Tube City Community Media Inc. is seeking freelance writers to help cover city council, news and feature stories in McKeesport, Duquesne, White Oak and the neighboring communities. High school and college students seeking work experience are encouraged to apply; we are willing to work with students who need credit toward class assignments. Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples and the name of a reference (an employer, supervisor, teacher, etc. -- not a relative) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ads start at $1 per day, minimum seven days.
Another step has been taken toward the opening of the White Oak Community Center.
At Monday's council meeting, borough Council President Ron Massung said the center has received its official occupancy permit and the building is being cleaned and prepared with supplies.
The official public opening will hopefully happen in December, Massung said, but a so-called "soft opening" will happen next month when White Oak hosts a Steel Rivers Council of Governments meeting at the facility.
In other business:
- Council approved the borough's application for a community-development block grant in the amount of $49,000 to demolish houses at 736 O’Neil Blvd., 608 Osborne St., 606 New Jersey St., 700 New Jersey St., 907 Coulter Road, 2420 O’Neil Blvd. and 1828 California St.
- Council approved a motion from Councilman Edward Babyak for the borough to participate in PennDOT's Green Light-Go program. The program provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways.
- The borough is partnering with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office to install cameras at the intersection of Route 48 and Lincoln Way. The cameras, which will capture images of license plates and other identifying features, will allow local police to more quickly apprehend wanted criminals.
“We would eventually like to expand to other intersections as well,” Councilman Joseph Nagy said.
- Mayor Ina Marton submitted the monthly police report which included 33 arrests (31 adults and two juveniles) and 69 traffic violations. Arrests included one for criminal trespassing, nine for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, six disorderly conduct citations, eight for drug offences, four for thefts, two for forgeries, one public drunkenness citation, one arrest for deception or fraudulent business practice and one for hindering apprehension.
- On the recommendation of Solicitor Krisha DiMascio, council voted 4-to-3 to ratify a sales agreement for 806 Maple St., which the borough acquired through sheriff’s sale for $10,000.
- Council approved of the acquisition and subsequent disposition of a vacant property in the 1100 block of California Avenue in accordance with the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program.
- Council approved the application of a community development block grant for $41,600 to begin Phase I of accessibility upgrades for Heritage Hill Pool was approved. The local share of the costs of general construction is estimated at $22,600, plus engineering costs, borough officials said.
Originally published October 18, 2017.