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W.O. Moves Forward With Paving Project

Traffic study planned around Francis McClure school

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
February 27, 2022
Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak’s 2022 paving project will go out to bid in mid-March, members of council announced at Monday’s meeting.

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

“The paving project is out to bid — the bids are due March 11,” Hillman said. “We’re also halfway done replacing the inlets on Fawcett Avenue.”

On a related note, Mayor Ina Jean Marton announced that White Oak and McKeesport Area School District will discuss conducting a traffic study around the Francis McClure school in mid-March.

“We’re meeting in mid-March to discuss having a traffic study conducted around Francis McClure for a school zone,” Marton said.

Council Member Loree Scharritter, who chairs the Health and Environment committee, proposed the council consider adding “buddy benches” to local parks and schools.

“A little boy in South Carolina invented this,” Scharritter said. “If a kid comes over there, the adults know the kid is being bullied or needs someone to talk to. They’re made of bottle caps, and they cost $250 per bench.”

Council Member Julie Opferman, Parks and Recreation chair, announced that the Spring Craft Show will be held April 9 at the White Oak Athletic Association, with the Easter Egg Hunt being held on April 16.

The council also passed the following resolutions 6–0, with Council Member Lou Bender being absent:

    • Authorized the Civil Service Commission to proceed with sergeant promotional testing;
    • Approved the ‘as is’ sale of a 1997 Peterbilt GVW Dump Truck with the City of McKeesport;
    • Authorized the borough of White Oak to apply for a $849,675.45 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for the Heritage Hills Park Project.

The next council workshop meeting will be held 6:45 p.m. March 14 at the borough building. Members of the public are welcome.

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

Originally published February 27, 2022.

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