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THE TOWNSHIP BUILDING AND POLICE STATION ARE CLOSED TO NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS

Entry to the Building will be based on the assistance you need.

Please call (412) 782-1403 for non-emergency Police issues or Fax (412) 782-3291.

Please call (412) 782-1400 for the Administrative offices or Fax (412) 782-4530 and we will be happy to help you. We also will be happy to help you via e-mail: info@ohara.pa.us.

Thank you for your understanding.


A MESSAGE TO TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS

Please click to see a MESSAGE TO TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


ROUTE 28 CONSTRUCTION

Gulisek Construction. LLC is currently under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to perform roadway and bridge rehabilitation under ECMS No. 92273. The proposed scope of work consists of roadway and bridge rehabilitation for State Route 28 in Allegheny County, Shaler Township, Etna Borough, O'Hara Township and Sharpsburg Borough. The work consists of milling and resurfacing, concrete patching and overlay, new guide rail, new signing and pavement markings, minor drainage and ITS installation.

It is anticipated that the physical work will begin on or near May 30, 2020. There will be activities prior to this date with sign inspection and setting up advance warning signs. The project is set up for the work to be done at night. There will also be weekend long term lane closures to rehab the structures within the work limits.

Click to see the location map for the work area.


YELLOW PHASE iNFORMATION

State Representative Sara Innamorato has provided information on some of the changes that occur in the yellow phase of the Governor's reopening plan. There are also links at the bottom of the page to further guidance specifically by each department.

Click to see the Yellow Phase Information.


VIRTUAL COMBINED WORKSHIP AND REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING - TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020

*NEW * 5/15//2020 - A recording of the Township of O'Hara Virtual Combined Workshop and Regular Council Meeting held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 is available at: Virtual Combined Workshop and Regular Council Meeting - May 12, 2020.

LEGAL NOTICE - Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Township of O'Hara, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania will hold a Virtual Council Combined Workshop and Regular Meeting as scheduled on May 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Council will be meeting via Globalmeet. Residents may participate in the meeting by calling 1-877-304-9269, or via computer at https://oharatownship.globalmeet.com/OharaTownship and following the prompted instructions. Residents will be entering the meeting as a guest. If needed the Passcode is 651091,

The Council Regular Meeting Agenda is available on the Township website calendar or at http://www.ohara.pa.us/agenda/20200512reg.pdf. Residents may also email questions for Council to info@ohara.pa.us. The questions will be presented to Council at the meeting.

Please click Statement for May12, 2020 Workship and Regular Council Meeting for more information and instructions on how to attend the Virtual Council Combined Workshop and Regular Meeting.


DECORATE TO SHOW SUPPORT

The Township of O'Hara Council is announcing our "Decorate to Show Support for the Great Program". We are asking residents to decorate their front doors, porches and/or yards in a show of support for our essential workers. If you take a picture and e-mail it to info@ohara.pa.us we will place it on our social media. Let's flood the Township with support for our Great Essential Workers!!!


GOVERNOR WOLF AND ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH SHAPIRO ANNOUNCE PROTECTIONS FROM FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro today to announce that he signed an executive order that protects Pennsylvanians from foreclosures or evictions through July 10. The action builds on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order which closed court eviction proceedings until May 11 and ensures no renter or homeowner will be removed from their home for 60 more days.

"At a time when people need to stay home to protect their heath, they should not have to worry about losing their homes," said Governor Wolf. "Ensuring that people can remain in their homes will help them to better protect their loved ones. It gives families the comfort of knowing they will have a place to live while all of us work together to fight COVID-19 and prepare to move Pennsylvania forward."

"I commend the Governor for his decision to delay eviction and foreclosure proceedings. We know it's critical for public health, and for our economic recovery, that people stay in their homes during this emergency," said Attorney General Shapiro. "This order gives people struggling with lost income something they can count on - a roof over their heads."

In almost all circumstances, renters and homeowners are required to continue making monthly payments. If you are a Pennsylvanian struggling to make your monthly payments, you should contact your landlord or mortgage servicer immediately.

The Wolf Administration provided recommendations last week to stem foreclosures, evictions and help people experiencing homelessness. The Department of Human Services activated the commonwealth's Sheltering Taskforce and is working with local and state partners to coordinate resources for people without housing. The Department of Community and Economic Development is also accepting applications for Emergency Solutions Grants to assist with the rapid rehousing of people experiencing homelessness, street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter activities.

