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Etna is a small bustling community covering one square mile along the banks of the Allegheny River, and is bordered on three sides by Millvale, Shaler Township, and Sharpsburg. Centrally located, Etna is just 10 minutes (non-rush hour) from downtown Pittsburgh and close enough for easy access to the shopping centers in North Hills, Fox Chapel, and Monroeville, the cultural opportunities in Oakland and North Side, and the nine local Colleges and Universities.

Once a mill town, over the past twenty years, Etna has re-emerged as a residential community with a highly diversified business base. Within its borders are over 160 businesses ranging from good-sized industrial firms to smaller, family-owned retail and consumer outlets.

Etna has an approximate population of 3924 and is growing younger each year as more couples with small children move into the community. These young families have a refreshing vitality and a dedication to get involved and work to make Etna a great place to raise children. Their efforts have been fruitful, as evidenced by the many youth-oriented activities that abound throughout the year. There's baseball, softball, and deck hockey leagues open to both girls and boys and active scouting troops from Cubs and Brownies to Seniors and Explorers. These activities, coupled with Etna's pool, playground, and sporting complex on Pine Street afford positive, close-to-home leisure time fun, not just for children, but for the whole family.

On the following pages we have outlined all the areas of community life that would be of interest and importance to all who live and work in our town.

Etna has adopted a Green Infrastructure Master Plan Demonstration Project. Click here to go to the Stormwater Management page to see the plan in its entirety.


A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of two Green Infrastructure Projects in Etna was held on August 4.  Congressman Mike Doyle, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Jon Capacasa from the Environmental Protection Agency and Doug Goodlander from the D.E.P. were all on hand to celebrate these projects will annually will remove over one million gallons of storm water from the combined sewer system.


Solarize Allegheny

Etna Borough recently became one of just four communities to kick-off the first phase of the Solarize Allegheny campaign. Solarize Allegheny is a community outreach program that helps to reduce the barriers for home and business owners to install solar energy systems. The campaign, which is funded by the Heinz Foundation and managed by the non-profit marketing agency SmartPower, begins in February. Etna Borough leaders applied jointly with Millvale Borough to participate in Solarize Allegheny. During the 20 week campaign (which ends in June), Etna Borough residents and business owners can get information about the campaign and access an online platform to find out if their home or business is good for solar by visiting Having a copy of your electric bill handy when you visit the site will be useful in providing accurate information. If your home is a good candidate for solar, you can request a quote from local solar installers who are participating in the campaign and who have been pre-screened to assure that they are qualified, experienced and reliable businesses. The installers may call or visit the property owner to gather all the information necessary to create a quote. The customer will receive quotes from two to four installers. The online system provides a simple comparison of those quotes and assures that the customer is getting accurate information from installers, as well as quality equipment and warranties. As the cost of solar has dramatically dropped over the past few years, with zero down financing, people can pay for solar every month what they now pay Duquesne Light for their electric bill – and still save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the solar system. For the average homeowner, the cost of doing nothing (i.e., not going solar) is about $30,000.00 over the next 25 years, but installing solar could save a homeowner more than $15,000.00 even after paying off the system and it increases the value of the home or business. The other communities participating in Solarize Allegheny are South Fayette Township, Moon Township, Point Breeze neighborhood in the City of Pittsburgh and our coalition – Etna and Millvale Boroughs.


River Bend

In June 2014
, the Borough of Etna adopted a new Comprehensive Plan, River Bend, for the Borough of Etna.  This project was undertaken jointly with the Boroughs of Sharpsburg and Millvale, though each community, while addressing  issues jointly, had their own focus on the future.  The project was funded through grants received from the Pa. Department of Economic Development, the Local Government Academy as well as a local match from the communities.  The Comprehensive Plan’s intent is to foster an exciting and vibrant environment in our community.  Vibrant communities don’t just happen; they are planned, programmed and managed to be special places to gather.  In our Plan or community development objectives that we seek to accomplish are the following:

• Identify areas for catalytic change and use strategic investments to encourage other investment in those areas
• Leverage local attractions and existing economic infrastructure to help create investment and development
• Enhance opportunities for bicycling and walking
• Provide cost-effective municipal services
• Work with Allegheny County and other regional and local municipal neighbors to realize economic development opportunities
• Ensure that existing community facilities are meeting the population’s needs and work to meet the needs of the underserved populations.

