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Mt. Pleasant council: Runoff problem too costly to correct

| Saturday, May 12, 2012, 12:54 p.m.

Residents of North Geary Street in Mt. Pleasant complained again this week about washed-out properties and flooded basements, but council members said the borough lacks the resources to correct the problem.

Residents say that water runoff from the Maruca Mobile Home Park in Mt. Pleasant Township has been causing problems for decades. They pleaded their case at council's meeting Tuesday, but council President Michael Tabita said the borough didn't cause the problem and doesn't have the funds to fix it.

"What we looked at with our engineers is to take the water and put it somewhere where we're responsible for it, and that would be to pipe it down to John Satchko Park and into the river," Tabita said.

That project would cost an estimated $60,000, he said.

Resident Gene Wallace said he has been battling the water problem for two years. He would like to improve his property, Wallace said, but it washes away after most heavy rains.

The problem can be traced to its source, Tabita said, but the borough's hands are tied. "The reason this issue has gone on for so long is because there's no easy solution," he said.

Milton Munk, the borough solicitor, suggested that residents take action against Tim Maruca, owner of the trailer courts.

Tabita said he hopes to find a solution when he meets with Westmoreland Conservation District officials at 11 a.m. June 4 at Satchko Park.

"There are new regulations on stormwater runoff, and maybe now they can enforce something, whereas before they couldn't," he said.

Tabita invited council members, as well as North Geary residents, to attend the meeting. He said he intends to invite Maruca and the Mt. Pleasant Township supervisors as well.

In other business, council:

  • Hired low bidder Funk Masonry to fix the side wall of the borough building at a cost of $9,999, and to replace 17 lintels on the same side of the building at a cost of $8,500.

  • Hired Kara Moximchalk and Allison Scekeres as park supervisors for the summer recreation program.

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