PHFA is also taking action to help homeowners and renters. The agency has stopped foreclosures and evictions and is offering forbearances with late fee waivers to homeowners with a PHFA mortgage who are experiencing a financial hardship because of COVID-19. PHFA also developed a list of renters' rights and responsibilities to clarify the situation for apartment residents and is working with landlords and property managers to distribute it to renters. PHFA is also encouraging Low-Income Housing Tax Credit building managers to be flexible on rent payments and to waive late fees for tenants whose employment has been affected by the crisis.

"During the past few weeks, we've had great cooperation from Pennsylvanians who understand that staying home is not just about protecting themselves, it's about protecting everyone in the community," said Gov. Wolf. This executive order takes one more burden off people who are struggling and gives them more time to get back on their feet. More helpful information is available from the following:


GOVERNOR WOLF ANNOUNCES PHASED PLAN TO REOPEN PA

Governor Wolf announced his phased plan to reopen PA last evening. Information regarding that plan can be found via the link below. https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania/


IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM WASTE MANAGEMENT

As we navigate through the COVID-19 challenges, Waste Management is committed to updating our valued customers of any service changes. We continue to be focused on keeping our communities and our environment clean, healthy and safe.

Effective Monday, May 4, 2020, we will resume our regular schedule for the collection of all yard waste (grass clipping, brush, or tree limbs) and bulk items (furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances) collected at the curb.

Please continue to focus on the following: "All trash/refuse must be bagged & sealed, and wherever possible, placed in containers. LOOSE TRASH WILL NOT BE COLLECTED". WM will continue to enforce bag and/or cart limits, as reflected in our current contract.

Waste Management appreciates your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this difficult time, and we thank you for your valued partnership.


DLC IS PREPARED FOR STORM SEASON DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As we emerge from the first major storm of the season, we wanted to extend our thanks for your understanding and patience as Duquesne Light Company field crews worked tirelessly throughout the restoration effort. They encountered unusual levels of damage wrought by extremely windy conditions, including the highest wind reading ever recorded at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Our crews continue working during this COVID-19 outbreak, proactively maintaining our operations so that our safe, reliable electrical service will continue uninterrupted. In preparation for the impact of both storm season and the novel coronavirus across our service territory, we are doing additional inspections of our most critical facilities and prioritizing preventative maintenance on those circuits that serve hospitals, urgent care centers, grocery stores, nursing homes, temporary care sites and other vital institutions that are most urgently needed in the community. Each year, severe wind and rain storms typically cause damage to trees and infrastructure which can result in outages across different parts of our community. This year, we expect those outages to be compounded by the challenges we're facing under the restrictions put in place to protect us against the unmitigated spread of this virus.

To ease the burden placed on customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Duquesne Light is extending its discontinuation of shutoffs and waiving late fees until at least June 1, 2020. Additionally, we have proactively expanded the eligibility for our Hardship Fund, meaning over 152,000 of our customers may now qualify for payment assistance on their electric bills. Duquesne Light also made an additional $750,000 available to support customers through the Dollar Energy Fund. Duquesne Light announced a $500,000 donation to the Pittsburgh Foundation Emergency Action Fund. Criteria for applications has been released. We have been working non-profits throughout the region to assess where some of the greatest needs lie and recently set up a company-wide charitable giving campaign to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food bank.

This current challenge has inspired the same fortitude that has served Pittsburgh so well in the past. Together we're going to get through this and the Duquesne Light team will be here to serve our community through it all.


PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES NEW SAFETY MEASURES FOR BUSINESSES MAINTAINING IN-PERSON OPERATIONS

The Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an Order Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations. This Order shall take effect immediately and be enforceable as of 8:00 p.m. on April 19, 2020.

Please see PA DOH Public Health Safety Measures for more information.


ALLEGHENY COUNTY RESIDENTS ASKED TO REFRAIN FROM OPEN BURNING

The Allegheny County departments of Health and Emergency Services have joined forces to ask residents to “be a good neighbor” and reduce the amount of smoke and air pollution they produce during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please see the Open Burning Press Release for more information.


VIRTUAL REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING - TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020

*NEW * 4/15/2020 - A recording of the Virtual Council Regular Meeting held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 is available at: Township of O''Hara Virtual Council Regular meeting - April 14, 2020.

