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W.O. Council OK’s Emergency Repairs to Signal

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
November 16, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

A traffic accident at the corner of Route 48 and Cool Springs Road near the Speedway store damaged a telephone pole and dislodged the traffic signal’s battery system, White Oak officials said.

At Monday’s meeting, council passed a resolution designating repairs to the damaged pole and signal as an emergency.

Borough engineer Ken Hillman said it’s the third time the pole has been replaced, and that White Oak is coordinating repairs with the state Department of Transportation.

“The foundation also needs to be replaced,” Hillman said. “Normally this would take three to four months.”

By passing the resolution, borough officials said, the signal can be repaired within 30 days. Council has recommended that concrete barriers be installed around the site.

In other news, council authorized the final payments for the borough’s infrastructure projects.

Council also voted unanimously to proceed with the demolition of 2717 Laurel Lane and to postpone the demolition of 2736 Laurel Lane.

Upcoming holiday events include the Season of Lights celebration, to be held Nov. 20 at Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co., said Councilwoman Julie Opferman, who chairs the parks & recreation committee.

“There will be a brunch with Santa, a coloring contest, and a tree lighting,” Opferman said. “We’re also having another holiday decorating contest.”

Updates on holiday events can be found on the borough’s Facebook page and website.

The next council workshop meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 13 at the municipal building. Members of the public are welcome, and residents and taxpayers of White Oak are free to make public comments.

Originally published November 16, 2021.

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