From the Desk of Phyllis J. Anderson, Assistant Borough Manager 

Greetings Oakmont! Please find below a list of projects I have been working on during the first quarter of 2024:

  • Working to secure a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for work in Dark Hollow Woods. I am also working to secure a 902 Grant from the Department of Environmental Protection, for a cardboard recycler.
  • Working with Oakmont Resident and Sustainability Advocate, Patrick Folaron to recognize National Compost Day. On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, we will work with the school district, and on May 29, 2024, we will work with restaurants to collect food waste to use for composting.
  • The 3rd Annual Hard to Recycle Event is scheduled for July 31, 2024, in the Second Street Parking Lot. We will collect TVs, paint and household chemicals, and more. You must register for this event, and there is a fee for this service. Last year we collected 5 tons of waste. Go to https://nobleenviro.com/e-waste-and-hhw/ , to sign up for this event.
  • The 3rd Annual Paper Shred Event, in the Third Street Parking Lot, will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Last year we collected 20,000 pounds of paper. I’m hoping to collect more in 2024.
  • In August of 2023, a Dark Hollow Woods Commission was formed by Council. I have been meeting regularly with the Landscape Architect firm, Environmental Planning Design to create a Master Plan. The Master Plan will lead and guide all implementation of projects in the woods. The three areas of priority are stormwater and trail erosion, invasive plants and animals, and restoration projects. These issues as identified in the Master Plan will take many decades to complete. As of now the committee has named five members of the community to serve as directors: Patricia Friday, Phillip Fraley, Brian Crooks, Megan Gold, and Ryan Ehrlich. These representatives bring various interests and expertise to the group. Our next steps include making a call for more volunteers, once committees are formed.
  • As an Executive Committee member of Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT), I meet monthly with member municipalities to solve issues on a regional basis. Meetings allow members to stay up to date with local government trends, and take away best management practices.
  • The collaboration with Verona for glass recycling is an example of some of the work implemented through my CONNECTions.
  • Attended the Gettysburg Professional Leadership Academy to explore the fundamentals of leadership and openly examine the challenges of the art of leadership. History guided the discussion, and the battlefield was the classroom. I was empowered as a leader to explore questions of personal and professional high ground.
  • Finally, the goats will return this summer and I was advised that Acorn and Oakley from the “Name That Goat Contest” may join the Oakmont “Chew Crew”.

For more information on these and other projects, please contact me at 412-828-3232 or assistant@oakmontborough.com.

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