Over the past 20 years, there has been a significant reduction in human and pet exposures to the rabies virus throughout Allegheny County. This is largely due to the efforts of the rabies vaccination program for wild raccoons, spearheaded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services (USDA), in partnership with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). This year, employees and volunteers from both organizations will be distributing vaccine-containing baits from July 29th through September 15th across Allegheny County.
The baits will be being delivered both by hand from ground vehicles and by aircraft, including helicopter and fixed wing airplanes. The aircraft will be flying low over residential areas and at times, residents may see aircraft moving slowly over the same area repeatedly within a short period of time. As this could be alarming if the residents are unaware of what is happening, ACHD is asking that municipalities to join in getting the word out about the baiting and when it will be happening in an effort to minimize public worries/complaints. Hand baiting will occur from August 2nd through August 10th.
Please see the flyers below for images of what the baits look like. There are three different vaccines you could see- a vaccine packet inside a fishmeal block, a packet coated in fishmeal, or a packet coated in vanilla, all of which are very tasty to raccoons. The scent attracts the raccoons who consume the bait and vaccine, resulting in the development of antibodies to the rabies virus.
The risk of adverse effects to humans and animals due to exposure to the vaccine is minimal, but ACHD urges the public to avoid contact with the bait if possible. If a stray bait must be moved, it should be picked up using rubber or latex gloves or a shovel. ACHD is also asking the public to keep their dogs on a leash, indoors, or confined to their property as much as possible during baiting and the week after.
In years past, ACHD has specifically had problems with off-leash dogs consuming the baits in parks. Parks are common raccoon habitats and are therefore important areas to bait. This interferes with their intended purpose and concerns and upsets citizens. A sign informing the public of this information that can be posted in parks can be found at: www.achd.net/raccoon.
ACHD is requesting that municipalities assist in publicizing the baiting effort within municipal newsletters, publications, and on social media with the educational materials attached below and found here: www.achd.net/raccoon. ACHD also requests that municipalities inform their Emergency Management Coordinator(s).
For further information, or for more physical copies of the printed materials, please contact Jamie Sokol, ACHD Rabies Baiting Project Manager, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or at 412-350-4046. Please inform Ms. Sokol if your municipality is planning an activity such as a Community Day during the baiting periods so that ACHD can avoid placing the baits within the celebration area.
ACHD appreciates your continuing cooperation and thank you in advance for helping to spread the word. Through this effort, ACHD hopes to reduce the likelihood of a human case of rabies in Allegheny County and surrounding areas.
On July 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. the Quaker Valley Council of Governments will be accepting bids for a prospective 5-year waste and recycling contract for the following 11 municipalities:
Ben Avon Borough
Glen Osborne Borough
Sealed bids are invited and will be received by the QVCOG on behalf of
the aforementioned municipalities for collection, disposal, and processing of municipal solid waste,
recyclable materials, household hazardous waste, and electronic waste for a five (5) year term beginning
January 1, 2022 and ending December 31, 2026. Interested participants may observe the proceedings via zoom by accessing the link below.
Zoom Meeting Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83962419237?pwd=YlNRREhFMHA1c3I1UiszVjRoVkZ0UT09
Notice is further given that the Board of Directors of the Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) shall, for the purpose of conducting any and all business that comes before the Board, meet in-person on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Leetsdale Municipal Building (373 Beaver Street, Leetsdale, PA 15056).
Patrick Conners, Executive Director
Quaker Valley Council of Governments
* Please note, in order to facilitate maximum participation the meeting will be broadcast and recorded through Zoom. The meeting link may be found below:
Invite Link: https://zoom.us/j/95934605766?pwd=eW5ZTld3L3pzVWIyMTJjTEQyL0xhUT09
Friends of the Riverfront is developing an updated strategic plan. As part of this process, the board and staff leaders at the organization would like to hear the opinions of municipal partners across Allegheny County. Participation, support, and partnership is critical to the planning process and will help the organization select informed strategic goals.
On June 23rd at the Avalon Community Park the QVCOG hosted a celebration and recognition event for Ms. Janet Wenger who after 5 years of service with the COG is set to retire and begin the next journeys in her life. While serving the COG's 15 member communities Janet embodied the qualities of teamwork and optimism always bringing joy into the office. The QCOG would like to thank Janet for her efforts and commitment to intergovernmental collaboration.
Do you have an old television, computer monitor, or other electronic device which you are trying to get rid of in a safe and sustainable manner? Please join us and the Pennsylvania Resources Council for a "Hard to Recycle" event which will take place at the Quaker Valley High School ( 625 Beaver Street, Leetsdale, PA 15056) from 8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on July 10, 2021. Interested participants must pre-register for this contactless event by calling 412-488-7490 x 3 or by visiting prc.org/htrregistration. More information regarding the event, including associated fees and accepted items can be found within the attached flyer above.
