FIRST ENERGY/WEST PENN POWER CALL CENTER (FOR POWER INTERRUPTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH YOUR SERVICE): 1-800-686-0021
REFUSE/RECYCLING CONTRACTOR TO CHANGE IN 2019
Residents are advised that South Park Township has contracted with a new refuse and recycling hauler. As of January 1, 2019, refuse and recycling will be collected by Waste Management.
Additional information concerning refuse/recycling in the township will be forthcoming.
PINEY FORK ROAD REPAIRS
Township officials have been receiving calls and e-mails from residents inquiring as to the status of the road collapse, located on Piney Fork Road. Please be advised that Piney Fork Road is owned and maintained by PennDOT, not South Park Township. PennDOT has informed the Township that the repair project will take place during the 2019 construction season. The project consists of repairing a slope failure which has damaged the shoulder and travel lane. Residents can call the PennDOT hotline at 412-781-3260 to voice their concerns.
TOWNSHIP VEHICLES FOR SALE - BID OPENING JANUARY 3, 2019-10:00 A.M.
The following vehicles will be sold through the competitive bid process. To obtain Bid Documents and Specifications, click on the appropriate link below:
View 1998 GMC Sierra Dump Truck Bid Documents and Specification here.
2008 Ford Crown Victoria-obtain bid documents here. View 2008 vehicle here.
2009 Ford Crown Victoria-obtain bid documents here. View 2009 vehicle here.
2011 Ford Crown Victoria-obtain bid documents here. View 2011 vehicle here.
SANTA CLAUS VISITS THE TOWNSHIP VIA FIRE TRUCK - DECEMBER 22, 2018
On Saturday, December 22nd, beginning at 11:00 a.m., Santa Claus will be visiting the children of South Park Township with the assistance of Broughton Volunteer Fire Department and Library Volunteer Fire Company. Santa enjoys his trips to the South Park Township neighborhoods and loves talking with children, prior to the Christmas holiday. Make sure your Christmas list is ready whenever Santa visits your street!
SEWAGE/REFUSE PAYMENT DUE JANUARY 3, 2019
Residents are reminded that sewage and refuse bills will be sent out on December 7th and are due January 3, 2019. If you have not received your bill by mid-December, or have any questions regarding your account, please contact the Sewage/Refuse Billing Office at 412-831-7000.
SBA OFFERS DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AFFECTED BY JUNE 20-21, 2018 FLOODING
Pennsylvania businesses and residents affected by the June 20-21, 2018 flooding in Allegheny County can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration at an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center. LEARN MORE ABOUT SBA AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE HERE!
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of -hearing), or by emailing email@example.com. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is September 24, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 24, 2019.
SNOW REMOVAL - HOW RESIDENTS CAN ASSIST
The Public Works Department will soon be actively engaged in snow removal activities. A recurrent problem is that many residents are parking their vehicles on the street rather than in the driveway of their home. This often impedes plowing within neighborhoods. All residents can be of assistance to the Public Works Department by adhering to the following guidelines:
1. Park in the driveway of your home and not on the street during periods of snow or ice, to allow for easier access by maintenance vehicles. On-street parking makes it much more difficult for Township forces to clear the streets, particularly when vehicles are parked on either side of the road.
2. Move portable basketball hoops away from the right-of-way of the street, since these structures impede plowing and salting activities. South Park Township will not be responsible for any play equipment damaged during snow removal operations.
3. When clearing driveways, do not shovel or blow snow back onto the roadway after the street has been plowed and salted. This type of action is illegal, hampers maintenance activities, and further aggravates hazardous conditions.
4. Limit travel during periods of heavy snow and ice. Stranded vehicles hinder the plowing and salting of treacherous roadways.
5. Residents who drop off or pick up their children at bus stops are asked to park as close to the curb as possible to allow for the salt trucks to safely gain access to the street.
6. An ordinance adopted in 2010 permits Township officials to declare an emergency in the event of inclement weather or other emergency conditions. Residents will be notified of the emergency via automated message, radio, and/or television. After a snow emergency has been declared, it shall be unlawful to park on the roadway if a resident's private property provides an area for parking such as a driveway, garage, and/or parking pad. Residents who violate this provision will be cited and the vehicle towed at the owner's expense.
