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Bounty of Sunshine for 9th Annual Bounty Fall Fest

USC Administration - Monday, November 13, 2017

Video By: Glenn Ward, Township of Upper St. Clair Cable













Families and friends from all over the region met up in Upper St. Clair on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 for the 9th annual Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest. Beautiful autumn weather and plenty of sunshine helped festival-goers enjoy everything that fall had to offer.

"This is our Bounty Fall Fest. We have it every year and each year it gets a little bit bigger. Here we have some live entertainment in the event tent, we have food trucks, we have a drum circle going on right now, we have apple slingshots, corn pools, petting zoo, s'more making, a little bit of everything," said Melissa Lindberg, Marketing/Member Services Supervisor.

"Our highlight was the petting zoo. So she liked to play with all the animals. We got to see all the trucks and things over there which was really cool," said Justin Falce, with daughter Violet, of Upper St. Clair.

"I think this is amazing. My kids so far have really enjoyed the public works vehicles here. They really enjoyed having the fire trucks here. And mom and dad are excited for the food trucks," said Melissa DePuy, of Upper St. Clair.

"We do this to show off the park. It's such a beautiful park. And to get our neighbors not just from Upper St. Clair, but all over the region, to enjoy Boyce Mayview Park," said Amy Kerman, Facilities Rental Coordinator.

"I think it's a great day for people to enjoy their families at a leisurely pace and enjoy the fall weather together," said Lynn Walcoff, Community Programs Coordinator.

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New Ordinance Requires Sewer Inspection Before Property Sale

Community Development - Monday, November 13, 2017
The Board of Commissioners in September adopted new regulations to support the timely inspection, repair and replacement of private sewer laterals. The ordinance is aimed at preventing sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) that can occur during wet weather conditions.

Effective January 1, 2018, two events will require property owners within the Township of Upper St. Clair to hire a National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) certified contractor to conduct a video inspection of their private sewer lateral, at the property owner’s expense.

1. Prior to the close of a sale for any property.
2. Property improvements that require a Township building permit and an Allegheny County plumbing permit. An example of this is if a property owner constructs an addition to an existing home that includes a new bathroom.

The property owner will be required to submit the inspection results and a copy of the video to the Township. If the inspection yields no defects or failures, the Township will issue a letter of compliance. If there are defects or failures, any repair or replacement of the sewer lateral must be completed prior to the close of escrow of the sale or, if there is no escrow, prior to recording the deed or other document transferring title. Inspection of any work required will be made by the Allegheny County Health Department. Property owners that are considering selling are strongly recommended to hire a NASSCO-certified contractor to inspect the private sewer lateral early in the process.

A private sewer lateral is the pipe that connects a business or home’s plumbing system to the Township’s wastewater collection main pipeline. The lateral is considered the “private” segment when it is located on private property and serves the purposes of an individual, privately owned building. The property owner is responsible for the entire pipe length, including the wye or saddle at the point of connection to the Township’s mainline. The Township is responsible for the maintenance of the main pipelines that carry used water from homes and businesses. To protect public health and safety, these pipes are regularly inspected and repaired to maintain their integrity.

































Many older homes still rely on original sewer laterals that have become cracked, disjointed or damaged by earth settlement or blockages. Unmaintained private laterals that become blocked or fail can contribute to SSOs of the public sewer system or to sewage backups into the building served by the private lateral. Some of the causes for concern for unmaintained private laterals are described below:

-Earth settlement that results in cracks and leaks in the private lateral allows for the “inflow” of groundwater into the private lateral. This additional groundwater flows into the public sewer main, increases the wastewater flow in the collection system and has the potential to overload the system, creating SSOs.

-If roof drains, irrigation drains and driveway drains are connected (illegally) to the private lateral, this increases the “infiltration” of rainwater into the public
sewer system, which can lead to system overloads.

-Grease build‐up in the private lateral (like plaque in a person’s artery) can cause blockages that potentially result in on‐site SSOs or backups of wastewater into the building that is served by the blocked private lateral. The combination of inflow and infiltration from private laterals, across a wide area (neighborhoods or commercial districts), can significantly increase the wastewater flow in the public sewer main and to the treatment plant. Infiltration and inflow from private laterals are currently a major source of SSOs in communities.

South Fayette and Peters Townships are some of the other municipalities in the area with similar regulations. Contact the Department of Public Works or Community Development at 412-831-9000 with any questions or comment. A copy of the new ordinance can be found on theTownship’s website, twpusc.org/public-works/sewers.

The Township also requires dye testing at the time of sale of a property.

Upper St. Clair Wins Green Workplace Challenge

USC Administration - Thursday, November 09, 2017
Sustainable Pittsburgh has recognized the Township of Upper St. Clair’s commitment to sustainability. The Township is first place in the 2016-17 Green
Workplace Challenge.

The yearlong, friendly competition enabled municipalities, businesses, nonprofits and universities to track and measure improvements in energy, water, waste and transportation. The participants took green and sustainable actions, each of which earned them points in the challenge. Some of the point-earning actions in Upper St. Clair include monitoring indoor and outdoor air quality; switching out less efficient light bulbs; installing higher efficiency HVAC units; planting more trees, bushes, and flowers; and finding ways to reuse furniture.


Sustainability Administrator Ron Sarrick led the Township to victory.

“Sustainability is more than a thought. It’s an actual way of living,” Sarrick said.

The Borough of Monaca came in second place, and Moon Township came in third. This was the Township’s third year competing in the Green Workplace Challenge, and the first year it took first place.
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