John M. Barrett

Manager's Message

John M. Barrett
Township Manager

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Jun 17

Help shape the future of South Fayette

Posted on June 17, 2021 at 9:22 AM by Andrea Iglar

South Fayette Township is preparing to update our Comprehensive Plan and needs your help to ensure the plan reflects our community's vision.

The Comprehensive Plan is a document that guides future initiatives, policies, projects and growth, including land use, transportation of people and goods, housing, township facilities and utilities, and natural and historical resources.

Every 10 years, the township reevaluates the plan and considers what changes are needed to meet the needs of the evolving South Fayette community.

This process brings together residents and stakeholders from our volunteer boards, community groups and businesses to create a strategy that will help our township continue to prosper for the next decade.

While not a binding document, the adopted plan will guide future land development and zoning laws, infrastructure improvements and policy changes. We want your input so the plan is inclusive and reflective of our diverse viewpoints and priorities.
  • What do you want for the future of South Fayette?
  • What aspects of the township do you hope will continue for years to come?
  • How has your neighborhood progressed, and where can it be improved?
Help create the future of South Fayette Township by taking our online survey.

In addition to the survey, the township will host other public events to collect community input. We hope you will take the time to be part of this important community process.

The survey will take only a few minutes to complete, but your responses will help make big decisions.

Take the survey now through 5 p.m. July 24, 2021, to share your opinion.

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Mar 26

Volunteer firefighters valuable to community

Posted on March 26, 2021 at 2:35 PM by Andrea Iglar

South Fayette Township recognizes the dedicated, hardworking volunteers of the South Fayette Township fire service.

South Fayette is fortunate to be served by four high-quality fire departments that are staffed 100 percent by volunteers.

We appreciate their sacrifice and community service as they devote time away from family to respond to emergency calls, protect our homes and businesses, participate in training and organize fundraisers.

With so many duties on their plate, all four fire departments need more volunteers.

Adults and youth have many opportunities to help, including options that don’t require going into a burning building. For example, volunteers can assist with special events, computer work and support tasks.

The fire service also needs the community's ongoing financial support.

Our volunteer fire departments—Fairview, Oak Ridge, South Fayette and Sturgeon—could not survive without direct donations from individuals, families and businesses.

The township recognizes our fire departments as a valuable public safety service and assists by offsetting operating costs and offering tax incentives to volunteers.

Our costs would be much higher if it weren’t for the devoted volunteers who have a passion to serve.

We hope you will share our enthusiasm and pride for the fire service by continuing to provide financial support to your local fire station and, if possible, by volunteering.


John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager
Jan 25

Accomplishments show bright side of challenging year

Posted on January 25, 2021 at 10:52 AM by Andrea Iglar

I know everyone can relate when I say it feels good to put 2020 in the rearview mirror.

Undoubtedly, the past year presented South Fayette Township with unprecedented challenges and a series of obstacles that seemed never-ending.

If there is a silver lining to the twists and turns of 2020, it was the way we responded to each and every challenge and forged ahead despite the pandemic that demanded so much of our attention.

I am proud of the resolve the township has displayed and would like to share a few highlights from the past year.

In 2020, South Fayette welcomed more than 25 new businesses, including six new restaurants.

Construction stayed strong, with the township issuing 379 building permits for home improvements, new construction, additions and other projects.

The nonprofit South Fayette Conservation Group secured a $13 million grant to clean up Millers Run, a tributary of Chartiers Creek, by building a treatment plant to remove the orange-tinted acid mine drainage from the water.

The township secured $635,000 in grants, sponsorships and fundraising to advance projects such as expanding Fairview Park and implementing the police body-worn program, which aims to improve officer-citizen interactions and safety.

Our investment to pave more than 75 roads topped $2 million, while our Public Works Department repaired 83 storm inlets, sealed 7 miles of roadway, and mowed 94 acres of parkland and 141 miles of grass along roads.

The Recreation Department offered 55 virtual programs and socially distanced events, such as Joy-Thru Fairview.

We also prepared new programs that are launching in 2021: the South Fayette CitizenLink mobile app and the Military Banner Program.

Our 2020 accomplishments speak to the remarkable resolve of the South Fayette community and the spirit of the residents, businesses and employees who make our community strong.


John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager