News and Announcements
Sewer Line Repair Project Begins
Whipple Street between Aurelius Avenue and Oak Grove Avenue will be closed today (April 19, 2021) and tomorrow (April 20, 2021) for sanitary sewer line repairs. Motorists can detour one block south on Aurelius Avenue or Oak Grove Avenue and travel back to Whipple Street. Thank you for your patience and understanding
Ecotone Renewables Opens in Swissvale
KDKA wrote about the new composting system available in Swissvale. https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/03/28/startup-ecotone-opens-location-in-swissvale-turns-food-waste-into-renewable-energy/?fbclid=IwAR0OgiqIi5yH74UdjWWozSHJVg-T4YoXRAsxyVfb4JRcThnDN_jklgxIgIw
Swissvale Borough Named 2021 ALOM Banner Community
PITTSBURGH – The Borough of Swissvale has been named a 2021 Banner Community. The Banner Community program, sponsored by Allegheny County and the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM), recognizes communities that show a commitment to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders. A total of 71 municipalities and five municipal authorities were recognized this year.
“Thank you to ALOM and Allegheny County for again recognizing the Borough of Swissvale as a Banner Community,” said Katherine Malsch, Borough Manager. “Our staff and elected officials work hard every day to assist our residents and businesses by providing the services they rely on each day. We are very proud of our municipality’s commitment and excited to receive this designation again for 2021.”
A total of 54 municipalities received the Banner Community designation for multiple years, including Aspinwall, Avalon, Baldwin Borough, Baldwin Township, Bellevue, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Butler (Butler County), Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Crafton, Dormont, East Deer, East McKeesport, Edgewood, Edgeworth, Elizabeth Township, Emsworth, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Glassport, Green Tree, Harrison, Heidelberg, Jefferson Hills, Kilbuck, Leet, Marshall, Millvale, Monroeville, Mt. Lebanon, Munhall, North Versailles, Oakmont, O’Hara, Pine, Pitcairn, Pleasant Hills, Port Vue, Robinson, Scott, Shaler, Sharpsburg, South Fayette, South Park, Swissvale, Verona, West Deer, West Homestead, West Mifflin, West View, Wilkinsburg and Wilmerding.
“All of our communities have been stressed during this pandemic, and perhaps none more than local governments which have had their finances as well as their operations impacted. Yet throughout these challenges, these municipalities continue to serve the residents of their community in ways that set them apart,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Congratulations to all of the recipients of the Banner Community designation. We are grateful to you for your continued efforts on behalf of your residents and businesses and are fortunate to have you as part of our county.”
The Borough of Swissvale is a member of the Allegheny League of Municipalities, a nonprofit organization created in the early 1960s to coordinate the needs of the area’s local elected officials. In 1974, it was officially established as the Allegheny League of Municipalities to coordinate, advocate and educate the hundreds of elected officials within its member municipalities in Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization educates elected officials, delivers essential resources, and advocates for sound policy and legislation.
Through NEXTransit, Port Authority Solicits Public Input
The future of public transportation in Allegheny County could include new transportation hubs, community circulators, expansion of the high capacity transit network, and better on street transit amenities, according to a list of projects, policies, and program ideas Port Authority developed from data, industry best practices, and public and stakeholder input as part of NEXTransit, the Authority’s long-range planning effort. Port Authority is seeking input on a list of possible projects and programs for our transit future.
How can you participate?
- Take the NEXTransit survey today! Simply visit network today. Public and stakeholder input and participation are key to the success of NEXTransit, with you, we want to encourage the public to plan what transit will look like now through 2045!
- The NEXTransit Projects Survey is divided into five geographic regions: North, East, South, West and Central (City of Pittsburgh) – take the survey for the region in which you live and work or take all five!
- Not all recommendations can be shown on a map. Don’t forget to take the Programs and Policies Survey as well!
- Paper surveys are also available at the Port Authority Downtown Customer Service Center and at various bus stops throughout the County!
- Join us live for Transit Talking Tuesday on March 23, 2021 at 5:30pm! Talk to a NEXTransit team member to ask questions or give input! Learn more at network/events.
- Do you have additional thoughts on transit but don’t know who to talk to? Call or text 855.925.2801, enter code 8676, leave a message and a Team Member will return your call!
Don’t miss this opportunity to offer valuable input on proposed transit projects through 2045!
Port Authority encourages community members, businesses, and other stakeholders to learn more about NEXTransit and sign up for email alerts on our plan website https://nextransit.network/
¡Las encuestas de NEXTransit están disponibles en español! Llévelos en línea en nextransit.network o llame al 855.925.2801, ingrese el código 8676 con su nombre y una dirección de correo electrónico y un miembro del equipo puede enviarle una copia digital o impresa.
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Verizon Wireless to Initiate 5G Project in Swissvale Borough
Verizon Wireless is beginning a project in Swissvale to extend 5G wireless service to our residents and businesses in order to provide stronger network reliability, faster downloads and allow more connected devices on their wireless network. This is especially significant at this time where more students learning virtually and many people are working from home.
This project will entail the installation of 30 new utility poles with 5G Nodes throughout Swissvale. Some of the poles will replace existing poles and will add the additional equipment necessary for 5G service while others will be in new locations where utility poles do not currently exist. Verizon Wireless has marked the physical locations of the 5G poles throughout the Borough with paint or with a stake in the location where the proposed utility poles will be located. All are marked “Verizon Wireless Pole”, “VZW Pole” or “Pole”. All of the new poles will be located within the road right-of-way even though it may appear that they are located in your yard.
