SEWAGE & REFUSE BILLING
Sewage and Refuse Bills were sent out on June 2, 2017, and will be due by July 6, 2017. If you have not received your bill by June 16th, or you have any questions regarding your bill, please contact the Sewage & Refuse Billing Office at 412-831-7000.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY VACANT PROPERTY RECOVERY PROGRAM TO INCLUDE SIDE YARDS
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 2017 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program, Allegheny County will waive the standard parcel fee of $3,000 for applicants seeking a side yard to their primary residence and applicants proposing to rehabilitate a blighted structure. The fee to applicants proposing to demolish a blighted structure has been reduced to $1,400. All applicants will also be responsible for the appraised value of the property, a good faith deposit, and closing costs. The application, which contains additional details about the Program guidelines, can be accessed at www.alleghenycounty.us/VPRP. All applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2017. Only one application will be accepted per applicant.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP NAMED ONE OF THE 100 SAFEST CITIES IN AMERICA
South Park Township was recently ranked No. 10 as one of the 100 safest cities in America. The Township was 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.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP NAMED BANNER COMMUNITY FOR 2017
On March 31st, County officials announced the 2017 Banner Communities. 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. Since its inception in 2012, South Park Township has been honored several times.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP ANNUAL COMMUNITY DAY
South Park Township's annual Community Day will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the South Park Fairgrounds. Festivities will start at noon with the parade along Corrigan Drive to Brownsville Road and into the Fairgrounds. The theme this year is "Fall Spooktacular." The celebration will include demonstrations, crafts and informational booths in the fairground buildings and surrounding areas. Local businesses and school groups will also be there with a variety of food and games to please everyone. There are plenty of activities for the kids and lots of entertainment and interesting booths throughout the fairgrounds. Soccer teams will be playing games all day. The District Band as well as River Trail Band will be on the outside stage. For more information, please contact Recreation Director, Colleen Dominick at 412-831-7000.
Booth application forms are available at the Administration Building and online. Applications will be due on August 1, 2017. View a Booth Application Here.
Parade application forms for parade participants are available at the Administration Building and online. Applications will be due on August 1, 2017. View a Parade Application Here.
Entry forms for the Children's Halloween Costume Contest are available at the Administration Building and online. Forms will be due on September 11, 2017. View a Halloween Costume Contest Entry Form Here.
Entry forms for the All American Miss Pageant are available at the Administration Building and online. Forms will be due on September 12, 2017. View a Pageant Entry Form Here.
PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCE COUNCIL (PRC) -
HARD-TO-RECYCLE COLLECTION AND HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL COLLECTION EVENTS
The PRC will sponsor a Hard-to-Recycle Collection Event on the following Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the locations listed below. PRC accepts electronic waste such as computers, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges, CFL bulbs, televisions and other electronic waste.
July 29: La Roche College - 9000 Babcock Blvd., McCandless, PA 15237
August 12: Century III Mall - 3075 Clairton Blvd., West Mifflin, PA 15123
October 7: Settlers Cabin Park Wave Pool - Ridge Road, Robinson Twp., PA 15205
The PRC will also be hosting Household Chemical Collection Events on the following Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participant fee is $3.00 per gallon (a few exceptions apply), cash only. These events are restricted to household quantities of Household Chemicals, PRC accepts nearly every chemical product found in the bathroom, kitchen, basement, garage, garden shed or workshop.
July 22: Washington County Consol Energy Park parking lot.
August 19: Allegheny County Boyce Park Four Season Ski Lodge parking lot.
September 16: Allegheny County South Park Wave Pool parking lot.
October 14: Beaver County Brady's Run Park Recycling Center.
For more information on both events (including any fees) visit the PRC website at http://prc.org or call 412-488-7452.
DOG LICENSES AVAILABLE - 2017
2017 Dog Licenses are available, starting in January, 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.
REFUSE/RECYCLING COLLECTION FOR 2017
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 22nd, and October 21st, 2017, 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.
Due to the Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Christmas Day holidays, the collection day will be on Tuesday for those weeks. Please refer to the Republic Services 2017 flyer link located on the left side of this page.
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.
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.
CERTIFIED ELECTRONIC RECYCLERS
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
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 OPENS A SATELLITE OFFICE IN SOUTH PARK
State Representative Bill Kortz opened 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. Starting on January 8th, 2015, 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.
BEWARE OF UTILITY COMPANY WORKER IMPOSTERS
You can prevent utility worker imposters from targeting you by taking precautions to protect yourself. Individuals claiming to represent the "water company" or another utility company will approach the resident and use a variety of excuses to enter the home. Once inside the home, the imposters typically divert the resident's attention by sending him/her to the basement or kitchen to run a faucet or other task while they or an accomplice robs another area of the home.
First, it is extremely rare for water company personnel to show up at a customer's home without an appointment. However, if a utility worker comes to your door and you are not expecting them, DO NOT let them inside without proper identification. All Pennsylvania American Water service personnel wear uniforms, drive company-branded vehicles and wear photo ID badges with the company's logo. (IMPORTANT: Company employees will never ask for nor accept payment at a customer's home or business.)
Do not be afraid to ask for photo ID, and take the time to examine the ID badge whenever someone from a utility company arrives at your home. If you are still unsure and have any suspicions about the individual's identity, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also, you can contact Pennsylvania American Water's customer service center (800-565-7292) to check if the service visit is legitimate.
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 lists at any time.
Two South Park Police Officers have been certified as child safety technicians. The two 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 2017 SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE UNDERWAY
The 2017 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.