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The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are taking the current spread of COVID-19 very seriously and working in partnership with health officials and the school district as we monitor this evolving situation.
Closed, canceled or postponed
- The Municipal Center will open to the public beginning Monday, June 8.
- The Senior Center will remain closed.
- Police Department will resume fingerprinting from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
- The Library is closed, but the outside dropbox is open. All borrowed items are renewed until June 30; and will be extended as needed. Fines will not accrue.
- 2020 Community Days are canceled.
Updated June 3, 2020: 11:43 AM
Parks to Re-open Fully June 6
All areas and equipment within Cranberry Township parks will be fully open beginning Saturday, June 6.
All gates will be lifted, and most restrooms will be operational. Fields that were previously closed will open following safe guidelines based on their governing bodies.
Playground and fitness equipment will be open with social distancing guidelines in place. Additionally, users should wash hands frequently and limit face touching. Those using the equipment are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
For full information on park offerings, visit cranberrytownship.org/parksreopening.
Updated June 2, 2020: 5:34 PM
Municipal Center to Open June 8
The Municipal Center will re-open to visitors beginning Monday, June 8.
The building will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Township Police Department will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with fingerprinting taking place from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
The Senior Center will remain closed at this time.
Waterpark Questions Answered
With the Waterpark set to open June 20, there are many questions being asked about procedures and protocols.
A FAQ section has been added to the Waterpark website and can be found at cranberrytownship.org/waterpark.
Updated June 1, 2020: 2:22 PM
Cranberry Township Waterpark to Open June 20
Just in time for summer, Cranberry Township’s Waterpark at North Boundary Park will open for the season beginning Saturday, June 20, 2020.
To keep both attendees and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic, several new protocols will be in place, including:
- The pool is open to current Waterpark members and Cranberry Township residents only.
- This includes all memberships previously purchased – both residents and non-residents – prior to April 15, 2020.
- Proof of Cranberry Township residency is required for daily admission.
- The number of those admitted each day will be limited. When capacity is reached, new guests will not be allowed in until others exit.
- Enhanced sanitation protocols and operating procedures will be in place and follow CDC guidelines.
- Guests can enter through the main entrance only.
- The sand volleyball court and sand play are closed this season.
- Limited deck chairs are available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own to help with sanitation efforts.
- Consideration is being given to aquatics programs to ensure the safety of staff and participants.
- The concession stand is open with limited menu options. No outside food is permitted, although lunch box coolers are still permitted. The concession stand will have limited operating hours from noon to 6 p.m.
Hours for the Waterpark are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Daily admission will increase by $1 for each pricing tier. Special night swim events will be announced at a later date.
To purchase a resident membership, visit cranberrytownship.org/waterpark.
Updated May 29, 2020: 3:31 PM
Butler Going Green
Butler County will move to the green phase of the state’s reopening plan on Friday, June 5.
In the green phase outlined by Governor Tom Wolf:
- Restaurants and bars can open at 50 percent capacity.
- Hair salons and barbershops may open at 50 percent capacity and by appointment only.
- Gyms and spas can open at 50 percent occupancy.
- Childcare may open following guidelines.
- Entertainment venues such as casinos, theaters and malls may open at 50 percent capacity.
- Telework is still encouraged, and all businesses must follow state and CDC guidelines.
- Construction can return to full capacity.
- Large gatherings remain restricted to less than 250 people, and masks are still encouraged with social distancing in place.
- Visits to prisons and hospitals may resume.
All local counties, except for Beaver County, will move to the green phase.
Board Meeting Set June 4
The Township Board of Supervisors will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4.
Those wishing to be included in the public comment portion of the Board of Supervisors meeting, as well as those providing testimony, are asked to visit cranberrytownship.org/boardmeeting. If you are unable to connect online, please call the Manager’s Office at 724-776-4806 ext. 1103 by 5 p.m. on the day of the meeting and leave your comment, along with your name and address.
To view the meeting, visit cranberrytownship.org/boardmeeting.
The Planning Advisory Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, June 1 has been canceled. The Commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 29.
Updated May 28, 2020: 2:02 PM
Fire Company Honors Graduates
The Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company helped recognize Seneca Valley High School’s graduating seniors on Thursday.
The department flew a large banner featuring the names of graduates from Tower Truck 21 in the Seneca Valley parking lot. The Township Public Works department helped rig the banner.
Congratulations to the 2020 graduates!
Blood Drive Set June 29
With the need for blood donors at a critical level, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course will host a blood drive from 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, June 29.
The event, held in conjunction with the Cranberry Township Sunrise Rotary, will be staged in the Clubhouse and Tartan Hall at the Golf Course.
To promote social distancing, all donors must have an appointment, and must wear a mask. Only donors are permitted in the blood drive area.
Those with recent tattoos, piercings or travel to a malarial area are under a 3-month deferral. Previously, it was a 1-year deferral. Those who were deferred for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the past will now be eligible to donate. This was previously a lifetime deferral.
All donors will be eligible for a $5 Amazon Gift card via email courtesy of Amazon.
For more information or to register, visit redcrossblood.org and enter CHGC or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Lifeguard Courses Offered
Dive in and save a life!
