With delinquent garbage accounts now in excess of $461,000, White Oak borough officials are urging residents to pay up, and are planning further action.
At council's December meeting, White Oak Councilman Steve Phloar said that residents who have not made their annual trash collection payment of $240 must do so by the close of business on Dec. 31 to avoid a penalty.
If the borough office is closed, a drop box is available in the lobby on the Lincoln Way side of the building for resident convenience. Reminder notices were sent earlier this month, he said.
Council also adopted rates for 2019 garbage pickup. The rates reflect a reduction in fees with an early bird rate of $175, a discount rate of $200 and a full payment of $240.
The early bird rate is a $17 discount from this year’s early bird rate, Phloar said.
Council authorized borough officials to "scrub" the delinquent accounts to remove the names of demolished properties and deceased residents, so that officials can determine which accounts are still active.
After the list has been scrubbed, borough officials said, council will decide on a method for recovering the overdue funds, beginning with the accounts reflecting the highest balances owed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published December 26, 2018.