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Member of Mt. Pleasant Council resigns from post

| Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8:49 p.m.

First Ward Councilman Kevin McFeaters officially resigned his seat on Mt. Pleasant Borough Council Monday night.

McFeaters said his relocation outside the borough “due to the need of a larger home for my growing family,” was the reason for his resignation.

“I'm glad I had the opportunity to serve as a councilman for a great town like Mt. Pleasant and I plan to stay involved in the community in any way I can,” he said.

Council President Joe Bauer Jr. said the borough has 30 days to fill the position. They will advertise for applicants and interview those applicants, beginning at 5:30 p.m. before their 7 p.m. April 1 meeting.

In other business:

• Dan Slezak, owner of Spoked Wheelz on Main Street has asked the borough to compromise and help him cover the cost of digging up the alley behind his business so he can fix his sewer line that has collapsed.

Slezak contends that the line collapsed because of the alley caving in from heavy truck traffic.

Norm Stout of the wastewater treatment department said the problem has been going on for more than a year and he believes it's Slezak's responsibility to fix it.

“(Slezak) has a terra cotta pipe and if that joint started to seep years ago, it was literally his pipe that caused the alley to sink,” Stout said. “You can look at it from two different ways. We could dig it up, but you still wouldn't be able to tell which is right.”

Bauer said he sympathizes with Slezak, but if the borough agrees to pay to open up the alley, it would set a precedent for other residents who might have the same issue later.

Stout added that the borough has had property owners in the past who have had a sewage problem in an alley and fixed it when they were told about the issue.

Borough Manager Jeff Landy said the precedent for digging up a borough alley is simply to get a permit.

The property owner would either have to dig it up himself or hire someone to dig it up and then fix it when finished. The borough street department and Stout would then need to inspect it to make sure it was done right.

• Landy said Medic 10 is making more money this year than last.

Last year, the borough began looking into the ambulance service because of residents' complaints that Medic 10 was not responding to calls in a timely manner.

“Our residents were not being taken care of,” Bauer said. “But they are doing a great job now. The ambulance service is running better and more efficient than it has for several years.”

• Landy updated council on the repairs to the town clock.

“We now have the motor out of the town clock,” he said, adding that an out-of-state company was found that might have the exact motor to replace the motor that isn't working.

If that falls through, there is a company that says it can fix the motor for about $1,000, he said.

Before either of those routes are taken, Landy said they want to have the arms of the clock inspected to make sure they just need to be adjusted.

• Landy said Shupe's Run, which runs from Main Street to Willows Park, is being stabilized.

• Work on the video wall that will be erected in the gazebo parklet near the tablets of veterans' names is under way.

Landy said officials hope to hold the dedication at dusk on the day before Memorial Day. Applications for getting a name on the video wall are available in the borough office.

• Council agreed that the business occupying the parcel identified as Cramer Welding be permitted to exceed the posted 15-ton weight limit on JF Kennedy Avenue, solely for the purpose of local business deliveries to the property.

The motion also provided that the business owner and the owner or operator of any overweight vehicle will be responsible for the cost of repairing any damage resulting from any overweight vehicles.

• The VFW will hold an Easter Egg Hunt in the freedom of speech area at the center of town from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Also an Easter Egg Hunt will be held 2 p.m. Sunday in the borough fire department central station.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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