Information - Borough of Etna

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The Mayor, elected every four years, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police department. He also hosts visiting dignitaries and represents Etna in a variety of social functions. He can veto ordinances passed by Council and has the deciding vote when Council is deadlocked.

Borough Council

Etna council is comprised of nine members who are elected to four-year terms by ward, with each ward having three representatives. Every two years, on the first Monday in January, Council holds a re-organization meeting when Council members elect a president and vice-president. The president is responsible for setting the agenda and running the council meetings.

Council, as a whole, governs the town and is generally responsible for: drawing up a budget, setting tax rates, hiring and disciplining employees, appointing members to various boards and commissions, and overseeing zoning and planning, public works, recreation, streets, lighting, and refuse removal.

Council meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building. These meetings are open to the public and citizen attendance is encouraged.

Addressing Council

Etna citizens with questions, problems, complaints, etc., may address Council at their regular meetings. To do so, a letter indicating their intentions must reach the Borough Office ten (10) days prior to the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda.

Borough Office - Secretary Manager

The Etna Borough Office is located at 437 Butler Street, phone (412) 781-0569. The building houses the borough's administrative staff as well as the police and fire departments.

The day-to-day running of the town occurs in this office. Council sets the policy for governing Etna and these policies are carried out mainly by the Borough Secretary-Manager. The manager oversees the daily operations of all borough departments except the police.

The Borough Office is open Monday through Friday’s, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payments for Water, Sewage and Garbage collection should be mailed to Hampton Shaler Water Authority, P. O. Box 6444391, Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-4867. You can still drop off your check or money order payment at the Borough Office –no cash will be accepted. All Official records, minutes and contracts are kept on file here as well. The Building also houses Council Chambers, where Council meetings are held the third Tuesday of Month, beginning at 7:30 p.m., as well as other public meetings and hearings. The Etna Planning Commission Meetings are also held here the fourth Thursday of the month, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Call to confirm Planning Commission meetings.

The Borough Office is also available to local civic groups wishing to hold a meeting.

Etna Borough Junior Council Program

Etna Borough participates in the Pennsylvania State Association of Borough’s Junior Council Program.  Etna has participated in this Program since 2006.  Through this program, the Borough has established an Etna Teen Advisory Board, made up of local teens that help with monthly litter campaigns, the planning of Etna Teen event and the COPS VS. KIDS annual basketball game, held the weekend before Labor Day each year.

At the January 4 Reorganization Meeting of Etna Borough Council, Jake Davis, a junior at Shaler Area High School, was appointed as Junior Council member. Jake was sworn in at this meeting with his mother and father in attendance and he will serve on Council until his graduation from Shaler Area High School. We congratulate Jake on his appointment and thank all those who submitted resumes for this position. It was a very difficult selection process as all candidates were fantastic. We wish Jake the best of luck and look forward to working with him on town Council.


Wards and Polling Places

Etna is divided into three wards whose boundaries were drawn so that the population of each ward is nearly equal to the others. The break‚down of the wards are as follows:

First Ward

Facing Etna from Route 28 - East Ohio Street, all the homes on the left side of Butler Street, from the entrance to Etna to the ball field, are in the first ward. Some of the streets include Ann, Walnut, High, Christler, and Maplewood.

First ward residents vote at the Calvert Memorial Presbyterian Church on High Street.

Second Ward

Includes all the homes on the right hand side of Butler and Grant Avenue from the Route 28 entrance through the entire borough to the Shaler line. Some of these streets are Cherry, Bridge, Bitner, Kittanning, Greismere, and Highland.

Second ward residents vote at the Borough Office on Butler Street.

Third Ward

Begins where the first ward ends and includes all the homes on the left side of Grant Avenue from the ball field to the Shaler line. A sample of these streets are Dewey, Spring, Wilson, and Park.

Third ward votes at the All Saints Activity Building.

How to Register to Vote

In order to vote in the borough, you must be registered as a citizen of Etna. Registration is easily accomplished by filling out a registration form and sending it to the promotional products from China Allegheny County Department of Elections. These forms are usually available at the Borough Office, or may be requested, by phone or letter, from the Elections Department.

Borough Of Etna Right To Know Law

In 2008, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed Act 3, otherwise known as the new “Right to Know” law which took effect on January 1, 2009.  This law provides access to public records of the Borough of Etna as well as other public entities.  

All Right to Know requests must be submitted in writing to the Borough of Etna’s Open Records Officer:

Mary Ellen Ramage, Secretary-Manager
Borough of Etna      
437 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15223
412-82-5302 (fax)

The Borough of Etna is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of holidays.
Inquiries can be faxed, mailed or submitted through email using the attached form:
If you are submitting
via email please send to the following email address:

With a copy to:

Our agency (all agencies) has five business days from the date the Open Records Officer receives the request.  The agency (Borough of Etna) may request additional time to fill the request but will submit a request for the 30 (30) day time extension within the initial five business day period (from receipt by the Open Records Officer).  

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Additional information can be found at

Appeals to denied requests shall be filed with the following agency:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Front Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA  17120-0235
1-717-425-5343 (fax)

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