Although you may not want the new pole near your property, the Borough of Swissvale cannot require that the poles be moved to an alternative location. Congress has passed legislation that severely restricts the ability of municipalities to regulate these types of installations and the Borough cannot override Verizon’s decision to situate these poles in the proposed locations as each individual pole location is part of a larger project to provide the best wireless service to their customers.
The 2021 Budget can be found here. The budget includes the General Fund, the Sewer Fund, the Motor License Fund and the Capital Improvements Fund. Questions can be directed to the Borough Office at 412-271-7101.
Senator Jay Costa is on the Be the Change App
Senator Jay Costa is the first elected official to be on Be the Change, an app that connects constituents with their representatives. Be the Change gives residents a new way to communicate with their elected leaders immediately – and gives them access to the facts that will help them make the right decisions for Swissvale! Senator Costa is excited to grow civic engagement in the 43rd and hear your neighborhood feedback. You can download the iOS app at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/be-the-change-app/id1526015452 TODAY!
Message from Chief Watson
At the meeting on August 5, 2020 a resident asked the Borough a series of questions related to the Police Department. Chief Watson has taken time to answer those questions and they can be viewed here.
Filing an Online Police Report
The Swissvale Police Department can now offer residents a safe and secure way to submit non-emergency incident reports. Residents who would like to report non-emergencies can fill in the form at the link below. Please note that this form should not be used for emergencies or active crimes. While you may receive a call for details on your report, an officer will not respond to complaints filed in this format. If you have an emergency please call 911. https://allegheny.crimewatchpa.com/swissvalepd/17386/report
Offices Closed to the Public
Based on the totality of circumstances relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the community and our employees who serve this community, the Borough offices will be closed to public access until further notice. However, Borough business will still be conducted via phone, email, fax, etc. All borough contacts can be found here.
Medication Disposal Now Available
The Swissvale Borough Police Department recently installed a prescription drop box. Residents and non residents are encouraged to drop off leftover or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs. This is not a drop box for illegal drugs, needles, lotions, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, or hydrogen peroxide. The box will be accessible during office hours Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ALCOSAN Clean Water Assistance Fund
ALCOSAN has created a fund to help families pay their sewage treatment bills. The fund is available for ALCOSAN services area homeowners who meet family income limits set by the federal government. For more information please refer to the flyer posted here: ALCOSAN Clean Water Assistance Fund.pdf
Proposed Relocation of Municipal Offices, Police Department, and Public Works Department
These are the conceptual drawings of a potential project that council is considering for the relocation of the municipal offices, police department, and public works garage.
Swiss BB Layout.pdf; Swissvale Borough Building 2-25-19-SD.pdf; Swissvale Borough Building Plot Plan-CS.pdf; Swissvale Public Works Building 2-25-19-CS.pdf
The municipal offices and police department would be located in the existing and vacant storefronts in the 7400 block of Irvine Street. The public works garage would be located around the corner in the 1900 block of McCague Street. More information to follow as it becomes available. A written proposal for this project can be found here: Municipal Facilities Proposal.pdf
Vacant Property Recovery Program provides opportunity to acquire Side Yard Properties or Vacant Structures in Swissvale
All applications that are pre-screened eligible and complete will be forwarded to the municipality for consideration of the applicant’s proposed re-use plan. Please note that in cases where an applicant is proposing to demolish a structure, the applicant must obtain a letter of support from the municipality verifying that the structure presents a safety hazard. Applications are available at www.alleghenycounty.us/VPRP.
Swissvale Community Newsletter
Are you receiving the Swissvale Newsletter? If not, please contact us at 412-271-7101! We will make sure you receive it in the future. To view a digital copy of the newsletter please visit http://www.swissvaleborough.com/residents/newsletter-archive.aspx or https://issuu.com/boroughofswissvale/stacks.
SEDCO Clean Up Days
SEDCO sponsors a monthly clean up day the 2nd Saturday of every month, weather permitting. Meet at the farmers market at 10 AM for supplies and help keep our community looking beautiful!
Advertise in the Swissvalian
The Newsletter is now direct mailed to over 5,000 households and businesses! If you would like to advertise your business, please email us at, firstname.lastname@example.org. Advertising prices are listed here: Newsletter Ads. Want to see some of our previous editions? Check them out HERE.
Belgian Block for Sale
The Borough now has thousands of Belgian Block for sale to residents. The cost of the blocks is $1.50 each and is limited to 200 per resident. Blocks are for pick up only and can be ordered at the Administrative Offices at 7560 Roslyn St. Individuals must show proof of residency to purchase blocks. Blocks are for personal use only, not for resale. To print the Belgian Block order form, click HERE
Protect our Rivers and Streams
Did you know that anything that goes into a catch basin or storm inlet on the street eventually ends up in a stream or river? You can help protect our water resources by reporting any activity that could cause pollution of our waterways. If you see someone dumping anything into a storm inlet or even just dumping something on the street such as oil or auto fluids, litter, paint, grass clippings, hazardous waste or cleaning fluids, you can report this to the borough office at 412-271-7101. Please get as much information as possible including a photo, the location and time and other pertinent information. Together we can all protect water, our most valuable resource.
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