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Residents encouraged to call 911 for school bus safety issues
by Andrea Iglar
We as officers of the South Fayette Township Police Department work very hard on a daily basis to make sure our motorists are as safe as possible.
I have recently viewed social media comments that police aren’t doing enough to stop the issue of vehicles passing stopped school buses.
Our department wants to catch these violators as much as anyone. Police stopped more than 1,500 cars in 2018 alone and have cited drivers this year for passing school buses. However, we can’t be everywhere all the time, so we need your help.
If at any time somebody sees a traffic violation—especially a driver passing a school bus—please call 911 immediately to have an officer respond. Please attempt to provide as much information as possible about the vehicle description, and police officers will follow up from there.
Our department receives many complaints on traffic issues throughout our 21 square miles of township roads. It is imperative that residents call the police to address potentially unsafe situations.
Our police department will continue to do the best we can to monitor and enforce any traffic violations that we see. Again, the residents can assist us by being our eyes and ears when we are not in the area.
Thank you for your cooperation.
John R. Phoennik
Chief of Police
South Fayette Township
Parks key to good quality of life
by Andrea Iglar
Fairview Park in South Fayette Township is a tremendous community asset worth exploring.
Just as water, sewer and public safety are considered essential public services, parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining a good quality of life, ensuring the health of families and youth, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and a region.
And like other essential services, physical improvements to the township network of parks must be properly planned and accounted for to be effective.
Recently, the township developed a Comprehensive Recreation Plan that looks at each park and proposes a series of improvements to make our facilities even more robust and appealing to residents.
The plan is the result of a team effort, with guidance not only from design professionals but also from a steering committee of residents, volunteers from the Parks and Recreation Board and hundreds of citizens who provided feedback throughout the planning process.
Ultimately, the result is a well-conceived plan that will guide park improvements for the foreseeable future. Staff now can begin developing a strategy to put the plan into action. The township will seek funding through grants and other partnerships, with the aim of using as little tax money as possible.
For Fairview Park, the plan includes a splash park, additional baseball and multipurpose fields, a wooded, fenced dog park and a network of walking trails that will greatly enhance the park.
Residents can view the entire plan, including illustrations and cost estimates, at www.southfayettepa.com/parksplan.
The South Fayette Township Parks and Recreation Department is uniquely situated to provide crucial benefits to our citizens. Our parks are public commons that serve as the glue that brings and holds the community together.
Please continue to recognize and support our department’s effort to improve the human condition and make South Fayette a great place to live, work and play.
John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager
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