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.
Video Recording of Zoning Hearing Board Meeting Meeting – September 23, 2020
Residents may access the September 23, 2020 Zoning Hearing Board Meeting at Meeting Link using Password: .bZn4h$1
Elizabeth Township Trick or Treat
Elizabeth Township Trick or Treat will be on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Due to gathering and distancing restrictions related to Covid – 19, the Annual Halloween Parade is cancelled this year.
Please follow all Pennsylvania and CDC guidelines while participating in the Trick or Treat festivities.
The Elizabeth Township Commissioners hope all residents have a fun and safe Halloween.
Elizabeth Township Fall Clean Up
Video Recording of Township Planning Commission Meeting – September 16, 2020
Residents may access the September 16, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting at Meeting Link using password 902+ukag
Constitution Boulevard Closing
Constitution Boulevard will be closed for pipe replacement during daylight hours beginning Monday September 14, 2020. The road will be open during evening hours.
Shredding Event – October 17, 2020
State Senator Jim Brewster is sponsoring a free shredding event at the Elizabeth Township Municipal Building at 522 Rock Run Road on Saturday October 17, 2020 at 10:00 am. Please bring all documents you no longer need that contain personal information including Social Security, credit card, and bank account numbers. Also bring credit card statements and applications, bank statements, cancelled checks, income tax forms, insurance records, medical and retirement/pension fund information.
PAPER ONLY PLEASE. NO BINDERS, BINDER CLIPS OR BOOKS.
The Elizabeth Township Zoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for August 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm has been canceled. The next scheduled Zoning Hearing Board meeting is September 23, 202 at 7:00 pm.
Elizabeth Township Manager Advertisement
The Township of Elizabeth is seeking an experienced professional for the position of Township Manager. A bachelors degree in Public Administration or Business Administration or similar field with at least 5 years of experience in local government is preferred, but not required. Candidate must be able to be bonded. The Township Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Township. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the administration of all affairs of the Township; execution of all policies established by the Township Commissioners; development and administration of the Townships operating budget; origination of contracts with federal, state and local agencies; acting as purchasing agent for the Township; overseeing all personnel, financial, public works and community relations matters; and attendance at regular monthly meetings as well as any other Township meetings. The Township Manager reports directly to the Township Board of Commissioners.
To apply please send application, resume and cover letter with salary requirements to the Elizabeth Township Solicitor, 2611 Hayden Boulevard, Suite#2, Elizabeth, PA 15037 . Please refer to the Elizabeth Township website www.elizabethtownshippa.com for additional information about our community.
Schweitzer Road Closure
Schweitzer Road is scheduled to be closed to through traffic between Smithfield St. and Virginia Ave. starting Monday August 17, 2020 for replacement of a gas main. Elizabeth Township does not know the duration of this project.
Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program – 2020
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 the Allegheny website linked below. All applications must submitted electronically at www.alleghenycounty.us/VPRP or postmarked by September 31, 2020.
For additional information please visit the county website listed above or contact Elizabeth Township Code Enforcement Officer John Snelson at 412-751-2800 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 @
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!
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
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.
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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Jacktown Road will be closed at the intersection of Jacktown and
Mill Hill Road Until Further Notice.
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