Moon Township Monthly           October 2013

Supervisors Meeting Minutes Available Online
At the October regular public meeting representatives from Speedway, LLC were present for a public hearing regarding the proposed development of Speedway at 1225 Maple Street Extension. Residents who live near the property were also present at the public hearing to voice their opinions regarding the proposed development of Speedway. The board voted to continue the public hearing at the Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Moon Township Administration Building Auditorium.

If you missed the meeting, watch the full Board of Supervisors Meeting from Wednesday, October 2, 2013 on Moon Area Government Television - Comcast channel 18/Verizon FiOS channel 37.  View the meeting minutes on Moon Township's website.  
Scouts Recognized at October Meeting
The Moon Township Board of Supervisors recognized Eagle Scout candidate, Tyler Henry Farr, of Boy Scout Troop 310 who recently completed the planning and execution of a three-part improvement project of the outdoor space behind the Mooncrest Community Center's Knowledge Connection.  The project included the addition of landscaping, shrubbery and native plants; construction of a raised garden bed; and the installation of river rock to improve water quality and prevent erosion.  Farr's project also included fundraising efforts to cover the $974.16 in project expenses.  The raised garden bed will be used as an interactive natural outdoor space for gardening and education activities to connect the children of the Mooncrest neighborhood to nature.

The board of supervisors recognize Eagle Scout candidate, Henry Farr (center on right), and Eagle Scout Andrew Horvath (center on left) for their recent achievements and volunteerism.

The board also presented a proclamation to Andrew Blaine Horvath recognizing his achievement of Eagle Scout rank. Horvath is a member of Boy Scout Troop 310 where he earned 34 total merit badges and held many leadership roles. He is the son of James and Kathy Horvath. Horvath's Eagle Scout service project involved building a fire pit for use by the youth ministry at Sharon Community Presbyterian Church where he led a group of scouts and adults in the design, planning, clearing, excavation and construction of a fire pit and benches around the fire pit.
Electronics Recycling Day
Saturday, October 5 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
at the Moon Township Administration Building

The Township of Moon's Environmental Advisory Council in partnership with JVS Environmental is hosting an electronics collection to collect electronic items ONLY including; printers, copiers, computers, laptops and televisions. Electronics collections are open to Moon Township residents, businesses and surrounding communities.
Mile of Cans Event - Road Closures
The West Hills Food Bank at the Sharon Community Church on Carnot Road is hosting a Mile of Cans event on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cans will be lined up starting in the church parking lot entrance, circle the building and outer parking lots and then exit onto Carnot Road ending up near the intersection with Beaver Grade Road. The entrance to Carnot Road at University Boulevard will be closed off by the township from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the event. Citizens may enter the church property at University and Carnot and drive around dropping off food and then exit normally onto Carnot Road.
MTMA Water Main Flushing
Through Oct. 25 | Sunday - Friday | 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.
The Moon Township Municipal Authority will be flushing water mains and testing and inspecting fire hydrants nightly. 
Customers may notice low water pressure and water discoloration and it is recommended to check water before using. The discoloration will normally clear in a short time.
Prescription Drug Collection
Saturday, October 26 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
at Public Safety Building

The Moon Township Police Department is hosting a prescription drug collection as part of the National Take Back Initiative. Residents may drop off unused or expired prescription drugs to properly be disposed of. This event reduces the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, as well as traces of prescription drugs ending up in the public sewer system from being flushed down the toilet or rinsed down the sink.
Curbside Brush Pick Up

Through November 1 | Monday - Friday 

Curbside brush pick up will follow resident's regular garbage collection, simply place brush at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. Brush should not exceed six feet in length and four inches in diameter and it should not be bundled or tied. Leaves are not accepted for pickup during this time.

Compost Drop-Off
October 26 - December 8 | Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Downes Fire Station

Residents are welcome to drop off yard waste including tree limbs, leaves and plant matter to be composted at the Downes Fire Station located near the intersection of Beaver Grade Road and Ewing Road. Brush should not exceed six feet in length, four inches in diameter and should not be bundled or tied. The township asks that residents do not discard of any materials at the composting site after hours unless special arrangements have been made with the township. To schedule a drop off during non-operating hours contact the Moon Township Administration Office at 412-262-1700. Violators will be fined.

