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W.O. OK’s Hens, Nixes Feeding Stray Cats

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
January 01, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak borough has joined other municipalities like North Versailles Twp. and will allow residents to keep chickens at their homes.

Ordinance 2020-29, approved in December by borough council, allows White Oak residents to keep hens, but not roosters, at their own single-family dwelling if it includes at least one-half acre of property.

No more than four hens or chicks may be kept at any residence, and owners must provide a safe, stationary, enclosed, roofed coop, at least 30 feet away from any building on an adjacent lot, according to the ordinance.

Council also OK’d an ordinance that bans residents from feeding stray or feral cats if it causes a nuisance to neighbors.

The ordinance requires domestic cats to be spayed or neutered and immunized and have their ears tipped if they are allowed to roam free outside of a home.

In other business, borough manager John Palyo said White Oak is “getting ready for the 2021 paving season and need to do some proactive research” on which streets to tackle.

Mayor Ina Jean Marton thanked everyone who participated in the borough’s holiday toy drive.

“We’ve been doing Toys for Tots for three years now,” she said. “I want to thank the anonymous resident from North Versailles who donated $500.”

The council also approved the purchase of new radios for the public works trucks and implemented a special sick-time policy for the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a requirement of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, certain employers are required to provide their employees with paid sick time and expanded family and medical leave for COVID-19 related reasons, borough officials said.

State and federal agencies are going to reimburse White Oak approximately $6,000 for the cost of expenses related to the pandemic, including personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and a disinfectant fogging machine with liquid, Palyo said.


Sarah Turnbull is a freelance writer in Irwin. She can be reached at sarahturnbull323@gmail.com.

Originally published January 01, 2021.

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