PINEY FORK ROAD CLOSURE - AUGUST 20, 2018
Pennsylvania businesses and residents affected by the June 20-21, 2018 flooding in Allegheny County can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration at an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center. LEARN MORE ABOUT SBA AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE HERE!
Residents are advised that Piney Fork Road will be closed to traffic, in the vicinity of the Piney Fork Road Sewage Treatment Plant, starting Monday, August 20, 2018. The closure is due to the replacement of the bridge culvert in this area. This PennDot project is expected to last approximately 90 days until completion. Please click here for a detour map.For additional information, call the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBA OFFERS DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AFFECTED BY JUNE 20-21, 2018 FLOODING
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of -hearing), or by emailing email@example.com. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is September 24, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 24, 2019.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONDUCTING ORAL RACCOON RABIES BAITING PROJECT - AUGUST 3-17, 2018
From August 3rd to August 17th, rabies vaccine baits are being distributed across Allegheny County, especially parks. A vaccine packet is coated or placed inside a fish meal block, and the baits are dropped from low-flying airplanes or helicopters, or by local teams on foot or in vehicles. There are two types of bait: one is a plastic sachet (looks like a ketchup packet) coated in fish meal, the other is a plastic sachet enclosed in a fish meal block. The vaccine can NOT cause rabies. Baits should be left alone, but intact baits can be moved if they are found where children and pets play. Wear gloves or use a plastic bag when picking up the baits. Toss intact baits into a fencerow, woodlot, ditch, or other raccoon habitat areas. Damaged baits should be bagged and disposed in the trash. Wash your hands after any skin contact with a bait. Keep your dogs on a leash, indoors, or confined to their property as much as possible during baiting and the week after. A few baits, if eaten by a pet, will not be harmful; although eating a lot may cause vomiting or diarrhea. If your pet eats a bait, avoid your pet's saliva for 24 hours and wash skin or wounds that may have been licked.
For more information visit http://www.achd.net/raccoon/ or call the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-350-4046. For information concerning accidental contact with baits, call 1-877-722-6725.
FAKE MAILERS DIVERT DONATIONS AWAY FROM FIRE DEPARTMENTS
In recent weeks, fundraising solicitations and requests for volunteer firefighters have been showing up all over Pennsylvania. They are from a group called Volunteer Firefighter Alliance. The pre-printed envelope instructs the recipient to send his or her donation to the alliance's address in Topeka, Kansas. Other mailers claim to collect money on behalf of various fire departments and asks the donor to make their contributions to a third-party "Volunteer Firefighter Alliance." A similar scam, earlier in August, had someone falsely claiming to collect donations for the local fire department via phone calls. Residents are being warned to be mindful of the actual sender. Donations are always needed to preserve volunteer fire departments without outside intervention filtering well intentioned dollars out of state. If you are not certain if a request for a donation is authentic, call your local fire departments: Broughton Volunteer Fire Department at 412-655-4844; and Library Volunteer Fire Company at 412-835-7114, or contact the South Park Township Police at 412-833-1000.
PINEY FORK ROAD REPAIRS
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. Residents can call the PennDOT hotline at 412-781-3260 to voice their concerns.
PA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE & AGING EVENT - AUGUST 22, 2018
Life Span Resources and Services for Seniors will host an event by the PA Department of Insurance & Aging to be held at the Bethel Park Community Center, on August 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. PA State Insurance Commissioner Altman will outline a new law signed by Gov. Wolf to enhance consumer protection when purchasing annuities. PA Department of Aging Secretary Osborne will discuss other issues/services important to seniors. Insurance Department Consumer Liaison Dave Buono & AARP Representative Mary Bach will go over "The Do's and Don'ts of Annuities." PLEASE CALL TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT 412-831-7111.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY VACANT PROPERTY RECOVERY PROGRAM
2018 SIDE YARD AND BLIGHTED STRUCTURE PROGRAM
The Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program will be accepting applications to acquire vacant properties to side yards to an owner-occupied primary residence or blighted structure remediation at a reduced cost to the applicant. Under the 2018 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program, Allegheny County will waive the standard parcel fee of $3,000 for applicants for a side yard to their primary residence and applicants proposing to demolish a blighted structure. The fee for applicants proposing to rehabilitate 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.allegheycounty.us/VPRP. All applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2018, and only one application will be accepted per applicant.
ZONING HEARING BOARD OPENING
South Park Township is seeking a qualified individual to serve on the Zoning Hearing Board. The primary purpose of the Zoning Hearing Board is to ensure the fair and equitable application of the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Hearing Board is a quasi-judicial body, which meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., to hear and decide on appeals from landowners seeking variances to the Zoning Ordinance. Interested parties are asked to complete and return a Statement of Interest form, which can be obtained here or by contacting South Park Township Administration at 412-831-7000.
LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES OPENING
South Park Township is seeking a qualified individual to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. The Library Board members serve in an advisory capacity regarding Library services. Board members are active in community functions and, particularly, fundraising activities. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. Interested parties are asked to complete and return a Statement of Interest form, which can be found online here, or contact South Park Township at 412-831-7000.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP BASKETBALL REGISTRATION - SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
The South Park Recreation Board is sponsoring a basketball program again this year for boys and girls in grades 3-7. Registration will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building, located in the Municipal Complex. The registration fee is $50.00 which helps defray costs such as officials' fees, shirts, monitor, etc. Practice begins in December with one or two practices per week. Games begin in January with a practice every week or every other week, tentatively. Girls in grades 3 & 4 will play on Tuesday nights, and girls in grades 5-6-7 will play on Thursday nights. Boys in grades 3 & 4 will play on Friday nights, and boys in grades 5-6-7 will play on Monday nights. Any questions should be directed to Recreation Director, Colleen Dominick, at 412-831-7000.
Girls Basketball Registration Form can be obtained here.
Boys Basketball Registration Form can be obtained here.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP'S ANNUAL COMMUNITY DAY - SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
South Park Township's Annual Community Day celebration will be held on Saturday, September 15th at the South Park Fairgrounds. The theme this year is "SOUTH PARK PRIDE." Festivities begin at noon with the parade along Corrigan Drive to Brownsville Road and into the Fairgrounds. The event will include demonstrations, crafts, and informational booths, as well as the band, "The District," and of course South Park's famous "All American Miss Pageant." Local business and school groups will also be in attendance with a variety of food and games to please everyone. There will be plenty of activities for the kids and lots of entertainment and interesting booths throughout the fairgrounds. Soccer teams will be playing in the field area, and new this year will be a 5K run/fitness walk for all ages. Application forms will be available in the Park News or by clicking on the links below. If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Director, Colleen Dominick at 412-831-7000.
Click here for the Community Day Schedule of Events.
Click here to obtain an application form to request vendor space.
To register to enter the 5K Run/Fitness Walk, log on to: southparkcrosscountrycommunityday5k.site123.me.
Any questions should be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PETERS CREEK AND PINEY FORK CREEK CLEAN-UP - SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
South Park Township is again sponsoring the Peters Creek and Piney Fork Creek clean-up on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to remove accumulated litter and debris along both creeks. Anyone who has an interest in participating is asked to meet in the small parking lot located at the intersection of Snowden Road and Peters Creek Road. Plastic bags and gloves will be provided. It is recommended that all volunteers wear boots since the scope of the work will involve both sides of each creek. Please contact Walt Sackinsky at 412-833-1933, or by email at email@example.com, for additional information.
FISHING EQUIPMENT DONATIONS NEEDED
Tri-Community Angler Association is collecting fishing equipment for the annual "Kids Fish for Fun Day" to be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Anyone who would like to donate usable fishing equipment, please contact Walt Sackinsky at 412-833-1933 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIDS FISH FOR FUN DAY - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
A "Kids Fish for Fun Day" is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. along Peters Creek in both South Park Township and Jefferson Hills Borough. Kids 15 years of age and younger are invited to participate but must be accompanied by an adult. The event is sponsored by Tri-Community Anglers Assoc. Please remember that this is a catch-and-release program. Registration will be held at the intersection of Peters Creek Road and Waterman Road in Jefferson Hills on the day of the event. It will be an afternoon of fishing, fun, food, and prizes! For additional information, please contact Walt Sackinsky at 412-833-1933 or by email at email@example.com.
PA RESOURCE COUNCIL (PRC) - HARD TO RECYCLE COLLECTION EVENTS
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will partner with the PRC to hold Hard to Recycle events at the following locations. Individuals can drop off "e-waste" at no charge, such as cell and homes phones, CFL bulbs, computer towers, microwave ovens, stereo equipment, video game consoles, VCRs, and DVD players. For a fee, individuals can drop off such items as alkaline batteries, CDs, DVDs, floppy discs, fluorescent tubes, printers, small Freon appliances, tires with and without rims, computer monitors, and televisions. All events are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. For additional information and a complete list of acceptable items, including pricing, please call 412-488-7452 or visit the PRC website at http://prc.org.
August 25, 2018: Century III Mall
October 6, 2018: Settlers Cabin Park
PA RESOURCE COUNCIL (PRC) - HOUSESOLD CHEMICAL COLLECTION EVENTS
PRC will accept household chemicals at the following locations, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., such as: aerosol cans, automotive fluids, batteries, small propane bottles, chemistry sets, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL tubes are NOT collected), gasoline and kerosene, household cleaners, mercury thermometers/liquid mercury, paint products, pesticides, weed killers, fertilizer, pool chemicals, etc. Participant fee is $3.00 per gallon (a few exceptions apply), CASH ONLY. For additional information and a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, including pricing, please call 412-488-7452 or visit the PRC website at http://prc.org.
