White Oak reduces rec board
White Oak has too many people on its recreation board, according to a reading of the newly revised state borough code by the borough secretary.
“I didn't know there was a state law that said we only could have nine,” borough council's recreation chairman Kenneth Robb said at Monday's meeting.
That finding by secretary Nancy Greenland will mean fewer voting members — 10 rather than 13 — when the board next meets on April 2, board chairman George Pambacas said.
“In the past we had as many as 15 board members with no complaints,” board vice chairman Art Maksin told council.
As discussed on Monday, it is still one more than allowed by the state code, but Pambacas said the mechanism is in motion to reduce it to a legal nine.
Pambacas told council that members Tim Cardwell, Magisterial District Judge Thomas G. Miller Jr. and borough tax collector Lisa Pitchford agreed to give up their votes, though they'll remain on the board.
“We are still going to get the volunteer work,” Pambacas said on Tuesday. “As long as we have people willing to volunteer their services, it is not going to impact it.”
For Pambacas the primary concern at Monday's meeting was the reappointment of Pete Melnichak.
“He has been a volunteer for over 20 years,” Pambacas told council.
Council approved Melnichak unanimously, though that brought the voting membership back to 10.
Others on the board are secretary Karen Slobodian, treasurer Mike Anitori and members Paul and Susan MacIntyre, Andy Macey, Lois Page and Ryan Romano.
Council president Carrie Noll said on Monday a special meeting is set for March 26 at 6 p.m. to discuss work to be considered as part of the Lincoln Way widening project begun last week.
“This may include parking space and signage location relief ... as well as decorative street lights, benches, garbage cans, street signs, etc.,” Noll told her colleagues.
White Oak is following in line with other recent computer software upgrades approved in area municipalities. Public safety chairman Ed Babyak said the $3,320 upgrade approved on Monday is being required by state police.
Council approved a motion setting the medical costs reimbursement rate for non-union borough employees at 25 percent of the premium increase between 2009 and this year.
A number of upcoming events were announced by members of council:
• Robb said the recreation board's spring craft show is scheduled for April 12 at the White Oak Athletic Association and the borough's annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 19.
• Councilman David Pasternak, who heads up the health, environmental and cable committee, said the borough and Goodwill will partner in an electronic equipment recycling program on April 19.
Pasternak said computers, monitors, printers and VHS and DVD players will be accepted but no television sets will be taken.
• Babyak said the annual Cops and Kids Basketball Program is scheduled Thursday as well as March 27 and April 3 and 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Francis McClure school gym.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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