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Collier Township Manager Sal Sirabella (left) with Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive after receiving commendation for Collier being included among Banner Communities in the county.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Collier is experiencing a “banner” year.

The township was one of 21 Western Pennsylvania municipalities recognized April 2 as a 2013 Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities.

The program, in its first year, recognizes municipalities that use good practices and govern in an inclusive, collaborative way.

“I think more than anything, it recognizes the efforts of the commissioners and staff to exercise our best practices in local government,” Collier manager Sal Sirabella said.

Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the Banner Community Program last year and set parameters for qualifying. They included getting training or education for elected officials; being members of a council of governments; sponsoring or promoting community events and activities; communicating frequently with residents through a newsletter, email or website; and maintaining an active relationship with local schools.

“These are cities, boroughs and townships that understand fiscal accountability, customer service and civic responsibility,” Fitzgerald said in a statement.

Sirabella said while Collier did its best to fulfill all parameters set forth by Fitzgerald, he thought the township most excels in communicating with residents.

The township sends out a newsletter and enhances it by emailing residents about upcoming events and meetings and mailing postcards about parks and recreation events. Collier also will launch its new website later this month.

“That is an important part for us — trying to get the message to the community about what we're doing,” Sirabella said.

“(We're trying) to let them know what we're doing with their tax dollars and encouraging participation in events that are planned (and) in meetings that take place.”

Collier was the only Carlynton or Chartiers Valley area municipality recognized under the 2013 Banner Community Program. Other communities to receive the honor were Etna, Fawn, Hampton, Indiana Township, Leetsdale, McCandless, Moon, Munhall, North Fayette, Ohio Township, Reserve, Richland, Ross, Sewickley Borough, Tarentum, Upper St. Clair and Whitehall in Allegheny County. Butler Township and Cranberry Township in Butler County also were recognized.

Sirabella said Collier is pleased with the recognition and plans to apply for the program again in future years.

“Certainly, we're going to make sure we don't break our streak at one,” he said.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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