CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2020 TRASH AND RECYCLING CALENDAR
FIRST ENERGY/WEST PENN POWER CALL CENTER (FOR POWER INTERRUPTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH YOUR SERVICE): 1-800-686-0021
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL COMPLEX COURTYARD RENOVATION
Please be advised that the courtyard of the South Park Township Municipal Complex is in the process of being renovated. Construction activities are underway in the area immediately to the left of the entrance, if you are facing the building. Visitors to the Administration Building are to park in the Short-Term Parking Lot. Signs have been posted to direct people to the front entrance. If at all possible, residents are to avoid using the drop-off box during the construction. Thanks for your cooperation and patience while the renovation is underway.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY VACANT PROPERTY RECOVERY PROGRAM
2020 SIDE YARD AND BLIGHTED STRUCTURE PROGRAM
For a limited time, the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program will be accepting applications to acquire vacant properties for side yards to an owner-occupied primary residence or blighted structure remediation at a reduced cost to the applicant. Under the 2020 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program, Allegheny County will waive the standard parcel fee of $3,000 for applicants for a side yard to their primary residence and applicants proposing to demolish a blighted structure. The fee for applicants proposing to rehabilitate a blighted structure has been reduced to $1,400. The application, which contains additional details about the Program guidelines, can be obtained at www.alleghenycounty.us/VPRP. The Program will accept no more than five (5) applications per municipality in the order that they are received. All applications must be postmarked by September 30, 2020, and only one application will be accepted per applicant or household.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The South Park Township Municipal Building is again open to the public. Face Masks MUST BE WORN in the building and residents should comply with social distancing. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY CENTER HAS REOPENED
The South Park Township Community Center reopened to the public on Friday, June 5, 2020. Residents requesting to use the facility will continue to coordinate with the Receptionist in person or by phone. A revised waiver form addressing the COVID-19 issue must be signed in person prior to using the room. Township officials request that the public adhere to the Green Phase requirements issued by the CDC including social distancing whenever possible, not sharing equipment, avoid using the facility if a resident is ill, and washing hands.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP PARKS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Effective Friday, June 5, 2020, all Township parks: Evans Park, Wilson Park, Highland Park, Grove Road Park, and Whitewood Park reopened to the public as part of Allegheny County's transition from the Yellow phase to the Green phase, as per Governor Wolf.
When using the parks, please follow all CDC guidelines including:
- Social distance whenever possible.
- Do not share equipment.
- Avoid using facilities if sick showing symptoms.
- Wash hands often and sanitize before and after use of park.
FOR INFORMATION RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS, PLEASE REFER TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) WEBSITE AT WWW.CDC.GOV.
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ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (ACHD) CONDUCTING ORAL RABIES BAITING PROJECT FROM JULY 31 THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2020
To reduce the risk of a human case of rabies, ACHD and the USDA will be distributing oral raccoon rabies vaccine-containing baits. There are two types of baits: one is a plastic sachet (looks like a ketchup packet) coated in fish meal; the other is a plastic sachet enclosed in a fish meal block. The risk of adverse effects to humans and animals due to exposure to the vaccine is minimal, but the public is urged to avoid contact with the bait if possible. ACHD is asking the public to keep their dogs on a leash, indoors, or confined to their property as much as possible during baiting and the week after. The baits will be distributed throughout South Park by hand and from vehicles from August 5th through August 12th. For more information, view the ACHD Notice, visit www.achd.net/raccoon/ or call ACHD at 412-350-4046. For information concerning accidental contact with baits, call 1-877-722-6725.
SEPTEMBER 11TH CEREMONY CANCELED
The September 11th Ceremony has been an annual tradition in South Park Township for the past 19 years. Regretfully, Township officials have determined the remembrance cannot be held this year because of the COVID-19 restrictions presently in place in Allegheny County. Current County guidelines limit outdoor activities to less than 50 people, which is not feasible for this type of event.
The September 11th Ceremony has always been an occasion that unites our Township and reminds us of the many ideals that we hold dear: love of country, community, faith, and family. 2021 will be the 20th anniversary of September 11th. Hopefully, at that time, we will be together again at Sunny Slope to commemorate an occurrence that is a defining moment in our nation's history.
