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
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, and will remain closed for approximately 30 days.
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.
TOWNSHIP TRICK-OR-TREATING - OCTOBER 31, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Children will be celebrating Halloween throughout the Township from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st. Members of the South Park Township Police Department, the firemen from Broughton VFD and Library VFC, as well as the paramedics of Tri-Community South, will be out and about for the protection and safety of the trick-or-treaters. If assistance is needed, please call 911 or stop any emergency vehicle (police, fire, ambulance) for help. Motorists are reminded to watch out for trick-or-treaters, as they may forget to watch out for you! The Township asks that all participants follow the appropriate social distancing requirements.
TOWNSHIP HALLOWEEN PARTY EVENT - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020
South Park Township has revamped this year's Annual Township Halloween Party to properly follow CDC guidelines. The Halloween Event for Township residents, sponsored by the Board of Supervisors, will be held on Sunday, October 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Township Municipal Complex and will be set up as outdoor stations throughout the Complex and Community Center. Township residents, toddlers through elementary school age children (K through sixth grade), are invited to participate and wear their costumes for this walk-through event. There will be "take and go" treats, crafts, and a pumpkin patch.
In order to conform with gathering restrictions, pre-registration is required. You may register online or you may register by contacting the Recreation Director at 412-831-7000. The deadline to sign up to participate in this event is Wednesday, October 21st. For more information, contact the Administration Office at 412-831-7000 or visit the Township Recreation Facebook Page.
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: October 24, November 7, November 21, and December 5. Please click here for additional information.
GENERAL ELECTION - NOVEMBER 3, 2020 - Polls for the 2020 General Election will remain open continuously between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. All polling locations in each of South Park Township's thirteen districts will be open. Contact the Allegheny County Elections Office at 412-350-4500 or click here to find the location of your polling place.
WALLACE ROAD SINGLE-LANE CLOSURES - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2020
Allegheny County Department of Public Works has announced that they will have crews collecting soil samples needed for the design of three future bridge projects. There will be alternating single-lane closures on Wallace Road approximately 250 feet west of Cochrans Mill Road, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020. Flaggers will be used to control traffic when the closures are implemented, and drivers are urged to use caution in the work zones.
2020 CENSUS PROCESS ENDED OCTOBER 15, 2020
As announced on the U.S. Census Bureau Press Release page, Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census ended on October 15, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our local small businesses are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please support the businesses during this critical time.
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.
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.
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.
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.