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White Oak Authorizes Inspection of Sewers

By Cami DiBattista
The Tube City Almanac
December 09, 2018
Posted in: White Oak News

A closed-circuit camera will be used to inspect a sewer main along Kansas Avenue in White Oak.

Borough council authorized the expenditure at its Nov. 19 meeting. The sewer is between Ohio and California avenues, where residents have complained about backups following heavy rains.

Borough Manager John Palyo said technicians will use the camera to confirm the location of the existing sewer line and determine its condition.

In other business:

Borough Engineer Ken Hillman asked council to authorize a payment of $43,650 to Swede Construction for completion of the salt shed project.

Additionally, he asked the borough to award a bid in the amount of $37,750 to Satira Construction for Phase 1 of the accessibility upgrades to Heritage Hill Pool.

Satira Construction’s was the lowest bid, Hillman said. A community development block grant of $35,000 was obtained for the project.

Traffic Study OK'd: Councilman Steve Pholar made a motion to authorize the completion of a traffic study on Henderson Road to determine traffic counts and average speed. With the proper equipment, the White Oak Police Department will be able to conduct the study, borough officials said. The motion passed unanimously.

A motion to authorize Senate Engineering to proceed with the street paving evaluation, cost estimate and repair plans also was approved by council.

Wildlife Control Services: Council approved a motion to enter into a two-year contract with Dave Collura for wildlife control services beginning in the new year and lasting until Dec. 21, 2020.

The contract will cost $400 per month, with an additional $200 per month for roadkill services. The fee is an increase over the $350 and $140, respectively, that the borough pays currently.

Police Report: Mayor Ina Jean Marton reported police activity for the month of October. The report included a total of 663 incidents, resulting in 17 arrests. Arrests include one for criminal trespass, three for disorderly conduct, seven for drug offences, one for driving under the influence, two for harassment, one for harassment by communication (abuse of 911) and two thefts.  Fifty-five traffic violations were also reported.  

New Staff: White Oak resident Mary Ann Winemiller was welcomed as a new administrative assistant for the borough.

Training OK'd: Council approved a motion to enter into a contract with Public Partners, LLC, for code-enforcement training and consulting on issues relating to occupancy inspections. The fee is $85 for off-site work and $100 for on-site work.  

Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers municipal news from Duquesne, White Oak and other subjects for Tube City Almanac. She may be reached at cad316@gmail.com.

Originally published December 09, 2018.

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