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Anthony (Tony) Gross
- Council President: Deborah Laskey
- Council Vice President: Randy Stoddard
- President Pro-Tempore: Scott Krause
- Council Members:
- Meghan Kennedy
- Harry H. Novicki
- Katie Specht Coban
- Michael Pugliese
- Scott Krause
Free Tax Help! Assistance is available at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library beginning Monday, February 6. Appointments fill early, so don't delay! More information is available here.
ALCOSAN's Clean Water Assistance Fund - assistance is available to help low-income residents pay their sewage bills. Eligible households will receive a $30 credit on their quarterly water/sewer bill. Click here for more information; North Hills Community Outreach in Millvale is the nearest agency to accept and process applications.
Vietnam Veterans of the 38th Senatorial District are being honored at a special Commemorative Ceremony, sponsored by Senator Randy Vulakovich on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Registration is required: go here for more information.
Happy New Year!
A calendar showing 2017 dates for trash pickup, Council meetings, and Borough closings is available here.
2016 Presents from Police
If you were traveling on Route 28 southbound on the morning of December 20th, you may have noticed a convoy of police vehicles, each stuffed with toys! For the sixth year, local law enforcement officers collected presents for children who were not able to be home for the holidays for the "Presents from Police" organization. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit was founded by Aspinwall Officer David Nemec, who solicited help from neighboring police departments, including Sharpsburg, Fox Chapel, Shaler, Blawnox, Etna, Indiana, Ross, Bethel Park, McCandless, Millvale, O'Hara, and Hampton. Our thanks to Officer Nemec, as well as the Blawnox Police Department for bringing joy to these children, and taking a burden off their parents.
Trash Pickup Monday December 26: Waste Management is experiencing delays today, and some residents' trash will not be collected until Tuesday, December 27. Note that no recycling is picked up this week.
2016 Blawnox NIGHT OF THE LIGHTS
The weather was perfect, the O'Hara Elementary School Chorus was right on key, the cookies were yummy, and Santa arrived right on schedule! Many thanks to all the individuals, organizations, and businesses who helped to provide a great time for kids of all ages: Blawnox A-Club, Blawnox Auxiliary Police, Blawnox-Glenover Volunteer Fire Company, I ❤ Blawnox, Christ Church of Fox Chapel, Eclips Hair Salon, Hoboken Presbyterian Church, Sarah Casile and Megan McGreevy, O'Hara Elementary School Chorus, Pianos 'n Stuff, and all the bakers who kept the cookies coming! A special thanks as well to the Blawnox Police and Public Works Departments, Kathy Ulanowicz, Katie Coban, Ray Oles, Diane Casile and Mayor Gross.
The 2017 Proposed Borough Budget is available here. Council is expected to vote on a budget at their December 15, 2016 meeting. At this time, no tax increase is anticipated.
The Borough's 2015 Annual Audit and Financial Report is available here.
Borough Water Testing
On July 12, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released results from the first of two compliance tests for lead and copper to be conducted in 2016.
As you may have heard via the media, 55 of the 100 homes tested had detectable levels of lead, ranging from 2.1 to 75 parts per billion (ppb).Levels that exceed 15 ppb may require additional action on the part of the authority, such as additional water quality monitoring, more effective corrosion control treatment, source water monitoring/treatment, public education, and lead service line replacement.
Blawnox Borough purchases its water from the Fox Chapel Water Authority, who obtains their water from PWSA. While Blawnox recently tested the water supplies in 20 Borough homes for lead and copper, none of these sites were included in the data released by the PWSA. The 100 homes tested by the PWSA were all within City of Pittsburgh limits.
The Borough has just gained access to results from the testing that was done in June, and the values are under the actionable levels of 15 ppb for lead, ranging from 0.00 to 12.0 ppb. Note that 15 of the 20 tested homes had no detectable levels of lead, while 1 each had 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 6.0 and 12.0 ppb.
