Elected Officials, Members of the Public and Community Partners are invited to attend the following education and outreach events on the Route 65 Corridor Study! Visit 65corridor.org to register and for more information!
All meetings are at municipal buildings and start at 7 p.m.
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Quaker Valley Council of Governments is pleased to announce Kelly Kochamba Wesolosky will Keynote the 2019 Annual Dinner on October 16, 2019.
Mrs. Wesolosky is the Community Outreach Specialist for the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office. She is the primary liaison between the FBI Pittsburgh Division and the Private, Public and Non-Profit Business Sectors of the Pittsburgh Region. Mrs. Wesolosky’s current Community Outreach extends to various ethnic and non-profit sectors of the Pittsburgh area, including, but not limited to the Asian, Turkish, Hispanic, Jewish, and African American Communities, as well as various non-profits focused on families, schools, at-risk youth, Special Olympics of Western PA, Big Brother, Big Sister of Greater Pittsburgh, and various other area non-profit groups.
Mrs. Wesolosky oversees the annual FBI Citizens Academy, an eight week hands-on inside look at the FBI programs and priorities, bringing together a cross section of local business and community leaders. This program, currently in its 19th year, has over 900 area graduates, and is geared to not only demystify the FBI from what is portrayed on film and television, but also to create and build new lasting relationships with the community for working together to combat crime by joint efforts through the FBI Pittsburgh Division Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Other programs under Mrs. Wesolosky’s supervision include: the HOPE (Heroin Outreach Prevention and Education) Initiative, a program designed to educate our youth and communities on the dangers of Rx Opioid abuse and Heroin use, the Teen Academy Program (beginning Fall of 2019), and the FBI Pittsburgh Big in Blue Program.
Mrs. Wesolosky received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Spanish from Ohio University, an MBA in Human Resource Management and a Masters of International Business in Corporate Development from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. She is fluent in Spanish, and has worked abroad in both Latin America and Europe. Previous assignments include Mérida, México and Barcelona, Spain.
The QVCOG Annual Dinner brings together members of the QVCOG community for fellowship and learning. We are honored to have Kelly joining us and her presenation will highlight the power of working together intergovernmentally and within the the community at large. Register today to attend the Annual dinner on October 16, 2019. Visit our complete Annual Dinner page and find out about how to get involved as a sponsor. See you there!
The 2019 Recycling Center Tour was completed on May 22, 2019. Members saw first hand he process for sorting recyclables collected at the curb by the current solid waste and recycling collector, Waste Management..
This photo shows bales of clear plastic bottles collected and segregated from other materials. Additionally, other plastics, non-ferous metals, aluminum and glass are processed at this facility on Neville Island. Thank you Waste Management for allowing our group an insiders view of this process!
QVCOG Board of Directors accepted the final report of the Emergency Management Study Committee at its May 15, 2019 meeting. The report, prepared by Allegheny County Emergency Services, outlined the status of the 9 participating municipalities compliance with required training, functions and other coordinator activities. Additionally, the report contained the results of the Committee's 3 working meeting and survey, which informed recommendations made to the Board of Directors as next steps and to report to their home municipalities. The recommendations included sub-regional groups continue to meet to expand emergency management coordination. The 3 subgroups were: (a) Bellevue and Avalon (b) Ben Avon, Emsworth and Kilbuck, (c)Aleppo, Glenfield, Glen Osborne, Haysville, and the groups will handle their own agendaes, with additional support to be provided by Allegheny Emergency Services. A committee-wide with follow up meeting in October 2019 is scheduled. QVCOG to provide communication support including listserv for committee to share information. Click here for the Final Report.
Many public works departments are required to remove downed trees in parks or during emergency call-outs. The use of chain saws is common. Many safety basics like chaps, protective eye and headwear are often overlooked. Further, the safe operation of this equipment requires a thorough understanding of the safety features of the device and the techniques to avoid dangerous situations.
Fortunately for QVCOG public works departments, one of our colleagues, Nate Briggs of Sewickley Heights Borough is highly trained in the operation of chainsaws, including certification in the Wildland Fire Chainsaw Safety Course, S-12. The Public Works Roundtable benefited from Nate's knowledge and experience with a demonstration of safe tree falling and chainsaw operations on May 8, 2019. Thank you Nate, for your presentation and demonstration of precise tree falling. Additional thanks to Sewickley Heights Borough for hosting the may Public Works Supervisors Roundtable.
Unfortunately, "Good for your Plants/Good for Your Pocketbook" program on onsite rainwater harvesting with Stormworks has been cancelled for March 2, 2019. Click here to be put on a waiting list for when this program is offered again. We apologize for any inconvenience. Be sure to let us know this program is important to you by entering your info here!
Many thanks to SHAPE ("Saving Humanity and Protecting the Environment") for inviting QVCOG Executive Director Susan Hockenberry to moderate the Importance of Local Government panel discussion and provide remarks at its January 24, 2019 event at the Edgeworth Club. Thanks also go out to Jean-Sebastien Valois, QVCOG President for pinch-hitting as a panelist when a scheduled panelist was unable to attend at the last moment.