QUAKER VALLEY COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS REQUEST FOR BIDS
For the collection, disposal, and processing of municipal solid waste, residential solid waste, recyclable
materials, household hazardous waste, and electronic waste on behalf of the participating member
municipalities, as follows:
· Aleppo Township
· Avalon Borough
· Bellevue Borough
· Ben Avon Borough
· Edgeworth Borough
· Emsworth Borough
· Glen Osborne Borough
· Glenfield Borough
· Kilbuck Township
· Leet Township
· Sewickley Borough
Sealed bids are invited and will be received by the Quaker Valley Council of Governments on behalf of
the above referenced municipalities for collection, disposal, and processing of municipal solid waste,
recyclable materials, household hazardous waste, and electronic waste for a five (5) year term beginning
January 1, 2022 and ending December 31, 2026.
The Quaker Valley Council of Governments will furnish copies of the Bid Packet to prospective bidders
which may be obtained by visiting qvcog.org or by emailing email@example.com. Bids must be made on
the provided bid forms and in accordance with instructions to bidders furnished by the Quaker Valley
Council of Governments. Failure to do so will disqualify the bid. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be
held on July 2, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kilbuck Township Building (343 Eicher Road, Pittsburgh, PA
15237). All interested bidders are mandated to attend.
One original and two copies of the Bid and attachments must be delivered to, and be on file with the
Quaker Valley Council of Governments, 343 Eicher Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 on or before July 22,
2021 at 11:00 a.m. The envelope containing the bid must be sealed and plainly marked “Quaker Valley
Council of Governments bid for residential collection, disposal, and processing of municipal solid waste,
recyclable materials, household hazardous waste, and electronic waste”. Bids will be publicly opened and
read at 11:00 a.m. on July 22, 2021 at the aforementioned address.
A bid bond in favor of the Quaker Valley Council of Governments Participating Municipalities shall be
submitted in the amount of 10% of the five-year total combined cost for all services and options for the
participating municipalities, in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.
The participating member municipalities reserve the right to reject any or all bids, to waive irregularities
and/or informalities in any bid, to waive any technicalities, or any portion of any bid for any reason
whatsoever, and to make an award in any manner, consistent with law, deemed in the best interest of the
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2021
Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) announces the appointment of a new Executive Director. Mr. Patrick M. Conners was appointed as the next Executive Director at a special meeting on May 5, 2021.
Conners currently serves as the Assistant to the Township Manager in South Strabane Township in Washington County. He is familiar with the QVCOG and our communities, having previously served as the Assistant to the Manager in Edgeworth Borough, a member of the QVCOG.
“I am excited to build on my past familiarity with QVCOG and getting to know each of the communities better,” said Conners. “Having worked previously in the region, I am aware of the potential of our communities working together. I am anxious to build on what we worked on when I was with Edgeworth.”
Conners has a Master’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh and was also a Local Government Academy Municipal Intern for North Fayette Township in 2015.
Conners received a 9-0 affirmative vote from the QVCOG Board of Directors. “Patrick was the lead candidate given his knowledge of the region and ability to take our programs to the next level. We are pleased to have one of our own come back to help us continue the progress of the QVCOG.” said QVCOG President Jean-Sebastien Valois, a Supervisor for Kilbuck Township.
Conners will start on May 26, 2021. He takes over for Susan G. Hockenberry who has served since 2016 and is leaving to start a coaching and consulting practice.
Quaker Valley Council of Governments serves 15 municipalities along the Rt 65 corridor and facilitates multi-municipal efforts and implements efficient, cost-effective programs on behalf of its members.
Quaker Valley COG is happy to announce that, in partnership with Pennsylvania Resources Council, the annual Hard to Recycle event at Quaker Valley High School is planned for July 10, 2021. Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, pre-registration with PC is required. Registration begins June 9, 2021. Please note all of PRC's COVID protocols.
Acceptable Materials & Associated Fees:
Materials Collected for a FEE:
All Computer Monitors (flat screen & CRT) – $20 each
Televisions – $30 each
Console or Rear Projection TVs – $40 each
Printers – $5 each
Small Freon Containing Appliances (window ac units, dehumidifiers) $10 each
Fluorescent tubes: $2 per 4 foot tube
Tires (car/truck) $4 without rims $10 with rims
Hard Drive Data Destruction Verification -1 Drive $11 each
Hard Drive Data Destruction Verification -each additional drive after 1st $3 each
Materials Collected at NO Cost:
CPU (towers), laptops, mice, & keyboards * Home phones & cellphones * Tablets & UPS, Servers, routers, & modems * DVD Players, VCRs, & stereos * Microwaves * Copiers & scanners, Electronic cables * Video game consoles * Expanded Polystyrene packaging material, Glass bottles, jugs, and jars (all colors, labels and lids can remain on)
We are NOT accepting batteries, CFLs and media (VHS, DVDs, Cassette tapes) at 2021 events to reduce the amount of contact between participants and event staff.
Visit PRC for more information and to register.