I’m Mayor Bob Brooks and our beautiful, suburban community, located 22 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA has 37 square miles of land and approximately 22,000 residents. We take great pride in our attractive neighborhoods, our strong school system, our variety of churches, our responsive government and our rural character. Murrysville offers a wide variety of public and private park and recreation facilities, both at the neighborhood and at the community level. We currently own approximately 1000 acres of parkland and we have a Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan. This plan had tremendous citizen input and is intended to develop our parks to meet the needs of all ages and abilities with both active and passive recreation. The Westmoreland Conservancy has preserved an additional 265 acres in Murrysville as natural areas for enjoyment by the public. There are three privately owned golf courses in Murrysville open to the public. There are two swimming pools open to the public on a membership basis.
Murrysville is also rich in history as the first commercially-piped gas well was drilled here and that site remains today as a part of our parks system. We are also unique in that we have a “tree sign” which literally uses individual trees to spell “Murrysville” on a hillside. This sign is maintained by our local Sportsmen and Landowners Alliance and they light the “M” in that sign at our annual “light-up night” in December. In the summer, we also have an annual “Community Day” that features lots of children’s activities, food booths, petting zoos, bands, car shows, and educational activities. And we top off the day with a superb fireworks display. It is also a good place just to come and visit with your neighbors.
Murrysville is largely a rural, residential community with single family dwellings on large lots. The median age of the Municipality’s population is 47.4 years and we have the highest per capita income and education levels in Westmoreland County. We have adopted the Home Rule form of government and both our school board and our municipal officials are elected “at large.” Murrysville government consists of a mayor and seven council members; the school board has nine members. In addition to a competent staff, Council appoints local citizens to eleven different boards and commissions each year. Many of these are recommending bodies on such issues as personnel, parks, finance, planning, or the environment. Others have the oversight of operations such as the Sewer Authority and the Library Board; the Zoning Hearing Board is a legal entity, and we also have a Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals. Also, our police, fire, and emergency services personnel are all very competent, professional, and well equipped to do their jobs. There are 1,171 municipal police departments in Pennsylvania; Murrysville was the 35th to become state accredited.
We are a progressive community that continually attempts to upgrade our facilities and services. We have a modern Administration Building that also houses the police and library; our state-of-the-art Public Works facility is a “prototype” that surrounding communities are attempting to emulate.
PennDOT expanded State Route 22 in Murrysville to four lanes from the Allegheny County line to Route 66 in Salem Township. In the first 3.4 miles of this project, Murrysville added decorative lighting, landscaping, and entry signage. In addition to better traffic control, these changes are bringing new businesses to Murrysville in record numbers.
We have an active Planning Department that steered us through the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances, complete with maps. These ordinances were only adopted after considerable citizen input from all parts of the community and they will be used to guide our future development.
We continue to work with the Murrysville Economic and Community Development Corporation in a joint effort to entice new business ventures into Murrysville. We received a state Hometown Streets Grant to bring sidewalks, landscaping, and lighting to a portion of Old William Penn Highway; phase one is now complete from the Barbara Redding Bridge to Gates Avenue.
Come and visit our progressive community. You might like it so much, you will want to stay!