January 2020

Taxes and Water Rates:

As we reported last month the property tax rate will remain the same at 4 mil,

and the water rates will remain the same in 2020.

Example…If your property tax bill is $1,000:

-$670 goes to Penncrest School District,

-$270 goes to the County,

-$10 goes toward the local library,

-$50 goes to the Borough. (Only 5% of your property tax bill!!!)

Snow on Sidewalks:  – Main Street

Several residents complained about warning letters concerning the snow removal on the sidewalks along Main Street. Please remember that this is one of the requirements when the State installed the new sidewalks. The ordinance requires that property owners clear snow from sidewalks on Main Street at least once every 24 hours. It is also an important safety issue for pedestrians using the walks.

Garbage 2020 – 3 Year Contract:

The new garbage contract has been ratified. The rate will be $13.50 per month for the next three (3) years!

This will be billed to you with your monthly water bills. We are really pleased with the new contract.

Garbage Pick-up:

Weekly garbage pick-up will remain on Monday mornings. All garbage must be placed out

along the curb by 8:00 am. And remember…all empty containers must be removed from the

streets within 24 hours.

Holiday pick-up will also always remain on Monday unless we notify you ahead of time!

Dirty Water:

Occasionally you will notice dirty water. There are several causes of dirty water:

            -Borough is flushing fire hydrants.

            -We have a water leak in the system.

            -Dirt and sediment breaks free in the system.

            -Dirt and sediment breaks free in your home or business.

            Run water until it is clear again. There is no health hazard.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS – Thank the Women’s Improvement Club:

Boy didn’t Saegertown look great for the Holidays! We would like to thank the Women’s Improvement Club for decorating the Town Square, and for purchasing the new trees in the roundabouts and the town Square. Also, we would like to shout out: Phil Koon, Kevin Byers and Jon Shank, The One Federal Credit Union and Memory Lane for the great lighted trees they provided. Every tree was a different color scheme and complimented the “White Snowflakes” along Main Street. Great community spirit!

Social Security Numbers:

Never give your social security number to anyone over the phone…Never…this is usually a scam. The same is true with any bank information. If you have questions call PSP (814-336-6911) or your bank directly.

Borough Council for 2020:

            Lenny Stites, Ted Szalewicz and George Szalewicz were all re-elected to Council for new 4-year terms. They will join: Councilmen Bob Gilbert – Doug Smith – Rich Wunderley – Kevin Byers and

Mayor Marc Kirchner for the next 2 years.

Electricity and Gas Purchase:

Be careful purchasing electricity or natural gas from a door-to-door salesman. Do not show them previous bills.

First: make sure the salesman has a soliciting permit from the Borough.

Second: if the deal sounds good, take their phone number, research the company and call them to make the deal.

Third: No deal has to be done on the spot to get a better rate. Research!

Finally: Do NOT call a cell phone, make sure it is a company phone line.

Be really careful…these contracts are usually very difficult to get out of.

New Year’s Resolution Suggestions…

  • Keep your house and buildings painted, repaired and up to code!
  • Keep junk (like tires) cleaned up from your property!
  • Shovel your sidewalks.
  • Move your cars when it snows!
  • Mow and trim your lawn this spring and summer!
  • Pay your water and sewer bills on time!
  • Volunteer…Join a club or organization that benefits our Town!
  • Support local non-profit organizations!
  • Don’t register petty complaints against your neighbors – work things out!
  • Respect your neighbors.
  • Keep pet’s leashed and on your property!
  • Don’t litter! If you see litter please pick it up!
  • Let’s ALL Work to Keep Saegertown a Pleasant and Beautiful Town!

Planned Projects for 2020:

In addition to normal maintenance, the following projects are planned;

            -Develop an additional water well (two-year project)

            -New pick-up truck to replace the 9-year-old one.

            -New dump truck to replace the 14-year-old one

            -Concrete pad to finalize the Salt Building Project

            -New storm water retention near the Borough Building

            -Updates to the ballfields at Jordan Park

            -Plant more flowers by the roundabouts

Laws and Ordinances:

Federal, State, County and Local laws are all passed for a reason. The same is true with Borough Ordinances. They are all in place by necessity, usually because people do not respect other people!! Regardless if you agree or not with a law, you can NOT pick and choose which ones to obey or ignore!

President Teddy Roosevelt said it best:

            “Obedience of the law is demanded, Not asked as a favor!”

Sewer Authority – Questions or Complaints:

Please do NOT issue complaints or questions about the Sewer Billing to the Borough Office.

Direct billing issues to: Wagner Bookkeeping (814-807-1720)

Tax Collector Information:

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 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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