Oakland Borough Council Moves Forward with Community Beautification Project

In a recent meeting, the Oakland Borough Council discussed several issues, central among them being a significant community beautification project. The Council also deliberated on updates to the Open Public Meetings Law, local events, infrastructure projects, and policy revisions.

The Council discussed improve the aesthetics of the town by endorsing a new mural project led by the Arts Committee. The mural, referred to as “Oak’s Backyard,” was selected through an online vote by nearly 300 community members. The winning artist, Anastasia Sova, will be responsible for painting the mural on a building located in the Recreation Area near the skating rink, providing a vibrant and colorful addition to the area.

Moreover, the Council discussed the Open Public Meetings Law, ensuring that all council meetings are appropriately announced, advertised, and accessible to the public. It was stated that meetings will not extend beyond 10 p.m. unless a majority of the council votes to extend the duration.

The Council also highlighted several upcoming events, including the Toys for Tots event in Bush Plaza, the Santa in the Neighborhood event, and the ACC for All Holiday event catered to children with sensory deprivation concerns. Additionally, they announced the annual cookie swap event at the library and encouraged residents to participate in the Holiday Lights contest.

Infrastructure updates were also provided during the meeting, with progress reports on various projects such as the Patriots Way Bridge and Bush Plaza Phase One. The Council also drew attention to the need for the storage of salt and other solid de-icing materials to be protected from exposure to stormwater.

Lastly, the Council proposed several policy revisions, including bylaw changes for the Arts Committee and the establishment of a Sustainable Oakland Green Team. The Council will vote on these proposed changes at the next meeting, scheduled for December 20th, 2023.

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Linda H. Schwager
City Council Officials:
Steven Saliani (Council President), Eric Kulmala (Councilman), John McCann (Councilman), Pat Pignatelli (Councilman), Kevin Slasinski (Councilman), Russell Talamini (Councilman)

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