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Joe Bauer retains Mt. Pleasant Council president's seat

| Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Councilman Joe Bauer will remain Mt. Pleasant Borough Council president for another year.

At the borough's reorganization meeting on Monday, Bauer was elected president. Councilwoman Cynthia Stevenson was chosen as vice president and Councilwoman Diane Bailey was picked as the president pro tem.

Council accepted the resignation of John Caruso Jr. for the two-year council seat.

Caruso also won the four-year council seat for the Third Ward, which he accepted. The borough will be accepting applications from borough residents in the Third Ward for the two-year term until 4 p.m. Jan. 17.

Bauer said interviews of applicants will be conducted beginning at 6 p.m. before the Jan. 21 council meeting.

In other business, council unanimously voted in favor of retaining Tucker Arensberg as borough solicitor, B.I.U. as municipal code enforcement officers, Michael Ruszkowski as chairman of the vacancy board, Gerald Lucia as emergency management coordinator and Bob Ceroni and Marc Tayler as emergency management deputy coordinators.

Council retained Lucia as the representative and Cynthia Stevenson as alternate representative to the Westmoreland County Boroughs Association; Bailey and Councilman James Wojnar as representatives to the library board; borough manager Jeff Landy as alternate representative to the library board; Councilwoman Susan Ruszkowski to the tax collection committee; Caprice Mills as alternate to the tax collection committee and Landy as second alternate to the tax collection committee.

Council adopted Roberts Rules of Order for council meeting proceedings, designated council president, vice president and borough manager as authorized signers for the borough fund accounts and designated depositories of borough funds as PNC Bank, Standard Bank, First Niagara Bank and PLGIT.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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