Moon Township encourages residents to try composting at home. Composting food and yard waste diverts organic waste from the landfill and creates a rich soil additive for landscaping projects. A home composting guide is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website at
Leaf Pick Up
October 28 - December 1 | Monday through Friday
Leaf pick up schedule will follow resident's regular garbage collection. Place leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. Residents are asked to put leaves in bio-degradable paper bags, no plastic bags or boxes will be accepted. Bio-degradable paper bags can be purchased at any home improvement store. There will be no pickup on Veterans Day - Monday, Nov. 11.
Tree Limb Drop-Off
Monday - Friday | 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
at Downes Fire Station

The Public Works Department offers Tree Limb Drop-Off year round. 
Tree branches should not exceed six feet in length, four inches in diameter and should not be bundled or tied. The township asks that residents do not discard of any materials at the composting site after hours unless special arrangements have been made with the township. To schedule a drop off during non-operating hours contact the Moon Township Administration Office at 412-262-1700.
Trick or Treat Night in Moon Township
Thursday, October 31 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
trick-treat-bucket.jpgCelebrate Trick or Treat night safely with friends and neighbors. Kids should dress in reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. Parents are advised to accompany young children and teens are encouraged to stay in groups. Visits should be limited to well-lit homes. Be careful of barking dogs and unattended animals. 
Employment Opportunities -
Moon Township, PA (population 25,000) is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of Planner/Economic Development Coordinator and Township Engineer. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, salary history and three professional references to: Jeffrey Ziegler, Assistant Township Manager, 1000 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Township, PA 15108.
Planner/Economic Development Coordinator

The incumbent will be responsible to manage all planning and economic development activities for a growing suburban Pittsburgh community. Minimum qualifications include a BA/BS in planning or related field, a Master's Degree is preferred. Strong candidates will have a thorough knowledge of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, economic development principles and a strong history of working with policy makers and elected officials. AICP certification required or meet the minimum requirements to register for the AICP exam. Salary commensurate with education and experience.


Township Engineer

Moon Township, PA (population 25,000) is seeking to fill a new staff position of Township Engineer. Incumbent will be responsible to plan, direct and control the engineering matters for a growing suburban Pittsburgh community. Minimum qualifications include a BA/BS in civil engineering or closely related field from an ABET accredited school with 5-8 years of related experience in municipal engineering and a strong history of working with policy makers and elected officials. The successful candidate will be a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the Commonwealth of PA. Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Moon Township Wants to Hear Your Memories

225 logoIn celebration of Moon Township's 225th Anniversary the township is asking residents, both past and present, to share their favorite stories and memories of people, places and how the township has changed through the years.  Email stories and photos to and then read the memories of others in the community online at  

Moon Township Memorial Garden Walkway
Give a special gift this holiday season with a personalized brick in Moon Township's Memorial Garden Walkway, located between the Public Safety Building and Township Administrative Office.  A gift of an engraved brick brings enjoyment to friends and family for years to come.

Engraved bricks are placed in the walkway circling the township's 9/11 Memorial and memorials honoring Moon Township's public safety professionals and military service members.  Bricks are available at a cost of $65 for an engraved 4x8 inch brick; after the first purchase, additional bricks are $50.  Engraved 8x8 inch business bricks also are available for $200. Brick donations support the continued development of the Memorial Garden.  Contact Fire Marshal Charlie Belgie at 412-262-5004 to order your commemorative brick.

Memorial Garden Bench
Oil and Natural Gas Development at PIT
A small area of Moon Township is part of the Oil and Natural Gas Development project that is made possible through a public-private partnership between CONSOL Energy, Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA). CONSOL and the Allegheny County Airport Authority have been providing project information to Moon Township officials and public safety staff for the citizens of the community. Learn more about the Oil and Natural Gas Development at PIT, Pittsburgh International Airport, at
Cable TV Advisory Board - 
Accepting Applications
Cable TV Advisory Board: Term expiring January 2016. The Cable TV Advisory Board advises the director of the cable TV station in regards to programming, equipment, volunteers and all other areas relating to station operations; reports to and advises the Moon Township Board of Supervisors in regards to station operations and issues relating to cable television and franchise agreements. Interested residents may submit resumes and applications to the Moon Township Board of Supervisors. Contact the Moon Township Administration Office at 412-262-1700 for more information.
MCA-TV Produces MHS Tiger Football
Moon Community Access Television is producing its twenty-eighth consecutive season of Moon Area High School varsity football. The production has evolved since the station's first football broadcast in 1985 into a five-camera production featuring high-quality graphics including a scoreboard, countdown clock and downs and yardage displays; slow-motion instant replay; sideline and play-by-play reporting. Moon resident Dave Merison and MCA-TV volunteer Pete Cepulis will provide commentary and analysis from the press box while a crew of MCA-TV volunteers handles the technical aspects of production.

