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Mt. Pleasant historian seeks recognition for deceased borough police officer

| Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant historian Rick Meason asked Mt. Pleasant Borough Council Monday about the possibility of publicly honoring a borough police officer who died in the line of duty more than 100 years ago.

Denver Braden Pore died in April 1906 after being shot by Andrew Lindsay while Pore was trying to apprehend Lindsay.

“It's time we give Chief Pore the proper recognition he deserves,” said Meason. “I propose that a monument be erected in his honor outside of this building.”

He suggested a committee be formed to design a memorial and come up with fundraising strategies to pay for the monument as a way to remember the fallen hero whose story has seemed to be forgotten through the years.

Councilman Larry Tate said the history of Mt. Pleasant is on the digital wall in Veteran's Park and council can easily add this bit of history as well.

Council President Joe Bauer Jr. said he would like to see some kind of monument erected outside of the municipal building that houses the borough police department.

“I like the idea of putting some kind of personal monument out here,” he said. “If no one objects, we'll get a couple people together to start getting the project moving.”

Meason said he is really hoping it can be a group effort with borough officials, members of the historical society, business owners and residents to come together and raise the money for the project.

In other business, the borough will not be able to use Community Development Block Grant funds to pave the portion of Braddock Road Avenue that is in the borough.

Bauer said the borough will probably have to look at getting a loan or some type of financing to pave the roadway, as well as some others.

“If we don't do something this year, next year it's only going to be worse,” he said. “I'd say it's going to cost a quarter of a million dollars to pave that and we could raise taxes 5 mills and we still wouldn't have enough to pay for the project. This isn't a budget item.”

In other business, a motion passed to appoint McCormick Taylor Engineering to apply for the 2014 MS4 permit.

Council ratified the Mutual Aid Agreement with Kecksburg Rescue Squad and Norvelt EMS allowing Medic 10 to be primary paramedic backup at Frick Hospital.

Mayor Gerald Lucia said this was needed after the 930 ambulance went out of service.

Borough Manager Jeff Landy reminded residents that sump pumps or any other kinds of water discharges cannot be directed on the street — especially this time of year when it could freeze and cause a safety hazard.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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