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No Tax Increase for W.O. in 2020, Council Says

By Christy Walters
The Tube City Almanac
December 17, 2019
Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak’s 2020 budget will be adopted at a special meeting on Dec. 23, according to Council President Dave Pasternak.

At this week’s meeting, Councilman George Dillinger said the budget to be presented does not include a tax increase.

The meeting on Dec. 23 will be open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. Council will hold a reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 to install newly elected council members. That meeting is also open to the public.

During the report by Borough Engineer Ken Hillman, council voted to award contracts for the Green Light Go program to M&B Services of Clarion, Pa., for a total of $690,564.50, and for the Heritage Hill Pool project to Port Vue Plumbing for a total of $102,800.

A contract for the renovation of restrooms at White Oak Athletic Association went to Kucich Construction of McKeesport for $115,000.

Hillman said bids were opened Monday for the WOAA project and Kucich was actually the second-lowest bidder on the contract.

According to Gary Matta, who filled in for borough solicitor Krisha DiMascio at the meeting, the lowest bidder didn’t complete two of the four sections of the bidding documents.

That company was then excluded from consideration for failing to fulfill the requirements of the bidding process, Matta said.

Hillman recommended awarding the bid to Kucich contingent on review by the solicitor and Allegheny County.

Police Report for November

In November, White Oak police made nine arrests, all of adults: two for disorderly conduct, three drug offenses, one DUI, one for public drunkenness, one theft and one for harassment. Police wrote 46 traffic citations and responded to 643 total incidents.

Christy Walters is a freelance writer from White Oak. She may be reached at cmw119@pitt.edu.

Originally published December 17, 2019.

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