Welcome to Chalfant Borough

 

Chalfant Borough is nestled within the eastern suburbs of Allegheny County and is located just ten miles outside of Downtown Pittsburgh.

Chalfant, although small, is a borough with rich history dating back well over one hundred years.

Our quaint community is home to the beautiful Servicemen’s Memorial Park and ball field, several locally owned restaurants and businesses, and the landmark Parkway Steps.

Chalfant is delighted to remain a community where neighbors know one another and care about our borough.

We have recently updated our website in an effort to better support residents and visitors as they learn about the many resources available in Chalfant Borough.

Over the next few months, the website will continue to be updated with new content, so please check back frequently.

Warm Regards,

The Chalfant Borough Council

 

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Important Information for Residents:

COVID-19 Resources:

Residents of Chalfant Borough are encouraged to review Covid-19 resources to stay informed with the most current and applicable information:

Emergency Cancellation of April 2020 Borough Council Meetings:

Chalfant Borough Council, in efforts to remain in compliance with the “stay at home order” issued by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, has under a declaration of disaster emergency, in compliance with PA Code 35 Pa.C.S. 7501(d) cancelled the April 2020 Borough Council Meeting.  All business will be postponed until upcoming meetings, at which time it is safe to resume contact in public once again.

Immediate Changes to Garbage and Recycling Collection:

In an effort for Swissvale Borough to keep their sanitation workers safe during the pandemic, the following temporary changes to garbage collection and recycling at the Borough Building will be implemented effective immediately:

Garbage Collection:
• All garbage must be placed in approved containers or rodent proof bags. Loose trash will not be collected under any circumstances including loose trash in cans.
• All bags must be tightly sealed.
• Bags that are damaged by rodents prior to collection will not be collected unless the resident picks up the waste and places it in another bag.
• Bulk items will be limited to one per week per household.

Borough Recycling:
•Recycling must be placed, including paperboard in the recycling containers at the Borough building.  Recycling must be loose and not contained in bags or it will not be taken.

Discount Tax Period Deadlines:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Borough Office will be closed during the Discount Period for  tax collections.

Please mail your payments or drop your payments off in the mail slot at the Borough Office.  The deadline for the Discount Payment is April 30, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chalfant Tax Collector Carol Donahue at 412-824-3283.

Register to Vote by Mail:

In efforts to reduce potential spread of Covid-19, Allegheny County is offering an option to vote by mail.  Applications to vote by mail must be received by April 21, 2020 and ballots must be received by April 28, 2020.  For more information please visit https://alleghenyvotes.com/

Woodland Hills School District Tax Update:

Just a reminder to homeowners: 3rd and Final installment payment for Woodland Hills Schoool Tax, is due March 30, 2020

Woodland Hills School District Updates March 2020:

Like all Pennsylvania schools, Woodland Hills Schools will be closed for regular classes through March 27. Currently, classes are slated to resume on March 30, pending an assessment of the situation regarding the Coronavirus. It is the District’s intention to keep students and staff safe while working to keep students engaged. Teachers and staff are working to present materials for work online as our capability allows and according to guidance from the state.

The District is working to meet other needs, particularly related to food service, and current information is available on the District website: www.whsd.k12.pa.us

At this month’s Legislative meeting, the Board considered the following:

  • The elimination of custodial fees for community organizations serving students who primarily live in the Woodland Hills communities. This would allow those groups to use facilities without cost.
  • Though the budget for next year does not project furloughs at this point, a resolution to permit furloughs of professional and support staff in the event that there is a change.
  • Several doctoral students’ requests to conduct research programs in Woodland Hills Schools.
  • The continuation of trail work for student summer employment at the Wilkins building

The Agenda for Wednesday’s meeting can be found here.

Other updates:

Facilities:

  • Phase 2 of the High School renovation has begun, though it is currently on hold following the Governor’s order. Construction is slated to continue through December, 2021.
  • The renovation at Dickson is nearly complete. Please watch for dates for upcoming events to showcase the building once we are permitted to hold a gathering.

Finance: Discussion of the budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year have begun. The latest budget presentation can be found here. Currently, the budget does not include furloughs, but does include a tax increase to the index (0.89 mills). There will be continued discussion at Finance Committee meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month in March, April and May.

