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Mt. Pleasant police chief Ober retires

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 1:21 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Borough officials are looking for a new chief of police.

This week, council accepted the retirement resignation of Stephen Ober. Ober has held the chief position since 2003.

Ober was recently hired as a police officer for the Mt. Pleasant Area School District.

He has been with the Mt. Pleasant Borough Police Department since 1979 when he was hired as a part-time officer.

Ober will receive a full pension upon retirement.

Mt. Pleasant Mayor Jerry Lucia wished Ober luck in his new endeavor.

“He was with the department for more than 25 years and he was a good officer,” Lucia said. “He had an opportunity to retire and we wish him well. Steve (Ober) and I are close and we'll still be working together as he (Ober) works with the borough on different security issues pertaining to the district.”

Lucia has no doubt Ober will be a good fit at the district because of relationships already established with the students through school programs that the borough police department is involved with.

The borough will advertise for the position.

“We won't be ruling out our own officers, but we want to open it up because we only have two full-time officers, although we do have a lot of good part-time officers,” Lucia said.

In other borough business, council approved a resolution to amend building permit fees. On commercial and industrial properties, an administrative fee will be added in the amount of 25 percent of the fee charged by the contracted inspection company. For residential properties, an administrative fee of $25 will be added to the fee charged by the contracted inspection company.

Council agreed to authorize Council President Joe Bauer to approve an agreement with K2 Engineering to include the updated building permit fees.

Bauer said council chose to hire K2 Engineering to replace Building Inspection Underwriters to do building inspections for the borough. There were some landlords who paid for the inspection that never got done, he said.

K2 Engineering will do the inspections for no additional cost.

In other business, council:

• Appointed Dennis Taylor and Fred McCloy to the Mt. Pleasant Civil Service Board.

• Accepted $14,000 from First Niagara Bank for the property at 524 W. Main St.

• Awarded a paving bid for Braddock Road Avenue and Quarry Street to East Coast Paving & Seal Coating in the amount of $27,416.50.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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