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Recycling Changes to Come in Upper St. Clair

Public Works - Monday, September 17, 2018
The Township of Upper St. Clair and other SHACOG (South Hills Council of Governments) communities must change our recycling habits. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the following key changes go into effect:

1. Glass will no longer be allowed in the recycling collection. Glass runs hard on the machines and can jeopardize the quality of other good recyclables. Glass also has very low market value. 

2. Make sure you are only recycling plastic bottles, jugs and jars. Any other plastic shape must go in the trash. In other words, only plastics #1 and #2 will be accepted. No plastics #3-#7.

3. No loose bottle caps will be accepted. Caps and lids must be attached to the recycled item. Otherwise, please place all caps and lids in the trash. 

4. Shredded paper will no longer be accepted. Paper and cardboard will continue to be accepted. 

5. Anything you recycle must be clean. Rinse all cans, containers and bottles. There is no mechanism to clean recyclables at the recycling facilities. 

6. No plastic bags of any kind will be accepted. Please place material loose in your recycling bin. 


Waste Management will begin spot checking containers at the curb in 2019. If a container is considered contaminated, it will be left behind as trash. In 2020, Waste Management will begin issuing fines to the Township. 

Upper St. Clair residents are still be allowed to recycle paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin and plastics with the #1 or #2 on the bottom of the container. 

Waste Management suggests the following, "When in doubt, throw it out." There are a number of people who place items in recycling bins that they hope can be recycled, when in fact the un-recyclable items contaminate other recyclables. The practice is called "wish-cycling" or "wishful recycling." Contaminated loads are turned away from recycling plants and go into landfills. 

Visit www.RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com for more information. If you are looking to recycle an item that is no longer acceptable in your curbside collection program, visit www.Earth911.com.

McLaughlin Run Activity Center Closing for Renovations

Public Works - Monday, August 20, 2018
The McLaughlin Run Activity Center (MAC) in Upper St. Clair is closed from September 2018 - December 2018 for renovations. 

Some of the highlights include:

Interior:
-A new unisex ADA accessible toilet room 
-New ceilings in the activity rooms, with the main activity room being a coffered wood ceiling panel
-New LED lighting throughout
-Painting throughout
-New vinyl laminate plank flooring in the main activity room
-Installation of a new gas fireplace insert in the existing fireplace
-New kitchen cabinetry and solid surface countertops

Exterior:
-Removal of the sun room off the main activity room. It will be replaced by a covered exterior patio area.
-A new covered entry drop-off porch at the main facility entrance
-Enlarged exterior window openings in the activity rooms

The MAC facility will match the exterior materials being used to currently construct the Tennis/Golf Administration building along McLaughlin Run Road. The contractor for the renovation is Masco Construction, Inc. 


Waste Management Works With USC During Flood Cleanup

Public Works - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Waste Management is working with the Township of Upper St. Clair during the flood cleanup. 

Waste Management plans to make every effort to collect on a normal schedule. Due to the wide impact of the storm, Waste Management will limit large trash items to no more than two per household. Most items not collected this week will be picked up the following week. 

For those who can transport flood-damaged household trash items, Waste Management will temporarily provide a roll-off container at the small parking lot adjacent to the Public Works Building located at 1751 McLaughlin Run Road.

Township officials thank residents and business owners for their patience as the community works through the recent flooding event. 

Keep Upper St. Clair Waterways Pollution-Free

Public Works - Friday, April 13, 2018

Stormwater pollution is a detrimental problem to our environment by degrading water quality in the streams, rivers and lakes. The Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recognize the growing problem and have implemented numerous permits to prevent stormwater pollution. One such permit is the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) that was issued to hundreds of Pennsylvania municipalities back in 2003, including the Township of Upper St. Clair.

Prohibited non-stormwater discharges that enter into the storm drain and result in pollution to our waterways are commonly referred to as illicit discharges. Examples of illicit discharges include:
-Fuel and Gasoline
-Automotive oil 
-Grease
-Construction runoff (i.e. sediment) 
-Soaps and Detergents
-Paint
-Grass clippings
-Sanitary wastewater
-Animal waste
-Household chemicals

According to the MS4 permit there are exemptions to what can drain into the storm sewer system. Examples of non-stormwater discharges which are not considered illicit include:
-Residential car washing without soaps
-Discharges from potable water sources
-Air conditioning condensation 
-Irrigation water
-Springs
-Water from crawl space pumps
-Footing and foundation drains
-Lawn watering
-Water line flushing 
-Flows from firefighting

Please report any illicit discharges to the Township of Upper St. Clair Public Works Department at 412-831-9000 x271. 

