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Mt. Lebanon Emergency Management, in cooperation with St. Clair Hospital, Medical Rescue Team South and the Mt. Lebanon School District, is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will advise the public of any recommended actions. Please bookmark this page as we will update it as necessary. To report an emergency, call 9-1-1. For general questions, call our switchboard at 412-343-3400 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Visit the RESOURCES tab for a list of common reasons to visit municipal offices and what you can do instead.

Read the Manager’s Message Regarding COVID-19

Friday, June 5, 2020

Updated 11:15 a.m.

News from Mt. Lebanon Public Library 

We are pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the other Allegheny County libraries and under the guidance of the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries, we will soon be able to add additional services to your library experience.

During the past 2 ½ months, we’ve worked hard to bring you a robust digital collection of materials, exciting virtual programming for all ages, and responsive virtual ‘reference desk.’ We plan to continue these services through the summer.

June 15 marks the kick-off date for our all-virtual Summer Reading program! We will soon be sharing more information about the June 15 signup date and exciting events on our website.

Also June 15, we are planning a materials return event in our parking area. Nothing that you have checked out is due until at least July 1, but if you’re ready to bring things back to us, you can do so on that day. After the 15th, we’ll have a bin in our lower vestibule available for returns from 9 am-5 pm M-F. Returned items will undergo at least a 72-hour quarantine before being checked in, so please don’t worry if they don’t clear from your card for a few days. Unfortunately, we’re not able to accept any donations at this time; we’ll let you know when that changes.

Starting June 22, we plan to offer contactless pickup by appointment. For the first few weeks, this service will be limited to items that are currently in our building; we won’t have county-wide delivery services or online holds placement available until sometime in July (though you can still search the online catalog). Patrons will be able to call, text, or email our reference desk to request items be held for them, and the library will gather the materials and contact you to pick them up in our upper vestibule. 

Of course, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” and as they are dependent on many factors these dates are subject to change. Check our website, www.mtlebanonlibrary.org, for the most up-to-date information, and be sure to check  www.mtlebanon.org/corona for other municipal changes. 

No matter the format, will always be here to serve our community as best as we can. Thank you all for the kindness, patience, and support you’ve shown the library over these past few months.


Updated 11:05 a.m.

This is the COVID-19 Daily Update from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for June 5, 2020.

The data reflected in these updates include information reported to the department in the past 24 hours as well as data since March 14 when the first case was reported in the county. For information relative to number of cases by date the test was taken and deaths by date of death and municipality, visit the county’s dashboard at http://alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus. It is updated each day by noon.

COVID Cases – 1,973 (+8)

This number includes 1,845 confirmed cases and 128 probable cases.

The ages, as well as the percentage of cases represented, of those in the county with COVID-19 are listed below.

00-04 – 12 (1%)
05-12 – 17 (1%)
13-18 – 27 (1%)
19-24 – 129 (7%)
25-49 – 660 (33%)
50-64 – 526 (27%)
65 + -- 602 (31%)

The gender of those with COVID-19 are listed below:

Female – 1,065 (54%)
Male – 908 (46%)

Additionally, there are 349 past or present hospitalizations (+2).

To date, there have also been 168 deaths (+3). Of those, 156 are confirmed and 12 are probable. All deaths are of individuals ranging in age from 42-103, with 84 being the median age of those who have died.

We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and our thoughts go out to all those who have been impacted by the virus.

Two great county resources: Rumors addressed and the County COVID-19 hotline, which answers 24/7: 1-888-856-2774.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Updated 4:52 p.m.

The Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center will open on Friday, June 5, with new safety rules and procedures. You can register for court time right now! For details and online court reservations, click here.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Updated 12:30 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon is opening its municipal and school district sport courts, including basketball courts, tennis courts in smaller parks and schools, bocce courts, volleyball courts, athletic fields, tracks and batting cages, by midday Friday, May 29 for individual or household use only. No pickup games or organized team play or practice is permitted.

PLEASE NOTE: The high school stadium track and turf is under renovation and is not open to the public until further notice. All school and municipal playgrounds remain closed. The Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center is not open yet but preparations are underway to open soon. No date has been released. 

·      Users are asked to respect physical distancing of at least six feet. Please do not gather in groups. 

·      The use of all facilities is entirely at your own risk. 

·      And finally, stay home if you are sick or are otherwise at risk for illness


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Updated 8:20 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon Commission Releases Statement on Recreation Facilities, Programs and Pool Season

The Mt. Lebanon Commission, in close coordination with municipal staff and legal counsel, is actively reviewing the reopening of public facilities, recreation programs and other services currently closed due to the COVID-19 health crisis.  

