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As cold weather returns to Western Pennsylvania, White Oak officials are reminding residents of their responsibility to keep any public sidewalks adjoining their property clear of snow and ice.
At Monday's council meeting, borough solicitor Krisha DiMascio said a letter about snow removal will be sent to residents and property owners soon.
Many sections of Lincoln Way didn't have sidewalks until the road was widened and reconstructed by the state Department of Transportation.
Under borough ordinance and an agreement with PennDOT, White Oak owns the sidewalks, but owners of adjoining properties need to remove snow and ice from them, DiMascio said.
“With snow coming, we wanted the community to be informed as soon as possible,” DiMascio said. “Also, for insurance purposes residents may want to add (adjoining sidewalks) to their policies.”
Council is responsible for maintaining handicapped accessible ramps and any property along the road owned by the borough, she said.
In other business:
- 2018 Budget: Councilman David Pasternak said a copy of the 2018 proposed budget will be available for review in the municipal office during business hours beginning Dec.1.
The budget will be considered for adoption at the Dec. 18 Council Meeting.
- Sanitation: A motion was approved 5-0 to enter into agreement with Big’s Sanitation Inc. to pick up White Oak’s solid waste and recycling for 2018.
Council member Joseph Nagy stated that the agreement will include a rate per month per unit of $12.52 and will include weekly solid waste pick-up and recycling every other week, which is the current arrangement.
- Police Report: Activity in October included 14 arrests (13 adults, one juvenile) and 98 total incidents. There were two disorderly conduct arrests, seven drug arrests, four theft reports and one firearm violation.
- Community Center: Pasternak reported that a committee of council members is working on rental and usage agreements and fees for the White Oak Community Center, which is expected to open soon.
- Recreation Board: Oh behalf of the recreation board, Councilman Ken Robb reported that the Festival of Lights celebration held last week was a success.
He added that additional community activities include the Recreation Board's Holiday Craft Show, slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 and an Evening with Santa, slated for 6 p.m. on Dec 3. Both events will take place at the White Oak Athletic Association.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers Duquesne and White Oak for Tube City Almanac.
Originally published November 22, 2017.