The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners declared April 7-13, 2019 Library Week in Upper St. Clair.
Commissioner Elise Logan presented an official proclamation to Library Director Helen Palascak during the commissioners’ April meeting. Mrs. Palascak thanked the commissioners, staff and residents for their continued support of the library.
As some libraries across the country face struggles, the Upper St. Clair Library thrives. Circulation has increased over the past year in Upper St. Clair, and the library has focused on organizing more events for Township residents to attend.
The Upper St. Clair Library continues to provide many electronic checkout options for residents and librarians continue to field many technical questions about computers from library patrons.
The proclamation states that today’s libraries are at the heart of cities, towns, schools and campuses and are not just about books but what they do for and with people. Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions where people of all backgrounds can be together and connect. Libraries and librarians build strong communities through transformative services, programs and expertise, and promote the free exchange of information and ideas for all, which are the cornerstones of democracy. Libraries promote civic engagement by people informed and aware of community events and issues.
Residents are encouraged to visit the Upper St. Clair Library this week to explore what’s new.
Upper St. Clair Welcomes You!
Old Street Sign Auction
Own a piece of Upper St. Clair history! We are auctioning off the original street signs after federal regulations forced us to upgrade them. The auction begins April 29 at 9:00 a.m. and ends May 23 at 4:00 p.m.
Automated Trash Collection Begins in Upper St. Clair
Automated trash collection began in April 2019.
Glass Recycling for Residents in Upper St. Clair
Pennsylvania Resources Council has launched glass recycling pop-up collection events in the South Hills. The next collection is Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peters Township Middle School, 625 East McMurray Road.
Michael Brothers Hauling & Recycling accepts glass and cardboard for recycling during their normal business hours.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Address: 901 Horning Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
For questions, please call 412-835-6428.
Community & Recreation Center Assessment
A Facilities Implementation Team (FIT) has been created to prioritize improvements and changes to the Community & Recreation Center. The team includes elected officials, C&RC employees and residents. The next FIT meeting is April 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the C&RC. The meeting is open to the public. Click here to view the Community & Recreation Center Facility Assessment Report.
Guidelines for Maintaining Creeks in Upper St. Clair
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has guidelines for maintaining streams and creeks across the state. Please review the booklet to understand what property owners can do to help prevent flooding in local creeks.
DEP Stream Maintenance Booklet
McLaughlinRun Roundabout Project
PennDOT has proposed a plan to replace the signalized intersection at McLaughlin Run, Lesnett and McMillan Roads with a roundabout. A public meeting was held on Sept. 28, 2017. It concluded that PennDOT provide the PowerPoint presentation and a questionnaire to gather additional feedback from the community.
When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 Where: Municipal Building Parking Lot 1820 McLaughlin Run Road Fees: $6.00/box no larger than 17x11x11 $9.00/box no larger than 24..Read More
In conjunction with JVS Environmental, e-cycling is available in the Township of Upper St. Clair the second Saturday of every month (except February) from the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at t..Read More
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
In an effort to stay committed to sustainability (/public-works/sustainability) and our local environment, the Township of Upper St. Clair is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection. When:..Read More
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Peters Township Middle School 625 East McMurray Road What: Drop off your glass products for free recycling! Organized by Pennsylvania ..Read More
Public Works Day
Public Works Day When: April 30, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Where: Upper St. Clair Public Works Building at 1751 McLaughlin Run Road What: Join us for a Public Works open house! We will ha..Read More
Youth Steering Committee
***The April meeting has been moved from April 10 to April 24, 2019.*** The Youth Steering Committee (/government/youth-steering) meets the second Wednesday of each month from September to Ju..Read More
Community Day 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Kickoff Ceremony & Salute to Armed Forces Day - 10:30AM
Parade - 11:30AM
Scavenger Hunt - 12:00PM
Water Safety Day
Friday, May 24, 2019
Children age 3-13 years old and their parents are encouraged to join us to learn some essential information for keeping everyone safe in and around water. Program is held both in the classroom and in the water, so bring your suits!
FREE for everyone!
