Upcoming Workshops at MU Board | Local
Mount Union Borough Council may soon add monthly workshops to its schedule.
Board chair Carol Kuklo said Wednesday that she had been considering establishing a monthly working session for board members, giving them a chance to flesh out ideas and discuss plans.
Kuklo said she would like the workshops to be put on the schedule as soon as possible – in October if possible.
“I hope everyone will show up,” Kuklo told his fellow board members. “It is very important that we have them. We all need to start working together and finding solutions for the community. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and I’m serious about it.
Workshop sessions, she said, will be open to the public, but stressed that the sessions are largely for board members to discuss ideas and projects, not for public discourse.
Monthly borough council voting sessions are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the council chambers at 9 W. Market Street.
Kuklo also announced that in light of an early resignation from the Mount Union Municipal Authority (MUMA), borough residents who wish to serve on the authority’s board of directors are being asked to send letters of interest to the borough office.
Kuklo said Jim Vaughn, a longtime MUMA board member whose current term expires Dec. 31, 2024, has expressed a desire to step down in the near future.
The council has seven seats and meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the council chambers.
The council approved the filing of a request for funding that would pay for part of the training and salary of a police officer.
Law 89 of 2013 authorized a $5 million annual grant to the Municipal Police Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) to reimburse certain expenses related to the training of municipal police officers.
Council member Nicole Lippmann said funds available through the commission would cover 75% of a new officer’s tuition and 45% of salary.
The borough is recruiting police officers as the department is down to three active officers, Sgt. Justin Inch and patrollers Jonathan Marsh and Zack Walters.
The Board’s vote to pursue the grant opportunity was unanimous on a motion by Nancy Lynn and seconded by Sharon Vale.
Mayor Tim Allison presented council with the police department’s progress report for the month of August.
During the month, officers made six felony arrests and five juvenile arrests, and issued nine non-traffic citations and one traffic-related citation. In addition, agents received 90 calls for service during the month.
August also saw Mount Union officers respond to housing authority properties on 18 occasions and assist state police on one occasion.
Since the start of the year, officers have made 51 felony arrests, 11 juvenile arrests and three impaired driving arrests, and issued 41 non-traffic citations, 22 traffic citations and four written warnings. The department received 676 calls for service, assisted state police 19 times and responded to housing authority properties 134 times.
Council has approved three individuals to act as sewer enforcement officers within the borough boundaries.
Dan Page, Cheryl Musser and Jamie Cantonese are now all licensed to provide SEO services in the borough.
Attorney Larry Lashinsky said all municipalities in Pennsylvania are required to appoint an SEO if there are properties serviced by wells and septic systems.
Lashinsky said Mount Union’s current situation is a bit unusual in that SEOs have been appointed to provide inspections and other services for a single property.
Jonathan Spriggs, who owns property on S. Penn Street near the old Harbison-Walker Brickyard, builds houses on his land. His property is approximately 1,000 feet from the nearest municipal water and sewer connections. Last month, council members, along with Lashinsky and Spriggs, explained that it was not possible to route public water and sewer to Spriggs land, either for the borough or for Spriggs.
On Wednesday evening, Laskinsky said there is no cost to the borough in appointing SEOs since Spriggs will pay for inspections and other services.
— Council refused to allow the Silver Mine Knob Camp to use ATVs on the Borough’s Singer’s Gap Reservoir property. Chairman Kuklo said the borough’s agreement with the Pennsylvania Game Commission prohibits them from allowing people to ride ATVs on the property.
— After reviewing an estimate from US Municipal Supply for repairs to the borough’s street sweeper, the council decided to forward the repairs. The estimate, $2,914, only covers repairs to the machine’s brushes, not the vacuum. Council members are concerned that without a functioning vacuum, the street sweeper will not remove debris from the borough’s street but will only move the debris around.