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Upper St. Clair Plans Limited Reopening Beginning Memorial Day Weekend

USC Recreation - Wednesday, May 20, 2020
As the region manages its way through the first week of the “yellow phase” under the Pennsylvania guidelines, Upper St. Clair Township and School District are set to begin the gradual reopening of the community’s outdoor resources.

This Friday, May 22, 2020, tennis courts and sports courts in Upper St. Clair will reopen for use. Singles play is encouraged. Also beginning on Friday, the Upper St. Clair School District will permit use of tracks, fields and outdoor basketball courts at all district buildings. Due to ongoing construction, access to the Upper St. Clair High School turf field and track will be limited to 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. All users should follow guidelines and social distancing recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

As directed by Pennsylvania’s “yellow phase,” organized athletics, programs and permit-based activity are still prohibited on all Township and Upper St. Clair School District fields and within facilities. In addition, all playgrounds as well as the Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) remain closed through the “yellow phase” until further notice. Once the region enters the “green phase,” and upon further guidance from the Pa. Department of Health and Allegheny County Department of Health, additional decisions will be made regarding summer aquatics and organized athletics. The C&RC continues to waive membership fees through the closure.

“The Upper St. Clair community and region as a whole has worked extremely hard to get to this point permitting managed outdoor activity,” said Matthew R. Serakowski, Upper St. Clair Township Manager. “We want to thank everyone for your understanding and patience during this response. We ask that you continue to be respectful of one another, practice appropriate social distancing and enjoy the outdoors.”

Upper St. Clair administrators will continue to review available information and consult with local leaders regarding additional permitted activities. 

“It is our hope that we will be able to offer more overall access as the summer progresses,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “Upper St. Clair is a community filled with caring individuals who work together for the greater good and find ways to help their neighbors through challenging times. I am certain we will emerge stronger than ever.”

Upper St. Clair Issues Proclamation for Emergency Medical Services Week

USC Administration - Thursday, May 07, 2020

The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued an official proclamation designating the week of May 17-23, 2020 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Upper St. Clair.

It is especially important this year to recognize the value and sacrifices of emergency medical providers, in particular, Tri-Community South EMS Director Nora Helfrich and her dedicated and highly skilled team, as EMS services provide direct in-person care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency medical services is a vital public service and the members of the emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury and emergency medical services have grown to fill a gap by providing important, out-of-hospital care, including preventative medicine, follow-up care and access to telemedicine.

The emergency medical services system consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, educators, administrators, pre-hospital nurses, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, trained members of the public, and other out-of-hospital medical care providers.

The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills.

“EMS STRONG: Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow" is the theme of Emergency Medical Services Week in Upper St. Clair. The community is encouraged to support this invaluable service in any way possible. Consider a subscription

The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners wishes to specifically recognize Tri-Community South EMS for its superior service to Upper St. Clair and the South Hills.

May 6 Upper St. Clair COVID 19 Update

USC Administration - Wednesday, May 06, 2020
As we look forward to the reopening of businesses in Allegheny County and the southwestern Pennsylvania region, we remind residents that Upper St. Clair staff is available to respond to calls for inquiries regarding permitting, tax payments and other related matters. The municipal building, tax office, community development office and public works building all remain closed to in-person service beyond Friday, May 8, 2020 and until further notice. 

The Community & Recreation Center will remain closed in the red and yellow phases as set forth by the guidelines contained in the Commonwealth's Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.

We remained encouraged, as a region, to move into the yellow phase of the Governor's plan, and what that may provide for our residents and business owners. As information is made available to Upper St. Clair staff and clarity is provided as to what activities are permissible, we will advise the community. Until then, we remind those who visit our parks, walking trails and essential businesses to be kind and respectful to others by practicing proper social distancing and following CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines. 

USC Board of Commissioners to Have Regularly Scheduled Meeting on May 4

USC Administration - Thursday, April 30, 2020
There will be a regular meeting of the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners at 7:30 p.m. on May 4, 2020 in the municipal building's Board of Commissioners meeting room, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. Any member of the public who wants to participate and not attend in person may submit his/her questions or comments in writing by noon on Monday, May 4, 2020 to the main Township office at 1820 McLaughlin Run Road or via email to citizenscomments@twpusc.org. Select board members will participate via audio conference. Click here for the agenda.

PA Authorizes Construction Activities Starting May 1 and USC Extends Closures Through May 8

USC Administration - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Beginning Friday, May 1, construction business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is permitted to maintain in-person operations. Allowable construction activities include new construction, renovation and repair, land development and subdivision and design-related activities. This may be accomplished under specified guidance through the PA Department of Health. Upper St. Clair inspectors also will be available for construction inspection activity. While the Township of Upper St. Clair municipal building, tax office, community development office, and public works buildings all remain closed to in-person service until further notice, the staff is available during normal business hours under the “drop box protocol” for the processing of permits, tax payments, questions, and phone calls.