In development the framework for long-term vision, Etna explored ways in which they were to be a part of the ever-expanding region-wide pedestrian and bicycle system.  The Planning Team analyzed stormwater issues and problem areas based on information provided by the Borough to identify grey and “green infrastructure” opportunities that exist.   Etna designated specific areas, for the future, as “Pine Creek Stormwater Management Areas”.   

There are 8 goals of the Plan which are as follows:

1.  Seize opportunities to work together;
2. Strengthen the sense of place;
3. Leverage existing assets
4. Focus on opportunities to grow;
5. Update Zoning Ordinances;
6. Target key land use changes;
7. Improve bike/ped infrastructure;
8. Address storm water management

Please click here
for a link to the entire Comprehensive Plan.  We thank all of those who participated in the public process to help us form this Plan.  Steering Committee members were Pete Ramage, Carol Kristoff, Dave Becki, Tom Rengers and Mary Ellen Ramage.


Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program, Program Pricing Update

Etna Borough participates in the Allegheny County Vacant Property Program.  Attached
are the Program guidelines, application  and application instructions for this program.  Through this Program, you can obtain either a vacant lot or a vacant blighted structure that has at least three years of tax delinquency.  An applicant must be current on their own property for real estate taxes, water, sewage and refuse bills on any property they own in Allegheny County.  They must also have NO outstanding code violations or municipal liens on any property they own in Allegheny County.  This program has helped people acquire properties, including vacant lots,  in our community that were vacant, abandoned or blighted at a reduced cost and with a clear title at time of transfer.  PLEASE READ THE ATTAHCED INFORMATION IN ENTIRETY FOR COMPLETE ELIGIBILTY REQUIREMENTS.  Because 51% of Etna’s households are low to moderate income,  the acquisition fees will be partially underwritten  subject to funding availability.


Stairway To Vista Beautification Project

Have you noticed the tremendous improvements made to the steps leading from Vine to Washington Streets?? In April, the Vista Street Home Owners Association in conjunction with the Vista Street Beautification & Planning Commission and the Borough of Etna made plans to clean up and beautify the area surrounding the steps to Washington Street. The neighbors surrounding the area rallied and created a landscaped area everyone can appreciate and be proud of.


They removed years of vines, trees and overgrowth and replaced them with plants, mulch and stone. What a huge labor of love! Etna Borough provided the railing for the steps, the stone to control the erosion of the hillside and traffic control while the area was under construction.

Many thanks to the volunteers who donated their time and labor, the use of their trucks or donated plants or money to purchase materials needed to complete this worthy endeavor. They are: Volunteers: Jeff Plowey, Gary and Karen Berner, Fielding Quinerly, Denise Ceh, Jason Belavic, Fay Cristina, Bill and Deb Kimmel, Tom Olzak & kids Tyler and Ray, Drew Hohman, Jon Hernandez & kids Johnnie and Shayla, Tomica and Rico Coates, Donations: Walt and Dot Bronowicz, Michael Kestner, Marianne Haggerty, Jeff Plowey, Gary and Karen Berner.

This is just an example of the wonderful things that can happen when everyone works together towards a common goal! Thank you to all the volunteers and the Borough of Etna for a job well done!

Is there an overgrown area in your neighborhood that you would like to re-hab? You, too, could get together with your neighbors, create a plan and perhaps spruce up an area in your neighborhood that is currently an eyesore! Wouldn’t it be great if every neighborhood picked out just one spot and did the same thing? It’d be awesome!!!!


Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification

Etna Borough is proud to announce that it
is among the first municipalities to become certified through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program. Etna is recognized at the Silver level of certification for meeting the program’s rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community. This Certification, developed by Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. In earning the Silver Certification, Etna is acknowledged for its progress in addressing such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, mitigating blight, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls, and internal management and operations. Details regarding how we are addressing these areas can be found on the certification
program’s website:

Etna has now been designated a Sustainable Pennsylvania Certified Silver Community.


Special Needs Registry

Allegheny County Emergency Management Agency launched the “Special Needs Registry” this past February. This Special Needs Registry allows residents with physical, mental health or intellec-tual disabilities to provide information to the De-partment of Emergency Services. This voluntary information may then be shared with those re-sponding to a home for a police, fire or medical emergency. The Special Needs Registry is intended only for those who live independently and not in a residential needs facility such as a nursing home or group home. The Special Needs Registry can be found at the County’s website at Information provided through the Registry will be programmed to appear on the screen when an emergency call is made from the home. This will allow dispatchers to alert emergency responders that there may be a unique situation in the home involving a person with special needs.


