Community Happenings

08January

Contact Us Form Known Issue

We are aware of a current issue with our Contact Us form on our website, and are working to fix the issue. In the meantime, please reach out to the Borough Office via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone (412-782-5302) with any issues. 

Posted in Community Happenings

14February

Employment Opportunity: Public Works Laborer

The Borough of Etna is accepting applications for one full time Public Works Laborer’s Position. Tasks performed with this position include, but are not limited to, snow salting and plowing, grass and weed cutting, sanitary, storm water and combined sewer repairs, catch basin repairs, sidewalk shoveling, digging, public sidewalk maintenance and repair, ball field maintenance, equipment maintenance, emptying public trash receptacles, street and sidewalk sweeping, maintenance of public parking lots, maintenance of rain gardens and other public gardens, minor vehicle maintenance and cleaning, minor tool and equipment maintenance and cleaning, carrying, lifting, pot hole patching and other roadway maintenance and drainage system maintenance, grass cutting, maintenance of ball fields and recreational facilities and cleaning and organizing and inventorying of public works facility. Candidates must have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. Successful candidate must complete pre-employment health screenings and will be required to join Local Operating Union 66. Interested candidates must complete a job application, available online at etnaborough.org, or at the Etna Municipal Building, 437 Butler Street, 15223. Applications are due in by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, February 23, 2024. Beginning hourly wage is $20.67 per hour, with incremental increases every three months until employee reaches full laborer rate.
 
Mary Ellen Ramage,
Secretary-Manager
Borough of Etna

Posted in Community Happenings

14June

Etna is proud to announce the opening of the Etna Eco Park

Etna Eco Park

Etna is proud to announce  the opening of the Etna Eco Park

For several years, the corner lot at the intersection of Wilson St. and Grant Ave. sat vacant and abandoned. However, when the Borough of Etna came into recent ownership of the property, we teamed up to transform the site into a beautiful, green parklet for all in our community to enjoy. To date, we have raised funds through grants, fundraisers, donated professional services, and in-kind donations to build 90% of the parklet. Over the last quarter of 2020, Etna Borough Public Works removed asphalt from the rear of the site and brought in compost to start soil remediation. To aid in storm water management, a 900 square foot rain garden with 250 square foot drainage swale (1/3 of the total site) was installed. We were also able to plant four large trees with the assistance of Tree Pittsburgh and community members. And just before temperatures dropped, volunteers came together to construct a shadow box fence and rain garden barrier to enhance and protect the site. Once fundraising goals have been met, the additional site improvements will be: a accessible pathway that utilizes permeable pavers; two benches and a picnic table; park and educational signage; a raised herb garden and a free little pantry.

Concurrent with the development of the park, ECO and Etna Borough have been working closely with Etna resident and artist Lindsay Huff on the creation of two kinetic sculptures that will reside in the center of the rain garden. Two aluminum frames that recall the shape of a leaf will hold smaller enameled plates, each with the ability to independently rotate and interact with wind and light. These sculptures are nearing completion and will be installed in the early spring.

We are starting to plan for additional volunteer construction and planting days for March - June 2021. If you are interested in being contacted about future EcoPark Workdays, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be placed on the contact list. All COVID-19 requirements will be in place during these events.

The Etna EcoPark will be open to the public mid-summer 2021

Posted in Sustainability News, Community Happenings

11January

Rental Inspector & Code Enforcement Officer Position - Full-Time

RENTAL INSPECTOR AND CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER BOROUGHS OF ETNA AND SHARPSBURG

This position is a full-time, benefited position, split evenly between the Boroughs of Etna and Sharpsburg. In Etna, the person will perform both code enforcement and rental inspections. In Sharpsburg, the person will perform rental inspections. The position reports to the Borough Managers of both communities.

