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Mt. Pleasant, ex-secretary reach accord on lawsuits

| Sunday, May 13, 2012, 3:38 a.m.

A lawsuit against Jaynette Brown, former Mount Pleasant secretary/treasurer, and a suit filed by Brown against the borough, have been settled, but the terms remain private.

After an executive session during Monday's council meeting, council voted to sign and send a release to Brown's attorney for his signature to resolve the lawsuit. The settlement contains no admission of liability and prohibits the parties from discussing the terms and conditions of the settlement.

Brown was hired in 1990 and fired in November 1998 after it was discovered that bills were not being paid and balances in borough accounts weren't accurately recorded by Brown. The lawsuit sought more than $300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages on five counts alleging breach of contract, willful misconduct, fraud, obstruction of governmental function and interference with the contractual relationship between the borough and Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Co.

Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Co., of Harrisburg, was named in the lawsuit, for refusing to pay a $100,000 performance bond taken out for Brown by the borough.

The borough had to borrow $160,000 in 1998 to remain solvent and has paid thousands to accountants and bookkeepers to reconstruct the financial records Brown allegedly manipulated.

Last year, Brown filed a sexual harassment suit against the borough.

Council also discussed changing trash pickup from alleys to streets on all but Main Street. Councilman Gene Rosky said he would notify Greenridge Waste Management of Scottdale to send a notice with the next bill that street pickup would begin the following month. Council did not vote on changing pickup because no member knew when the next quarterly trash bill would be sent.

The 2003 meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, except when that is a holiday; then the meeting will be held the first Tuesday. A second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. Council will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 8; no second meeting will be held unless needed.

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