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West Penn Power Conducting 2020 Tree-Trimming Program

USC Administration - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Written by West Penn Power

West Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., continues to conduct tree-trimming work in communities across its 24-county Pennsylvania service area, including Upper St. Clair, as part of its ongoing efforts to help enhance service reliability. 

Maintaining proper clearances around electrical equipment can reduce the frequency and duration of tree-related power outages, especially those associated with severe weather such as summer thunderstorms.
Since the beginning of the year, tree contractors have trimmed about 2,000 circuit miles of electric lines in the West Penn Power service area as part of the $46 million vegetation management program for 2020. West Penn Power’s program remains on track to complete an additional 2,600 miles of work by year end. 

“Our tree trimming is making a difference in keeping the lights on for our customers and more quickly restoring service, particularly after severe weather,” said John Rea, regional president of West Penn Power. “We are making tremendous progress in our proactive removal of tens of thousands of deteriorated ash trees along our electric distribution lines harmed or killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.” 

West Penn Power’s tree program in 2020 includes about $4 million to remove about 26,000 dead and dying ash trees along distribution lines in western Pennsylvania. Crews have removed about 9,600 ash trees so far this year. 

The tree-trimming program includes inspecting vegetation near the lines to ensure trees are pruned in a manner that helps preserve the health of the tree, while also maintaining safety near electric facilities. Trees that present a danger or are diseased also may be removed. 

As part of its notification process, West Penn Power works with municipalities to inform them of tree trimming schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way also are notified prior to vegetation management work being done. 

If you see a tree in danger of falling on a power line in your Upper St. Clair neighborhood, please call the Public Works Department at 412-831-9100 ext. 2710. 

The vegetation management work is conducted by qualified line clearance arborists under the company’s direction, including Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Jaflo Inc., Lewis Tree Service Inc., Penn Line Service Inc., Davey Tree Expert Company and Townsend Tree.

Upper St. Clair Announces the Reopenings of Facilities

USC Administration - Monday, June 22, 2020

The Township of Upper St. Clair is pleased to announce the reopening of the library on Monday, June 22, 2020 and the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

For the safety of visitors and employees, some changes will be in affect. Face masks are required in the library. Tables, chairs and play areas will not be available. Library materials must be returned to the outside book returns. Inside returns will not be accepted. Curbside service is still available for those who do not feel comfortable entering the building. Please click here for the updated library hours and other frequently asked questions.

Cleanliness and safety are also top priorities at the Community & Recreation Center. Fitness equipment is spread out on the first and second floors to accommodate social distancing. The gym will be used for group exercise, camps and other programs. Open gym for basketball, pickleball and volleyball will not be immediately available. Group exercise classes begin June 29 and will require reservations. On July 7, the playroom will open by reservation for child care.

Reservations are required for the outdoor pool and indoor lap pool. The indoor leisure pool and spa are closed until further notice. On a first come, first serve basis, the resistance channel will be open for water exercise and water walking. Capacity will be limited to seven individuals. For more information to plan your visit, please click here.

Upper St. Clair staff thanks residents and visitors for their patience and understanding during the COVID-19 closures. We missed you! Please continue to respectful of each other and use social distancing whenever possible.

Upper St. Clair and South Fayette Fireworks Display Postponed

USC Administration - Friday, June 12, 2020
After thorough consideration, the municipalities of Upper St. Clair and South Fayette postponed their annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Administrators believe they will be unable to safely and fairly restrict the crowd size to comply with the Commonwealth requirements for large group gatherings. The safety of the residents and visitors is paramount. 

The two communities are looking at the possibility of holding the event in the fall. Follow the municipalities' websites and social media accounts for updates.

Upper St. Clair and South Fayette have teamed up to launch fireworks from Fairview Park since 2016. Many spectators gather at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park to watch the fireworks. 

Nearly 500 Attend Peaceful Rally in Upper St. Clair

USC Administration - Sunday, June 07, 2020

A peaceful rally at the municipal building ended around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Between 400-500 people came together to freely express their views and stand in unity. Some participants were overcome by the heat and received care from Tri-Community South EMS. 

The rally was organized by some former Upper St. Clair High School students. Upper St. Clair police were on hand to participate. Thanks to all the organizers and attendees. 

Upper St. Clair Announces Schedule to Reopen Facilities and Resume Programs

USC Administration - Thursday, June 04, 2020

Following the Commonwealth's announcement to move the southwestern PA region, including Allegheny County, to the green phase effective Friday, June 5, 2020, the Township of Upper St. Clair announces the reopening and resumption of facilities and programs. The following tentative schedule is subject to change pursuant to federal, state and county guidelines. 

Reopening to the Public Monday, June 8, 2020
-Municipal Building including the Community Development and Tax Offices
-Public Works Building - Administrative Offices
-Library Curbside Service - Click here for more information.

Resumption of Certain Programs, Monday, June 15, 2020
-Upper St. Clair Tennis Development Program - Summer Clinics
-Camp St. Clair "Meet the Counselors" Week

Reopening to the Public Monday, June 22, 2020
-Camp St. Clair

Targeted Reopening and Resumption of Programming Wednesday, July 1, 2020
-Community & Recreation Center, including outdoor aquatics. Click here for more detailed information. 

