Upper St. Clair Welcomes You!
Voting Venue Change for Nov. 6, 2018
Registered voters who vote at the McLaughlin Run Activity Center (the MAC, aka old rec. center) will vote at the Municipal Building, Training Room (1820 McLaughlin Run Road, rear of building, near Library entrance) for the Nov. 6, 2018 election. Voters will receive mailed notification from the Allegheny County Election Bureau. The venue change is due to the ongoing renovation of the MAC. This change affects Ward 3, District 1 and Ward 3, District 3.
Recycling Changes Begin Jan. 1, 2019
Due to global changes in the recycling industry, residents are being asked to start changing their recycling habits. In 2019, glass and plastics numbered 3 through 7 will no longer be allowed in recycling. Waste Management will be spot checking containers at the curb in the new year.
The Township is seeking residents to serve on various Boards and Commissions. If you are interested, please submit a Talent Bank form that is available in the Township Manager's office. You may also download the form here.
Guidelines for Maintaining Creeks in Upper St. Clair
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has guidelines for maintaining streams and creeks across the state. Please review the booklet to understand what property owners can do to help prevent flooding in local creeks.
DEP Stream Maintenance Booklet
McLaughlinRun Roundabout Project
PennDOT has proposed a plan to replace the signalized intersection at McLaughlin Run, Lesnett and McMillan Roads with a roundabout. A public meeting was held on Sept. 28, 2017. It concluded that PennDOT provide the PowerPoint presentation and a questionnaire to gather additional feedback from the community.
Youth Steering Committee
The Youth Steering Committee (/government/youth-steering) meets the second Wednesday of each month from September to June at 7:00 p.m. at the Community & Recreation Center - 1551 Mayview Road,..Read More
E-cycling has moved to the Community & Recreation Center at 1551 Mayview Road. The days and times will be the same, which is the 2nd Saturday of every month (except February), from the hour..Read More
Yard Debris Curbside Collection
Yard debris/leaf waste must be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on collection day. Yard waste curbside collection includes leaves, plants, garden residue, chipped shubbery, tree trimming, and leave/gras..Read More
Friday, October 19, 2018
Celebrate Halloween at the C&RC!
10:00 - 11:30 AM Costume Parade
Free for C&RC Member & Non-Members
6:00 - 8:00 PM Scary Swim & Crafts
FREE C&RC Members
$8 per person Non-Members
Color Crawl - Halloween Edition
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Join the C&RC for our annual Halloween inspired Color Crawl!
Run or walk 2 miles with friends and family while being doused with COLOR!
Children 6-12: $10.00
Children 5 and under: FREE
October 14th - 26th
Children 6-12: $15.00
Children 5 and under: FREE
No race day registration
Driver's Education Program
Driver's Ed is an online resource for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of PA traffic laws. Drivers of all ages and experience levels can benefit from this free online service.Click for details.
Go to the Library Section.
Fall Classes for Kids & Families
Fall Classes & Programs for Kids and Families are coming soon!
Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 12 in person at the library.
Check out some of our Upcoming Kids Activities!
USC Connect: A Homebound Delivery ServiceIf you are unable to get to the library due to a physical limitation, we can set up a monthly delivery to your door. To register, please complete the online application and return it to Walker Evans at the library.
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."
"Libraries throughout Pennsylvania continue highlighting that they are more than book repositories, earning stars along the way and underscoring their continued connection in their local communities," said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director.
"Our libraries provide safe spaces, shelter and community connections to programs ranging from financial education to how to care for others dealing with unexpected life changes," said Buker. "Using the PA Forward framework, libraries help patrons meet their own needs and those of their loved ones in an ever-evolving society. We are honored to be able to showcase their efforts and help all residents connect more with these community pillars."
PA Forward works through five key literacies -- Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial -- to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. To continue helping libraries use PA Forward to demonstrate all their libraries offer, in January 2017, the Association launched the Star Library Program statewide. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and integrate the literacies in their programming activities. Those libraries are recognized for meeting benchmarks within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program. While one star is awarded for both the bronze and gold levels, a total of five stars are awarded in the silver category. Libraries must demonstrate proficiency with each of the five literacies when working toward the silver level of the program.
Stars are awarded on a quarterly basis. The Allegheny County libraries honored are:
-Bridgeville Public Library - Gold
-Community Library of Castle Shannon - Silver 4
-Monroeville Public Library - Gold
-Plum Community Library - Silver 1
-Sewickley Public Library - Bronze
-South Fayette Township Library - Silver 5
-South Park Township Library - Silver 2
-Upper St. Clair Township Library - Gold
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.
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 Nos. 1 and 2 will be accepted. No plastics Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6 or 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 Nos. 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.
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.
The Township of Upper St. Clair is proud to announce that Boyce Mayview Park was designated as a Great Place in PA. The 475-acre regional park won the award in the great greenways/trails category.
Dr. Jim Segedy, FAICP, a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, presented the award to Board of Commissioners' President Mark Christie at the September meeting. Dr. Segedy said it was the first time he saw any one place receive a unanimous vote from the board.
