West Deer Township
109 East Union Road
Cheswick, PA 15024

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Phone: 724.265.3680
Fax: 724.265.2228

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New Resident Info

TO:                         New Residents of West Deer Township

FROM:                  West Deer Township Board of Supervisors

SUBJECT:            WELCOME TO WEST DEER TOWNSHIP

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The West Deer Township Board of Supervisors are pleased to welcome you as a resident and fellow citizen to the Township of West Deer.  An independent community since 1836, West Deer Township is characterized by its self-reliant people and rural-residential atmosphere. We are a growing community with low crime rates, a diversified population, easy access to major highways and shopping, while still retaining a small town atmosphere.  We believe you will find West Deer Township to be an enjoyable community in which to live.

In order to assist you in becoming familiar with your new community, we have provided below a list of informative items.  If you have a request, question, or complaint regarding the Township or any of the services it provides, the administrative staff will be happy to address it for you.  Also, please take the time to view the Township’s website www.westdeertownship.com for announcements and current information about our community.

 

WEST DEER TOWNSHIP TELEPHONE DIRECTORY:

EMERGENCY – 911

NON-EMERGENCY:

West Deer Township Municipal Building…………………………………………  724-265-3680

West Deer Township Police Department Office……………………………….          724-265-1100

West Deer EMS (Ambulance service)………………………………………………….          724-265-4750

West Deer #1 Volunteer Fire Dept……………………………………………………..           724-265-1380

West Deer #2 Volunteer Fire Dept……………………………………………………..           724-265-1248

West Deer #3 Volunteer Fire Dept……………………………………………………..           724-443-3351

West Deer Food Bank…………………………………………………………………..          724-265-4740

West Deer Library………………………………………………………………………          724-443-5655

West Deer Senior Citizen Center/CYA...…………………………………………………   724-443-8220

Dorothy J. Bonovitz, Tax Collector…………………………………………………….      724-265-4250

Wage and Per Capita Tax Collector/Keystone Collections Group.……    724-978-0300

West Deer Road Department……………………………………………………………        724-265-1333

Code Enforcement Officer (Building/Zoning & Dog Law)…………………………….         724-265-2780

Deer Lakes School District………………………………………………………………         724-265-5300

Deer Creek Drainage Basin Authority (sewage)…………………………………………       724-265-5315

Richland Sewage Authority (Canter, Allison & Saddlebrook)………………………….        724-443-5921

Allegheny Power………………………………………………………………………        800-255-3443

Duquesne Light Company………………………………………………………………...   888-393-7100

Dominion Peoples Gas Co…...……………………………………………………………   800-764-0111

Oakmont Water Authority…………………………………………………………………..412-828-7220

Hampton Water Authority…………………………………………………………………..412-486-4867

Fawn Frazer Water Authority……………………………………………………………..   724-224-6562

Richland Water Authority (Canter, Allison & Saddlebrook)……………………….. . …      724-443-9100

Morrow Refuse, Inc. (garbage pickup/recycling)……………………………………….        724-265-2491

Comcast Cable Co …….………………………………………………………………..         800-266-2278

Consolidated Communications/Cable…………………………………………………..       724 -444-1234

Consolidated Communications/Telephone.………………………………………………    724- 443-9600

Magistrate, Suzanne R. Blaschak……………………………………………………….        724-265-2380

Allegheny County Assessor……………………………………………………………..      412-350-4600

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT:

The Township Building is located at 109 East Union Road and is located on the orange belt between the Deer Lakes Intermediate School and the Deer Lakes High School.  Mailing Address is: 109 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA 15024.  Regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

West Deer Township is a zoned community and has a number of ordinances regulating subdivision, zoning and building.  It is suggested that you inquire at the Municipal Building prior to initiating any expansion or building on your property.  There are requirements for driveway construction, placement of articles in the right-of-way, erection of signs, and various other regulations.  To avoid a citation, please contact the Code Enforcement Officer at (724) 265-2780.

 

In addition to the elected positions, there are a number of vacancies each year on the following advisory boards and commissions: Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Parks & Recreation Board, and the Deer Creek Drainage Basin Authority.  Interested citizens are encouraged to apply.

 

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION:

West Deer Township is the third largest municipality in Allegheny County with 28.65 square miles.  Seven (7) postal zones serve residents of the Township.  The municipality share borders with seven (7) other communities.