For many weeks, Upper St. Clair administrators have been reviewing all available and current guidance while working with the Upper St. Clair School District, the Upper St. Clair Athletic Association (USCAA) and the Upper St. Clair Tennis Development Program to most effectively and safely allow for the use and enjoyment of the municipal facilities. Additional facilities that will reopen for programmed and organized activities include the Township athletic fields through the USCAA beginning Saturday, June 6, 2020 or shortly thereafter. 

Playground usage is permitted starting Saturday, June 6, 2020. 

The golf course, which is currently open, will remain "free play" until further notice. 

As always, we request residents and participants respect one another while utilizing Township facilities or participating as a spectator. Kindly follow acceptable CDC guidelines, PA Department of Health guidelines and guidelines of the particular athletic organization. 

Upper St. Clair staff is excited to reopen and resume activities. Enjoy your summer! 

USC Department of Recreation Releases Reopening Plans

USC Recreation - Thursday, June 04, 2020

Following the Commonwealth's announcement to move Allegheny County to the green phase, Upper St. Clair's Department of Recreation & Leisure Services has determined a way to safely reopen the Community & Recreation Center and provide some summer programming. We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation as we navigate through the new guidelines and procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Community & Recreation Center Reopening
-Reopening by July 1, 2020
-Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-5p.m.; Outdoor pool 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
-Outdoor pool will be open for leisure usage during regular hours. In following the Governor Wolf’s order, no more than 250 people total will be allowed in the outdoor facility at a time.
-The indoor aquatics facility will be open only for lap swimming and exercise. Lap swimming will be by reservation (more information on reservations to come).
-Fitness equipment has been moved to accommodate social distancing.
-Group exercise will be reservation based to allow for social distancing (more information on reservations to come).

Who Can Use the Community & Recreation Center?
-The facility will be open for all members.
-Members cannot bring guests.*
-Only residents of Upper St. Clair can purchase daily admissions Monday-Friday.* No daily admissions will be for sale on the weekends. A proof of residency is required for daily admission purchases (children and adults).
-All children ages 14 and under using the indoor or outdoor facility must be accompanied by his/her parent/guardian at all times.
-Non-residents can only enter with a membership.
-Current members have the option to freeze their memberships for two months at a time if they are uncertain.
-Non-members who wish to purchase memberships will be able to do so.

*All previously purchased and complimentary passes will not be accepted at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some Community Programs to Resume
-Camp St. Clair, for children entering 1st-7th grades in the 2020-21 school year, will begin June 22, 2020.
-A “Meet the Counselor” week for Camp St. Clair will be held the week of June 15, 2020.
-Camp St. Clair will take place at Boyce Mayview Park.
-Panthers Paws is canceled for summer 2020.
-Additional summer programs will begin in July. Go to www.twpusc.org/crc/registration to register.

Organized Sports
-The Upper St. Clair Athletic Association is permitted to begin on June 6, 2020 or shortly after.
-The Upper St. Clair Tennis Development Program will begin summer clinics on June 15, 2020.

Upper St. Clair Playgrounds
-Upper St. Clair playgrounds are permitted for use starting June 6, 2020.

Upper St. Clair 3 Hole Golf Course
-The course is open for free play. 

For additional questions, please call the recreation staff at 412-221-1099. Updates will be posted on the Community & Recreation Center’s website and social media accounts.

Statement from Upper St. Clair Township and School District Leaders

USC Administration - Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Upper St. Clair Township and Upper St. Clair School District officials were recently made aware of a social media post of a protest that was planned to be held at the high school campus without authorization. While the School District and Township strongly support inclusivity, the district’s schools and grounds remain closed with the exception of school-sponsored events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
District and Township officials are meeting with protest organizers to discuss collaborative, peaceful and productive means to address social justice issues with the understanding that public safety is our first responsibility.
Any further updates will be provided via the Upper St. Clair Township’s and Upper St. Clair School District’s websites and social media channels.
Upper St. Clair’s local officials continue to improve and promote inclusivity and do not tolerate racism, or any other forms of discrimination within the district’s schools and township. Upper St. Clair is home to families from all over the world. This diversity contributes to the strength of the community.

Each of Upper St. Clair School District’s six schools recently earned the designation as a “No Place for Hate” school from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). No Place for Hate helps incorporate anti-bias and bullying prevention resources into the district’s existing programs in order to have one consistent message of inclusivity. These efforts focused on inclusivity will continue throughout the upcoming school year.

Part of Painters Run Road in Upper St. Clair to Close June 15

Public Works - Monday, June 01, 2020
From the Allegheny County Department of Public Works:

Painters Run Road will close just west of the intersection with McMillan Road in Upper St. Clair starting 7 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020. The closure, which is expected to last at least one week, is required for a slope repair. Traffic will be detoured using Bower Hill Road, Kelso Road and Rob Hollow Road.

Additionally, there will be another upcoming closure. Starting in July, Painters Run Bridge No. 9, which is located on the 1800 block of Painters Run Road in Scott Township, will close for a complete deck and parapet replacement as well as repairs to deteriorated concrete under the structure. Traffic will be detoured using Bower Hill Road, Kelso Road and Rob Hollow Road. 

The work is part of an ongoing Allegheny County project on Painters Run Road that also requires short stoppages in work zones between Bower Hill Road in Scott Township and Cedar Boulevard in Mt. Lebanon. Work on that section includes structural repairs, roadway drainage and base repairs, guide rail installation, as well as milling and paving. The work is expected to end in November 2020. 
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