- Township Of Upper St Clair
- May 20-26 Is EMS Week in Upper St. Clair
- Commissioners Recognize Outstanding Swimmers
- USC Commissioners Honor Girl Scout Award Honoree
- Community Day 2018 is May 19
- Planned Power Outage for Boyce Plaza Road
- Keep Upper St. Clair Waterways Pollution-Free
- West Penn Power: Planned Interruption on April 16
- Commissioners Declare April 8-14 Library Week in Upper St. Clair
- Upper St. Clair Designated as 2018 Banner Community
- Upper St. Clair Paving Plan Approved
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
-Construction runoff (i.e. sediment)
-Soaps and Detergents
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
-Water from crawl space pumps
-Footing and foundation drains
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The yearlong, friendly competition enabled municipalities, businesses, nonprofits and universities to track and measure improvements in energy, water, waste and transportation. The participants took green and sustainable actions, each of which earned them points in the challenge. Some of the point-earning actions in Upper St. Clair include monitoring indoor and outdoor air quality; switching out less efficient light bulbs; installing higher efficiency HVAC units; planting more trees, bushes, and flowers; and finding ways to reuse furniture.
Sustainability Administrator Ron Sarrick led the Township to victory.
“Sustainability is more than a thought. It’s an actual way of living,” Sarrick said.
The Borough of Monaca came in second place, and Moon Township came in third. This was the Township’s third year competing in the Green Workplace Challenge, and the first year it took first place.