Borough of Etna Essential Job Functions

• Inspect rental properties on a 3-year rotation by ward to assure compliance with International Property Maintenance Code (version) 2012.
• Compliance inspection on all property closings.
• Issue inspection reports (Violation Notices) to landlords or property management for rental properties or to property owners or agents for property closings.
• Reinspect properties, as necessary.
• Issue compliance certificate for rental properties and property closings that have passed inspection.
• Issue private complaints to district court for non-compliance and appear in court, if necessary
• Maintain accurate records of all rental properties and property closings.
• Enforce all borough ordinances by observations and reported complaints.
• Provide a monthly summary report to Borough Manager for distribution to Council.
• Coordinate with other staff members on various administrative tasks and issues associated with the rental inspection program and borough ordinances.
• Maintain accurate mileage records for reimbursement per IRS guidelines. Mileage is reimbursed at the IRS rate (Federal Standard)

 

Borough of Sharpsburg Essential Job Functions

• Enforce the Reasonable Rental Ordinance, codified in eCode360 in sections 11-201 through 11-239
• Schedule inspections of all rental units
• Inspect all rental properties within the two-year cycle to assure compliance with International Property Maintenance Code 2012
• Reinspect properties, as necessary
• Issue inspection reports to landlords
• Issue occupancy permits for rental properties that have passed inspection
• Issue citations for non-compliance and appear in court, if necessary
• Maintain accurate records of all rental properties
• Maintain accurate mileage records for reimbursement per IRS guidelines
• Provide a monthly summary report to Borough Manager for distribution to Council
• Coordinate with other staff members on various administrative tasks and issues associated with the rental inspection program
• Perform other related tasks as needed or assigned

 

Minimum Qualifications

• Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation that can be used for work. Mileage is reimbursed at the IRS rate (current $0.655 per mile)
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to exercise sound judgement in evaluating situations and in making decisions.
• Ability and willingness to take directives
• One year or more of inspection services preferred
• Willingness to attend classes and/or trainings to gain additional certifications, as needed, to grow the role.
• Ability to use a computer for email, accessing the internet, and for using common applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel
• Willingness and aptitude to begin the process of shifting rental inspection documentation from paper to digital format with training as needed

 

Compensation and Benefits

$25 per hour plus defined benefit pension, comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability insurance, and option to participate in a 457 Plan. There is paid vacation and sick time. Mileage is reimbursed per IRS guidelines. This is an in-person position, forty hours per week, that is split evenly between Etna and Sharpsburg Boroughs.

The Boroughs of Etna and Sharpsburg provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

How to Apply

A resume and cover letter can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by mail to Sharpsburg Borough, 1611 Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15215, or online by clicking HERE . Resumes will be shared between Sharpsburg & Etna Boroughs and a candidate will be jointly hired. Please, no phone calls.

 

*Job descriptions are only intended to present a descriptive summary of the range of duties, tasks, and responsibilities associated with a specified position. Therefore, descriptions may not include all duties performed by the individual. In addition, descriptions are intended to outline the minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the position and do not necessarily convey the qualifications of incumbents with the position

Posted in Community Happenings

04May

Trash Removal

The Borough contracts with Waste Management for the collection of both solid waste and recycling.  As a courtesy and as a means to provide a discount to our customers on this collection, the Borough bills the property owners as part of the utility billing for water and sewer services.  By billing the resident directly, a discount is provided by the hauler, Waste Management, that the Borough passes onto the property owner.

Trash collection is Wednesday morning, with exception to holidays that occur on Mondays and Tuesdays. In these circumstances, collection day will be pushed back 1 day. Trash cannot be put out prior to 6pm the night before collection, and cans must be removed by midnight the day of collection. ALL TRASH MUST BE PLACED IN CANS PROVIDED BY WASTE MANAGEMENT OR IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. If you wish to purchase an additional can, please call Waste Management at 800-451-3060. 

For missed pickups, please contact 1-800-458-4090.

