Our new leaf vacuum has arrived, and leaves are beginning to fall, so pile them up along the curbs, and the guys will start picking them up on Monday, October 26. Normally, they finish up around the first week of December, but the official date has not yet been determined. The new leaf vac was paid for mostly through a grant we were awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection of Pennsylvania.
Intersections and Stop Signs
The Police are now engaging in traffic monitoring, with the goal of keeping vehicles from traveling too fast through the Borough, and monitoring intersections for drivers coming to complete stops. While there are far too many children traveling through intersections without stopping first, and whether or not you think that we have too many stop signs, be aware that the Council has asked for this surveillance, and your cooperation.
Halloween will be celebrated on Thursday, October 29, from 6 until 8p.m. The police will have an increased presence in the Borough, and our volunteer firefighters will be stationed at two locations.
If you ordered meatball subs, they will be ready for pickup between 4 and 6 pm on October 28. Please bring your own container for the meatballs and sauce.
Due to the coronavirus the Auxiliary will not be holding their usual bake sale on Election Day. Since the bake sale is a fundraiser for the Fire Department, they will be happy to take your donations.
The Council continues to meet on the third Wednesday of the month, on the second floor of the Municipal Building. A few minor changes have been made, as masks are worn, the members are mindful of proper distancing, and the passing of papers is kept to a minimum. Residents' input is encouraged, as always, but instead of attending in person, you may want to consider sending a letter, or calling one of the council members to present your information at the meeting.
Election Day will be November 3rd. As always, citizens of Patterson Heights will vote on the second floor of the Municipal Building on 7th Avenue. The polls will be open from 7am until 8pm. If there happens to be a line waiting to vote at 8pm, and you are in line at that time, you will be permitted to cast a ballot.
One minor change is that the door on the front of the building, next to the entrance for the fire truck, will be locked. You may exit through that door, if you want to leave via the stairs, but your will not be able to enter.
This will be the third election in which voters will be marking a paper ballot, and inserting it into an electronic scanner to be counted. After the scanner reads your ballot, you can probably hear it drop into the collection bin, where the paper ballots are stored. The scanner can read and record your ballot no matter how you insert it--rightside up, upside down, forwards, or backwards.
When voting is finished at 8pm the scanner is shut down, and a memory card which has recorded all the votes is removed. The box with the ballots is closed and locked. The memory card and ballot box are then taken to the Courthouse.
The first person you encounter in the voting process is usually one of the elected Inspectors. The Inspector will ask your name, and find your information in the Polling Book. The book has the information pertaining to your voting eligibility, most importantly your name, address, and signature. You will be asked to sign the book, so yor signature can be compared with the signature you used when you first registered. If it is your first time voting in this location (because you are a first-time voter or you relocated), you may be asked to present a photo ID. After you sign the book, your name is assigned a number. The number is written in the Polling book next to your name. The next election official will write your name and number in a small booklet. The next election official will write your name and number in yet another book.
After the check-in process is complete the voter is given a serial-numbered ballot. The ballots are numbered so that the election bureau can match the ballots used to the ballots received and counted. For example, our precinct may be given 500 ballots, numbered consecutively 0001 through 0500, and we return 0416 through 0500. If only 412 people cast ballots, where are the other four? When the election officials open our ballot box, they will find 412 ballots voted, and four ballots spoiled somehow (the ballot is damaged, or two votes were marked in one race). The serial numbers are not used to match particular ballots to individuals, and the numbers are not recorded with voters' names.
A voter can legally cast only one ballot. If he submits a blank ballot, it has been legally cast, and he is finished. If, however, a voter marks for two individuals in a race, or marks for more than the race allows, the scanner will catch the discrepancy, and give the voter the option to correct it. If there are stray marks on the ballot, or the ballot is somehow unreadable, the scanner will not accept it.
Besides the safeguards to make sure your vote is counted correctly, there are also safeguards in place to protect your health. This will be the second election held since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The Beaver County Board of Elections provides some personal protective equipment. Whether it is enough to adequately protect the voters and poll workers is a matter of conjecture.
