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Athletic association facilities to get upgrade with grant

| Saturday, March 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

White Oak council decided to match a $500,000 state grant for White Oak Athletic Association improvements.

Councilors accepted a $500,000 Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant earlier this week and voted to allocate the local share match of $500,000.

“The funds will be used to upgrade the facilities at White Oak Athletic Association,” Councilwoman Carrie Verbanick-Noll said.

Councilman George Dillinger said $300,000 of White Oak's portion is coming from the capital projects account and $200,000 is coming from a $3.4 certificate of deposit that recently matured.

“The CD now will be renewed at roughly $3.2 million with S&T Bank,” he said. “They were the highest proposer of interest with a whopping .30 percent.”

“I'm glad we're finally doing this,” Councilman Charles Davis said.

Councilman Kenneth Robb said he is in favor of matching the grant, but mentioned council's approval of a millage rate of 4.6600 on March 4.

“Two weeks ago, we raised people's taxes by 3½ percent, saying we didn't have any money,” he said. “Now we have $300,000 we found.”

He said he voted against council taking a 3.667 windfall when adjusting its millage on March 4 for property reassessments and he's still against it.

“I do want to clarify that there was no tax raise,” Dillinger said. “The extra money that we voted on at the last meeting is in anticipation to cover the 184 appeals that are outstanding. Don't mislead the public in making them think we raised their taxes. We will collect more money, maybe. There is no assurance.”

Robb said there's no assurance that the borough won't.

Dillinger said Robb was going to vote for a 5 percent windfall before council lowered it. Robb said he wasn't going to do that.

Councilman Ron Massung said White Oak Police Department raised approximately $4,000 for the food pantry at Sampson Mills Presbyterian Church during its Tips for Cops event on Feb. 25 at The Rose Bar & Grille.

“It was fantastic night,” he said. “It was a great success. Everybody seemed to enjoy it.”

Davis said the borough is down two street department employees with the departure of Roger Sullivan and Eric Johnson.

“I'd like to thank them both for their years of service,” he said.

Council vice president Ed Babyak reported borough code enforcement officer Wayne Washowich Sr. passed the building code official certification.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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