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Town clock fund about $4,000 short

| Sunday, May 6, 2012, 6:14 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant officials hope residents will continue to give toward the replacement of the town clock.

At Monday night's council meeting, Borough Manager Jeff Landy reported that the clock fund is about $4,000 short.

A contract negotiated by the Rev. William Hartman with the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church allowed for the Verdin Co. of Ohio to begin building new faces and an operating mechanism for the clock in the church.

At that time, $11,905 -- half of the total payment -- was paid to Verdin out of the fund.

Verdin hopes in early October to take three days to install the clock and the mechanism.

Landy said the company will take one day to move the existing clock, another day to do masonry work and a third day to install the clock.

After the job is finished, the borough will have 90 days to make three payments to the company.

In other business, resident Jim Rega, who lives at North Church Street and Coppula Drive, reported more damage to a retaining wall on his property from a car accident.

Councilman Joe Bauer, chairman of the public safety committee, said he has been looking into the situation as it relates to an alley off Coppula Drive but was not ready to offer a final proposal.

"It definitely needs to be made into a one-way alley, but which way, I don't know," Bauer said, adding that making it one way heading up the hill might cause congestion on Church Street during heavy traffic at the bank drive-through.

Bauer said he did not want to rush into it.

"It's expensive to change an ordinance, about $300 or $400, and I don't want to have to pay that and then find out later that it has to be changed again," he said.

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