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West Penn Power Addresses Upper St. Clair Customer Concerns

USC Administration - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Due to some Upper St. Clair residents’ concerns about recent power outages, a West Penn Power representative gave a presentation and answered some customers’ questions at the Board of Commissioners Informational & General Affairs meeting on Jan. 27, 2020.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the presentation:

-If you are experiencing a power outage, report it. The information helps the power company determine where and how big the outage is. The West Penn Power phone number is 800-686-0021. View reported outages and their statuses on www.firstenergy.com/outages

-Trees are the leading cause of power outages. If you see a tree that looks like it may be in danger of falling into a power line, report it to the Upper St. Clair Public Works Department. The Public Works phone number is 412-831-9000, ext. 271.

-There were two large power outages on Dec. 9 and Dec. 13, 2019 in Upper St. Clair.  In both instances, the causes were trees down. Also in both cases, the outages caused twice as many customers to experience a power outage than normal because the McLaughlin and Brookside circuits were temporarily tied together at that time to complete an upgrade at the substation.  

-West Penn Power has a vegetation management team which follows a five-year trimming cycle. Additional rainfall in the past few years has caused more instances of healthy trees uprooting and falling into power lines.

-West Penn Power is aware of issues at the Bethel Park Substation/Clifton Circuit. This serves the Deerfield Manor area, among others. West Penn Power installed tollgrades on Nov. 23, 3019. An engineer is reviewing the findings. In addition, a drone inspection identified 17 maintenance issues with the Bethel Park Substation/Clifton Circuit. Workers have begun fixing the maintenance issues and will continue to do so this year.

-Underground wires that were installed in the 1960s and 1970s are starting fail due to its age. After they fail two to three times, the power company will replace the affected underground wires.

-It is cost prohibitive to replace overhead power lines with underground lines.  

-Squirrels and birds on power lines are common causes for momentary outages/flickering of lights.

See the entire presentation here.

Newly and Re-Elected Commissioners Sworn In

USC Administration - Tuesday, January 07, 2020
On Monday night, the Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni officiated the swearing in of newly elected Commissioner Dante R. Plutko, Jr. and re-elected Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski, re-elected Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini, and re-elected Commissioner Rex A. Waller. 

In addition, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners unanimously re-elected Mark D. Christie as president of the Board of Commissioners and unanimously elected Daniel R. Paoly as vice president of the Board of Commissioners. 

Pictured: Commissioner Rex A. Waller; Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski; State Rep. Natalie Mihalek; Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni; Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini; Commissioner Dante R. Plutko, Jr. 

Pictured: Newly Elected Commissioner Dante R. Plutko, Jr. and his family

Pictured: State Rep. Natalie Mihalek; Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini; Vice President of the Board of Commissioners Daniel R. Paoly; Commissioner Dante R. Plutko, Jr.; President of the Board of Commissioners Mark D. Christie; Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski; Commissioner C. Elise Logan; Commissioner Rex A. Waller; Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni

Commissioner Seitanakis Recognized For Service

USC Administration - Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued an official proclamation on Monday night recognizing the service of Commissioner Nicholas J. Seitanakis.

Mr. Seitanakis has served as a member of the Board of Commissioners, Ward 1, since Jan. 2, 2012. His term will end on Dec. 31, 2019.

Mr. Seitanakis has served in many roles on the Board, including Vice President of the Board; Human Resources Committee chair; Public Safety Committee chair, member of the Budget and Finance Committee, Public Works Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, the Community Development Committee, the Outdoor Classroom Ad Hoc Committee; and representative of the South Hills Area Council of Governments.

In addition, Mr. Seitanakis was an active member of the Board during the approval; construction and opening of the Miracle Field and Casey’s Clubhouse Playground; Dunkin’ Donuts; Whole Foods; Siena at St. Clair; BJ’s Brewhouse; CVS Pharmacy; renovation of Wiltshire Park; the addition of lights at Boyce Mayview Field; installation of new Township street signage; bond refunding; and more.