Cranberry Township is offering lifeguard certification courses for those 15 years or older.
Through classroom learning and hands-on practice, participants will learn surveillance skills to help recognize and prevent injuries; rescue skills - in the water and on land; first aid training; and Professional Rescuer CPR.
To participate, a person must be at least 15 years old and able to swim 300 yards continuously while demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing using front crawl, breaststroke or combination of both. They must also tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs, and complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
This class will be taught as a blended learning class, with in-person sessions scheduled for the week of June 8. Blended learning must be completed by then. Class times are subject to change depending on class size, availability and weather.
To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/3gAyXYO.
Firefighter Contest Winners Announced
Winners of the Cranberry Township Fire Safety Coloring Contest have been chosen.
Those receiving the most social media likes in their age group are:
Shane M. - Ages 5 and Under
Julia M. - Ages 6-12
Cassie R. - Ages 13-17
Jessica L. - Ages 18+
Winners can pick up prizes at the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Department located on Route 19 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Updated May 27, 2020: 3:10 PM
K9 Connection Seeking More Ambassadors
A new program is barking up the right tree.
The Township’s Dog Park Ambassador program needs volunteers to help be the eyes and ears at the Rotary Dog Park.
The ideal candidate is someone who already visits the dog park regularly - at least once a week -and is familiar with most of the people and dogs who frequent the dog park, is organized, punctual and available for monthly volunteer meetings.
Not only will the ambassador help with education initiatives, they will help lead improvement projects.
To apply, email CranberryK9Connection@gmail.com or by messaging the Cranberry Township Dog Park on Facebook.
A team of volunteer ambassadors assembled last year frequently roams the trails at North Boundary Park at peak hours and inform pet owners of the rules. The group’s goal is education, not confrontation.
Drivers License Renewal Deadline Extended
Expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, have again been extended by PennDOT.
Effective May 27, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through June 30, 2020, have been extended until June 30, 2020.
A camera card is considered a driver’s license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver’s license products. Camera cards with expiration dates within this timeframe are also extended through June 30, 2020.
Updated May 26, 2020: 2:29 PM
Park Offerings to Re-Open Wednesday
Several Township Parks & Recreation facilities will open beginning Wednesday, May 27.
To ensure the safest possible recreational environment, several protocols have been outlined for those using Community Park, Graham Park and North Boundary Park. The protocols align with yellow phase of Pennsylvania’s tiered re-opening plan and follow all federal, Commonwealth and CDC mandated guidelines.
Signage has been posted identifying open and closed areas within each park.
For full information on the park re-opening plan, including which areas are open for us, visit cranberrytownship.org/parksreopening.
Details regarding the potential opening of the Waterpark are forthcoming, along with information on Camp Cranberry, the Township’s premiere summer camp program.
Updated May 22, 2020: 2:29 PM
CRT Beautifies Memorial
The Veteran’s Memorial in North Boundary Park received a little TLC from the CRT.
The Township’s Community Response Team spent a rainy Friday morning pulling weeds, planting flowers and beautifying the area just in time for Memorial Day.
To get involved with the Community Response Team, visit cranberrytownship.org/CRT.
Meeting Schedule Changed
The meeting schedule for the Township Board of Supervisors and Planning Advisory Commission has changed for May.
The Planning Advisory will meet virtually at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. The change is due to the Memorial Day holiday.
The agenda preparation meeting of the Board of Supervisors scheduled for Thursday, May 28 has been canceled. The Board will next meet virtually at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4.
For information on how to participate in the virtual meetings, visit cranberrytownship.org/boardmeeting.
Updated May 21, 2020: 3:35 PM
Camp Cranberry Discussion Ongoing
While Township’s Parks & Recreation staff discuss ways to safely open and operate Camp Cranberry, camp dates scheduled for the weeks of June 8, June 15 and June 22 are now canceled.
Those who have signed up for camp will have a credit placed on the family account with Cranberry Township Parks and Recreation or applied to future payments. These credits will be applied to the account by Friday, May 29th.
Those who wish to receive refunds can request one, and it will be processed and mailed within 4-6 weeks.
As the Township receives more information from the state regarding an opening, communications to our campers will be frequent.
Township Offices Closed for Memorial Day
In honor of Memorial Day, all Township offices and the Library will be closed.
Cranberry Highlands Golf Course will be open.
Trash collection is delayed by one day for the week of May 25.
Updated May 20, 2020: 3:25 PM
North Boundary Road to Close
North Boundary Road will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 27.
The closure is needed to allow crews to safely take down the northbound Interstate 79 bridge.
North Boundary Road is expected to re-open by 2 p.m. Friday, May 29 at the latest.
Garbage Pickup Delayed
Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, garbage and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day for all Township routes.
As a reminder, do not overload carts, and make sure lids are down and closed. All trash must be bagged and placed at the curb the night before collection day.
Also, the Township’s self-service cardboard compactor is open for use. Stay tuned for the reopening of ECS&R, the Township’s electronic and hazardous waste recycler.
Voting Underway in Fire Department Coloring Contest
Voting is underway for the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company’s coloring contest.
The contest features four age groups: 5 and under, 6-12, 13-17, and 18+. To vote for a winner in each division, visit and like the Cranberry Township Facebook page, click on the Fire Safety Photo Album and like your favorite submissions.
