In Western Pennsylvania, early October brings colorful changes to our landscape, as trees transition from verdant shades of green to vivid yellows, oranges, and reds. However, as the calendar moves all too rapidly toward winter, brisk rains and swirling winds will cause this foliage to drop onto our yards and roadways. Fallen leaves not only mean slippery sidewalks and driveways; they can also cause major headaches for both municipalities and residents if they are allowed to obstruct stormwater infrastructure. For four consecutive weeks beginning October 21st and ending November 15th, trash vendor Waste Management will offer curbside leaf collection. Property owners are asked to rake leaves on a weekly basis and place in brown biodegradable bags. Please do not store leaves, whether bagged or otherwise, near any inlets, catch basins, manholes, or other storm sewer structures.
A little slice of Bavaria is coming back to Brownsville Road! The Brentwood Business Owners Association will host its annual Oktoberfest Street Fair. Delectable treats and authentic brews will be available for purchase, and a hearty German plate lunch will be served for $9 at the Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church. Attendees can also enjoy live traditional German music and dance. The event will be held from 5PM through 8PM on October 3rd in the Sankey Avenue business district .
Brentwood Borough will host its third street fair of the season on September 28th. The "Autumn Splendor" event features live music, a photo booth, ax throwing, and a variety of carnival-style games. Guests of an appropriate age can sample hearty harvest pints from Spoonwood Brewing and Mindful Brewing. Country Hammer Distillery will also be on site to offer samples of its flavorful moonshine. Patrons can satisfy their hunger with Venezuelan street foods from Ciliantro & Ajo, ramen from Miso Hungry, and gooey cinnamon rolls from Hot Bunz. The Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will concurrently be holding its annual chili cookoff event. A $5 dollar donation gains access to samples of secret family recipes and a chance to vote for your favorite concoction. Join us on Brownsville Road opposite Brentwood Towne Square from 6PM to 10PM.
“Hope is not strategy. Hope fits with vision, but we must have a strategy and a process to make our vision become a reality.” -John C. Maxwell
Brentwood Borough staff has been busy this summer preparing to draft its next Five-Year Strategic Plan. Strategic planning is a valuable tool for municipalities of all sizes as a way to plan for future goals and priorities with specific, measurable policy objectives and work plans. Strategic planning also involves completing a deep analysis of the current internal circumstances and external environment facing a municipality. The process will allow the Borough to identify needs and weaknesses while leveraging its strengths and opportunities to increase quality of life for the residents. A five-year strategic plan features a short enough horizon to bring about achievable changes, while also features a long enough horizon to encourage decision to be made with the future in mind.
This process has involved reflecting on past strategic plans to see which goals have been accomplished, as well as which goals have been more difficult to complete and why they have not been reached. The most recent strategic plan, for example, led to the hiring of a Parks and Recreation Director, more community wide events, the redevelopment of the Brentwood Pool and Park, and construction of a new municipal building. However, as before, WE NEEDYOUR INPUT! This process will once again entail inclucive and transparent engagement with Borough residents, employees, and Council members. As with past plans, we will respect and balance community input with the vision of our elected officials. At the conclusion of this process, December 2019, we will adopt a five year plan with realistic objectives and key results.
Next steps will involve gathering the COMMUNITY’s INPUT!! A survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/brentwoodsurvey . This survey will capture data on your current perceptions of Borough services and the topics on which you think we should focus in the coming years. The results of this survey will be the starting point for a full day Council Planning Workshop.
Make way for a convoy of mobile restaurants! Residents are invited to savor the flavors of seven local vendors at the Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce Summer Food Truck Festival. Enjoy slow-cooked classics from South Side BBQ, Cajun creations from Pittsburgh Po'Boy, specialty slices from Bados Pizza, legendary sandwiches from Primanti Brothers, delicate French street foods from Pittsburgh Crepes, frozen treats from Sugar 'n Spice, and gourmet coffeee from Sweet Sips Cafe. The event takes place on Thursday, August 29th in the south parking lot of Baldwin High School. These wheeled kitchens will be serving from 5PM to 7PM.
“If good things come to those who wait, then the Brentwood Pool Renovations are going to be AMAZING!!”
If you have been in Brentwood Park recently you likely noticed a few items that are missing from the pool area. Phase I of the Pool Renovation Project commenced in June and saw the removal of the outdated bathhouse and the dilapidated Civic Center deck. The final result will create a scenic view of Herb Troy Field and a new sunbathing area for pool guests.
Phase II of this long-anticipated project is scheduled to begin in September 2019. This marks a slight delay from original projections. For reasons that are outside the Borough's control, the paperwork components of the Borough's $797,600 grant through the Land & Water Conservation Fund were processed somewhat later than anticipated. The Borough was unable to award a contract without receiving the green light from the federal government,or else it would put this critical funding in jeopardy. It is safe to say that, without the help of this funding source, as well as Allegheny County Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund awards in the amount of $275,000, this much needed $3 million project would not have been able to occur.
On August 26, 2019, the Borough formally awarded a contract to low bidder Yarborough Construction. Although this project is officially deemed to involve a renovation of the pool, due to its broad scope, Borough residents are nearly getting an entirely new facility. The project will see the installation of state-of-the-art changing rooms, a zero depth entry zone, and a super waterslide. Borough officials are hoping for a mild winter and dry spring to provide good conditions for the contractors to complete this project in time for the 2020 pool season
Back row L to R: Vice President AJ Doyle, Councilman Pat Carnevale, Councilman Rich Schubert, Councilman Bob Pasquantonio
Front row L to R: Councilman John Frombach, President Pro Tempore Jennifer George, President Harold Smith, Manager George Zboyovsky
Not Pictured: Mayor Dennis Troy
Borough Vision Statement
The Borough of Brentwood is a unified, family-oriented community with a strong commitment to civic pride and traditions. While preserving these standards, ideals and traditions, the community shall strive to provide a high quality of life for all, a superior educational system and residential areas with a more suburban character. The community shall support established businesses while encouraging future economic development and effective local government, all within a safe and clean environment.