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W.O. Officials Eying Spring Projects

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
April 19, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak officials discussed a number of ongoing projects at their April 12 workshop meeting, chiefly concerning infrastructure and vehicle maintenance.

In his engineer’s report, Councilman Kenneth Hillman announced that funds have been secured for repairing the Center Street extension, and that the renovations to Lincoln Way will cost less than expected.

“The wall specs for the Center Street extension will be finalized on May 13. We’re also making sure that the crossings and road markings on Lincoln Way comply with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act),” Hillman said.

Hillman also announced plans to build a new walkway at Heritage Hill Park, along with eight new benches, ADA accessibility, and rubber mulch ground cover. Councilwoman Julie Opferman also supported the idea of adding pickleball, hockey or basketball courts.

Borough Manager John Palyo said White Oak is considering of a new police car, a new pickup for the public works department and four new dump trucks, along with a new wood chipper and leaf vacuum.

Some of the public works equipment is now 20 to 25 years old and in need of replacement, Palyo said.

In other business, the council discussed:

• The landslide repair project beginning in May.
• The beginning of pool pass pre-sales on May 1.
• The opening of Heritage Hill Pool on May 31.
• The pending start date for the 2021 street paving project.
• Setting a schedule for home demolitions.

Opferman, who chairs the parks and recreation committee, announced some upcoming events in the borough.

“Clean Up Day will be April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Opferman said. “And we’re planning to have a Memorial Day parade and Community Day on the first Saturday in August. We’re meeting the planner soon.”

The next council workshop meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m. today (April 19) at the White Oak Athletic Association, with a voting meeting to follow. Members of the public are welcome, but social distancing guidelines are in place.

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

Originally published April 19, 2021.

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