Winners will be determined by the most likes received for each age group and announced at noon Tuesday, May 26.
Winners of the contest will receive a fire home safety kit including a residential-use fire extinguisher, CO detector, two smoke detectors, bandage holder, snap bracelets, pop sockets, frisbees, stuffed animals, toy fire truck, pencils and sharpeners.
Updated May 19, 2020: 2:56 PM
Waterpark Committed to Opening in Green Phase
Cranberry Township is committed to opening its recreational facilities, including the Waterpark and Camp Cranberry, as soon as state and federal guidelines permit.
However, since Butler County is still in the Yellow Phase, the Waterpark will not open as previously scheduled on May 23.
If Governor Tom Wolf declares Butler County can enter the Green Phase of the state’s reopening plan by June 15, the Township will move to prepare to open the Waterpark by July 1. This timeline will allow time to open the Waterpark for operation, as well as properly train staff.
Under the Green Phase, businesses will be allowed to re-open under CDC and state Department of Health guidelines. The most aggressive mitigation efforts will end at that time, too.
The Township’s recreational facility status is subject to change. As the situation evolves, more information will be released.
Thanks for your patience and understanding!
Updated May 18, 2020: 1:28 PM
Municipal Center Remains Closed
The Township Municipal Center remains closed under the state’s yellow phase of re-opening procedures.
Staff continues to work on-site and remotely, and essential services continue without interruption.
For more information, visit cranberrytownship.org.
Celebrate Kindness Day Set
Pennsylvanians are being asked to perform simple acts of kindness as part of 1-4-3 Day on Friday, May 22.
Fred Rogers used 1-4-3 as a shorthand to say, “I Love You,” based on the number of letters in each word.
Kindness can be as simple as purchasing a gift card from a local restaurant or small business, writing a thank you note for a mail carrier, or hanging inspiring artwork in a window.
Share a kind act on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #143DayinPA.
Lane Shift Set on I-79
A traffic switch on Interstate 79 Northbound over North Boundary Road is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19
Traffic will be moved from the current lanes to the median temporary lanes. During the switch, traffic will be restricted to one lane. Two lanes of traffic will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 20.
This is phase 2 of a two-year project, which extends from mile marker 80.5 to mile marker 81.4.
Last construction season, phase 1 replaced the bridge on Interstate 79 Southbound which is a two-lane, single span, composite steel multi-beam structure.
Motorists should expect delays.
Updated May 15, 2020: 2:16 PM
Cranberry Public Library to Begin Accepting Returns
As Cranberry Township transitions into the yellow phase of the state’s re-opening plan, the Cranberry Township Public Library will begin accepting returns on checked-out items.
Beginning Monday, May 18, the Library’s outdoor book drop at the Municipal Center will be open.
To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, all materials will be put into quarantine for 72 hours prior to being re-stocked.
This process will delay the return system, leading Library officials to extend current due dates to June 15. No late fees will accrue on accounts that were originally due during the closed period.
While the Library remains closed, online resources are available 24 hours a day via the e-Resources page where books, magazines, audio items and more are available for checkout.
Library staff are also overseeing the “Cooped-Up Cranberry” page, a joint venture with the Cranberry Township’s Parks & Recreation Department. It features activities, storytimes, exercise classes and more to help beat boredom.
For more information on these programs, visit cranberrytownship.org/library.
Updated May 14, 2020: 2:53 PM
Virtual Job Fair to Help Residents, Businesses
A virtual job fair featuring more than 40 companies is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Among communities and organizations in Allegheny, Beaver and Butler counties, the free event is sponsored by the Tri-County Growth Collaborative, which Cranberry Township is proud to be part of. It aims to create and showcase opportunities for residents and local business owners to find employment or hire, respectively.
Registration for the event can be found on the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber website at https://members.pghnorthchamber.com/events/details/virtual-job-fair-9510?calendarMonth=2020-05-01.
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the virtual event will feature several job-specific portions, including:
- 9-10 a.m. - Healthcare
- 10-11 a.m. - Education, Non-Profit, Childcare, Training
- 11 a.m. to noon - Finance/Banking, Tech/IT, Legal, Marketing & Sales
- Noon to 1 p.m. - Retail/Food, Tourism & Hospitality
- 1-2 p.m. - Manufacturing, Construction
Donations Sought for Food Drive
The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA and SouthWest Butler Food Cupboard will host a food drive in the coming weeks, with donations being accepted May 18-29.
Items may be dropped off at the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday via the side entrance located to the right of the main entrance. Donations may be left in the Community Room.
Specific items of need include taco kits, tortillas, Chef Boyardee, cereal, canned fruit, egg noodles, rice/pasta sides, pasta, pasta sauce, canned vegetables, dessert mixes, instant potatoes, canned potatoes, and baked beans.
Updated May 13, 2020: 2:32 PM
Registration and Inspection Deadlines Extended
Expiration dates for vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents.
Vehicle registrations, safety inspections, emissions inspections and persons with disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020 are now extended through June 30, 2020.
These extensions are in addition to those related to driver’s licenses, photo ID cards, and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020. These products are also extended through June 30, 2020.
