Astronaut Michael Fincke calls Emsworth his hometown

Last Updated:  April 1, 2020

Welcome to Emsworth Borough, we are located just a few miles north of the City of Pittsburgh, just off of Route 65 North.  Emsworth Borough is located on land that was originally purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the heirs of William Penn. The purchase was ratified by a local tribe of Indians shortly before the French and Indian War. There was no attempt to develop this land until the Revolutionary War. Young men were promised parcels of land in addition to any pay if they would remain in the army and defend their country.


A tract of land, Emsworth, was patented to John Wilkins. The name "Emsworth" is reported to have been the name of an old English Duke. The first settler, John Cheney, took up residence in 1802. In 1805 he sold the property of Emsworth to David and William Courtney. William married the daughter of William Dickson, who had been one of the first settlers in Ben Avon. William built a stone home on the property that is presently the athletic field along Ohio River Boulevard; the Courtneys raised and educated eighteen children. President Zachary Taylor was a guest in the Courtney home


The present Borough of Emsworth was crossed by the old Makintosh trail, which extended from Fort Pitt to what now is the Town of Beaver. Many families seeking to find their fortunes in the West were drawn to Emsworth because of its scenic beauty and location near waterways.


Served by the Avonworth School District, Emsworth is approximately one square mile in size, is still a very peaceful and well maintained borough, and is proud to be the home of young families as well as a number of senior citizens. 

  

The Allegheny County League of Municipalities (ALOM) has named the Borough of Emsworth as a 2019 Banner Community.  The Banner Community Program was started in 2013 by the Allegheny League of Municipalities in partnership with Allegheny County and has since grown to include 55 municipalities in 2019.  The program was designed to recognize communities that demonstrate a dedication to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accounting and proactive communications.  ALOM is a non-profit, non-partisan membership association whose mission is to foster local government in Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania by educating elected officials, delivering essential resources and advicating for sound policy and legislation. To learn more visit www.alleghenyleague.org.

       Monthly Council Meeting

 

Emsworth Borough Council meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the  Borough Hall, 171 Center Avenue.


2020 Membership Campaign

The Avonworth Historical Society has embarked on its first membership campaign to grow our organization and expand our capabilities to preserve and disseminate local history. Will you help? Please consider becoming a member, giving a gift membership or spreading the word about our work and encouraging new memberships. Membership dues and donations are our main sources of revenue. These funds help to pay for our rent, office supplies, archival storage materials, lecturers, newsletter publication and computer/copying equipment. We recently purchased camera equipment to digitize 90 years of weekly City and Suburban Life newspaper issues, as well as, other documents and archival materials. We have costs associated with the maintenance and protection of the Dickson Log House, too, to name a few regular expenses. We can use your support now! Go to avonworth-history.org/support to help us reach our goal of 202 new members. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THERE WILL NOT BE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE EMSWORTH BOROUGH BUILDING.

 

ALL PAYMENTS MAY BE DROPPED INTO THE MAIL SLOT.

 

EMAILS AND PHONE MESSAGES WILL BE MONITIORED.  PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO PROCESS ANY REQUESTS.

 

THESE ARE UNPRECENTED TIMES AND WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE’S COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING.

Relative to the recent CDC announcement regarding COVID-19 guidelines,

the following have been cancelled:

  

April 8 Emsworth Council Meeting
April 12 Egg Hunt
April 22 Planning Commission Meeting

If you need a  2019 Tax Receipt, please contact the Tax office 412-734-4714 and a receipt will be mailed to you.

Dear Valued Waste Management Customers,

 

Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Federal and State Declarations of Emergency have been issued that recommend non-essential employees shelter in place and/or work from home when possible to promote social distancing. As a result, Waste Management has significantly reduced its “field” work force and is focusing on the performance of essential services during this unprecedented emergency. Because of its importance to the health and safety of our society, municipal solid waste collection and disposal is deemed an “essential service” in most instances, and so Waste Management’s employees dedicated to collecting and disposing of trash are in the field continuing to perform this critical function.

 

In order for Waste Management to maintain its focus on municipal solid waste collection and disposal, and due to the reduced number of employees in the field, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Waste Management is temporarily suspending the performance of the following services, which are non-essential during this period of emergency:

 

Bulk Collection – furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances, etc.
Spring and bulk clean-ups
Yard Waste Collection – grass clippings, brush, tree limbs, etc.


Please Note:

All trash/refuse must be bagged & sealed (and wherever possible) placed in containers. LOOSE ITEMS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
·         All recyclable materials must be placed inside recycling bin (including cardboard). ITEMS LEFT OUTSIDE OF BIN, WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.

 

·         WM will enforce (bag and/or cart limits), as reflected in our current contract.

 

When the Declarations of Emergency and social distancing recommendations have been eased and Waste Management’s work force returns to pre-pandemic levels, these services will be restarted. Waste Management will provide notice when the service(s) will resume. 

We have been a part of this community for many years and know that together we will be resilient. Thank you for your partnership during this critical time.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Christ

Public Sector Representative

The Avonworth Post #866 has cancelled their Memorial Parade and Field Services.