Whitehall recognized as a 'Banner Community'
Whitehall officials discussed framing the certificate and hanging it in the lobby of the municipal building.
They were proud of the recognition they received on April 2 — along with 20 other municipalities — naming Whitehall as one of the Allegheny League of Municipalities 2013 Banner Communities.
The program, in its first year, recognizes communities that use good practices and govern in an inclusive, collaborative way.
Program criteria included a requirement that local officials participate in educational or training programs and be an active member in a council of governments, participating in cooperative purchasing programs and shared municipal services, along with conducting effective communication with residents.
Whitehall officials are active in local and state multimunicipal organizations that promote cooperation between communities, said Councilwoman Kathy DePuy, who has participated in the Allegheny League of Municipalities, a nonprofit organization, for 22 years.
“You learn what's going on in other communities and you don't have to start over every time,” DePuy said. “You say, ‘Hey, this community is doing this well, why don't we do that?'”
Whitehall residents support their leaders' efforts to gain further knowledge that could help the borough by attending multi-municipal meetings, DePuy said.
“I've never, in 24 years, heard a resident say, ‘You shouldn't be going to all of these meetings,'” she said.
Being recognized as a “Banner” community, alongside municipalities that include Upper St. Clair, Collier Township, Munhall, Ross Township and Sewickley, helps get attention for the borough and showcases its amenities, DePuy said.
“Whitehall's something special,” DePuy said. “We do work together well. We don't always agree, but we put the borough ahead of our own agendas — what's good for the borough is better than what's good for me.”
Borough leaders work to keep residents informed, sending a colorful newsletter to each of the town's 6,600 homes twice a year.
“People keep it, or they keep part of it,” said DePuy, noting borough officials also are working to keep people informed through updates on the municipality's website.
Allegheny League of Municipalities executive director Richard Hadley praised the 21 Banner communities' work.
He said they all exhibit the characteristics of leadership and sound local-government principals.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.