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania,” unveiled on April 21, Pennsylvania is in the red phase with stay-at-home orders and life-sustaining operations only. In consideration of those directives, the Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) and the Upper St. Clair Library will remain closed through May 8.

C&RC membership fees for the month of April were waived for all active members. Upper St. Clair staff is pleased to announce this waiver will continue into the month of May, as long as the C&RC remains closed. The “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania” states that all “indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (gyms, spas) and all public entertainment (casinos and theaters)” are to remain closed through the red and yellow phases.

Room rentals at the C&RC and the McLaughlin Run Activity Center through May 8 are canceled and deposits will be refunded. All recreation programs and activities are also canceled through May 8.  Recreation staff, as always, is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099.      

The library will continue to not assess fines during the closure. Residents should continue to keep items at home until such time the library reopens. Access to the library’s e-resources remains available, however the ability to hold items is temporarily disabled through the Allegheny County Library Association due to high demands.

Upper St. Clair leaders are diligently reviewing all available information, including state and federal guidelines, as Allegheny County and our region draw closer to the yellow phase. In the interim, playgrounds and sports courts in Upper St. Clair remain closed until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey courts, sand volleyball, etc. Park walking and hiking trails remain available for residents and visitors. Park users are asked to follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines and practice proper social distancing.

Upper St. Clair staff remains encouraged that each day and week we get closer to realizing the reopening of local businesses and facilities. There is much work to accomplish as we continue through the spring and prepare for the summer determining as to what those operations may entail. As the C&RC staff posted on the main window of the building, it goes for all municipal operations, “We Miss You,” and look forward to once again engaging with our residents, friends and neighbors. 

















Continue to visit this website and the Upper St. Clair Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates.

Upper St. Clair Extends Closures Through April 30

USC Administration - Friday, April 03, 2020

Following Governor Wolf's extension of the stay at home orders throughout the Commonwealth, the Township of Upper St. Clair is extending the closures currently in place for the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park (C&RC) and the Upper St. Clair Library through Thursday, April 30.

As previously reported, C&RC membership fees for the month of April will be waived for all active members. Room rentals at the C&RC and McLaughlin Run Activity Center through April 30 are now canceled, and deposits will be refunded. All recreation department programs and activities are also canceled through April 30. Recreation staff is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099.

The Upper St. Clair Library will not assess fines during the closure. Residents should continue to keep items at home until the library reopens. Access to the library's e-resources remains available. The ability to hold items is temporarily disabled. 

Additionally, Upper St. Clair playgrounds and sports courts are closed. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey court, volleyball courts, etc. The playgrounds and courts will remain closed until further notice.

Lastly, in a continued effort to minimize the health and safety risk of Upper St. Clair employees and residents, in-person service will remain closed at the Public Works Building, Municipal Building, Tax Office and Community Development Office until further notice. For paper correspondence that would be delivered in person, please use the provided drop box. Regular mail and scheduled deliveries are maintained. 

Upper St. Clair staff thanks residents and the community for your patience during this very trying time for everyone. 

Upper St. Clair Community Day Canceled

USC Administration - Thursday, April 02, 2020

Upper St. Clair Community Day – a 40-year springtime tradition – is the latest casualty to the COVID-19 virus. Upper St. Clair leaders have made the difficult decision to cancel the event, which was set for Saturday, May 16, 2020.

“The decision is not taken lightly,” said Matthew R. Serakowski, manager of the Township of Upper St. Clair. “We made this decision out of concern for the safety and health of our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Community Day is an annual, collaborative effort between the Township of Upper St. Clair, the Upper St. Clair School District, the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-Community South EMS, community groups and local businesses.

“We thank all the organizers and volunteers who have already put so much work into planning this year’s event,” said Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of the Upper St. Clair School District. “All those efforts will be used to make next year’s Community Day even better.”

Previous Community Days have proceeded despite heavy rain, extreme heat and even some light morning snow flurries. This year marks the first Community Day cancellation since its debut on May 20, 1978.

Upper St. Clair’s Community Day 2020 was to include a fun run/walk, a parade, community game and food booths, and more.

Rec. Center and Library Closures Extended and Playgrounds Closed

USC Administration - Monday, March 23, 2020

The closures that are currently in place for the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park (C&RC) and Upper St. Clair Library will extend through Monday, April 13. C&RC membership fees for the month of April will be waived for all active members. Room rentals at the C&RC and McLaughlin Run Activity Center through April 13 are canceled, and deposits will be refunded. All recreation department programs and activities are also canceled through April 13. Recreation staff is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099. The Upper St. Clair Library will not assess fines during this closure. Please continue to hold items until the library reopens. Access to the Library’s e-resources remains available. Find answers to other library-related questions in the FAQ link or call 412-835-5540. Additionally, Upper St. Clair playgrounds and sports courts are closed. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey court, volleyball courts, etc. The USC playgrounds and courts will remain closed until further notice.  Lastly, the Informational & General Affairs Meeting of the Board of Commissioners scheduled for Monday, March 30, is canceled. For any other questions, call Township Administration at 412-831-9000.