All in-person voters are encouraged to bring and wear a mask, but if you forget, we will have masks and hand sanitizer available.
We are taking social distancing seriously, and have recruited volunteers to assist in keeping people from congregating in groups. Please follow the instructions of the election volunteers. They will be there for your benefit.
Most of us are familiar with Absentee Ballots. A person may file an Absentee Ballot if they are unable to get to the polls on Election Day--illness, infirmity, and work requirements are the most common reasons.
While Mail-In Ballots have become more common recently, they are actually just like Absentee Ballots, except that the voter does not have to provide a reason for voting by mail. Mail-Ins have become more popular as some states have tried to make it easier for people to vote.
Absentee Ballots and Mail-In ballots are handled by poll workers and the Bureau of Elections in exactly the same way, except there are different deadlines for mailing, returning, etc.
DO NOT bring your completed mail-in ballot to the polling place with the intention of submitting it for counting. If it is too late to mail your ballot, you must deliver it to the Courthouse.
You may have noticed that people on social media question the accuracy of the mail-in system.
1. If I return a mail-in ballot, what's to prevent me from voting again on Election Day? Everyone who returns a mail-in ballot has a mark so indicating next to his name in the Polling Book, and they are unable to get a second ballot.
2. What if someone dies, and their name is not taken off the voter rolls? The deceased would still have to sign the Polling Book, and have the "dead" signature match the "live" signature. 3. What about the busloads of voters from Massachusetts that went to New Hampshire to vote? If such a thing actually did occur, their names and Massachusetts addresses would not appear in a poll book in a precinct in New Hampshire.
The Election Bureau page on the Beaver County website has the results of the current election and several of the elections held over the last few years. Because the county election workers spend extra time checking the security of Mail-In and Absentee Ballots, official totals may be delayed for a few days, as they have been in most elections held throughout the history of the United States.
Remember that ballots postmarked by November 3 have until November 6 to reach the Bureau of Elections, and don't forget that people submitting overseas and military ballots have until November 10 for their ballots to arrive at the County office.
The Election Bureau intends to report Election Day totals on the evening of Election Day. They plan to report other totals each day as they are generated.
You can go to pavoterservices.pa.gov to check the status of your ballot. Check to be sure you are looking at the correct election (2020 GENERAL ELECTION), and don't be confused by the dates. 04/08/2020 is August 4, 2020.
Most development is regulated under two different codes--a zoning code and a building code. Receiving a Zoning Permit is the first step in the development process, followed by applying for and receiving a Building Permit. In Patterson Heights a separate Zoning Permit is required prior to application for a Building Permit.
Zoning Code is oriented towards how a project fits into the community. It regulates setbacks, types of uses, height, parking requirements, design (for some types of projects), and similar concerns. Patterson Heights is divided into zoning districts, and each zoning district has its own set of regulations. For example, the regulations that would apply in a residential district (R) will be different from those in a multi-family (MDO) or commercial (C) district.
At their monthly meeting on May 20, your Council passed Resolution 20-05-1, which extends the discount period for your borough taxes. Simplifying the resolution means:
1. If you have already begun making installlment payments, you may continue, as you will pay taxes at face value, despite the extended payoff period.
2. You may pay your taxes in full at the discount rate until August 31.
3, You may pay your borough taxes without paying a penalty until the end of the year, December 31. That's when the penalty period starts.
Current Status of the Borough Park (As of 7/17)
The Park is open, and the food trucks will be back on the second Wednesday of the month through September, from 4 to 8.
We have ordered our new leaf vacuum, and hope to have it in operation for this fall's leaf pickup. A new Ford dump truck has also been ordered, and it will be used for recycling purposes only. In the interest of getting the best deal for the Borough, a 2020 truck was ordered for delivery in 2021.
This equipment has been ordered with funds received from a Pennsylvania Recycling Grant available in large part because our residents recycle their yard waste, paper, and cardboard, and mixed plastics.
Paper Recycling Box
Despite many efforts to educate our residents about what can be placed in the box, someone is still discarding plastic cat litter containers and trash bags full of garbage. We have upgraded our security camera system, and if you are caught dumping illegally, the police will be called, you will be cited, and taken before he magistrate.
