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Lack of Communication Frustrates W.O. Resident

Planning commission member says code officer’s removal made group ‘look foolish’

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

A member of the planning commission told White Oak Council to improve its methods of communication after they were left unable to answer questions about a personnel change.

At Monday’s meeting, planning commission member Glenn Beach expressed disappointment in how the situation was handled.

“I’m disappointed in how the council handles communicating with the planning committee. No one knew anything about the removal of the code officer. The planning members looked foolish because no one could answer the public’s questions. It’s absolutely inexcusable that we had to hear about it from a third party,” Beach said.

Council did not offer comment at the meeting.

In other news, Councilman George Pambacas. who chairs the health and environment committee, announced that an electronics and hazardous waste drop off will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28 at the municipal building complex, 2280 Lincoln Way.

“Residents can register online or by calling 1-866-815-0016. It’s a pay as you go program,” Pambacas said. “Information is available on our website and at the borough office. We will follow established COVID-19 guidelines.”

Councilwoman Julie Opferman, chair of the parks and recreation committee, announced that the White Oak Borough Community Yard Sale will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 with a rain date set for Aug. 29. Interested residents should contact the borough office to be added to the list.

Borough Engineer Ken Hillman provided updates on the borough’s various ongoing infrastructure projects.

“The roof on the borough building is 65 percent done, and street paving is 99 percent complete. The Main Street pipe is done. Survey work on our 2022 projects will start in the next three to four weeks,” Hillman said. “We’ll start working on plumbing at the pool after it closes for the season.”

The council also voted to making conditional offers of hire to the candidates chosen by the Public Works committee. Council members George Dillinger, Louis Bender and Charles Davis were absent.

The next council workshop meeting will be held 6:45 p.m. Sep. 13 at the White Oak Athletic Association. Members of the public are welcome, and residents of White Oak are welcome to speak.

Sarah Turnbull is a freelance writer in Irwin. She can be reached at

Originally published August 19, 2021.

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