Driver's Education Program
Driver's Ed is an online resource for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of PA traffic laws. Drivers of all ages and experience levels can benefit from this free online service.Click for details.
Go to the Library Section.
Spring Classes & Programs for Kids and Families
Spring into the Library for some fun!
Registration for our popular storytimes and classes begins on Wednesday, March 13.
There's something for every age and stage at the USC Library!
Spring Class Guide
USC Connect: A Homebound Delivery ServiceIf you are unable to get to the library due to a physical limitation, we can set up a monthly delivery to your door. To register, please complete the online application and return it to Walker Evans at the library.
On April 1, 2019, Upper St. Clair High School senior Jake Slinger received a Certificate of Achievement from the Township of Upper St. Clair’s Board of Commissioners.
Mr. Slinger was recognized for:
-Winning the 2018-19 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Wrestling Class AAA Championship in the 285-pound weight class with a 9-2 decision
-Securing second place in the 285-pound weight class at the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Wrestling AAA Championships
-Breaking the Upper St. Clair High School record with career win 133
Mr. Slinger finished the season 39-1 and with a total of 138 career wins. He plans to wrestle for George Mason University next year.
“He had a tremendous career at Upper St. Clair. He’s going to be missed,” said Upper St. Clair wrestling coach Josh Mollica. “I hope to see him do well at George Mason. I can’t wait to watch his career.”
It’s orange cone season in Pittsburgh, and here in Upper St. Clair, residents will likely see more road construction than usual in 2019.
PennDOT plans a major paving project on Route 19 between the Washington County border and McMurray/McLaughlin Run roads. It will include intersection upgrades at the Boyce and Old Washington road intersections.
More intersection upgrades will occur at the Panther Pass/McLaughlin Run and Johnston/McMurray Roads.
McMillan, Lesnett and Painters Run roads are all scheduled for repaving this summer. The project may also include a culvert replacement along Painters Run Road.
The following Township roads are currently on the Public Works Department’s plan for repaving in 2019. This list may change if weather or other unforeseen circumstances delay the contractor. If the following roads are not repaved in 2019, they will likely be repaved in 2020:
-Alamo Drive from Monterey to house address 283
-Allison Drive from Taper to the cul de sac
-Casa Drive from Carmell to Carmell
-Ewing Circle from Mill Grove to the cul de sac
-Fernridge Drive from Old Meadow to Rolling Meadow
-Fieldgate Drive from house address 132 to 176
-Fieldmont Drive from Springmeadow to house address 1897
-Firston Circle from Old Meadow to the cul de sac
-Hays Road from Old Washington to Hays Park
-Larch Circle from Thorntree to Terminus
-Mesa Circle from Casa to the cul de sac
-Monterey Drive from Hays to Terminus
-Moon Ridge Drive from Star Ridge to Sky Ridge
-Partridge Run Road from Chapelwood to Chapelwood
-Ridgewood Road from Hastings Mill to the cul de sac
-Rolling Meadow Road from Fernridge to Montclair
-Rolling Meadow Road from Old Meadow to the cul de sac
-Rossmoor Drive from Hays to Forestbrook
-Springmeadow Drive from house address 172 to the cul de sac
-Star Ridge Drive from Sky Ridge to Sun Ridge
-Swanson Lane from Mill Grove to the cul de sac
-Thorntree Drive from Boyce to Pinetree
-Truxton Drive from McLaughlin to Blairmont
-Wiltshire Drive from McMurray to Lambeth
-Municipal Tennis Courts #7 and #8
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefits of well-maintained streets and is committed to a regular schedule of street repairs.
The Township of Upper St. Clair was honored at a ceremony on March 8 as a 2019 Banner Community. The program, sponsored by Allegheny County and the Allegheny League of Municipalities, recognizes communities that show a commitment to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders. A total of 65 municipalities and four municipal authorities were recognized this year, the program’s seventh year.
“We are proud to have been part of the Banner Community Program each year it has been in existence,” said Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski. “Our participation reflects the work that our Board of Commissioners, staff and volunteers do every day to provide exceptional services to our residents. We look forward to continuing our participation in the program to show our commitment to the residents.”