All games air locally on Comcast channel 14 and Verizon FiOs channel 35. Call MCA-TV at 412-269-1191 for a DVD or Blu-Ray of this high-quality sports coverage. Games are also available to watch online at

MHS Tiger Football Schedule:
October 4 @ 7 :30 p.m. - Central Valley @ Moon
October 11 @ 7 p.m. - Moon @ New Brighton
October 18 @ 7:30 p.m. - New Castle @ Moon
October 25 @ 7:30 p.m. - Montour @ Moon
A special thank you to MCA-TV's 2013 Football sponsors: Weinstein Chiropractic, Boni Orthodontics and Angelia's Pizza.
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Tune in to MCA-TV to view a variety of community programming.  Shows include exercise, cooking, health care, education and government programs.  View the full program schedule at  


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Community Producer:

MCA-TV is one of the most active volunteer groups in the township. Current MCA-TV volunteers who are Moon Township residents are encouraged to take their talents to the next level and sign on as a community producer.  Community producers are responsible for providing the original and entertaining productions for MCA-TV to add to its programming schedule.  Call MCA-TV today at 412-269-1191 to get your TV show idea on air.  The staff will gladly assist aspiring community producers throughout the process.


Anyone interested in becoming an MCA-TV volunteer may sign up for the four-week volunteer training course, email or call MCA-TV at 412-269-1191.  Volunteers can work with community producers and MCA-TV staff on shows in the studio and events in the township.

MTVFC Offers Fire Extinguisher Training

The Moon Township Volunteer Fire Company offers fire


extinguisher training to small groups and organizations.  Sessions include a brief lecture and hands-on training teaching each participant how to evaluate whether or not to fight a fire with an extinguisher and how to operate a portable fire extinguisher safely and effectively.  Contact MTVFC Chief, John Scott, at 412-262-1700 ext. 435 for more information and to schedule a training session.  Fire extinguisher training is free; however, donations to the MTVFC are greatly appreciated. 

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Volunteer Requirements

1.  Current resident of Moon Township

2.  Individuals who are between the ages of 16 to 18 years old interested in becoming a Junior Firefighter must attend high school and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


The Moon Township Volunteer Fire Company thanks residents for their continuous support of the Fire Company through donations and attending their events and activities.


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Moon Parks and Recreation's Fun Fall Events
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View a complete list of classes, programs, camps and events at 
Register online or call 412-262-1703.    


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Moon Park Halloween Spooktacular

Wednesday, October 23 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

at Moon Park

Come out for this FREE family friendly Halloween event. There will be activity stations, treat bags for the first 400 kids, hay rides, pumpkin decorating and a picture booth sponsored by Walgreens. Come in costume and enjoy the fun!


Karate (Adults/Teens/Kids 6+) 

Mondays & Wednesdays | October - May 2014

Moon High School Wrestling Room

6 p.m. (Beginners) and 7 p.m. (Advanced)

$45/month - Moon School District Residents

This is a unique karate system tied together to cover all ranges of self-defense.  The classes are led by Ken Wolf along with experienced instructors who hold black belts in Okinawan Kenpo and Wa Shu Mudokwan, as well as experience in Law Enforcement and Tournaments.


Recreation Basketball League 2013-2014

(Boys and Girls: Grades 3 - 8)

In-Person Registration:

Wednesday, October 30 | 5 -7 p.m.

Township Administration Building

Mail in form and online registration will be available in October.

Draft: TBA

Practice Start: TBA

Practice Locations: TBA

$50 Moon Residents

*Multi child discount available, $10 late fee after draft.

The recreational basketball league returns for another season. This is a league for girls and boys designed with a focus on skill development, including passing, shooting and dribbling. The league is open to all skill levels.


Free Audubon Nature Programs

Saturdays, November 9 & January 11 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Coventry Log Cabin, Robin Hill Park

Learn more about Project Feeder Watch, the Christmas Bird Count and the Great Backyard Bird Count. More programs to come this spring! 

Updates from the Moon Twp. Property Tax Office

 -Catherine L. Tress, Moon Township Property Tax Collector

Online payments available


1700 Beaver Grade Road, Suite 300


The "Tax Information" found in the Moon Township Messenger contained a misprint, the following is the correct information in regards to the Moon Area School District Property Tax:
Moon Area School District property tax face (full) amount period ends on OCTOBER 31 and the 10 percent penalty period begins on NOVEMBER 1 continuing through December 31, 2013. If you choose to pay in four installments, the remaining three installments are due by September 30, October 31 and the final by November 30.


2013 Homestead Exemption amounts:

Allegheny County:  $18,000

Moon Township: $15,000

Moon Area School District:  $7,043


2013 School Property Tax payment periods:

October 1 - October 31:  Face (full amount)

November 1 - December 31: 10% Penalty

After December 31:  Delinquent

Installments: Remaining installments are due by the last day of October and final in November.   


