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.
Elizabeth Township PA Selects Emergency Notification Provider Hyper-Reach to Help Protect Lives and Property
Telephone-based mass notifications systems are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the US to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and other threats. Now Elizabeth Township announces that they have chosen Hyper-Reach to bring this same life-saving capability to the area. Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety.
The new emergency alert system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, smart speaker alerts and other advanced alerting methods. The system sends thousands of these messages to geographically targeted households in seconds, and can simultaneously deliver them to an even broader audience via social media, as well as sending broadcast messages to most current mobile telephones in an affected area using FEMA’s Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.
The township plans to use the service primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards, criminal activity and missing persons. Landline phones are automatically enrolled for Community alerts, but Weather alerts to landline phones and Community and Weather alerts to mobile phones and email addresses are only included when people enroll.
Residents and people who work in Elizabeth Township are encouraged to enroll now either by calling or texting “Alert” to (412 387-5626) or by going to the website http://hyper-reach.com/paelizabethtwpsignup.html.
Citizens can also get emergency alerts via their Alexa-enabled smart speakers just by saying “Alexa, enable Hyper-Reach” and following the Alexa-provided instructions. With more than 50 million US households using Alexa devices, there are obviously hundreds of township residents with Alexa units
Citizens can also download the Hyper-Reach Anywhere app on their smartphone. Hyper-Reach Anywhere is a free smartphone app that allows individual citizens to manage and monitor the alerts they receive, both for their home and office addresses and for other addresses they care about such as those of elderly relatives or friends.
Video Recording of Township Board of Commissioner’s Meeting – August 3, 2020
Residents may access the August 3, 2020 Commissioner’s meeting at Meeting Link using Password: $z9wp5qy
Township Board of Commissioners Meeting – August 3, 2020 – 7pm
Residents are invited to attend the Elizabeth Township Board of Commissioner’s meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm via the Zoom video conferencing platform.
How to join the meeting on Zoom:
Please click the link below to join the webinar: If you have NOT used Zoom before, we recommend starting the downloading process fifteen (15) to twenty (20) earlier then the meeting. If you have Zoom already downloaded, we recommend joining five (5) to ten (10) minutes early prior to the start of the 7:00 P.M. meeting.
** see directions below for downloading the application if needed.
Once the Zoom meeting application is downloaded, you will be asked to enter the “Meeting ID” followed by the # key and the “Password” followed by the # sign. The Meeting ID and Password are in bold below.
Once the ID and password are accepted you will be able to join the audio through your computer and/or dial-in by phone at +1 929–205-6099:
Meeting ID: 964 0416 6338
International and additional US numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/adUM1pYGPT
Directions for Downloading Zoom:
** When clicking this web link, we recommend using Google Chrome, if you have not used the application Zoom Meeting beforehand, a download will appear in Google Chrome in the lower left-hand portion of the screen, you will need to download, run, and install this application to join the web conference, afterward you will be asked to provide your name and email address prior to joining the conference.
Individuals using Microsoft Edge will see a prompt at the bottom center of their screen asking to “Run” “Save” or “Cancel” the download, those users will want to select the “Run” option and follow the install instructions on screen.
If you are joining us on Android or iOS (Apple) you will want to download the Zoom meeting App from either the Google Play Store, or the Apple App Store prior to opening the link above.
Please note that this broadcast although public, will not allow for real time public comment. While members of the community can join the session, they will be unable to interact in real time and instead must submit all questions via email no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, August 3, 2020 to be included in the agenda. The email for submission will be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Public comment emails must include your name and address or they will not be recognized. Your name, address and topic will be added to the Agenda under public comment and will be recognized by the Board President. Your email address will be redacted and your email comment will be added to the meeting minutes.
Township Administrative Staff – Working Remotely
Due to the U.S. Census Bureau conducting training at the Municipal Building, our offices will be working remotely July 31st through August 5th. If you need to drop something off, please utilize the drop boxes out front. Our staff will be available via phone or email should you have any questions.
Racoon Rabies Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program
Beginning July 31 and running through August 17, the Allegheny County Health Department and USDA Wildlife Services will distribute raccoon rabies vaccine baits across Allegheny County. Baits will be delivered both by hand from ground vehicles and by helicopter. This effort helps eradicate raccoon rabies while also reducing human and pet exposures to rabid animals. For more information about this program, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit: http://www.achd.net/raccoon/
The Allegheny County Health Department and USDA Wildlife Services will distribute raccoon rabies vaccine baits across Allegheny County from July 31-August 17 as part of its Annual Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Baiting Project. This marks the 19th year of the project, which helps decrease raccoon rabies while also reducing human and pet exposures to rabid animals. More details regarding this effort can be found on ACHD’s web page: http://www.achd.net/raccoon/
For the 19th consecutive year, the Allegheny County Health Department and USDA Wildlife Services will team up to distribute raccoon rabies vaccine baits across Allegheny County to help eradicate raccoon rabies in Southwestern, Pa. Known as the Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Baiting Project, this effort has resulted in a significant reduction in human and pet exposures to rabies throughout Allegheny County. Please visit ACHD’s web page for more information about this project, which includes a list of frequently asked questions: http://www.achd.net/raccoon/
Please reference these documents for more information:
Video Recording of Township Zoning Hearing Board Meeting – July 22, 2020
Residents may access the July 22, 2020 Zoning Hearing Board meeting at Meeting Link using Password: 6SJ4U9t@
Video Recording of Township Board of Commissioner’s Meeting – July 13, 2020
Residents may access the July 13, 2020 Commissioner’s meeting at Meeting Link using Password: 4J^911Wj @
Comprehensive Plan Update Community Advisory Committee Invitation
We know that Elizabeth Township residents and business owners care about the future of our community. We also know that the Comprehensive Plan our community develops will be better with citizen input. As we develop our Comprehensive Plan over the coming 12 months, the Township’s goal is to form a dynamic, collaborative and objective group of contributors and gain feedback from varying points of view.
