Posted to Chief's Corner by Andrea Iglar
As the community of South Fayette grows, traffic volume inevitably increases, resulting in more emergency and service calls.
Citizen complaints regarding speeding and aggressive driving have increased substantially over the past year. As hard as we try, police officers cannot be everywhere all the time to monitor these traffic issues, so we try to prioritize.
One way we prioritize complaint areas is by using the electronic speed signs that you have seen throughout the township. The equipment gathers data about vehicle speeds and the volume of traffic per hour, and then we use a formula to find the speed-limit compliance rate for that particular area. Based on the compliance rate, we prioritize the areas that have the lowest compliance rate—in other words, officers focus on monitoring the areas with the most frequent or severe problems.
To further address traffic needs, I am planning to dedicate one or two police officers to dealing with traffic in our problem areas. They will handle traffic complaints and associated enforcement issues seven days a week. This will allow our department to address traffic complaints more efficiently and thoroughly, providing better service and protection to our residents and visitors.
In communities such as South Fayette Township, which has been voted multiple times as one of the safest communities in Pennsylvania, traffic issues can become the main focus for residents. Our job as officers is to make sure we provide the best possible service and protection in all areas, traffic-related and otherwise. Our officers respond to everything—domestic disputes, arrests, accidents and many other types of calls—24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
As always, every decision I make as the chief of police is made with the intention of providing the best possible service to the South Fayette community.
John R. PhoennikChief of PoliceSouth Fayette Township
Posted to Manager's Message 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.