Mt. Pleasant takes steps to control speeding in borough
By Karl Polacek
Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 7:33 p.m.
Speeding problems in Mt. Pleasant and other items tied into the operation of the police department took up part Monday's council meeting.
This month, borough resident Michael Quigg asked council to place stop signs at the corner of Center and Terrace avenues. He said he hoped the signs would reduce a problem with speeders in his neighborhood.
Council on Monday approved the installation of a three-way stop sign system at the intersection, along with four-way stop signs at South Shupe and Spruce streets and South Shupe Street and Terrace Avenue.
Council member Cory Snyder, head of the safety committee, said speeding is a problem in several areas.
But council President Joseph Bauer said the stop signs might not solve the speeding problem.
“I agree with (placing the stop signs), but I'll tell you right now, don't be surprised if the stop signs don't solve the problems with the speeders,” Bauer said.
Snyder said there is a problem with speeding near the T-ball field. He asked whether the borough could put speed bumps in the area. Borough Manager Jeff Landy said that since it is a borough road that should not be an issue.
While rain gardens have helped eliminate many flooding issues in the borough, recent heavy rains have caused some problems.
Another rain garden will be installed to address problems in several areas..
Landy told borough officials a proposal is in the works to seek bids to redo the borough's buildings for energy savings. Landy said the solicitor had been working to prepare the specifications for the work. He expects the solicitor to present them to council on Aug. 6.
In other items, a planned Tomato Festival has been cancelled because the volunteer who was to handle the fundraiser declined as a result of a lack of time. Council now is considering a fireworks ball, possibly in November, to raise funds for the purchase of the fireworks for the July 4 celebration.
The borough is looking for volunteer organizations to help with the wrapping of the 40 borough Christmas wreaths with garland.
Council announced the VFW building may be sold. The organization will move to another building in the borough.
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3538.
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