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Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
 

Lance: To the Ford City Council. Due to the council's utter incompetence and petty infighting over the water plant, the borough now owes the state more $21,000 in fines, a figure that grows by $250 every day. Four years of “planning” have resulted in squat. On our list if shameful local government failures, this is at the very top.

On the “Watch List”:

• Unnecessary disputes. The Diamond Club, which raised money for the Highlands High School baseball program, is having a disagreement with the district. The club is miffed because the district ended an exclusive-use lease for district ball fields. Now the club wants to give the equipment it bought to Harrison and Fawn townships. The district says it owns the equipment. Hmm, we thought it was “all about the kids.”

• The Mogie's Tavern “noise” problem: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board held a hearing Wednesday to examine complaints about noise from live bands playing on the Lower Burrell nightspot's outdoor deck during the summer. Not one resident showed up to oppose the tavern. This was a problem requiring a hearing? The LCB will issue a ruling next month, but Mogie's owner Dave McGill may want to shut down the bands earlier than the current 1 a.m.

• The Springdale Library Tax. The 0.25-mill tax isn't onerous — the average homeowner will pay $21-26 more in taxes — and it will certainly help a facility that does the community a lot of good. We're glad the voters get to decide.

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