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Trash & Recycling Schedule

Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes

Your Tax Dollars at Work - A Letter from the Board of Supervisors

Who Maintains Various Roads Within the Township?

Emergency Contact Information for South Park Township Emergency Database

Residency Certification Form - South Park Twp.

Right-to-Know Request Form

Military Banner Application Form

No Solicitation Request

Open Burning in Allegheny County - Know When and What to Burn

South Park Township
Trail Map

Earned Income Tax Forms
(Southwest Allegheny County TCD)


2017 Unconventional Gas Well Fund Usage Report

Allegheny County Assessment Appeal Information/Process

Allegheny County Elections Division - Voter Services

MS4 Guidelines For Residents - Reduce Water Runoff into Streams - Protect the Environment

First Energy Assistance Programs


PA DEP Mine Subsidence Insurance (MSI)

Lyme Disease Information

Lyme Disease Prevention

Preventing Ticks in the Yard

 




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FIRST ENERGY/WEST PENN POWER CALL CENTER (FOR POWER INTERRUPTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH YOUR SERVICE): 1-800-686-0021


ANNUAL TOWNSHIP HALLOWEEN PARTY - OCTOBER 27, 2019 AT 1:30 PM

The Annual Township Halloween Party, sponsored by the Board of Supervisors, will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 1:30 p.m, at the South Park Township Community Center. Toddlers through Elementary school age children (kindergarten - sixth grade) are invited to participate in the celebration. If you plan to attend this year's Halloween Party, please complete the RSVP Form found here and return the form to the Township Offices by Monday, October 21, 2019.The party will be held, rain or shine, and conclude at 4:00 p.m. There will be balloon creations, games, crafts, treats, and a photo booth for all the children in attendance during the Halloween Party. The ladies from the South Park Women's Club will again be on hand to judge and award prizes at 2:30 p.m. and award prizes for best costumes at 3:00 p.m.

HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREATING - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019

In celebration of Halloween, children will be Trick-or-Treating throughout South Park Township from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st. Members of the South Park Township Police Department, the firemen from Broughton and Library Fire Departments, and the paramedics from Tri-Community South will be out and about for the protection and safety of the trick-or-treaters. If assistance is needed while trick-or-treating, please call 911 or stop any emergency vehicle (police, fire, ambulance) for help.

PART OF COCHRANS MILL RD. & WATERMAN RD. TO CLOSE NOVEMBER 4TH

Cochrans Mill Road between Wallace Road and Riggs Road, as well as Waterman Road between Cochrans MIll Road and Gill Hall Road in Jefferson Hills Borough, will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday November 4, 2019. Local traffic will be allowed on the closed sections of Cochrans Mill Road and Waterman Road, but drivers will not be able to cross the intersection of those roads. The closures, which are expected to end later in November, are required for partial replacement of Lick Run Bridge No. 8 and a sanitary line. Cochrans Mill Road traffic will be detoured using Wallace Road, Ridge Road, and Riggs Road. Waterman Road traffic will be detoured using Cochrans Mill Road, Brownsville Road, Curry Hollow Road, Clairton Blvd. (Rt. 51), Old Clairton Blvd. and Gill Hall Road. Please direct any questions to the Allegheny County Public Works Department at 412-350-4005.

VETERANS APPRECIATION LUNCHEON - NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Rep. Mike Puskaric will be hosting a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, November 1st, at 12:00 noon. The event will be held at the Elizabeth Borough Volunteer Fire Company Bingo Hall, located at 101 South First Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037. RSVP by October 25th by calling Rep. Puskaric's district office at 412-382-2009. View the Event Flyer here.

ELECTION DAY - NOVEMBER 5, 2019 - Polls for the 2019 Election will remain open continuously between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. A list of local polling sites for Township Residents can be found here. For more information,including the location of your polling place, view the Allegheny County Elections Division-Voter Services website here.

LEAF / YARD WASTE COLLECTION - FALL 2019

The upcoming leaf/yard waste collection dates are as follows:

- Saturday, November 9, 2019
- Saturday, November 16, 2019
- Saturday, November 23, 2019
- Saturday, December 7, 2019

- Yard waste, including leaves, are to be placed curbside after 6:00 p.m. the evening prior to collection.
- Leaf/yard waste collection is limited to leaves, hedge clippings, and limbs and branches not exceeding three (3) inches in diameter, and only if tied in bundles not exceeding forty-eight (48) inches in length.
- Leaf/yard waste must be placed in biodegradable paper bags. Leaf/yard waste placed in plastic bags WILL NOT BE COLLECTED. As a convenience to our residents, South Park Township is selling leaf/yard waste collection bags in the Tax/Sewage Office located in the Administration Building. The cost is $0.50 per bag, or five bags for $2.00. Leaf/yard waste collection bags are also available at local retail stores. Any questions should be directed to the Administration Office at 412-831-7000.