 

West Deer’s population is 11,563.  The Township maintains 60.3 miles of road.  In addition, there are 38.37 miles of state maintained roads, and 6.33 miles of county maintained roads.  Some major state-maintained roads include Little Deer Creek Valley Road, Cedar Ridge Road, East Union Road, Bakerstown Culmerville Road, and Starr Road.  The handling of road related problems can be expedited by contacting the proper agency (our Township Road Department at (724) 265-1333, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at (412) 781-3260 or Allegheny County at (412) 350-4005), depending on which road jurisdiction is involved.  It is illegal for the municipality to maintain or remove snow from State or County roads as well as private or non-accepted roads.  The Township is involved in a winter maintenance agreement with the Dept. of Transportation and Allegheny County that include certain state roads and county roads within the Township.  The West Deer Township Police Department patrols all public roads.

 

LOCAL TAX STRUCTURE:

The principal sources of income for the Township are from the Real Estate Tax, the Earned Income Tax, the Deed Transfer Tax, Emergency and Municipal Services Tax, Per Capita Tax, and Fire Tax.

 

Multiplying the assessed valuation of your property by the real estate tax rate established annually by the Township derives the Real Estate Tax.  The assessed valuation is determined by Allegheny County. The current tax millage is:

Township                1.99

School                    21.953

County                    4.73

 

The Real Estate/School District Tax Collector is Dorothy Bonovitz. 

Office Telephone Number:  (724) 265-4250.  The Tax office is located at the Township Building.

 

The Fire Tax is included in the Township Real Estate tax bill.  

Fire Tax:  $40.00 per household          --          $100.00 per business

 

The Earned Income Tax is a levy of one (1) percent on all salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees and net profits of businesses, professions, and other activities.

Keystone Collections Group

546 Wendel Road

Irwin, PA 15642

(724) 978-0300 

www.keystonecollects.com

PSD Code is: 710303

The Per Capita Tax is also collected by Keystone Collections Group. The Per Capita Tax is a "head" tax for all of the residents in the Township. $15 is collected yearly. $10 for the Deer Lakes School District and $5 for West Deer Township.

 

FIRE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES:

Residents of West Deer Township are served by West Deer Volunteer Fire Companies 1, 2, and 3.  Emergency medical services are provided to residents by the West Deer Emergency Services (EMS) group.

All of these groups provide you and your family with front line fire fighting, first response rescue, basic and advanced life support, and emergency medical care.  The E.M.S. is staffed seven (7) days a week, twenty four (24) hours a day to provide a quality service to the Township residents.

These groups of firefighters and emergency medical personnel cover 28.65 square miles of your community.  To find out more about the West Deer E.M.S., please visit their web site by clicking on the E.M.S. link on the West Deer Township web site at www.westdeertownship.com

 

CHURCHES:

Within or near West Deer Township, churches of nearly every major denomination are available.  We encourage you to worship at the church of your choice.

 

POSTAL ZONES:

People living within the municipal limits may be served by one of seven (7) different post offices: Allison Park 15101, Bairdford 15006, Cheswick 15024, Curtisville 15032, Gibsonia 15044, Russellton 15076, and Tarentum 15084.

 

VOTING:

You are encouraged to register to vote.  Pre-stamped mail-in registration forms are available at the township building, post offices, and banks.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD:       

The Parks and Recreation Board is a seven member all volunteer board that meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Building.  The Parks and Recreation Board welcome and encourage you to attend their meetings.  Their mission is to oversee the public parks, play-fields and all public recreation facilities owned and controlled by the Township and to provide a variety of recreation opportunities to all of the residents. 

 

PARKS:

There are two major recreational facilities in West Deer Township.  Bairdford Park is a 94-acre Township park, located in the Bairdford area of the Township.  This park is designed for active recreation and includes baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, picnic areas, playground equipment, and a large pavilion, which can be rented for family reunions, company picnics, etc.  Also located in West Deer Township is Deer Lakes Park, which is an Allegheny County-owned park, but is more passive recreation, such as fishing, picnicking, hiking/trails, and a new spray park.  For more information on Bairdford Park, call (724) 265-3680 and for information on Deer Lakes Park, call (724) 265-3520.

2013 - NEW at Bairdford Park - Seasonal Ice Rink at Bairdford Park Pavilion 

 

DOG LAWS:

State law prohibits dogs running at large throughout the Township.  All dog owners must keep their dogs under control at all times.  It is also a State law that all dogs in Allegheny County must be licensed.  Licenses, either annual or lifetime, must be obtained through the County Treasurer’s Office at the County Office Building in Pittsburgh.  The Township can not issue the license although applications for the license are available at the Township office.  Violations of these laws may subject the dog owner to a fine of up to $300.00.  If a Township resident has a complaint on dogs running at large, excessive barking, etc., please call the Code Enforcement Officer at (724) 265-2780.

