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Trick-or-treat time in Mt. Pleasant to remain in the afternoon

| Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

Trick-or-treat in Mt. Pleasant will remain an afternoon event.

For the past several years, the borough has held trick-or-treat from 2 to 4 p.m.

But council had been kicking around the idea of moving it to later in the day.

"I discussed this with Jeff (Landy) and we talked about possibly moving it to another time, like from 4 to 6, where it will be closer to the evening," said Mayor Gerald Lucia. "The reason that we moved it to the afternoon in the first place was when there was the situation with all the candy. People putting razor blades in and stuff, but not in Mt. Pleasant. But it was safer for us to patrol that way."

Lucia said a decision to keep the afternoon time was made after some discussion with neighboring municipalities.

The borough attempts to keep times similar with neighboring municipalities, Lucia explained, to discourage nonresidents from coming into the borough for trick-or-treat.

"I'm suggesting for the present time that the time stay at 2 to 4," Lucia said. "If we change it now, we will not only have our borough residents but you'll get everyone else's."

Council set trick-or-treat for 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30.

In other business, Mt. Pleasant resident and businessman Mark Krystyniak told council his proposed project to build an apartment complex and retail stores on his Main Street property has been scraped because of lack of communication.

"I talked to council about this project in early May," Krystyniak said of the complex that would have created 24 to 32 apartments units with retail stores at the bottom level. "I learned from council that a lot of what I need to have done I needed to see other people for. I went to the parking authority, and they were in favor of it."

Krystyniak said when the parking authority checked into it, members discovered a parking area he had hoped to use for off-street parking would not be available to him.

"It said that none of the parking lots could be used for private parking -- that they are for public parking only," Krystyniak said.

Krystyniak said the parking authority told him the parking area in question was regulated by the local chamber.

Krystyniak said he attempted to contact the chamber, but no one returned his calls.

"My investors and I will not be building the property on Main Street. I want the people of Mt. Pleasant to know that there are people who are interested in investing, but a monkey wrench always gets thrown into the cogs and something comes up to stymie the progress in the borough."

In other business, Landy asked council members to draw up preliminary budgets for next year.

"I'd like to see preliminary budgets by the next meeting," Landy said.

Landy said he has been contacted by the Westmoreland Conservation District informing him a bus tour would be coming through Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 20 to tour the local rain gardens.

Councilman Al Beranek said he and Councilman David Pritts and Councilwoman Cynthia Stevenson attended a recent meeting hosted by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs concerning statewide municipality landlord ordinances. He said after discussion concerning the borough's landlord ordinances, he was told the local laws were up to par.

"The PSAB is actually promoting it," Beranek said of the landlord ordinances in relationship to inspections. Beranek said Jeffrey Heishman, who is the executive deputy vice president of the PSAB, said the idea of landlord ordinances is to promote health, safety and the welfare of the residents and to establish the obligations for owners of residential rental units.


Trick-or-treat will be held in Mt. Pleasant from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30.

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