News & Announcements

August 12, 2016

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM WEST PENN POWER

On Friday, August 12, there will be a planned outage to make emergency repairs.  The outage will impact customers in the vicinity of Bagdad Road Indian Hill Road, Lucesco Road and Route 56 in Leechburg.  Customers will experience a service interruption between 2:30pm and 4:30pm.  Customers will be notified of the outage via an automated phone message.  If customers have questions, please contact the center at 800-686-0021.


June 17, 2016

ROAD CLOSURE June 27 and 28

The entrance to Indian Hill Road from State Route 356 will be closed on Monday June 27 and Tuesday June 28, 2016 from 6:30pm to 5:00pm.  The detour for homes/properties on Indian Hill Road is Bagdad Road.  If rain prevents the work from being accomplished on these days, the work will be performed instead on Wednesday June 29 and Thursday June 30.  The road closure will allow for completion of work on the storm water drainage system, and will be performed by the Allegheny Township Public Work Department.  Emergency services, and delivery/mail carriers are also being notified of the closure.


May 11, 2016

SPC Invites Public Comment for the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Please click the link below to see details of the upcoming public meeting being held on June 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 2 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA.

The Southwest Pennsylvania Commission is our Regional Planning Office that is tasked with preparing transportation priorities throughout the region which includes Westmoreland County. By clicking the link below you will see all projects on the list throughout the County and highlighted are projects specific to Allegheny Township. We are extremely lucky to have this many projects on the priority list and we want to keep them there. This is where we ask you as taxpayers and residents to attend this meeting and make your voice heard that these projects are important and vital to Allegheny Township and need to remain on the TIP. Plan on attending and make your voice heard as this process works its way to an end point.

If you have any questions on what you read please do not hesitate to contact the Township at 724-842-4641.

SPC Invites Public Comment for the Transportation Improvement Program (PDF file)


May 2, 2016

PennDot Holds Public Meeting to unveil RT 356 Climbing Lane Plans

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 2-7 p.m. PennDot Officials and Representatives from A.D. Marble Consulting Engineers held an open house and presentation at the Allegheny Township Community Building to display plans and answer questions regarding the $15 Million dollar safety project that will take place on RT 356 from the Freeport Bridge south to White Cloud Road. The project will provide much needed safety enhancements along the corridor in the form of a climbing lane and related storm water improvements. The project when finished will provide 2 lanes South and North on RT356 for most of the project area for motorists to utilize, it also relocates a portion of the road west approximately 250’ eliminating the curve the currently exists as you travel south up the hill at the end of the Freeport Bridge. The map depicting what the project will look like is on display at the Allegheny Township Community Building or you can click here

SR356map

Unofficial and subject to Change

The following link provides additional information on the project as presented at the open house. SR 356 Climbing Lane (PDF file)


May 1, 2016

Allegheny Township’s Tredway Trail Selected as One of Nine Regional Transportation Alternative Awards

Allegheny Township’s Tredway Trail Selected as One of Nine Regional Transportation Alternative Awards by the Southwest PA Planning Commission in the amount of $327,000. Download the news release >>


April 15, 2016

Reducing Runoff: Clean Water is Every Resident’s Responsibility

Reducing Run-off: Clean Water is Every Resident’s Responsibility


April 15, 2016

6 Reasons to Attend a Township Supervisors’ Meeting

  1. You can learn about what is happening in Allegheny Township with facts not rumors.
  2. You can voice your questions and concerns about what is going on in Allegheny Township.
  3. Your Township officials are very approachable since they live in your community, shop in your community and often work in your community.  They do not shroud township business in secrecy.
  4. Your Supervisors appreciate your ideas.
  5. You may offer an idea that the Supervisors have not considered and-
  6. Your might find that the Township needs a skill, talent or ability that you could offer.

April 15, 2016

Senator Brewster – Office Hours & More

jimbrewsterState Senator Jim Brewster has office hours at the Allegheny Township Community Building from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM every Monday and Tuesday.  If you have any questions or concerns with anything involving Pennsylvania state government, please do not hesitate to stop in the office or email bhartman@pasenate.com.  The Senator and his staff pledge to strive to make state government more accessible and helpful to you.  Listed below are just some of the services that he invites you to utilize:

  • Assistance with problems you may encounter when dealing with state government and its agencies
  • Assistance processing PennDOT vehicle or driver’s licenses services
  • Applications for handicap placard
  • Applications for PA birth and death certificates
  • Applications for PA Clearances, child abuse and criminal
  • Applications for LIHEAP and PACE/PACENET
  • Senior Citizen Assistance
  • Assistance with SNAP or state medical benefits

The Senator will also be hosting a free Senior Citizen Expo on Thursday, May 14th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the West Leechburg Fire Hall.