Zoning Ordinance Rehab

The Borough will be undertaking
a massive rehab of its current Zoning Ordinance, which dates back to 1984 with subsequent amendments. We received grant funding through Allegheny County for this total update along with Millvale and Sharpsburg Boroughs. This was the next logical step as the new Comprehensive Plan(s) for the three communities nears completion. It is an exciting time for our community as we plan for our future and address much needed zoning changes for today’s real world. We thank all of you who have provided input during the process.


Floodplain Management Ordinance

Etna Borough adopted Ordinance No. 1353, Floodplain Management Ordinance.  This ordinance becomes effective September 26, 2014 and is in accordance with the new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for the Borough of Etna.  Please go to the Flood Information page for a copy of the Ordinance in it’s entirety.


Through a grant from Tree Vitalize, the Borough was able to plant 16 trees this past October 25 with volunteers. These trees were planted along Dougherty Nature Trail and along Route 8 and Pine Creek. The Borough hopes to continue moving forward with tree plantings in subsequent years. Trees are a great way to improve air quality and control rain water naturally.


Did you happen to notice the GORGEOUS benches recently installed at the Municipal Building? Those fabulous benches were donated to the community compliments of our great friend and neighbor, Forms and Surfaces located on Pine Street near the swimming pool. We are so very thankful to them for their generosity to their home community!


Summer Recreation Programs

The Etna pool and playground will open on Saturday, May 23. Weekday and holiday hours will be from Noon to 7 p.m. The pool will not open on weekdays until school is out (June 4) and when school goes back in session (August 26) will only be open on weekends. The pool will close on Labor Day,
September 7.

Daily rates for Etna residents are $5.00 and $7.00 for non-residents. PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIRED. There will be a twilight rate of $3.00 after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays only. Season rates are as follows: Etna Residents: Family pass, $120.00, Individual Pass, $85.00, and Senior Citizens FREE, ETNA RESIDENTS ONLY.

Shaler Area & Fox Chapel School District Residents: Family Pass, $190.00, Individual Pass, $120.00.

ALL SEASONAL PASSES REQUIRE PROOF OF RESIDENCY at the time of purchase, including children and school registration or School ID card will suffice. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an individual 13 years or older. THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

Water Aerobics will continue this summer running every Thursday from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Cost is $3.00 for non-tag holders, $2.00 for tag holders and Free to Etna senior citizens. Program will begin on June 25. We welcome back Linda Miller as our Instructor.

Free Concerts in the Park are scheduled as follows:

SHOT O’ SOUL, Saturday, June 12 at the Firemen’s Street Fair, 8 to 10 p.m. This concert is sponsored by the Etna Neighborhood Association;
PITTSBURGH BANJO CLUB, Saturday, July 11, 8 to 10 p.m., Playground;
NIED’S HOTEL BAND, Saturday, September 12, 8 to 10:30 p.m., Playground

Free Youth Craft Program will be held this summer at the playground on the following Wednesdays: June 17, July 1, 15 and 29th from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Welcome back Margie Vinski!

Free Summer Reading Program, sponsored by our friends at the Shaler North Hills Library, will be back Thursdays from June 11 through August 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the playground. Join friends for a free book, stories and a craft! This year’s theme, Every Hero has a Story! Join us for Super Thursdays!

Lots of great summer programs for you and your family to enjoy! We hope you take advantage of them and enjoy your summer!


Memorial Day Parade

Begin your holiday weekend honoring our veterans by raising your flags and attending the Memorial Day Parade! Arrive early and reserve your spot along the parade route which begins at 9:30 a.m. May 25th on the corner of Butler and Maplewood Street. The parade route continues down to Freeport Street and all the way through Sharpsburg to Kittanning Pike! Preceding the parade, stop by the cemetery on High Street for a Memorial Service at 8:45 a.m. Or, at 11:30 a.m. you can attend the ceremony at the War Memorial on Crescent Avenue at Dougherty Veteran’s Field for a moving tribute honoring those who gave their lives for freedom around the world.

The Garden Club will be selling memorial ribbons for $1.00 each where you can honor your loved ones by writing their names on the ribbons which will be hung on the fence at the War Memorial. Ribbons are available for purchase at the Borough Office Building and will be for sale along the parade route that day.

The Fourth Annual Bike Decorating Contest will also take place at 9:00 a.m. that morning. Decorated bikes, big wheels or wagons should be ready to roll and meet in front of the Bell Monument at the Etna Borough Municipal Building for judging. Trophies to First, Second and Third Place Winners will be awarded courtesy of Pittsburgh Trophy!

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