The Township is seeking participation from residents and business owners to serve on a short-term Advisory Committee to help us in reviewing ideas such as:
• Our vision statement for this effort
• Our Business Attraction and Retention/ Potential Development ideas for a Centralized Business District Plan
• Our Active Transportation and Connectivity Improvements
• Recommendations about the community’s plan and process
This is a short time commitment. Your time is precious, and we understand that. That is why we are planning brief (90 minutes), well-organized monthly meetings starting in late August 2020 to April 2021, to present comprehensive plan information and ideas for your review. A specific day each month and time will be determined and understand there may be other commitments in your household, but we ask you not to miss more than two (2) of the nine (9) total Committee meetings.
As you can see, this will be a significant, but manageable, investment of your time. It is also one of the best contributions you could ever make for the future of Elizabeth Township. We consider your participation and your input as important investments in the success of Elizabeth Township’s ability to provide the most to its residents and businesses. If you would like to be considered in serving on the Advisory Committee, please submit a 1-page letter of interest and resume identifying your areas of interest in our Community as well as a current telephone and email address to contact you to 522 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037 Attn: Joelle Whiteman or via email at email@example.com by the close of business on July 28, 2020.
Violation Appeals Board – Letters of Interest
Elizabeth Township is accepting letters of interest from township residents to serve on the Violation Appeals Board. This newly formed Board will make determinations related to resident appeals of certain township ordinances. Residents may send letters of interest to Joelle Whiteman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 522 Rock Run Rd. Elizabeth, PA 15037. The deadline for submission is Thursday, July 9 2020.
Video Recording of Township Board of Commissioner’s Meeting – June 1, 2020
Residents may access the June 1, 2020 Commissioner’s meeting at Meeting Link using Password: 8E#tr%8?
Video Recording of Zoning Hearing Board Meeting Meeting – May 27, 2020
Residents may access the May 27, 2020 Zoning Hearing Board Meeting at Meeting Link using Password: 0f!zRE@@
Video Recording of Township Planning Commission Meeting – May 20, 2020
Residents may access the May 20, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting at Meeting Link using password 3Y!33!8$
Video Recording of Township Board of Commissioner’s Meeting – May 4, 2020
Residents may access the May 4, 2020 Commissioner’s meeting at Meeting Link using password 7W$0#66X
Residents may view and/or print the meeting agenda and other meeting documents by clicking the following links:
Residents Asked to Refrain from Open Burning During Pandemic
The 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.
In most county municipalities (not all so check your municipal ordinances), recreational burning of clean, dry wood in a 3’ x 3’ pile at least 15’ from the property line is legal. However, officials are asking county residents to voluntarily refrain from recreational burning. The Health Department (ACHD) has observed an increase in legal recreational burning with some taking place for extended periods during the day.
Dr. Debra Bogen, Director of the Health Department, notes, “With more people at home due to the pandemic, we have seen a significant increase in recreational burning. The resulting smoke reduces local air quality and for our neighbors and friends with chronic diseases such as asthma or COPD, local burns can trigger the need for more medication, emergency medical visits, and deterioration of the chronic conditions. Please – I ask you all during this crisis to think about the health needs of your neighbors and refrain from all backyard burns.”
The COVID-19 pandemic poses threats to individuals with a history of heart or respiratory illness, and open burning adds to that burden. Smoke can increase an individual’s susceptibility to the virus and can also decrease a COVID-19 infected individual’s ability to fight the virus and worsen their symptoms. It can also result in non-COVID infected individuals having to seek medical attention during this crisis because of respiratory illness.
Both departments have received a significant number of complaints related to open burning. The Health Department (ACHD) has received twice the number of complaints as were received last year during this same time period. Many complaints have been related to trash burning which is prohibited in Allegheny County. While ACHD has inspectors that can respond to complaints, municipalities also have the authority to enforce the open burning rules and, in many cases, can respond more quickly to address the issue.
“Help us help you,” said Chief Matt Brown, Director of Allegheny County Emergency Services. “We are entering the Spring brush and wildfire season which adds to the threat of a controlled burn becoming an uncontrolled burn.”
Just like in other frontline careers, fire departments are adjusting operations to protect their members while still serving our communities. This includes steps to limit training activities, enforcing physical distancing when possible, closing fire stations to the public, and conducting evaluations of members for symptoms. The voluntary ban on burning can assist with those measures.
Particularly during dry and windy conditions, open burning can lead to brush and other types of fires. Firefighters responding to those emergencies are working close to each other, are using personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be reserved for other emergencies and could be responding to other emergencies rather than one that could have be prevented if residents refrain from burning activities.
For more information on the county’s Open Burning Regulations, visit: Open Burning in Allegheny County
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
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!
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
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!
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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.
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