Upper St. Clair Paving Plan Approved

Public Works - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Township of Upper St. Clair recognizes the benefits of well-maintained streets and is committed to a regular schedule of street repairs. Many citizens share favorable comments with Township commissioners and employees regarding the condition of the Township streets and roadways.

On March 5, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners approved a paving contract with El Grande Industries.

The following Upper St. Clair roadways are currently on the plan for repaving in 2018. The list might change after the Upper St. Clair Public Works team performs its winter damage assessment or if there are delays in construction this summer due to weather. If streets on the list do not get repaved this year, they will likely be repaved next year.

-Apache Road from Brookside to the Township line

-Astronaut Circle from Sky Ridge to the cul de sac

-Brookside Boulevard from the Township line to Cherokee

-Candlewood Drive from Redfern to the cul de sac

-Comanche Road from Cherokee to Brookside

-Hathaway Lane from #1708 to Mill Grove

-Ivydale Drive from Redfern to Hollowtree

-Johnston Road from McMurray to Old Washington

-Mill Grove Road from Morrow to Hathaway

-Mohawk Road from Brookside to Ponoka

-North Highland Drive from Washington to Abbeyville

-Oaklawn Drive from Lorlita to the cul de sac

-Redfern Drive from #1519 to Terminus

-Rio Circle from Oaklawn to the cul de sac

-Salem Drive from Murdstone to the cul de sac

-Satellite Circle from Sky Ridge to Sky Ridge

-Sidgefield Lane from Mill Grove to both cul de sacs

-Southern Hilands from Washington to the cul de sac

-Trotwood Drive from Murdstone to Murdstone

-Trotwood Ridge Drive from Trotwood West to Harrogate

-Tyris Drive from Tragone to the cul de sac

The following park improvements are also in the current 2018 paving plan:

-Johnston Park tennis court

-Johnston Park basketball court

-Johnston Park hockey court

-Municipal tennis courts no. 1 and no. 2

-Municipal tennis parking lot

-Marmion Soccer Field parking lot

-Community and Recreation Center parking lot Alt. from C&RC to Mayview

-Bird Meadow Drive Alt. from Boyce to Terminus

-Byrnwick Park Alt. at Thornwick

Storm drainage upgrades will begin in early April. The milling and paving will follow in early May and be completed in late August.

USC Commissioners Approve Construction of Tennis/Golf Building

USC Administration - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

At their March 5 meeting, the Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners approved the construction of a new tennis and golf administration building on McLaughlin Run Road.

The current structure next to the Upper St. Clair tennis courts is more than 30 years old and beyond its useful life.

Construction is set to begin in late spring. The 1,110-square-foot structure will house Upper St. Clair Tennis and Golf administration, storage for the tennis programs, a pavilion, and ADA-compliant bathrooms.

USC Public Works Is Hiring Summer Employees

Public Works - Friday, February 09, 2018

The Township of Upper St. Clair Public Works Department is now accepting applications for part-time summer employment for 2018. Applicants must be a current student at the college level or graduating high school.

Successful applicants will be asked to perform various tasks, including grass mowing, trash collecting, building maintenance, road maintenance and parks maintenance.

Work hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the time period of mid-April to September.

Hourly wage is $9.00 per hour.

Interested applicants can apply online or obtain an application at the Township of Upper St. Clair Municipal Building located at 1820 McLaughlin Run Road between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Equal Opportunity Employer   No phone calls please.  Click here for more information and/or to apply online. 

Upper St. Clair Christmas Tree Recycling

Public Works - Thursday, December 28, 2017
The Upper St. Clair Christmas Tree Recycling Project is under way.

Residents can drop their Christmas tree off in the Public Works Department's small parking lot on the corner of McLaughlin Run Road and Truxton Drive. Look for the sign. Remove all decorations from the tree.

The project will run through Jan. 31, 2018. The trees will be ground for mulch for residents' use. For questions, call the Public Works Department at 412-831-9000 ext. 271. 

Morrow Road Bridge Construction Complete

USC Administration - Friday, December 22, 2017

The Morrow Road Bridge construction is complete and open to traffic. 

The bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, Dec. 22. The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan. The work was performed by A. Merante Contracting, Inc. of Pittsburgh. Replacement of the bridge allows PennDOT to remove it from Allegheny County’s structurally deficient bridge list.

Morrow Road Bridge one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project

 

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.
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