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Mt. Pleasant's plans for Penn Park move forward

| Saturday, July 12, 2014, 1:06 a.m.

Plans to establish Penn Park at the lower end of Mt. Pleasant Borough have been approved by the state.

Borough Manager Jeff Landy said this week that the process included developing a plan, sending it to Westmoreland County for approval and then sending it to the state for approval.

“The turnaround came back quicker than expected, but I think it was because it's going to be a historical park, a neighborhood park and a conservational park,” he said.

The site for the proposed park is across Main Street from Brown's Candy Kitchen.

Council President Joe Bauer Jr. said the plans include a 10- to 12-car parking lot with a small parklet in front that will hold a few benches and historical plaques, telling stories of the local glass industry, coke ovens and other historical subjects.

With the Westmoreland Conservation District involved, the parking lot water will be used to irrigate vegetation in the parklet.

Bauer said they hope to put the project out to bid by Sept. 1 and would love to see the majority of the project completed before winter.

In other business, council:

• Agreed to bid the paving project on Braddock Road Avenue from the telephone pole next to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery field property to run for 1,816 feet by 8 feet and to bid the paving project on Quarry Street.

Councilwoman Diane Bailey said the storm drains along Quarry Street will be replaced before the street is paved.

• Agreed to sign the 2014-15 Winter Municipal Agreement with PennDOT in the amount of $10,136.68; to close out the First Niagara Veterans Park fund in the amount of $3,111.85; to close out the PLGIT Veterans Park fund in the amount of $11,264; and to open a Veterans Park Fund at Somerset Trust in the amount of $14,375.85.

• Agreed to advertise for a wastewater treatment maintenance worker. Resumes or applications must be received in the borough office by 4 p.m. Aug. 4.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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