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CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19 INFORMATION
visit these websites Center
for Disease Control, the
Department of Health or
County Health Department
for up-to-date Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information.
TOWNSHIP BUILDING IS OPEN FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESS
Township building has reopened. See
the Requirements to enter the building.
only enter the building if it is necessary. We are happy to
continue to help you via phone, e-mail, fax and U.S. mail.
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: email@example.com.
but at this time we are NOT RENTING PARK SHELTERS.
Thank you for your understanding.
AN OPEN LETTER
to our Residents, Neighbors and Visitors from Township Council
in Response to the death of Mr. George Floyd.
POLITICAL YARD SIGNS
The Township of O'Hara Police Department is investigating
several reports of the theft of political signs from private
This is a CRIME. Violators will be charged with Trespassing
and Theft by Unlawful Taking.
Please respect the views of others even if you disagree with
BOO TO YOU!! PROGRAM FOR HALLOWEEN
The Township of O’Hara Council is announcing its BOO to
YOU!! program for Halloween Trick or Treat. This program offers
recommendations to address COVID-19 concerns for those who
have children and wish for them to Trick or Treat and those
who wish to participate by distributing treats.
Homes that are participating in the program are asked to
display the BOO TO YOU!! sign so that folks will know they
are following the Township’s recommendations. The program
details are available HERE
on our website, Facebook, Twitter and in a folder
hanging outside the Township building. BOO TO YOU!! signs
can be printed HERE
on our website, Facebook, Twitter or picked up in
a folder hanging outside the Township building. Those who
do not wish to participate in Trick or Treat should, as always,
turn off their porch lights.
Trick or Treat will be from 6 PM- 8 PM on Saturday, October
If Federal, State or County officials determine that Trick
or Treat should not occur the Township will follow those guidelines.
We will announce any changes to Trick or Treat or the BOO
to YOU!! program on our website, Facebook and Twitter..
ALLEGHENY COUNTY VACANT PROPERTY RECOVERY PROGRAM
a limited time only, the Allegheny County Vacant Property
Recovery Program will be accepting applications to acquire
vacant properties for side yards to an owner-occupied primary
residence or blighted structure remediation at a reduced cost
to the applicant. Under the 2020 Side Yard and Blighted Structure
Program, we will waive our standard parcel fee of $3,000 for
applicants for a side yard to their primary residence and
applicants proposing to demolish a blighted structure. We
will reduce the fee to $1,400 for applicants proposing to
rehabilitate a blighted structure. All applicants will also
be responsible for the appraised value of the property, a
good faith deposit, and closing costs. The application, which
contains additional details about the Program guidelines,
can be accessed at our website: www.alleghenycounty.us/VPRP.
We are excited to announce that we will now be accepting electronic
submissions to VPRP@AlleghenyCounty.us,
as always, all required materials must be submitted at time
COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER PROGRAM
The Township of O’Hara Council has found it important to
create a Community Liaison Officer(s) within our Police Department.
The officer(s) will interact, develop relationships and collaborate
with our residents, communities, groups, businesses, visitors
and neighbors to promote communication and foster co-operation
For more information see the Community
Liaison Office Program.
TOWNSHIP COUNCIL VIRTUAL MEETING
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Township Council held a Virtual
Regular Council meeting. View
the ZOOM meeting by using password 8m%10J&7
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT FEE - VIRTUAL INFORMATIONAL MEETING
On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Township Council held a virtual
informational meeting on the Stormwater Management Fee . See
PLAN TO REOPEN TOWNSHIP PARKS - UPDATED
***NEW 6/19/20*** Township Council is happy to announce that
all playgrounds, basketball courts and flex courts are open.
Please follow usage guidelines posted at each facility.
but at this time we are NOT RENTING PARK SHELTERS.
Plan to Reopen our Parks has been updated. See
CARES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has announced that applications
for CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners
will be available June 29; application submissions can begin
July 6. People who lost income due to the pandemic-related
economic slowdown may be eligible for rent or mortgage assistance
to help them stay in their homes. See
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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
Waste Management appreciates your patience, cooperation,
and understanding during this difficult time, and we thank
you for your valued partnership.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY RESIDENTS ASKED TO REFRAIN FROM OPEN
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.
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.
Mask do I Need?
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
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.
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.
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
View the Delcaration
COUNCIL INFORMATIONAL MEETING - STORMWATER
March 10, 2020 - Township Council held an informational meeting
on the Stormwater Management Fee. See
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
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 email@example.com
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions or concerns.
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