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W.O. Takes Tentative Steps to Reopening

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
March 11, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Pennsylvania, White Oak is preparing to reopen its municipal building to the public with limited hours.

At Monday’s council workshop, Borough Manager John Palyo announced that the office is getting ready to welcome the public again in the spring.

“I know we’re all eager to return to some sense of normalcy,” Palyo said. “We’ll have limited hours at the borough building. The Norwin Aqua Club also wants to use Heritage Hill Pool for a nominal fee, as they have in the past.”

Council Member Julie Opferman, who chairs the parks and recreation committee, said the borough is working to gradually resume community events.

“We should start selling pool passes in May, and make arrangements for credit card payments. The pool passes will be used for contact tracing,” Opferman said.

And she remains optimistic about the upcoming summer.

“We sold about 500 pool passes in 2019,” she said. “We’re aiming for 30 to 40 percent of that this year.”

A socially distanced Easter Egg Hunt is tentatively scheduled for April 3, and a Clean Up Day for April 24.

In other business, the council discussed proposals for auditing services, advertising for a new public works employee, forming a pension committee and submitting proposals for new public works equipment.

Council members Kenneth Hillman and Louis Bender were absent.

The next council workshop meeting will be held March 15 at 6:45 p.m. at the White Oak Athletic Association, with a voting meeting to follow. Members of the public are welcome, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.


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

Originally published March 11, 2021.

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