Mt. Pleasant Mayor Lucia will run for re-election
By Rachel R. Basinger
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Borough Mayor Jerry Lucia will run for re-election to the post this year.
Lucia — in hopes of quashing what he said were rumors spreading locally to the contrary — announced at the council meeting on Monday that he was, indeed, planning to be on the ballot in May.
“I am 100 percent running for the seat,” he said. “I still think some things haven't been accomplished yet, and I want to be part of that mission.”
Lucia added that he has worked with a lot of different councils over the years, but this council always manages to get the job done.
“I think this council has the respect of the community,” he said.
Council President Joe Bauer Jr. agreed that council has been great to work with and while they all have their individual opinions, they do get things done.
“If you would have been stepping down, that would have put a cog in the works for a lot of things,” he told Lucia, who has been borough mayor for the past 28 years.
Members of council also agreed to advertise amendments to four different ordinances, including one which establishes the amount of security that must be posted for certain gatherings and activities to be held in borough recreational parks, and one which establishes compensation for the mayor and members of council that restates the method of how such compensation is met.
The other two include amendments to ordinances that establish lot and yard requirements in each zoning district and one that adds a provision permitting use by the borough of parking authority lots free of charge for borough sponsored activities.
Council plans to adopt all of these amendments at its Feb. 18 meeting.
Members of council also agreed to accept a quote from A1 Lawn and Tree Service to remove the trees at Frick Park for $3,200.
A motion was also passed to sign a landowner agreement with Jacobs Creek Watershed Association for the Willows Park stream bank stabilization project.
Borough Manager Jeff Landy said the motion was just a formality that they've done before.
“They (the watershed) got a grant for us to do the project and before they can proceed with the project, we have to sign this agreement.”
In other business, Michael Ruszkowski was appointed to the borough's zoning hearing board and Councilman Cory Snyder was appointed to the borough's Civil Service board.
Also, Mike Oplinger was appointed as station manager for Medic 10, Rob Govern was appointed as director of Medic 10 and Al Dawson was appointed as assistant director of Medic 10.
In other business, council discussed a request from Medic 10 to allow them to trade their ATV Gator for a 1998 Ford ambulance that has 81,000 miles with Norvelt Emergency Medical Services.
Since then, a meeting was held with Medic 10 and some members of council and, at Monday's meeting, Councilman Cory Snyder made a motion to allow the trade.
“I think it's a good deal for us,” he said. “The ambulance is coming fairly stocked, and Medic 10 doesn't have a use for a Gator right now.”
Councilman Larry Tate added that Medic 10 officials did their homework on it and had the ambulance checked out.
“All it needs is tires,” he said. “I think this will be a good thing.”
Also last month, an issue came up where council requested the Business District Authority lower the price of rent for the glass museum in the In Town Shops.
Stevenson reported that the glass museum did manage to negotiate a deal with the BDA for at least until the end of February. She added that they might even be able to work out a permanent option at some point.
Rachel R. Basinger is a freelance writer.
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