We thank our residents for their assistance, patience, and cooperation until spring arrives.
DOG LICENSES: Dog Licenses for 2019 will be available after January 1, 2019 at the South Park Township Administration Building, at a cost of $2.00 per license. Dog owners must present proof of the pet's current rabies vaccination verification and also complete an application form before a license can be issued. Licensing is required for all dogs six (6) months of age and older. Additional questions can be directed to 412-831-7000.
SEWAGE & REFUSE BILLING: Refuse and sewer rental charges appear on one bill and are sent out on a quarterly basis. Bills are sent out during the months of March, June, September and December. If you have any questions regarding your bill, please contact the Sewage & Refuse Office at 412-831-7000.
REFUSE/RECYCLING COLLECTION FOR 2018
View Republic Services 2018 Trash & Recycling Calendar and Collection Rules
Trash will be collected weekly on Mondays throughout the Township. Refuse is to be placed at the curb after 6:00 p.m. the evening proceeding the collection day. As a reminder to our residents, state laws prohibits electronic waste from being collected curb side. Examples of these items include computers, lap tops, televisions, printers, copiers, fax machines, etc. South Park Township hosts two electronic collection events for Township residents each year. This year, the electronic collection events will be held on April 21st, and October 20th, 2018, located at the Public Works parking lot area in the municipal complex.
Recyclables will be collected on Mondays, twice a month. Residents were sent a mailer from Republic Services in December which provides a calendar and related information concerning refuse and recycling collection. South Park Township also placed a Refuse/Recycling Calendar as an insert in the January edition of the Park News. Please remember that aluminum and bimetal beverage cans and food containers; unbroken glass (all colors); plastic milk, water, juice and soda bottles; and paperboard boxes, white office paper, magazines, newspapers, advertising inserts, phone books, junk mail, paper bags (handles removed), corrugated paper (must be tied or bundled and no longer than 3 feet in length or width and tied in a bundle) are to be placed in your bin for collection, curbside. All Township residents are requested to mark "Recycling" on containers used other than the blue Township bin. Additional 32 Gallon Recycling Bins can be purchased for $16.00 per bin at the Administration Building in the Municipal Complex.
Due to the New Year's Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day holidays, the collection day will be on Tuesday for those weeks. Please refer to the Republic Services 2018 flyer link located above.
Residents can contact Republic Services directly at 1-800-464-2120 or 412-429-2600 or via e-mail at SouthParkTwpPA@republicservices.com to address any refuse/recycling/leaf waste questions or concerns. Township officials hope this will speed up the response time should problems arise. Residents can also continue to contact South Park Township at 412-831-7000 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
The following ELECTRONIC RECYCLERS accept televisions. Please contact the recycler for any information, including fees charged: Evolution E-Cycle, 2235 Mary Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, 412-390-3450 (pick up or drop off service); eLoop, 625 Plum Industrial Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15239, 724-519-7646
RECYCLING BY COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, GOVERNMENTAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS
Effective September 6, 1990, all occupants of commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional establishments must recycle high-grade office paper, aluminum and bimetal containers, corrugated paper, leaf waste and other materials deemed appropriate by the Township Board of Supervisors. Occupants of said establishments shall submit an annual report to the Township by January 31st of each year reporting the tonnage of materials recycled during the previous year and the name of the hauler(s)..
THE RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW
The Right-to-Know Law is the Pennsylvania law that guarantees your right to access and obtain copies of public records held by government agencies. All Right-to-Know requests directed to South Park Township should be submitted to South Park Township's Open Records Officer, Karen F. Fosbaugh, by mail at 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park, PA 15129; by e-mail at email@example.com; or by fax at 412-831-0425. All requests must be submitted on the Pennsylvania Standard Right-to Know Request Form. For more information, please visit http://openrecords.state.pa.us.
