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Welcome to the Borough of Patterson Heights

About Us

Check Out Patterson Heights As We Celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Our Founding This Year!

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.

Borough Government Working for You

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 - Fran Levinger (724) 513-8085

Council Member - Sue Pokego  (724) 971-4942

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 - Sandy O'Shea

Vacancy Board Chair - Caren Turnbull

Code Enforcement  - Dawna Pella  (724) 494-4207

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

The Borough

     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

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Announcements and items of interest

Election Congratulations

49.2% of the eligible voters in Patterson Heights came out for the election on November 5th.  This was a pretty good turnout, considering some bad weather and no national races.  Beaver County had a turnout rate of only 36.33%.


Congratulations to Jan Livingston for being elected to the Borough Council for the first time, and to Bill Starn, Andrew Why, and Andy Briggs for extending their terms of office.  One more member was also elected, but won't be named until the write-in ballots are counted.


The election team, including Rosemary Bellan, Sue Philipp, and Lynn Doyle, put in another day of 14+ hours, and did a fine job with the new voting system.  They have already discussed some ways to make the voting process flow a bit more smoothly in the next election (April, 2020).  The team also wishes to thank Ruthanne Bentley, Fran Levinger, and Bryan Landman for their help.

Road Maintenance, yard waste, leaves, and other matters

Road sealing has ended for this year, as the pavement must be warm enough for the sealing material to flow into the cracks.  Sealing has been very successful, and will be continued next year.


Badly needed repairs to storm sewer catch basins are now being performed, and must be completed before winter.


Yard waste bags and leaf collection will resume and commence as soon as possible, with leaf pickup scheduled to start next week.


The important thing for residents to remember is that these activities are prioritized, with necessary street repair at the head of the list.  


So please be patient.  Out of concern for residents' tax dollars, we maintain a small public works staff.  They are aware of bags being left for pick-up.  The priority right now has to be on projects which need to be completed before winter.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Patterson Heights)

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Be sure to mark your calendar for December 14, when Santa comes to town--not in a sleigh, but on red fire truck!  Santa will be riding through the Heights, finalizing his Naughty and Nice Lists, from 5 to 6 p.m.  Then he will head to the Borough Building for cookies and hot chocolate provided by the Ladies' Auxiliary from 6 to 8.  Be sure to bring your camera.  

Grand Re-Opening

The Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park will reopen October 21st with NEW operating hours:


Monday and Tuesday  8:30am to 3:30pm

Wednesday  Noon to 5:00pm

Thursday  8:30am to 3:30pm

Friday  CLOSED

Every 3rd Saturday  8:30am to Noon


Recyclable items include:

Corrugated Cardboard

Tin Cans

Polystyrene

Used Motor Oil

E-Waste

Mixed Paper

Scrap Metal

Yard Waste

Glass Bottles and Jars

Plastic Bottles

Textiles/Fibers


Hooray for Our Firefighters

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The Patterson Heights Volunteer Fire Department has responded to 102 events already this year!  Most of the incidents occurred outside of Patterson Heights, but our fire company responded due to several mutual aid agreements.


The firefighters continue to upgrade their skills, and attend frequent training sessions.


Some interesting statistics about fire services in Pennsylvania:

  1. There are 57,629 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania, about 91% of the total.
  2. 131 Pennsylvanians died in a residential fire in 2018, the third highest number of deaths in the United States.
  3. Beaver County has 6.81 firefighters per 1,000 residents, compared to 4.94 per 1,000 statewide.
  4. In the 1980's, there were in excess of 300,000 active volunteer firefighters.  Today, that number has dwindled to about 38,000.
  5. Equipment that cost $50,000 in the 1970's costs upward of $500,000 today.

Did You Know?

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Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the United States and across the globe!  Tobacco products comprise 38% of all U.S. roadway litter.

Patterson Heights Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary

  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.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 12, due to the election on November 5.  If you have not yet joined, the Auxiliary invites you to come, and would love to have you as a member.  Contact Fran Levinger or Sue Pokego (numbers listed above) for more information. 

More Yard Waste Info

You can put any kind of plant material, such as twigs, branches, weeds, leaves, grass) into the brown bags, but nothing else.  This means no metal, plastic, plastic grocery bags, and especially glass.  Unfortunately, all these items were found in bags last year,  the glass causing severe cuts to Bryan's arm!  


Finally, a bag packed full with grass is either going to be too heavy to lift into the truck, or moisture in the grass will make the bottom fall out of the bag.  We ask you to keep the bags to 35 pounds or less.  Yard waste pickup is a valuable service provided by the Borough.  Please help by using common sense.


Are You Recycling?

Our paper recycling box, located behind the Municipal Building, was emptied last week for the third time this year.  Each full box holds between 1-1/4 and 1-1/2 tons of paper, so we have already surpassed last year's total.  


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 below about the Leaf Machine.

Temporary Census Jobs Available

 The U.S. Census Bureau has asked us to make available some information about temporary jobs working on the 2020 Census.  Here is the link to the information:


https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/recruiting-begins-2020.html 

Emergency Alerts

 

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.

A Couple of Reminders

 

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. 

Patterson Heights Special Needs List

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.


IMPORTANT


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.

New Soliciting Ordinance for Patterson Heights

 

The Borough Council has approved Ordinance 281, which regulates soliciting in Patterson Heights.  This ordinance DOES NOT affect soliciting by minors (Girl Scouts, Little League, school fundraisers).  Solicitors MUST have a Borough-issued ID, plus another photo ID.  If you see anyone soliciting without having first registered with the Borough, you are encouraged to contact the police.

 

IMPORTANT:

If you do not want solicitors coming to your house at all, the Borough will add your address to a "Do Not Knock" list.  If you would like to be added to the list, contact the Borough Office by calling (724-846-0677), or by completing a Get In Touch form found at the bottom of this page.

Do I Need a Building or Zoning Permit?

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, a 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 always your best source for information about Patterson Heights zoning regulations.


For help with your application, check out the Customer Assistance Guides on our "Forms" page on this website.

Little Free Library

 Stop by 498 Fourth Street, and check out the Little Free Library.  Take a book/leave a book.  This is truly one of gems of our community.  The LFL librarians are always adding new books that are donated by Patterson Heights residents.

Glass Recycling

 

If you are not aware of it, Valley Waste no longer wants glass in the mixed recycling bin you put out on Monday.  Without getting into all the reasons why it has become difficult to recycle glass, we want you to know that the County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park will begin taking glass bottles and jars on Wednesday mornings starting in June, from 8 until 11 am.

ALSO AT THE RECYCLING CENTER

The Through Beaver County's Lens: Glass to Glass program collects eyeglasses, sunglasses, and reading glasses for reuse.  Collected eyeware are then shared with local doctors or sent abroad through Mission Vision for use in developing countries.

Please keep eyeware bound for reuse separate from glass bottles and jars.

Upcoming Council Meetings

Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18, 7 p.m.


Council meetings are held in the Borough Building on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.  Your attendance and participation are encouraged!  Come and see your local government at work.

Is Your Street Light Out?

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 Historical Committee Is in Business!

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.

Let Us Know

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.

Contact Us

Get in Touch!

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Borough of Patterson Heights

600 7th Avenue, Patterson Heights, Pennsylvania 15010, United States

Phone us at (724) 846-0677 Email us at pattersonhgts@verizon.net

Hours

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