CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2021 TRASH AND RECYCLING CALENDAR
FOR INFORMATION RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS, PLEASE REFER TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) WEBSITE AT WWW.CDC.GOV.
FIRST ENERGY/WEST PENN POWER CALL CENTER (FOR POWER INTERRUPTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH YOUR SERVICE): 1-800-686-0021
CARDOX ROAD CLOSURE - SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 -
Motorists are advised that Cardox Road will be closed for road widening activities in Union Township starting September 21, 2020.
SNOW REMOVAL - HOW RESIDENTS CAN ASSIST
The Public Works Department is 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. Please 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.
South Park Township recently declared a snow and ice emergency on Christmas Eve in accordance with Ordinance No. 651. The majority of homeowners did move their vehicles, which was most appreciated. However, a number of residents did not although the public was notified in many formats to do so in the interest of public safety. 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. In the future, residents who violate this provision will be cited and the vehicle towed at the owner's expense.
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, the Township's website, Savvy Citizen, or Facebook. 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.
PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINERS/DUMPSTERS REQUIRING PERMITS
Ordinance No. 698 was adopted on May 11, 2020, for the purpose of regulating the use of portable storage containers, temporary dumpsters, and other refuse containers within the Township. Any questions concerning the use of portable storage containers/dumpsters, or to obtain a permit, please contact the Code Enforcement Office at 412-831-7000. To read Ordinance #698 in its entirety, please click here.
PA AMERICAN WATER - CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Pennsylvania American Water is hosting a series of virtual information sessions about its customer assistance programs. The company will also explain how all customers, regardless of income, can set up payment arrangements, sign up for budget billing, and reduce water usage to lower their monthly bills. Please click on the following links for more information: Bill Paying Assistance Program;
Pennsylvania American Water News Release.
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.
SCAMMERS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FEARS SURROUNDING THE CORONAVIRUS - LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CORONAVIRUS SCAMS HERE
FOR AN UPDATED CHART OF LIFE SUSTAINING BUSINESSES PROVIDED BY THE COMMONWEATH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PLEASE CLICK HERE. TO VIEW THE LIFE SUSTAINING BUSINESSES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) DOCUMENT, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Our local small businesses are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please support the businesses during this critical time.
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.
PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN WATER (PAWC) PIPELINE PROJECTS
PAWC will be upgrading infrastructure throughout the Township at the end of September through mid-November, 2020. Click here to view the projects. The pipeline projects will improve water service reliability and increase water flows for household use and fire fighting. For more information, call 1-800-565-7292.
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.
DOG LICENSES: Dog Licenses for 2021 are available after January 1, 2021 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.
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.
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 - Residents can purchase 32 gallon recycling bins for $16.00/each and recycling bin lids for $4.00/each at the Reception Desk located in the Administration Building.
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
PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCES COUNCIL - RECYCLING EVENTS
For information and locations of recycling events (glass, household chemicals, electronic waste, hard-to-recycle items) throughout Allegheny County, please visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council website at www.prc.org.
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)..
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.
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 2021 SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE UNDERWAY
The 2021 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.