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Township Officials Discuss Sidewalks, New Public Safety Building

The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission kicked off the 2015 comprehensive plan process Thursday night.

The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission kicked off the 2015 comprehensive plan process Thursday night.

Some of the issues officials felt were going to be important included sidewalk construction, possibly the construction of a new public safety building next to the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department on Route 19, the future of the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center and an examination of parks in the township.

Two residents attended the public meeting. One resident suggested adding a lap pool at the C&RC for competitions. Paul Besterman, director of recreation and leisure, said a lap pool for the Upper St. Clair Swim Club was not included during construction because the swimmers would have taken up the pool from 3 to 7 p.m. and the center was to be member driven, according to a study done.

The comprehensive plan is a 10-year guide for township officials to follow, which looks at land use, housing, civic amenities, infrastructure, transportation, natural resources, and municipal administration and services. The last comprehensive plan was performed in 2005 and approved in 2006.

The next step will be to hire a consultant.

The consultant will develop a survey for residents to take and a number of public meetings will be held.

Roger Hartung October 05, 2012 at 05:31 PM
You are so right. This would complete a pedestrian connection from The Community and Recreation Center to the Municipal Building and High School. Connecting the two main public centers of our town. It would also provide a safe place for pedestrians who are often walking (or running) on the road where it winds down the hill near the bridge across McLaughlin Run, which itself should also have a way for pedestrians to cross in order to complete the connection.
Becky Brindle October 05, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Here's a link to the current sidewalk plan in place: http://www.twpusc.org/comdev/sidewalks/plan/index.html. The sidewalks cannot be built until money comes available. I believe the first on deck will be along Mayview Road to the C&RC. Also something to note, all of the new subdivisions recently approved have sidewalks in them, including Bedner Estates, Fair Acres, etc.
william atwell October 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
USC will just raise the taxes to put In what ever anybody wants. I like the fact there is no sidewalks. Now on main drags it would be nice to have them. But not everywhere
Roger Hartung October 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Becky, thanks for posting this link. This plan was originally developed before the C&RC opened. It's interesting to note the sidewalk on Mayview you referred to is not on this plan, but I think many have recognized the increased pedestrian traffic on Mayview since the C&RC opened. I hope the current process for developing the new Comprehensive Plan will take a fresh look at where sidewalks should be.
M L spazok October 06, 2012 at 12:17 AM
the current public safety building is cramped. However, getting into and out of the fire dept. onto Rte 19 is dangerous. An add't bldg at that same location - PLEASE - not another traffic signal. Food for thought. sidewalks are great on main thorofares and main connectors.

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