A total of 16 municipalities have been part of the Banner Community Program since its inception in 2013. Along with Upper St. Clair, those communities include Collier, Cranberry (Butler County), Etna, Hampton, Indiana, Leetsdale, McCandless, North Fayette, Ohio, Reserve, Richland, Ross, Sewickley, Whitehall, and Wilkins.
"I'm delighted to see the Banner Communities program continue to grow. Local governments are the closest to the residents they serve, and I'm thrilled to see so many officials and local leaders continuing to strive towards effectiveness and efficiency for those residents," said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. "These officials often don't receive the recognition that they deserve for their hard work. It's just one of the reasons that we have partnered with the Allegheny League of Municipalities on this program. We're proud to celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for their dedication to bettering the lives of our residents."
The March 8 press event and ceremony were followed by a luncheon sponsored by Herbert, Rowland & Grubic (HRG) at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh.
Upper St. Clair is a member of the Allegheny League of Municipalities, a nonprofit organization created in the early 1960s to coordinate the needs of the area’s local elected officials. In 1974, it was officially established as the Allegheny League of Municipalities to coordinate, advocate and educate the hundreds of elected officials within its member municipalities in Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization educates elected officials, delivers essential resources, and advocates for sound policy and legislation.
Starting in March, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will introduce a series of “pop-up” glass recycling collection events in response to the sudden removal of glass from many the region’s residential curbside recycling programs, “Based on overwhelming demand from residents, local governments and the glass industry, PRC is announcing a new alternative for glass recycling,” according to PRC Co-Executive Director Justin Stockdale. “This exciting new program will ensure that glass is not trash, even if it can no longer be put out for curbside recycling in numerous municipalities due to recent changes in waste haulers’ contracts.”
The first of numerous pop-up recycling collection events will take place:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Village Square Mall parking lot, Bethel Park.
Residents can drop off all colors of glass bottles, jars and jugs at no cost. PRC staff and volunteers will be on-site to assist recyclers.
“PRC is excited to introduce this new opportunity for glass recycling in the Pittsburgh area that will not only provide a solution for residents but that keeps the supply of recycled glass flowing to the mills that consume it as a raw material,” said Stockdale
The pop-up glass recycling network is sponsored by CAP Glass, Owens Illinois and Straub Brewery in conjunction with several local municipalities impacted by recent changes in curbside recycling regulations, including the Township of Upper St. Clair.
“We commend the municipal governments who helped PRC develop this network for their strong commitment to recycling and leadership,” said Stockdale. “PRC hopes to expand this service by partnering with additional municipalities who also recognize that glass remains a valuable commodity with vibrant demand in the regional/national recycled materials marketplace.”
CURRENT 2019 GLASS RECYCLING COLLECTION EVENT SCHEDULE
All events take place Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
March 9 VILLAGE SQUARE MALL (sponsored by Municipality of Bethel Park)
March 30 EDGEWORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (sponsored by Edgeworth Borough)
April 6 SOUTH FAYETTE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX (sponsored by South Fayette Township)
April 13 DORMONT POOL (sponsored by Borough of Dormont)
April 27 AVALON BOROUGH PARK (sponsored by Borough of Avalon)
May 11 VILLAGE SQUARE MALL (sponsored by Township of Upper St. Clair)
June 1 AVONWORTH PARK (sponsored by Kilbuck Township)
June 8 location to be announced (sponsored by Municipality of Mt. Lebanon)
For more information, visit www.prc.org/glassrecycling or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back (L-R): Commissioner Daniel Paoly; Director of Finance Mark Romito
Front (L-R): Marlene Peck; Bonnie Antonelli; Taylor Sullivan
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the Township of Upper St. Clair with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Township’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Township also earned the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2018 budget document.
On Monday night during the Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Daniel R. Paoly formally recognized the Finance Department for both achievements.
The CAFR award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The budget award reflects the Township's commitment to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting. The budget is judged on its proficiency in serving as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.