It's Raccoon Time Again
Check our the Raccoon page on this website foe information about local efforts to stop the spread of rabies.
Paper and Cardboard
There seems to have been a hiccup in the pickup schedules, and both boxes were full for an unacceptable amount of time. I'm glad to tell you that both boxes have been emptied, and are ready for your donations.
When will the Borough pick up the tree in my yard that got damaged in the last storm? Patterson Heights will pick up normal yard waste, such as leaves, twigs, sticks, grass, basically any plant material that can fit into one of the yard waste bags sold at Home Depot, Lowe's, or Costco. Limbs and larger portions of trees are the responsibility of the homeowner for disposal.
How much can I put in each bag? Recently, several residents have overloaded their bags and found them left by the side of the road. Borough Council has instructed Bryan not to pick up any bags in excess of 40 pounds.
When will leaves be picked up? According to our current schedule, leaves will be picked up starting in the fall (watch for an announcement), and continue until about the first week of December. No loose leaves will be picked up in the Spring or Summer. At those times, the leaves must be bagged.
What days are the bags picked up? The bags will be picked up Monday through Friday, as Bryan has time. If he is working on road resurfacing or repairing a catch basin, he will not be picking up yard waste.
What can I put in the yard waste bags? You can put up to 40 pounds of plant waste material that grew in your yard--including trimmings, weeds, grass, twigs, small (thin) branches, and garden clean-up.
What CAN'T I put in the yard waste bags? Large, thick branches, lumber, plastic (including the square or round pots which came from the garden supply store), cans, bottles, glass, or animal waste.
Where can I get the bags? Home Depot, Lowe's, hardware stores, Costco, just about anywhere they sell lawn care products. Just be sure that the bags are made of heavy paper, not plastic. Plastic bags WILL NOT BE PICKED UP!
What about sticks and twigs? Can they be bundled? Yes, sticks and twigs can be gathered into SMALL bundles, and tied with cotton string or rope to hold them together. The individual pieces, and thus the bundle, can be no longer than four feet.
After cleaning up a large area of my backyard, I ended up with a large pile of tangled branches, weeds, and vines. What can I do with it? The Borough will not pick up piles like this (and they appear every year). You can either break it down into pieces small enough to fit into bags, or pay somebody to do it for you.
More questions will be added. If you have a question that is not answered, call the Borough Office at 724-846-0677.
Are you leaving your cardboard out to be hauled away by Valley Waste?
See the item on this page about the $158,000+ grant we have received! Part of the reason we received the grant is that we in Patterson Heights have been recycling cardboard!
It's easy. Just break your boxes down flat, and put them into the large box behind the Borough Building. You can access the box via the alley off 7th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.
Don't send it to the landfill! Put it to work earning money for Patterson Heights!
The Borough Council is happy to announce that Patterson Heights has been selected to receive a Recycling Grant in the amount of $158,580!
Most of the money will be used to purchase a new leaf vacuum. This funding comes at just the right time, as our current machine has reached the end of its useful life.
Our award was announced at the December council meeting by Holly Vogt, the Director of the Beaver County Department of Waste Management. In her presentation, Ms. Vogt complimented the citizens of Patterson Heights for the strides made in recycling efforts over the past few years. She stressed the importance of being able to demonstrate our commitment with increased tonnages of recycled materials, including paper, cardboard, yard waste, and leaves.
SO.....if you have been recycling--bringing your paper and cardboard to the bins behind the borough building--keep up the good work!
If you have NOT been recycling, PLEASE START! We have seen enough cardboard left out for the trash on Mondays to completely fill the recycling box.
Our total recycling effort will be reviewed by grant funding groups to decide what other monies we can receive.
The Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park is currently closed to the general public due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park is open with NEW operating hours:
Monday and Tuesday 8:30am to 3:30pm
Wednesday Noon to 5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am to 3:30pm
Every 3rd Saturday 8:30am to Noon
Recyclable items include:
Used Motor Oil
Our paper recycling box, located behind the Municipal Building, is emptied about every two months. Each full box holds between 1-1/4 and 1-1/2 tons of paper, so we are recycling a lot of paper!
