COVID-19 and McCandless UPDATES

The Town of McCandless continues to modify its operations to safely and effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 15, Allegheny County moved into the "yellow" phase under Gov. Tom Wolf's Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. This means the "stay at home" order was lifted and many previously closed businesses were permitted to reopen. Restaurants are allowed to continue as long as they offer takeout or delivery only. Click here to see a listing from Access McCandless of North Hills restaurants that still are offering takeout/delivery. Under these guidelines, gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. Click here for more information on the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. For more info on what the yellow phase entails (including a lisiting business categories that now are allowed to operate), click here.

Additionally, the state Department of Health on April 3 advised all PA residents to wear a mask if they need to venture outside their homes. For info on different types of masks as well as instructions on how to make a homemade one, click here.

As a precautionary measure, the Town of McCandless has declared a state of emergency.

How does this affect the Town’s operations? Town Hall is closed to the public. The Town will continue its daily essential functions, though on-site staff is reduced.

Please see below for information on more specific changes to Town operations.

Administration/Tax Office

At this point, we continue to have a reduced staff in the office to take calls and respond to citizen needs. Please understand if the phone rings longer than is normal. If you need to drop something off (form, application, tax payment, anything that fits in an envelope), please use the drop boxes located under the canopy at the main entrance or by the building/zoning door. Tax certifications are being processed with an extended response time due to reduced staffing. The extended deadline to submit your local Earned Income Tax (EIT) return to the Keystone Collections Group is July 15 consistent with State and Federal tax deadlines. Additionally, first quarter 2020 EIT payments are now due July 15. For updated information on local EIT, go to Keystone Collections Group. The Town is unable to accept EIT payments at Town Hall, please forward them to the Keystone Collections Group. On April 27, the Town Council passed Ordinance No. 1499, authorizing an extension of time for the filing of returns and the payment of Business Privilege Tax, for License Year 2020 only, from May 15, 2020, until JULY 15, 2020.

Building/Zoning/Development

As of May 1, all businesses in the construction industry in PA were permitted to resume non-emergency work and to maintain in-person operations pursuant to the Governor’s and Secretary of Health’s April 20 amendments to the Business Closure Orders. As such, the Town resumed issuing building/zoning permits and conducting inspections. During the COVID pandemic, all permit applications and inspection requests must be submitted with this form. An FAQ on construction guidelines during this time is available here. Additionally, the Town resumed accepting variance/special exception, subdivision or land development applications to the Planning Commission or Zoning Hearing Board on May 8. State legislation has paused all planning and land development timelines until May 20. Please contact the Planning and Development Department for further information on how to submit electronically and how modified department operations may affect the review process

Police Department

The police department will continue to be fully staffed. However, they will not be providing fingerprinting services and prescription medication disposal, and will not be taking reports at the station. Please call the non-emergency number 412-473-3056 and an officer will call you back. Of course, if you have a dire emergency and need immediate help, you can still come to the station.

Public Works

The public works department has returned to work full-time.

Waste Management

Effective Monday, May 4, Waste Management resumed its regular schedule for the collection of all yard waste (both in the green-top cart and paper compost bags) and bulk items (furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances) collected at the curb. Yard waste pickup takes place every week, while bulk pickups must be scheduled in advance by calling 1-800-866-4460.

Town park facilities

Town parks remain open, but pavilion permits are not being issued and sports leagues are not playing. The McCandless/Northern Allegheny Heritage Center also remains closed at this time.

Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, biking or running, is permitted under Gov. Wolf’s Stay at Home order. However, park users are strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet apart from each other. Remember to cover coughs or sneezes with a sleeve or elbow, and not hands. Do not shake hands. Washing hands and/or use of hand sanitizer before and after touching surfaces is strongly recommended. And, if you are sick, please stay at home!

Community Day

Under the Governor’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania, there are restrictions on public events in both the yellow and green de-escalation phases. Additionally, the Town is expecting a lower amount of revenues as a result of pandemic-related shutdowns. Because of this unpredictability, the Town felt it was best to not hold Community Day this year.

Public meetings and events

During May, Town Council meetings and meetings of other boards/committees will take place using virtual platforms.

GJ Aufman summer rec program

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 situation, including not knowing when or if North Allegheny School District facilities will be permitted to reopen and/or if social distancing measures will still be necessary, the Joint Recreation Board of Bradford Woods, Franklin Park, Marshall and McCandless has made the preemptive decision to cancel the 2020 G.J. Aufman Jr. Joint Recreation Summer Program. 

This is an ever-changing situation. The Town Council and Staff will respond to changes as soon as is feasible given the circumstances. We ask for your patience as we adapt to these rapidly changes. If you have any further questions, call 412-364-0616. Alternatively, direct phone extensions and e-mail addresses may be found here.

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