Chief among the priorities for the reopening of any facility is that it must be done safely and in accordance with guidelines set forth by local, state and federal laws and health officials. 

There will be increased costs of operations and the budget impact is at the forefront of our decisions. Our facilities will require additional cleaning and updates to support social distancing. Employees will require additional safety equipment and training to perform their duties and to keep themselves and the public safe. We must also take into account staffing allocation and how the availability of paid and volunteer personnel affects the delivery of our programs and services. 

As always, we appreciate comments from the residents, and that too has factored into the conversations. 

Put simply, these discussions are complex, nuanced, involve many moving parts and shifting guidance, and we considered more than just a binary open/close decision. 

This process will take time to make sure we have thoroughly considered all the options to keep Mt. Lebanon residents safe, to continue to provide high quality services where we can responsibly do so and to expend taxpayer funds judiciously as we have been charged to do. 

The commission agrees with and supports the determination of the Municipal Manager not to open the Mt Lebanon pool for the 2020 season. 

That decision took into account the health risks, increased costs and other consequences of the operation of the municipal pool, along with a thorough review of reopening plans from our Recreation Department and outside associations. We reviewed concepts for scheduling, admissions and pricing to address the various logistical and safety issues, and projected the revenues and increased costs associated with those plans.  

This was not an easy decision. We recognize the importance of the pool to our community. 

We will continue the ongoing discussions focused on reopening currently closed municipal facilities, programs and services, and when we make changes our staff will post on our website at MtLebanon.org/corona and communicate through other channels of our public information office.


Monday, May 18, 2020

Updated 9:00 a.m.

Mt. Lebanon police began enforcing the prohibition of on-street overnight parking last week. Soon, other parking services will begin to return to normal.

Starting Tuesday, May 26, you will once again be required to pay to park at municipal meters and parking lots. We encourage you to use a credit card or pay with the Passport app whenever possible to limit the need for you and our staff to handle cash.

The garages remain free until June 1. At that point, the fee is $2 per day and will be required to be paid with a credit/debit card either at the self-service pay kiosk or at the exit gate. Such stations will be sanitized in accordance with CDC guidelines. Additionally, the garages will be monitored by security systems and drivers who need assistance can get it using the “help” button on the pay stations.

Parking officials will contact permit holders to explain rates and procedures.


Friday, May 1, 2020

Updated 10:55 a.m.

COVID-19: 2020 Tax Considerations - changes to tax due dates for EIT and Real Estate Tax.

Earned Income and Net Profits Tax

The new due date for 2019 Final Returns and 1st quarter 2020 Estimated Payments for individuals is JULY 15, 2020.

In line with the Commonwealth’s and Federal Government’s decision to extend the due date for the filing of 2019 year-end returns, the Municipality and School District have affirmed our tax collection committee’s decision to extend the due date to July 15, 2020 in the best interest of our taxpayers and tax professionals.

2020 Real Estate Taxes

The Municipality has decided to extend the real estate tax face collection period to December 31, 2020. This three (3) month extension means our taxpayers will not accrue any penalty if they pay the face amount by 12/31/20. Pending School Board approval on May 18, 2020, the School District’s installment plan will change from three (3) to four (4) payments. The new payment dates are as follows.

Municipal Due Dates

2% Discount Period: June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Face Period: August 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Penalty Period: After December 31, 2020

School District Due Dates
2% Discount Period: June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Face Period: August 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Penalty Period: After September 30, 2020

School District Only - Installment Plan

1/4 Face Due September 30, 2020
1/4 Face Due October 31, 2020
1/4 Face Due November 30, 2020
1/4 Face Due February 28, 2021

eCheck Payment Option
In order to mitigate check processing and other mail contact for our staff, the Municipality and School District are encouraging all taxpayers who wish to pay by check to use our payment portal to pay by eCheck. Both taxing bodies are waiving any eCheck fees. An eCheck drafts directly from your check or savings account in 1-2 business days. Please visit https://mylebo.mtlebanon.org/ for more this payment option.

You may pay your Mt. Lebanon tax bills and fees (storm water, property tax and sewerage, etc.) in the labeled box outside the municipal building.

Updated - 9:15 a.m.

The Mt. Lebanon Inspections Office is following these guidelines for all construction projects in the Municipality: Beginning May 1, all businesses in the construction industry in the Commonwealth, including those in new construction, renovation and repair, as well as land subdivision and design-related field activities are permitted to maintain in-person operations pursuant to the Governor’s and Secretary of Health’s April 20, 2020 amendments to the Business Closure Orders so long as their activities strictly adhere to this guidance. Construction projects previously granted an exemption to continue in-person operations may continue operations but must adhere to this guidance. 

