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Etna Borough is proud to share that when the year-long Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge ended, Etna ended up a WINNER taking home four awards!  Those awards include the Top Energy Saver, Top Legacy Energy Saver, Top Scorer Micro Municipality and the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD!  Etna also received ribbons in Transportation, Energy, Water, Air Quality, Materials Management and Engagement! More than 100 employers from southwestern Pennsylvania participated and demonstrated their commitments to sustainability.  To garner the Top Energy Saver award Etna reduced our energy usage in our municipal facility(ies) by 25% over the course of the year.  The People’s Choice Award recognizes an organization for its innovative sustainable solutions, initiatives or actions.  Each participating organization could vote for one of the four nominees and Etna won by getting 46% of the vote!  We commend former Economic Development Coordinator, Jessica Jankowski DeRoy who single handedly managed this program!  Jess has moved back home to her home stomping grounds in Massachusetts with her new husband Mike, and we wish her the best!  She did an amazing job with this challenge!

Etna Borough was once again designated a BANNER COMMUNITY for 2019 by the Allegheny League of Municipalities!   The Banner Community Program recognizes municipalities that “are committed to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability and proactive communities that engage community residents and stakeholders”.  Etna recognizes the efforts of all of our Departments in helping us achieve this designation!  Etna is one of sixteen municipalities that have received this designation since its inception in 2013.

Work began on the rehabilitation of the Greeley Avenue Bridge and is expected to be completed by the end of July.  We appreciate the patience and cooperation of those residents in the immediate area of the bridge.  This is a tight, narrow, dense neighborhood and we realize the disruption that all the heavy equipment is and will be causing over the next few months!   

Groundbreaking on the Etna Riverfront Trail and Park project will occur in early June.  This work is Phase l of the project, with the final Phase ll work to be completed later this year and into 2020.  Zottola Construction was awarded the bid and hopes to have shovels in the ground by June 3.  We anticipate a ground- breaking ceremony that morning!  Stay tuned for more info and announcements on our Facebook page!   

Phase III of Etna’s Green Streetscape Project from our Green Master Plan, is nearing design and engineering completion.  This Phase includes two blocks on Butler Street from Elk Way to High Street.  We hope to have the project out to bid in early summer.  We are pleased to announce that Etna received a Growing Greener Grant in the amount of $60,000.00 for the design of Phase V, which is the block on the eastern side of Butler Street at Bridge Street to the end of the OfficeXpress Building (the old Tippins mill).

Clean Air Starts Here

Etna Borough began their air pollution prevention program through tree plantings this past March 30 and what an awesome day it was!   Twelve beautiful trees were planted at our playground facility on Pine Street!  With the aid of Tree Pittsburgh and twenty-tree awesome resident volunteers, four different species were planted!  We have a non-fruit bearing Gingko tree in the pool area, a beautifully blooming Snow Goose Flowering Cherry tree near the gazebo, six Dawn Redwoods along the rear fencing area and four White Oak Chinquapins along Pine Street.  We are working with property owners and PENNDOT for fall planting locations so stay tuned!  We aim to plant 88 more trees this fall! There will be opportunities for you to help plant these trees and then watch the fruit of your labors as they continue to grow through the years!

Honoring Our Veterans

Our community honors the service of those who sacrificed their lives serving in the United States military. Enjoy the military banners through town and along the parade route for the Memorial Day Parade which begins at 9:30 a.m., May 27 on the corner of Butler and Maplewood Streets. The route continues down Butler Street to Freeport Street and all the way through Sharpsburg to Kittanning Pike!

Preceding the parade, stop by the cemetery on High Street for a Memorial Service at 8:30 a.m.  Or, at 11:30 a.m. you can attend the ceremony at the War Memorial on Crescent Avenue in front of Dougherty Veteran’s Field for a moving tribute honoring those who gave their lives for freedom around the world.

Prior to the parade on Monday, all are welcome to attend a Veterans’ Mass for all veterans, their families and friends at All Saints Church on Sunday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m.

At the parade, the Garden Club will be selling memorial ribbons for $1.00 each.  You can honor your loved ones by writing their names on the ribbons which will be hung on the fence at the War Memorial.  Ribbons are also available for purchase at the Borough Office Building prior to Memorial Day.

Public Safety Department News

Police Department News

Etna Borough has a curfew for kids under 18 years of age. It is from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian during that time, not just someone over 18.

On March 16, 2019, The North Hills DUI Task Force conducted a Roving DUI Patrol in Ross, West View, McCandless, Pine and Marshall Twps.  There were 103 vehicles that were stopped for various violations and 6 individuals were administered a field sobriety test. Of those tested, 5 were arrested for Driving under the Influence. There were 5 citations issued for various vehicle code violations.

If you are parked in the business district and run out of change for the parking meter, no need to worry. The Borough has implemented a mobile app (Meter Feeder, Inc.) that allows motorists to pay the parking meter using their smartphone. Motorists can also pay any parking tickets using this app. Go to www.meterfeederapp.com
to download the app and follow instructions.

Property owners also are responsible for ensuring that rubbish and garbage are disposed of properly. According to Borough Ordinance 1265, appropriate trash containers must be used and maintained at all times and no trash container shall be placed at the collection point any earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day before the designated collection day.  Containers must be removed from the collection point by midnight on the designated day of trash collection.

Borough News

CODE, BUILDING AND ZONING NEWS

An Application for Commercial Registration and Zoning Compliance must be completed by any new business interests before opening such business to insure it is in compliance with Etna’s zoning ordinances.  Owners of rental properties must keep an updated Property Registration Form on file at the Borough Office at all times.

