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Mt. Pleasant gets budget update from business authority

Mt. Pleasant Business District Authority President Nino Barsotti presented council with the authority’s 2011 budget Monday night.

“At this point we are maintaining the incubator or the In-Town Shops,” Barsotti said, adding that the building units are bringing in $2,700 monthly in rent, but there are still four spaces that can be rented at a cost of $500 a month.

Council President Joe Bauer inquired on the sale of the site and was told there is no interest for its sale.

Albert J. Saussol and Mike Chambers of Utility Service Partners Inc. offered their utility warranty service for consideration in the borough.

“Our company specializes in offering residential service line warranties,” Saussol said. “We offer sewer line warranties and water line warranties. Only a few dollars a month is better than getting hit with a big expense.”

Saussol explained that one incentive to go with their company in lieu of similar warranties offered by utility companies is that a percentage is given back to the borough at the end of each year.

“We will give the borough back 10 percent,” Saussol said.

If brought into the borough, the service is optional, not requiring participation by anyone who doesn’t want the services and all repair work will be done by local contractors when service is required, he said.

“It’s something that we will look into,” Bauer said. “We’d want to look at any letters mailed to residents and we want to see a list of the contractors.”

Mayor Gerald Lucia announced that a second busload of veterans returned from overseas on Sunday and were escorted back to the Mt. Pleasant Armory.

“I was told that there are only two not home from the 110th, and they are being flown in,” Lucia said.

Landy announced that the theme for the Christmas parade will be “Old Fashioned Christmas,” and anyone who wishes to enter a float can use the theme as a guide if they choose.

Landy also said he and Lucia will now be part of a weekly radio show that will be aired on 103.1.

Councilman Larry Tate and Landy recently visited the Connellsville Street Department and were informed the borough can borrow the city’s branch chipper if Connellsville can borrow the borough’s bucket truck on occasion.

“We have a grant for a chipper, but they offered to lend us theirs in the meantime,” Landy said, adding that they would look into insurance regulations before making arrangements with Connellsville.

Lucia warned borough residents to be aware of a letter scam that is circulating at this time, asking recipients to cash a mailed check.

“This is a scam, and if you receive one of these letters, call the police,” Lucia said.

Council approved:

• The closure of Main Street from Braddock Road Avenue to Cherry Avenue on Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Christmas parade and the Diamond from Main to Washington streets from noon to 2 p.m. the same day for Christmas programs.

• Awarding a bid for installation of playground equipment at Jack Bobb’s for $16,207 to Capitol Construction.

• Advertising the 2011 General Fund, Waste Water Treatment and Liquid Fuels budgets.

• Accepting a quote from Tate’s Flooring for $3,946.37 to replace carpeting on the second floor of the municipal building.


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