Permit applications will be accepted by mail or by a drop box in the rear vestibule of the Municipal Building. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Approved applications will be mailed, as the office is still closed to the public. 

Additional information available here.


Monday, April 13, 2020

Updated -9:20 a.m.

Mt. Lebanon and Dormont residents in need of help as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can get assistance from Neighborhood Aid, a newly organized group of municipal and borough staff and volunteers. 

A call to 412-253-4104, weekdays from 9 to 5, or a visit to neighborhoodaid.org will connect residents with a customer service representative versed in the vast array of available services, including help with obtaining food and medication, financial assistance, business resources and general information. Volunteers also are available for errands for those who cannot or should not leave their homes to get urgently needed supplies. 

The service is free, although residents are expected to pay for any purchases requested. The service will continue as long as the need exists.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Updated -5:00 p.m.

The Mt. Lebanon Police Department is monitoring its national networks to stay abreast of potential scams. Even though it’s a scary time, make sure you give due diligence to anything that doesn’t look or sound right. Specifically, the department has received warnings about:

* Robocalls that offer air-duct cleaning services, work-from-home opportunities, cut-rate health insurance, immune-system boosting supplements, free insulin and free coronavirus testing kits. 

* Do not fall for any scams promising expedited payment of your stimulus money. 

* Do not give out your Medicare number to anyone.

* Watch for phishing scams with emails and texts that look valid but want you to click on a link. The latest Covid-19 scam involves receiving a text message that states someone you have been in contact with has tested positive and you must self isolate and click the link for more information. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS - DO NOT CLICK THE LINK IN THE MESSAGE. Please let elderly neighbors, friends and family know about this scam.

More details available here.


Friday, April 3, 2020

Updated - 3:25 p.m.

Governor Tom Wolf today recommended that all Pennsylvania residents wear a mask if they go outside their homes. He emphasized it should not be the surgical or N95 masks that medical professionals use

“But, if you must go out because you are out of food or medication, then wearing a mask, or even a bandana across your nose and mouth, could be an extra layer of protection," Wolf said.

“You don’t need a surgical mask – we need those for our health care workers and first responders. We have guidance on universal masking on our website, including instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home.”

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In a meeting with Mt. Lebanon emergency medical services professionals today, we learned that medics are seeing patients who are waiting too long to call an ambulance for critical medical issues because they are concerned with catching COVID-19 at the hospital. Kaitlin Shotsberger, St. Clair Hospital’s executive director of quality care and management, says patients should absolutely call 9-1-1 if they are having a medical emergency and that the hospital is taking steps to ensure COVID-19 patients are separated from others having medical issues.

She also noted the hospital’s triage line, 412-942-2600, is available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to help and direct patients who feel they might have the disease. People who suspect they have COVID-19 should not report to the hospital without calling their personal physician, hospital triage or 9-1-1 first.


Monday, March 16, 2020

Updated - 1:45 p.m.

The Mt. Lebanon police and fire departments shared detailed information about current practice and some changes to usual procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to keep the community and our first responders safe, please follow these directions until further notice:

1. For emergency calls, where a person’s personal safety or property are immediately endangered, call 9-1-1 right away. Officers will continue to promptly respond to the scene in a manner appropriate to the emergency. Always call 9-1-1 to report emergency situations.

2. For reports of previous crimes, suspicious behavior (not currently occurring), information requests, general complaints and similar needs, please call 9-1-1. The dispatcher will provide the details to an officer who will screen the call to determine the appropriate response. For circumstances that may not require a face-to-face interaction, an officer will call the complainant by phone to see if the request for police assistance or information can be handled by phone.

3. We strongly discourage walk-in complaints at the Public Safety Center. As a precaution, the Public Safety Center has been locked down to exclude visitors and other non-essential personnel. If it is necessary to visit the Public Safety Center to meet with a police officer or firefighter, please follow the instructions posted at the rear entrance to the facility.

4. To request a copy of a police report, please call our records department at 412-343-4143, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

5. To request a copy of a Pennsylvania State Reportable Crash Report, please visit: http://www.crashdocs.org/. All reports for Mt. Lebanon reportable crashes, which involve an injury or vehicle that requires a tow, are available for download at this website.

6. Fingerprinting services, child safety seat installations and public safety center tours are suspended indefinitely. If you need to be fingerprinted, find an authorized "IdentoGO" location at https://www.identogo.com/

7. For drivers who were previously issued a warning notice by an MLPD officer and need to show proof that the item was corrected, please respond to the rear parking lot of the Public Safety Center and call 9-1-1. Remain in the parking lot, in your car and an officer will respond to assist you.

8. If you need to speak with a firefighter for a non-emergency reason, call 412-343-3402.