USC Implements Drop Boxes to Limit In-Person Service

USC Administration - Friday, March 20, 2020

In an effort to minimize the health and safety risk of the Township of Upper St. Clair employees and residents, in-person service will be closed at the Public Works Building, Municipal Building, Tax Office and Community Development Office effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

The Township of Upper St. Clair will move to a drop box protocol. For paper correspondence that would be delivered in person, please use the drop box instead.

Regular mail and scheduled deliveries will be maintained.

Public Works Drop Box
Located at the main entrance of the Public Works Building   
1751 McLaughlin Run Road
412-831-9000 ext. 271

Community Development Drop Box and Pick-Up Box 
Located in the vestibule of the Community Development entrance
1820 McLaughlin Run Road               
412-831-9000 ext. 501
Use the Community Development boxes for the processing of all building permits, planning commission applications, general requests, etc. When submitting a request please be sure to leave a contact name, email and/or phone number for return options. You will be contacted when your request is complete.

Municipal
Building and Tax Office Drop Box
Located in front of the Municipal Building
1820 McLaughlin Run Road
Administration: 412-831-9000
Tax Office: 412-831-9000 ext. 226


Allegheny Co. Announces Two Cases of COVID-19

USC Administration - Saturday, March 14, 2020

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and incoming Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Director Debra Bogen were joined by ACHD officials and representatives from Allegheny Health Network, UPMC and Allegheny County Emergency Services to provide information on the first COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County and response.

“Yesterday, the county announced a number of additional steps that corresponded with revised guidance from the Health Department,” said Fitzgerald “Those steps were taken to mitigate any impact on our community should we have local COVID-19 cases. That day is today, but working together, we are prepared and ready to continue to serve the public and protect our community.”

There have been two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Allegheny County. The individuals are both adults, one in their 70s and one in their 60s. Neither person required hospitalization, and both are currently in isolation at home.

The individuals are both City of Pittsburgh residents that reside in the same household. At this point in ACHD’s investigation, it is believed that both acquired COVID-19 during out of state travel. In order to protect patient privacy and confidentiality, additional information regarding these cases cannot be released.

ACHD has begun a contact investigation. Officials have and will continue to follow up with all individuals identified as close contacts of the two known cases and will enforce appropriate quarantine measures.

“Knowing that many residents are likely to be concerned about potential exposure or interaction with the two cases, it’s important that we remind the community that COVID-19 can only be spread through close contact,” said Bogen.

While at this time there is no evidence of community spread in Allegheny County, the Health Department anticipates additional local confirmed cases in the coming days. As a result, ACHD would like to reiterate its current guidance and recommendations designed to minimize the potential for the virus spreading in our community. Specifically, residents and organizations throughout the county should follow these proactive mitigation measures:

  • -Suspend large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more.
  • -Avoid traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls.

ACHD officials are also encouraging religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness. ACHD continues to consult with governemtn and non-government partners throughout the county and will modify these recommendations as appropriate to protect the health of public. 
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The Health Department continues to field many questions regarding COVID-19 testing in Allegheny County. ACHD is not currently testing for the virus; however, the PA-DOH state laboratory and commercial laboratories are testing. Healthcare providers are reminded that they do not have to receive approval from public health agencies, including PA-DOH and ACHD, and can submit specimens for testing through commercial laboratories. 

Over the past month, ACHD has received hundreds of calls from concerned citizens about potential illness with COVID-19. Up until this past week, very few individuals were approved for testing at the PA-DOH given limited testing capacity and more stringent CDC guidance. Within the past few days, that guidance has been relaxed and, as a result, ACHD expects there to be expanded specimen collection availability next week. 

As of this date, ACHD has screened hundreds of individuals and submitted specimens from 26 county residents for testing by the state laboratory. This number is not all-inclusive as it does not contain tests submitted to commercial laboratories.

The following proactive hygiene measures are strongly encouraged to help stop the virus from spreading in our community:

  • -Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • -Coughing or sneezing into your elbow and not your hands.
  • -Frequently cleaning highly-touched surfaces.
  • -Staying home if you’re sick.


If you have symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay at home and contact your primary-care provider to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a primary care provider and are not sure if you need tested, please contact the Health Department at 412-687-ACHD (412-687-2243). If you need to seek immediate medical care, please call 9-1-1 for assistance, or phone ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency department to allow staff at these locations to prepare for your arrival.

Allegheny County will continue to communicate with the public as more information is gathered. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus. If you are not yet a subscriber to Allegheny Alerts, we encourage you to create an account at www.alleghenycounty.us/alerts and to subscribe for COVID-19 alerts under the categories of Health Department/Health & Environment. ACHD provides a daily update at 11 a.m. via Allegheny Alerts and additional notifications as information becomes available.

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