On November 17, 2020, Etna Borough Council adopted Ordinance No. 1384, the Etna Borough Non-Discrimination Ordinance, becoming the 61st municipality in PA to do so. This ordinance establishes the Etna Human Relations Commission. This ordinance prohibits discrimination in housing, commercial property, employment and public accommodations based upon actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, marital status, familial status, genetic information, handicap or disability. It addresses the assistance animal, provides definitions and establishes penalties. The Commission also promotes understanding, respect and cooperation among all racial, cultural, religious, ethnic, nationality and other groups within the Borough. They will also conduct educational programs for furtherance of the improvement of human relations in the Borough as well as other civic acts. We thank all of the residents who expressed their desire to serve their community.
The Etna Human Relations Commission (HRC) was founded to ensure all Etna residents are provided with equal opportunity and access to employment, housing, commercial property, and public accommodation regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran's status, marital status, familial status, genetic information, handicap or disability, or use of an assistance animal. The HRC collects and mediates submitted discrimination complaints and provides education and outreach to the community on relevant issues to create a more welcoming and equitable Borough for all residents, present and future.
Submitted information will be used by the HRC solely for the purposes of mediation of the submitted complaint. The HRC assists only in mediating complaints. There is no guarantee of resolution that is mutually accepted by both parties nor any legally binding resolution. Submission of a complaint to the Etna HRC does not preclude the complainant from submitting a complaint to the county or state HRC or from pursuing legal action.
HRC meetings are open to the public and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the final month of each quarter beginning at 7p.m. Due to current heatlth restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are currently held via Zoom. This is subject to change. Please refer to this webpage or call the Borough Office at (412) 781-0569 for the most up to date information.
Dr. Ryan Gott is an entomologist, horticulturist, and sustainable landscaping enthusiast originally from outside Chicago. He has been living in Etna with his partner and their dog and cat since 2019. He has worked in and around Pittsburgh since 2016 in the realms of horticulture, plant health care, and education. He is excited to be part of the Etna HRC to serve however he can in the bigger picture of the progressive goals of the borough.
Sophia Kachur is a current student at Roanoke College, majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a focus on local government and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). She has lived in Etna since she was a child after moving across the river from Bloomfield. She absolutely loves local government and hopes to work at the community level as a career someday. She is super excited to continue working with Etna Borough on the HRC, after having been a Junior Councilperson in high school and shadowing at the Borough office.
Lindsay Huff grew up in O’Hara Township and has been an Etna resident since 2013. Her first memory of the borough is of seeing the SEASONS GREETINGS ETNA, PA sign from the backseat of her parents’ cars when running holiday errands! A graduate of Syracuse University’s Metalsmithing program, she creates limited production and one-of-a-kind enamel jewelry as HUFFALO. Her artistic practice includes creating and selling work through local and regional galleries, stores, and events. Since 2008, she has been teaching metalsmithing, enameling, and sculpture to students of all ages in southwestern Pennsylvania. Receiving a Teaching Artist Certificate from University of Arts in 2018, she has collaborated with dozens of schools and teachers and shared the joy of artmaking with thousands of students through workshops, field trips, artist residencies, summer camps, and after-school programs. Lindsay lives with her family and four cats (all former Etna strays), and enjoys biking, music making, any time spent in nature, community building, and exploring the neighborhood with her daughter, Iva.
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Bio coming soon!