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W.O. Council Set to Approve Budget

Special meeting on Wednesday also will consider trash hauling contract

By Elizabeth Laughlin
The Tube City Almanac
December 27, 2022
Posted in: White Oak News

Correction: A quote from Councilman George Pambacas was corrected after publication. We regret the error.

White Oak council will hold a special meeting at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday to finalize the borough’s 2023 budget and to award a contract for trash collection.

At a meeting last week, council members expressed their frustration over the increasing cost of waste hauling. The borough’s current hauler is Big’s Sanitation.

Councilman George Pambacas, who chairs the public works committee, said the deadline for residents to pay a reduced “early bird” rate has been moved to April 30. “Isn’t there something else we can do to help the average citizen with this bill?” Pambacas said.*

In other business, council appointed a new borough solicitor beginning in 2023. The law firm of Tucker Arensberg, P.C., will take over as the borough’s counsel effective in January at a rate of $500 per month, plus $155 per hour.

Tucker Arensberg will replace McGrail & Associates LLC. Council members thanked Patricia McGrail and her firm for their service and wished her well.

“I just wanted to thank everyone for making this job so easy over the last few years,” she said.

* Correction: George Pambacas says poor acoustics in the hall made his quote difficult to hear. The quote was edited after publication.

Elizabeth Laughlin is a freelance writer and a doctoral student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate assistant who runs the department newsletter and writes for a digital project. She writes for Modern Language Studies, and her short story, "Twenty-Seven," is being published in their journal.

Originally published December 27, 2022.

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