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No tax increase in Mt. Pleasant Borough

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Borough Council voted this week to adopt its 2013 balanced budget of $1,233,915, with no tax increase.

Council also adopted the 2013 liquid fuels budget of $86,668.07, which is balanced, and the 2013 waste water treatment budget, with expected expenses of $620,491 and income of $622,150.

In his mayor's report, Gerald Lucia asked residents to watch for any suspicious door-to-door salesmen or scam artists.

“This is the season,” Lucia said. “We have a lot of retired people here in the borough and we don't want them to be afraid to pick up the phone and dial 911.”

Lucia also asked residents to be careful with their Christmas decorations and to be prepared for emergencies.

“This is a dry season,” Lucia said. “We didn't have rain in November and outside lights on shrubs and bushes are just fires waiting to happen.”

Lucia added that inside live trees should be kept watered and residents should check all smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

In other business:

• The youth group of the Mt. Pleasant Church of God was recognized for its volunteer work in the community.

• Theresa Benedict of the Cat Committee spoke to the council about the group and its ongoing efforts in the borough. “We are a total volunteer organization,” Benedict said, adding that since the groups inception in 2009, members have trapped, neutered and released 681 cats. “We need volunteers, and we need donations.” Benedict said that anyone interested in helping the group or for information may call 724-547-0820.

• Councilwoman Cynthia Stevenson reminded residents that beginning Jan. 1, computers, monitors or television sets can no longer be put out for recycling.

• Council voted to accept a five-year contract with the borough police department and approved payment of $500 to officer George Grippo for ordinance enforcement.

• Council passed a motion to advertise for bids for construction of the next phase of rain gardens that will be adjacent to the borough building and Frick Hospital parking lot.

• Council President Joe Bauer said officials will seek residents interested in serving on boards and committees next year. Those interested are asked to call the borough office.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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