PINEY FORK ROAD BRIDGE AND ROAD REPAIRS
Township officials have been receiving calls and e-mails from residents inquiring as to the status of the repairs to the bridge in the vicinity of the treatment plant, as well as the road collapse, both located on Piney Fork Road. Please be advised that Piney Fork Road is owned and maintained by PennDOT, not South Park Township. The Township has been advised that both projects will most likely be undertaken during the 2018 construction season. Residents can call the PennDOT hotline at 412-781-3260 to voice their concerns.
LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES OPENING
South Park Township is seeking a qualified individual to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. The Library Board members serve in an advisory capacity regarding Library services. Board members are active in community functions and, particularly, fundraising activities. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. Interested parties are asked to complete and return a Statement of Interest form, which can be found online here, or contact South Park Township at 412-831-7000.
2018 SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM
South Park Township will hold the 2018 Summer Recreation Program from June 11th through August 2nd. Please click here to visit the Recreation page for the times and dates of specific activities and registration fees. ALL CHILDREN MUST BE REGISTERED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - JUNE 16, 2018
Township officials recognize the need to provide homeowners with a safe and economical disposal method for household hazardous waste products which is an ongoing problem. The improper disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) such as pouring the material down the drain, on the ground, into the storm sewers, or placing them in the trash can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. To address this concern, South Park Township will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event, which is separate from the electronic waste collection event, will be held in the parking lot of the Public Works Garage located in the Municipal Complex. Typical examples of HHW include household cleaning products, aerosols, pool chemicals, paints, driveway sealer, automotive fluids, batteries, light bulbs, pesticides, mouse/rat poison, and weed killer.
** Residents participating in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event should enter via Parkford Drive, and follow the Directional Signs to the Public Works Parking Lot. **
There is a cost associated with the disposal of HHW which is as follows:
All Household Hazardous Waste: $1.60 per pound.
Mercury Containing Devices: $6.70 per pound.
Universal Waste (Bulbs & Batteries): $1.40 per pound.
Small Freon Containing Devices: $0.65 per pound.
Propane Tanks and Fire Extinguishers: $15.00/each.
DO NOT BRING explosives, radioactive material, ammunition, tires, medical waste (including syringes/needles), large appliances, electronics (including TVs), bulk waste, commercial/industrial waste, and drugs.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. CALL NOW FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT AT 1-866-815-0016 OR REGISTER ON-LINE AT www.ecsr.net.
For more information, view the Household Hazardous Waste Event Flyer here.
PA RESOURCE COUNCIL (PRC) - HARD TO RECYCLE COLLECTION EVENTS
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will partner with the PRC to hold Hard to Recycle events at the following locations. Individuals can drop off "e-waste" at no charge, such as cell and homes phones, CFL bulbs, computer towers, microwave ovens, stereo equipment, video game consoles, VCRs, and DVD players. For a fee, individuals can drop off such items as alkaline batteries, CDs, DVDs, floppy discs, fluorescent tubes, printers, small Freon appliances, tires with and without rims, computer monitors, and televisions. All events are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. For additional information and a complete list of acceptable items, including pricing, please call 412-488-7452 or visit the PRC website at http://prc.org.
June 16, 2018: Bethel Park High School
June 30, 2018: Quaker Valley High School
August 25, 2018: Century III Mall
October 6, 2018: Settlers Cabin Park
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.
DOG LICENSES: Dog Licenses for 2018 are available 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 email@example.com 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
NO SOLICITATION LIST
Township residents are reminded that an ordinance regulating peddling and soliciting within Township boundaries is in effect. This includes the distribution of commercial and advertising materials not received via the U.S. mail. Federal laws permit solicitation to continue until 9:00 p.m.
Residents who prefer not to be solicited may complete a "No Solicitation Request" form available at the South Park Township Municipal Building or by obtaining the "No Solicitation Request" form here. Upon receipt of the request, South Park Township will issue a "No Soliciting" sticker to the resident that can be affixed to a prominent window or door. The resident's address is also added to a list of restricted street addresses which is given to solicitors and peddlers who receive licenses from South Park Township, and also political and religious organizations. The ordinance does not apply to children under the age of 16, including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, who take orders for and deliver newspapers, greeting cards, candy, cookies or other products related to school functions. Any questions may be directed to the Administration Office at 412-831-7000.
Please be on the alert for strangers in your neighborhood. Report any unusual occurrences to police department personnel by calling 911.
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.
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
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 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 2018 SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE UNDERWAY
The 2018 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.