Moon Township Monthly             March 2014

Supervisors March Public Meeting Highlights
The Township of Moon Board of Supervisors closed the public hearing regarding Speedway, LLC. The hearing was to permit the use of the property located at 1225 Maple Street Extension in the township C-1 Neighborhood Commercial District for a gas station with a convenience food store. Both parties have presented their entire testimony and the board will hear no further evidence. Representatives from Speedway and a total of six residents, who live near the proposed development site, testified in front of the board. The board has until Friday, May 9, 2014 to come to a decision regarding the development.
Watch the full Board of Supervisors Meeting from Wednesday, February 5, 2014 on Moon Area Government Television - Comcast channel 18/Verizon FiOS channel 37. View the meeting minutes online at . The March Workshop Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. The next Board of Supervisors regular public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. All meetings take place in the Township Administration Building located at 1000 Beaver Grade Road.
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March 3-9 is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week
MS Awareness
(L-R): Moon Supervisor John Hertzer, Vice Chairman Andrew Gribben, Chairman Jim Vitale, John Platt, 
Supervisors Marvin Eicher and Joe Wise
The board presents a proclamation to Chairman of the National MS Society's Pennsylvania Government Relations Committee, John Platt, recognizing the week of March 3-9, 2014 as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. All residents are encouraged to learn more about multiple sclerosis and what they can do to support individuals with MS and their families. 
Local Earned Income Tax Information
Moon Township and Moon Area School District taxpayers are required to file final local income tax returns. Forms are available online at or file online at Moon's PSD code is "731102". Using the wrong code can result in delays when processing tax returns. Tax information is also available at
Curbside Brush Pickup
The Public Works Department will offer curbside brush pickup from March 17 through April 11. Pickup will follow residents' regular garbage collection schedule. Place brush at the curb by 8 a.m. on pickup day. Brush should not exceed six feet in length and four inches in diameter and should not be bundled, boxed or tied. The drop-off site will not be open during this time.
MTVFC Lenten Fish Fries Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Fridays, March 7 - April 18 | 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Public Safety Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road
MTVFC volunteer serves and greets guests at a Friday Lenten Fish Fry.
Join the Moon Township Volunteer Fire Company for a Lenten meal at an upcoming Fish Fry. Both take-out and sit down dinners are available. Choose from fish, shrimp or chicken finger dinners, sandwiches and desserts. Dinners include fries and cole slaw. 
MCA-TV Public Awareness Weekend Like us on Facebook
Comcast channel 14 | Verizon FiOs channel 35  
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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 Contact MCA-TV at 412.269.1191 to learn how to become a volunteer and community producer. 


MCA-TV Public Awareness Weekend - Watch Live!

Friday & Saturday, March 14 & 15 | 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

MCA-TV studio crew produces the LIVE production of PAW 2013.

Watch Public Awareness Weekend LIVE this Friday and Saturday on MCA-TV. Over 40 nonprofit organizations will share information about their cause and volunteer opportunities during half-hour interviews in the MCA-TV studio.  

Electronics Recycling
Saturdays, April 5, August 2, October 4 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Twp. Administration Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Rd.
Moon Township's Environmental Advisory Council in partnership with JVS Environmental host quarterly Electronics Collections to gather unused and unwanted electronic items. These events collect electronic items only, including printers, copiers, computers, laptops and televisions. Electronics Collections are open to Moon Township residents, businesses and surrounding communities. Over 111,000 pounds of electronics were collected at Moon Township Electronics Collections held in 2013. 
Prescription Drug Collection & Drop Off
Saturday, April 26 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Public Safety Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road

The Township of Moon's Police Department in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a Prescription Drug Collection to provide residents with the opportunity to safely and properly dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  This event is open to Moon Township and surrounding communities.


The Moon Township Police Department now offers prescription drug disposal in its lobby that is open to the public at all hours, year round. The project is sponsored by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. The DA has received assurances from local hospitals to assist in the destruction of unwanted medications. The disposal area is video monitored and under the control of police staff around the clock. 

Moon Township Farmers' Market

Wednesdays, June 4 - October 1, 2014 | 3 - 6 p.m. 

Moon Township Administration Building Parking Area

1000 Beaver Grade Road

Fresh, flavorful produce is coming to Moon Township this summer at the community farmers' market. Citizens are invited to stop by the Administration Office parking lot every Wednesday from June through early October to purchase locally grown and prepared products. 


Vendors interested in participating in the Moon Township Farmers' Market can register online at or by picking up a form in the Moon Township Administration Office. A 10 x 10 foot space located in the municipal parking lot is available to purchase at a cost of $100 for the season. Sign up today, space is limited to 22 spots. This is a producer-only market; all vendors are required to grow or produce all items sold. Frozen prepared food and food trucks are welcome. Contact Green Initiatives Coordinator Rebecca Kiernan at or call 412.262.1700.

Moon Parks & Recreation: Events & Programs Like us on Facebook
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View a complete list of classes, programs, camps and events at
Register online or
call 412.262.1703. Activities range from a variety of areas, including health and wellness, athletics, education, science and art.


Earth Day

Sunday, April 13 | 1 - 3 p.m. | Robin Hill Park

Kids can enjoy several interactive activities that will teach them about green choices and keeping the environment clean. Exhibits include the Audubon Society of Western PA, Moon Township Environmental Advisory Council, Hollow Oak Land Trust and the National Aviary. A variety of prizes will be given away, even a few bicycles! This year's theme is "Let it Bee" focusing on the role of bees in sustainability. Moon Parks will also integrate bike and mobility goals through bike safety and education.


Bunny Trail

Saturday, April 19 | 11 a.m.  - 1 p.m. | Moon Park

Hop on over to Moon Park for this fun holiday event. Participate in a petting zoo, arts and crafts, games and take a photo with the Easter Bunny, courtesy of Walgreens of Moon Township. Treat bags will be given to the first 400 children, ages 4-12.


