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W.O. to End COVID-19 State of Emergency

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
May 21, 2021
Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak Council is lifting the COVID-19 emergency declaration it implemented in 2020.

With state and county officials easing restrictions, and following the recommendation of the borough’s Office of Emergency Management, Mayor Ina Jean Marton said White Oak will lift its emergency declaration, effective June 1.

Borough Manager John Palyo expressed optimism about the future, while stressing the need to remain vigilant. “Safety comes first,” he said.

Safety took center stage at Monday’s meeting, with Councilman Louis Bender proposing that the borough make a conditional offer of hire to a new police officer. Council voted 6-0 to adopt the resolution. Councilman George Dillinger was absent.

Councilman George Pambacas, chair of the Health, Environment and Cable Committee, proposed a motion to pay Sable Kennel for animal control services. Councilman Kenneth Robb cast the only no vote.

“I thought they were overbilling us, based on how much work they’ve done,” Robb said.

In other business, council voted unanimously to accept the retirement of public works employee Larry Robertson, pay fees for the summer paving project and demolition project, and to apply to the Pennsylvania Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program for a grant for the Heritage Hills Park Court Rehabilitation Project.

The next council workshop meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m. June 14 at the White Oak Athletic Association. Members of the public are welcome, and social distancing measures are in place.

Originally published May 21, 2021.

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