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Sharpsburg has a New Mayor and a Vacancy on Council

Congratulations to Kayla Portis, Sharpsburg’s new Mayor! Kayla had been a Councilmember and applied to be interviewed for the Mayor seat at the June 11 Council meeting.

Now that she has been seated, there is a vacancy on Council. If you are interested in filling that vacancy, please submit a letter of interest to the Borough Manager at manager@sharpsburgborough.com. The letters will be collected beginning July 12 until Wednesday, July 24 at 3pm. Candidates will be interviewed by Council on July 25 at 6:30pm in Council Chambers at the regularly scheduled Council meeting and so applicants should plan on attending in person or on Zoom.

$24.9M Awarded to the Borough

The Borough is excited to announce the receipt of a $24.9M RAISE grant through the United States Department of Transportation to transform the 52-acre former industrial riverfront site into a vibrant waterfront that will create generational local, regional, and statewide impacts. This grant will enable the Borough to close an identified last mile gap within the regional highway system, expand the region’s alternative transportation network, and reestablish a local waterfront network that has been missing for more than 100 years due to a history of transportation inequities.

We are deeply thankful to our federal, state, and county officials for their relentless support and advocacy, which has been instrumental in securing this grant.

We would like to acknowledge US Senators Casey and Fetterman, and Congressman Deluzio for their tireless efforts in advocating for Sharpsburg. Their dedication to ensuring that Justice40 communities like ours receive the necessary investments to support transformative transportation projects has been crucial. We extend our deepest appreciation to our federal legislators for their steadfast commitment to our community’s future.

We are immensely grateful for Governor Josh Shapiro’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Pennsylvania’s residents. His support for projects that promote economic growth and sustainability has been integral to our success.

We also extend our gratitude to Allegheny County Executive Sara Inamorato, Senator Lindsey Williams, and Representative Mandy Steele for their steadfast commitment to our region’s rivertowns. This grant represents a substantial investment in our community and its future, and we are incredibly grateful for their steadfast commitment of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The Borough of Sharpsburg would like to thank all those involved in securing this grant, including our community members who helped to both shape this vision and advocate for it. Together, we will reunite our community with the waterfront for the first time in nearly a century and build a brighter future for Sharpsburg.

Want to Help Plan the Bicentennial Events?

It’s hard to believe but Sharpsburg is approaching its 200th birthday in 2026! We are forming a Bicentennial Committee so if you are interested in helping to plan the events (or are just willing to help out after other people have planned the events), please fill out the signup form using this link or by scanning the QR code. We are hoping to have events throughout 2026 so we will need lots of help!

Now Hiring Crossing Guards

We need two more crossing guards to help keep the children safe as they wait for the school bus in the morning and as they get off the bus in the afternoon. Applicants must be able to get Act 33 clearances and be fingerprinted. Hours are 6am-8am and 2pm-4pm on school days. Contact Chief Stelitano at 412-781-0546 to apply or stop by the Borough office to get an application. You can also download one at the Borough website under Permits and Forms.

Nominations are being Accepted for Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations for the Sharpsburg Sports Hall of Fame are being accepted now!

Nominations can be for any player, team, or team builder such as a coach, equipment manager, broadcaster or someone who made a significant impact on a team. It is open to all sports. The only concrete rule is the nominee must have lived in Sharpsburg at some point in time.

This year, the Sharpsburg Historical Commission is expecting to induct three individuals and one team to the Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted until August 31, 2024 with the induction ceremony to take place in the fall.

 

Sharpsburg Historical Commission Sports Hall of Fame Nomination Form (google.com)

Utility Work on S Main and Main St to Station Street to Begin 3/4/24

UPDATE 5/15/2024 PNG has moved to Main Street. They will continue to move eastward on Main Street from 6th Street to Station Street. The work is expected to take all summer. On S Main Street, PNG is to smooth out the temporary restoration but the final restoration will take place at the completion of the whole project (i.e., after they get all the way to Station Street).

 

2/28/2024 – People’s Natural Gas (PNG) will be installing a new gas main and service line beginning on Monday, March 4, 2024. They will begin near 1st Street on S Main and work their way toward Main Street before turning east on Main. The work on S Main is expected to take 4-6 weeks. Traffic will still be able to drive through as only one lane is scheduled for closure. The Borough does not yet have a good timeline for Main Street but this post will be updated once we know more, which will be toward the end of the work on S Main.

During the first week on S Main, progress will be slow as PNG does exploratory potholing to ensure that the pipe can be installed in a straight line once they start trenching. They are expecting to be working on the river side of S Main. It is likely that two excavators/backhoes will be staged on the street and that four parking spots will be used for the equipment. PennDOT gave PNG work times of 7am to 5pm.

Waste Management has been notified that the work will begin and they will make an effort to collect trash and recycling prior to when PNG begins work so if you live in that part of town, it is recommended that you have your trash out the night before or very early on Tuesdays. If your trash is missed, please call the Borough at 412-781-0546 and speak with someone from the administration office (option 1) to notify us. Per usual, you need to notify us by Wednesday so that we can get WM to send a recovery truck, which they do by Thursday.

The District Association Needs Your Help

The District Association (DA) is a community organization founded in 1928 for residents of Fox Chapel, O’Hara, Aspinwall, Blawnox, Sharpsburg, Indiana, and Harmar boroughs and townships. They initiate and implement various community projects that are not tax-supported but enhance and beautify the community.

To continue with these noble efforts, they rely on the support of residents. A family membership costs $35 per year. The funds raised through memberships, and the Fox Chapel Follies enable them to play an active role in member communities. Please visit theda.org to join or learn more about the District Association and its many projects. The DA expresses gratitude to those who already support this organization. They aspire to expand their membership to include all their friends and neighbors to continue their good work. The DA’s biggest fundraiser, the Fox Chapel Follies, will be held again in 2024! As a member of the District Association, you will be given top priority to purchase tickets. Now is the perfect time to join!

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