Committee Meetings are scheduled to be held on March 24 (Curriculum, Special Education & Pupil Personnel, Policy, Community Relations) and March 25 (Finance, Athletics, Safety, Technology, Transportation & Food Service, Facilities). Meetings begin at 5pm. Please watch the website for the latest information about accessing the meetings.

Woodland Hills EMS Tax:

In December 2019 the Chalfant Borough Council approved the passage of a 0.5 mil tax increase which, starting in April 2020 would cover all households in the Borough to receive membership in the Woodland Hills Emergency Medical Service.

This tax will replace households needing to subscribe to WEMS during the annual Woodland Hills Emergency Medical Service Membership Drive.

In order to verify residents, all Borough households will be required to identify legal occupants of their households in the 2020 Annual Report of Occupancy.

This report should also include all children residing in the residence, as well as children who may be at college for part of the year.   For rental units, landlords must report all residents in apartments as well as single-family dwellings.

As with any non-resident emergencies that occur in the Borough, WEMS will respond to any emergency calls, however, billing for services will vary in cost from those who have tax subsidized membership through WEMS.

Any questions regarding WEMS services be directed to the Borough at 412-823-6500.   For more information about the Woodland Hills Emergency Medical Service, please visit their website at http://whems.org/.

Seasonal FYI’s:

Residents are encouraged to begin the process of preparing properties for winter that include trimming tree branches and limbs to prevent them impacting utility lines during winter snow or ice storms.   Street sweeping will take place in the borough in November and leaves will be collected by public works once the trees have dropped the majority of the leaves.

Preparing for Winter Weather:

Winter is an unpredictable time in Pittsburgh, but the Borough encourages residents to be proactive and prepare in advance of any potential storms or disruptions that can be caused by loss of utilities.   As recommended by the National Weather Service and survival experts, residents should be prepared for the potential loss of heat, power, water, telephone service or shortage of supplies if not prepared.   Residents are encouraged to prepare now by keeping the following supplies on hand at home:

  • Flashlights, extra batteries, LED candles (alternative to traditional wax candles for safety)
  • Functioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors (with updated batteries) and fire extinguishers graded for residential use.  Check to make certain they have not been included in recent recalls of fire safety equipment
  • Cellular phones and chargers (to use in car should home power be lost)
  • Batter powered NOAA weather radio/portable radios/GMRS/FRS handheld radios to receive emergency information
  • 1 gallon water per person and pet in household. It is recommended a 3 day supply be kept in home at all times regardless of time of year
  • Non-perishable food (that does not require refrigeration or cooking should power be lost).
  • Extra medicine and/or baby supplies
  • First aid kit and supplies
  • Heating fuel and emergency heating source—learn to use properly in advance and have proper ventilation
  • Salt, cat litter, or sand (to clear sidewalks)
  • Supplies for emergency repairs such as duct tape, plastic sheeting and tools
  • Full tank of gas in vehicle (to prevent freezing of gas line)

Residents are also encouraged to know in advance of weather emergencies how to shut off water supplies and power in home should this become necessary during a storm.

Inspect properties to determine any potential concerns such as low or seemingly loose utility lines and contact utility provider or have large tree branches limbed by trained professionals to prevent their likelihood of breaking and damaging property.

Residents should always check on neighbors particularly if they are elderly or disabled during storm conditions to ascertain their wellbeing and needs.

Contact Information for Utility Companies:

Winterl storms can sometimes cause disruptions in gas, electric, or water service.  The borough will post information as it is made available from the utility companies on the website and the Chalfant Borough Information Page on Facebook, however it is vital for residents to be proactive and contact the utilities directly when encountering any service disruption.

Please find the appropriate contacts for the utilities in Chalfant listed below for your reference.   In emergency situations, please contact 911 FIRST and then notify the appropriate utility.

Wilkinsburgh-Penn Joint Water Authority (WPJWA)

412-243-6200

*Residents are encouraged to register online for the WPJWA Emergency Telephone Sign Up so that residents with any water disruptions in Chalfant will be notified.   The WPJWA website is http://www.wpjwa.com/.

Duquesne Light Company

412-393-7000 (Emergency Number)

*Duquesne Light also offers many helpful information tips for residents regarding storm safety and power outages at https://www.duquesnelight.com/outages-safety/storm-plan.

Peoples Natural Gas (PNG)

1.800.400.4271 (Emergency Number)

*Peoples Natural Gas offers information to residents regarding gas safety tips at https://www.peoples-gas.com/all-about-gas/safety/.