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New Police Chief Named in White Oak

By Cami DiBattista
The Tube City Almanac
January 16, 2018
Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough has named Mark Sargent as its new police chief.

Council this week voted to offer the position to Sargent.

“I feel Mark will do a great job,” said Councilman Lou Bender, who previously served as police chief before retiring from the position in December. “He has tons of experience. He’s been on the police force for 22 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and teaches at a local police academy. He’s a great officer and would make a wonderful police chief.”

In other business, council voted 6-1 to allow the transfer of a restaurant liquor license from Pleasant Hills into White Oak. The license will allow the Speedway on Route 48 to sell beer, wine coolers or malt beverages.

Paul Namey, an attorney representing Speedway, told council the store will use an electronic system to scan customer IDs, and that customers will be limited to purchasing 192 ounces of beer, wine coolers or malt beverages at a time.

Council addressed complaints from residents about Big's Sanitation, which began collecting the borough's garbage and recycling earlier this month. Council members asked residents to be patient with the new company as it learns the routes.

Residents were encouraged to put their garbage out the night before, as pick-up times are different than those of the borough's previous trash hauler.

Calendars with collection schedules are expected to be mailed out soon, borough officials said.

Dave Preece, president of the executive board of the White Oak Athletic Association, asked borough council if they would consider helping the facility replace its lighting to reduce its electrical bill.

WOAA has received a proposal from Hercules LED of Butler County to replace existing halide lights throughout the building with LED lights, he said.

The replacement of the old lighting would save the WOAA around 35 percent off of their monthly electrical bill and the project could be repaid by the group in monthly installments, Preece said.

Council members promised to take the matter under advisement.

“We appreciate any consideration you can give us,” Preece said.

Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer from North Huntingdon Twp. who covers White Oak, Duquesne and other subjects for Tube City Almanac.

Originally published January 16, 2018.

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