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January 4, 2010


Filed under: COUNCIL MINUTES/REPORTS — laurelmountainboro @ 12:42 am



Sue Crouse of LMP, Inc. reported the Westmoreland County Municipal Authority plans to meter Park Association Water. In order to do this the Association is required to install a shut off so that a meter can be installed. A plumber informed Sue Crouse that there is no way to install valve and that it is not possible to meter a vertical line. As of Thursday the Authority intends to dig up and cut off the water to the Shelter House. It is not certain if this action will interrupt water service to borough residents. It was noted that under the Ligonier Borough Municipal Authority the Park had a verbal agreement that water could be sold at a bulk rate and the Park paid a nominal fee for water. When the system was taken over by Westmoreland County the Park was informed that they would monitor usage for a period of time and then determine how the park would be billed. It was noted that without a maintenance agreement, the Authority cannot touch the water distribution system in the borough. As of Thursday, April 17 the Authority informed the associate that the line would be dug up and cut off. Solicitor Miller will contact Ken Berkley to see if this action can be delayed while a plan is formulated, if this is not possible an injunction could be filed on behalf of the borough.


Mayor’s Report: No old business

Municipal Services Committee:

Bids have been solicited for both spring maintenance and dust suppressant. Road work bids were solicited from: Berkey Excavating, Ligonier Construction, Wib Neiderhiser and Don Ankney. Two of those contacted supplied bids, they were Berkey Excavating and Ligonier Construction. Ligonier Construction provided a bid of $7,400 for grading, shaping and rolling according to the specifications provided, with 50 ton of 2A modified at a cost of $990. tpta; $8,390. Ligonier Construction noted that the job would actually require an additional 300-500 tons of stone to be done properly. Berkey Excavating supplied a bid according the same specifications for grading shaping and rolling of $6,030 with stone to be tailgated at the cost of approximately $1,000. Making the Berkey bid $7,030. After discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Holland, seconded by Mrs. Kinsey to award the contract to Berkey Excavating at a cost of $6.036 with an additional $2,000 to be spent on 100 ton of stone. The not to exceed total is $8,036—carried.

Dust suppressant bids were solicited from JMG Enterprises, Derry Construction, Russell Standard and Winter Weather Service. Bids were received from JMG at a cost of $4275 and Derry Construction, $19,745.50. A motion was made by Mrs. Kinsey, seconded by Mr. Griffith to award the work for dust suppressant application to JMG at a cost of $4275, this will be done when road work is complete—carried.

Mr. Griffith reported that he has contacted two viable firms for preparation of specifications for an engineering study for the borough.

Finance Committee:

Year to date budget figures seem to be in line with this time 2007.

The Audit will be completed shortly, Craig Miller will be contact(ed) by Ms. Delsordo for his tax records as soon as the Tax Discount period is complete.

Solicitor’s Report: No old business at this time.


Additional unregistered vehicles have been reported in the borough. Council secretary has been supplied with a list of names, letters will be sent via registered mail informing these residents of this Zoning Violation.


Mayor’s Report:

Mayor Gougnour reported that during the month of March the police made 34 patrols and investigated one incident. Time spent on patrol was 5:38, emergency response time fifteen minutes, total for the month 5:53, year to date time 17:17.

Mayor Gougnour suggested that a letter be composed and sent to all residents reminding them about using extra caution and driving slowly when traveling borough roads during the summer and any other information that might be pertinent.

Municipal Services Committee: No new business.

Finance Committee: No new business.

Solicitor’s Report: No new business.


The county has asked that the Shelter House be opened by 5:30 am for election works.


Mayor’s Report:

  1. 1.      Letter to residents

Municipal Services Committee:

  1. 1.      Spring Road Maintenance
  2. 2.      Calcium Chloride

Finance Committee:

  1. 1.      Audit

Solicitor’s Report:

  1. 1.      Shelter House Water Situation
  2. 2.      Sewage Agreement


  1. 1.      Unregistered Vehicle Zoning Violation Letters


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm.

Borough of Laurel Mountain

Minutes of Regular Monthly Meeting Held April 16, 2008

Present:   Griffith, Kinsey, Holland, Snyder, Solicitor Miller, Mayor Goughnour

Absent:  O’Brien

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 with a quorum present.  The minutes of the March 19, 2008 Meeting were approved as corrected.  The following reports were submitted to council:

Treasurer’s Report:

Balance on hand  March 1, 2008         26,485.98
March Receipts            
25 Miller – RE Tax   2007.59      
25 RE Transfer Tax 784.00      
25 EI Tax     3301.99      
25 EI Tax delinquent   117.19      
25 Comcast – Cable Fee   523.38      
        6734.15     6,734.15
March Disbursements            
19 Jeffrey Miller – Retainer     275.00  
19 Ligonier Borough – Police     200.00  
19 Allegheny Power       26.75  
19 Berkey Excavating     325.00  
19 Taryn Ankney – net       267.57  
19 WCBA – Program Advertisement     45.00  
19 LMP, Inc. – Rental       750.00  
            1,889.32 -1,889.32
Balance on hand March 30, 2008         31,330.81
PLGIT Fund Balances ( 2.93%)        
General Fund     37551.9        
Sewage Fund     5959.01        
Waterline Fund   14505.8        
Legal Reserve Fund   4167.91        
Liquid Fuels Fund   6984.39  


The following items were approved for payment:
Jeffrey Miller-Retainer 275
Craig Miller-Comm. 100.38
PAMS – Commission 85.48
Taryn Ankney – net 267.57
PA Dept of Rev. 27.63
IRS – Payroll Taxes 137.7
PA Dept of Rev. 16
Lig. Borough – Police 200
Allegheny Power 25.68
Berkey Excavating 592.5
  Total   1727.94

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