White Oak Council has moved to file municipal liens for nearly a half-million dollars in delinquent garbage accounts.
At their January meeting, council members authorized the law firm of Dodaro, Matta and Cambest to file liens for unpaid garbage collection fees from the past three years. Filing the liens will cost $19,938.08.
Last month, council authorized borough officials to "scrub" the delinquent accounts to remove the names of demolished properties and deceased residents, so that officials could determine which accounts were still active.
Of more than 260 actively overdue accounts, 107 of the liens have been paid since council announced at the December meeting that they planned to take action on the matter.
In other business:
Borough Solicitor Krisha DiMascio reminded residents who have properties slated for demolition that they have until February to apply for an extension to obtain an occupancy permit.
“We hope everyone is finishing up all that they need to do in this matter,” said DiMascio. “We would obviously prefer the homeowners take initiative and fix the property themselves than to have it fall on the taxpayers.”
During Monday’s meeting, council also discussed updates to the Heritage Hill pool house.
Council passed a motion authorizing the payment in the amount of $65,412 to Tennis Roofing, Inc. for the bathhouse/pool roof replacement project.
Additional updates will include metal siding, improved lighting around the building, new LED lights around the entrance and concession areas, and a flood light to shine on the flag pole.
The lighting updates must be done to bring all the electric work up to the current code, said borough engineer Ken Hillman.
Council is also considering replacing the current outdated cameras around the facility with more modern high-definition ones.
Borough Manager John Palyo suggested the cameras be installed while the electric work is being completed to save on additional installment costs later.
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 email@example.com.
Originally published January 25, 2019.