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BOROUGH MEETINGS CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM

Due to COVID-19, Churchill public meetings are being conducted via Zoom. We understand that using Zoom may be new or different for some residents and we’re happy to help troubleshoot any issues you may be having either by phone or computer. Contact the Borough Manager, Alex Graziani, via e-mail at alex@churchillborough.com or by phone at 412-758-8818 for assistance.

Join Zoom Meeting Link (via Internet Browser using a Internet capable phone or computer):

https://zoom.us/j/96728486683?pwd=ZENXenBVWkNyaVUvbWpic29QNzNnUT09

Via Phone:

Dial: 1-877-853-5257

Meeting ID: 967 2848 6683

Participant ID: #

Passcode: 924938

Here are links to articles and trainings from Zoom that may assist as well:

Joining Zoom via Computer, Smartphone or Telephone

Tips on Using Zoom Webinars

Comparison Zoom Webinars vs Zoom Meetings – Insight on Why We are Using the Webinar Format

HILLWOOD DEVELOPMENT SEEKS TO REDEVELOP WESTINGHOUSE SITE  

In the fall of 2020, the Churchill Borough Council enacted Ordinance 755 amending the Zoning ordinance of Churchill (Chapter 304). This ordinance permits Distribution Centers as a “conditional use” in the C-1 Zoning district. Conditional uses are reserved for those land uses that will have a significant impact on the zoning district or the whole community, or for those uses that necessitate additional safeguards. The strenuous process of the Conditional Use permit and Land Development applications imposed on the applicant and property owner are in place to protect the health and safety of the community. If the applicant demonstrates satisfactory compliance with our codes and various other review agencies, then they will be granted approval with conditions and agreements in place seeking the fullest compliance with agreed to conditions. 

A potential buyer of the George Westinghouse Research and Technology Park, located at 1310 Beulah Road, which is located inside the C-1 Zoning District, has submitted both a Conditional Use Application and Land Development Plan for this site. The end-user has been named by Hillwood Development as Amazon.  

The application documents outline their specific plans for the site. The applicant’s, Hillwood Development, overall goal is to redevelop the site into a distribution center for their client. The project is referred to in the following documents and meetings as the Churchill Creek Project, LLC (“Churchill Creek”). 

NEWSLETTER TO RESIDENTS REVIEWING THE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

Summer 2021 Newsletter with Relevant Information on the Potential Redevelopment

NEXT MEETING DISCUSSING THE POTENTIAL REDEVELOPMENT:  

  • Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 6PM EST: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 10 – Link to join meeting

PAST MEETINGS:  

  • Monday, September 13, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 9 – Recording Available Here
  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 8 – Recording Available Here
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 7 – Recording Available in Two Parts: Part I and Part II
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 6 – Recording Available in Two Parts: Part I and Part II
  • Thursday, August 12, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 5 – Recording Available Here
  • Monday, August 9, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 4 – Recording Available Here
  • Monday, July 26, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 3 – Recording Available Here
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 2- Recording Available Here
  • Monday, July 19, 2021: Churchill Borough Council Public Hearing Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application Day 1 – Recording Available in Two Parts: Part I and Part II
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application – Decision Rendered by Planning Commission – Meeting Agenda – Recording available herePresentation slide deck 
  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application. – Recording available herePosted Meeting Minutes –  Presentation slide deck
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application. – Recording available herePosted Meeting Minutes – Presentation slide deck presented at meeting for review. 
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application. – Recording available here– Posted Meeting MinutesDocuments referred to during the meeting for review. 
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application. – Recording available  here.– Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Conditional Use Application. –  Recording available  here. – Posted Meeting Minutes
    • Documents related the January 6th meeting can be viewed using the links below or in person, by appointment at the Borough Building: 
  • Monday, November 2, 2020: Borough Council hearing on discretionary text amendment Hillwood Presentation. Hearing only, no vote. – Recording available  here. – Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Planning Commission meeting – Hillwood Presentation – Recording available  here. – Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Monday, September 14, 2020: Churchill Borough Council Workshop Meeting. The slide deck of the C-1 visioning presentation prepared by Jim Pashek and Pashek + MTR is available to view  here. – Recording available  here. – Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Monday, August 3, 2020: Churchill Borough Council Workshop Meeting – Hillwood PowerPoint Presentation (Slide Deck Only)– Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Spring of 2020: The C-1 Visioning project hosted public meetings to discuss the potential uses within the C-1 District. Recordings of the public meetings can be found here and the final document can be found here
  • Monday, August 5, 2019: Churchill Public Hearing for Ordinance 750 (Meeting Minutes) and Workshop meeting (Meeting Minutesto adopt to remove warehousing distribution from the C-1 district of the Churchill Borough Zoning code and limiting it to the C-2 District.  

