April 11-15 is Local Government Week across Pennsylvania! The week aims to further educate on the operations of local governments, and recognize the elected officials and volunteers who work diligently to ensure our town remains a beautiful community to live and work in. We’re highlighting the Boards and Commissions that are part of Edgeworth’s government structure. But first, here is a very brief history of Edgeworth Borough!
Edgeworth was first established in 1904, and received its name from the Edgeworth Female Seminary, a popular all-girls school that relocated to our area from Pittsburgh. The Seminary was named for Maria Edgeworth, a well-known Irish writer well respected by the Seminary’s founder. From then on, the town became a premier destination for those seeking a little serenity from the hustle and bustle of the city. In 1914, Edgeworth Borough became the first municipality in Pennsylvania, and only the fourteenth in the nation, to adopt the council – manager form of government, which established the position of Borough Manager. Edgeworth has had ten managers throughout its history, and the position is currently held by John Schwend. To read more of Edgeworth’s history, click here!
Edgeworth Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is an advisory board that reviews proposed changes to zoning ordinances, land development and subdivision applications, special exceptions to the zoning ordinance, among other land use and development proposals. The Planning Commission makes recommendations to both Borough Council and the Zoning Hearing Board after a thorough review of the plans brought before them. The Commission is made up of five Borough residents who work to ensure development decisions are in the best interest of all community members! Thank you to our Planning Commission members: Patrick Keane, David Aloe, Mary Ferris, David Martin, and Patrick Auth.
Edgeworth Zoning Hearing Board
The Zoning Hearing Board is a quasi-judicial board that hears requests for variances from the provisions set forth in the Edgeworth Zoning Ordinance. These requests are typically related to setbacks, size of structures, building in a landslide prone area, and impervious surface coverage on a lot, among others. This is a very important Board, as it is responsible for determining whether a variance and other similar requests meet the legal standards necessary to be granted. The Board consists of three members, and two alternate members. Thank you to the residents serving on the Zoning Hearing Board: Elizabeth Wilson, David Genter, Rob Weinberg, and alternates Robin Pesa and David McCormish. Click here to view and learn more about the Edgeworth zoning map!
Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission is a decision-making body that assists with the hiring and promotions of Edgeworth police officers, as well as any disciplinary measures that may arise with members of the police force. While this Commission meets infrequently, it serves a very important role in ensuring that the police officers hired to serve our residents and community are highly qualified and fulfill their role with integrity. Thank you to our Civil Service Commission members, Jennifer Giotto, David Aloe, and Stacy Gianiodis! You can read more about the Edgeworth Police Department here.
Shade Tree Commission
The Shade Tree Commission makes decisions on the planting, removal, and proper maintenance of Edgeworth’s shade trees. Working closely with the Borough Arborist, the Shade Tree Commission works to ensure that trees planted within the Borough right of way are of high quality, and will last for generations to come. Thank you to the three members of our Shade Tree Commission: Greg Marlovits, Ann Gensheimer, and Joyce Scalercio. Learn more about Edgeworth’s shade trees here.
Borough Council and Mayor
Last but certainly not least, our Mayor and the Edgeworth Borough Council! Dr. Gary L. Smith serves as the Mayor of Edgeworth. His responsibilities include promoting the community as a whole, participating in Council discussions, and breaking a tie vote if it occurs during a Council meeting. Borough Council is made of up seven elected members. They create the laws and regulations of Edgeworth by passing ordinances and resolutions, while keeping the best interests of residents in mind. Borough Council is also responsible for passing the annual budget, determining what infrastructure projects will be completed, appointing residents to serve on various Boards and Commissions, and collaborating with Borough staff to implement community services. The Mayor and each member of Council is elected to a four-year term of office, and meet regularly on the third Tuesday of every month. Our Borough Council members are: Council President Joseph Hoepp, Vice President David Aloe, Elizabeth Genter, Ivan Hofmann, Katherine Larsen, Greg Marlovits, and Daniel Wilson.