Munhall council marks 28th year of Government Days
Munhall's council meeting on Wednesday marked 28 years of Government Days in the community.
A group of 27 third-graders from Park Elementary experienced first hand what it's like to run a formal council meeting.
“I'm proud to say we've been doing this since 1987, and we will continue doing it because it's an excellent program,” Mayor Raymond Bodnar said.
Students were called forward and participated in a swearing-in ceremony. They then got to take their respective seats, which councilmen usually occupy.
Council president for the evening, Julie Spader, called the meeting to order and students voted in favor of the following issues under the instruction of their assigned council members:
• Authorization of the borough manager to identify a street and arrange with Duquesne Light Co. the installation of up to 10 contiguous LED street light lamps on existing street light poles at a cost of $109 per pole conversion.
• Advertising a vacancy on the Munhall Borough Sewer Authority Board and inviting interested Munhall residents to submit letters of interest for consideration.
• Approval of requests by Valley Landscaping to maintain tree wells along Seventh Avenue to the BP station in West Homestead and to maintain the lots on both sides of the entrance to the Homestead Grays Bridge and the lot at Seventh Avenue and Amity Street.
For their interest and participation in the Government Days program, students received a certificate and a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. They received special collector pins from the Munhall 100th anniversary celebration in 2000. Bodnar told the students to wear their pins proudly.
To earn the right to participate in Munhall Government Days, students had to submit an application with two references to the school. From there, students were asked to write speeches and read them in front of the entire third-grade class. They made posters and designed campaign slogans for themselves.
The third-grade students voted for their six council candidates and then those six students appointed the remaining 21 to positions.
Students will carry their campaign signs in a parade on Thursday at Park Elementary to recognize their achievement.
Christy Walters is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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