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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. 

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.

State Representative Presents Check to Upper St. Clair

USC Finance - Tuesday, January 07, 2020
State Rep. Natalie Mihalek, R-Upper St. Clair, presented Mark D. Christie, president of the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, with a $150,000 grant during the January Board of Commissioners meeting. The money will be used to connect the Morton outdoor athletic complex to the Boyce Community Gardens with the Perimeter Trail in Boyce Mayview Park. 






















2020 Budget Passed With No Tax Increase

USC Finance - Wednesday, December 04, 2019

On Monday night, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2020 budget with no tax increase.

For the 11
th consecutive year, the Township’s real estate tax rate will remain at 3.83 mills and the earned income tax rate will remain at 0.80 percent.

“The 2020 budget allows the Township to continue providing high quality services in the coming year while keeping an eye on the future,” stated Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.

Upper St. Clair staff will continue to explore opportunities for sidewalk construction in 2020, focusing on areas where current segments can be connected and neighborhoods can be linked to civic amenities.

The next phase of the perimeter trail is expected to commence in 2020. The project will extend from its current end near Rostron Drive towards the Morton Fields Complex. The final trail segment to connect to the Morton Fields Complex is planned for 2021.

At the Community & Recreation Center, the most significant capital project will be the $1,000,000 replacement of the HVAC unit that serves the indoor 
pool area. Additionally, the routine annual replacement of fitness and aquatics equipment will continue in 2020. The Community & Recreation Center’s Facilities Implementation Team is expected to make several major recommendations to the Board of Commissioners in 2020 related to capital improvements and rates.

Upper St. Clair’s partnership with PennDOT on a two-year plan to improve the traffic signals along Route 19 will continue with four more intersections slated for 2020. Upper St. Clair Staff will also work with PennDOT to coordinate its roundabout project at the intersection of McLaughlin Run, McMillan and Lesnett roads. The project is slated to begin in 2020, starting with sewer improvements in the area.

The Township again received two recognitions from the Government Finance Officers Association of the US & Canada (GFOA) during the year. The GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was received for the 31st time. The Township also received its 11th consecutive GFOA 
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Upper St. Clair is one of only five municipalities in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to receive both awards. The 2020 budget document continues to meet the GFOA’s award criteria.

View the entire
2020 budget here

USC Receives Highest Form of Recognition for Financial Reporting

USC Administration - Monday, February 04, 2019
























Pictured Above:
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.

No Tax Increase for Upper St. Clair Residents

USC Finance - Monday, December 03, 2018

On Monday night, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget with no tax increase.

For the 10
th consecutive year, the Township’s real estate tax rate will remain at 3.83 mills and the earned income tax rate will remain at 0.80 percent. The tax rates remain unchanged despite the severe flash flooding Upper St. Clair citizens experienced on June 20, 2018.

“The Township’s response to this disaster was made possible in part by many years of sound, responsible financial management, “ stated Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.

“The 2019 budget again reflects the Township’s continued commitment to long-term financial planning which positions us so that the next time we are faced with unanticipated expenses like those resulting from the flash flooding, we can once again respond without hesitation and without disrupting or reducing the quality of services that Township residents expect.”

In 2018, the Township received its 10th consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The 2019 budget document continues to meet the GFOA’s award criteria.

View the full 2019 budget here

Upper St. Clair Commissioners Hold the Line on Taxes

USC Finance - Monday, December 04, 2017
The Township of Upper St. Clair will continue to have the same tax rate as it has had for nine consecutive years. Again, the Board of Commissioners approved a budget with no tax increase. 

The Township’s real estate tax rate will remain at 3.83 mills and the earned income tax rate will remain at 0.80 percent.

Continued planning and construction of several transportation projects will take place during 2018. The Township received grant funding to improve the traffic signals at the intersections of McMurray and Johnston roads, as well as Panther Pass, McMurray and McLaughlin Run roads. Improvements to the intersection of Boyce and Boyce Plaza roads should be completed in 2018, with developer contributions and grants covering most of the cost. The Township will continue to work with PennDOT on upcoming improvements to the intersection of McLaughlin Run, Lesnett and McMillan roads.

The Township recognizes the benefits of well-maintained streets and is committed to a regular schedule of street repairs. The annual Street Improvement Program is projected at $1,700,000, an increase of $100,000 over last year.

In 2018, the Township plans to reinvest in its facilities with a variety of building projects. This includes construction of a new tennis and golf administration building on McLaughlin Run Road and a renovation of the McLaughlin Run Activity Center. Discussion and study of future space allocation within the municipal building will also take place in 2018, keeping in mind the growing needs of the Upper St. Clair Police Department and the pending departure of the Upper St. Clair School District administration offices.

Going on 10 years strong, the Township plans to reinvest in the Community & Recreation Center by undertaking a facility assessment study in 2018. The objective is to develop long-term recommendations for future facility and program enhancements. Several capital projects are also planned for the C&RC including pool deck resurfacing, and replacement of fitness equipment and community room furniture.

In 2017, the Township received its ninth consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The 2018 budget document continues to meet the GFOA’s award criteria.
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