The South Park Township Public Works Department will soon be actively engaged in snow removal activities for the 2015-16 winter season. 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. Please 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. Please 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.
TOYS FOR TOTS
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.
Collection bins have been placed in the lobby of the South Park Township Administration Building and the Library. Residents are asked to contribute only new toys. Toys are sorted by age and gender; therefore, it would be most appreciated if the items are not wrapped. Please help us make a child's Christmas truly special by participating in the Toys for Tots Program. Toys will be collected until Wednesday, December 9, 2015.
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 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 curb side. 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.