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Paving Work Continues in W.O., Sparks Concerns

Engineer: Other borough infrastructure upgrades proceeding

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
July 13, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

Summer paving projects are continuing in White Oak borough, but not without some questions being raised.

At Monday’s workshop meeting, Councilman Ken Robb expressed concerns about how the ongoing road work is affecting residents.

“I’ve gotten a lot of complaints about the road work on Maple (Drive),” Robb said. “There’s been a lot of damage to people’s cars.”

Although flyers were distributed to residents on streets being paved, Robb said, “the flyers only say no parking on the street between July 7 and July 27 – it doesn’t say anything about not being able to drive on the road.”

Longvue Drive has now been milled, said Ken Hillman, borough engineer, and all streets involved in this summer’s paving project — except Vermont Avenue — had binder put in place by Monday.

Topping work starts Friday (July 16), Hillman said.

In other borough infrastructure and repair work, work on the borough buildings is progressing in a timely manner, Hillman said.

“The emergency door will be installed in the borough building on Wednesday, and the foundations for the new borough sign will be laid next week,” he said. “Ninety percent of the library’s roof has been replaced, and three sides of the borough building have been redone.”

Hillman suggested council consider a storm sewer repair project for the fall and winter to address ongoing drainage issues in parts of the borough.

Upcoming projects for council include setting aside an evening to interview applicants for an open public works position, and revising the language regarding the holiday schedule for trash pickup, borough officials said.

Borough Manager John Palyo said council also needs to form a pension plan committee.

“We need direction for the pension plan,” he said. “We’ve been stagnant for three months now. We need that meeting so we can finally move forward.”

Solicitor Pat McGrail suggested council reach out to the appropriate unions to get representatives from each bargaining unit.

The next council workshop meeting will be held 6:45 p.m. July 19 at the White Oak Athletic Association. Members of the public are welcome, and borough residents are welcome to speak.

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

Originally published July 13, 2021.

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