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Automated Trash Collection Begins in April
Automated trash collection will begin in April 2019. Residents may start using the new trash carts immediately. 
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New Glass Recycling Option for Upper St. Clair
Pennsylvania Resources Council launches glass recycling pop-up collection events in the South Hills. The next collection is April 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Fayette Municipal Complex.
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Planned Power Outage
On March 12, 2019, West Penn Power is planning a power outage to upgrade facilities. The outage will affect 15 customers in the vicinity of Tilton Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the outage will be rescheduled for March 13. Customers will be notified of the outage via automated phone message. If customers have questions, please call the West Penn contact center at 1-800-686-0021.

Community & Recreation Center Assessment

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.
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11-May-2019
Document Shredding
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

13-Apr-2019
E-Cycling
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

10-Apr-2019
Youth Steering Committee
The Youth Steering Committee (/government/youth-steering) meets the second Wednesday of each month from September to June at 7:00 p.m. at the Community & Recreation Center - 1551 Mayview Road,..Read More

06-Apr-2019
Easter Egg Hunt
The Annual Upper St. Clair Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, April 6 10:00 a.m.: Crafts and Easter Bunny Photo Opportunities 11:00 a.m. sharp!: Egg Hunt Where: Upper St. Clair's three-hole..Read More

06-Apr-2019
Glass Recycling
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: South Fayette Municipal Complex 515 Millers Run Road Morgan, PA 15064 What: Drop off your glass products for free recycling! Organ..Read More

21-Mar-2019
Blood Drive
Consider taking part in our Blood Drive on Thursday, March 21. 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park 1551 Mayview Road Call 412-221-1099 ext. 600 or visit Vitala..Read More

Annual Egg Hunt

April 6, 2019

Arts and crafts 10:00AM

Egg Hunt 11:00AM

McLaughlin Activity Center

Open to USC residents & non-residents

Arts & Chocolate Spectacular

Saturday, April 6
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bakeries & Chocolatiers Selling Sweet Treats

Live Performances

Kid's Craft Tent

And so much more

Fall Winter 2018-2019 Program Registration

Register today! Registration can be completed at the C&RC or online (unless otherwise noted). 

Click here to Register

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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 Service

If 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.

Click for details.

Upper St. Clair Named 2019 Banner Community

USC Administration - Friday, March 15, 2019

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.
  

New Glass Recycling Option for Upper St. Clair

Public Works - Friday, February 22, 2019
There is a new glass recycling option for Upper St. Clair and other South Hills residents.

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 glass@prc.org.

USC Receives Highest Form of Recognition for Financial Reporting

USC Administration - Monday, February 04, 2019
























Pictured Above:
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.

Community and Recreation Center Hosts MLK Day of Service

USC Recreation - Monday, January 21, 2019
It was a heartwarming experience on a frigid Martin Luther King Day for more than 70 students. Volunteers gathered at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park to perform a variety of service projects. Coast Guard veteran Carly Beer helped kids make care packages and valentines for veterans at the VA Hospital. "These cards are very, very special to the veterans. It reminds them of their own kids and grandkids when they were little," said Ms. Beer. "I've gone to patients' rooms and they still have their valentines on display from last year. That's how much it means to them." Upper St. Clair resident Regina Zelik led a project to make blankets and pillowcases for Clairton Head Start, Family Services program, Ms. Cheryl's Daycare, Ms. Georgia Ford's Daycare and Little People Family Daycare Center. "They will just love them," said Ms. Zelik. The Pie Place owner Jessica Gombar managed a project to make 600 cookies for Pittsburgh homeless shelters. The students also made snuffle mats, dog toys and cat toys for Senior Pet and Animal Rescue (SPARR). Volunteers from the University of Pittsburgh, along with other older students from the area, helped all the service projects run smoothly. The children volunteers also had some time off enjoying cooperative games in the gym and some swim time in the indoor pool. Community Programs Coordinator Lynn Walcoff and other Community & Recreation Center employees organize the MLK Day of Service in Upper St. Clair each year. Thank you to the organizers and all of the volunteers! Your work for our community is sincerely appreciated.


Community & Recreation Center Gives Back

USC Recreation - Thursday, January 17, 2019

















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! 


No Tax Increase for Upper St. Clair Residents

USC Finance - Monday, December 03, 2018

On Monday night, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget with no tax increase.