April 15, 2016

Police Department News

The Township’s newest full time officer, Charity Butz, is off to a great start in the newly created School Resource Officer position.

The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is the next step in Community Oriented Policing. The SRO is an asset used by the community and the school in an attempt to address situations in the lives of students in a forum other than the judicial system. The School Resource Officer program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. Officer Butz, while in school, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. Besides being an active high profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding law issues. Another duty for the SRO is being a link to other service agencies which provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand in hand with the Principal in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school age children of all ages.

policenewsThe SRO program is a proactive approach to deal with the pressures today’s young people find themselves having to confront. This includes the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, along with peer pressure, bullying etc. These situations are not only in the schools, but in the community as well. The approach of addressing these issues only in the school, or only in the community, has not been completely effective. Traditionally, police and school did not interact until one called upon the other. The SRO serves as a bridge between the school district and law enforcement.

Officer Butz was also instrumental in the Celebrate My Drive program in which the school district was awarded $25,000 for their level of participation. The award funds were used to enhance student safety by the installation of the “Raptor” school visitor screening system. Officer Butz and the SRO program has become a huge asset to both Allegheny Township and Kiski Area School District.


April 15, 2016

Unconventional Gas Drilling comes to Allegheny Township

In the height of all the buzz regarding Marcellus wells and Unconventional gas drilling, Allegheny Township has not been exempt in preparing for its arrival, similar to many communities across Western Pennsylvania. Trying to do our duty to govern this somewhat controversial topic, the Allegheny Township Board of Supervisors passed Ordinance #01-2010 on December 13, 2010. The adoption of our Ordinance preceded the state wide passage of Act 13. Act 13 amended the Oil and Gas Act under Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for an impact fee to accompany drilling activities and further defined regulatory controls over the gas and oil drilling industry throughout Pennsylvania. This law itself has been shrouded with controversy and legal challenges throughout the PA Court System. One specific part of Act 13 limited the Township’s ability to apply certain zoning regulations to the industry and its activities within the borders of the Township. That provision was challenged in court (Robinson Township, Washington County v. The Commonwealth) where the court found significant relief to allow municipalities throughout the Commonwealth to apply zoning regulations accordingly.

Prior to passing Ordinance #01-2010, the Township sent a draft of our ordinance to the Westmoreland County Planning Department for review and input. We also held public hearings in accordance with the Municipalities Planning Code for public review, discussion and input. Finally, the Township hired a professional planning consultant to assist in the final draft of the ordinance. Upon review, the County Planning Department not only put their stamp of approval on the ordinance, they asked permission to use it as a template for other communities throughout the county seeking to apply regulations in their own community. Allegheny Township was the first Township in Westmoreland County to adopt regulations governing drilling activities as it applied to unconventional gas drilling. After the successful appeal in the Robinson Case, the Allegheny Township Board of Supervisors felt our ordinance should still stand as it was prepared, it addressed numerous protections to residents while at the same time balanced the needs of the industry to operate within our borders. One thing was clear in this whole process, you could not prohibit the industry from conducting activities within Township Borders, however we could regulate; and regulate we did.

Fast forward to the summer of 2014 when the Township received its first application from Consol Energy to place an unconventional well off of Watson Road on the Slike Farm. Consol had met with the Township ongoing regarding the well, its placement and related activities, upon review of their application and applying the requirements our ordinance to the application, the Township granted a permit to drill as they had met all of our requirements. At the end of September 2014, a validity challenge was made by residents of Willowbrook Road (Delores Fredrick, Beverly Taylor and Patricia Hagaman) to the Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board. In Frederick/Taylor/Hagaman Substantive Validity Challenge, the residents essentially claimed that the Ordinance that the Township had adopted in 2010 was not valid as it didn’t comply with Act 13 of 2012. Upon filing their appeal numerous parties intervened to protect the interest of the ordinance as well as the interest of land owners who had entered leases throughout the Township with drilling companies as they stood to lose substantial revenue in their leases if the challenge was successful. Four nights of zoning hearing over three months ensued where experts and witnesses testified on both sides of the issue. In March 2015 the Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board ruled in favor of the Township and the interveners upholding the validity of Ordinance #01-2010. As of this date the “objectors” have appealed the case to the court of common pleas, briefs have been filed and we await a decision from the judge. This whole process to date has cost the Township and its taxpayers over $20,000 in legal and other administrative fees. As much as the Board of Supervisors hates taxpayer dollars being spent in this manner, there is so much at stake for landowners throughout the Township who have entered into lease agreements and stand to lose millions of dollars if our Ordinance is declared invalid. It was of paramount importance that the Board of Supervisors defend the Ordinance with vehemence and fervor as an Ordinance that was not only meticulously prepared, but also balanced property owner interest, environmental concerns as well as the needs of the drilling industry to conduct its operations with the borders of Allegheny Township.


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