FAKE MAILERS DIVERT DONATIONS AWAY FROM FIRE DEPARTMENTS
In recent weeks, fundraising solicitations and requests for volunteer firefighters have been showing up all over Pennsylvania. They are from a group called Volunteer Firefighter Alliance. The pre-printed envelope instructs the recipient to send his or her donation to the alliance's address in Topeka, Kansas. Other mailers claim to collect money on behalf of various fire departments and asks the donor to make their contributions to a third-party "Volunteer Firefighter Alliance." A similar scam, earlier in August, had someone falsely claiming to collect donations for the local fire department via phone calls. Residents are being warned to be mindful of the actual sender. Donations are always needed to preserve volunteer fire departments without outside intervention filtering well intentioned dollars out of state. If you are not certain if a request for a donation is authentic, call your local fire departments: Broughton Volunteer Fire Department at 412-655-4844; and Library Volunteer Fire Company at 412-835-7114, or contact the South Park Township Police at 412-833-1000.
DRUG DROP-OFF CONTAINER AT POLICE DEPARTMENT
A drop-off container for unwanted and/or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications has been placed in the lobby of the South Park Township Police Department and is available to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents can also drop off vitamins, gel caps, and similar items which do not have to be removed from the original packaging. No syringes of any type will be accepted. Needles ("sharps") can be disposed of in the trash; however, special precautions must be taken for safety reasons. Sharps are to be placed in a container such as a plastic milk jug or coffee can with a secure lid. The lid should be taped so that it remains in place.
INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT - LIBRARY ROAD AND CLIFTON ROAD
The PA Department of Transportation, District 11-0, is in the process of preparing highway construction plans for S.R. 0088, Section A23 (Library Road and Clifton Road intersection improvements) in South Park Township and Bethel Park Borough (See Project Location Map here.). Construction is anticipated to begin during the spring of 2019 and conclude in the fall of 2019. The scope of the work for the project calls to add a left turn lane from Library Road northbound onto Clifton Road, a left turn lane from Library Road northbound onto Churchill Road, as well as a right turn lane from Clifton Road onto Library Road southbound. Also, including as part of the project are the replacement of two stone arch bridges with precast concrete box culverts. Additional work includes: drainage updates, signing, pavement markings, and delineation updates, traffic signal updates, and ADA curb ramp updates. The project will primarily be constructed while maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction. However, detours of approximately 5-7 days for the replacement of each structure are required.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP NAMED BANNER COMMUNITY FOR 2018
For the 5th year in a row, South Park Township has been awarded the status of Banner Community for 2018. The program, sponsored by the Allegheny League of Municipalities in cooperation with the County, recognizes those communities committed to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communication to engage community stakeholders. Township officials are proud to share this information with our residents and thank them for supporting our community.
FIRST ENERGY UTILITIES - TIPS TO AVOID SCAMS AND FRAUD
Last year, FirstEnergy's utilities received 959 reports of scams from customers. The actual number of scam attempts is even higher since most are only reported to law enforcement or go unreported. Scammers can be very convincing and often target those who are most vulnerable, like senior citizens or business owners. It is important to keep the following tips in mind to help ensure the safety of your family, property and personal information:
- Customers who are behind on their accounts receive written notices of a possible disconnection and how to prevent it. Representatives will not call or e-mail to demand immediate payment or threaten imminent shutoff.
- Scammers often use Caller ID spoofing software to misrepresent the source of a phone call to further mislead and confuse their targets. Call-back numbers provided by these criminals often use greetings and hold messages that mimic legitimate businesses. If you have any doubts about the status of your electric service, call your utility company using the numbers on their website to ask about your account.
- FirstEnergy employees do not contact customers to request sensitive information such as social security numbers or bank account information.
- While FirstEnergy representatives oftentimes make courtesy calls to customers reminding them of an outstanding balance, they would explain how a payment can be made using the established payment options. They will not demand payment over the phone or at a particular physical location.
- Do not allow anyone claiming to be a utility employee into your home unless you have scheduled an appointment and the employee has provided proper identification. Utility employees typically visit a home only in response to a service request or after providing prior notification.
- FirstEnergy utility employees always carry photo identification, and many field employees wear uniforms and drive clearly marked company vehicles.
- Customers who suspect a scam should hang up the phone/close the door, and call the local police, then notify FirstEnergy. Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.
