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"WE WILL ACT TODAY SO THAT IN THE FUTURE OUR COMMUNITY IS AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE THAT IS THRIVING AND ECONOMICALLY SOUND.  WE ENVISION AN ETNA THAT IS KNOWN FOR A GOOD SCHOOL SYSTEM AND COOPERATIVE GOVERNMENT.  OUR FUTURE INCLUDES A FOCUS ON SAFETY AND A RESPECTED, COMMUNITY-ORIENTED POLICE FORCE.  WE CONTINUE TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF FLOOD CONTROL"

Etna is a small bustling community covering one square mile along the banks of the Allegheny River, and is bordered on three sides by Millvale, Shaler Township, and Sharpsburg. Centrally located, Etna is just 10 minutes (non-rush hour) from downtown Pittsburgh and close enough for easy access to the shopping centers in North Hills, Fox Chapel, and Monroeville, the cultural opportunities in Oakland and North Side, and the nine local Colleges and Universities.

Once a mill town, over the past twenty years, Etna has re-emerged as a residential community with a highly diversified business base. Within its borders are over 160 businesses ranging from good-sized industrial firms to smaller, family-owned retail and consumer outlets.

Etna has an approximate population of 3451 and is growing younger each year as more couples with small children move into the community. These young families have a refreshing vitality and a dedication to get involved and work to make Etna a great place to raise children. Their efforts have been fruitful, as evidenced by the many youth-oriented activities that abound throughout the year. There's baseball, softball, and deck hockey leagues open to both girls and boys and active scouting troops from Cubs and Brownies to Seniors and Explorers. These activities, coupled with Etna's pool, playground, and sporting complex on Pine Street afford positive, close-to-home leisure time fun, not just for children, but for the whole family.

On the following pages we have outlined all the areas of community life that would be of interest and importance to all who live and work in our town.


Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program

For a limited time only, Allegheny County will be accepting applications to acquire vacant property in 25 municipalities at reduced cost to the applicant. The purpose of the Allegheny Couonty Vacant Property Recovery Program is to take blighted, tax delinquent properties and resell the to an applicant to reuse as determined by their application and as approved by the municipality. Click HERE for more information.


ETNA NAMED 2013 BANNER COMMUNITY

Etna Borough has been named a 2013 Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities for providing effective, efficient and accountable services to its residents and businesses. The designation also acknowledges Etna Borough’s efforts to inform and engage citizens through frequent and open communication, public events and community activities. “The Banner Communities Program recognizes municipalities that implement best practices in all aspects of their operations and that govern in an inclusive, collaborative manner” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who is also Chairman of the Allegheny League of Municipalities. “These are cities, boroughs and townships that understand fiscal accountability, customer service, and civic responsibility”. We are honored to receive this designation. Residents and businesses rely on the various services we pro-vide on a daily basis. They expect and deserve us to be as efficient, effective and professional as possible. We take our responsibility very seriously to improve our operations and to provide the highest quality of life for our community.


It’s that time of the year when we all are making plans for yard and landscaping work in anticipation of the summer months! This is a great time to consider doing a legal disconnect of your roof leader (downspout) from the combined sewer system. A rain barrel is one way to accomplish that and save you on your water bills by reusing the rain water to water your plants. If you are considering this, contact the Municipal Building regarding an inspection to see if you are eligible. Don’t forget, an approved downspout disconnect can save you $5.00 quarterly on your Sewer Environmental Surcharge (for a three year period, pending annual inspection). CLICK HERE for Ordinance and Permit application. See our Stormwater Management Page for more info.


The Borough has hired Stormworks for the installation of rain barrels at several of our publically owned facilities and for the installation of a rain garden at the swimming pool bath-house. The roof leaders from the pool bathhouse will be dis-connected and the rain water directed to a beautiful new rain garden on the Pine Street side of the bathhouse. The rain barrels have been installed at several of the recreational buildings at Dougherty Veterans Field, at our storage facility at the play-ground and at our storage garage located on Winschel Alley.

The Borough of Etna received a Water Resource Education Network grant from the League of Women Voters to host a Rain Garden and Design Management: A Technical Workshop for Landscape Professionals, which will be held at the Clarence Fugh Memorial Park and Pool facility on September 7. At that workshop, a rain garden will be installed just outside the swimming pool bathhouse. The downspouts from the roof of the bathhouse will be disconnected and feed the rain garden. This workshop is for professional landscapers who will see a rain garden installed from start to finish. The Borough hopes to host a second workshop for residents in the near future. As part of Community Day, August 10, the Borough will be hosting an informational table for residents on storm water management. Free brochures and posters will be available for residents to take home.


In February, Council adopted Ordinance No. 1345, the Solar Installation Ordinance. The origination of this came from a multi-municipal grant program the Borough participated in as a member of the CONNECT organization. The grant program was federally funded through the SunShot Initative whereby 22 communities developed and adopted a model solar ordinance, helping to streamline the process for installers and property owners alike. CLICK HERE for a copy of the Ordinance.


Watch for some really cool stuff being added to the Dougherty Nature Trail! Owl boxes! How cool is that?!! The Borough will also be installing bat boxes to provide all our feathered friends a home within our home!!!


COMMUNITY POOL AND PLAYGROUND SCHEDULE

The Clarence Fugh Memorial Park and Pool will open Saturday, May 25. Weekend and holiday hours will be from Noon to 7:00 p.m. The pool will not open on weekdays until school is out (June 14) and when School goes back into session, will only open on weekends. The pool will close on Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

Daily admission cost is $5.00 per day for Etna residents and $7.00 for non-residents (proof of residency will be required); there will be a twilight swim rate of $3.00 after 5:00 p.m. weekdays.

SEASON PASS RATES:

ETNA RESIDENTS

Family season pass
$120.00
Individual season pass
$ 85.00
Senior Citizen, 65 years and older
FREE*

*Etna Residents Only

SHALER AREA & FOX CHAPEL SCHOOL DISTRICT RESDIENTS:

Family season pass
$190.00
Individual season pass
$120.00

All seasonal passes require proof of residency and family seasonal passes only include year round residents of household. Children under the age of 8 years old must be accompanied by an individual 13 years or older. These rules will be strictly enforced.


FREE CONCERTS IN THE PARK & YOUTH CRAFT SCHEDULES

The free concerts in the park will continue this summer with three concerts, one of which will be held during the Volunteer Firemen’s Street Fair at their fairgrounds (Dougherty Veterans Field) while the other two will be held at the playground. All concerts are from 8 to 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 6..............Mike Scheer Band; Playground, Pine Street
  • Saturday, August 17......Slim Forsythe; Playground, Pine Street
  • Saturday, September 21........ Nied's Hotel Band

The Free Youth Craft Schedule will continue this summer on the following Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m.: June 19, July 3, July 17 and July 31.


FREE SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Back by popular demand, the free summer reading program hosted by the Shaler North Hills Library will be back up at the Play-ground, Thursdays from June 20 through August 30 at 2:00 p.m. It is a one hour program of games and stories with a “make-a-take craft” project. Participants will receive a free book and prize each week. Swim a little, read a little – what could be better than that for your child on his or her summer vacation from school!!!

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