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Mt. Pleasant Council discusses public safety issues

| Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005

Public safety issues dominated Monday's Mt. Pleasant Borough Council meeting.

Residents who have downspouts and driveway drains tied into the stormwater system will soon receive registered letters requesting they disconnect.

Norman Stout, supervisor of the wastewater treatment plant, said crews will soon begin inspecting areas where a number of residents have illegal tie-ins.

Council approved a resolution giving residents 30 days from the date they receive the registered letter to disconnect or face fines of $300 per day.

The disconnections should alleviate flooding problems, Stout said.

Council is also taking action to resolve a water problem in Willows Park. The bank of the stream running through the park is eroding. Angelo Pallone, borough manager, said the bank has eroded under a fence near the soccer field, causing a dangerous situation. He said the borough might qualify for a Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener grant. The grant would be used to add soil and vegetation to shore up the bank.

The grant depends on community involvement. Council authorized Pallone to send letters to the Mt. Pleasant Little League, Mt. Pleasant Soccer League and Mt. Pleasant Township requesting volunteer help on the project. The DEP will only pay for the materials if volunteer work hours have been pledged. The work would not begin until 2006.

Mayor Gerald Lucia read a proclamation from the governor's office regarding the implementation of the National Incident Management System, which is mandated by the Department of Homeland Security.

The goal of the system is to provide a consistent nationwide approach to incidents and prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from incidents.

Mt. Pleasant has already taken steps towards implementing the system, Lucia said. All council members and management employees have taken a NIMS course through the Federal Office of Emergency Management.

Council is expected to pass a resolution that will mandate all future council members and emergency-related employees take the course and receive NIMS certification.

In order to help 911 responders, council will begin discussing names for 12 unnamed alleys at its next work session.

In other business:

= Dalene Ritter was named citizen of the month. Ritter introduced the annual Ghost Walk, the Mt. Pleasant Area High School student historic society and other activities for the borough.

= Some residents may have received a garbage notice from BFI instead of Greenridge. BFI is a sister company of Greenridge; both are part of Allied Waste.

= The borough will advertise to sell the B7200 Kubota tractor currently being used at the wastewater treatment plant. Sealed bids will be opened at the March 7 council meeting.

= Council approved hiring Sarp Co. to audit its COPS grant use from 1995 to the present.

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