FIRST ENERGY-WEST PENN POWER ASSISTANCE AND SERVICE PROGRAMS
First Energy-West Penn Power would like to inform customers that they offer a number of customer service programs that can make paying your bill quick and convenient, as well as payment assistance programs to provide help during times of need. The programs that are available include: PA Customer Assistance Program (PCAP), Customer Assistance and Referral Evaluation Services (CARES), WARM Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIPHEAP), and the Dollar Energy Fund. For more information on these and other service programs, please call 800-686-0021.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP NAMED ONE OF THE 100 SAFEST CITIES IN AMERICA
South Park Township was ranked No. 10, in 2017, as one of the 100 safest cities in America. The Township was previously ranked No. 12, in 2016. Safe-Wise is an independent organization that analyzes FBI crime statistics as well as public safety, public health, and other criteria to determine the ranking. All communities on the list have a minimum population of 10,000 people.
MINE SUBSIDENCE INSURANCE NOTIFICATION CAMPAIGN
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is notifying property owners in areas of the South Hills of the Department's Mine Subsidence Insurance Program. The purpose of the notice is to alert property owners of abandoned coal mines beneath their property which may increase the risk of damage from mine subsidence activity. The notice will include a map that depicts undermined areas below the structure.
Western Pennsylvania was once an area of heavy coal mining activity. The long-abandoned mines can deteriorate and collapse, causing the surface area to sink. Mine substance can lead to extensive damage to walls and foundations, and in extreme cases, can render buildings uninhabitable.
Standard homeowners insurance rarely covers mine subsidence damage, leaving the property owner with the repair expense. DEP offers affordable MSI to protect property owners from potential damages caused by mine subsidence.
Additional mass mailings will be systematically sent to other property owners across the state who are also at risk for subsidence.
Mine subsidence damage often exceeds $100,000. Premiums are approximately $0.55 cents for every $1,000 of coverage. An average policy of $175,000 would cost just $95 a year, or about $8 per month. Despite the modest cost, only about 60,000 buildings are insured statewide. It is estimated that more than 1,000,000 buildings are built over abandoned mines in Pennsylvania.
Additional information with regard to the MSI program is available at www.paMSI.org or by calling 800-922-1678.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE BILL KORTZ' SATELLITE OFFICE IN SOUTH PARK
State Representative Bill Kortz has a satellite office, in South Park, to serve constituents in the township and nearby communities. The office is located in the Administration Building of the South Park Township Municipal Complex at 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park, PA 15129. State Representative Kortz' staff will be available to assist constituents with any state related issue from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. For additional information, call 412-466-1940 or 412-886-2870.
In our efforts to provide more reliable communications with Residents and Businesses in the township, we have updated SwiftReach Networks, Inc. which is the township's Emergency Notification service provider. Swift911™ in its simplest form is a system that makes phone calls, email, and/or text messages to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information. Any call/message you receive will have the Caller ID of 'South Park Township' or 'South Park Police Department'. It is important for residents and business owners to provide contact information, such as unlisted phone numbers, to help ensure that everyone receives emergency information in a timely manner.
If you are not receiving these calls, please CLICK HERE or click on the SwiftReach picture on the left of this page to add or update your contact information. You may also remove yourself from our list at any time. Any questions may be directed to the Administration Office at 412-831-7000.
Two South Park Police Officers have been certified as child safety technicians. The officers are able to locate recalled seats and install every type of child seat into every type of vehicle. The Township of South Park would like to extend this service to our residents. To have your child seat checked for recalls and installation problems, please call us at 412-833-1000 to make an appointment. To learn more about the program, click here.
People looking for Grove Rentals, the Golf Course, the Wave Pool, the Ice Skating Rink or the Tennis Courts should use the contact information for the Allegheny County Park "South Park" listed at the bottom of the Contact Us page or visit the Allegheny County Parks Department website at http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/parks/. Please note that the Township of South Park is the municipality located around the Allegheny County Park "South Park".
TRI-COMMUNITY SOUTH EMS 2019 SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE UNDERWAY
The 2019 subscription drive for Tri-Community South is currently underway. The cost is $60.00 per subscriber for ambulance service. If you do not subscribe and transport by ambulance is necessary, you will be responsible for all associated costs that are not covered under your insurance plan. Call TCS at 412-831-3710 for details.