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New Mt. Pleasant garbage hauler announces plans to sell business

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 4:44 p.m.

Just one month into a three-year contract, Mt. Pleasant officials were told at a meeting this week that the borough's new trash hauler, Republic Waste Services of East Huntingdon Township, is selling out to another company.

Borough Solicitor Milton Munk said he received correspondence from an Arizona law firm informing him that Republic has signed a purchase agreement with BFI Waste Services of Pennsylvania to sell its hauling assets in the Pittsburgh area.

While the letter did not indicate when the deal might close, it did say that the contract the borough signed with Republic at the end of 2000 will be assigned to the new owner and that no changes in the terms of the contract will be made.

In another matter at Monday's meeting, Mt. Pleasant residents who have gotten into the habit of parking on sidewalks along various streets in town might want to think about breaking that habit or it could cost them some money.

At the request of several members of council, Mayor Gerald Lucia announced borough police will begin strictly enforcing the ordinance that bans parking on sidewalks.

'We're going to get a backlash on this,' said Lucia, noting most of the violations occur on Quarry, Bridgeport and Morewood streets.

But Lucia said the enforcement won't be limited to just those three streets because the problem exists in other areas in the borough.

'This comes up year after year after year, and what (police) Chief (Gregory) Smolka said is if we're going to enforce it, we're going to enforce it everywhere,' Lucia said.

Lucia said enforcement will begin immediately.

Councilman Mike Tabita announced that there has been a change in the time line for the bidding process on the Main Street beautification project. The borough will advertise for bids on the project Feb. 9. Bids will be opened in council chambers at 4 p.m. March 4.

The project, which has been in the planning stages for more than two years, will include adding decorative streetlights in the Main Street business district and moving overhead utility lines to the alleys that run parallel to Main Street.

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