John M. Barrett

Manager's Message

John M. Barrett
Township Manager

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Jul 02

Township seeks connections with homeowner associations

Posted on July 2, 2019 at 10:58 AM by Andrea Iglar

Thousands of South Fayette residents belong to a homeowner association, or HOA, so it is easy to see the value in strengthening the township’s working relationship with HOA boards and their members.

While HOAs differ slightly in their organization and standards, they all exist for one very simple reason: to preserve and protect the value of property.

By providing maintenance to common areas and stormwater facilities, HOAs set examples for their members to follow. They also can play a vital role in resolving neighborhood property disputes. When properly functioning, an HOA can be a great ally to the township and an asset to the community as a whole.

In many ways, the mission of South Fayette Township and the mission of an effective HOA are aligned. Just as an HOA exists to preserve and protect the value of property, the township exists to preserve and protect public investments, interests and infrastructure.

The township strives to provide all residents with efficient services such as providing a safe and reliable road network, maintaining a well-trained and organized police force, offering park amenities and recreational programs, and enforcing local codes and ordinances. We also strive to create a sense of community by coordinating public events and providing forums for open communication and discussion.

South Fayette Township would like to form strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships with all HOAs. With this aim in mind, we have created an HOA webpage where homeowner associations can check in through the HOA Roll Call to share their needs and concerns. Our staff is available to attend an HOA board meeting or answer questions about your specific neighborhood.

I would like to emphasize that the township provides the same services to all residents regardless of whether they belong to an HOA. If you need assistance with any township service, please contact the township office at 412-221-8700, visit the township website or follow us on social media.

I look forward to connecting with our residents!

John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager

May 01

Township employees and volunteers essential to public safety

Posted on May 1, 2019 at 12:24 PM by Andrea Iglar

Public safety is a valuable part of public service, and many professionals in South Fayette Township work diligently to ensure that citizens can safely enjoy their community.

An important piece of our public safety network is the volunteer fire service. South Fayette appreciates that four volunteer fire companies protect our neighborhoods and commercial centers.

All-volunteer crews participate in many hours of training, plus assist with fundraising and administrative duties, often while also working a full-time job. This level of dedication is truly remarkable.

To show our appreciation, the township again is offering firefighters the opportunity to receive tax credits—on both their township real estate tax and their earned income tax. Submission deadline is July 1, 2019. If you are a member of the Fairview, Oak Ridge, South Fayette or Sturgeon fire department, please contact me to determine if you are eligible.

I also ask all citizens to remember the volunteer nature of our fire departments and consider contributing to your local fire company on an annual basis.

Our public safety network extends to various township departments. Recently, two police officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant and two officers celebrated 20 years with South Fayette Township. I applaud Police Chief John Phoennik for prioritizing resident relations, and I encourage families to attend his upcoming “Cup with a Cop” program at YoFresh Yogurt Cafe in South Fayette on Sat. May 11. Children 13 and under will receive a free cup of ice cream!

Our Public Works Department keeps parks safe and usable and participates in the Pennsylvania One Call System to protect people from underground utility lines when they are completing a project that requires digging.

Our engineer technician works to educate residents and homeowner's associations about stormwater management, which helps keep properties safe from flooding, while our volunteer deputy emergency management coordinator aims to inform people on how safety issues such as how to be prepared for severe weather.

Lastly, I would like to highlight the public safety role of our township building and code officials. Our inspectors ensure that all construction—whether it’s a large commercial project or a backyard deck—meets minimum safety requirements. Their daily work strives to protect the public from dangerous conditions.

Remember: Safety first!

John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager
Mar 28

Local government thrives when citizens are informed and engaged

Posted on March 28, 2019 at 11:55 AM by Andrea Iglar

I am extremely honored to start the new year by joining South Fayette as Township Manager. I couldn’t be more optimistic about the township's unbridled potential, and I look forward to getting to know the fabric of the community, especially the residents, employers, volunteers and other stakeholders who positively influence the township.

I am extremely grateful that the Board of Commissioners has entrusted me with the responsibility of serving. With the help and support of our elected officials and talented staff, we can build on past successes and propel South Fayette Township into an even more robust and dynamic community.

There is much to be excited for in 2019, and my pledge is to be diligent in my efforts and to maintain transparency in our operations to ensure that residents are engaged and aware of the issues facing us.
The strength of local government continues to be the hard work and dedication of citizens who give their time and attention to the township.

We benefit from your volunteer effort, whether it is through serving our fire departments, dedicating time to a board or commission, staying connected through our print and online resources, participating in a recreational event, or simply engaging in public discourse. Whatever your interests may be, I encourage you to stay involved.

As we embark on the new year, please feel free to call my office to say hello or stop by the township building to meet in person.

I look forward to stepping up to the opportunities and challenges in the township and wish everyone in the community all the best for a successful 2019.

Thank you,
John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager