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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant council members are hoping they will soon have an official homeowners association formed within the borough.

Mayor Gerald Lucia said he has been asking different homeowners and residents in recent months how they would feel about such an association.

“I haven't had one person say they wouldn't be interested,” he said.

Currently there is a landlords association, which had formed for landlords who own property in the borough.

Lucia said this isn't a slight against the landlords association, but there are several landlord / property owners who don't live in the borough.

“This would be a way that homeowners who pay taxes and live in the borough can take an interest in what's going on in the streets and neighborhoods where they live and have a vested interest,” he said.

Council members are attempting to get the association organized and are looking for a resident or group of residents who might want to spearhead such an effort.

In other business, Manager Jeff Landy updated council on the royalties received so far from gas wells on borough property.

In 2012, the borough received slightly over $8,500 in gas well revenues. So far this year, the borough has received just $800 in gas well revenues.

“Weren't we supposed to be getting up to $20,000 a year,” Councilwoman Cynthia Stevenson asked.

Landy said every little bit helps and they are able to save money on gas to heat the borough municipal building.

“It really is so disappointing to see these numbers, though,” he said. “I don't even want to think about it.”

Council approved a request by the Coal and Coke Trail Committee to construct a fence along the Willows Park side of the bike trail, parallel to the big soccer field and heading into Mt. Pleasant Township.

Bob Keeler, trail committee secretary, said they are worried about safety with children running out onto the bike trail and getting hit by a biker.

Council passed motions to adopt Ordinance #641, allowing the county to inspect the borough's parking meters, and to advertise for sealed bids for the purchase of a 1996 Jeep Cherokee from the borough. The bids must be received by 4 p.m. May 6 and will be opened at council's regular 7 p.m. meeting on May 6.

Stevenson announced that residents can dispose of any expired medications at the borough's police department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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