LEGAL NOTICE - Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Township of O'Hara, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania will hold a Virtual Regular Meeting as scheduled on April 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Council will be meeting via Globalmeet. Residents may participate in the meeting by calling 1-877-304-9269, or via computer at https://oharatownship.globalmeet.com/OharaTownship and following the prompted instructions. Residents will be entering the meeting as a guest.

The Council Regular Meeting Agenda is available on the Township website calendar at http://www.ohara.pa.us/agenda/20200414reg.pdf. Residents may also email questions for Council to info@ohara.pa.us. The questions will be presented to Council at the meeting.

Please click Statement for April 14, 2020 Regular Council Meeting for more information and instructions on how to attend the Virtual Regular Council Meeting.


GOVERNOR WOLF ASKS ALL PENNSYLVANIANS TO WEAR MASKS

With the recommendation from Governor Wolf to wear masks when leaving your home, we are providing the following guidance. Please click the links below for more information.

Which Mask do I Need?

How to Make a Mask


PENNDOT ANNOUNCES OPERATIONAL CHANGES AND EXTENDS EXPIRATION DATES FOR DRIVERS LICENSES AND VEHICLE SERVICES

In response to COVID-19, PennDOT has implemented a variety of operational changes along with extensions for drivers licenses, photo ID cards, learners permits, vehicle registrations and safety and emissions inspections.

For driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until June 30, 2020. Along with these extensions, the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.

In addition, vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until June 30, 2020.

Further details about those changes can be found at the website shown below, along with frequently asked questions on each change. Please use the link to learn about PennDOT's changes to driver and vehicle regulations during the COVID-19 event.

https://www.penndot.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2hot7-fi2KShYFkFtBajqrU8GoNxEBo5p7uVSldQfU8r-6H9zb2eB4YcA


STATE AG TELLS LANDLORDS, LENDERS RESIDENTS CANNOT BE EVICTED FROM THEIR HOMES DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Pennsylvania’s attorney general is sending a strong reminder to landlords and mortgage lenders statewide that they cannot evict residents from their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to property owners and others, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said “it is critical that rental evictions cease for the duration of this emergency.

“Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have lost wages and jobs during this crisis and we will need time for businesses to reopen and for our economy to come back when the emergency is lifted,” Mr. Shapiro said. “Stable housing is part of the foundation we need as a Commonwealth to fully recover.” Anne Marie Whitesitt manages 50 rental houses Tim Grant Landlords brace for late and missed rent payments due to massive job losses.

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered most residents in the state to stay at home — an order that remains in effect through April 30 -—and on Monday extended school closures throughout the state “until further notice.” Western Pennsylvania counties bound by the orders already include Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Erie, Washington and Westmoreland.

The state Supreme Court had ordered courts closed, including the suspension of all eviction proceedings, due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The court’s order is applicable to all Pennsylvania property owners, managers, landlords, as well as mortgage brokers and lenders.

Mr. Shapiro’s letter is going further, urging landlords and lenders to extend the time that eviction proceedings are suspended, beyond what the court requires, to allow residents time “to get back on their feet.”

A federal order from the Department of Housing and Urban Development already prevents evictions and foreclosures on properties insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

Mr. Shapiro said anyone who thinks they have been wrongfully evicted from your home or wrongfully had your property foreclosed, can file a complaint with his office via their WEBSITE..


KEYSTONE COLLECTIONS GROUP ANNOUNCES EIT FILING EXTENSION

Many people have asked whether Keystone Collection Group has extended the Earned Income Tax Annual Final Return deadline. As in years past, the local EIT filing deadline always aligned with the Federal and State filing deadlines. The PA Department of Revenue announced that Pennsylvania's filing deadlines were indeed extended to July 15 like the Federal deadlines. For local EIT purposes, Keystone is accordingly extending the Individual filing deadlines to match the State and Federal date of July 15, 2020. Penalty and interest will not apply on Tax Year 2019 Final Return payments until after July 15.


NEIGHBORS BEING NEIGHBORS PROGRAM

The Township of O'Hara is rolling out our Neighbors Being Neighbors Program. During this troubling time, many individuals are isolated in their homes with little or no contact from the outside. We would like to match folks wanting a telephone call 4 or 5 times a week with folks willing to make the call to them. Creating neighbors reaching out and chatting with their neighbors. This is a phone based program.