The corrugated cardboard is picked up each Thursday.
Unfortunately, we still see lots of cardboard left out for the trash on Monday mornings!
Bring your paper and cardboard down to the collection bins behind the Municipal Building. Why? See the item about the grant we received for a new leaf vac.
The Ladies' Auxiliary organizes programs, fundraisers, and other activities for the benefit of the residents and fire fighters of Patterson Heights. The Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Borough Building. If you have not yet joined, the Auxiliary invites you to come, and would love to have you as a member. Contact Fran Levinger (724) 513-8085 or Sue Pokego (724) 846-0186.
If you are interested in being alerted in the case of an emergency (like the chlorine gas leak in Rochester on July 12), start by going to the Beaver County website (www.beavercountypa.gov).
On the right side of the page, about halfway down, there is a link to "Swift 911 - Emergency Notification Services."
Click on that box, and you will be taken to a portal where you can sign up to receive emergency alerts.
Please be sure you are not placing trash containers in the street in front of, or near, your house. We have ordinances which prohibit the placing of containers near the street before noon on Sunday, but they should NEVER be in the street--mainly due to public safety.
The Borough Council has been made aware of questionable activities in the Park, and the burning of noxious materials at night. The Council does not object to people bringing forth these issues, but the first question to be asked is, "Did you call the Police?"
The Patterson Township Police Department is on duty 24 hours per day, but they are unable to help in situations when they are not called. Reaching them is very easy. If you have what you think might be an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Otherwise, you can leave a message with County Dispatch at (724) 775-0883, and an officer will contact you very soon. Don't be afraid to call the Police--you won't be judged, and you won't be charged ($). Call. That's the only way they can help you.
If you have a family member with mental or physical challenges, we can alert the Police Department, Fire Department, and County Emergency Management team by means of a list maintained in the Borough Office.
If you have any questions, or would like to have someone added to the list, give us a call or send us an email.
All residents should have recently received a pamphlet with current emergency preparedness information. If you are living with a person who has special needs, please complete and return the Special Needs Card enclosed in the pamphlet.
If you are adding or making changes to the structures on your property, you may need a zoning permit, a building permit, or both. This includes adding a deck, an addition, a larger porch, attached or detached garage, shed, playhouse, storage building, pergola, garden structure, greenhouse, pool house, cabana garage, or a fence. If you have any questions call the Borough Office at (724) 846-0677, or send us an email. By the way, your contractor is not usually your best source for information about Patterson Heights zoning regulations.
Need help with your application? Just call.
We're open! We're waterproof! Our roofing has almost been completed: Ethan still has a few minor "fixings" which do not interfere with the use of the LFL. It's been waterproofed and has a new and slightly different but equally lovely roof and my good neighbor Peter repainted the inside so it is fresh and clean and, thanks to Jake and Josh, some children's books have found their way inside, and a few adult books are being added. Thanks to all of you who enjoy reading, and sharing your love of literature.
An alert council member has made us aware that Valley Waste WILL PICK UP GLASS now. The glass is not actually being recycled, but put to use in the landfill. Watch for a separate page coming soon to this website which explains how glass is being used.
You may still take your glass to Brady's Run if you chose, but now you can also place it in the recycling bin you place at your curb.
Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16, 7 p.m.
While regular Council meetings are held in the Borough Building, the meeting in March was held outside (yes, in the rain). You can expect the April meeting to be held outside, as well. Future meetings will occur as scheduled, but in a place deemed safe for the Council members.
Not surprisingly, Duquesne Light does not monitor our street lights to make sure they stay in working condition. It is up to us to alert them to the need for repair.
You can do this yourself, if you like, by calling Duquesne Light at 888-393-7100, or by contacting the borough office. If you call Duquesne Light they will want to know the location of the light, and the number(s) on the pole. Some poles have as many as three numbers, some only have one.
The Patterson Heights Historical Committee, comprised of Phyllis Aluseo and Carol Wagner, has placed a number of items in a case in the corner of the meeting room of the Borough Building. Patterson Heights has been here since 1899, and has a rich history.