Updated May 12, 2020: 2:38 PM
Driver’s License Renewal Process Revised
PennDOT will use existing photos on file for customers who renew their driver’s license and identification card.
All customers who renew their driver’s license or photo ID card online or through the mail will receive a new product using the most recent photo of that individual that exists in PennDOT’s system. No camera cards will be issued to these customers, and they will receive their new product by mail within 15 days.
Non-commercial driver’s license and photo ID card holders may renew their product online, providing there are no corrections or changes other than a change of address, by visiting www.dmv.pa.gov.
Individuals who renewed their product on or before May 10, 2020 will receive a camera card in the mail and will need to visit a PennDOT Photo License Center to obtain an updated photo.
Expiration dates on driver’s licenses, photo ID cards, learner’s permits and camera cards scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, have been extended until June 30, 2020.
Updated May 11, 2020: 3:18 PM
Memorial Day Service Going Online
Every year, Township residents and veterans gather the Sunday before Memorial Day to honor and remember the sacrifice made by those who served their country.
Though this year’s event cannot take place as usual, the Township is planning a virtual service to ensure the tradition continues.
An online Memorial Day service is planned for 1p.m. Sunday, May 24, with a video service posting on the Township’s social media feeds and website.
The video will feature the keystone elements of the annual event, including the National Anthem, guest speakers, the release of doves, a 21-gun salute and the ringing of bells in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
A production of the Cranberry Township VFW, along with the Township’s Parks and Recreation and Communications departments, the video serves to make sure those who defend our freedom are remembered and honored no matter the setting.
To view the video, visit cranberrytownship.org/memorialday or the Cranberry Township Facebook page.
Video Highlights Communication Efforts
As the community tries to grasp the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Cranberry has put an emphasis on keeping residents informed and worked to share the positive stories that have come from this trying time.
To view the video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS2Q42vqCNg&feature=youtu.be.
Updated May 8, 2020: 2:29 PM
Butler Among Counties to Move to Yellow Phase
Butler County will move to the yellow phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to re-open the state.
The change takes effect Friday, May 15.
Under the yellow phase:
- The stay-at-home order is lifted.
- Childcare centers can reopen while observing social distancing and cleaning guidelines.
- Groups of 25 can gather.
- Some non-life-sustaining businesses can also reopen under half capacity.
- Masks must continue to be worn in public places and businesses.
- Hair and nail salons, gyms, spas, theaters and casinos will remain closed.
- Restaurants and bars remain limited to carryout and delivery.
- Remote work and work-from-home is still encouraged.
Every neighboring county will also move to the yellow phase, except for Beaver County, which remains in the red phase. A stay-at-home order was extended to June 4 for all counties in the red phase.
Real Estate Tax Deadline Eased
Property tax deadlines will be extended after a move by the Board of Supervisors.
During their May 7 meeting, the Board voted to extend the payment date for “face amount” real estate taxes until November 30, 2020. The original deadline was June 30.
The move is in accordance with Act 15 of 2020, implemented by Governor Tom Wolf, requesting municipalities to extend the date, as well with recent action by County Commissioners to extend the deadline for the county portion.
Beginning December 1, 2020, the normal 10 percent penalty will be applied to unpaid bills.
Updated May 7, 2020: 11:52 PM
Penguins, Milk Shake Factory Thank Nurses
The Milk Shake Factory and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel teamed up to thank nurses on National Nurses Day.
The Milk Shake Factory delivered 59 Penguins chocolates to both UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and UPMC Passavant.
The Penguins and Milk Shake factory are partners and neighbors in Cranberry, with the UPMC Lemieux Center and a Milk Shake Factory location adjacent from one another.
Updated May 6, 2020: 4:00 PM
Graham Park Pond Fully Stocked
The Graham Park Pond is officially stocked with catfish and open to eager anglers.
The catch-and-release pond is open from dawn to 11 p.m. daily. A full list of rules is posted at the site, and users are reminded to practice social distancing while fishing.
Updated May 5, 2020: 4:00 PM
EPA Outlines Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines
The Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined steps to properly clean and disinfect homes and offices.
The guidelines cover public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes and follow protocols outlined in the federal government’s Opening up America Again program.
Excess Waste Protocol Outlined
With residents spending more time at home, they are also likely creating more trash and recycling.
To ensure pickup of those materials runs as efficiently as possible, residents are reminded that prepaid stickers are needed for items outside of trash carts.
That includes household items that are too bulky to be bagged, bundled or put in the trash cart such as extra trash bags, bicycles, lamps, lawn chairs, sofas, mattresses, box springs, washer and dryers.
With the Municipal Center closed, residents have options for purchasing stickers.
Vogel Disposal Customer Service will charge customers directly on a credit card for items placed outside of the trash cart without a sticker and will honor contracted sticker prices. Call Vogel Disposal at 724-625-1511 in advance of your collection day to pay and arrange for pickup off extra items.
Updated May 4, 2020: 3:41 PM
Community Response Team Spruces Up Municipal Center
Nearly two dozen volunteers with the Township’s Community Response Team joined Public Works staff to spruce up the Municipal Center on Monday.
The group spread mulch around shrubbery on the Center grounds, taking advantage of sunny, clear skies.