Upper St. Clair was one of only four municipalities in Pennsylvania to receive both awards last year.
Visit the Finance page to view the Township’s annual financial reports and budgets.
The Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park is dedicated to the community. Its members and guests donated a total of 950 pounds of non-perishable food items to the South Hills Interfaith Movement Food Pantry (SHIM) and dozens of hats and mittens to local shelters during the 2018 holiday season.
The food was donated by participants of the Thanksgiving Spin-a-Thon, Jingle Jam, Coming Om for the Holidays, Merry Mix: Christmas Eve, and Merry Mix: New Year’s Eve fitness events. Pictured left is the Jingle Jam.
Hats and mittens were collected in the lobby during the month of December. The donations help keep families warm at Ms. Cheryl's Daycare; Ms. Georgia Ford's Daycare; Little People Family Daycare Center; Clairton Head Start Preschool Program; and Family Services Program (AIU).
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated!
On Monday night, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget with no tax increase.
For the 10th consecutive year, the Township’s real estate tax rate will remain at 3.83 mills and the earned income tax rate will remain at 0.80 percent. The tax rates remain unchanged despite the severe flash flooding Upper St. Clair citizens experienced on June 20, 2018.
“The Township’s response to this disaster was made possible in part by many years of sound, responsible financial management, “ stated Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.
“The 2019 budget again reflects the Township’s continued commitment to long-term financial planning which positions us so that the next time we are faced with unanticipated expenses like those resulting from the flash flooding, we can once again respond without hesitation and without disrupting or reducing the quality of services that Township residents expect.”
In 2018, the Township received its 10th consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The 2019 budget document continues to meet the GFOA’s award criteria.
View the full 2019 budget here.
Why do Upper St. Clair residents need to make recycling changes?
The Township of Upper St. Clair, along with 18 other South Hills Council of Governments municipalities, bid jointly for waste hauling, including recycling. We received three bidders for the five-year contract, and all the bidders say they will no longer accept plastics #3-#7 or glass of any kind as part of the recycling collection. That is why Upper St. Clair, as well as other surrounding municipalities such as Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon, are being forced to make these changes.
For years we’ve been encouraged to recycle as much as possible and keep materials out of the landfill. Why recycle less now?
The recycling market has changed. Some materials that previously were recycled and turned into useful things are no longer of value in large quantities. In addition, contamination is a problem. Countries that buy our recyclables no longer accept loads containing contaminated material. Contaminated loads are turned away and often end up in landfills.
According to Waste Management, our recycling provider, recycling the right way as opposed to recycling more is beneficial because much of what we think is being recycled is going to the landfills anyway.
What contaminates a load?
According to Waste Management, many people at this time do not recycle correctly. Some people put greasy pizza boxes or other dirty containers into the recycling bin. Some people will throw in Styrofoam, which is not part of our recycling collection. The biggest contaminant we’ve learned is glass, which can shatter into small shards and ruin an entire load. The shattered glass embeds into other recyclable materials like cardboards, making them unable to be recycled.
What items can we continue to recycle as usual?
Please continue to recycle:
-Aluminum, bi-metal, steel Cans
-Mixed paper (phone books, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, newspaper)
-#1 and #2 plastic bottles, jars, jugs
What items that we previously recycled are no longer acceptable?
-Glass of any type or color
-Plastics #3-#7. (As a rule of thumb, do not recycle any plastic material that is pliable enough to wrap around your thumb. You can often bring back your plastic grocery bags to the store’s recycling bin.)
What things have never been accepted for recycling?
Continue not to recycle:
-Food or liquid
-Household hazardous waste containers
What happens if we don’t recycle correctly?
Beginning in 2020, the Township will be charged $150 for every load the recycling plant deems contaminated. That is a potential penalty of more than $250,000 a year.
In 2019, Waste Management tells us they will start spot checking residential recycling bins. If the bins are clearly contaminated, they won’t take it for recycling.
Where can I find more information?
Visit recycleoftenrecycleright.com for more information. If you are looking to recycle an item that is no longer accepted in your curbside collection program, visit earth911.com.