Stop by the Borough Office (open most weekdays between 10 and 2, or whenever a white Honda CR-V is in the lot) to take a look. Hopefully, the case will be accessible on election days, and during other gatherings. Anyone having Patterson Heights memorabilia is encouraged to call Phyllis at (724) 846-3937.
Do you like the updated website? Do you hate the updated site? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? We are working to add more features, but don't wait. Let us know if there is something you would like to see on the Patterson Heights site. Our email link is at the bottom of the page.
Patterson Heights is a small community in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. We are almost completely residential, yet close to schools, churches, and shopping. We have our own park, with a playground and an all-weather basketball court. Some of our residents publish a community newsletter, "A View from the Heights," so we can keep up with the latest local news. Our residents and their pets love to walk, jog, or ride their bikes on our quiet streets.
We are located near I-376, which connects us with Pittsburgh (only 31 miles, often just a 45-minute drive) and New Castle. The Turnpike can take us to Youngstown, Ohio, and points east as far as Harrisburg and Philadelphia.
I-376 can also take us past the new Shell ethane cracker plant, only about 10 miles away. It's interesting to see the plant get larger every time you drive by.
Whether you're relocating, or would just like to visit a beautiful little town with tree-lined streets and friendly people, be sure to check out Patterson Heights. And if you have any questions, email us at the address shown below.
Mayor - Ron Tyger (724) 622-6282
Council President - Bill Starn (724) 630-1707
Council Vice-President - Jim Turnbull (724) 494-3306
Council Member - Bryan Landman (724) 494-1024
Council Member - Jan Livingston (724) 601-5574
Council Member - Laura Trehar (336) 465-2173
Council Member - Andy Briggs (724) 651-7875
Council Member - Andrew Why (412) 956-0765
Solicitor - Frank Paganie
Tax Collector - Nadine Galbreath (724) 494-1846
Secretary/Treasurer - Jack Doyle (724) 462-0923 (office hours listed below)
Zoning Officer - Jack Doyle (724) 462-0923
Zoning Board Chair - Tony Sadaka
Zoning Board Member - Ruthanne Bentley
Zoning Board Member - Rosemary Bellan
Auditor - Dave Hurley
Auditor - Martha Pietsch
Auditor - Marc Dolan
Vacancy Board Chair - Caren Turnbull
Code Enforcement - Building Inspection Underwriters (412) 766-2565
Police Chief - Dave Stanislawski non-emergency number (724) 775-0883
Fire Chief - Jason Medlin
Emergency Management Coordinator - Bryan Landman (724) 494-1024
District Magistrate - Dirk Goodwald (724) 770-2002
Open Records Officer - Jack Doyle (724) 846-0677
Patterson Heights was incorporated on June 19, 1899, and is one of the smallest municipalities in Beaver County. When incorporated, Patterson Heights had 27 residents. As of 2010, there were 636 residents living in the 268 homes in Patterson Heights. Part of the old Beaver Valley Country Club, now the Beaver Valley Golf Club, lies within the boundaries of Patterson Heights.
The first business in Patterson Heights was a general store owned and operated by Rosser Prosser.
The Patterson Heights Street Railway Company operated the Patterson Heights Incline beginning in 1895, which connected residents with lower Beaver Falls. The lower station was located at the factory of Penn Bridge Works, the area now known as Bridge Street.
Alum Rocks, located overlooking Beaver Falls and the Beaver River, has been the site of discovery for many Native American artifacts that have taught us a lot about the Indians that once resided here.
The Patterson Heights Volunteer Fire Department incorporated on November 4, 1903, making it the first incorporated fire department in Beaver County.
Patterson Heights does not have its own police department. Patterson Township Police serve and protect in Patterson Heights.
Patterson Heights is part of the Blackhawk School District.
From the Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation
600 7th Avenue, Patterson Heights, Pennsylvania 15010, United States
Generally, I am in the office between about 10 and 2 on most weekdays. Enter the building through the door on the side of the building, and take the elevator up to the second floor. If you see my car in the parking lot or the light on in the office in the corner of the second floor, feel free to stop in. -- Jack