For the 10
th 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

USC Recycling Changes: Frequently Asked Questions

USC Administration - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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?

No more:
-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.)
-Shredded paper

What things have never been accepted for recycling?

Continue not to recycle:
-Styrofoam
-Food or liquid
-Pizza boxes
-Yard waste
-Electronics
-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.

Upper St. Clair Recreation Presents Holiday Excursion

USC Recreation - Thursday, November 08, 2018
Spend a day with your Upper St. Clair neighbors enjoying the beauty of the holidays.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Upper St. Clair Department of Recreation & Leisure Services presents Holiday Excursion.

The trip begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park (C&RC) where the group will depart by motor coach. Travel first to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland for the Holiday Magic display. Luncheon will take place at Ruth's Chris Steak House followed by a holiday stroll through the Wintergarden Display at PPG Place and Peoples Gas Holiday Market. The estimated return time is 5:45 p.m.

Reservations to the Recreation Department must be made by Nov. 16. No refunds after Dec. 3. The cost of the trip is $78/member, USC of USC and/or Silver Card Holder ($61 with Phipps membership). The fee is $83/guest non-resident non-member ($66 with Phipps membership). Make checks payable to Upper St. Clair Recreation or stop by the C&RC to pay by credit card. Click here to download and print the registration form. 

USC Issues Proclamation on Fire Prevention Week

USC Administration - Saturday, October 06, 2018
The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation establishing the week of Oct. 7-13, 2018 as fire prevention week in the Township. 

Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the proclamation to Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Prevention Coordinator Russell Rauch. 

Mr. Orchowski said, "The Township of Upper St. Clair is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our Township.

"Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the location where people are at greatest risk from fire. U.S. fire departments responded to 352,000 home fires in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association, that resulted in 2,735 civilian deaths, representing a majority (4 out of 5) of all U.S. fire deaths. The fire death rate per 1,000 home fires reported to U.S. fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980. 

"Residents should identify places in their home where fires can start and eliminate those hazards. Working fire alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half, therefore residents should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home. Residents should listen for the sound of the smoke alarm and when it sounds respond by going outside immediately to the designated meeting place. Residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire. 

"The Township of Upper St. Clair first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education. Residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes.

"The 2018 Fire Prevention Week theme, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware -- fire can happen anywhere," effectively serves to remind us that we need to take personal steps to increase our safety from fire. 

"The Board of Commissioners urges all residents to be aware of their surroundings, look for available ways out in the event of a fire, respond when a smoke alarm sounds by exiting the building immediately, and to support the public safety activities and efforts of the Township of Upper St. Clair's fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2018."

Upper St. Clair Library Earns Gold Star from Pa. Library Association

USC Library - Friday, October 05, 2018
Upper St. Clair Township Library earned a gold star status from the Pennsylvania Library Association. It is one of eight libraries in Allegheny County and one of 40 across the state to earn PA Forward Star Library status. 

"Libraries throughout Pennsylvania continue highlighting that they are more than book repositories, earning stars along the way and underscoring their continued connection in their local communities," said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director.

"Our libraries provide safe spaces, shelter and community connections to programs ranging from financial education to how to care for others dealing with unexpected life changes," said Buker. "Using the PA Forward framework, libraries help patrons meet their own needs and those of their loved ones in an ever-evolving society. We are honored to be able to showcase their efforts and help all residents connect more with these community pillars."

PA Forward works through five key literacies -- Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial -- to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. To continue helping libraries use PA Forward to demonstrate all their libraries offer, in January 2017, the Association launched the Star Library Program statewide. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and integrate the literacies in their programming activities. Those libraries are recognized for meeting benchmarks within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program. While one star is awarded for both the bronze and gold levels, a total of five stars are awarded in the silver category. Libraries must demonstrate proficiency with each of the five literacies when working toward the silver level of the program.

Stars are awarded on a quarterly basis. The Allegheny County libraries honored are:
-Bridgeville Public Library - Gold
-Community Library of Castle Shannon - Silver 4
-Monroeville Public Library - Gold
-Plum Community Library - Silver 1
-Sewickley Public Library - Bronze
-South Fayette Township Library - Silver 5
-South Park Township Library - Silver 2
-Upper St. Clair Township Library - Gold
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