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White Oak Council took action on a variety of construction and paving projects this week.
At Monday's meeting, council voted to authorize Senate Engineering Company to prepare specifications for the 2020 Borough Paving Program project.
Roads included in the project are Cool Springs Road, Messinger Lane, White Oak Drive, Rankin Road, the 2200 block of Cypress Avenue and the 1600 block of Ohio Avenue.
Council President David Pasternak abstained from voting, as he lives in the 2200 block of Cypress Avenue.
Council also awarded two contracts to Merit Electrical Group Inc. for jobs at the White Oak Atheltic Association. The first, a bid for $30,070, was for gym lighting, and the second, an alternate bid of $10,750, was for ceiling fans.
Borough Engineer Ken Hillman said the borough will open bids Dec. 16 for the ADA Restroom Renovation Project at the WOAA.
In other business:
Pasternak took the time to address a rumor that circulated on Facebook during the election season, which claimed he was not a resident of White Oak.
“I do reside in White Oak Borough,” he said. “I do own a second home in the Las Vegas valley. I do not live in the Las Vegas valley. That is a second home property and my name is on the deed of the home that I live in in White Oak Borough.”
During the public comments section of the meeting, resident Andy Mauro expressed concern about the traffic pattern at the intersection of Lincoln Way, Henderson Road and Guice Street.
“Henderson, where it comes down to Lincoln Way, in the state of Pennsylvania you’re allowed to make a right when stopped on the red light,” Mauro said. “The only problem is that you have to inch out to see if there’s any traffic coming … Is there a reason why we can’t have a sign that says ‘No Turn on Red’?”
Solicitor Krisha DiMascio said the state Department of Transportation must make the decision which intersections receive “No Turn on Red” signs.
Hillman said that when the intersection was redesigned several years ago, PennDOT did not approve a “No Turn on Red” sign at this intersection, but that they have since reevaluated the situation.
In 2020, he said, when traffic signals in the borough are updated through the Green Light-Go Program — a grant program that provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways — a “No Turn on Red” sign will be added to that intersection.
Bids for work on the Green Light-Go program will be opened on Wednesday.
During the public safety report, council voted to continue to provide police services to South Versailles Twp. through 2020 at the monthly rate of $1,100. This is the same rate charged for the service in 2019.
Christy Walters is a freelance writer from White Oak. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published November 20, 2019.