 

DOG SHELTER:

West Deer Township is the only municipality in this area that provides a dog shelter.  This no-kill shelter houses stray, abandoned and abused dogs throughout the Township and provides medical care along with food and shelter.  For a listing of dogs currently available for adoption and further information, visit the Township web site at www.westdeertownship.com  and “click” on Dog Shelter.

 

 

TRASH COLLECTION & RECYCLING:

 

WEST DEER TOWNSHIP

Weekly Collection of Solid Waste

and

Bi-Weekly Collection of Recyclable Materials

 

The West Deer Township Board of Supervisors awarded the weekly Residential Solid Waste and

bi-weekly Recyclable Material Collection Contract to:

 

Morrow Refuse Inc.

4985 Bakerstown Culmerville Road

Tarentum, PA 15084

(724) 265-2491

Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday

 

 

Contract Year:                         Per month/Unlimited                                Senior Citizen stickers

2014                                       $14.40/month                                      $1.75/sticker

2015                                       $14.90/month                                      $1.75/sticker

2016                                       $15.50/month                                      $1.75/sticker

 

 

TRASH COLLECTION:

1.  Trash should be at curb (within 6 ft. of the road where truck travels past) on your collection day by 6:00 a.m.

2.  ALL trash should be bagged, boxed, bundled or contained in some manner.  Each parcel should weigh no more than 40 – 50 lbs.  Cans or bags cannot exceed 45 gal.

3.  Dirt, sod, rocks, bricks, cement, building material, remodeling materials, Freon (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, or air conditioners) are not included in your regular service.  Please call Morrow Refuse office for information on disposal of these items.

4.  Trash not out on time or not prepared properly will be picked up on your next scheduled pickup day. 

5.  Tires – limit of two per week without rims.

 

 

RECYCLING:

1.  Recycling is BI-WEEKLY on the same day as your regular trash collection.

2. The following items are to be recycled:  clear and colored glass, aluminum and bi-metal cans, newspapers (placed in paper bags), and plastics #1 & 2.  Most small mouthed plastic bottles and jugs such as milk jugs, soda bottles, detergent and shampoo bottles, etc. are acceptable recyclables.

3.  It is not necessary to wash your recyclables but PLEASE rinse all food and residue from items set out for collection.

4.  Recycling bins are available at the Township Building and are the property of West Deer Township.  When you move, please make sure the recycling bin is left at the residence for the new tenant.  Thank you.

5.   A recycling calendar can be picked up at the Township office or on the Township web site.

 

SENIOR CITIZEN OPTIONAL STICKER PROGRAM:

This optional program is available to those of you who are 65 or older.  In lieu of paying a monthly rate for trash collection, you purchase stickers which are to be placed on each 30 gal. bag you set out for collection.  Stickers are $1.75 each.

In order to be eligible, you must first show proof of age at the West Deer Township Building.  Then stickers can be purchased through Morrow Refuse Inc. 

Please note that you must purchase stickers on a regular basis to remain on the program.

 

 

 

LEAF COLLECTION:

West Deer Township Supervisors are pleased to support an environmental friendly leaf disposal solution for your neighborhood.  Morrow Refuse will pick up leaves during a one time leaf collection pickup at curbside during the autumn season.  Scheduled areas and dates are posted in November.  Leaves MUST be in biodegradable paper leaf composting bags (NO PLASTIC BAGS).

Leaves can also be deposited behind the Township Building located at 109 East Union Road ANY date and time BUT MUST also be in the biodegradable leaf bags.

The Township sells the biodegradable leaf bags for $2.00 for a 5-pack or they can be purchased at any store such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc.

 

WEST DEER TOWNSHIP SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER:

West Deer Center in the Country - Operated by the Catholic Youth Association (CYA)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.

Location:  4834 Route 910, Allison Park, PA 15101

(724) 443-8220

All seniors from West Deer Township and the surrounding communities are invited to stop in and visit the center. 

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS:

The West Deer Township Board of Supervisors meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Building located at 109 East Union Road.  The Board welcomes and invites you to attend their monthly meetings.

 

 It is hoped these comments will assist you in becoming familiar with West Deer Township.  We welcome you to become a self-reliant part of our community.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Township office.  It is our pleasure to serve you.

                                                WEST DEER TOWNSHIP

                                                BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

                                                                           www.westdeertownship.com