John M. Barrett

Manager's Message

John M. Barrett
Township Manager


Oct 18

Business community thriving in South Fayette

Posted on October 18, 2022 at 9:45 AM by Andrea Iglar

A healthy and vibrant business community is an integral part of a thriving township.

That’s why we are proud not only to welcome additional businesses to South Fayette but also to celebrate established ones.

The fall 2022 issue of South Fayette Connect magazine highlights both new and longstanding businesses in South Fayette, from the family-owned and -operated Schulz Service Center marking 40 years in business to the national chain Firebirds Wood Fired Grill that is set to open a steak and seafood restaurant here in November.

Not only do businesses create jobs but they also encourage economic growth, help build community identity and diversify the local marketplace.

Township officials have embraced a business-friendly philosophy that aims to keep existing businesses and attract new ones.

This approach has helped grow the slate of local options for shopping, eating, socializing and securing services, while also expanding our commercial tax base.

Customers pay sales tax when they visit local businesses, and in turn, businesses pay taxes to the township, the school district and the county. This money ends up funding some of our most important community amenities—parks, roads, police, schools and much more.

We are fortunate to have a wide variety of businesses that have chosen to make South Fayette Township their home. You can find local business listings on our website, southfayettepa.com/bizdirectory, and on our mobile app, South Fayette CitizenLink.

I encourage you to seek out these establishments and consider shopping locally whenever possible. And remember: Small Business Saturday is Nov. 26—just in time for your holiday shopping.

In the end, a strong local business economy is good for everyone in South Fayette.

Jun 23

Township stands on the shoulders of giants

Posted on June 23, 2022 at 10:47 AM by Andrea Iglar

The summer 2022 issue of South Fayette Connect reminds me of the phrase, “standing on the shoulders of giants,” which refers to the idea that progress is achieved by building on the work of others.

In the article “10 Years of Leaps and Bounds,” we take a 10-year lookback at our community and highlight the growth and advancement of South Fayette Township services, equipment, infrastructure and more.

In the past decade, we have experienced surges in real estate values, population and development. No one can deny how much South Fayette has progressed and how quickly the changes seemingly have occurred.

However, it is apparent that these changes were not by happenstance but rather the result of countless hours of hard work and dedication by community leaders. These metaphorical giants have set up the township for success.

I am reminded that we are working today so future generations can reap the benefits of our efforts. Our predecessors have laid the foundation, and now we have the obligation to pay it forward. The task is tall, but I am both optimistic and encouraged that the township’s trajectory will continue.

The construction of the new municipal center and police station, the continued expansion and development of Fairview Park, the completion of the Southern Beltway and other road improvements, along with the professional advancement of our employees and police officers, represent just a fraction of the township’s positive momentum.

And there is plenty more to come.

Mar 29

Building project to help define township's progress

Posted on March 29, 2022 at 10:21 AM by Andrea Iglar

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Joe Horowitz to reflect on the changes South Fayette Township has experienced over his 10 years with the South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Horowitz shared stories and personal accounts of the growth and advancement of township operations, including the police department.

Hearing him reflect on the significant changes in the community inspired me to think about the next 10 years and what events will define our progress.

What comes to mind for me is the construction of our new, 36,000-square-foot municipal center, including a police station. This building will be a major milestone for South Fayette and a testament to the hard work of our past and present community leaders.

The facility will provide township offices, public meeting facilities and a modern police station that will support the police department’s status as a professional law enforcement agency.

Projected to be completed next summer, the 18,000-square foot police station will include space for in-house training, evidence storage, much-needed office space and, of course, a proper kennel for Ellie Faye, our police bloodhound.

Additionally, the new building will house our administrative offices, commissioners chamber and public meeting room. The larger, more modern facility will provide staff with sufficient space and equipment to carry out operations and grow along with the community.

As you can imagine, I am excited to see this project unfold. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of former boards, township employees and other community leaders who have paved the way for progress.

We will continue to pay it forward and work hard to ensure future generations also are set up for success.

John M. Barrett
Township Manager