Welcome To The Borough of Swissvale

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BUS RAPID TRANSIT PROJECT UPDATE link Bus Rapid Transit Project Update.pdf

March/April Newsletter

The new March/April Newsletter is now available online! Check it out HERE!

STREET SWEEPING

Street Sweeping will begin on MondayApril 9th.  Please move your vehicles on scheduled sweeping days.

 

WHSD - DICKSON SCHOOL UPDATE

     The Woodland Hills School District appeared before the Swissvale Borough Planning Commission on February 15, 2018 to present a proposed site plan for the renovation and expansion of Dickson School on Schoyer Avenue.  The WHSD is planning to move the Intermediate School to this location after a complete renovation and expansion of the facility.
     The school will receive a 37,700 square foot addition on the west side of the school where the field house and baseball fields are currently located.  Those facilities will be removed to make way for the addition which will house a gymnasium, kitchen and classrooms.  A new parking lot and a basketball court will also be constructed adjacent to the school.
     The school will have a totally new look when it is finished as the dirt that is against the front of the building will be removed to reveal the entire first floor of the building and the property will be landscaped to complement the new and renovated building.
     The Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed plan of which Swissvale Borough Council will now take action on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. If approved, demolition of the field house and baseball fields is scheduled to begin this spring and building construction is proposed to begin this summer.  Completion is preliminarily scheduled for the fall of 2019 when all Woodland Hills students in grades 4-6 will be moved to this building.
     The plans show the proposed site plan, the front elevation of the building and a schematic plan showing how the building will lay out on the site.

Parkway Planting

    Spring planting at the parkway site is 9 a.m on May 6. The hillside blooms from spring to summer and provides a beautiful scene exiting the parkway. The Western PA Conservancy sponsors the plants but volunteers are needed to supply the elbow grease. Contact Mayor Swartzwelder with questions.

SEDCO Clean Up Days

SEDCO sponsors a monthly clean up day the 2nd Saturday of every month, weather permitting. Meet at Goodfella's at 10 AM for supplies and coffee and help keep our community looking beautiful!

 POLICE CHIEF HIRING UPDATE

    Following a lengthy search and interview process, Council selected Asst. Chief Charles E. Watson as their top candidate. Watson was appointed Chief of Police on  February 7 by an unanimous vote of Council. 
    Chief Watson began as a patrolman in Swissvale in 1998, became a sergeant in 2010 and asst. chief in 2012. 
     “I’m excited for this opportunity to lead our officers in a positive direction and continue to increase our community presence and
relationships,” Watson said of his new roll. 
    The search for Chief of Police began in early November with the announcement of Chief Greg Geppert’s retirement. The position was advertised on the borough’s website and Facebook page as well as in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and on several prominent job websites. 
     The borough received resumes from 23 applicants. Six of those  applicants did not meet the minimum requirements as advertised. Members of the police committee, president of council, mayor, borough manager and assistant manager reviewed the remaining 17 candidates and selected seven candidates that were
determined to be best suited for the position based on their resumes and experience.
     An interview was scheduled for those seven candidates on Saturday, January 6. One candidate declined to attend and the remaining six candidates were interviewed. Each candidate was asked the same 18 questions and their answers were scored by the interview panel based on a generally accepted and defined scoring scale. The scoring totals were reviewed and the top three candidates were selected for the next step in the process, which included another interview with the entire council.
     Congratulations to Chief Watson on his new position in the borough!

2018 Budget

The 2018 budget was approved for the Borough of Swissvale by council at the Special Legislative Meeting which will be held on December 27, 2017.
General Fund
Motor License Fund
Sewer Fund
Capital Fund

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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 news@swissvaleborough.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.

Save The Date! Upcoming events:

March
14 - 7 p.m. - Lenten Pilgrimage - Union Baptist Church - 2117 Collingwood Ave
15 - Lovely Evening of Music - WSCC
16 - Fish Fry - Madonna del/Swissvale Fire Department
20 - Democratic Committee Meeting - Goodfellas
21 - 7 p.m. - Lenten Pilgrimage - Pgh Mennonite Church - 2018 S. Braddock Ave
23 - Fish Fry - Madonna del/Swissvale Fire Department
24 - Swissvale Mile Launch Party - Pub In The Park
     - Community Organization Fair - WSCC
25 - Palm Sunday
28 - 7 p.m. - Agenda Meeting - 7560 Roslyn St. Council Chambers
29 - Houseplant Basics - Library
30 - Good Friday - Admin Office Closed
     - Via Dolorosa Walk - Word of God Parish
     - Passover begins
     - Fish Fry - Swissvale Fire Department
31 - noon - Easter Egg Hunt - Memorial Park

April
1 - Easter Sunday
2 - Street sweeping resumes
4 - 7 p.m. - Regular Council Meeting - 7560 Roslyn St. Council Chambers
7 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - CPR Class - Fire Department,  7400 Roslyn Street.
12 - Book & Bake Sale - Library
14 - International Potluck - WSCC
16 - Deadline to register to vote
22 - Earth Day
25 - 7 p.m. - Agenda Meeting - 7560 Roslyn St. Council Chambers
28 - Mulching Event - Washington Ave
30 - Garbage Fee Due - Tax Office

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