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Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

People selling door-to-door without a soliciting permit drew a warning from Mt. Pleasant officials.

Mayor Gerald Lucia, council President Joe Bauer and Borough Manager Jeff Landy at various times during Monday's regular meeting emphasized that borough residents should not hesitate to call 911 if someone knocks on their door attempting to sell something. They said the borough police can check to see if the stranger has a soliciting permit.

During the last episode, a young girl, a college student was “knocking on doors at 8:30 to 9 o'clock at night,” said Lucia. “That should throw up a red flag. You have to check on everybody.”

He said borough residents should always be on the lookout for strange cars in the neighborhood. He said crime has been spreading out from the city (Pittsburgh.) He said there was a recent home invasion incident in neighboring Mt. Pleasant Township.

Lucia emphasized the name of the caller is never broadcast over the air,so residents should have no fear in reporting anything to 911.

During public comment, Patrick Brien, a borough resident, proposed a “Home Owner's Committee” be started in the borough.

The protection of borough homes against loss of value, blight and crime and to provide a “central voice” for homeowners would be among the missions of the committee. Lucia, Bauer and several other council members applauded Brien's efforts, especially when Brien said he would be willing to take the lead in forming the group.

Rita Borenstein, borough health and safety officer, reported a hearing was held Tuesday concerning a property with a number of code violations. Borenstein said the owner had attempted to turn the property over to the borough.

Council said it had no wish to take over the property and ordered Landy to prepare a letter stating that to the owner.

Council approved a motion by Councilman Cory Snyder and seconded by Councilman David Pritts to advertise the Diamond Street Rain Garden Project at the corner of Diamond and Washington streets. Bids will be accepted until 4 p.m. July 22 and will be opened at the 7 p.m. meeting on that date.

Council members discussed the need for a 4-wheel-drive police car for the winter months. Bauer said no money had been budgeted for a new vehicle for 2013. Members agreed to discuss the issue in committee.

Council also:

• Reminded borough residents of the Independence Day celebration, to be held July 3. The street will be blocked beginning at 5:30 p.m.

• Reminded borough residents of the free movie to be shown in Frick Park, “Escape From Planet Earth,” on July 12 at 9 p.m. The Rotary Club will provide free popcorn during the movie.

• Heard from Michael Quigg, who lives on Center Avenue who requested the borough place a stop sign at the corner of Center and Terrace avenues. Quigg said drivers, especially young drivers, have been speeding through the area, where a number of young children live. Bauer said the matter would be turned over to the public safety committee and the chief of police. He expected something to be reported by the next council meeting.

• Heard from Mike Rosenfield, chief of Westmoreland County Team 211 Rough Terrain Fire & Rescue team, who thanked the borough for allowing the unit to train in an area along the railroad tracks. Bauer said the borough wanted to extend thanks to the unit for helping remove trees from an area that was a problem.

• Bauer announced the first walk-through of the Reality Tour, a drug and alcohol presentation featuring a reenactment of an arrest, jail time, emergency room visit and a funeral, will take place on July 11 at 6 p.m.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3538.

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