We hope the calls will be a positive and uplifting experience for all. Feel free to e-mail us at info@ohara.pa.us, message us on Facebook or call us at (412) 782-1400 and leave a message if you want to participate and let us know if you want to make calls or be a receiver of a call or know someone who would like a call. The first calls will kick off early next week.

We all will make it through together.


DECLARATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY

The Township has issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency as result of the COVID-19 virus. This will allow us to best serve our residents and community through this developing situation.

View the Delcaration


PARK CLOSINGS

With the Announcement from Allegheny County of positive cases of the COVID-19 virus, the Township has decided out of an abundance of caution that all playgrounds, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields and pavilions will close immediately.


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ALLEGHENY COUNTY PROVIDES INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19

The Allegheny County Health Department has provided information related to the Coronavirus - COVID-19. Please click on the links below for more information.


IMPORTANT RECYCLING ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are aware that Waste Management sent out a pamphlet which listed recyclable items that are different from our contract. The Township had no knowledge that this pamphlet was being sent. We have contacted Waste Management about what was mailed.

The Township of O'Hara has a trash and recycling contract with Waste Management running from 2018-2021. This contract sets forth the items that are recyclable which include metal cans, plastics 1-7, glass, paper and cardboard. These items are subject to change only through mutual consent of both parties.

We are aware of the ever changing recyclables market and would notify our residents well in advance of any changes agreed to by both parties. For the time being, please continue to recycle the items you have been recycling.


Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project (SR 28, Section A56)

***NEW 3/13/2020*** - the public meeting for the State Route 28 Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project scheduled at the Fox Chapel High School on March 19, 2020 has been canceled. In lieu of the public meeting, the information that was to be presented will be provided on PennDOT's website along with a link to ask any questions relating to the project, please see the CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENT for additional information.

*NEW 3/2/2020* - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are pleased to invite you to attend a Public Meeting being conducted to inform you about the S.R. 0028 Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the Fox Chapel Area High School Auditorium, Gate D, 611 Field Club Road, PIttsburgh, PA 15238.

Please click the link below for PennDOT's Public Meeting Announcement or contact Erik Porter, PE, Senior Project Manager, at 412-429-4869 or Email eporter@pa.gov for more information.

2019 - A sound barrier meeting was held on February 12, 2019 at the Sharpsburg VFW for the benefitted property owners and renters in Aspinwall Borough and O'Hara Township associated with the Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project (SR 28, Section A56) located in Aspinwall Borough, Fox Chapel Borough, Sharpsburg Boroughs, City of Pittsburgh, and O'Hara Township, Allegheny County. The purpose of the meeting was to provide voting information to the benefited property owners and residential renters in regards to having a sound barrier constructed (or not constructed) near their homes. Additionally, provided was information on the type, style and color of the proposed sound barriers on the community side if they wish to have PennDOT construct the barrier. As part of PENNDOT's public involvement process we have attached a PowerPoint presentation and meeting displays to learn more about the sound barriers. Please contact Mark Young, District Environmental Manager, at (412) 429-4858 or via e-mail at markyoung@pa.gov if you have any questions or concerns regarding the sound barriers.

2017 - A public meeting was held on December 12, 2017 at the Fox Chapel Area High School Auditorium for the Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project (SR 28, Section A56) located in Aspinwall Borough, Fox Chapel Borough, Sharpsburg Boroughs, City of Pittsburgh, and O'Hara Township, Allegheny County. The purpose of the project is to address the existing bottleneck and congested traffic flow on SR 28 (Allegheny Valley Expressway) and other operational and safety issues within the SR 28/Highland Park Bridge and Freeport Road Interchange. The proposed project involves reconstruction of SR 28 to reestablish two travel lanes in each direction through the interchange, construction of improved acceleration and deceleration ramps, bridge preservation work, and miscellaneous operational and safety improvements. Noise walls are being evaluated as part of the project. The Highland Park Bridge river crossing and the Riverfront 47 Development are not part of this project. Construction for this project is not anticipated until Spring 2020.

As part of PENNDOT's public involvement process we have attached a PowerPoint presentation, video rendering of the project, meeting displays, and a comment/feedback form to learn more about the project and to provide you an opportunity to provide feedback. Please contact Erik Porter, P.E., Senior Project Manager, at (412) 429-4869 or via e-mail at eporter@pa.gov if you have any questions or concerns.


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