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Volunteers plant trees in Whitehall Borough's Snyder Park

| Thursday, May 23, 2013, 10:51 a.m.

Residents gathered in orange vests, with shovels in hand, to plant miniature trees along the outskirts of Whitehall Borough's Snyder Park.

The nearly 35 volunteers from Whitehall and neighboring South Hills communities who came together May 4 for the tree planting and park improvement event, included residents from the Whitehall Place, formerly Prospect Park, housing complex and members of the borough's public works department.

β€œIt was a huge success,” Jonathan Turban, chairman of the Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Shade Tree Commission, told Whitehall council members at their meeting last week.

The 25 trees provided as part of a grant received by Economic Development South on behalf of the shade tree commission from TreeVitalize and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Planning commission

George Liotus will fill an open seat on the Whitehall Planning Commission, vacated earlier this year by 20-year member Steven Polome.

Council members approved Liotus' appointment last week. His term will run through Dec. 31.

Polome, who served on Whitehall's planning commission since the early 1990s, most recently as the vice chair of the commission, in his resignation letter, dated March 7, cited concerns from employer, PNC Financial Service Group, that his service on the commission could be a conflict of interest.

Liotus was selected out of three applicants for the position, said Councilman Phil Lahr, chairman of the planning commission. All three were interviewed by the planning commission, which recommended Liotus for the open position, Lahr said.

Road paving

The remainder of Parkvue Drive will be added to the 2013 road paving program.

Council members, who earlier this year approved a $695,325 contract with El Grande Industries for the municipality's 2013 road pavement program, last week agreed to add the remainder of Parkvue Drive β€” not included in the initial project β€” to this year's road program.

The cost for the addition will be about $25,000, engineer Ruthann Omer said.

Library donation

The Friends of the Whitehall Public Library will give the borough's public library a $20,000 donation this year, President Faustino Dunckhorst told council members last week. The Friends collected the $20,000 from their annual community fund drive, where they send a mailing to nearly all 6,600 residences in Whitehall.

The Friends announced the donation at their annual public meeting earlier this month that included a performance by Slim Forsythe.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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