News and Announcements
The Administrative Office is closed for Good Friday on Friday April 10, 2020. Garbage and recycling are not impacted and will continue as normal.
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.
ALL BOROUGH PARKS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
ROSLYN STREET IS CLOSED FROM NOBLE STREET TO SOUTH BRADDOCK AVENUE
Borough-wide street sweeping has been postponed until May 1, 2020.
April 1, 2020 Council Meeting Cancelled
Message from Borough Council
The members of Swissvale Borough Council met in an emergency meeting and special executive session on the evening of March 29th, 2020 for the purpose of addressing the borough building’s recent partial structural failure and for ensuring continuity of services through existing personnel. In the emergency meeting, council decided to follow engineers’ recommendations to have the damaged portion of the building removed down to the current floor level of council chambers, with a temporary roof to be installed over that portion of the building and the damaged portion of DPW’s existing facility. The emergency work will be performed by Massarelli Excavating & Demolition and careful hand-removal of debris is expected to begin as soon as possible to avoid any additional damage to the rest of the structure. It is important to understand that the engineers’ reports indicate that the remainder of the building is safe to use. Police and DPW operations will continue without any interruption of service and borough property has been secured. Considering the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in the special executive session, council decided to maintain the current staffing arrangements of Borough Manager Clyde Wilhelm and Assistant Borough Manager Greg Bachy in order to ensure the uninterrupted provision of services to the residents of Swissvale during this time. Council would like to emphasize to the public that this staffing arrangement is temporary and is necessitated by the multiple unprecedented crises taking place at this time, including council’s inability to meet in person. Meanwhile, the active search for a new borough manager will continue, starting with the distribution of a solicitation for public comment via an online form to be made available in coming days.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Lent Fish Fry – Cancelled
The fire department has made the decision to cancel the fish fry until further notice. Read the press release here.
Offices Closed to the Public
Based on the totality of circumstances relative to the coronavirus 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.
Open Council Position
Swissvale Borough Council is accepting applications from interested residents who wish to be appointed to a vacant seat on the Swissvale Borough Council to fill an unexpired term which ends on December 31, 2021. Interested residents must submit a letter of interest and any supporting documentation they wish to submit to the Swissvale Borough Manager’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday March 20, 2020 in order to be considered. All applicants must attend the Swissvale Borough Council Agenda Meeting on Wednesday March 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to be interviewed by Swissvale Borough Council for the position. All applicants for the position must be a registered voter and must have resided within Swissvale for at least one year.
2020 Garbage Fees
The 2020 garbage fees have been mailed out. If you did not receive a bill or you have questions about your bill, please contact the Swissvale Borough Tax Collector Tom Barr at (412)351-3342.
CONGRATULATIONS AND MANY THANKS!
Several Members of Council who will be completing their terms of office were honored at the December 18, 2019 Council Meeting. Council Members Shawn Alfonso-Wells, Tim Ward and Darrell Rapp completed their terms in January and were presented Service Awards by Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder and Council President Michele Stanton. Mr. Rapp was recognized for serving two terms (8 years) on Council, Mr. Ward for serving 1 term (4 years) on Council and Ms. Alfonso-Wells for serving the last several months of the remainder of the term formerly held by Patti Gionta. Ms. Gionta, who was not present at the meeting, was also recognized for serving 4 terms (nearly 16 years) before resigning in September due to relocating outside of the Borough.
The awards were in recognition of their faithful, dedicated and selfless commitment to the citizens of Swissvale. On behalf of the citizens and elected officials, we thank and commend you for your service.
On January 6, 2020, the newly elected members of Council will take their oaths of office. The new members are: Weldianne Scales, Bill Price and Chris Ansell.
Pictured Left to Right. Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder, Members of Council: Shawn Alphonso-Wells, Tim Ward and Darrell Rapp, Council President Michele Stanton.
Swissvale Borough 2020 Proposed Budget and Budget Summary are Available for Review:
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
Allegheny Banner Community Program
Swissvale was once again recognized by the Allegheny County League of Municipalities as a “Banner Community” for the 3rd year in a row. The Banner Community program recognizes municipalities that are committed to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications that engage community residents and stakeholders. Please download Community Citation of Recognition. Pictured Above: Councilwoman Abigail Salisbury, Council President Michele Stanton, and Borough Manager Clyde Wilhelm
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 Borough 2019 Budget is Available Here: Borough of Swissvale 2019 Budget.pdf
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.
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 Swissvale News
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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