Dear Residents and Visitors,
Elizabeth Township is pleased to be able to serve you better with this website. Whether you’re new to the Township or you’ve lived here for many years, we trust that you will find this website to be a useful resource.
There are many new announcements.
Please take the time to scroll down and view all recent announcements.
Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled
The Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2020 has been CANCELLED.
This cancellation is in the interest of the health and safety of all township residents.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Foreclosure Prevention Resources
Please visit the link below to view important legislation information related to the prevention of foreclosure and possible mortgage relief due to resident income interruption caused by the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
MuniReg.com – Mortgage Relief for Elizabeth Township Residents
Reminder to our Residents
As a reminder, our Municipal Building and Tax Offices are closed to the public. Those residents wishing to pay their taxes can send payments in via postal mail or utilize the tax drop box located outside of the municipal building. If you would like a receipt for your payment, please include BOTH copies of your tax bill along with a self addressed stamped envelope along with your payment
Cancelled Hearing and Meetings
Due to recent events, the public hearing scheduled for April 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm and the Township Commissioner’s meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm have been cancelled.
Elizabeth Township Sanitation Announcement
Elizabeth Township is asking residents to refrain from flushing sanitation wipes even if the package states they are flushable! Other alternatives to toilet paper including paper towels and facial tissues also should not be flushed in local sewer lines as people practice guidelines to combat the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. While the “flushable” wipes concern is not new to wastewater facilities, there is an increased risk to our system due to the current shortage of toilet paper.
The Township is working closely with Veolia North America, which operates and maintains the wastewater treatment plant, to educate people about the need to avoid flushing inappropriate items down their toilets.
We ask that our community members pay extra attention to what items they are using and flushing and remind you not to flush anything other than toilet paper, whether being used for personal hygiene purposes or for wiping and cleaning surfaces. Although many so-called “disposable” hand wipes are advertised as being safe for flushing, in reality, they can cause backups in the system and contribute to the buildup of foreign materials. In some cases, they can attach to buildups of grease in the system and create large blockages called “fatbergs.”
Here are some items that should not be flushed down sewer lines:
• Wipes of any kind
• Disposable gloves
• Reinforced Towels
• Wet wipes/baby wipes
As a general reminder, here are “Dos and Don’ts” for avoiding backups in the local sewer lines:
• DO NOT flush wipes, gloves, towels or other trash down the toilet, even if they’re labeled flushable.
• DO NOT pour grease down kitchen sinks or toilets. Instead, put grease in a sealed non- recyclable container and throw it out with regular garbage.
• DO NOT use the sink as a toilet or the toilet as a garbage disposal.
• DO reduce and reuse by using compostable or reusable makeup applicators, like cotton balls, and cleaning supplies, like paper towels or rags.
• DO toss dirty baby, makeup and cleaning wipes, tampons, sanitary pads and condoms in the trash.
• DO recycle finished toilet rolls, cardboard packaging from toothpaste and brushes, and plastic packaging from shampoos and shower gels.
Thank you for helping keep our community and facilities clean and functioning!
State Representative Mike Puskaric Satellite Office
Due to recent events, State Representative Mike Puskaric will not staff the satellite off in Elizabeth Township during the month of April. The next scheduled satellite office availability will be Wednesday May 6, 2020.
Important Announcement from Waste Management
Dear Valued Elizabeth Township Waste Management Customers,
Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Federal and State Declarations of Emergency have been issued that recommend non-essential employees shelter in place and/or work from home when possible to promote social distancing.
As a result, Waste Management has significantly reduced its “field” work force and is focusing on the performance of essential services during this unprecedented emergency.
Because of its importance to the health and safety of our society, municipal solid waste collection and disposal is deemed an “essential service” in most instances, and so Waste Management’s employees dedicated to collecting and disposing of trash are in the field continuing to perform this critical function.
In order for Waste Management to maintain its focus on municipal solid waste collection and disposal, and due to the reduced number of employees in the field, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Waste Management is temporarily suspending the performance of the following services, which are non-essential during this period of emergency:
• Bulk Collection – furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances, etc.
• Spring and bulk clean-ups
• Yard Waste Collection – grass clippings, brush, tree limbs, etc.
