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Mt. Pleasant Borough Council adopts map equalizing all 3 wards

Rachel Basinger | For the Daily Courier
Mt. Pleasant Mayor Gerald Lucia reads a proclamation at Monday's council meeting making the month of April “Grease month” in the borough. Lucia (left) presents it to Kylee Zelmore who will play Sandy, Ben Pimental who will play Danny and Ryley Anderson who will play Kenickie in Mt. Pleasant Area High School’s production of 'Grease,' on April 5 and 6.

By Rachel Basinger
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11:06 a.m.
 

Mt. Pleasant Borough Council Monday revisited an issue that came up in 2003 during the primary election when it was told it had to make sure the borough's wards were aligned so that there was an equal number of residents in each.

Mayor Gerald Lucia explained that the borough was sued in 2003 because the population of the wards in the borough was not balanced. Council was ordered to realign the wards, which took several months to complete.

In the end, 208 residents were taken from the second ward and moved into the third ward. These were residents living between Hitchman and Diamond streets, including Spruce, Howard, Washington, Braddock, Warden and the east side of Main streets.

The borough also moved 132 residents from the second ward to the first ward, including those living at Ridgeview Apartments, Harmon House and Hemlock Street.

“Unfortunately, the election board has no record of all the work that was done in 2003, so we need to pass a resolution that rectifies this,” said Lucia.

On Monday, council passed a motion to adopt the map established in 2003. Council members Cory Snyder, David Pritts, Fred McCloy and Kevin McFeaters were absent from the meeting.

In other borough business, borough Manager Jeff Landy told council that an intern has been working on the borough's website.

“It's been updated — the information has been improved and so has the navigation,” said Landy.

Landy also told council an area at the bottom end of town — that may potentially be called Penn Park — is going to be a reality soon.

“The county has asked that we start meeting with the engineers to begin the process,” he said.

The county has awarded the bid for demolition of the old theater in that area and the process will continue to move forward pending one more historic clearance that's needed, since the building is located in the borough's historic district.

A grant from the state allowed the borough to purchase surveillance cameras that should be installed at Willows Park soccer fields as well as the playground in Frick Park by the end of the week.

Landy also told council the agenda has been set for the G-7 conference that is set for April 18 through 20. The borough will be hosting the discussion on crime control and relationships with state and regional police.

Councilwoman Diane Bailey reminded pet owners to continue cleaning up after their animals, especially if it's on someone else's property.

Council passed motions to hire Diane Washington as a part-time crossing guard and to accept a proposal from Higbee Insurance Inc. for workers' compensation insurance from March 1, 2013, to March 1, 2014 in the amount of $46,551.

This cost includes $43,372 for workers' compensation and $3,179 for police heart and lung insurance.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

 

 
 


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