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White Oak officials seek to curb reckless driving

| Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 2:21 a.m.

White Oak officials are pledging to stem reckless driving in the White Oak Farms housing development.

“We are very concerned that there is going to be an unfortunate accident,” Dru Soisson, property manager at the complex where 300 live, told council at Monday's meeting.

Riverview Drive, which runs through the complex, is part of a shortcut from Route 48 in Versailles to Lincoln Way near the North Huntingdon Township line.

“I've actually almost been T-boned twice in the morning,” said Bill Morris, one of several Riverview Drive residents in attendance.

Riverview has junctures at both ends with Center Street Extension, which forms the shortcut with Center Street and Rankin Road to the east.

Some use the parking lot in the complex, and residents said their neighbors are at risk.

Landslides have been a problem for two years on Center Street Extension, and they're worse since recent rains.

Borough engineer Donald Hultberg of the EADS Group said core sampling is planned.

“A lot of slides (occur) under the ground,” Hultberg said. “At times it could be as low as 50 feet under.”

“With all due respect, this should have been done two years ago,” Soisson argued.

Council members said they couldn't because the problem was on private property.

Borough officials said they will seek a location on Riverview Drive for an emergency stop sign. They said new lines will be painted and police will beef up patrols.

“Signs and lines don't seem to do it,” said Richard Bryce, a Republican candidate for council in the fall election.

He urged installing speed bumps for Riverview Drive and the parking lot.

Council approved the erection of Jersey barriers to replace sawhorses on Center Street Extension.

Council awarded contracts to Garvin Boward Beitko for geotechnical work on Center at a cost not to exceed $25,000, and on Stepanic Road for no more than $15,000.

Council authorized advertising an ordinance to bar the mayor or any councilor from being appointed to a borough post until a year after their elective terms end.

That would reverse a council action in 2009 that allowed then-council president Jack Petro Jr. to become borough manager. The manager's post was eliminated in February, putting Petro out of a job.

Fred Haynes, a Democratic candidate for council, questioned paying Petro $5,700 a month for the past six months.

He said the borough should seek an intern from the Local Government Academy to perform administrative work.

He said public works manager Jim McCabe could be replaced with a part-time employee.

Councilman George Dillinger said there would be an increased possibility of job turnover as part-timers take full-time jobs elsewhere.

“We are reviewing Mr. McCabe's contract,” Councilwoman Carrie Noll said. She said Haynes should “quit harassing our employees.”

Council also:

• Awarded Lutterman Excavating LLC a demolition job at 1601 Summit St., for no more than $7,200. A lien was approved on the property.

• Approved purchases of two Tasers for no more than $1,730 and two laptop computers for no more than $1,820 for the police department.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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