At its July 19, 2023 meeting the QVCOG Board of Delegates unanimously approved the Sewickley Water Authority’s application to the organization as an Associate Member. Per the QVCOG’s Bylaws, any institution is eligible to apply for Associate Membership including without limitation: firms; corporations; non-profit organizations; and political subdivisions, including authorities; school districts; police departments; and fire departments. As an Associate Member the Sewickley Water Authority may participate in the following QVCOG activities through a single individual representative: Board of Delegates meetings (as a non-voting member); committees (i.e. Managers and Secretaries); and Community forums. Any organization interested in joining the QVCOG as an Associate Member is encouraged to contact Executive Director Conners via email (email@example.com).
At its July 19, 2023 meeting the QVCOG Board of Delegates honored former delegate Jean-Sebastien Valois (Kilbuck Township) for his many years of service to the organization. Mr. Valois was an essential figure within the QVCOG for over a decade, serving as President of the Board for six years. During his tenure as President, he steered the organization through the selection of two Executive Directors as well as through a global pandemic. His guidance and experience will be dearly missed. The QVCOG wishes Mr. Valois well in his future journeys.
The statewide Local Share Account (LSA) Program application window will be open from September 1, 2023, through November 30, 2023, for grants up to $1 million. Please note, there is no local match required. Interested parties may access the updated guidelines here.
Eligible applicants include Counties, Municipalities, Municipal Authorities, Economic Development Agencies, Redevelopment Authorities, Land Banks, and Councils Of Governments (COGs). Eligible projects must be owned and maintained by an eligible applicant or a nonprofit organization and include a Project in the Public Interest (i.e. a projects that improve the quality of life in the impacted community). Eligible uses of funds may be used for:
To apply for funding, the applicant must submit the electronic on-line Department of Community & 1. Economic Development (DCED) Single Application for Assistance located at dced.pa.gov/singleapp.
Please note, member communities can utilize the QVCOG for the submission of an application and the overall facilitation of the grant, etc. This may be a particularly effective route for multi-municipal applications or projects.
Beginning August 7, 2023, through September 15, 2023, Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) will be soliciting pre-applications for construction related projects for its 2024-25 (Year 50 cycle) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Per ACED guidelines, if your municipality is a member of a Council of Governments (COG), all applications should be submitted through said COG. Every QVCOG member community is eligible to apply for CDBG funding for “non-income based” projects exceeding $20,000 in cost such as ADA accessibility improvement projects and blight remediation. Additionally, member communities may submit pre-applications for general recreation, road reconstruction, and sewer and water projects with the completion of a concentrated household income survey. All are encouraged to consider potential projects with their municipal engineers & staff. The QVCOG is happy to facilitate meetings with municipalities to discuss the pre-application process. Pre-applications will be due to the QVCOG by end of business on Monday, September 11th.
In typical fashion, any pre-application will need to be submitted utilizing a Google form (see below).
Google Form - https://forms.gle/T48fhigmTdCMWggf6
By installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations municipalities may help promote sustainable initiatives, attract visitors and new residents, retain businesses, support the regional economy, and enhance public transportation options. Below, QVCOG member communities can find various available funding resources that may help mitigate costs associated with the installation of EV charging stations. Please note, many of these funding sources are quite competitive. Multi-municipal/regional applications are most often selected for further consideration. If your community is seeking to apply for EV charging infrastructure grants please contact Executive Director Conners (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PennDOT EV Model Ordinance Toolkit
Date & Time: June 21, 2023 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ben Avon Borough Building 7101 Church Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89808749865?pwd=YWh3dXVudjVpOEVwcy9rck9tMG0wZz09
Cargill, Inc. has agreed to the exercise of the first option year, thereby extending the term of the contract for rock salt by one year for the period July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, participating municipalities have the opportunity to review their annual rock salt usage and adjust, if necessary, its estimated tonnage requirements for this upcoming winter season. The terms of the contract allow the estimated requirements to be updated no later than the commencement of the new contract year. Accordingly, an assessment of those needs is to be made at this time and reported to the SHACOG office by completing the Estimated Requirements survey for the 2023-2024 winter season.
This Estimated Requirements survey is accessed through the SHACOG website at www.shacog.com. If you need assistance in accessing or completing the survey, please call Sue Dawson (412-429-1130) at the SHACOG office.
This survey is similar in form and scope to the standard estimated requirements survey. It is merely gathering pertinent data as well as establishing your estimated rock salt tonnage requirements for the forthcoming winter season. The intent to maintain your municipal commitment to the terms and conditions of the bid is again embodied in a declaration which is in electronic form and which must be agreed to for your estimated requirements information to be saved. As was the case with the original commitment prior to the bid, agreeing to the listed conditions binds your municipality, regardless of who completes the survey. In addition, please be reminded that minimum/maximum purchasing percentages for the upcoming winter season will be based on the estimate you provide in this survey.
Please note that even if there is no change in your needs, you must still complete and submit your information. Failure to respond will result in your tonnage and purchasing requirements remaining the same as submitted last year for the upcoming winter season. Participating communities must complete the survey and submit their information by Friday, June 23, 2023.
During the week of May 22nd the QVCOG was notified by Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) who announced all CDBG Year 49 project awards. The QVCOG received funding totaling $361,092 for four projects. Each project along with a brief description can be found below.
MSW027 - Sewickley Borough Water Authority - Center-South Waterline Replacement Project - $185,000.00
Replacement of 1800 LF of aged waterline with new 6" C-900 PVC line that will service 39 households in both Glen Osborne and Haysville Boroughs.
MPD016 - Leetsdale Borough - 189 & 300 Beaver Street Blight Remediation Project - $36,000.00
This project consists of demolishing two houses within an area designated with slum/blight. The project involves removing the dilapidated houses, building materials, and organic matter and restoring the sites to their pre-developed condition. The proposed houses to be demolished are 189 and 300 Beaver Street in Leetsdale Borough, Allegheny County, PA.
MRB024 - Sewickley Borough ADA Sidewalk Ramp Project - $110,670.00
This project will further enhance Sewickley's neighborhood walkability by providing 10 new ADA accessible ramps at the intersections of Linden Pl and Grant St, Beaver St and Boundary St, Peebles St and Beaver St, Walnut St and Elwick St and three crossings along Bank St. This will provide increased safety and an improved living environment for all of the residents of Sewickley Borough.
MRB022 - Leetsdale Borough Building ADA Parking Pad Project - $29,422.00
This will provide two ADA parking spots for the Borough Building. One ADA parking space will be constructed on the Beaver Street side and one ADA parking space will be constructed on the Broad Street side of the Borough Building.
The meeting details for the Quaker Valley Council of Governments Board of Delegates May Meeting can be found below.
Date & Time: May 17, 2023 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Big Sewickley Creek Volunteer Fire Hall - 1850 Big Sewickley Creek Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86342284087?pwd=SU5Jalo3MWtLcThEdlN1OGt2bXlmdz09