Blawnox Borough will continue to strive to provide its residents with clean, safe drinking water now and into the future. If you would like to see the Borough's results, go to http://www.drinkingwater.state.pa.us/dwrs/HTM/SelectionCriteria.html ; our ID number is 5020004
Your Water Bill and that $45 Fee
Several residents have questioned the additional $45 that has appeared on their quarterly water bills this year. Originally, the line item was titled "ALCOSAN Fee", but was recently changed to "Line Service Charge" to more accurately reflect the reason for the charge.
A little history: In 2014, ALCOSAN imposed a 17% rate hike, with 11% rate increases for 2015, 2016, AND 2017. The Borough did not sufficiently increase rates in 2014 and 2015 to cover these hikes.
Based on annual average consumption, Blawnox will pay ALCOSAN about $232,000 this year. However, the Borough's agreement with ALCOSAN states that Blawnox should also have a reserve fund of 120% of our annual average consumption; based on average consumption this fund would need to be nearly $280,000! While the Borough is not required to have this contingency reserve, it is best practice, and protects Blawnox in the event of an emergency.
For example, in 2015 a resident had a metered leak of over 1,000,000 gallons. Councilman Stoddard worked with ALCOSAN to forgive all but the customer's average usage because the water did not go into the sewer. This response averted a nearly $10,000 sewage bill that Blawnox would be responsible for if the customer did not pay. We have to pay if the customer cannot.
A committee devised the $45 flat fee to keep the increase level through at least 2017. Mr. Stoddard has stated that, "Our rate reflects where we need to be to pay ALCOSAN, to build and maintain a reserve that our agreement with ALCOSAN includes, to be able to complete work required by the consent order, to be prepared to build or repair our infrastructure, to pay engineering and legal costs and to pay our management and public works-associated costs".
If you have further questions, please contact the Borough office at 412/828.4141.
Vacant Property Recovery Program
Blawnox has again been selected to participate in the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program (VPRP). Through the program, residents can acquire vacant properties for side yards to an owner-occupied primary residence or blighted structure remediation at a reduced cost to the applicant. Click here for more information.
The 2015 Blawnox Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is available here.
Blawnox Early Intervention Program Plan
In May of 2015, Blawnox Borough began working with Grass Root Solutions through the PA Department of Economic Development's Early Intervention Program for an analysis of the Borough's financial condition. An executive summary of their findings is available here; contact the office if you are interested in the full document, including Steps 1, 2 and 3 (Financial Analysis and Trending) and Step 4 (Management Audit).
BLAWNOX BOROUGH WATER, SEWER & REFUSE RATES
Blawnox Borough bills its residents quarterly for water, sewer, and refuse/recycling. Bills are sent to property owners.
Water - $6.94 per 1,000 gallons (3,000 gallon minimum)
(minimum charge of $20.82 per quarter)
Sewer - $14.75/quarter + $9.50/1,000 gallons of water used; note that a Line Service Fee has been added which is reflected on your bill as a $45 quarterly charge.
Refuse - $52.00 per quarter for single residence
2017 Council and
Blawnox Borough Agenda Meetings will be held at 6:00 pm on January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 18, June 22, July 20, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 30, and December 29.
Blawnox Borough Regular Meetings will be held January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 6, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14.
Planning Commission Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
All meetings are held in the 2nd floor Council Chambers of the Borough Building, at 376 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. A calendar of Council meeting dates is available here.
2017 Borough Holidays
Borough offices are closed on the following dates:
January 2: New Year's Day (observed)
April 14: Good Friday
May 29: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
September 4: Labor Day
November 10: Veterans Day (observed)
November 23, 24: Thanksgiving & day after
December 25: Christmas Day
TRASH & RECYCLE PICKUP
Refuse is picked up every Monday and recycling is picked up every other Monday. A calendar that includes collection dates is available here.
Please put your refuse and recyclables out after 5 p.m. on Sundays & before 7 a.m. on Mondays.