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Soccer league seeks access to borough's field at Willows Park

| Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 12:16 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Soccer League this week again questioned council concerning access to the borough's soccer field at Willows Park.

League officials said the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad fenced off access along the railroad right of way.

Cliff Daniels asked council if any determination had been made about what can be done to have access opened. He questioned if the insurance company that handles the borough's policy had determined what the cost of liability insurance would be for the league.

Borough Solicitor Frederick Wolfe said the borough cannot be a party to any agreement since Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation owns the railroad property. He said the railroad wanted $6 million in liability insurance in place before it would open the property.

Councilman Paul Wagner Jr. said he understood an agreement was being “tweaked,” but the borough had received no news.

“We have not seen anything from the county or the railroad,” borough Manager Jeff Landy said.

In other action, council:

• Agreed new part-time borough ordinance officer Ralph Hribal will give reports to the mayor and borough manager each month before the first council meeting so they can be presented to council.

• Mayor Gerald Lucia said the drug prevention “reality tour” will be presented to the public for two hours, beginning 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday in November, December, February, March and April. More information is available at http://www.mtpleasanttwp.com/PDF/2015-2016%20Reality%20Tour%20Info.pdf. Those wishing to attend should pre-register by calling 724-423-5653.

• Lucia reported he and Landy have been asked to sit on the committee for the Ligonier Valley extension and interchange. Lucia said the two could express borough concerns about the increased truck traffic that might be routed through Mt. Pleasant.

• Set trick-or-treat in the borough for 2-4 p.m. Oct. 25. The Halloween parade will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Anyone wishing to march in the parade should call 724-547-8501 to register.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kpolacek@tribweb.com or 724-626-3538.

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