RECYCLING BIN LIDS FOR SALE AT THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

South Park Township is now selling lids for the 32 gallon recycling bins which are also sold by the Township. The cost is $4.00 per lid, and the lids can be purchased at the Reception Desk in the Administration Building.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT - COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and its advisory coalition are developing the next Community Health Assessment (CHA). As part of this process, they have created a survey for residents to help identify the priority health issues impacting their communities, and the results will be used to identify key issues to focus on over the next five years. The deadline for submission is November 8, 2019. The online survey can be accessed at www.alleghenycounty.us/cha.

UTILITY WORK WITHIN TOWNSHIP ROADWAYS

As many Township residents are aware, a substantial amount of utility work was performed on Township roadways in 2019. Peoples Gas Co., Columbia Gas Co. and PA American Water Company were engaged in updating service lines in many neighborhoods. The projects were necessary to upgrade aging underground facilities that have the potential to disrupt the conveyance of natural gas and water to residential homes. Township officials would like to extend their thanks to the residents on the affected streets for their patience and cooperation during the construction activities. Residents are advised that all base repairs will be completed by the utility companies in the 2019 construction season. Base repairs mean the placement of asphalt on the roadway sections disturbed on the street by the construction activities. Street resurfacing will take place in 2020 which will allow for base repair settling and any additional utility repairs that may be required prior to the 2020 construction season.

PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN WATER (PAWC) PIPELINE PROJECTS

PAWC will be upgrading infrastructure on various streets throughout the Township. The pipeline projects will improve water service reliability and increase water flows for household use and fire fighting. Final restoration on the following projects will take place later in the year. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-565-7292:

Simmons Ave. - replacing 850 feet of aging 2-inch and 6-inch main with new 8-inch and 4-inch. main.
Brownsville Rd. Ext. (Helena Dr. to Southern Dr.) - replacing 2,700 feet of aging 8-inch and 6-inch main with new 8-inch main.
Ridge Road
- replacing 4,400 feet of aging 8-inch main with new 8-inch main.
Montour Street - replacing 380 feet of aging 6-inch main with new 8-inch main.
Orchard Street - replacing 600 feet of aging 6-inch main with new 8-inch main.
Springvale Drive - replacing 1,840 feet of aging 8-inch main with new 8-inch main.
Ventura Drive - replacing 1,680 feet of aging 8-inch main with new 8-inch main.
Ridgevue Drive - replacing 1,250 feet of aging 6-inch main with new 8-inch main.
Hilldale Drive, Vara Drive & Vickers Drive - replacing 1,820 feet of aging 2-1/2 and 8-inch main with new 8-inch and 4-inch main.

REFUSE AND RECYCLING COLLECTED BY WASTE MANAGEMENT STARTING JANUARY 1, 2019

View Waste Management's 2019 Trash & Recycling Calendar and Collection Rules

The Township and 20+ communities are part of a consortia identified as the South Hills Area Council of Governments (SHACOG), and engaged in a joint bid for the provision of refuse and recycling services. The contract with Republic Services expired on December 31, 2018 and Waste Management was the low bidder for the contract. South Park Township officials were originally assured by Waste Management personnel that there would be no change to the trash and recycling collection schedule. Unfortunately, Waste Management recently contacted the Township and indicated that a schedule comprised of two collection days, being Mondays and Wednesdays, would be necessary. If the Township did not agree to the change, Waste Management would be unable to enter into a contract with our community. Unfortunately, the bids submitted by two additional contractors were much higher in cost, which would dramatically increase the refuse bill. Republic Services, one of the bidders, also indicated that they would be unable to service the Township because of the number of municipal contracts the company lost in the recent bid. Therefore, Township officials had no option but to contract with Waste Management.

The township has also mailed out a flyer that further explains the changes in refuse/recycling for 2019. Please view the flyer here.