• All trash/refuse must be bagged & sealed (and wherever possible) placed in containers. LOOSE ITEMS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
• All recyclable materials must be placed inside recycling bin (including cardboard). ITEMS LEFT OUTSIDE OF BIN, WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
• WM will enforce (bag and/or cart limits), as reflected in our current contract.
When the Declarations of Emergency and social distancing recommendations have been eased and Waste Management’s work force returns to pre-pandemic levels, these services will be restarted.
Waste Management will provide notice when the service(s) will resume.
We have been a part of this community for many years and know that together we will be resilient. Thank you for your partnership during this critical time.
Elizabeth-Forward School District Meal Program
Parents in the Elizabeth Forward School District will be able to receive lunch during our school closure for children 2-18 years old. The district will be prepared to provide a meal for each student that has signed up beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (weekdays only). Parents will only need to sign up once to receive meals.
Meals can be picked up at Elizabeth Elementary School (207 South 3rd Avenue, Elizabeth, PA 15037) or Elizabeth Forward Middle School (401 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037) between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Please visit this link to sign up for children’s meals Elizabeth Forward School District Meal Order Form
Dropboxes During Township Building Closure
Elizabeth Township now has drop boxes located outside of the municipal building for the Tax Collector’s Offic and Township Offices. Please utilize the appropriate box for tax payments or any paperwork you need to submit to Township offices. The white mailbox is for Legal Tax Service sewage payments only. These boxes are secured and will remain here permanently.
Important Announcement – Municipal Building and Services
Please see important announcement below regarding the status of the Elizabeth Township Municipal Building and Municipal Sevices: Municipal Letter Regarding Township Building and Services Download
ALL non-essential meetings for Elizabeth Township have been canceled this includes:
March 18, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting
March 25, 2020 Zoning Hearing Board Meeting
April 6, 2020 Public Hearing and Commissioner’s Meeting
April 23, 2020 REAL ID Event
State Guidance for Child Care Providers
On March 18, 2020, PA-DHS issued guidance for Child Care Providers. Allegheny County has released this statement:
Child care facilities were closed statewide on March 16 to support mitigation efforts. Exceptions to the policy are family child care homes and group child car homes operating inside a residence. Closures and operational guidance are communicated directly to providers, so providers should check for updates in their email daily.
A waiver process has been implemented for centers that serve families for essential personnel including health care workers and first responders. Additionally, implementation of part-day school-age programs are a viable option for communities as they consider supporting working families.
Guidance can be found at: Child Care Information
Corona/Covid-19 Virus Information and Recommendations
Please view the latest Allegheny Health Department Update on the COVID-19 virus: March 11, 2020 Allegheny Health Department Update
Elizabeth Township Achieves Banner Community Recognition for 2020
As a result of an outstanding commitment to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders, Elizabeth Township is recognized as a 2020 Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities.
Seniors for Safe Driving – Mature Driver Improvement Course
Please Join State Represenative Mike Puskaric on September 25, 2020 at the Elizabeth Township Municipal Building from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for this four-hour driving improvement course for adults 55 and older. Details of the event are below.
Elizabeth Township, located at 522 Rock Run Road has an immediate need to hire (1) Part-time daily crossing guard to assist students at street crossings near schools.
Must be available to work mornings before school hours and afternoons at student dismissal (approximately 2-3 hours per school day). Candidates should be high school graduates, be able to obtain required clearances, possess the ability to remain calm and professional with students, parents, law enforcement officials and the public, and use verbal communication skills/make sound decisions with student safety in mind.
A copy of the job description and essential job functions is available from the township upon request. The hiring policy is available for inspection and review at the administrative offices during normal business hours. Elizabeth Township is an equal opportunity employer and interested candidates should obtain an application from the Municipal Building during normal business hours.
Completed applications can be mailed or submitted in person to Joelle Whiteman, Office Manager.
Garbage and Recycling
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Real Estate Appeals
Real Estate Assessment Appeals to be heard in Forward Township –
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We are accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Elizabeth Township Business Directory!
