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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant is doing well at being fiscally responsible.

Certified Public Accountant John Sarp gave a report on the borough's 2011 audit Monday.

“Fiscally, it was another very good year for the borough this year,” he said. “We found no points of concern, which is very unusual for any borough.”

He said borough Manager Jeff Landy and Secretary Beverly Fedorchak do a great job at keeping the books and having information logged and detailed.

Landy said it is certainly a team effort. He asked council to continue to be diligent at staying within their department's budget.

“If something comes up and we need to transfer funds for some reason, let us know at that time and not Dec. 31,” he said.

In other business, the town clock is broken.

A few years back, a decision was made to put new faces on the clock. In the past few years, the 40-year-old motor has been fixed twice.

“We're going to soon have to make some tough decisions about the motor and mechanisms of the clock, because it's going to be very expensive to replace,” Landy said. “We had to raise funds for the faces, and I think we're going to have to raise funds for the mechanisms as well.”

The borough owns the clock.

In other business, Roger Eckels with the Mt. Pleasant Drug Awareness Committee, presented a check for $4,000 to the borough to help with the expense of a new vehicle for the borough's canine unit.

A check for $3,500 was presented to set up the Reality Tour program in Mt. Pleasant.

The program is one that takes students, usually fifth- and sixth-graders, on a tour that shows an individual getting arrested, appearing before a magistrate and all of the other consequences of drug use.

The money will cover the initial cost of the program. Members of the drug awareness committee, council, Medic 10 and the borough police department will work together to give the tours.

“We're hoping to offer the tour to our neighboring communities as well,” Mayor Gerald Lucia said.

The program will be set up at Ramsay Elementary School and Lucia said organizers hope to have it up and running by February.

Landy reported on the status of Penn Theater and the planned demolition of the property on Main Street.

“We're hoping that by the next meeting, we should be able to make a motion for the demolition of the structure,” he said. “It should come down rather quickly after all of the paperwork is done.”

During the meeting, a motion was made to revise the schedule for advertising for bids for the construction of the next phase of the rain gardens adjacent to the borough building and the Frick Hospital parking lot.

The revised schedule will be to advertise for bids on Jan. 22, with a bid opening on Feb. 4, pending review and approval by McCormick Taylor Inc., the borough's engineer, of the bid documents being prepared by the Westmoreland Conservation District.

A motion was also made to appoint paramedics Rob Rathi, James Hammaker, Corey Ansel and Dan Kesslar and EMTs Craig Neeley and Timothy Hoffman to the Medic 10 roster.

Ronald Ruzina was also hired as a part-time crossing guard.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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