West Hills Art League - Art Show Reception

Sunday, May 11 | 1 - 4 p.m. | Robin Hill Park

This show has been a tradition at Robin Hill for many years. It will feature a professional blend of eclectic art ranging from abstract to traditional in all media. Entries are exhibited for competition and sale. This is a great opportunity to support local artists.


Spring Tennis 

April 22 - May 27 | Moon Parks Tennis Courts

Instructor: Kent Johnson

Pee Wee (Ages 5-6)

4:15 - 5 p.m. | $60 Moon Residents/$72 Non-Residents

Jr. Beginner (Ages 7-10)

5 - 6 p.m. | $90 Moon Residents/$108 Non-Residents

Jr. Advanced (Ages 11-14)

6 - 7 p.m. | $90 Moon Residents/$108 Non-Residents

*Private lessons are available, contact Moon Parks for more information. 

Reminders from the Property Tax Office

 -Catherine L. Tress, Moon Twp. Property Tax Collector

Online payments available


1700 Beaver Grade Road, Suite 300



The Moon Township millage rate for 2014 is 2.74 mills. Property tax statements will be mailed on Tuesday, April 1. The payment periods are as follows:

  • 2 percent discount:  April 1 - May 31
  • Face (full amount):  June 1 - July 31
  • 10 percent penalty:  August 1 - December 31

Important Reminder: All property owners in Moon Township should contact the tax office and Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein, 412.350.4100, if there has been a change in ownership, mailing address, mortgage or escrow to ensure that they will receive a bill in the mail.  The office does not receive this information otherwise. Pennsylvania law states that regardless if a property owner receives a bill in the mail; they are still responsible for payment of their property taxes. 


Homestead Exemptions

The 2014 Moon Township Property Tax Homestead Exemption is $15,000. This exemption is automatically deducted from the full assessment and the property tax is calculated based on the lower value.


Allegheny County's Homestead Exemption remains at $18,000; this only applies to the county exemption.  Please note that those who qualified for the homestead exemption on their property automatically receive Act 1 property tax relief reduction for school property tax as well.    


The Assessment value of property as listed on Municipal Tax Statements will not match the county tax statement due to the difference in the homestead exemption values. 


Municipal Property and School Property Taxes

The municipal property tax in Moon is calculated after the homestead exemption has been deducted from the full property assessment value then multiplied by the current tax year millage.  This figure represents the face or full tax amount.  If the property tax is paid early, then deduct the 2 percent discount; if late, add the 10 percent penalty amount. 


Municipal property taxes follow a calendar year while school property taxes follow a fiscal year.  The 2014 school property tax year begins July 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015. All Moon Township or Moon Area School property taxes must be paid in full in the calendar year they are billed; otherwise, they are considered delinquent. 


The Property Tax Office Hours: April - September

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 


Online payments and other information such as holiday closings, tax relief forms and important links are available at Property Owners are always advised to contact the Property Tax Office with any questions whatsoever at 412.299.7446.

Moon Township Public Library Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
The Library features a variety of fun events and programs each month. Listed below are just a few.  Visit for more information or call 412.269.0334.
Monday - Thursday:10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

All About Chocolate

Friday, April 25 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Moon Library, 1700 Beaver Grade Road

Enjoy a sweet night out at the library with an evening of chocolate and champagne. Tickets are $15 presale at the library or $20 at the door on the night of the event, no one under 21 is permitted. Contact the library for more information. All About Chocolate is one of the library's top fundraisers, hosted by the Friends of Moon Township Public Library.

In This Issue...
Local Earned Income Tax
Curbside Brush Pickup
MTVFC Fish Fries
Public Awareness Weekend
Electronics Recycling
Prescription Drug Collection
Moon Farmers' Market
Moon Parks and Rec.
Moon Property Tax Office
Moon Public Library
2013 MTVFC Fire Report
Citizen Request System
Swift Reach 911
Home Alone Monitoring
Comcast Cares Day
Moon Township Messenger
PSAT's Newsletter
Moon Schools Newsletter
RMU Newsletter
Quick Links
On the Banner Photo
MCA-TV staff and volunteers wrap up Public Awareness Weekend 2013. Tune in this March to watch LIVE!

Public Awareness Weekend
Friday & Saturday,
March 14 & 15
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Watch Live!
Comcast channel 14
Verizon FiOs channel 35
Community Calendar
 Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting
Wednesday, March 26
6 p.m.
Administration Building
Board of Supervisors 
Public Meeting
Wednesday, April 2
7 p.m.
Administration Building
Find Moon Township public meeting times, township events and parks programs on the Calendar Page of the Moon Township website.  
Tune in to Moon

Moon Community Access Television
Comcast channel 14
Verizon FiOs channel 35
Watch online at 
Moon Area Government Television
Comcast channel 18
Verizon FiOs channel 37
Board of Supervisors, School Board, Township News, Entertainment and Community Events 
2013 MTVFC Fire Report
The Moon Township Volunteer Fire Company answered a total of 275 incidents in 2013 with members on duty for a total of 342.5 hours.


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Swift Reach 911
Stay informed of community emergencies or important information with Moon Township Police Department's Swift 911 phone outreach system.  All calls will have the Caller ID of 'Moon Township' or 'Moon Township Police Department'.  


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Home Alone Monitoring

Never feel alone with Moon Township Police Department's 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 


Comcast Cares Day
with Moon Parks
-volunteers needed-
Olson Park CleanUp
Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Olson Park
442 Flaugherty Run Rd.
Contact Moon Parks Assistant Director Amy Ottaviani at or call 412.262.1703.

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