Mt. Pleasant seeks help with vision
MOUNT PLEASANT - Mount Pleasant Council President Michael Tabita once said that the borough was going to move forward despite the negativity of a few people.
An informal meeting at the Gazebo in Veterans Park, along with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Main Street project and a two-hour shopping spree downtown are three events scheduled for Saturday to help the borough move forward.
At 9 a.m. at the gazebo, council members will meet to listen to any concerns or questions residents might have.
According to Mayor Gerald Lucia, if residents on Washington Street have a problem with parking, they can come and discuss it on Saturday.
"The more that people come and talk about their problems, the better chance we have of resolving the issue," he said.
Tabita said that the informal meeting, which they hope to have at least once a month in the future, will also be a place to discuss the future of the borough.
"It's a public meeting where we will discuss the visioning process that we're starting for the borough," said Tabita.
Part of the process is figuring out all the assets that the borough has, as well as any working relationships with the school district, the township or any other entities where cooperative agreements might benefit the borough.
"In business, a person usually has a business plan for one year or five years," said Tabita. "We're trying to put a plan together of what we want to accomplish over one year, three years and five years."
Tabita added that it's becoming almost a mandatory process to have an idea of where the borough's going and what it's going to be like in the future.
Cooperative agreements, where the borough can work together with other communities to have a better chance at receiving different grants or funding, are very important to the future of the borough.
"Let's say we wanted to have a bike trail, if we got together with East Huntingdon Township, Scottdale and Mount Pleasant Township and we can to an agreement and share the same goals, we would have a 1,000 percent better chance of getting funding if we applied together," said Tabita.
When the informal meeting is over, at approximately 10:30 a.m., council members will make their way to the In-Town Shops where they will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recent Main Street project that was completed.
From 11 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Main Street business owners will host a sidewalk sale.
Lucia wanted to conduct a second shopping spree among the Main Street businesses to support the local merchants.
"We're trying to be political leaders and get the people of the town to think how we do about keeping the business district alive," said Lucia.
He added that if the elected leaders show the initiative to shop downtown, the people will follow.
"We've already proved that the first time we did this and 70 or 80 people came out," said Lucia. "The merchants felt a lift because we showed an interest in them, and that's what it's all about - helping each other."