The Ross Review

                                                                      January 21, 2020

Meet the Manager

The Township Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township. He is responsible for implementing the policies, resolutions, and ordinances adopted by the governing body of the Township which is the Board of Commissioners. The Manager is also responsible for all Township staff, departments, and activities and is assisted by a team of Directors, overseeing departments including the Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, Police, and Finance. 

We would like to introduce Ronald Borczyk, our new Township Manager. Ron resides in Russellton, Pennsylvania with his wife Kim and their two dogs.They have two children, Rachel, 25 (graduated from Duquesne University) and Matt, 20 (Junior at Robert Morris University). Ron has been a Borough Manager for the last fifteen years, first in Sharpsburg, then Springdale, and finally Bellevue. He is highly qualified to serve our growing community. His previous experience in the private sector in finance and accounting uniquely situates Ron to provide our Township with the guidance and knowledge of a well rounded leader. We look forward to the coming years in Ross Township. 

Newly Elected Commissioners

Sarah Poweska (D), formerly the Ross Township Tax Collector, was sworn in at the January 6, 2020, Board of Commissioners Reorganization Meeting as the 3rd Ward Commissioner. Sarah will be serving as the chair of the Finance, Budget, and Pension Committee. She also will be an active member of the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee.

William McKellar (D), retired Director of Safety and Security for the North Hills School District, was sworn in as the 5th Ward Commissioner. William has served on the Civil Service Commission for the last two years. William will be serving as the chair of the Public Safety Committee, and he will be an active member of the Finance, Budget, and Pension Committee. 

Re-Elected Officials

Other Newly Elected Officials

Matthew Mager was elected to a two-year term as the Ross Township Tax Collector. Matt has deputized his duties to Jordan Tax Service. He plans to hold his in-person tax collection dates at the Ross Township Community Center. The tax collection schedule will be posted on the Township's website when it becomes available. Matt was sworn into office at the January 6, 2020, Board of Commissioners Reorganization Meeting.

Ross works with a junior commissioner to engage students about community issues. Katie Duerig is the newest Ross Township Junior Commissioner. Katie is a Junior at the North Hills High School. Katie was sworn into office at the January 6, 2020, Board of Commissioners Reorganization Meeting.

2020 Walk-in Recreational Activities at the Ross Community Center

Wednesdays from 6PM - 7PM, and the cost is $10 residents / $11 non-residents

Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness.

Line Dancing:
Thursdays from 7PM - 8:30PM, and the cost is $5 residents / $6 non-residents

Meet new friends, and get a good aerobic workout! This is a great class for beginners to advanced line dancers.  Our local-favorite instructors, Ginny and Jerry Crawford, will walk you through many of today’s most popular line dances.  No dance partner needed, and all ages are welcome.  This is one of longest-running classes at the Community Center.  The instructors even take requests for line dances, and they do their best to help everyone learn!

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1PM - 3PM, Fridays learn to play Pickleball from 1PM - 3PM,
and the cost is $3 residents / $4 non-residents

Pickleball is a paddle-ball sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net.

Upcoming Programs

Rug Rats
Preschool Rug Rats:
Thursdays (February 6th - March 12th) from 5:45PM - 6:30PM, and the cost is $42 residents / $48 non-residents 

Come meet new friends, play games, and have some fun at our Preschool Rug Rats program! In this program your little one will work with our instructor in a semi-structured gym time. Each class will involve new sport equipment, backyard games, and basic instruction to encourage learning to preschool aged children. This is a great first-time program for young residents and non-residents! Parents must be present throughout class. Kids ages 2
1/2 to 31/are welcome to participate. 

Exciting Easter Events

Pysanky Eggs
Pysanky Easter Egg Workshop: Two Sessions Available!

March 14th at 10AM - 1PM 
March 14th at   3PM - 6PM

Join Michael Kapeluck of Saint Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in learning the ancient art of "writing" with hot wax to create magnificent and authentic Ukrainian Easter Eggs-Pysanky. The $30.00 fee includes the cost for the decorating tools, dyes, and eggs. Because of the use of a candle, participants must be at least 12 years of age with adult supervision. 

Eggnormous Easter Egg Hunt

March 28th at  11AM - 1PM

The Easter Bunny has left some eggs for the little ones to find. Join us at the Ross Township Community Recreation Center to find eggs, decorate a cookie, create crafts, and visit the Easter Bunny. Registration is required. This is a free event limited to the first 200 children registered. 

Protect Your First Responders and Fellow Motorists


This is just a friendly Public Service Announcement to remind you as a driver to uphold and obey the Pennsylvania Steer Clear Law.  This law was designed to protect all first responders and stranded motorists and to keep them safe.  Slow down, Move over, and Save a Life!

The 'Steer Clear' law requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle. This law will help prevent injuries and save lives, but only if drivers follow the law and use common sense. 

Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Law:
3327. Duty of driver in emergency response areas.
When approaching or passing an emergency response area, a person, unless otherwise directed by an emergency service responder, shall:
  1. pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area, if possible; or
  2. if passing in a nonadjacent lane is impossible, illegal or unsafe, pass the emergency response area at a careful and prudent reduced speed reasonable for safely passing the emergency response area.
Violators commit a summary offense. Penalties include a fine of up to $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense, and 1,000 for a third or subsequent offense. Repeat offenders may have their license suspended, and violators who cause bodily injury or the death of an emergency service provider face additional fines of up to $10,000. In addition, fines for several traffic violations are doubled when committed in an emergency response area when first responders are present. 

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