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Two council seats vacant; borough looks for replacements

| Tuesday, July 3, 2001

MOUNT PLEASANT - Mount Pleasant residents living in the first or second wards can get the chance to be on borough council without going through the voting process of elections.

The death of Frank Uhrin on June 18, has left an open council seat in the first ward, and the resignation of Kate Aldom on July 2 has left an open council seat in the second ward.

Aldom announced the resignation of her position on council at Monday's council meeting.

She will be moving to the Monroeville area. 'My daughter will be attending a private school out there and I just wanted to move,' she said. 'The traveling is too much.'

Borough officials will be presenting Aldom with a plaque at their next meeting on July 16.

Any resident interested in filling the two unexpired terms are to send a letter to the borough building, according to Steve Fontanazza, council president.

Letters should be in by Friday, July 13. Council will be making the appointment on July 16.

In other council business, councilman Mike Tabita gave a positive mid-year report on the budget.

'Things are looking good but that doesn't mean we should change our attitudes,' said Tabita. 'We need to walk before we run where the budget is concerned.'

From the position the borough was in for the past couple years, they have finally been able to do some extras and some spending, he said.

'But, we're not at a point where we can just spend on things that aren't absolutely needed,' said Tabita.

So far the unexpected expense of the Main Street project has been balanced out by some pluses on the revenue side of things, he said.

Shrubbery trimmings and the like will not be picked up by the street department at any time, according to council woman Peggy Mullen. 'I think we've been very cooperative with the community so far,' said Mullen. 'It's not that we want to say no, but we have other things that need to be done.'

The trimmings will be picked up once a week on Mondays but the amount of trimmings at individual sites to be picked up will be at the discretion of Mario Fontanazza, street department employee.

Residents are welcome to take trimmings to the street department building themselves. The department is open form 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Motions were passed to:

  • Make both the street and sewage department buildings non-smoking both inside and out.

  • Advertise for both a storage building for the sewage department and sludge contracts for the sewage department.

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