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W.O. Council OK’s Park Project

Heritage Hill improvements would include access, playground improvements

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
January 12, 2022
Posted in: White Oak News

The borough of White Oak is planning to move forward with its proposed Heritage Hill Park project, officials reported at Monday’s council workshop meeting.

Borough Engineer Ken Hillman provided updates on the status of the project, along with a timeline for completion.

“Our grant was funded for $184,100 — it’s a 50/50 contract,” Hillman said. “If we have the contract in place by May (or) June, that would be good. The project would go out to bid in late fall/early winter, and work would start in March (or) April 2023.”

Originally proposed by Council Member Julie Opferman, the Heritage Hill Park Project will include a new pedestrian walkway and parking area, play equipment with safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping and other improvements.

Hillman also recommended that the borough reapply for a grant to make improvements to streambanks in the area.

“[The kickoff] for the 2022 street paving and stormwater inlet project will be towards the end of this month,” Hillman said.

In related news, borough manager John Palyo recommended the council consider an animal control proposal from Who Rescued Who Humane Society.

“Our animal control officer has been operating on an hourly basis,” Palyo said. “I want them to operate on a contractual basis.”

In other business, the council discussed sending out advertisements for a part-time code enforcement officer, forming a committee for the borough’s upcoming 75th anniversary, and starting a quarterly newsletter.

“Not everyone is on social media, especially older folks,” Council Member Lou Bender said.

The next council workshop meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 17 at the borough building. Members of the public are welcome. Council is expected to vote on the 2022 budget at that time.

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

Originally published January 12, 2022.

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