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Borough Mayor
and Council

  • Mayor:
    Anthony (Tony) Gross
  • Council President: Deborah Laskey
  • Council Vice President: Randy Stoddard
  • President Pro-Tempore: Scott Krause
  • Council Members:
  • Meghan Kennedy
  • Harry H. Novicki
  • Katie Specht Coban
  • Michael Pugliese
  • Scott Krause

Borough Water Testing

On July 12, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released results from the first of two compliance tests for lead and copper to be conducted in 2016.

As you may have heard via the media, 55 of the 100 homes tested had detectable levels of lead, ranging from 2.1 to 75 parts per billion (ppb).Levels that exceed 15 ppb may require additional action on the part of the authority, such as additional water quality monitoring, more effective corrosion control treatment, source water monitoring/treatment, public education, and lead service line replacement.

Blawnox Borough purchases its water from the Fox Chapel Water Authority, who obtains their water from PWSA. While Blawnox recently tested the water supplies in 20 Borough homes for lead and copper, none of these sites were included in the data released by the PWSA. The 100 homes tested by the PWSA were all within City of Pittsburgh limits.

The Borough has just gained access to results from the testing that was done in June, and the values are under the actionable levels of 15 ppb for lead, ranging from 0.00 to 12.0 ppb. Note that 15 of the 20 tested homes had no detectable levels of lead, while 1 each had 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 6.0 and 12.0 ppb.

Blawnox Borough will continue to strive to provide its residents with clean, safe drinking water now and into the future. If you would like to see the Borough's results, go to http://www.drinkingwater.state.pa.us/dwrs/HTM/SelectionCriteria.html ; our ID number is 5020004  

Your Water Bill and that $45 Fee

Several residents have questioned the additional $45 that has appeared on their quarterly water bills this year. Originally, the line item was titled "ALCOSAN Fee", but was recently changed to "Line Service Charge" to more accurately reflect the reason for the charge.

A little history: In 2014, ALCOSAN imposed a 17% rate hike, with 11% rate increases for 2015, 2016, AND 2017. The Borough did not sufficiently increase rates in 2014 and 2015 to cover these hikes.

Based on annual average consumption, Blawnox will pay ALCOSAN about $232,000 this year. However, the Borough's agreement with ALCOSAN states that Blawnox should also have a reserve fund of 120% of our annual average consumption; based on average consumption this fund would need to be nearly $280,000! While the Borough is not required to have this contingency reserve, it is best practice, and protects Blawnox in the event of an emergency.

For example, in 2015 a resident had a metered leak of over 1,000,000 gallons. Councilman Stoddard worked with ALCOSAN to forgive all but the customer's average usage because the water did not go into the sewer. This response averted a nearly $10,000 sewage bill that Blawnox would be responsible for if the customer did not pay. We have to pay if the customer cannot.

A committee devised the $45 flat fee to keep the increase level through at least 2017. Mr. Stoddard has stated that, "Our rate reflects where we need to be to pay ALCOSAN, to build and maintain a reserve that our agreement with ALCOSAN includes, to be able to complete work required by the consent order, to be prepared to build or repair our infrastructure, to pay engineering and legal costs and to pay our management and public works-associated costs".

If you have further questions, please contact the Borough office at 412/828.4141.  

Conditional Use Application: Community Garden

A public hearing will be held before Blawnox Borough Council on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in the 2nd floor Council Chambers to consider the conditional use application for a community garden in an R-C-1 Zoning District. Those in attendance will be permitted to comment on this matter.  

Vacant Property Recovery Program

Blawnox has again been selected to participate in the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program (VPRP). Through the program, residents can acquire vacant properties for side yards to an owner-occupied primary residence or blighted structure remediation at a reduced cost to the applicant. Click here for more information.  

Detour: Norfolk Southern Railroad Crossing Closings

Norfolk Southern has alerted the Borough that they will be closing several railroad crossings in Blawnox and O'Hara Township the week of July 18th. The crossing at Center Avenue is not expected to be closed more than 2 hours at a time; traffic will be detoured, so expect some delays in the area.  

Curb Ramp Improvements Along Freeport Road

PennDOT has announced that they will improve ADA curb ramps at intersections along Freeport Road beginning July 18. Note that single-lane restrictions will occur as needed from 8 am to 4 pm each day at the following intersections with Freeport: North Avenue, Oak Street, McKinley Avenue, Woodland Road, Cable Avenue, Jackson Street, Humbolt Street.  

The 2015 Blawnox Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is available here.

 

June 23, 2016 Blawnox Council Regular Meeting Agenda here.

 

Blawnox Early Intervention Program Plan

In May of 2015, Blawnox Borough began working with Grass Root Solutions through the PA Department of Economic Development's Early Intervention Program for an analysis of the Borough's financial condition. An executive summary of their findings is available here; contact the office if you are interested in the full document, including Steps 1, 2 and 3 (Financial Analysis and Trending) and Step 4 (Management Audit).  

2016 Real Estate Taxes are due at face until July 31, 2016

 

Community Wide Yard Sale June 18 ,2016 7AM-3PM

 

Hard to Recycle and Household Chemical Collections



  Offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

  Hard to Recycle Events

  Household Chemical Events

BLAWNOX BOROUGH WATER, SEWER & REFUSE RATES

Blawnox Borough bills its residents quarterly for water, sewer, and refuse/recycling. Bills are sent to property owners.

Water - $6.94 per 1,000 gallons (3,000 gallon minimum)
(minimum charge of $20.82 per quarter)

Sewer - $14.75/quarter + $9.50/1,000 gallons of water used; note that a Line Service Fee has been added which is reflected on your bill as a $45 quarterly charge.

Refuse - $52.00 per quarter for single residence

Right To Know

Open Records Officer:
John F. Cambest
1001 Ardmore Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
412-243-1643
jcambest@law-dmc.com

Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law

Information Request Form

2016 Council and
Commission Meetings

Blawnox Borough Agenda meetings will be held at 6 PM on:
1/4, 2/8, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5

Blawnox Borough Regular meetings will be held at 6:30 PM on:
1/28, 2/25, 3/24, 4/28, 5/26, 6/23, 7/28, 8/25, 9/22, 10/27, 11/17, 12/15

Planning Commission meetings will be held at 7 PM on the first Wednesday of each month

Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the:
Blawnox Borough Building
376 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

OFFICE HOLIDAYS

Independence Day, July 4th
Labor Day, September 5th
Veterans' Day, November 11th
Thanksgiving Day, November 24th
Day after Thanksgiving, November 25th Christmas Day, December 25th

TRASH & RECYCLE PICKUP

Refuse is picked up every Monday and recycling is picked up every other Monday.

Please put your refuse and recyclables out after 5 p.m. on Sunday & before 7 a.m. on Monday.