To determine your designated collection day, please view the links below:

Monday Refuse/Recycling Collection Street List

Wednesday Refuse/Recycling Collection Street List

Residential RECYCLING UPDATES:
As part of the ongoing evolution of recycling in Pennsylvania, Waste Management began the tagging process the week of July 15, 2019. Drivers will have adhesive tags that will be left at recycling bins containing contamination. The tag will indicate to the homeowner that certain items in the bin are considered garbage and cannot be recycled. Contaminants include but are not limited to recyclables placed in plastic bags (bags are the largest contaminant in the recycling stream), dirty/wet items such as food and liquids remaining in the recycling container, glass, and non-recyclable items such as garden hoses or propane tanks, to name several. For the remainder of 2019, drivers will continue to collect contaminated recycling as a courtesy. The tags are being used at this time for educational purposes. As previously reported to residents, the goal is to remove as many contaminants from the recycling stream as possible. If contaminants are not removed, municipalities can be surcharged beginning in 2020 for contaminated items. The education process is ongoing and additional information will be forthcoming in future issues of the Park News, on the South Park Township Website and in the Township's e-newsletter. Waste Management will also have a website available shortly that will be dedicated to the recycling issue. Township officials thank our residents for their ongoing support of the recycling program and continuing participation.

MICHAEL BROTHERS HAULING & RECYCLING
GLASS RECYCLING PROGRAM TO CONTINUE - NOW INCLUDES CARDBOARD

Michael Brothers Hauling & Recycling glass container recycling pilot program at the company's North and South Hills locations is being continued indefinitely, and now includes cardboard. Township residents can take their glass containers and cardboard to the South Hills site which is located at 901 Horning Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. The hours of operation for the program have been expanded to Monday thru Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants are to enter the drive-thru area. Glass is separated by color: clear, green and brown, and items are to be placed in the correct color-coded receptacle when making a drop-off at the facility. Cardboard also has a designated drop-off receptacle. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE. For more information concerning the program, please contact Michael Brothers at 412-835-6428. View the Michael Brothers Glass Recycling Flyer here.

PINEY FORK ROAD - PENNDOT REPAIR PROJECT

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.

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.

PENNDOT BRIDGE REHABILITATION PROJECT - GILL HALL ROAD

PennDOT will be performing a bridge rehabilitation and related roadway construction on Gill Hall Road (SR 3017) in Jefferson Hills Borough. The project will begin approximately 485 feet east of Piney Fork Road (SR 3014) to a point approximately 50 feet west of Piney Fork Road. Operations are anticipated to begin in May 2019 with a project end date of late September 2019. During construction, Gill Hall Road will be detoured at the intersection of Piney Fork Road. The posted detour is 9.7 miles and will be clearly marked with appropriate signage.

SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP LIBRARY "HEART OF THE COMMUNITY" MOSAIC MURAL

South Park Township Library, in conjunction with South Park Township, is in the process of building a mosaic mural in the coming months that honors the history and future of the community. When built, the mural will be displayed along the exterior of the library. Residents are encouraged to stay updated with the progress of the "Heart of the Community" Mosaic Mural project here.

Building sessions and other mural-related programs that the entire community can be involved with will be posted on the South Park Township Library's website.

LOCAL LEGISLATORS HAVE OFFICE HOURS IN TOWNSHIP ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

The following State Representatives have a satellite office in South Park Township to serve constituents in the township and nearby communities. The office is located in the Administration Building of the South Park Township Municipal Complex. The State Representative's staff will be available to assist constituents with any state related issues:

State Representative MICHAEL PUSKARIC- 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. For additional information, call 412-382-2009.

State Representative BILL KORTZ- 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. For additional information, call 412-466-1940 or 412-886-2870.

JOIN THE 2020 CENSUS TEAM

The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking individuals to fill a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff for the 2020 Census process. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. For more information or help applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020 or visit the 2020 Census Jobs website at https://2020census.gov/jobs. The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING

Due to the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, Act 108 of 2010, residents will no longer be allowed to place televisions, computers, and electronic equipment at the curb for pick-up with municipal waste. These items are required to be correctly disposed at a recycling event or facility. For more information and locations of recycling events throughout Allegheny County, please visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council at www.prc.org or call South Park Township Administration at (412) 831-7000.

South Park Township will be hosting two (2) Electronic Recycling Events in 2019: Saturday, April 27th and Saturday, October 19th. They will be held in the Public Works Parking Lot (enter via Parkford Drive), located in the Municipal Complex, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For additional information, contact the Administration Office at 412-831-7000;

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)..

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.

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 southparktwp@southparktwp.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.

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.

SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP NAMED BANNER COMMUNITY FOR 2019

For the 6th year in a row, South Park Township has been awarded the status of Banner Community for 2019. 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

FirstEnergy's utilities have received numerous reports of scams from customers. Scammers can be very convincing and often target those who are most vulnerable, like senior citizens or business owners. Click here to view the Press Release on tips to help ensure the safety of your family, property and personal information. 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.

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.



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.

 

 

 

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