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CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19 INFORMATION

Please visit these websites Center for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the Allegheny County Health Department for up-to-date Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information.


THE TOWNSHIP BUILDING IS OPEN FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESS

The Township building has reopened. See the Requirements to enter the building.

Please 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: info@ohara.pa.us.

Sorry, but at this time we are NOT RENTING PARK SHELTERS.

Thank you for your understanding.


AN OPEN LETTER

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 property.

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 them.


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 31st.

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

For 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 of application.


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 and understanding.

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 the Presentation.


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.

Sorry, but at this time we are NOT RENTING PARK SHELTERS.

The Plan to Reopen our Parks has been updated. See the Update


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 the announcement.


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:


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.


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.


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


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 situation.

View the Delcaration


COUNCIL INFORMATIONAL MEETING - STORMWATER MANAGEMENT FEE

March 10, 2020 - Township Council held an informational meeting on the Stormwater Management Fee. See the Presentation.


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.


Receive Messages via Text or E-Mail

The Township of O'Hara has been using a communications service that allows important community information to be sent directly to residents using the latest technology.

The Nixle Community Information Service allows us to deliver messages to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle's website at www.nixle.com.

Messages may include meeting changes, traffic congestion, relevant safety issues or community event information. The service is reliable and its use is free. There is NO spam and NO hidden cost.

Residents can decide from which local agencies they wish to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web. Visit www.nixle.com for more information or to register for this new service.
Information on the O'Hara Township website is provided as a service to the community. Township rules and regulations are subject to change and the information on this web site should be considered as general guidance only. While the Township attempts to post current and useful information, not all information may be complete, accurate or up to date. In general, inquiries (including reference to official documents) can and should be made to the Township before proceeding with plans or programs.