Public Works Department
Public Works Superintendent: Bernie Rossman
2344 West Ingomar Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
This department is responsible for
maintaining approximately 57 miles of Borough
roads; performing snow removal on all roads
within the Borough, except private roads;
maintaining all Borough equipment, including
eight police cars and staff vehicles. Franklin Park Public
Works employees also pave and maintain roads and
are responsible for projects such as: Blueberry
Hill Activity Center, masonry work for digital
sign, and various other projects.
Snow Removal Made Easier By Citizen Cooperation:
The Franklin Park Borough Public Works
Department has the responsibility of clearing municipal
streets of snow and ice from winter storms. Our goal is to
provide you with the highest possible level of service. We
take our responsibility very seriously since it is the
safety and welfare of our residents and children that we
are protecting. We cannot stop the snow from falling,
however, we do fight the effects of snow by plowing and
salting roads to keep them passable.
At the beginning of a snow fall when snow begins to lay on
the roads, be assured that salt crews are out, but all roads
cannot be treated at once. Some roads may be treated, but
others may not. Untreated roads may be slippery and
treacherous. If possible, stay off the roads during this
period. Once the roads have been salted, the potential for
accidents is substantially reduced.
Priorities for snow removal are: 1)state roads and
arterial streets 2)PAT bus and school bus routes 3)local
roads. Plowing operations usually occur with the accumulation
of 1 to 3 inches or more of snow. During snowfalls when plows
are used, the initial passes of the snowplow are to open the
road for traffic flow. Expect to have the snow pushed back to
the curb on a later pass. This is done to provide more space
to push away future snow and to provide drainage when the snow
melts, so that water runs along side of the road, and not in
the lane where it may re-freeze at night when temperatures
drop. Because cu-de-sacs are not thruways to the majority or
motorists or school students, they are done last. Snow Plows
cannot pick up and carry snow, so it is placed where we think
it will be the least problem.
To minimize the snow that gets deposited in front of your
driveway, public works has the following suggestion: Stand
facing your driveway from the street and shovel the snow to
the left of your driveway. This will not completely eliminate
snow from being deposited in front of your driveway when the
plow comes, but it will reduce the
amount that is deposited. Property owners and businesses are
reminded that snow and ice must be removed from the sidewalk
along your frontage within 12 hours of the end of a
snowfall. If snow continues to fall, sidewalks must be cleared
and open for passage. Blowing or shoveling of snow into the
street is a violation of municipal ordinances and can cause
accidents. Property owners assume a serious liability for such
In order to assist the public works department during
snow removal, we suggest that you adhere to the following
1. Do not drive unless absolutely necessary. If possible
wait an hour or so from the time that the snow begins to lay
on the road to give salt crews a chance to treat roads.
2. Remove your vehicles from the street. Park in your
driveway or yard.
3. Do not shovel or plow snow from your driveway or walkway
into the street. Pile snow in your yard instead.
4. If you hire a plowing or cleaning service, advise them
not to push snow into the street or in front of neighboring
5. Clear areas for pedestrian crossings at intersections.
6. Remove snow from around fire hydrants.
7. If your
vehicle should become stuck in the snow, do not abandon it
in the roadway. Get it moved over to the curb or berm so
that snow plows and emergency vehicles can get past it.
8. When you notice a salt truck approaching from the
opposite direction, slow down and move away from the center
of the road to avoid salt from blasting your vehicle. Salt
trucks are designed to drop more salt near the center of the
9. When following a salt truck, keep a safe distance. Expect
trucks to make sudden stops or turns while in the operation
of snow removal.
10. Be sure your vehicle is equipped for winter driving.
Good tires with deep tread are a must. Also put the following
items in your trunk; tire chains, shovel, salt, sand and
emergency road kit.
11. When calling the Public Works Department or other
municipal offices for service, keep messages simple and
direct. Be certain to state the problem and its location.
12. Finally, if you must be on the road during a snow storm,
remember to take your cell phone. In areas where there is not
a 911 services, have the emergency numbers written down or
stored in your phone.
Leaf Bag Pick-Up
The Borough will only collect leaves in
biodegradable paper bags. Please refrain from putting rocks,
sticks, plastic bottles, etc. in the bags. These items will
contaminate the mulch. Do not close leaf bags with duct tape. Duct tape is not biodegradable and must not be used. Please
leave enough room at the top of the bag so you can either fold
or roll it closed.
Leaf bags are paper bio-degradable bags and can be purchased
at the municipal building (.40¢ each) or at any store. Bags
should be taken to the curb for pick-up. The leaf mulch will
be available at Blueberry Hill Park in the Spring.
Spring Leaf Bag pick-up: Mondays only - April
14, 21 and 28, 2014
(All bags must be placed at the curb. Pick-up begins at 7:00am.)
Fall Leaf Bag pick-up: Mondays only -
October 28th - November 4, 11, 18 & 25 2013
(All bags must be placed at the curb. Pick-up begins at 6:00am.)
All brush (1/2" to 4" in diameter only)
must be placed at the curb. Our Public Works Department
provides brush-chipping service twice a year.
Spring Collection Begins: Monday, March 31,
(All brush must be placed at the curb by 7:00am.)
Fall Collection Begins: Monday November 4, 2013
(All brush must be placed at the curb by 7:00am.)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BRUSH CHIPPING PLEASE READ:
Collection will begin on the dates listed above. The
chipper will pass through the Borough one time. If your brush
is not out at the curb when the chipper passes, you have two options:
1.) Take your branches to the mulch pile on Blaine's
Way in Blueberry Hill Park. The Borough will then mulch the
branches. YOU MUST HAVE A PERMIT FROM BOROUGH OFFICE
2.) Wait until the next collection date
The chipping service may
take several weeks to get to all areas of the Borough
depending on the amount of brush placed at the curb. Although
we cannot provide specific dates, they will get to your area
as soon as possible.
This service is provided for brush and tree trimmings only.
Bushes or trees with thorns will not be accepted. If
you have a tree or trees to dispose of, you must contact a
private contractor. Borough crews will not spend
more than 15 minutes chipping brush at your home. Please
cut and place your brush accordingly.
The location of wood chips and leaf compost is located at the
south end of Blaine's Way in Blueberry Hill Park, near
McDevitt Road. The same rules will apply: Chips and compost
are free to Borough residents only.
Christmas Tree Chipping
*Christmas trees should be placed at the curb on Monday,
January 6, 2014 and January 13, 2014 by 7:00am. Please do not leave any plastic around
the tree. If you miss date for pick-up by our Public Works
Department another option is to take tree to Blueberry
Hill Park. Place the tree by the log house along with
those collected by our PW Dept. These trees will be used
for our Winter Bonfire Activitiy.
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