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.
- Township Of Upper St Clair
- USC Issues Proclamation for Girl Scout Gold Awardee
- May 19-25 is EMS Week in USC
- Upper St. Clair Commissioner Resigns
- Commissioners Declare Library Week in Upper St. Clair
- USC Commissioners Honor Stand-Out Wrestler
- A Number of 2019 Road Paving Projects Planned for Upper St. Clair
- Upper St. Clair Named 2019 Banner Community
- New Glass Recycling Option for Upper St. Clair
- USC Receives Highest Form of Recognition for Financial Reporting
- Community and Recreation Center Hosts MLK Day of Service
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation this month recognizing the Girl Scout Gold Award Achievement of Alexis Feldman.
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.”
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.
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.
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."
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized the following volunteer firefighters for their years of service on Monday night:
-Donald DeLeo: 45 years of service
-Daniel Ferguson: 40 years of service
-Gerald Kopach, Jr.: 35 years of service
-Drew Gerlach: 20 years of service
-Michael Moore: 15 years of service
-Mark Krzywicki: 15 years of service
Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the Certificates of Appreciation and thanked the firefighters for their dedication to the community.
The Township supports the health of its residents by continuing to develop wellness trails, which can be accessible to residents of all abilities. The Township also promotes smoke-free buildings, perimeters, and parks, provides recreational opportunities to all ages, and encourages involvement with community volunteer activities.
"It's great to see another municipality in my district has earned the Live Well Allegheny designation," said Sue Means, the county council member representing District 5. "I commend the Township of Upper St. Clair for putting together a plan to promote the health and well-being of its residents."
Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the ACHD staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participants can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.
"We are excited to welcome the Township of Upper St. Clair to the campaign," said ACHD Director Dr. Karen Hacker. "Now participating are 60 communities, 46 restaurants, 24 workplaces and 14 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County."
"Over the past four years, we have seen substantial buy-in and investment by hundreds of partners into the idea of becoming a healthier county," said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald."We are grateful that so many people have come to the table to think about how to make recreational opportunities and other health-related offerings available in their community, workplace or restaurant. This initiative is only going to continue to grow and, together, we will create a healthier Allegheny County.