John M. Barrett

Manager's Message

John M. Barrett
Township Manager


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Mar 31

Government services are essential during crisis

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 3:43 PM by Andrea Iglar

I hope this message finds you well.

The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly has changed all of our lives in dramatic ways, causing all of us to change our behavior. As a result, I would like to take this opportunity to comment on how the township has responded to this crisis while offering a bit of optimism to each of you.

It is undeniable that this pandemic has impacted our core services and challenged our ability to maintain service levels to the community.

The health of township employees, residents and the public in general remain our top priority. We are balancing ‘social distancing’ with service delivery and have had to make some extreme changes, including locking the doors of the township building, closing the senior center and library, and asking residents to use email, telephone, social media and the township website to contact us and stay informed.

Township staff who are able to work from home are doing so, and we have implemented heightened cleanliness protocols for vehicles and work spaces. It is likely that by the time this message reaches you, we will have refined and modified our operations even further.

What is critical to remember is that government services are essential services, and we will continue to serve the community during this time of crisis. The police department is well trained and has the resources and equipment to respond to just about any type of emergency. Our first responders are getting the supplies and resources they need to continue to serve.

In addition, the township will not lose sight of the many projects and initiatives we have planned for 2020. While our upcoming events and recreation programming have been suspended, the township will continue to plan for major park improvements, move forward with facility projects and explore creative ways to offer programs and services to the public.

South Fayette is a resilient community, and the township remains energized and prepared to accomplish great things in 2020.

Sincerely,

John M. Barrett
Township Manager
Nov 05

Parks key to good quality of life

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 8:46 AM 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.

Sincerely,
John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager
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!

Sincerely,
John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager