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West Penn Power Addresses Upper St. Clair Customer Concerns

USC Administration - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Due to some Upper St. Clair residents’ concerns about recent power outages, a West Penn Power representative gave a presentation and answered some customers’ questions at the Board of Commissioners Informational & General Affairs meeting on Jan. 27, 2020.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the presentation:

-If you are experiencing a power outage, report it. The information helps the power company determine where and how big the outage is. The West Penn Power phone number is 800-686-0021. View reported outages and their statuses on www.firstenergy.com/outages

-Trees are the leading cause of power outages. If you see a tree that looks like it may be in danger of falling into a power line, report it to the Upper St. Clair Public Works Department. The Public Works phone number is 412-831-9000, ext. 271.

-There were two large power outages on Dec. 9 and Dec. 13, 2019 in Upper St. Clair.  In both instances, the causes were trees down. Also in both cases, the outages caused twice as many customers to experience a power outage than normal because the McLaughlin and Brookside circuits were temporarily tied together at that time to complete an upgrade at the substation.  

-West Penn Power has a vegetation management team which follows a five-year trimming cycle. Additional rainfall in the past few years has caused more instances of healthy trees uprooting and falling into power lines.

-West Penn Power is aware of issues at the Bethel Park Substation/Clifton Circuit. This serves the Deerfield Manor area, among others. West Penn Power installed tollgrades on Nov. 23, 3019. An engineer is reviewing the findings. In addition, a drone inspection identified 17 maintenance issues with the Bethel Park Substation/Clifton Circuit. Workers have begun fixing the maintenance issues and will continue to do so this year.

-Underground wires that were installed in the 1960s and 1970s are starting fail due to its age. After they fail two to three times, the power company will replace the affected underground wires.

-It is cost prohibitive to replace overhead power lines with underground lines.  

-Squirrels and birds on power lines are common causes for momentary outages/flickering of lights.

See the entire presentation here.

Community Service Projects Galore on MLK Day

USC Recreation - Monday, January 20, 2020

While many folks had the day off, a group of 100 volunteers made MLK Day a day on! 

The annual MLK Day of Service took place at the Community & Recreation Center. Volunteers took turns performing a variety of community service projects, including the making of cookies for the unsheltered and disadvantaged; snuffle mats and toys for dogs, cats, and bunnies at rescue agencies; blankets for head start programs; T-shirt bags for food pantries; cards for VA Oakland patients and senior citizens; treat bags for VA Oakland patients; and valentines for senior citizens.

A big thank you for everyone involved. It's work and dedication like your's that makes our Pittsburgh community so great! 

Participants Brave Weather During Winter Wellness Dash

USC Recreation - Monday, January 20, 2020
The wintery mix falling from the sky did not detract about two dozen racers from performing exceptionally well during the Winter Wellness Dash.

The annual one-mile race was held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Community & Recreation Center. Runners of all ages and abilities ran through a very cold rain. A special congratulations to the first place finisher, Heath Piper, who finished the mile in five minutes, 37 seconds.

Race Results

State Representative Presents Check to Upper St. Clair

USC Finance - Tuesday, January 07, 2020
State Rep. Natalie Mihalek, R-Upper St. Clair, presented Mark D. Christie, president of the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, with a $150,000 grant during the January Board of Commissioners meeting. The money will be used to connect the Morton outdoor athletic complex to the Boyce Community Gardens with the Perimeter Trail in Boyce Mayview Park. 

Newly and Re-Elected Commissioners Sworn In

USC Administration - Tuesday, January 07, 2020
On Monday night, the Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni officiated the swearing in of newly elected Commissioner Dante R. Plutko, Jr. and re-elected Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski, re-elected Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini, and re-elected Commissioner Rex A. Waller. 

In addition, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners unanimously re-elected Mark D. Christie as president of the Board of Commissioners and unanimously elected Daniel R. Paoly as vice president of the Board of Commissioners. 

Pictured: Commissioner Rex A. Waller; Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski; State Rep. Natalie Mihalek; Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni; Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini; Commissioner Dante R. Plutko, Jr. 

Pictured: Newly Elected Commissioner Dante R. Plutko, Jr. and his family

Pictured: State Rep. Natalie Mihalek; Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini; Vice President of the Board of Commissioners Daniel R. Paoly; Commissioner Dante R. Plutko, Jr.; President of the Board of Commissioners Mark D. Christie; Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski; Commissioner C. Elise Logan; Commissioner Rex A. Waller; Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni

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