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Storm Damage Tops Discussion for White Oak Council

By David Stephens
The Tube City Almanac
June 27, 2017
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Two major thunderstorms that rocked the Mon Valley took their toll on White Oak, officials and residents said at the June 19 council meeting.

James Eiben, a resident of Ohio Street, told borough council that following the storms, his basement had two feet of water, and that the new storm drains are constantly flooding onto the street.

Meanwhile, the borough is looking for a replacement for the traffic light in front of Busy Beaver on Lincoln Way, which was damaged by a falling tree during one storm.

The damage was extensive and a new pole is needed, officials said. The problem is that the pole is an older, four-bolt model, but newer poles use three bolts. Borough officials said that if White Oak crews can find a replacement four-bolt pole they can have the light repaired in a couple weeks; if they can't find one, it could take a few months to put the signal back into service.

A temporary all-way stop sign was placed at the intersection pending the signal's repair.

In other business, before the regularly scheduled meeting, council hosted a public hearing on plans by the Giant Eagle supermarket in Oak Park Mall to acquire a liquor license and sell wine and beer.

Sales per customer will be limited to two bottles of wine and 12 bottles of beer, borough officials said. If the license is granted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, wine and beer sales could begin within a few months, officials said.

No residents spoke out either in favor of, or against, the liquor license application.

Medicinal Marijuana Regulation Considered: White Oak Council Vice President Joe Nagy noted that the borough is writing legislation to regulate the possible sale of medicinal marijuana.

The borough does not know of anyone with plans or desire to be in the medical marijuana business in White Oak, Nagy said, but council wants to be proactive and have legislation in place.

He said working on the legislation was much more interesting in wake of the recent announcement that a medicinal marijuana production facility will be opening in McKeesport.

Trash and Recycling Contracts: The borough's current trash collection and recycling contracts expire at the end of 2017, Council President Ron Massung said. The borough intends to seek bids on the contracts beginning in August.

Trash Collection Schedule: There will be no trash picked up in White Oak on Tuesday, July 4. Trash collection will be one day behind for the rest of the week.

David Stephens is a freelance writer. He can be reached at whiteoakreporting@gmail.com.

Originally published June 27, 2017.

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