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Mt. Pleasant: Library donation falls short of request

| Tuesday, August 17, 2004 12:00 a.m

MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Township supervisors on Monday approved an increase in the municipality’s donation to the Mount Pleasant Public Library, but the amount fell far short of what library officials were requesting.

The library board in April had asked the township to donate $1 for each of its 11,153 residents, but Monday night, the supervisors increased the donation by only $300, from $1,500 to $1,800 per year.

Library officials had asked the township for more money after, according to library board secretary Jim Cook, the state cut its funding by 33 percent, or $10,500.

In a letter to the township, Cook said the library’s circulation had increased by 28 percent in the past three years and library visits are up 545 percent. He said Mount Pleasant Township residents now make up 34 percent of the library’s patrons, almost one-third of the library’s trustees and a majority of its staff.

By comparison, only 29 percent of library patrons are Mount Pleasant Borough residents. The borough donates $1.59 per capita, Cook said.

But the argument didn’t sway the supervisors who, even with the increase, are contributing just 16 cents for each resident.

In other business, the supervisors voted to extend the mosquito control program for another month because the exceptionally wet summer weather has caused the mosquito population to spike.

There was bad news for a township resident who has been waiting 14 years for municipal water to be piped to her area.

Adeline Leichliter, who lives in the section of the township known as Alice, told the supervisors she has to carry drinking water home in gallon jugs and that she must drive eight to 10 miles to a Laundromat because her well water is contaminated by sewage.

“I’m getting too old to be carrying water,” Leichliter said.

But Supervisor Don Scott said that, because the township relies on Community Development Block Grant money to fund water projects, it is unlikely municipal lines will reach Alice anytime soon.

A proposed water tower in Bullskin Township that could supply water to the area would cost residents twice the going rate, he added.

“Either way we do this, you’re not going to see municipal water for two to three years, minimum,” Scott said.

He offered to have the township’s sewage enforcement officer visit the area to determine if the water is becoming contaminated by sewage .

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