The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued an official proclamation congratulating the Upper St. Clair High School speech and debate team.
The 34-member team earned a second win in three years at the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) Championship. They placed first in the Sweepstakes Championship and second in the Debate Sweepstakes. Additionally, the team took home its second Cumulative Sweepstakes Award and Jeanne Lutz Award for continued excellence.
The members of the team include: Atharva Barve; Vivek Babu; Sunny Chai; Annika Chaves; Mayka Chaves; Claire Chen; Eshita Chhajlani; Brooke Christiansen; Antara Cleetus; Hashim Durrani; Devan Ekbote; Charlize Goff; Matt Hornak; Yash Jajoo; Mathena Jencka; Meghan Joon; Arushi Khaitan; Basir Khan; Shanthi Krishnaswamy; Suemin Lee; Dina Leyzarovich; Richa Mahajan; Mallika Matharu; Maddie Nolen; Neha Patel; Hridhay Reddy; Riwk Sen; Paarth Shankar; Ayush Sharma; Anika Sinha; Anoushka Sinha; Jami Stout; and Caroline Wolfe.
Special recognitions were made to the members who earned individual PHSSL Championships: Paarth Shankar in extemporaneous speaking; Riwk Sen in humorous interpretation; Hashim Durrani in dramatic interpretation; and the team of Devan Ekbote, Mathena Jencka and Anika Singha in parliamentary debate.
The team was under the direction of Mr. Ben Edwards, Mr. Dave Watson, Ms. Liz Barnes and Ms. Kate Shuey.
A total of nearly 100 schools attended the PHSSL Championship at Bloomberg University on March 16, 2019.
On behalf of the residents of Upper St. Clair, the Board commends and congratulates the entire team and coaching staff for an outstanding 2018-19 season. Commissioner Daniel R. Paoly presented the proclamation to the team at the May Board of Commissioners meeting. He had the team’s best spontaneous speaker, Antara Cleetus, read the proclamation for the audience.
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.
Trash and recycling pickups will be delayed one day the week of May 26, 2019 due to the Memorial Day holiday.
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, June 8, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Main Park.
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, which includes elected officials, C&RC employees and residents. The meetings are 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.
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
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
When: Saturday, June 8, 2019 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Mt. Lebanon Main Park What: Drop off your glass products for free recycling! Organized by Pennsylvania Resources Council. Click h..Read More
Yard Waste Drop-Off
Drop your yard waste off in paper bags between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Boyce Compost Site along Boyce Road. Yard waste includes leaves, plants, garden residue, chipped shubbery, tree tri..Read More
Bike Safety Clinic
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Stop by the Boyce Mayview Pavillion for free 10-point bicycle safety inspection and bicycle fitting! Bring your bike and helmet, and wear appropriate footwear. Pre-registration is suggested. Schedule a time slot with Amanda Sekanic, Assistant Community Programs Coordinator, at 412-221-1099 ext. 601 or email@example.com.
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.
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Summer Fun @ the Library!
This summer, join one of the Library Summer Reading & Learning Programs for kids of all ages!
We also offer a wide variety of classes and events throughout the summer months.
Check out our 2019 Summer Guide for Kids and our 2019 Summer Teen Read for more information!
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.
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation this month recognizing the Girl Scout Gold Award Achievement of Alexis Feldman.
The Upper St. Clair High School senior has been a Girl Scout member for 13 years. She recently completed her project that focused on personal wellness including two in-school yoga classes, the development of a monthly schedule of yoga classes, and the formulation of a committee of students, parents, community members and school district officials to explore options in creating a designated wellness space at Upper St. Clair High School.
Miss Feldman “demonstrated leadership and citizenship through her activities and notable achievements both in and out of scouting,” stated the proclamation, which Commissioner C. Elise Logan proudly presented during the May Board of Commissioners meeting.
May 19-25, 2019 is Emergency Medical Services Week in the Township of Upper St. Clair.
The Board of Commissioners presented Tri-Community South EMS with a proclamation earlier this month. Director Nora Helfrich and Supervisor Chuck Bryan, who has been with Tri-Community South EMS for 40 years, proudly accepted the proclamation from Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini.
“It is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of Emergency Medical Services providers and, in particular, Tri-Community South EMS Director Nora Helfrich and her dedicated and highly skilled team, by designating Emergency Medical Services Week,” the proclamation stated.
This week’s theme is EMS STRONG: Beyond the Call. Tri-Community South EMS is hiring fulltime and part-time paramedics and EMTs. Visit http://tcsems.org/employment-opportunities to learn more.
The Board of Commissioners urge residents to subscribe to Tri-Community South EMS each year. Tri-Community South EMS receives no tax subsidies from the Township; it runs on subscriptions and donations. In addition, a subscription covers 50 percent of co-pays and deductibles from an ambulance ride or treatments/non-transports to hospital instead of the normal 100 percent. It is a cost saving measure if emergency services are needed to someone at your home. Visit http://tcsems.org/subscriptions-n-billings/residential-subscription to subscribe.
Upper St. Clair is seeking a resident to serve the remainder of Commissioner Russell Del Re’s term following his resignation.
“He has been a very influential member of the community,” said Mark D. Christie, President of the Board of Commissioners. “I would like to thank him and commend him for his service to the residents and the Board.”
Any resident interested in being considered for appointment to this vacancy should send a resume and letter of interest to Matthew R. Serakowski, Township Manager, Township of Upper St. Clair, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. This information must be received at the Township Manager’s Office no later than 4:00 PM, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
Qualifications for Commissioner At-Large are U.S. Citizenship and residence in the Township for a minimum of one (1) year. The individual must be a qualified voter of the Township and remain the same during the term of office. The individual appointed to this position will serve the remainder of the term of December 31, 2019.
Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to the Township Manager’s Office at 412.831.9000, ext. 216.
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.
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.