Final approval or denial of this proposal could occur as soon as June 2021. Comments are welcome. Please forward comments or questions to alex@churchillborough.com 

Public Announcements

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Recordings of Previous Borough Meetings

To view recordings of previous Borough Meetings (November 2020 – Present with select previous meetings), head to our YouTube Channel.

2020 Borough Financial Audit

The Borough of Churchill conducts an annual independent audit of all their financial accounts each year.  The audit is conducted by Hosack, Specht, Muetzel & Wood, LLP, Certified Public Accountants employed by the Churchill Borough Council that includes:

  • Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements
  • Auditor’s Responsibility
  • Opinions
  • Report on Supplementary and Other Information
  • Basis of Accounting
  • Financial Highlights
  • Borough Funds

Review the 2020 Complete Financial Audit here.

ACHD Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Summer 2021 Campaign

For the 20th consecutive year, the Allegheny County Health Department and USDA Wildlife Services will team up to distribute raccoon rabies vaccine baits across Allegheny County to help eradicate raccoon rabies in Southwestern, Pa. Known as the Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Baiting Project, this effort has resulted in a significant reduction in human and pet exposures to rabies throughout Allegheny County.

Please visit ACHD’s web page for more information about this project, which includes a list of frequently asked questions: http://www.achd.net/raccoon.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Click here to view. CONTAINS INFORMATION ON UPCOMING POTENTIAL WESTINGHOUSE REDEVELOPMENT MEETING DATES

UPCOMING 2021-22 SCHOOL DISTRICT REAL ESTATE TAX COLLECTION

The 2021 Woodland Hills School District (WHSD) real estate tax bills are slated to be sent out the week of July 1, 2021.

The current Churchill Borough Tax Collector, Danielle Weaver, has chosen to collect these taxes. Expect the tax bill that you receive to have a return address containing her name.

For clarification, the three real estate taxes that are collected within the Borough of Churchill, along with the anticipated arrival dates of their bills and their collector, are as follows:

Tax Approx. Arrival of Tax Bill Collector
Borough March 2021 Keystone Collections Group
School District July 2021 Danielle Weaver
County March 2021 John Weinstein, Allegheny County Treasurer

If you have questions regarding any of the information presented here, please reach out to Tax Collector Danielle Weaver by phone at 412-241-0815 or by e-mail at dweaver@churchillborough.com.

PRC 2021 Special Recycling Collection Schedule

Click here to view the 2021 PRC schedule of Hard to Recycle, Glass and Hazardous collection events in the Western Pennsylvania area.

Keystone Collections Group Serving the Borough of Churchill

Keystone Collections Group (KCG) has been appointed as the deputy tax collector under the current appointed tax collector and will be handling the day to day collection of Borough real estate taxes.

Tax payments can be made:

  • Online (ACH, Credit Card, Apple Pay/Google Pay)
  • In Person (Cash, Check, Money Order)
  • By Phone (Credit Card Only)
  • By Mail (Cash, Check, Money Order)

Payments made via credit card are subject to a 2.5% fee.

The closest office that is open to the public is located at:

260 Aster Street

Penn Hills, PA 15235

(Inside of Linton Middle School; Follow signs for Tax Office)

For hours of this location, more information on payment methods, or general questions, visit Keystone’s website at www.keystonecollects.com or by phone at (724) 978-0300. The Borough administration is also willing to help answer your questions during this transition and can be reached at (412) 241-7113.

Resources for COVID-19 Vaccination

To locate local COVID-19 vaccination sites, visit:

Both UPMC and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) are allowing individuals to register to be alerted when appointments available based on the current phase of vaccination:

For updates on the phases of COVID-19 vaccination, vaccination sites, and generally helpful information, visit:

2021 Borough Real Estate Tax Collection Changes

The Real Estate Tax Millage Rate has been set at 8.00 Mills for the fiscal year 2021. This increase was approved by Borough Council to ensure necessary infrastructure projects required within the Borough can continue forward, while maintaining the financial health of the Borough. These projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Road Maintenance and Paving
  • Storm Sewer Maintenance and Repair

At the average Borough property value of $148,100, property owners should expect a $77.02 increase to their annual Borough tax obligation or a 52 cent increase for every $1,000 of assessed home value.

To learn more about Borough Real Estate Taxes, visit the Tax Collection page within our website. To learn more about how these funds will be used, see the 2021 Adopted Borough Budget.

Starting in 2021, real estate taxes will be collected by Keystone Collections Group (KCG). This will begin with the 2021 tax bills sent out in March. KCG will also be sending a welcome letter to all residents and taxpayers of the Borough introducing themselves and their services in addition to providing more specific information regarding collection. To learn more about their services, locations and payment methods, visit http://www.keystonecollects.com or call (724) 978-0300.

