News and Announcements
Borough Council Solicits Public Input Regarding Borough Facilities
Council would like to hear from the public regarding the search for new Borough Facilities. They have created a survey for residents to complete that can be accessed here. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, August 21st, 2020.
Council is also organizing a Zoom Meeting for residents to have another medium to express their opinions regarding Borough Facilities. The Zoom Meeting will take place on Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 7 pm – 8 pm. For those who are interested in participating in the zoom meeting, please register at email@example.com with your name, address, and email address no later than 4 pm on Thursday, August 13, 2020. Those that have registered for the meeting will receive an email at ten minutes to seven with a link to join the meeting.
Borough Manager and Finance Director Job Positions
The Borough of Swissvale is seeking interested applicants for the positions of Borough Manager and Finance Director. The deadline to apply to either position is Friday September 11, 2020. Applications can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 7560 Roslyn Street Pittsburgh, PA 15218. Please read the job notifications below before applying.
Kenmawr Bridge Closed 8/14-8/17
The Kenmawr Bridge will be closed starting 10 pm on Friday August 14, 2020 until 5 am on Monday August 17, 2020.
The reports are available here.
Swissvale Food Pantry
The Swissvale Food Pantry will be open on on Thursday, August 20 from 9 AM to 12 PM.
Facilities Report is Complete
The facilities report completed by Borough Manager Clyde Wilhelm is complete and available for public viewing on our website at http://www.swissvaleborough.com/government/facilities-report.aspx
2020 Residential Garbage Fee Deadline
Residential Garbage Fees were due on July 15, 2020 at the standard rate at $175.00 per residence. From July 16 – August 31, 2020, a late penalty will be imposed and the fee will increase to $192.50. On September 1, 2020 all unpaid residential garbage bills will be turned over to Keystone Collections. To make a payment please send cash, check, or money order to:
Thomas S. Barr Jr. Tax Collector
7447 Washington Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
If you have any questions about your taxes, Tom can be reached by phone at (412)351-3342.
Borough Manager Survey Results
Swissvale Borough Council asked for public input in the form of a survey regarding the hiring process of a new borough Manager. Council would like to thank those who participated. A summary of the results of the survey can be found here.
Reminder About Fireworks in Swissvale
The Swissvale Police Department would like to remind residents of a few facts about the Pennsylvania’s Fireworks law. Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents. “Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.
There are several restrictions on the use of consumer fireworks:
- They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
- They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present. (All occupied structures in Swissvale are within 150 feet of each other)
- They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
Penalties for violating the fireworks law are the following:
- A person using consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this article commits a summary offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than$100.
- A person selling consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this act commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.
- A person selling display fireworks in violation of the provisions of this act commits a felony of the third degree.
- A person selling federally illegal explosives such as devices as described in 49 CFR173.54 (relating to forbidden explosives) or those devices that have not been tested, approved and labeled by the United States Department of Transportation, including, but not limited to, those devices commonly referred to as M-80, M-100, blockbuster, cherry bomb or quarter or half stick explosive devices, in violation of the provisions of this act commits a felony of the third degree.
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
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.
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, email@example.com. 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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