HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS AND HARD-TO-RECYCLE COLLECTION EVENTS
Safely dispose of common household chemicals, such as cleaners, automotive fluids, batteries, pesticides, paints, and other products containing potentially hazardous chemicals at the following location: Boyce Park - Allegheny County (Ski Lodge parking lot): Saturday, August 15, 2015, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For additional information call: 412-488-7452.
Individuals can drop of "e-waste" such as computers, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges, CFL bulbs, televisions and other electronic waste at the following location: Allegheny County Airport (West Mifflin, PA 15122) - Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For additional information call: 412-488-7490 Ext. 236.
For directions or a detailed list of items and fees for either of the collection events, visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council website at www.prc.org.
RIDERS OF THE RAIL-TRAIL SOJOURN TRAVELING THROUGH SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP
On Thursday, June 25, 2015, at approximately 12:00 noon, 300 bicycle riders of the Rail-Trail Sojourn will be traveling through South Park Township via the Montour Trail. Since 2001, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's annual Rail-Trail Sojourns have guided thousands of riders from all over America along the most scenic trail networks in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. These Rails-to-Trails biking events are designed to celebrate open trails and draw attention to gaps in would-be trail systems that, if completed, could result in innumerable benefits (economic, health, social, environmental and much more) for their local regions. The 2015 Pennsylvania Rail-Trail Sojourn is approximately 200 miles along the Montour Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage, and it will enter South Park Township at Piney Fork Road. The riders will continue along the Montour Trail and will exit onto Stewart Road and then onto Brownsville Road. Turning onto Pleasant Street, the riders will access the Montour Trail off of Pleasant Street and continue on the trail, crossing Library Road at the Library viaduct.
South Park Township encourages residents to welcome the Rail-Trail Sojourn on June 25th. For more information, visit the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website at www.railstotrails.org.
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 SENATOR MATT SMITH OPENS A SATELLITE OFFICE IN SOUTH PARK
State Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) opened a satellite office in South Park to serve constituents in the township and nearby communities. Senator Smith's satellite office is located in the Administration Building of the South Park Township Municipal Complex at 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park, PA 15129. Staff will be available to assist constituents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month beginning February 26. Additional information is available on Senator Smith's website, www.senatormattsmith.com/contact, or by calling 412-571-2169.
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 8, 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.
REFUSE/RECYCLING COLLECTION FOR 2015
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 curbside. Examples of these items include computers, laptops, 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 25, and September 26, 2015, 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 bi-metal 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, paperbags (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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
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.
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. 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. The drop-off container is available to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In our efforts to provide more reliable communications with Residents and Businesses in the township, we have implemented Swiftreach Networks, Inc. as our Emergency Notification service provider. Swift911™ in its simplest form is a system that makes phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information. All the calls you receive will have the Caller ID of 'South Park Township' or 'South Park Police Department'. If you are not receiving these calls, please click on the link to the left to add or update your contact information. You may also remove yourself from our lists.
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 2015 SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE UNDERWAY
The 2015 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.