News and Announcements
Swissvale Ranks #5 Overall in Healthiest Housing Markets in Pennsylvania
This is another great example of how far our community has come. These are more demonstrated results of good governance, fiscal responsibility, fighting blight, effective code enforcement, superior police, fire & EMS services, public works and infrastructure investment and most of all, the great people in our community! https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2020/05/27/borough-is-pas-healthiest-housing-market.html.
Compare that article to this one from 2011 for a full picture of how far our community has come. https://patch.com/pennsylvania/foresthills-regentsquare/fighting-the-remnants-of-foreclosure-building-a-new-swissvale
I am proud of our accomplishments!
Clyde Wilhelm, Borough Manager
Roslyn Street is Open
Roslyn Street from South Braddock Avenue to Noble Street is now open to all traffic.
June 2 Election – Polling Location Set by Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Board of Elections has set the polling location for the Borough of Swissvale at the Woodland Hills Intermediate School (7600 Evans Street). For the press release issued by Allegheny County visit here.
Street Sweeping Postponed Indefinitely
Street Sweeping will be postponed until further notice. The number of residents off work and telecommuting on a daily basis does not currently permit the weekly street sweeping program to begin. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify residents via Social Media when the Street Sweeping program will begin.
Clean-Up Day is Cancelled
The collection of electronics, household hazardous waste, tires and bulk items scheduled for Saturday, May 16th has been cancelled. A new date has not been scheduled at this time, but please watch our various social media outlets and our community newsletter The Swissvalian for information about future collection events.
Borough Parks to Remain Closed During “Yellow Phase” of Re-Opening
Following the guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, all playgrounds owned and operated by Swissvale Borough will remain closed while Allegheny County remains in the “Yellow Phase” of re-opening. We look forward to re-opening all of our facilities when Allegheny County enters the “Green Phase”. For additional information, please see the attachment.
Council is still seeking input from community members regarding the hiring of a new Borough Manager. The deadline to respond to the survey is Friday, May 22, 2020. The survey can be found here: https://forms.gle/p88Z58v5ciDeCVsU6
March and April Reports
The March and April reports have been made available electronically here.
Community Days is Cancelled
Unfortunately the borough has decided to cancel Community Days at this time. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will revisit the possibility of rescheduling a community event for the fall. Please keep following us on Facebook, on our website, and on Savvy Citizen for updates!
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
Tax and Fee Deadline Extended
At a Special Council Meeting on April 15, 2020, Council voted to approve Resolution 20-08, extending the due date for payment of the Garbage Collection Fee and the Business Privilege Tax from April 30, 2020 to July 15, 2020. These extensions shall be applicable for the year 2020 only. Penalties and late fees will not apply to payments made on or before July 15, 2020. Please note that this extension does not apply to Borough Real Estate Taxes which are due on June 30, 2020.
Immediate changes to Garbage and Recycling Collection
In an effort to keep our employees safe during the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak, the following temporary changes to garbage and recycling collection will be implemented effective immediately:
• All garbage must be placed in approved containers or rodent proof bags. Loose trash will not be collected under any circumstances including loose trash in cans.
• All bags must be tightly sealed.
• Bags that are damaged by rodents prior to collection will not be collected unless the resident picks up the waste and places it in another bag.
(Please note that the conditions listed above are required in the Solid-Waste ordinance, we are just moving to more strict enforcement to protect our employees)
• Bulk items will be limited to one per week per household.
• Loose recycling will not be collected. All materials (including cardboard) must be placed in your recycling container in order for the Borough to collect them.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
BOROUGH COMMUNITY HELPLINE
Beginning today, letters are being mailed to Senior Citizens in our community notifying them of our community helpline services.
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the governor’s current restrictions, and the heightened vulnerability of our senior citizens, we are writing to let you know that we are here and willing to try to help you with your essential needs during these trying times.The Borough has partnered with Eastern Area Adult Services to deliver meals to our seniors.
We may also be able to help you with other essential needs, such as assisting in getting your groceries, picking up needed prescriptions, etc. While we may not be able to fulfill all of your needs, we will make every effort to help coordinate or get you in touch with an agency organization that can.
This is an effort to help those who have no other means or ability to fulfill their essential needs.Should you have any necessary and unmet needs as a result of this situation, please call the borough offices at 412-271-7101 Monday thru Friday between 8:30 and 4:30 for assistance.
ROSLYN STREET IS CLOSED FROM NOBLE STREET TO SOUTH BRADDOCK AVENUE
COVID-19 Fraud Alert
The Allegheny County Fraud Squad has issued this press release regarding the potential for scammers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Tax Collector’s Office Closed to the Public
The Pennsylvania State Collectors Association advised tax collectors to modify “in-person” collection to reduce the chance of exposure to the coronavirus. The Swissvale tax office recommends that residents use the US Postal Service or drop off payments in the mail slot at the office at 7447 Washington Street. If you must speak to the tax collector, Tom Barr, please call: office (412) 351-3342; cell phone (412) 999-1385; home (412) 271-7466; or email email@example.com.
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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