors and Twin Rivers Council of Governments officials to get the best rate for the vehicle.

Community Cleanup Day is scheduled for May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants should meet at the municipal building at 8 a.m. The borough will provide gloves, bags and other cleaning materials.

Glowinski said the borough is pursuing payment from people who have past due parking tickets.

She said more than $1,600 was owed in last year's tickets alone. A borough parking ticket is $5 and doubles after 10 days of nonpayment.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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