MOUNT PLEASANT — The Veterans Park project is progressing well.
“Things are going so smoothly, Mike Tabita, council president, announced at Monday’s meeting. “The fountain will be in by Nov. 11.”
Tabita clarified that having the project complete by Veterans Day is “a million to one, but worth a shot. We could have enough money.” Borough secretary-treasurer Lynn Cain reported that a Veterans Park savings account contains $60,410.62 and the project’s checking account contains $3,498.76.
Work on the steps will start this week, and Barb Huber, of McCauley Memorials, Greensburg, will begin cutting the names into the granite on Oct. 27, Tabita reported.
Cain said that spots for 1,100 names exist on the project’s walls and that more than 1,000 names have been submitted so far. Oct. 10 is the deadline for submitting a name.
Tabita is awed by the results. “More than 1,000 Mount Pleasant veterans’ names. That’s a testimony to this town.”
Other deadlines are fast approaching. Tabita requested that council members submit preliminary budgets for their committees by Monday’s meeting. Council will also hold a special budget meeting Oct. 20, with a working budget by Oct. 27. The budget must be publicly posted for 30 days before the December meeting.
Council is concerned with rising heating fuel and gasoline costs. Also, its workers’ compensation insurance has risen from $15,000 to $40,000 over the past two years, because of increased salaries, increased claims and the insurance industry’s increases related to Sept. 11, 2001.
The borough will also be responsible for about $2,000 in unreimbursed pension benefits. Cain reported that the non-uniform pension obligation will be $22,928; the state reimbursed just more than $21,000 last year. The borough owes nothing for uniformed employee pensions.
“The next two months are the most critical for a borough because you lay the whole year out,” said Mayor Gerald Lucia.
The borough will have some money to spend on property improvements. A buyer is ready to close on the Silver Penny restaurant property. The sewage department has to perform dye testing before the closing can be finalized.
Council approved cleaning carpets in council chambers and the back offices and replacing the carpet in the hall and three front offices with sale profits. The cleaning will be performed by Chem-Dri of Champion for $324, and Scottdale Flooring will replace the other carpet for $3,888.
In other business:
= Lucia thanked everyone involved with making the Glass and Ethnic Festival a success.
= Medic 10 will replace its 1995 ambulance. Bids for a new ambulance will be opened Oct. 15 and awarded at a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Bids for the sale of the existing ambulance will be opened Dec. 1.
= The borough will sell its Smithfield Street property. Bids will be opened Oct. 27. Property specifications are available in the borough office.
= Residents on First, Washington and Quarry streets are asked to return the surveys delivered by Wastewater Treatment. The forms will be used to determine the borough’s eligibility for Community Development Block Grant money to improve the storm and sewer system of that area.
= Residents are asked to keep their trash cans and lids in their yards. They have been seen in the streets.
= The Christmas parade will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 6.
= Funk Masonry will repair the wall at the front of the borough building for $5,000 and defer billing until April so the project will be covered under the 2004 budget.