December 2019

 Heritage Society – New Christmas Ornament

The Saegertown Heritage Society announces the sale of their annual Christmas ornament.  The

twentieth in the series depicting the history of the area.  This year features the Crawford County Home.

The description on the back of the ornament states:  Commissioned in 1851 as one of Pennsylvania’s

first facilities for the indigent and unfortunate.  The brick structure known as the Poor House, was part

of a 215-acre farm providing its food. The building was expanded and updated.  The name evolved

to Infirmary, then Smith Institute as Doctors Henry and Rodney Smith served, followed by Dr. Gerald

Brooks.  Eventually known as the County Home, it was torn down in 2008. The current Crawford County

Care Center constructed in 1989 beside the original on Route 198 East, continues to provided nursing

residency and rehabilitation.  Both facilities represent their compassion and commitment. The ornaments

are porcelain trimmed in gold with black image and lettering?  They sell for $16 each and may be purchased

at the Saegertown Heritage Museum located at 320 Broad Street from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturdays.  A

limited number of past ornaments are also available there while supplies last.  The 2019 ornaments may also

be purchased at Memory Lane or the Care Center during regular business hours.

Taxes and Water Rates:

Once again Council has elected NOT to increase property taxes or raise the water rates!

Property taxes have not been raised since 1995 – 26 years! They were actually LOWERED

 in 2007. We take pride in the fact we have held the line on spending, increased services

and promoted economic growth, and industrial expansion.

Garbage Rates:

The new garbage rates are going from $12.00 per month to $13.50 per month starting in January, due to the new 3-year contract. This is still a really good rate compared to many municipalities.

Christmas and New Year’s Office Hours:

Borough offices will be closed for the Holidays

Holiday Garbage Collection:

Garbage collection will be picked up as usual on Monday December 23rd and Monday December 30th.

Great Job by the PSP on recent thefts:

The Penna. State Police did a great job in solving the recent string of car thefts and vandalism.

It was some fantastic police work. Please call PSP (814-336-6911 or 911) if you see any criminal

problems and keep the borough informed. Everyone needs to act as a “crime watch” and report

suspicious activity.

Lock Cars and Doors:

Please keep your doors locked when you are not at home, and all vehicles need to be locked. This will help deter potential criminal activity and thefts.

Roundabouts – remember all the negativity??

It is interesting now that the roundabouts are completed and have been in operation for some time, how well they work! Remember all the “experts” that tried to stop or put a damper on the projects? Traffic has improved immensely. The only problems are drivers that do not navigate the roundabout properly!          If you haven’t figured it out by now, you should NOT be driving!

Remember it is as simple as 1-2-3:

-1. if you are in the roundabout – do not stop – you have the right-of-way

-2. Yield to cars in the roundabout

-3. use your turn signals when you are exiting.

Also: Remember to stay on the paved surface. The inside circle is for semi-trailers.


No signs in Roundabouts:

No temporary advertising or benefit signs are to be placed in or around the roundabout.

They will be removed and discarded.



Borough Website:

All information about the Borough is on our website, including copies of:

                Newsletters – Alerts – Water Reports – Basic Information

Signs on Trees and Utility Poles – NO!

Utility Poles:

            A person is guilty of a summary offense if he drives a nail or tack or attaches any metal or hard substance to or into any pole of any Public Utility pole line.


Chapter 3-Part B of the Borough’s Codified Ordinances regulates tree signs as follows:

-“Borough Trees” (street trees) that are between the Sidewalk and the street on the west side of the railroad tracks, shall not be damaged by nails, screws, saws, wires, sap collection devices or by any other device.

-Temporary signs may only be placed on Borough Trees if they meet sign requirement under zoning requirements, and they do not damage the tree.

-Temporary signs placed on trees must be removed within 48 hours of being placed on the tree.

Fines for violations are from $100 to $1,000 by the District Justice.


Holiday Safety:

            -Make sure holiday decorations are flame resistant or flame retardant.

            -Keep candles away from decorations, children and pets.

            -Keep decorations away from a heat source.

            -Check holiday lights for worn or broken cords or loose bulbs.

            -Use the proper lights – indoors for indoors and outdoors for outdoors.

            -Stay in kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

            -Make sure your smoke detectors work – check them!

            Before you go to bed:

            -Blow out all candles.

            -Turn off all decorations including your Christmas Tree!

Real Trees After Christmas…

*Make sure dried-out Christmas Trees are placed outside

*The Borough will pick up discarded trees if you place them by the street.


*Be patient – we will get them!








Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

From Borough Council and Staff



Tax Collector Information:

Office Hours at the Borough Building are as follows:

Evening Hours are from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm, and Saturday Hours are from 10:00 am until 11:00 am.


Wednesday – 12/11/19

Saturday – 12/28/19

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

The Borough Secretary cannot accept tax payments.

If you have any questions please contact Amanda Pipper at:

814-763-5401 or


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.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Print Friendly, PDF & Email