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Mt. Pleasant council votes to add to zoning appeals board

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

For the past few months, the Mt. Pleasant Borough zoning appeals board has held hearings to address residents concerns without a member representing the borough's 1st Ward, according to borough Council President Joe Bauer.

That all changed based on action taken at Monday's council meeting, as its members voted to appoint William Hare Sr. to serve the zoning appeals board in that capacity.

“Bill is a good, level-headed man, and I believe he will serve residents of both the 1st Ward residents and the entire borough well on that board,” Bauer said.

The vacancy was created by the recent resignation of former zoning appeals board member Ed Davis for personal reasons, Bauer said.

“We didn't have anyone representing the 1st Ward, so I feel good about (Bill's) appointment because it fills out that board completely now,” he said.

Bauer also stressed that any other borough resident interested in serving on the borough's boards and committees which have vacancies are welcome to apply, and they can inquire further by calling the borough building at 724-547-6745.

Borough manager Jeff Landy reported on the recently awarded $25,000 Keystone Communities Public Improvement grant to the borough for Main Street redevelopment, Bauer said.

The money — funneled through the state Department of Community and Economic Development — was made possible by the work of state Rep. Deberah Kula, D-Fayette/Westmoreland, and the Redevelopment Authority of Westmoreland County.

Specifically, the money will contribute to completion of a project to transform a blighted structure into an updated park setting in the borough's East End.

“That was good news,” Bauer said. “It brings our total amount we have to spend on that project up to almost $100,000.”

Architect Jim Gayton of Norvelt is in the process of drawing up the plans for the park, Bauer said.

“Then we'll put the project out to bid with help from the county, then we have to award it,” Bauer said. “With this kind of project, which involves sidewalks and curbing, I don't see a company taking more than six weeks to complete it.”

Bauer said he would like to see the project completed by the end of July.

Landy also said the borough is considering application for an Act 89 comprehensive transportation funding grant made available Monday to applicants.

“I've already contacted architects and engineers about applying for the money,” Landy said.

If the borough applies for and receives the funding, the money would be used to install decorative lighting on poles in the East End and add additional lighting and pedestrian crosswalks to the Memorial Square area, he said.

During the meeting's public comment session, members of the Mt. Pleasant Area Little League alerted council to the league's plan to hold an all-day baseball event on May 17 at the league's field at Willows Park in the borough, Bauer said.

Deborah Salopek, manager of the Laurel Highlands chapter of the Westmoreland Chamber Commerce, also delivered as status report on the chapter's recent work, and to invite members of council to the chapter's Coffee & Connections event, which was held Tuesday at Harmon House Care Center in the borough, Bauer said.

In other meeting action, council voted to:

• Authorize borough secretary Bev Fedorchak to an Open Records Act and Records Management seminar hosted by state Association of Boroughs on May 1 at a cost of $75;

• Authorize Mt. Pleasant Medic 10 EMS to hire Daniel Codeluppi as a part-time paramedic;

• Sign a conservation partnership agreement between the borough and Westmoreland Conservation District;

• To approve Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act application for Hayden's Pharmacy located at 535-537 W. Main St. in the borough.

• To transfer $77,003.27 from the borough's PNC general fund to its Standard Bank budgetary reserve.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or

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