Boyce Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair contains more than 10 miles of trails system. Trail users experience much environmental diversity, such as open meadows, forests, wetlands, scenic overlooks, and high value habitats for waterfowl, birds, wildlife, and plants. Green infrastructure is also prevalent in the form of pervious pavement, rain gardens and bioswales. Boyce Mayview Park is a unique asset for the community that allows persons of all abilities to enjoy the majesty of nature throughout the seasons.
"We are honored that Boyce Mayview Park has been recognized by the American Planning Association, PA Chapter as a 2018 Great Places in Pennsylvania for its greenways and trails system. This is a reflection of the years of hard work and planning by the current and past Boards, volunteers and Township staff. This award provides further affirmation that Boyce Mayview Park serves as a regional destination for western PA and beyond with its many passive and active amenities," said Township Manager Matthew Serakowski.
The two other winning areas in the great greenways/trails category included Schuylkill River West Trail in Upper Merion Township and Susquehanna Riverwalk in Williamsport.
Upper St. Clair High School's standout cross country star, Savannah Shaw, has received another recognition to add to her running resume. On Monday night, Savannah's brother, Alex, accepted a Certificate of Achievement on her behalf from the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners.
Miss Shaw captured first place for the second year in a row at the 2018 Class AAA Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Championships in the girls' 1600-meter run. She also placed sixth at the 2018 WPIAL Championships in the 800-meter run and placed fourth at the 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) girls' track and field Class AAA Championships in the 1600-meter run with a personal best time of 4:49.51.
Commissioner Robert Orchowski presented the award. Miss Shaw's mother, Tara, and her high school cross country coach, Douglas Petrick, were also in attendance. Upper St. Clair Commissioners and residents congratulate Miss Shaw on her achievements and wish her continued success this year on the North Carolina State University's cross country team.
On Monday night, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, Township staff, and current and former police officers recognized retired Upper St. Clair Police Chief Douglas Burkholder for his service.
"It is an honor to recognize Chief Douglas Burkholder for over four decades of service to the Township of Upper St. Clair. Doug has represented the community with utmost integrity and has earned the highest of praise from his peers with his straightforward, professional approach. This has been further demonstrated with his service on many law enforcement boards and committees. It has been an absolute pleasure for me to work alongside of Doug for the last 25 years," said Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.
Former police chief and current Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini presented Chief Burkholder with an official proclamation.
"The quality I admire the most about Doug is his loyalty. His loyalty to the Township, to the Police Department and to me. It's my honor and privilege to read this proclamation to you," said Commissioner Pardini.
Chief Burkholder, while serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, began his police career as a patrol officer with Rostraver Township in 1973. He joined the Upper St. Clair Police Department as a patrolman in 1976, and rose through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant and deputy police chief. In September 2013, Burkholder was named Chief of Police and held the title until he retired in June 2018.
"It's hard not to succeed when you work for this Township," said Chief Burkholder. "Throughout my career, I was surrounded by a lot of good people."
Last month, Jon Wharton was named the new Upper St. Clair police chief.
Jon Wharton has worked his way through the ranks in the Township of Upper St. Clair and was sworn in Monday night as the new police chief.
Chief Wharton, an Upper St. Clair High School graduate, took his oath to serve and protect before a big crowd in the Board of Commissioners’ meeting room. The crowd included family, friends, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, and current and former police officers.
Chief Wharton, 48, joined the department 27 years ago. Former Upper St. Clair Police Chief and current Upper St. Clair Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini hired Wharton as a patrolman.
“It’s a great feeling to see someone develop into his full potential. He’s a fine young man, very community-oriented. He has all the necessary training and will be a very fine chief. I’m very proud of him,” said Commissioner Pardini.
Chief Wharton was the first patrolman Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski promoted to sergeant. He also promoted Wharton from sergeant to lieutenant and now -- to chief.
“I have total confidence in Jon to serve as our Chief of Police. He has a proven record for commitment to the community and to the department,” said Township Manager Serakowski.
The Board of Commissioners’ President Mark D. Christie also has full trust in Chief Wharton.
“We think he’s a very qualified candidate. He will do a great job guiding the Township,” said Christie.
Chief Wharton kept his remarks short, recognizing the most influential people in his career. Chief Wharton thanked former Upper St. Clair Chiefs Pardini and Douglas Burkholder and police officers past and present for their leadership and guidance. He also thanked former and current commissioners and Township Manager Serakowski for believing in him. Lastly, Chief Wharton gave a heartfelt thank you to his family and wife, Lauren, who pinned him with his new chief stars.
“I vow to the citizens of the Township that I will fulfill this title to the best of my ability,” said Chief Wharton.
Chief Wharton takes over for former Chief Burkholder, who retired earlier this year.
Photo 1: Chief Jon Wharton was sworn in by the Honorable D. Michael Fisher
Photo 2: Chief Jon Wharton, Lauren Wharton, Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski
Photo 3: Greg Wharton (20), Andrew Wharton (18), Chief Jon Wharton, Lauren Wharton, Eric Wharton (21)
Photo 4: Former Chief and current Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini and Chief Jon Wharton
Photo 5: The Upper St. Clair Police Department
Some of the highlights include:
-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
-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
-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.