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Mt. Pleasant borough and district upgrade Ramsay site

| Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 9:07 a.m.

A partnership struck between Mt. Pleasant Borough and Mt. Pleasant Area School District will result in a new, hard-play area for students at Ramsay Elementary and two refurbished tennis courts available for public use, officials said recently.

The site along Reservoir Street in the borough where the work is taking place previously contained four tennis courts formerly used by district students when the elementary school at 300 Eagle Street was Ramsay High School.

To finance the project, the borough committed $25,000 over 10 years, or $2,500 annually through 2022, plus $500 per year toward maintenance of the tennis courts, said borough Manager Jeff Landy.

“Two of the tennis courts are going to be refurbished and two are going to be changed into play areas for Ramsay Elementary,” said Jeff Landy, Mt. Pleasant Borough manager. “The public will be able to use the tennis courts, they will just go from four courts to two available courts to use.”

Landy said the borough used to lease the district property containing the four tennis courts from the district for public use.

Mt. Pleasant Area Superintendent Terry Struble said the area in question has been used for parking over the summer when district officials began looking for ways to develop a hard-play area for Ramsay students.

“At one point, when we were looking at doing a renovation at Ramsay and adding an additional building, the area where the tennis courts are would have been where the new gymnasium would have been located,” Struble said. “Our new (renovation) plan for Ramsay does not involve the addition of another building in that area, so we decided to do what we're doing there now.”

Borough officials told the district they were still interested in maintaining tennis courts at the site for public use, Struble said.

“It was an offer from the borough as we were talking about whether or not to keep two tennis courts available to the public through that process,” Struble said. “It was kind of a mutually agreed upon process.”

Landy agreed.

“It's a nice little partnership, I think,” Landy said. “It's good to see the school district working with the borough, and vice versa.”

The companies involved in completing the project are JR Paving Co. Inc. of Wynnewood, Montgomery County; Redrock Fence Co. of White Oak; and Lutz Tennis & Asphalt Co. of Murrysville.

A.J. Panian is a staff editor with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or apanian@tribweb.com.

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