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In December, after interviewing several Emergency Medical Services, Etna chose to change their EMS Service Provider for our community. In January, they adopted an Ordinance naming Shaler EMS as the new provider effective February 1, 2017. This was a very difficult decision for the Borough as Seneca has been with the Borough since 1995 and has been a loyal provider these past decades but with ever changing health insurance costs and coverage, EMS services are changing as well. The Borough had been approached by our neighbor, Shaler EMS, to consider their service. The Borough decided upon that invite, to interview several providers and after consideration of costs and response time, felt that Shaler EMS was the best avenue going forward for our community. Their proximity to the community is closer than our current provider and there are no railroad tracks between their facility and our community, which has always been a concern. This is the reason that you have not received your subscription notice for 2017 from Seneca. You will be receiving your subscription notice from Shaler Emergency Medical Services shortly. Their costs are as follows: Individual $35.00; Family $50.00; Family Plus $70.00. Family Plus covers all permanent residents of the address PLUS any guests who need an ambulance while they are at that location.

Council adopted the 2017 Budget at their December 20, 2016 meeting. There is no increase in property tax with millage remaining at 8.25 mills. As in the last two years, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) raised its rates 11%. The Borough, which acts as the collection agency for ALCOSAN, increased our rates for sewage by the same amount. ALCOSAN announced in 2014 that it would be imposing 11% rate increases due to improvements mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. With this last 11% increase, sewage usage will be $10.41 for each thousand gallons of water usage and $15.50 for the bi-monthly environmental charge. Refuse collection will also increase by .50 (fifty-cents) a month. The bi-monthly charge for refuse collection will be $37.00 and seniors will pay $33.00 every two months. The total budget for 2017 is $3,745,842.00, $44,409 less than 2016’s budget. The 2017 budget is expended by the following breakdown:

Administration: ...... $347,825 - 10%
Sewers: ............. $646,866 – 18%
Borough Property: .. $ 23,783 - 1%
Streets: ............. $576,159 – 16%
Police: ..................... $716,033 - 20%
Recreation: ....... $152,955 - 1%
Fire: ........................ $121,484 - 4%
Misc. .................. $688,663 - 20%
Health/Sanitation: . $ 23,900 - 1%
Debt Service: .... $159,700 - 1%
Refuse Collection: ... $288,474 - 8%

Miscellaneous includes insurances and employee health care.

With the ever-rising sewer costs, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority has launched their Clean Water Assis-tance Fund to help families pay their ALCOSAN bills. The program will serve low-income residential customers in all 83 communities they serve. Ratepayers who qualify will receive a $30.00 credit on their bill, every three months. Dollar Energy Fund, Inc. will manage the program for ALCOSAN. Low-income residential customers will apply through their network of social service agencies contracted by Dollar Energy and those agencies will handle all questions, applications and approvals. See the enclosed insert for full details of qualifications and how and where to apply or ask questions.

The Borough is pleased to announce that it has been selected to participate in the Allegheny County Economic Development’s Allegheny Together Program. This is exciting news for our community and will be a great aid to the wonderful work being done by the Etna Economic Development Corporation and the Borough in spurring economic development in our community. Through municipal involvement and data-driven planning, Allegheny Together directs public investment, spurs private investment and revitalizes communities. To date, this dynamic program has supported twelve communities, yielding thousands of dollars in public and private investment, hundreds of new businesses and thousands of new jobs in those business districts. Allegheny County Economic Development staff and Town Center Associates, the consultant chosen for the program, has already begun meeting with officials from the Borough and members of the EEDC to begin this exciting work!!

Public Safety Department News

Police Department News

For the 5th consecutive year, the American Automotive Association (AAA) has awarded the Etna Police Department with a Platinum Award for their superior efforts and leadership in improving community safety. Awards are presented at the Commendation, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels.

We want to take this opportunity to thank Officer Scott Carney, who was recently hired full time by the Northern Regional Police Department and Officer Cory Peter-son, who was hired full time with Carnegie Police Department for their time and dedication. They have resigned from the Etna Police Department.

The Etna/Shaler Bike rodeo will be held on May 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Shaler Township. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles as there will be an obstacle course, bicycle inspections and free helmets. Experts will be on hand to fit the helmets properly.

As we begin to experience colder weather, this is a reminder to anyone who owns real estate within the Borough of Etna, whether occupied or vacant, that you are responsible for ensuring that your walkways and sidewalks remain clear of snow and ice. According to Borough Ordinance 1266, snow and ice MUST be removed within 24 hours after snow has ceased to fall. Property owners who do not comply could receive citations with fines of up to $600 per violation in addition to court costs. Also, it is a violation of Pennsylvania State law to throw the removed snow and ice into the roadways.

Fire Department News

If you haven’t had a chance to participate in the free smoke alarm program through the American Red Cross in conjunction with the Fire Department, please let us know. To date we have installed over 100 smoke alarms in Etna and are excited to get as many more installed as possible. Please stop by or call the fire station or borough office for applications.

We have responded to a number of calls recently where drivers are not certain how to respond as a fire truck is approaching. Pennsylvania Law tells us that we must yield the right of way to an Emergency Vehicle. This law also requires that drivers pull to the right side of the road and come to a complete stop. Seconds matter when we are responding. We may be going to help somebody you know or love. Please help us help you.

Borough News

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.

School District News

This year’s fall play, Cyrano de Bergerac, will be presented on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. and on November 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, children and senior citizens.

Reminders From Your Borough Office

Property Owners, ordinance 1091 requires occupancy registration on an annual basis as well as when tenants move in and out of properties. If the property is vacant, we need to know that as well. Accurate occupant information is vital in utility billing and can help you when your properties are vacant as charges are obviously different for vacant properties, but only if timely notification is received by the Borough.

Sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall or ice storms per borough ordinance.

Garbage cans must not be placed out prior to 6:00 p.m. or dusk the night before trash pickup and must be taken back in by midnight the following day.

Pets must be kept on a leash when being walked and cleaned up after..

Dumping yard waste (fall leaves, etc.) into any of the streams or storm runs located within the community is illegal. Litter tossed on to the local roads can end up in our combined sewer system and cause serious problems to downstream neighbors. Anyone caught draining oil and other liquids from their vehicle into a storm drain will be prosecuted to the fullest extent that the law allows.

Etna Borough Council Meetings, third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. If you need transportation, please call the Etna Borough Office one week prior to the meeting.

Etna Economic Development Corporation Meetings, second Tuesday each month, 7:00 p.m., Municipal Building.

Etna Planning Commission Meetings, every fourth Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Municipal Building, call in advance for meeting confirmation.

Pride Of Etna Committee Meetings, second Thursday each month, Municipal Building.

EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Zumba Exercise Classes, Tuesday and Thursdays, $3.00, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Calvert Memorial Food Pantry

The Bread of Life Pantry hours for Calvert Memorial United Presbyterian Church are as follows:

First Wednesday of the month, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Second Wednesday of the month, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Third Wednesday of the month, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If there are any questions regarding this information, you can contact the Food Bank at 412-
781-3056.

 
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