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Mt. Pleasant mayor to seek re-election

| Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

In hopes of squashing rumors that he was not running for the position of mayor in Mt. Pleasant, Gerald Lucia announced this week his name would be on the ballot for the primary election 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 each member has 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 mayor of Mt. Pleasant for the last 28 years.

In other business, council this week agreed to advertise amendments to four 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 that establishes compensation for the mayor and members of council that restates the method of how that 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.

Council accepted a quote from A1 Lawn and Tree Service to remove the trees at Frick Park for $3,200.

A motion was 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 council has 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,” Landy said.

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.

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.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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