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Mt. Pleasant council plans quarterly meetings with authorities

| Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Keeping their promise to stay more updated with the workings of the borough's authorities, Mt. Pleasant council met with members of the Parking and Municipal authorities on Monday night.

Council requested information on the authorities' books and also covered the duties of both groups.

"We are trying to meet with everyone," Council President Joe Bauer said. "We just want to see what type of monetary state you are all in and get some type of statements. We want to make sure that everyone is on the same track."

Council asked Jim Sebek of the Parking Authority which lots in the borough were owned by the authority.

"We don't take care of all of them, but we do most of them," Sebek said. "We maintain them and we do the finances on them."

Lots owed by the authority include behind Levin's and across from Veterans Park.

Council asked the authority what their responsibilities were with the lots and what exactly they did for the parking areas.

"We take care of snow removal," Sebek said.

The authority members were then asked if the borough street department helps with snow removal.

"We get some help with the borough for some stuff," Sebek said. "When the borough gets backed up, we hire someone to clean the lots. We kind of work together."

Council asked why the borough was responsible for the insurance for the authorities.

"I think it's a legitimate question," Councilman Fred McCloy said.

Council was informed by Borough Manager Jeff Landy that it is something that has been done for many years.

"A lot of these types of things just roll over year after year," Landy said. "It's something that can be reviewed if council has an opinion on it."

Council questioned the Parking Authority about its financial status and was told it actually started the year with a $1,000 deficit.

"If they were $1,000 in the hole and we decide that we no longer need a parking authority, where do these lots go," Councilwoman Sue Ruskowski asked.

Council was told that all lots would go to the borough since they own the authorities.

Patsy DePalma of the Municipal Authority reported that everything was running smoothly.

Councilman Frank Crivella commented that the sewage plant holds an impressive record.

"We've never been cited for anything," Crivella said. "We're top notch."

Council said members will now begin to meet with all authorities at least on a quarterly basis.

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