2021 Borough Sewer User Surcharge Changes as of March 1, 2021

The current Borough of Churchill Sewer Surcharge rate of $6.00/1,000 gallons will be assessed at $8.50/1,000  gallons of water used beginning March 1, 2021.Depending on your billing cycle, the increase may be reflected on WPJWA bills as early as March, but may not be fully reflected until April’s billing statement.

This increase was implemented to allow for the Borough to continue to maintain and make necessary repairs to the 23.78 miles of Borough owned sanitary sewer lines, comply with the necessary operation and maintenance required by the current PA DEP consent order, and retain emergency reserves for unforeseen repairs. This increase also protects the financial health of the Borough’s dedicated Sewage Fund.

The average resident using 4,000 gallons of water/month should expect an approximate $10.00 increase to their monthly WPJWA bill due to this change.

To better understand the Sewer User Surcharge, see the Tax Collection page within our website. To better understand the need for the increase, see the Final 2021 Borough Budget. To understand how to read your monthly WPJWA bill, visit the WPJWA’s Customer Bill Explained page.

Borough Commission and Board Openings

Churchill Borough is seeking local volunteers to serve on a variety of open positions throughout the Borough’s Boards and Commissions. These bodies serve as advisors to the Churchill Borough Council on their related matters. Members of these Boards and Commissions are appointed by the Borough Council and must be residents within the Borough.

Those interested in volunteering on the Zoning Hearing Board or any boards or commissions should email a letter of interest and resume to Alex Graziani, Borough Manager at alex@churchillborough.com or call 412-758-8818 . Questions are welcomed.

2021 Waste Management Schedule

View the 2021 Waste Management Schedule here. This will be mailed to all residents here in the coming weeks from Waste Management.

C-1 Questionnaire Results

2020 Churchill C1 District Questionnaire Results

Churchill Borough Community Vision for the Future in Commercial Development

The Borough is conducting a project to create a community vision for commercial development. This initiative is a “next step” of Churchill’s 2018 Comprehensive Implementable Plan.

Planning consultants, Pashek+MTR assembled experts in various commercial development planning and visioning topics, providing the community with a lot of food for thought. The panel discussions were recorded and are available using these links:

April 29, 5:30-7 p.m. “Sense of Place”

https://youtu.be/wLNRXx-4R-w
*This video contains a recording of an oral statement from Reed Smith on behalf of NAI. A printed copy of that statement is on file at the Churchill Borough office and is available upon request.

April 29, 7:15-8:45 p.m. “Connectivity”

https://youtu.be/jkWgQfqRk7M

May 6, 5:30-7 p.m. “Resource Conservation”

https://youtu.be/YyxMMaTd5dk

May 6, 7:15-8:45 p.m. “Human Wellbeing”

https://youtu.be/MhocQB0o2ms

May 13, 5:30-7 p.m. “Design Forms”

https://youtu.be/f31u7kXsFcI

May 13, 7:15-8:45 p.m. “The Market”

https://youtu.be/QkU-0Kvc3jo
*This video contains a recording of an oral statement from Reed Smith on behalf of NAI. A printed copy of that statement is on file at the Churchill Borough office and is available upon request.

Green Space:  The Ever-Important Role

In urban and suburban areas, the importance of green space to health and the quality of life may or may not be obvious. The communities that the CAEC serves are generally considered suburban areas with public green space available to residents in varying degrees. This advisory has been prepared to describe the overall importance of green space throughout our communities including both public lands preserved as green space, e.g. parks and greenways, and private green spaces including what an individual can do to enhance green space at a residence through natural and “green” methods.

For more information download Green Space:  The Ever-Important Role.

Its Tree Time” presentation:

The “Its Tree Time” event was held at the Blackridge Civic Association on February 19, 2020.  The presentation was well received by more than 60 residents who attended the session.  The Tree Workshop – Blackridge GC – Churchill Tree Committee – 2-19-2020 Final is attached for your review.

Borough Tree Canopy Importance Elevated:

Please review the Borough Tree Canopy Importance Elevated  article attached and including the reporting of the spotted lanternfly by the Churchill Tree Committee.

SWIFTREACH Alerts

In an effort to provide more reliable communication to our residents and businesses within the borough, we have implemented the Swiftreach Networks, Inc. This system will enable us to launch alerts to your home or cell phone. It will be used to communicate Borough information only. If you would like to participate in this program, you can login into the Swiftreach Portal located at the right of this page. Also, if a resident gets new information pertaining to their email, phone number, etc., login onto the Swiftreach website to update your information or contact the Borough offices at office@churchillborough.com or 412-241-7113.