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:

Peoples Natural Gas Pipeline Update Work to Begin Soon:

 

Residents are advised that the Chalfant Borough Council has received a request from People’s Natural Gas which will impact Lynnwood Avenue, Highland Avenue and Brighton Street over the next few weeks.   Peoples has advised the following:

“Peoples will begin work on natural gas pipelines in your area in the next couple of weeks.  Peoples is committted to maintaining safe infrastructure and our work this year will yield a permanent improvement.

In accordance with PA One Call law, prior to the start of work you will see markings of the locations of the underground utilities.  In some cases, we may post No Parking Signs.  Please observe the dates and times on those signs.  During the course of this work, we will be digging in streets, sidewalks and lawns to upgrade our buried gas lines.  We will restore any affected surfaces and will use temporary backfill materials until the permanent restoration is completed.  Permanent restoration will be scheduled and will take place as weather permits.  Please use the utmost care around any area filled with temporary backfill until permanent restoration is completed.

Once the new gas pipelines are in place, Peoples will pressure test your gas service line prior to connecting it to our new mainline.  The test is designed to ensure that your service line is safe and not leaking.  Your gas line will be temporarily disrupted during this test.  Interior access may be required by a Peoples representative if your meter is located inside the home.  Upon satisfactorily completing these tests and safety checks, Peoples will restore your gas service and relight your appliances.

If you are not home when gas service is to be restored, we will leave a door hangar asking you to call us.  We will come back to turn on your gas and relight your appliances.  It is important for your safety that you do not try to do this yourself.  Please wait for a People’s representative to do it for you.  There will be no charge for this service.

If your service line fails these tests or our safety checks, Peoples will schedule and complete the replacement of your service line at no charge to you.  This is only available for gas service lines that are interrupted due to our mainline work.

Thanks for your patience as we make these pipeline upgrades to your home and your community.  Learn more about our pipeline upgrade schedule and what you can expect at Peoples-Gas.com/streetwork.  If you have any questions, contact Peoples at 1-800-764-0111.  Representatives are available to answer calls Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.”

COVID-19 Resources:

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

Update from our Tax Collector:

Tax Collector Carol Donahue is available to meet with residents at the Borough Building (14 Lynnwood Avenue), for pre-scheduled appointments that can be made by contacting her at 412-824-3283.   Tax Collector Donahue can be reached by telephone during business hours from Monday through Friday between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.  If a message is left, the Tax Collector will return the call no later than the next business day.  All calls made on the weekends will go to her voicemail and will be answered on the following Monday.

For residents paying installments for the Woodland Hills 2020 School Tax, the deadline for the first installment payment is due October 31, 2020.  All payments must be postmarked by no later than October 31, 2020 or be dropped off at the Borough Building by no later than October 31, 2020.  Any payment received after that date will not be eligible for the installment payments.   Any questions can be directed to the Tax Collector.

Garbage and Recycling Collection Considerations During COVID-19:

While Swissvale Borough has resumed the normal garbage and recycling practices prior to COVID-19, the following considerations should still be given prior to diposing of any refuse:

Garbage Collection:
• All garbage must be placed in approved containers or rodent proof bags. Lose trash should not be placed in trash cans as it is both unsanitary and will attract bugs and animals.

• 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.

• Please limit amount of bulk items put out to the curb during each week.

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.

Woodland Hills School District Updates October 2020:

The 2020-2021 school year continues with virtual instruction for most students.  Teachers and staff continue to receive training on platforms and tools that are utilized for virtual instruction during professional development days that have been scheduled into the school calendar.  The District has both a Return to School Plan and Athletics Return to Play Plan available on their website for review.

The district continues to monitor COVID conditions and data to determine when students might return to school in-person, but has announced that there will not be any expanded return imminently, with the next announcement set for mid-November.  The district return to school plan lays out a hybrid schedule with in-person and virtual instruction plans as well as a potential timeline.

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/.