Business Directory Application
Route 48 Scenery Drive
PennDOT District 11 is advising motorists that line painting operations on Route 48 (Scenery Drive) in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, will occur Monday through Wednesday, January 13-15 weather permitting.
Single-lane alternating traffic will occur on Route 48 (Scenery Drive) at the intersection of Round Hill Road from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day while PennDOT crews perform eradication and painting work. Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.
PennDOT advises motorists to exercise caution and patience and suggests allowing at least 250 feet (13 car lengths) behind line painting equipment to avoid damage. Motorists should avoid passing the paint vehicles unless directed by a paint crew member or flag person to do so. Passing too quickly can cause damage to fresh paint lines and may result in paint on the motorist’s vehicle. Line painting vehicles normally pull over every two and one-half miles or when safety permits.
Recent technological advancements on the mix of formulas have produced fast dry paints that are dry to the touch within 2 to 3 minutes. It is crucial to stay off these lines during the curing period.
Motorists who accidentally get paint on their vehicles should immediately wash the paint off with a high-pressure water stream and detergent. Dried paint can be removed with de-natured alcohol and a soft cloth. Generally, PennDOT is not responsible for paint on vehicles.
Roadway line painting is an important part of PennDOT’s highway safety initiatives. Paint lines provide direction, delineation, and guidance to motorists.
Glass beads applied on top of wet paint during the painting process provide retro reflectivity. These small, spherical beads reflect light during dark hours and periods of low visibility. As the glass beads become worn or wet, the reflectivity becomes greatly diminished resulting in reduced visibility during dark and wet hours.
Lines need repainting each year because of normal wear, tear, and weather. Winter maintenance activities such as plowing, spreading anti-skid materials, and studded tires are very abrasive to paint lines and can cause fading. Normal weathering caused by snow, rain, and ice also contribute to line reflectivity reduction.
State roads with the highest traffic volumes and safety needs are painted first. These include interstates and the National Highway System followed by secondary roadways.
PennDOT establishes painting schedules to minimize delays to motorist. On days before holidays and on Fridays, crews will focus on secondary routes to minimize inconvenience for motorists.
Motorists should use caution and be aware of changing traffic patterns when driving through the area.
Visit 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major roadways before traveling.
Round Hill Road and Route 48
Earlier this year Elizabeth Township requested a safety study be performed of the entire corridor of Round Hill Road and Route 48. We just received notice that this intersection meets the criteria to warrant a multi-way stop. Within the next few weeks you will begin to see the County and State making the changes/improvements to this intersection. We are asking our residents to share this information so we can make as many travelers aware as possible that this intersection will become a 4 way stop within the near future.
Jacktown Road will be closed at the intersection of Jacktown and
Mill Hill Road Until Further Notice.
Further information for landslide repair on Scenery Drive:
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The Township of Elizabeth Welcomes You
Elizabeth Township lies between the shores of the Youghiogheny and Monongahela Rivers with a population of roughly thirteen thousand people, encompassing nearly twenty-three square miles in the southeastern section of Allegheny County. Elizabeth Township was formed from a part of Rostraver Township and was originally part of three counties: Bedford, Westmoreland, and Allegheny. This area was included in the large tract of land that was granted to the Penn family by King Charles II in 1681.
In 1788, Allegheny County was formed and Elizabeth Township, named in honor of Elizabeth Bayard, wife to the founder of Elizabeth Village, was incorporated as one of its original seven townships. Some villages located in Elizabeth Township are Boston, Greenock, Buena Vista, Industry, Blythedale, Blaine Hill, Mt. Vernon, Victory, and Central.
Elizabeth Township is home to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. A trail for all seasons that follows the scenic Youghiogheny River along the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie (P&LE) Railroad. The trail’s gentle grade, smooth surface, isolation from motorized traffic, and inherently scenic landscape offers visitors of all ages and levels of physical ability magnificent settings where they can safely walk, jog, cross country ski, or bicycle. The main access areas of Boston Park, Buena Vista, and Blythedale provide parking, benches, toilets, drinking water, bike racks, visitor information, picnic pavilions and security lighting. River access and historic interpretation signs are provided at key points along the trail. For more information and maps, please visit: www.gaptrail.org