2020 COMMUNITY DAY CANCELLED
Due to the ongoing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic and adhering to the state's regulations for safety in the green phase, Township officials have decided to cancel the 2020 Community Day event. This is the first time in 30+ years that Community Day will not be held. It is particularly disheartening because 2020 marks the Township's 175th anniversary. Although this is a disappointment, efforts will be focused on returning in 2021 with a spectacular event at which time 175 years will be celebrated. Residents are asked to keep an eye on the Township's website, Facebook page, and the Park News. There may be some surprises for our residents to enjoy in place of Community Day. Township officials thank all residents for their ongoing participation in this annual tradition, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2021!
WASTE MANAGEMENT RESUMES REGULAR CURBSIDE COLLECTION ACTIVITIES - MAY 4, 2020
Residents are advised that effective Monday, May 4, 2020, Waste Management has resumed regular curb side collection activities. This includes all yard waste (grass clippings, brush, and tree limbs), and bulk items (furniture, carpeting, mattresses, and appliances).
Please keep in mind that bulk collection will be limited to one (1) item per household. All trash/refuse must be bagged and sealed, and wherever possible, placed in containers. LOOSE ITEMS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED. Your cooperation is most appreciated.
SANITARY SEWER ISSUES
The Township is experiencing an escalating number of problems throughout the Township's sanitary sewer system. Sanitary sewer lines are becoming obstructed because of an increasing number of wipes, paper towels, and other materials being introduced into the sanitary sewer lines. Residents are asked to discard the materials in the trash rather than flushing them, placing the items in the basement floor drain, or in manholes. Continuing these practices may cause expensive sanitary sewer back-ups not only in your home, but in your neighbor's home as well. Residents are to contact South Park Township at 412-831-7000 with any questions or if they notice sewage smells or manhole problems.
VIEW A LIST OF LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE PERMITTED TO OPERATE AT THIS CRITICAL TIME BELOW
Our local small businesses are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please support the businesses that are permitted to be open at this critical time. This local business list was assembled by Broughton Volunteer Fire Company. This list is a LIVE form and will be periodically updated to provide the most accurate information to our residents. If you see any information that needs edited in this list, click the link provided on the sheet that will direct you to the update form.
WEST PENN POWER - 2020 TREE TRIMMING PROGRAM
To enhance service reliability, West Penn Power is scheduled in 2020 to trim trees along transmission lines and distribution circuits throughout South Park Township and neighboring communities. The tree trimming program includes inspecting vegetation near the lines to ensure trees are pruned in a manner that helps preserve the health of the tree while also maintaining safety near electric facilities. Trees that present a danger or are diseased also may be removed. Customers living in areas along company rights-of-way will be notified prior to vegetation management work being done. For more information, visit FirstEnergy website here.
SAVVY CITIZEN NOTIFICATION SYSTEM NOW AVAILABLE
Township officials are pleased to announce that the Savvy Citizen resident notification system is now available to the public. There are two components to Savvy Citizen: Events and Alerts. The Events option allows residents to reference an online calendar for upcoming municipal meetings, community events, such as Community Day, refuse/recycling collection, etc. The Alerts option provides residents with notifications of severe or extreme weather conditions, road closures, power outages, emergency conditions, and other safety updates.
For residents with smartphones/tablets, simply visit the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (Apple) to download the Savvy Citizen App for FREE and opt in to receive information from South Park Township. Those without smartphones/tablets can sign up for Savvy Citizen at www.savvycitizenapp.com/signup and select to have text notifications or e-mails sent to them. For more information about Savvy Citizen, contact Chris at 412-831-7000.
HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL COLLECTION EVENT - SEPTEMBER 19, 2020
Pennsylvania Resources Council will be hosting a Household Chemical Collection Event on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The event will be held at the South Park Wave Pool parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. For a list of accepted materials and associated costs, visit https://prc.org/programs/collection-events. Due to precautions brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak, the event will be registration based. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT.
ENVIRONMENTAL DAY EVENT - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020
South Park Township will be hosting an Electronic Recycling Event, a Document Destruction Event, and Prescription Drug Drop-off, which will be held on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH. The events will be held in the Municipal Complex, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For additional information, please click on the links above or contact the Administration Office at 412-831-7000.
CURBSIDE YARD-WASTE / LEAF COLLECTION - FALL 2020
South Park Township has contracted with Waste Management for the curbside collection and processing of yard-waste. The 2020 fall yard-waste collection dates are on the following Saturdays: November 7, November 14, November 21, and December 5. Please click here for additional information.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP RANKED 2ND SAFEST CITY IN PENNSYLVANIA
As we commemorate our 175th Year, it is an honor for South Park Township to be ranked among the safest cities in Pennsylvania. According to Loan-shark's "Safest Cities in Pennsylvania 2020" report, South Park Township proudly ranks as the 2nd safest city. The determination for the safest areas were rated from the FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics.