The group of volunteers is part of the Community Response Team, an initiative started by the Township to link volunteers with projects, as well as residents who are in need of assistance.
To get involved, visit cranberrytownship.org/CRT and complete the form.
Updated May 1, 2020: 2:55 PM
Freedom Road Work to Resume
Work on the Freedom Road/Turnpike Bridge project will resume beginning May 4.
Motorists are advised to use caution as they navigate through the work area.
Updated April 30, 2020: 1:30 PM
Mail-In Ballot Process Outlined
With Pennsylvania’s Primary Election moved to June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents are encouraged to submit a mail-in ballot prior to election day.
Applications for a mail-in ballot must be submitted by 5 p.m. the Tuesday before election day, May 26. The ballot must be submitted by 8 p.m. on election day.
To request a mail-in ballot, visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/voting-and-elections/#VotingbyMail-InBallot.
’Flushable’ Wipes Can Cause Damage
To ensure the Township’s sanitary sewer system continues to function at maximum capacity, residents are reminded to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash.
Flushing only toilet paper helps ensure that the toilets, plumbing, sewer systems and septic systems will continue working properly to safely manage wastewater. Flushable wipes clog systems and can create issues at the Brush Creek Water Treatment Plant.
Fixing these backups is costly and takes time and resources away from ensuring that wastewater management systems are otherwise working properly.
Updated April 29, 2020: 2:20 PM
Cranberry Highlands Golf Course Opening Saturday
Following Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement this week permitting golf courses to re-open, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course will open to players beginning Saturday, May 2.
Tee times can be booked by visiting cranberryhighlands.com.
The safety of customers and staff remains the top priority, with several protocols put in place to ensure that safety. They follow all federal, state and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
To view the list of rules and to book a tee time, visit cranberryhighlands.com.
House of Chen Provides Lunch
House of Chen provided the Township’s Public Works Department with lunch Tuesday as a thank-you for their efforts.
We thank them for their support!
Updated April 28, 2020: 3:58 PM
Real Estate Tax Bills Can’t Be Paid at Municipal Center
With the Municipal Center closed, real estate tax bills cannot be paid in person.
The final day to receive a discount on real estate tax bills is Thursday, April 30. They can be mailed to 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, Pa. 16066.
Sewer, water and trash bills can also be paid in this fashion, or by visiting cranberrytownship.org/3065/pay.
Township Seeking Lifeguards, Maintenance Workers
The Township Parks and Recreation Department is seeking lifeguards and maintenance workers for the Township Waterpark.
Lifeguards must hold a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. Certification classes are offered through the Parks and Recreation Department.
To apply, visit cranberrytownship.org/employment.
Updated April 27, 2020: 5:18 PM
Haine, Rowan Teachers Parade to Greet Students
Teachers and staff from Rowan Elementary and Haine Elementary and Middle Schools paraded through the Township on Monday to greet students and their families.
The eight parade routes also featured Township police and fire crews leading the way as all involved waved, held signs and honked their horns at students whose homes have turned into classrooms.
The event was coordinated by teachers at Haine and Rowan schools along with Township officials.
Updated April 24, 2020: 12:47 PM
Special ’Cranberry Today’ Available Now
Faced with unprecedented challenges in recent weeks, the Cranberry Township community has come together to do everything from make masks, donate food and make trips to the pharmacy.
Read about these amazing acts and much more in this special digital edition of ‘Cranberry Today’: https://bit.ly/2KykwFL.
Unemployment Application Available
Self-employed workers, independent contractors and others not typically eligible for benefits can now file for unemployment benefits on the state’s unemployment compensation system website.
To apply and learn more, click here: https://bit.ly/3bBYHRw.
Chambers Join Together to Help Businesses
The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber and the Butler County Chamber of Commerce have joined to help businesses and residents alike.
The chambers host Facebook Live segments each Monday, Wednesday and Friday on a variety of topics. Visit @PghNorthChamber on Facebook and click on the Videos tab.
Updated April 22, 2020: 3:06 PM
Building Lights Up for Frontline Workers
To honor the efforts of first responders and healthcare workers, the Municipal Center will be bathed in light each evening, and the public is invited to light their own homes and businesses in solidarity.
Gold lights brighten the building each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to put a spotlight on the first responders, doctors, nurses and other front-line workers who are diligently working to keep us safe and battle the pandemic.
From Monday through Wednesday, the building is lit in red, white and blue to signify the unity of America. It’s a call to action to remain unified during this trying time.
Township residents and business owners are being asked to light up their buildings in a similar fashion to let these heroes know they are appreciated and supported. Residents are invited to send photos of their lights to the Township’s Facebook page. Those photos will be shared online to continue the show of support.
Updated April 21, 2020: 3:03 PM
Front-Line Workers Given Meals
The Rotary Clubs of Cranberry Township joined together Tuesday to serve over 100 meals to the front-line workers serving Cranberry Township.
Meals were distributed to Police, Fire, EMS and Public Works employees by Rotary members. The meals were provided by John Marshall Catering.
Updated April 20, 2020: 2:12 PM
Annual CTCC Community Days Canceled
The 2020 edition of CTCC’s Community Days promised to be the most incredible occasion in its 44-year history.
However, uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic has led organizers to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.
Planning for Community Days, which draws more than 30,000 people over three days, typically begins in January, with vendors and entertainment booked in early spring. The prudent decision to cancel was deemed appropriate considering the current public health crisis, and with the deepest concern for all those being affected.
Cranberry Township must remain focused on providing essential services, while keeping employees and residents safe. Canceling the event allows the Township to concentrate on the challenges the coronavirus presents to the community.
Community Days will return in 2021, with a fun-filled weekend set for July 8-10. This event promises to be a celebration of the community that has come together during this pandemic. That, after all, is the spirt of CTCC: helping make the community better each day.
We’re Working For You
Even though our workplace has changed and our meetings are different, our level commitment to serving the community remains the same.
See how our Township staff are continuing to work for you in our new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRcOjFMavNc
Girl Scout Camps Canceled
The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania announced that all summer resident camps at Camp Hawthorne Ridge, Camp Redwing, Camp Skymeadow, and Camp Conshatawba are canceled through August 31. Those camps are also closed.
Updated April 17, 2020: 4:03 PM
Volunteers Pack Hand Sanitizer for First Responders
Township first responders have a new tool in their belts to stay safe thanks to donations and the efforts of volunteers.
Volunteers filled 500 hand sanitizer bottles to be used by Township fire, EMS, police and other community workers at the Township’s Public Safety Training Center.
The Township received 55 gallons of hand sanitizer from a local chemical company in March, and later located bottles and sprayers to distribute the liquid. Volunteers from the Township’s Community Response Team labeled, dispensed, assembled and packed the 1-ounce bottles.
Census Dates Moved
The 2020 Census will be delayed slightly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data collection activities in March, with hopes of reactivating field offices beginning June 1.
The window for field data collection and self-response is expected to be moved to October 31, 2020. This will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the president by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021.
To complete the Census, visit 2020census.gov.
Coronavirus Scams Reported
Several scams related to the coronavirus have popped up in recent weeks.
The scams include asking for bank information, offering financial assistance and asking for emails and passwords to update computer software.
Residents are advised to use caution and never give out passwords or bank account information.
For more information on consumer warnings, visit fcc.gov/covid-scams.
Updated April 16, 2020: 3:25 PM
School Districts Helping Medical Professionals
Butler County front-line workers are a little safer thanks to a large donation from county schools.
County superintendents collected personal protective equipment from labs, art rooms, nurses’ offices and other areas in their schools. The equipment was donated to Butler Memorial Hospital.
The donation included goggles, safety glasses, gowns, face masks and gloves.
Additionally, the Seneca Valley School District is using 3D printers to create headbands and face shields for first responders. Partnering with 3DPPGH, a Pittsburgh-based printing group, dozens of masks were created for Cranberry Township’s fire, police and EMS workers. Scott Garing, Chief of Fire and Emergency Services, was on hand to accept the donation.
To donate to the school’s creation of the masks, visit https://mtyc.co/4jb13g. To donate supplies or request equipment for a health care agency, Annie Mersing, Seneca Valley Foundation Development Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sewing Collaboration Grows
With more masks needed, the Township’s collaboration with Cranberry Sews It Flat continues to grow.
Seven more volunteers have joined the group through the Township’s Community Response Team. They will deliver more than 100 masks to our first responders this week, with several hundred more expected in the coming weeks.
To join the group, donate, volunteer or request help, visit the Community Response Team page at cranberrytownship.org/CRT.
Updated April 14, 2020: 3:19 PM
Cranberry Has the Cure for Being Cooped Up
When the weather outside is cloudy, and when the challenge of games wears thin, children are in need of something fun to occupy their time.
Cranberry Township’s Cooped-Up Kids program is the cure for boredom, offering activities and programs five days a week administered by the Library, Parks and Recreation and Engineering staffs.
Content will feature everything from maker-related tasks like those they would enjoy in the Library’s new Makerspace, story time, arts and crafts projects, cooking challenges and virtual field trips.
To join in on the fun, visit CranberryTownship.org/CoopedUpCranberry.
IRS Checks on the Way
Stimulus checks are expected to be deposited from the federal government by Wednesday.
The checks will be directly deposited into the bank accounts of people who 2018 or 2019 tax return. Those who receive Social Security benefits will also receive a payment.
Those filing individually will receive $1,200. Married couples who filed taxes jointly and who made less than $150,000 will receive $2,400. They will also receive $500 per qualifying child.
Those who did not file taxes or have questions about the criteria can visit irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments to get a check mailed to them or to have one deposited in a checking account.
Waterpark Membership Sales Suspended
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Township Waterpark memberships will no longer be sold for the 2020 season.
More information about the Waterpark is forthcoming.
For questions or comments, e-mail us at ParksAndRec@cranberrytownship.org.
Updated April 13, 2020: 2:05 PM
Response Team Expands Reach
Thanks to a generous donation from MarkWest Energy Partners, the Township’s Community Response Team is expanding its reach to neighboring communities in Southwest Butler County.
The Community Response Team was created as the Township’s response to helping residents who were adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Since its inception, volunteers have stepped up in great numbers to assist their neighbors in shopping for essential needs, while supplies have been purchased with monetary donations.
