MANSFIELD - The multi-municipal comprehensive plan that the borough was working on will be put off for now because Covington Township has decided it will not participate with the borough and Richmond Township for this round of grant funding, borough Manager Ed Grala told council Wednesday.
Covington Township instead is preparing its own comprehensive plan.
"It is what it is. Covington Township is not participating," Grala said, and because the plan contains three municipalities, "to submit for two we didn't feel would be successful so we will wait until Covington gets done with their efforts and submit for another round of funding."
The plan would be an update to the original plan that was done before the Marcellus Shale natural gas play was discovered and changed the landscape of the borough and surrounding municipalities.
In related business, council appointed Mayor Tom Wierbowski, ?Councilman Bruce Dart and local businessman Scott Bastian to sit on the plan's committee representing the borough.
Grala also told council that as a result of Councilwoman Heather Morgan's questioning about the parking space closest to the crosswalk on the downtown's South Main Street intersection being too close to the intersection, the state Department of Transportation has decided to remove it.
"PennDOT will remove at least one space and possibly two from those closest to the crosswalk," Grala said.
Council also heard from Larry Warriner, with the Mansfield Ambulance Association, who asked council to approve a resolution recognizing the association as the primary Basic Life Support providers for Mansfield.
Warriner said the association was trying to protect itself in the event another private association moved into the area and began offering services for a fee.
Council decided to table any action on the resolution until members of council's public safety committee can review it and meet with Warriner.
Approved a resolution supporting a prevailing wage reform rule being considered at the state level, including provisions that the minimum project costs requiring the prevailing wage to be paid be increased from $25,000 to $185,000.
Approved swimming pool rates for the 2012 season which will remain the same as last year. A season pass for a family is $175, for an individual $110 and for ages 6-17 $100. Daily rates are $4 adults, $3 students and $1.50 for preschool aged children. An early bird special of $25 off will be offered until June 1 when the pool opens for the season.
Approved resolutions accepting the resignations of Civil Service members Joseph Cole, Robert Smith, and Earl Goodrich.
Approved a resolution to accept county aid liquid fuels funds to complete the College Avenue paving project.