“Nicholas Seitanakis’ efforts have contributed significantly to the growth and overall quality of life during his service, voting on matters with the best interests of his constituents at heart,” stated Mark Christie, president of the Board of Commissioners.

“Upper St. Clair is a great community and it has been one of my greatest privileges to serve this wonderful place to live,” said Mr. Seitanakis.

Dante R. Plutko, Jr. will begin his new term as Commissioner of Ward 1 starting in 2020.

Upper St. Clair Recognizes Girls Golf Team

USC Administration - Tuesday, December 03, 2019

The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners honored the Upper St. Clair High School girls’ golf team on Monday night.

Each teammate received a Certificate of Achievement for her outstanding performance in capturing the 2019 WPIAL Class AAA Team Championship, as well as for the team’s second place finish at the PIAA State Championship.

The girls honored include:
-Bridget Boal
-Sarah Eccher
-Mary Groninger
-Lauren McGrady
-Tori Slagle
-Gabi Spina
-Sara Steve
-Caroline Wright

“This group of girls put a lot of hard work into the season,” said coach Katy Loomis “I could not be more proud of them.”

“We’re proud of you and what you’ve done to put Upper St. Clair golf on the map,” said Nicholas J. Seitanakis, vice president of the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners.

The girls’ golf team also won the Panther Cup this year, an Upper St. Clair High School academic team award for having the highest GPA.

USC Recognizes Firefighters and Fire Prevention Week

USC Administration - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

 The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized the following volunteer firefighters for their years of service on Monday night:

-David Kropp, 30 years
-Daniel Barr, 20 years 
-Douglas Heckman, 20 years
-Craig DeRoss, 10 years
-Sean Allebrand, 5 years

Commissioner Rex A. Waller presented the Certificates of Appreciation and thanked the firefighters for their dedication to the community. 

In addition on Monday night, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation establishing the week of Oct. 6-12, 2019 as fire prevention week in the Township. 
Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini presented the proclamation to Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Prevention Coordinator Russell Rauch, emphasizing that firefighters do more than put out house fires. Our Volunteer Fire Department also puts in a lot of time to teach fire prevention and keep the Township safe during and following storms.

"The community owes your a debt of gratitude and I personally want to commend you for your service," said Mr. Pardini.

The 2019 fire prevention week theme, "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape," reminds citizens to take personal steps to increase safety from fire.

USC Assistant Manager Wins Prestigious Award

USC Administration - Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Pictured: Mark Mansfield, Assistant Township Manager of Upper St. Clair, and Larry Maggi, Washington County Commissioner

The Township of Upper St. Clair’s Assistant Manager Mark Mansfield is the 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Local Government Joseph A. James Memorial Award.

This award is annually presented by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) to a municipal government elected or appointed official for a lifetime of exemplary governance or management; improving professionalism in municipal government; making a significant contribution to municipal government services; providing an outstanding service or facility; innovation, or outstanding leadership in a local government cause.

Following in the footsteps of past Township Manager, Douglas A. Watkins, Mr. Mansfield is now the second Township of Upper St. Clair official to receive this prestigious award reflecting decades of strong municipal leadership and governance within our community.  

On July 29, the SPC Board awarded Mr. Mansfield in downtown Pittsburgh. Later that evening at the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners also recognized Mr. Mansfield for the impressive accomplishment.

Mr. Mansfield has professionally served Upper St. Clair for 31 years, supporting the
Township and the Board of Commissioners. He led the development of a highly respected human resources program within the Township that serves as a model for other municipalities across the Commonwealth. In addition, Mr. Mansfield was instrumental in helping develop the Community & Recreation Center that has also become a model for other municipalities across the Commonwealth, as well as supporting and directing the several operating departments within the Township.