The need, however, isn’t contained within Cranberry Township, and the MarkWest Energy Partners donation will allow the CRT to assist even more people.
Residents in Harmony, Zelienople, Evans City, Jackson Township and Lancaster Township can request assistance by visiting cranberrytownship.org/CRT and completing the form, or by calling 724-776-4806.
Food Bank Needs Assistance
Gleaner’s Food Bank, which serves Cranberry Township and the surrounding area, is in need of donations as demand increases due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The food bank needs:
- Peanut butter
- Pasta sauce
- Canned chicken
- Paper products
- Laundry detergent
- Bar soap, shampoo and other hygiene items
Items can be dropped off in front of the doors at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, 2535 Rochester Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Gleaners has plenty of canned goods and asks that non-perishable food only be donated at the site. Regular sized items are preferred over family sized, as they can help more people.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Costco Helps First Responders
First responders and healthcare workers are being given priority access at Costco, 1050 Cranberry Square Drive.
Healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters who present a Costco membership card and official identification will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse.
Updated April 9, 2020: 3:35 PM
Schools Closed for Academic Year
Governor Tom Wolf ordered all schools in the state to remain closed through the end of the 2020 academic year.
Online and at-home work for students will continue, with each district adhering to their pre-approved academic schedule.
To view Governor Wolf’s message, visit twitter.com/GovernorTomWolf/status/1248256854834241537.
Updated April 8, 2020: 4:31 PM
With Governor Tom Wolf asking all residents to voluntarily wear a mask when leaving their homes, the Township’s Community Response Team is partnering with Cranberry Sews It Flat to protect its employees.
Volunteers are in the process of sewing nearly 700 masks for Township personnel, along with other professionals and essential businesses in the region.
The group is in need of material donations, including:
- 100% quilting fabric made of a poly/cotton blend or all cotton.
- New cotton sheets
- ¼” flat braided elastic or double fold bias tape or ribbon ¼” to ½” wide
- Fiskars 45 mm blades for rotary cutters
- Laundry detergent, unscented if possible
- Cotton or poly cotton spools of thread for sewing machines and cones for serger machines
Items can be dropped off at the Township’s Public Safety Training Center between 9 a.m and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To volunteer as a seamstress, fill out the form at CranberryTownship.org/CRT.
For guidance on how to make your own mask, visit https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Stop-the-Spread.aspx.
Updated April 7, 2020: 3:09 PM
Hydrant Flushing Underway
The Township’s Sewer and Water Field Operations Division began the process of flushing hydrants this week.
Automatic flushing devices were attached to hydrants on Steeplechase Drive, Route 19, and Glen Rape Road, with a fourth set to be installed in Graham Park. The devices are on a timer and will flush hydrants on a schedule to improve water quality in the system. They will be in place until late October. The hydrants are still accessible in the event of a fire.
Updated April 6, 2020: 4:23 PM
Tax Filing Date Changed
The deadline to file earned income tax has been moved to July 15 in the Township. This date in in-line with state and federal filing deadlines. The deadline change does not apply to business privilege, local service tax property taxes. The schedules for those taxes remain the same. More information can be found at cranberrytownship.org/1179/Local-Taxes.
Safety Measures in Place
To ensure essential staff still working in the Township Municipal Center are safe, a number of safety measures have been put in place.
Staff are using a designated entrance and must take their temperature before proceeding. Gloves, masks and other protective gear are required for those who cannot work a sufficient distance from each other.
Sanitary measures are in place to keep common areas such as meeting spaces and the kitchen area clean, as well as Township vehicles. Those working in the field are also following social distancing recommendations and sanitation requirements.
Signage is placed throughout the building and in vehicles to remind employees of proper procedures, and employees are also asked to continue vigilance in their own homes to maintain a safe environment for everyone.
Working for You
Despite the uncertainty and anxiety being caused by the coronavirus, Cranberry Township supervisors, administrators and employees are working hard to make sure services continue as close to normal as possible. A new video highlights that work and showcases how staff is working hard to make Cranberry Township a great place to live, work, and play. To view the video, visit cranberrytownship.org/WorkingForYou.
Updated April 3, 2020: 4:49 PM
Park Equipment Closed
Cranberry Township officials are working hard to balance the absolute importance of physical distancing while accepting the fact that people want to get outside and exercise. As part of Gov. Wolf’s stay-at-home order, exercising outside is a permitted activity.
While officials encourage our residents to enjoy the sunshine and stay healthy in our parks and on our sidewalks, the Township will be closing all playground equipment and fitness stations beginning April 3. Signage will be posted reflecting the closure.
Additionally, to keep large crowds from gathering in our parks, residents are urged to use the Township’s sidewalk system, which is more than 200 miles in total length.
Elsewhere, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course is open to walkers, runners and hikers, providing nearly 10 miles of open space to exercise safely.
Cranberry Township remains committed to making sure our residents remain safe while enjoying the parks that residents have come to love.
As residents face uncertainty spurred by the coronavirus, one thing nobody should have to worry about is their next meal.
Those eligible for emergency food assistance are those out of work without pay, including service workers who are unable to get shifts or hourly wage employees of non-essential businesses that have voluntarily closed.
