FIRST ENERGY/WEST PENN POWER CALL CENTER (FOR POWER INTERRUPTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH YOUR SERVICE): 1-800-686-0021
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, HAVE REOPENED TO TRAFFIC. The closures which began on November 4th were required for partial replacement of Lick Run Bridge No. 8 and a sanitary line.
LIBRARY ROAD AND CLIFTON ROAD - INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
The PA Department of Transportation, District 11-0, and CHD Enterprises General Contractors have announced that work is anticipated to begin mid-November 2019 with a projected end date of early December 2020 for the Library Road (S.R. 0088, Section A23) and Clifton Road intersection improvements in South Park Township and Bethel Park Borough (See Project Location Map here.). Construction will be broken down into multiple phases, including road widening and replacement of 2 existing bridge structures. The construction of each bridge, which will take place around April 2020 and June 2020, will require a vehicle detour. A traffic detour map can be viewed here. (Click here to view a truck detour map.) Any questions should be directed to PennDOT at 412-429-5008.
LEAF / YARD WASTE COLLECTION - FALL 2019
The upcoming leaf/yard waste collection dates are as follows:
- 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.
TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION - MUNICIPAL COMPLEX
South Park Township, in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps, is again participating in the Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots provides toys to disadvantaged children throughout the Pittsburgh area during the Christmas season. The program continues to be important to many area children, and South Park Township is a proud participant. Collection boxes will be placed in the lobby of the South Park Township Administration Building and the South Park Township Library. Residents are asked to contribute only new toys. Toys are not to be wrapped in gift paper so that items can be sorted by the appropriate gender and age category. Please help make a child's Christmas truly special by participating in the Toys for Tots Program. Toys will be collected until Friday, December 6, 2019.
LUNCH WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS - DECEMBER 7, 2019
The South Park Township Board of Supervisors and the Recreation Board are sponsoring "Lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus" on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in the South Park Township Community Center. Children up to the age of 7 are invited to join Santa and his elves for lunch. The doors will open at 11:45 a.m., and the children will meet with Santa and have lunch at 12:00 noon. Lunch will include chicken nuggets, potato chips and a soft drink. Each child will also receive a gift. Click here for a registration form. A form can also be found in the November edition of the Park News or obtained at the Township Administration Building. Space is limited; therefore, everyone is encouraged to sign up early. Any questions should be directed to the Administration Office at 412-831-7000.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP LIGHT-UP NIGHT - DECEMBER 9, 2019
The South Park Township Board of Supervisors and the Recreation Board will be sponsoring the annual Christmas Tree Light Up Celebration on Monday, December 9th, at 6:30 p.m. All residents are invited to participate in the event which will be held in the courtyard of the South Park Township Library. Please join us for an evening filled with holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies, and, of course, an appearance by Santa.
TRI-COMMUNITY SOUTH EMS - 6TH ANNUAL STUFF-A-SQUAD
DECEMBER 6TH AND DECEMBER 13TH - SOUTH PARK SHOPS
Tri-Community South EMS is collecting non-perishable food AND pet supplies on December 6 and December 13, 2019. The Squad vehicle will be located in the South Park Shops parking area, 5227 Library Road, Bethel Park. All food items will be donated to South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM), and all pet supplies will be donated to South Hills Pet Rescue (SHPR). View the event flyer here.
SEWAGE/REFUSE PAYMENT DUE JANUARY 3, 2020
Residents are reminded that sewage and refuse bills will be sent out on December 6, 2019 and are due on January 3, 2020. If you have not received your bill by mid-December or have any questions regarding your account, please contact the Sewage/Refuse Billing Office at 412-831-7000.
DOG LICENSES: Dog Licenses for 2020 will be 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.
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.
SNOW REMOVAL - HOW RESIDENTS CAN ASSIST
The Public Works Department will soon be 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. 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.
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, radio, and/or television. 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.
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.
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.
ELECTRONIC WASTE 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 2020: Saturday, April 25th and Saturday, October 17th. 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;
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)..
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.