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Mt. Pleasant sewer pipes cause problems

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

The sewers of Mt. Pleasant are getting old. Problems are beginning to develop as the pipes age and decay.

Mt. Pleasant Council on Tuesday learned that the line on North Geary Street is causing problems for at least one property owner. That owner's situation is so severe his driveway keeps washing out. The owner has told council that he is in danger of losing his car in his driveway during a heavy rain.

Mayor Gerald Lucia said borough crews have placed patch upon patch on the resident's driveway because the old pipe has decayed to the point it washes out sections of the driveway in a heavy rain. Another problem for repair crews is that a 28,000 volt power line lies near the storm sewer. That line will have to be marked before any work can be done on replacing the pipe.

Joseph Bauer, council president, suggested the replacement would have to wait until 2014 because of the cost. He was quickly reminded by Lucia and several other council members that the replacement cannot wait.

Bauer and Lucia said another line on South Geary is collapsing.

The lines are at least 50 years old and are made of corrugated tin or terracotta.

Borough crews will use a camera to inspect the inside of the lines to see how extensive the decay is and how far the work must be done to do a proper repair.

Borough Manager Jeff Landy told council it must begin planning for future expenses. He cited the problems with the old sewer lines as an example of why planning for large expenses, such as the replacement of bad storm sewer lines, is needed.

Lucia and council made two presentations before Tuesday's meeting.

Council recognized Mt. Pleasant Area High School tennis coach Tony Splendore for his contributions to the youth of the community for nearly 40 years.

He helped the borough begin a basketball program for the children of the community.

Splendore was named 2013 boys tennis coach of the year by the National High School Coaches Association.

The second presentation went to Michael Oplinger, station manager for Medic 10.

Oplinger and his crew were able to locate a woman who was injured in a traffic accident on Aug. 30 and had wondered away from the accident scene.

Lucia said the fire department had given up after checking several possibilities and also searching. He said the ambulance crew finally located the woman, provided treatment and provided transport to UPMC Presbyterian. The woman survived and has returned home.

Councilman Larry Tate said software problems at the electronic veterans wall have been resolved and names can be added within a day. Adding just the name will cost $100. A name with photo and text prepared beforehand by a family member will cost $125. For those who do not know how to write the text, the fee will be $150. Once the family member has approved the text, no further changes will be allowed. Forms are available at the borough offices or on the borough website.

Councilwoman Cynthia Stevenson reminded residents that they can no longer leave electrical or electronic items out for trash pickup. She said Demo Depot in the borough will take the items, which can include computer monitors and televisions. Demo Depot will accept the items for no charge.

Landy told council an audit has been completed of borough finances. Landy said he was told the audit “was as good as always.”

Landy said he was also told the audit of the borough's liquid fuels funds was also completed. No problems were found.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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