Thursday, December 03, 2020

Borough Government

Borough Adapts to Pandemic, Increases Certain Functions While Adhering to Distancing Regulations

Southwestern Pennsylvania is fortunate to have seen a significantly lower rate of coronavirus transmission than many other urban regions. However, as this disease will continue to linger with us for an extended period of time, it is vital to remain diligent. Brentwood Borough, like all organizations that facilitate the majority of their outputs via in-person operations, is working to provide the fullest slate of services possible without compromising the safety of its employees. Please note the following:

  • The municipal building remains closed to visitors. Administrative employees are available via phone or email during standard business hours. Individuals interested in participating in the month's meeting of Borough Council are asked to do so remotely via Microsoft Teams.
  • The Police Department will continue to screen calls so as to limit unnecessary face-to-face contact. Police clerical employees have returned to their regular shifts, but individuals are still encouraged to submit non-emergency requests via Crimewatch and to utilize CrashDocs for accident reports.
  • The Public Works Department has returned to conducting business during its normal hours of operation.
  • The Code Department is now able to process building permits. Association inspections will transpire in such a manner that encourages maximum physical distancing. Occupancy inspections will recommence but will take place remotely.
  • The park remains closed. Due to anticipated ongoing restrictions on large crowds, upcoming events such as Community Day and our street fair have been postponed. The Borough is making contingency plans to permit certain activities, such as outdoor exercise classes, once the Governor transitions the disaster declaration for Allegheny County to the "yellow" phase. In the interim, a variety of ideas for home-based recreational activities have been posted here.

Council Prepares for Local Economic Fallout from Virus; Adjusts Tax Collection Dates

The coronavirus will affect the physical and economic health of citizens of all nations. Brentwood Borough recognizes that, as businesses temporarily shut their doors to save lives, many residents will experience immediate cash flow concerns. Consequently, Council has authorized a one-time alteration to the due date for real estate tax payments. The 2% principal discount will be offered through June 30th. The deadline to submit payment without penalty has been pushed to August 31st. 

Global Crisis Necessitates Suspension of Most Operations

As Americans face an unprecedented health emergency, organizations of all sizes have made changes to the methods by which they conduct business. In order to protect both residents and staff from the spread of Covid-19, on March 16th, Mayor Troy declared a state of emergency. Originally, the Borough attempted to conduct its operations as normal to the greatest extent possible while concurrently limiting face-to-face interactions. Based upon Governor Wolf's decision to temporarily shutter all non-life-sustaining businesses, the Borough has made additional alterations. Please review the following:

  • The municipal building is officially closed to visitors. Administrative employees will be available via phone or email during standard business hours.
  • The Police Department is fully staffed, and officers will respond promptly to all emergency calls. However, to reduce the possibility of infection for all parties, officers will attempt to keep adequate distance from members of the public.
  • Non-emergency calls will be screened by the shift supervisor. If possible, all contact between the officer and the requesting party will take place over the phone. Residents can also file a non-emergency report electronically via the Crimewatch link from the homepage. 
  • The police clerical desk will not be staffed, but these employees have been temporarily reassigned to assist with much needed records management projects. Requests for police reports or to speak with a specific officer regarding an incident must be conducted via the phone. Accident reports can be acquired online through CrashDocs.
  • The Public Works Department will be split into two seprate teams, and members will be reporting for duty on alternating teams. Any maintenance activities that cannot be safely performed in compliance with distancing regulations will be suspended. 
  • Clerical staff will respond to sewage billing inquiries. Brentwood Bank has thus far been able to facilitate the continued collection of payments. The Borough has issued a moritorium on the use of water service termination notices until further notice.
  • Contracted vendor Waste Management will remove refuse and recyclables in accordance with the established schedule. However, the company is restricting its operations. Bulk items, such as furnishings and appliances, and yard waste are not presently being collected.
  • The Code Department has suspended all interior inspections. Parties to real estate transactions will be required to sign a form that defers such inspection until after closing. Permits will only be issued for zoning-related residential projects, such as the instalation of sheds and fences, or to contractors who have received a written waiver form the Governor's order. Code enforcement activities will be highly limited.
  • Brentwood Park has been closed to visitors, and all organized recreational activities have been cancelled. 

At its March 23rd meeting, Brentwood Borough Council adopted a resolution that extends the state of emergency for 30 days. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We're all in this together!