April Newsletter 2021

Borough Office Open:

Until further notice – the Borough Office will be open with same conditions, using COVID precautions.

Easter is April 4th this year:

The true sign it is spring is when Easter arrives. We have turned the corner.

Hopefully, enjoy the weather.

“Virtual Spring Raffle” at Saegertown Fire Department:

The fire department is having a “virtual spring raffle on Saturday June 5th. Prizes will be drawn live on Facebook starting at 12:00 noon. There are 38 great prizes, including 14 guns. Tickets are just $10.00 each. They are available at local businesses, from any fireman, at the Borough Office, and at the Fire Station any Wednesday evening or Sunday morning. Watch this newsletter next month for the list of prizes. www.saegertownvfd.com

Please Help Us!

Don’t make us send you a property maintenance letter! Keep your lawn mowed and trimmed. Pick up any junk on your property. Get rid of any in operative, unregistered, or uninspected vehicles. Look on the website for a list of ordinances if you have any questions. But….most of them are just common sense and designed to keep property values up, and for respect of your neighbors.

Blowing Grass onto Streets…New Law:

There is a new rule designed to prevent grass clippings from clogging storm drains. If you blow (or mow) grass clippings onto a street or road in the Borough, you must remove it from the street within one hour. You are not permitted to blow the clippings into storm drains. Fines are $100.00 to $250.00.

Dare to Compare:

Take a minute and compare the following monthly bills to your water, sewer and refuse bills:

 Natural Gas – Electricity – Cable or Dish TV – Cell Phone or Telephone

The Borough has done a great job at keeping cost down to our customers!

Snow Parking:

The snow parking ordinance ends the first of April. It will not be in effect again until November 1st.

No one is happier with this than the code enforcers! Thank you to those who complied.

Brush Pickup:

The Borough will pick up brush again beginning in April, when we have time.

Here are the brush pickup guidelines:

            -Maximum 5-foot lengths

            -Bundle if possible

            -Keep bundles small so one man can pick them up

            -No grass clipping will be picked up. (we suggest you mulch them.)

            -No construction material may be in the brush pile.

            -If you are having a tree removed, have them remove the brush.

            -The Borough will not pick up the brush, wood or limbs from private tree removal.

Swimming Pools

Before you open up your swimming pool this spring or purchase a new one, make sure you check the regulations. Fencing and safety issues must be followed. Also electric to pools must be inspected. Look on the website for State and local regulations. (look under “Ordinances” then “Zoning” sections 302.2 and 302.3)

Here are some basic rules:

            -If your pool does not hold 24” of water – a permit or fence is NOT required.

            -If pool walls are 48” or more a PERMIT IS required, and barriers are required.

            -If your pool is inground, a permit and 48” fence is required.

            -If your pool can hold more than 24” of water, but is less than 48” high, requires a permit and barrier.

            -Electric to pumps and motors must be inspected.

Existing pools must meet the new requirements, but do not need a new permit. Fences and barriers are a must.

 Local Income Taxes Due: April 15th:

Federal and State Income Tax Date Extended: May 15th

Don’t forget to file your Federal, State and Local income taxes on time!

Paving Project 2021:

The following streets will be paved sometime between April 19th and July 1st. Be prepared to move vehicles.

            –Broad Street from Grant St. to the railroad tracks.

            –McGill Street from Euclid Ave. to Grant Street.

            –Kern Alley from McGill Street to Sackett Alley.

            –Sackett Alley

Thank You “Litter Ladies”:

We would like to once again thank Lea and Alice for constantly picking up litter and keeping town looking nice!

Electronics Recycling:

Once again, the Jordan Family Foundation will sponsor an electronics recycling program this year,

during the month of August. Watch future newsletters for times and a list of acceptable items.

This project is for Borough Residents ONLY. Anyone bringing in items from outside the Borough will

not be permitted to participate in the program in the future, and could be subject to theft charges.

Deadlines Extended or Dates Changed due to Virus:

-REAL ID – extended until October 2021

Library News: For questions call 763-5203

Panther Press Awards:

Congratulations to Stacy Hetrick and the staff of the Panther Press at Saegertown High School as they continue to rack up awards from the Pennsylvania News Media Association!

Update on PFOS / PFOA:

While we were not required to shut the wells down, we voluntarily did so. We are going to bring the wells back on line as needed. We are waiting for further direction from the PA DEP. If you are uncomfortable, you can use bottled water. We feel the water is safe, and will continuously monitor the situation.      

Grass and Brush Fires:

Watch if you plan on any outdoor burning. Make sure it is not too dry and windy. Also remember that it is not permissible to burn any leaves. Any outdoor burning requires a permit, and they can be revoked at any time.

Permits are available at the Borough Office.

Tornado Exercise April 22 at 9:00

The tornado (disaster) siren will be tested on April 22, around 9:00 am.

This will only be a test. If the siren blows (3 one-minute blasts) any other time it is a real warning.

Follow instructions that were in last month’s newsletter when the siren blows for a warning.

Tornado Instructions:

            Watch:             When conditions are right to spawn a tornado. Pay attention!

            Warning:          Tornado is imminent or in the area. The siren will blow. Take cover

            What to do:      Go in doors

                                    Shelter in a safe location in your residence.

                                    Stay away from windows or object that can fall over.

                                    Listen to a radio, TV or scanner for instructions                           

Tax Collector Information:

◊Payments may be made by mail to: Saegertown Tax Collector, PO Box 348, Saegertown, Pa. 16433

◊The Tax Collector will have office hours at the Borough Building on the following evenings from 6:30 until 8:00              

            -Wednesday   April 21st                          -Thursday      April 22nd

            -Tuesday        April 27th                          -Wednesday  April 28th

            -Thursday       April 29th                          -Wednesday June 29th              

◊Tax Office hours at the Borough Building will be on the following Saturday from 10 am until 11 am

            -Saturday April 24th

The Borough Secretary cannot accept tax payments.

If you have any questions please contact Amanda Pipper at: 814-763-5401 or  sborotc@outlook.com 

Regular Community Meetings:

Borough Council: meetings second Mon. of month, 6:00 pm at Saegertown Borough Building on Erie St.

Sewer Authority: meetings second Tues. of month, 7:00 pm at Saegertown Borough Building on Erie St.

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