DOG LICENSES: Dog Licenses for 2020 are available after January 1, 2020 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.
2020 CENSUS PROCESS IS UNDERWAY - NEW DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
Make sure Townships Count by completing the 2020 Census. The new Census deadline is September 30th. Click here to learn more about the Census.
Congratulations to the residents of South Park Township!
Officials were recently notified by the Census Bureau that the percentage of residents who self-responded to the 2020 Census survey was 78.7% as of June 15, 2020. This is well above the average response of 64% in Pennsylvania. South Park Township was ranked 9th out of 42 communities in the self-response rate.
Although this is great news, there is still work to be done. Many residents in the community have not yet participated in the 2020 Census survey. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe, and important. *Please remember that by law, individual-level Census information CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE SHARED. The Census Bureau is committed to keeping your information confidential, private, and secure. Residents can complete the survey online at www.2020census.gov or by phone: 844-330-2020.
- The Census directly impacts funding for essential services and community support including healthcare, housing, food, libraries, education, and roads. Being counted provides a decade of necessary resources for our community, not only in Pennsylvania as a whole, but specifically South Park Township. For example, Census tracts and block groups (not personal information) is a requirement for South Park Township to apply for Community Development Block Grant Program funding, which is used to replace aging storm and sanitary sewer lines. The Township has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding over the past 30 years from this source.
- The Census will also directly impact how new PA state house and senate districts in the Commonwealth are redrawn in 2021. Pennsylvania could lose one or more of our 18 representatives in the U.S. House, which would also mean the loss of one or more of our 20 electoral votes. Allegheny County is at highest risk for an under count out of all counties in western Pennsylvania. Missing a family of five in the count is equal to a loss of $100,000 in resources to our community over the next 10 years. Pennsylvania receives over $39 billion in annual funding from the 55 largest federal programs that rely on Census data. These resources support schools, hospital infrastructure, and community-based services.
- It is critical to South Park Township, the South Park School District, Allegheny County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the entire country that we all stand and be counted! Learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census at https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP NAMED BANNER COMMUNITY FOR 2020
For the 7th year in a row, South Park Township has been awarded the status of Banner Community for 2020. 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.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT AWARDED THE
2019 AAA COMMUNITY TRAFFIC SAFETY PLATINUM AWARD
For the 8th year in a row, South Park Township Police Department has received the AAA Platinum Award for Community Traffic Safety. The award is given to law enforcement departments that prove success in their outstanding dedication to traffic safety initiatives and for keeping the local region's roadways safe.
PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN WATER (PAWC) PIPELINE PROJECTS
PAWC will be upgrading infrastructure on various streets throughout the Township. Click here to view the projects. The pipeline projects will improve water service reliability and increase water flows for household use and fire fighting. Final restoration will take place later in the year. For more information, call 1-800-565-7292.
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.
REFUSE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION
South Park Township contracts with Waste Management as the waste and recycling hauler for residents. Garbage will be collected once every week and recycling will be collected every other week, designated by street. Click here for a Trash & Recycling Calendar and street listing guide to identify your collection day. A Trash & Recycling Calendar insert is also available in the January edition of the Park News. Residents are advised to place material at the curb after 6:00 p.m. on the prior day of your scheduled collection day. When your collection day falls on or after a major holiday (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day), your collection will be delayed one day that week only. For more information regarding refuse and recycling collection,visit the Refuse, Recycling and Sewage page under "Our Services" tab.
RECYCLING BINS AND 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 $16.00 per bin. Both can be purchased at the Reception Desk in the Administration Building.
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.
Local Options for Electronic Waste Recycling:
Best Buy Stores - visit www.bestbuy.com for a list of acceptable items.
Staple Stores - visit www.staples.com for a list of acceptable items.
Evolution E-Cycling, LLC, 2235 Mary Street, Pgh, PA 15203; Phone: 412-787-1616
eLoop, LLC, 155 Plum Industrial Court, Pgh, PA 15239; Phone: 724-519-7646
MICHAEL BROTHERS HAULING & RECYCLING
GLASS AND CARDBOARD RECYCLING
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.
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)..
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 NOW ACCEPTING ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICES
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. The program has expanded to include allowing people to drop off electronic vaping devices, provided any lithium ion batteries are removed. 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.
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.
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 2020 SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE UNDERWAY
The 2020 subscription drive for Tri-Community South is currently underway. The cost is $60.00 per individual 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.