The owners of garages located in Ward 2 in need of repair will receive a friendly letter, this spring, outlining the maintenance code violations which need attention.  This letter is a prelude to a formal violation letter which will be issued to those who do not take it upon themselves to abate their violations.

Grass and weeds are to be no higher than 6 inches.  Remember, you are responsible for the maintenance of your entire property including the sidewalk.  Other common maintenance code violations which need addressed are peeling paint, dilapidated fences, walls or sidewalks and an accumulation of rubbish or garbage.  Your cooperation in making Etna safe and aesthetically pleasing is very much appreciated.

We request that you contact Waste Management’s at Your Door Service to schedule a FREE pickup of your old TV at 1-800449-7587 or Email: AtYourDoor@WM.com.

If you are planning to put up a swimming pool, fence, wall or any accessory structure you probably need a zoning permit.  Zoning and building permits are always required when you are making structural changes to your home or business and for any swimming pool with a depth of 24 inches or greater.  It is always best to check if permits are needed before you start a project to insure you are in compliance with Borough Ordinances and Building Codes.  Applications for both permits are at the Municipal Building or you can get them in the Forms page of his site.

Public Works News

As part of our program for keeping debris out of our combined sewer system, this past fall the Etna Public Works Department picked up 19 loads or 76 cubic yards of leaves as part of our leaf pickup program. These leaves are taken to a compost site in North Park as part of Etna Borough’s participation in multi-municipal composting through the North Hills Council of Governments. We congratulate all who participated in this very important program.

The Public works crew makes every attempt to keep the roads clear during snow events. To assist them with this task, there are a few things you can do to make this process more efficient. Please park as close to the curb as possible, and observe any no parking areas marked in yellow. The trucks, when equipped with plows, are difficult to safely navigate the many narrow, hilly streets within our community so if you could keep your side mirrors turned in, that would be a big help to them. Also, when shoveling your sidewalk, it is best to shovel the snow away from the street. Thank you in advance for your patience as they make every attempt to clear all roads as quickly as possible.

Harrisburg News

State Senator Lindsey Williams’ new district office will be opening on May 23 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 5000 McKnight Road, Suite 405.  Stop in and check out the new digs!  She shares with us the following events:     Friday, May 10, Spring Senior Resource Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Springdale Veteran’s Association Banquet Hall, 1151 Pittsburgh Street.  Complete your Property Tax and Rent Rebate.      

Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m., Clean Slate Workshop, Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, 15206.        

For more info contact 412-364-0469, SenatorLindseyWilliams@pasenate.com, www.SenatorLindseyWilliams.com, facebook.com/SenWilliamsPA, Twitter/Instagram: @SenWilliamsPA      

Just a few notes from State Representative Sara Innamorato:    Hi, neighbors! Just a reminder that May 14 is the last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot, May 17 is the last day for the County Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots, and May 21 is Election Day.    

Please join my staff and I for a Free Shredding Event on May 11 from 10 am to noon (or until trucks are filled) at Busy Beaver located at 4743 Plummer St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.     

Hosting a block party or community celebration you’d like us to be a part of? Please let me know where we can join you this summer. I look forward to celebrating the sunny days and warm weather and hope to see you out and about.     

Remember, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact my office 412-781-2750.

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.

Did You Know?

Allegheny County recently launched a newly consolidated Call Center, web-based Support Center and a free mobile app!  This is a one-stop shop for County residents to ask a question or request a County service.  The operation is intended to better serve the public.  Residents can now use a single phone number – 412-350-4636 to ask questions related to Park programming and shelter reservations and a myriad of other topics.  Call Center staff are available 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays.  Residents can also visit https://CallCenter.AlleghenyCounty.us to use the online Support Center.  You can also download the Allegheny County app, available for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  This is a mobile version of the Support Center.   

Waste Management Holiday Pickups

Scheduled trash pickup dates for 2018 observed Holidays:
Memorial Day Week –Saturday, June 2nd
Independence Day Week –Saturday, July 7th
Labor Day Week –Saturday, September 8th
Thanksgiving Week- Saturday, November 24th
Christmas Week –Saturday, December 29th
New Year’s 2019 Week –Saturday, January 5

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.

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.

Etna Ramblings

This past February, Jake Cavlovich, an 18-year-old Etna resident and member of Troop 632 made Eagle Scout!  For his project, he rehabbed the food bank garden at the Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church located on old Butler Plank Road.  The vegetables will be planted this spring and donated to local residents in need!  CONGRATULATIONS JAKE!             

First Congregational Church of Etna will hold its annual Memorial Day picnic on Sunday, May 26 at 11:45 a.m.  Main course will be provided, but they ask if you would please bring a side dish or salad to share.  Their annual Independence Day picnic will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 11:45 a.m.   

Etna resident Cody Schweiger was inducted in March to the National Technical Honor Society from the A.W. Beattie Career Center.  Cody is taking pastry arts there and hopes to someday open his own bakery in Etna!  KUDOS to Cody, who is an avid volunteer and gardener at the Garden of Etna!  

Etna Christian Day Camp focusing on God and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) July 29 thru August 2, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grant and Highland Aves, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Early drop-off and late pick-up available with reservations.   Scholarships available. Registration fee $10.00.  For Information or to register please call:  412-781-2764

Dartball Open House at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grant and Highland Aves, July 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Come and see what all the fun is about.   Dartball is fellowship time of a combination of Darts and Baseball.  Refreshments provided.

 
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