August 18, 2018 - Boyce Park Four Seasons Ski Lodge parking lot.
September 22, 2018 - South Park Wave Pool parking lot.
DOG LICENSES: Dog Licenses for 2018 are available 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.
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.
REFUSE/RECYCLING COLLECTION FOR 2018
View Republic Services 2018 Trash & Recycling Calendar and Collection Rules
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 21st, and October 20th, 2018, 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. Additional 32 Gallon Recycling Bins can be purchased for $16.00 per bin at the Administration Building in the Municipal Complex.
Due to the New Year's Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day holidays, the collection day will be on Tuesday for those weeks. Please refer to the Republic Services 2018 flyer link located above.
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.
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
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.
NO SOLICITATION LIST
Township residents are reminded that an ordinance regulating peddling and soliciting within Township boundaries is in effect. This includes the distribution of commercial and advertising materials not received via the U.S. mail. Federal laws permit solicitation to continue until 9:00 p.m.
Residents who prefer not to be solicited may complete a "No Solicitation Request" form available at the South Park Township Municipal Building or by obtaining the "No Solicitation Request" form here. Upon receipt of the request, South Park Township will issue a "No Soliciting" sticker to the resident that can be affixed to a prominent window or door. The resident's address is also added to a list of restricted street addresses which is given to solicitors and peddlers who receive licenses from South Park Township, and also political and religious organizations. The ordinance does not apply to children under the age of 16, including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, who take orders for and deliver newspapers, greeting cards, candy, cookies or other products related to school functions. Any questions may be directed to the Administration Office at 412-831-7000.
Please be on the alert for strangers in your neighborhood. Report any unusual occurrences to police department personnel by calling 911.
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.
INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT - LIBRARY ROAD AND CLIFTON ROAD
The PA Department of Transportation, District 11-0, is in the process of preparing highway construction plans for S.R. 0088, Section A23 (Library Road and Clifton Road intersection improvements) in South Park Township and Bethel Park Borough (See Project Location Map here.). Construction is anticipated to begin during the spring of 2019 and conclude in the fall of 2019. The scope of the work for the project calls to add a left turn lane from Library Road northbound onto Clifton Road, a left turn lane from Library Road northbound onto Churchill Road, as well as a right turn lane from Clifton Road onto Library Road southbound. Also, including as part of the project are the replacement of two stone arch bridges with precast concrete box culverts. Additional work includes: drainage updates, signing, pavement markings, and delineation updates, traffic signal updates, and ADA curb ramp updates. The project will primarily be constructed while maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction. However, detours of approximately 5-7 days for the replacement of each structure are required.
SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP NAMED BANNER COMMUNITY FOR 2018
For the 5th year in a row, South Park Township has been awarded the status of Banner Community for 2018. 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
Last year, FirstEnergy's utilities received 959 reports of scams from customers. The actual number of scam attempts is even higher since most are only reported to law enforcement or go unreported. Scammers can be very convincing and often target those who are most vulnerable, like senior citizens or business owners. It is important to keep the following tips in mind to help ensure the safety of your family, property and personal information:
- Customers who are behind on their accounts receive written notices of a possible disconnection and how to prevent it. Representatives will not call or e-mail to demand immediate payment or threaten imminent shutoff.
- Scammers often use Caller ID spoofing software to misrepresent the source of a phone call to further mislead and confuse their targets. Call-back numbers provided by these criminals often use greetings and hold messages that mimic legitimate businesses. If you have any doubts about the status of your electric service, call your utility company using the numbers on their website to ask about your account.
- FirstEnergy employees do not contact customers to request sensitive information such as social security numbers or bank account information.
- While FirstEnergy representatives oftentimes make courtesy calls to customers reminding them of an outstanding balance, they would explain how a payment can be made using the established payment options. They will not demand payment over the phone or at a particular physical location.
- Do not allow anyone claiming to be a utility employee into your home unless you have scheduled an appointment and the employee has provided proper identification. Utility employees typically visit a home only in response to a service request or after providing prior notification.
- FirstEnergy utility employees always carry photo identification, and many field employees wear uniforms and drive clearly marked company vehicles.
- 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.
FIRST ENERGY-WEST PENN POWER ASSISTANCE AND SERVICE PROGRAMS
First Energy-West Penn Power would like to inform customers that they offer a number of customer service programs that can make paying your bill quick and convenient, as well as payment assistance programs to provide help during times of need. The programs that are available include: PA Customer Assistance Program (PCAP), Customer Assistance and Referral Evaluation Services (CARES), WARM Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIPHEAP), and the Dollar Energy Fund. For more information on these and other service programs, please call 800-686-0021.
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.
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' SATELLITE OFFICE IN SOUTH PARK
State Representative Bill Kortz has 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. State Representative Kortz' 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.
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 2018 SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE UNDERWAY
The 2018 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.