A self-declaration of need form must be submitted, as well as information on household size and income levels. For more information or to apply, visit agriculture.pa.gov
A number of important dates have changed as a result of coronavirus precautions.
- Pennsylvania’s primary election will now take place June 2, 2020
- Driver’s licenses expiring before April 30, 2020 will now expire May 31, 2020.
- The deadline for Real ID is now October 1, 2021.
- The income tax filing deadline is July 15, 2020.
Updated April 2, 2020: 5:40 PM
Library Loans 3D Printer
The Township Library’s 3D printers are being loaned out for a good cause.
The printers, which will be housed in The Forge makerspace, were donated to 3DPPGH, a 3D printing organization, so it can be used to print parts for medical masks. One is already in use, with two more being delivered this week. The masks will help protect medical professionals across the region.
Updated April 1, 2020: 3:45 PM
Response Team Holds Event
The Cranberry Township Community Response Team held its first volunteer event Wednesday, with 18 volunteers shopping for essential items for those in need.
The volunteers were given gift cards to shop for items and returned them to the Township’s Public Safety Training Center to be distributed. Items included essential groceries, cleaning supplies and medications.
More than 80 individuals have signed up to volunteer for the program. To volunteer, donate or request help, visit cranberrytownship.org/CRT.
Protect the Shield
Spartan Mounts, a Township-based 3-D printing company, is using its equipment to create face shields to be used in local hospitals. The company’s 23 printers use plastic components to create the shields that will help keep healthcare workers safe.
Updated March 31, 2020: 4:10 PM
Take A Walk
While outdoor activity is still encouraged under social distancing guidelines, doing so in a crowded area defeats the purpose. With that in mind, there are many options for Township residents who want to take a break and enjoy some fresh air. The Township’s sidewalk system offers more than 200 miles for walking and running, allowing for users to maintain a 6-foot social distance.
Tell A Friend
While checking in on your friends, family, and neighbors, don’t forget to tell them about the Township’s Community Response Team. The program links volunteers with those in need in the community to provide groceries, pickup prescriptions and help with other tasks. Financial donations to the program are used to purchase re-loadable gift cards to help ease the burden for those facing challenges. For more information, tell a friend to visit cranberrytownship.org/CRT or 724-776-4806.
Keep Your Distance
President Donald Trump on Sunday and Governor Tom Wolf on Monday extended social distancing guidelines through April 30, 2020. Under these guidelines, all Americans are asked to avoid groups of 10 or more, and stay 6 feet from each other. Older people are urged to stay at home. Governor Wolf also ordered that all schools stay closed until further notice.
Updated March 27, 2020: 1:43 PM
EMS Receives Donation
Cranberry Township EMS continues to receive donations from the community. Passavant Memorial Homes donated 30 N95 masks, 50 surgical masks and a box of gloves. A Township resident donated 15 Tyvek suits, 40 P95 masks and two boxes of gloves. Thank you for keeping our first responders safe!
Construction Inspections Changed
Due to Governor Tom Wolf’s shutdown order, construction inspections cannot be conducted unless a construction project has received a waiver granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. To apply for a waiver, please visit the DCED website at https://dced.pa.gov/.
Library Has Lots to Offer
The doors may be closed, but the Cranberry Public Library has numerous resources to offer from a distance. E-books, music, audio books, language programs, and genealogy tools are just some of the offerings. Visit cranberrylibrary.org to explore these options.
Updated March 26, 2020: 4:16 PM
Who Needs Help?
Response to the Township’s Community Response Team has been swift, with more than 25 residents and organizations reaching out in the first 24 hours. With teams of people ready to help, the Township wants to hear from residents who need assistance. To request help, be it with picking up groceries or financial aid, visit CranberryTownship.org/CRT or call Customer Service at 724-776-4806.
Updated March 25, 2020: 2:10 PM
Community Response Team
In good times and bad, the Cranberry Township residents have a history of supporting one another. Fundraisers, charity drives and service projects are commonplace and a large part of what makes the Township a great place to live, work and play. Now, with many members of our community facing an unprecedented shutdown of daily life, that community spirit is needed more than ever. That’s why the Township is seeking individuals to help ease the burden the pandemic is having on the community. Volunteers will help provide those in need with essential basic human needs like food, water, or toiletries. By doing this, they can help make the day a little brighter in a term of uncertainty. Healthy volunteers who want to help, as well as residents in need of assistance are asked to contact the Township via links at CranberryTownship.org/CRT or by calling 724-776-4806.
Cardboard Compactor Open
The commercial-strength cardboard compactor behind the Township Municipal Center continues to be available for public use. No garbage, Syrofoam or packing peanuts are permitted in the compactor. If the compactor is full, do not leave boxes outside. A camera monitors the compactor at all times.
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HOW THE VIRUS IS SPREAD
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
- Occasionally, fecal contamination
Wash your hands frequently.
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow.
Clean surfaces frequently.
Frequently clean countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home if you feel unwell.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Maintain social distancing.
Avoid congregate settings, mass gatherings, and maintain distance (6 feet) from others when possible.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider.
Keep up with the latest developments about COVID-19.