Bulk item pickup is now provided ONCE per month, on Wednesday of the third full week of each month. This is one item, once per month. A bulk item is an appliance, piece of furniture, or some other residential item that is too large for a container. Bulk items are:

  • Furniture, such as: chairs, tables, armoires, cabinet, chest, headboard, sofa, mattresses, dressers, and interior doors.
  • Appliances: washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove, toilet, refrigerator (freon must be removed), microwave, hot water tank.
  • Carpeting must be cut into 4-foot bundles

Items that are not considered bulk and will not be accepted are:

  • Concrete, brick, asphalt, roofing, electronics
  • Vehicles and parts
  • Building materials such as plaster, dry wall, wood, construction debris

If you have an item that you're considering throwing out on bulk day, please consider donating it first. 

Donation Resources: Keeping more items out of the landfills

The Blessing Board https://blessingboard.org/furniture/donating-furniture/ Located in the Shaler Plaza, Blessing Board accepts furniture in good condition. You can drop items off during their donation hours or schedule and pay for a pick up.

Buy Nothing Facebook Page. Search on Facebook Groups: Buy Nothing Etna/Millvale/Sharpsburg/Reserve Township Buynothingproject.org Residents in the area can donate anything from an open bottle of shampoo you don’t like, to toys your kids no longer play with. Once you join the group, simply post your items with a description and pictures and wait to see if anyone would like it. Great for finding a home for very specific items.

Creative Reuse https://pccr.org/donate/material-donations/ Located in the East End, behind Construction Junction, they accept lightly used craft materials, school and art supplies, and other home goods.

Construction Junction https://cjreuse.org/donate/materials/ Located in the East End, they accept various construction supplies in good condition. You can recycle many hard to recycle items at their location as well. Copy and paste the link for more information.

Second Harvest https://www.secondharvestthrift.com/donate/donate-goods/ A thrift store in Sharpsburg, they take furniture, household items, clothing, etc. in good condition. See link for more info.

Goodwill https://www.goodwillswpa.org/donate/goods/donation-center-locations/ With various locations, including McKnight Road and Lawrenceville, they accept furniture, household items, clothing, etc. See link to learn more

Posted in Community Happenings

18January

Updated Fee Schedule - Jan. 2024

At the January 2024 Council Meeting, Etna Borough Council passed Resolution 1395K, which repealed Resolution 1350A and adopted certain fees/charged assed to the public for services rendered by the Borough of Etna. These changes are effective immediately and are as follows:

 

SERVICE                                                 CHARGE

Zoning Permit                                                $50

Rental Registration                                       $90 (every three years)

Sign Permit*                                                  $60
(except when building permit required)

Zoning Ordinance/Map                                 $10

Borough Map                                                 $10

No Lien Letter                                                $30

Occupancy Registration                               $50        

NSF Check                                                      $30

Police Report                                                  $15

Police Video                                                    $25

Fingerprinting, Resident                               $10

Fingerprinting, Non-Resident                      $20

Zoning Hearing Fee, Resident                     $400

Zoning Hearing Fee, Non-Resident            $650

 

Time of Sale Inspections (Certificate of Code Compliance):

Single-Family                                                  $30.00

Duplex through 4 Units                                 $50.00

More than 4 Units                                          $75.00

Commercial                                                    $75.00

Combination Commercial & Residential     $100.00

Industrial                                                         $125.00

Posted in Community Happenings

30May

Whole-Home Repairs Program

The Whole Home Repair Program is opening for applications starting 8:30am on Tuesday May 30th. This is a competitive program — while not every person will receive funding, it is strongly encourage you to apply in case there are additional rounds of funding in the future. Each applicant may be awarded up to $50,000 to address habitability and sustainability concerns in their home. Here is the application and eligibility information:

To apply, you may either go online to https://actionhousing.org/our-services/allegheny-county-whole-home-repairs-program/ and follow the online instructions to apply,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to receive a paper application copy, or you may call 412-248-0021 to apply over the phone. Again, applications do not open until Tues. May 30th at 8:30am, so do not attempt to apply before then.

Applications close June 30th — do not delay applying to this competitive program.

For any other questions, please call Action Housing at 412-248-0021.

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