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W.O. Council Seeks County Development Grant

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
October 22, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak borough will apply for a $250,000 grant to be used for economic development projects, the council announced at Monday’s meeting.

Council voted unanimously to pass this resolution, with council members George Dillinger and Joe Nagy being absent.

Offered by the Gaining Economic Development Tourism Fund — a branch of the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County — this grant provides financial assistance for economic projects to communities in Allegheny County.

In other news, Councilwoman Julie Opferman, who chairs council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, proposed applying for a grant to raise funds for youth softball and baseball.

Opferman proposed spending “up to $30,000 for White Oak youth softball and baseball, to fix the fields and the dugouts” in the form of a motion, with Council Members George Pambacas, Julie Opferman, Chuck Davis and Louis Bender voting yes and Kenneth Robb voting no.

“I want to see facts and figures, to get a cost estimate before I vote on anything,” Robb said.

“The borough is applying for grants to fix the fields, so that should mitigate some of the cost,” Council Member Louis Bender said.

Borough Engineer Kenneth Hillman provided an update on the borough’s ongoing infrastructure projects.

“The Center Street extension is on schedule for a November start date — the county granted us an extension. Our street paving for 2021 will be complete once the asphalt pile is removed, and the specs for the 2022 street paving project will be out to bid soon. We also received a $30,000 grant from Act 152 to use for demolitions,” Hillman said.

The next council workshop meeting will be held Nov. 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the White Oak Athletic Association. Residents of White Oak are welcome to make public comments.

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

Originally published October 22, 2021.

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