Please remember if the billing address has changed such as a new mortgage company, no longer escrow, etc., property owners must notify my office and Allegheny County treasurer, John Weinstein, at 412-350-4100.  Do not rely on the banks or closing companies to notify the Property Tax Office. 


Property Tax Office Hours:

Mon., Wed., Fri.:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday:  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Property Tax Office Will Be Closed:

Veterans Day: Monday, November 11

Thanksgiving: Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29

Moon Township Public Library 
The Library features a variety of fun events and programs each month. Listed below are just a few.  Visit for more information or call 
    Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Animal Adventures:
Special Monday Night Storytime
Monday, October 7 | 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Storytime Room | Registration Required

Rotten to the Core
Tuesday, October 8 |6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Grades 6 - 12 | Sky Room | Registration Required

Silly Science
Monday, October 14 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.  
Preschool | Sky Room | Registration Required

Happy WHO-llaween
Tuesday, October 15 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Grades 6 - 12 | Sky Room | Registration Required


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In This Issue...
Scouts Recognized
Electronics Collection
Mile of Cans
Water Main Flushing
Prescription Drug Collection
Curbside Brush Pick Up
Compost Drop-Off
Leaf Pick Up
Tree Limb Drop-Off
Trick or Treat
Employment Opportunities
Share A Memory
Give a Memorial Garden Brick
Oil & Natural Gas at PIT
Join An Advisory Board
MCA-TV Produces MHS Tiger Football
Tune in to MCA-TV
Fire Extinguisher Training
Join the MTVFC
Moon Parks and Rec.
Moon Property Tax Office
Moon Public Library
Citizen Request System
Swift Reach 911
Home Alone Monitoring
PSAT's Newsletter
Moon School Newsletter
RMU Newsletter
MCA-TV Produces RMU College Football
Quick Links
On the Banner Photo
Halloween Spooktacular
Wednesday, October 23
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Moon Park

Join Moon Parks and Recreation at the Halloween Spooktacular! This FREE family event includes activity stations, a hay ride, pumpkin decorating and a photo booth!
Community Calendar
Electronics Collection
Saturday, October 5
10 a.m.  - 2 p.m.
Administration Building
Mile of Cans Event
Saturday, October 5
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sharon Community Church
Cherrington Blood Drive
by: Central Blood Bank
Thursday, October 10
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
First Floor, Suite 110
500 Cherrington Drive
Call for Appt. 412-209-7241
Prescription Drug Collection
Saturday, October 26
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Public Safety Building
MTMA Water Main Flushing
Through October 25
Sunday - Friday
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.
Compost Drop-Off
October 26 - December 8
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Downes Fire Station
Leaf Pick Up
October 28 - December 1
Monday - Friday
Trick or Treat Night
Thursday, October 31
6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Tree Limb Drop-Off
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Downes Fire Station
Moon Township Board of Supervisors Meeting
Wednesday, November 6
7 p.m.
Administration Building
Find Moon Township public meeting times, township events and parks and rec programs on the Calendar Page of the Moon Township website.  
FREE Health Fair, "Winter Clothes Swap" & Car Check
Saturday, October 12, 2013
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Coraopolis United 
Methodist Church
1025 Ridge Avenue, Coraopolis
This FREE event includes a Health Fair, "Winter Clothes Swap" and Car Check of tire pressure, tire tread depth, oil levels, wiper fluid levels and lights. Learn more at, call 412-264-3727 or email
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28, 2013
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Coraopolis United 
Methodist Chuch
1205 Ridge Avenue, Coraopolis

Meal includes a full turkey dinner complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls, desserts and drinks. RSVP to 412-264-3727 for more information.
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A link to the system can be found under Quick Links on the Moon Township homepage.

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Swift Reach 911
Know what is going on near your home with Moon Township Police Department's Swift Reach Program.  Swift 911 is a system that will call your phone in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information.  All calls received will have the Caller ID of 'Moon Township' or 'Moon Township Police Department'.  


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Home Alone Monitoring

Never feel alone with the Moon Township Police Home Alone Monitoring.  This system automatically telephones a resident once or twice a day depending on their needs. The resident in need will receive this message, "This is the Moon Township Police Department. If you are okay, press 1; if you are not okay, press 2." If the resident presses number 2 or fails to press any number, an emergency contact will be called. 

Any citizen in need may contact the police at 


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MCA-TV Produces RMU College Football
Tune in to MCA-TV Comcast channel 14 and Verizon FiOs channel 35 to watch MCA-TV and Robert Morris University's live production of RMU College Football - home games.

2013 RMU Home Games
Oct. 19 @ 6 p.m.
vs. Duquesne

Nov. 2 @ 12 p.m.
vs. Bryant

Nov. 16 @ 12 p.m.
vs. Sacred Heart