Mr. Mansfield’s professional involvement and leadership has contributed to a thriving and vibrant Upper St. Clair. He volunteers for the Local Government Academy, currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and he has led the Western Pennsylvania Municipal Managers Association, playing a big part in enhancing communication between the western Pennsylvania municipal managers and other municipal managers across the Commonwealth.

Mr. Mansfield’s commitment to professional municipal management, with the support of the Board of Commissioners and Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski, has helped Upper St. Clair to be recognized as one of the most well managed and respected local government organizations in the Commonwealth.

Mr. Mansfield holds a Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Upper St. Clair Commissioner Sworn In

USC Administration - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Pictured: New Commissioner At-Large Rex Waller with Board of Commissioners President Mark Christie

Rex Waller was sworn in as an Upper St. Clair Commissioner on June 3. Mr. Waller, who served as Ward 2 Commissioner from January 2014 to January 2018, fills the Commissioner At-Large vacancy created when Russel Del Re resigned on April 29. The term expires on Dec. 31, 2019. 

The Board of Commissioner interviewed five candidates in May and voted on their decision during their May Informational & General Affairs meeting.

USC Presents On Stage With Jim and Lanny

USC Administration - Friday, May 31, 2019

The Township of Upper St. Clair proudly presents never-seen-before interviews between former Upper St. Clair High School football coach Jim Render and former Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer Lanny Frattare for Upper St. Clair fans.

Render, the winningest football coach in WPIAL history, shares some of his best memories and what’s next after announcing his retirement this past year. The show airs on Upper St. Clair’s cable station. It is channel 7 for Comcast and channel 42 for Verizon.

Part 1:
Friday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 2 at 12:00 p.m.
Monday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Part 2:
Saturday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Monday June 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday June 14 at 7:00 p.m.

The shows are also available for viewing at any time online: www.twpusc.org/video-gallery.

The interviews are made possible by 15241 TODAY
talk, a new video collaboration between the Township of Upper St. Clair, Upper St. Clair School District, Upper St. Clair Public Access Cable and UPPER ST. CLAIR TODAY magazine.

USC Recognizes PIAA Swim Champions

USC Administration - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized four members of the Upper St. Clair High School boys’ swim team in May. Josh Matheny, Jack Fitzpatrick, Reese Samuel and Ryan Senchyshak each received an official proclamation for their first place win as members of the 200-yard medley relay team at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships (PIAA).

Josh Matheny also received the proclamation for his first place in the 100-yard breaststroke in PIAA for the second straight year, setting National Federation of High Schools and PIAA records. Additionally, the Upper St. Clair High School sophomore placed fourth in the 200-yard IM with an All-America performance and a personal best time of 1:49.00 and was a member of the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed sixth.

At the 2019 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAA Championships, Mr. Matheny won the gold medal in the 100-yard breaststroke with a record setting time of 54.70, and captured two silver medals in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. In addition, he placed third in the 200-yard IM.

Along with his first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, Jack Fitzpatrick placed second in the 100-yard backstroke, third in the 200-yard IM and sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. At the WPIAL Championships, the senior won the gold in the 100-yard backstroke with a record setting time of 48.20. He also captured three silver medals in the 200-yard IM, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
 Mr. Fitzpatrick plans to continue his swimming career at the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Reese Samuel, who was also part of the first place 200-yard medley relay team, placed sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the PIAA Championships. At the WPIAL Championships, Mr. Samuel won the silver in the 200-yard medley relay and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle. The senior will swim for Howard University next season.

Like his teammates, Ryan Senchyshak also won some other notable races. The freshman captured the silver in the 200-yard medley relay and eighth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the PIAA Championships. He placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle and 11
th in the 100-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Championships.

Dave Schraven coaches the Upper St. Clair boys’ swim team. Overall, the team achieved a second place finish at the WPIAL Championships and 5
th place at the PIAA Championships.

USC Congratulates High School Speech and Debate Team

USC Administration - Monday, May 20, 2019

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.

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