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Mt. Pleasant Borough receives clean audit

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Robert Zelenak of Sarp and Co., certified public accountant, told Mt. Pleasant Borough Council on Monday that an audit for 2012 is good.

”You're in good shape — another year in good shape,” Zelenak said.

“The trend is good,” Zelenak said. “The fund balance looks healthy and you are trending in a good way. The cash is managed in a very good way and that's something you don't see that too much in boroughs.”

Mayor Jerry Lucia extended a thank you to the residents who live around the site of the Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival for their patience during the recent three-day event.

“When we started this 27 years ago, we never dreamt that it would be anything like this,” Lucia said. “We strive to keep it a good thing for Mt. Pleasant.”

Borough Solicitor Fred Wolfe suggested council choose a vendor it would like to have pursue the energy savings plan that it hopes to implement.

The borough decided to contact Honeywell, which will put together a structured plan that will be designed for the borough's needs.

“They will put together a specific proposal and from there you will have to hammer out the specifics,” Wolfe said.

Council President Joe Bauer said changes may be in store with borough employees.

“The elected public safety officials, the mayor, the fire department, the police, they all do a good job,” Bauer said. “I think that all of us here agree that we want to get the best bang for our buck for the constituents. People have been getting really comfortable and we can't keep doing the same thing that we have done in the past. We can't keep pulling a rabbit out of the hat with the budget. We need to step it up more.”

“The council looks out for everybody,” Bauer said. “It's always been our goal to keep the services we have and not raise taxes and it is not our plan to raise taxes this year.”

Borough Manager Jeff Landy said the borough is taking steps to control the signage in the borough, particularly the yard sale signs.

Chuck Karadas, president of the Kosciuszko Club, presented a check for $1,000 to the council.

The money will be used for new Christmas wreaths.

Lucia swore in Patrick Brien onto the borough's planning commission.

The annual Christmas parade will be held Dec. 7, and the candlelight procession will be held Dec. 8.

Council agreed to close Route 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 for the Halloween parade.

Council signed an agreement with Hoffman Kennels for 2014 in the amount of $130 per month.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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