White Oak Council Will Consider Property Tax Cut

January 24, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: White Oak News

(Cami DiBattista and Jason Togyer contributed to this report)

White Oak Council has proposed cutting the borough's property tax rate by 0.25 mills.

At January's meeting, Councilman George Dillinger, who chairs the finance committee, introduced a motion to re-advertise the 2018 budget and change the property tax rate from 6.66 mills to 6.41 mills.

Borough Manager John Palyo told Tube City Almanac that the new members of council who took office this month decided to re-open the $5.4 million budget and trim spending in a number of departments.

Council will vote on whether to adopt the new budget at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 5 at the borough building.

 
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Davis Wins Special Election for 35th District Seat

January 24, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News, News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

Austin Davis won't get a break --- either from working or campaigning.

The 28-year-old McKeesport resident will be the next state representative for the 35th Legislative District after defeating 37-year-old Fawn Walker-Montgomery of McKeesport on Tuesday in a special election.

Davis expects to wrap up his current job as executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald next week, and be sworn in as a state legislator a few days later.

Then, Davis, a Democrat, will be running in the May 15 primary for a chance at a full term in office.

"I do like to keep a robust schedule, but no, there's not much downtime," Davis said Wednesday.

 
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White Oak Rec Board Slates Middle School Dance

January 18, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

The White Oak Recreation Board will host its monthly dance for middle school students from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, a spokesperson said.

The event will take place in the Francis McClure Intermediate School gym. Admission is $5 at the door and a concession stand will be open. For more information, contact Ethel at (412) 378-1550 or follow the White Oak Recreation Board on Facebook.

Future dance dates are Feb. 9, March 16, April 20 and May 18.

 

New Police Chief Named in White Oak

January 16, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough has named Mark Sargent as its new police chief.

Council this week voted to offer the position to Sargent.

“I feel Mark will do a great job,” said Councilman Lou Bender, who previously served as police chief before retiring from the position in December. “He has tons of experience. He’s been on the police force for 22 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and teaches at a local police academy. He’s a great officer and would make a wonderful police chief.”

In other business, council voted 6-1 to allow the transfer of a restaurant liquor license from Pleasant Hills into White Oak. The license will allow the Speedway on Route 48 to sell beer, wine coolers or malt beverages.

 
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White Oak Rec Board Chair, Members Thanked for Service

January 16, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

At White Oak Council's meeting this week, Karen Slobodian (above) accepted a plaque from Mayor Ina Jean Marton for her 17 years of service on the White Oak Recreation Board. The chair of the organization for the past three years, Slobodian is stepping down but said she still hopes to assist the board with some of their activities. 

Also recognized by council for their service as members of the Recreation Board were Andy Macey, Art Maksin, Tom Miller, Lois Paige, George Pambacas and Lisa Pitchford.

 

Community Chorus Slates Open House Jan. 21

January 09, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

(Submitted photo courtesy Mon Yough Chorale)

Mon Yough Chorale will hold an open house for prospective members from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21 at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak, a spokeswoman said.

Anyone who enjoys choral singing is invited to attend, including former and current high school and college choir or chorus members, church choir members who want to branch out in the type of music they sing, and former and current music teachers, she said.

 
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White Oak Council Sworn In, Elects New President

January 03, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: White Oak News

(All photos: Special to Tube City Almanac by Vickie Babyak.)

White Oak councilmembers and Mayor Ina Jean Marton were sworn in during a special meeting at the borough building on Tuesday night.

Above, Magisterial District Judge Thomas Miller is shown preparing to administer the oath of office to newly elected Councilman George Dillinger, returning Councilman Kenneth Robb, new Councilman Sean Robb and Marton.

Council elected Councilman David Pasternak to serve as president, Councilman Kenneth Robb to serve as vice president and Dillinger to serve as president pro tem.

 
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White Oak Council OK's Budget, Accepts Resignation

December 29, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak council has passed the borough's 2018 budget with no tax increase --- but with the caveat that it may re-open the spending plan next month.

And they did so without Council President Ron Massung, who resigned from borough council after 26 years.

At a special meeting Thursday, council voted 6-0 to accept the $5.4 million budget, which fixes real estate taxes at 6.66 mills. Borough Manager John Palyo said the total spending plan is roughly the same as the 2017 budget.

But, Palyo said, with new council members being seated on Jan. 2, they may exercise their prerogative to re-open the budget. Under the state's borough code, they would have until Feb. 15 to do so.

"Being a reorganization year, the new council is going to want to look at everything that has been proposed," Palyo said.

 
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Two Dead in White Oak House Fire

December 28, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: White Oak News

(This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Two people are dead following a house fire in the 3000 block of State Street in White Oak.

Matt Brown, chief of emergency services for Allegheny County, said the fire was reported at 3:44 a.m. Thursday. Upon arrival less than five minutes later, White Oak police and firefighters found the house fully engulfed by flame, Brown said.

Firefighters entered the house and found two people dead on the first floor, Brown said. Their names have not yet been released pending notification of next of kin, he said.

 
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Two Holiday Concerts Scheduled By Mon Yough Chorale

November 27, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

The Mon Yough Chorale will bring Christmas music to the area with two concerts in December.

A spokeswoman said the chorale will perform with the East Winds Symphonic Band at St. Angela Merici Church, 1698 Fawcett Ave., White Oak at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10. A cookie reception will follow. Admission is free.

On Dec. 17, the chorale will perform again with an afternoon of song at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak. Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door. A cookie reception will follow.

 
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