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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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Food Trucks Are Back!

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Oh My Grill

Our first food truck night was a big hit with the people of Patterson Heights and surrounding communities, and the Borough Council is always looking to provide events that our residents enjoy. 


Oh My Grill serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches featuring natural cheeses, top quality meats, and the freshest local produce.  Each sandwich is grilled to order on fresh-baked bread from BreadWorks, and served with a homemade dipping sauce.


Oh My Grill also offers seasonal sides such a Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Parmesan Spinach Balls, Loaded Baked Potato Salad, Spicy Pasta Salad, and Tabbouleh Salad.

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Curbside Cocina


It'll be Taco Thursday in the Park, as returning by popular demand is Curbside Cocina.  Enjoy their brisket, pork carnitas, or chicken tacos, all topped with red cabbage, pico de gallo, and crema.  


Or you can try the Loaded Pork Nachos, topped with beans, red cabbage, pico de gallo, and crema.


Or have the Chicken Fajita Quesadilla, a large flour tortilla with chicken, shredded cheese, peppers, and onions.


Or how about the Brisket Fry, fresh cut fries topped with shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and crema.



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Bruster's Real Ice Cream

The Bruster's Ice Cream truck offers cones, sundaes, and all the fixings.  What better way to end your food truck meal?

Announcements and items of interest

Road Maintenance

During the next few weeks you will see the annual Patterson Heights Road Repair and Renewal Program swing into action once again.


Since the roads were paved a few years ago, Council has approved annual maintenance in an effort to keep our streets in good shape, and delay expensive future repaving.  Until now, these efforts have primarily involved crack sealing each of the last two summers.


This year we will begin by repairing areas which have become "alligatored"--yes, that's a real term used in the paving business.   Alligatored pavement looks like an alligator's back, with small cracks running in all directions.  There is a special polymer patching material that will be used on these areas.


Next, our crew will be applying PMM--Polymer Modified MasterSeal--over as much of our streets as this year's budget permits.  It has been determined that PMM is better than tar-and-chip, and much cheaper, meaning that  more of our roadways can be done each year.


Sections of streets not getting the PMM treatment will be scheduled for next year, but still be crack-sealed this year.


How can you help, you ask?  You may be asked to move your car off the street when the work is being done.  If you are interested in helping with any of the aforementioned projects, please give us a call at the Borough Office, and leave a message.  Even a couple hours of your time would be helpful.


As always, come to a Council meeting or give us a call if you have any questions.

Thanks to All for a Wonderful Community Day!

 

Community Day 2019 was a great success, as Patterson Heights residents, friends, and families enjoyed good food, music, and entertainment on Saturday, August 3rd.

The day began with a moving ceremony honoring firefighters past and present.  Several public officials were present, including County Commissioners Dan Camp and Tony Amadio, State Representative Jim Marshall, District Attorney Dave Lozier, and our own Mayor Ron Tyger.  Beaver County Emergency Services were represented by Eric Brewer, Kevin Whipple, and Frank Parris.  Fire Departments from Patterson Township and Chippewa Township were also represented.  Firefighters were recognized for their service by the aforementioned officials, plus Senator Elder Vogel and Congressman Conor Lamb.

Our firemen then fired up the grill to prepare hot dogs and hamburgers to go with pulled pork and haluski, plus chips and drinks.

Good times continued throughout the day, with DJ Chuck Webb stationed in the pavilion, a dunk tank, and Magic Bob presenting not only magic, but also balloon animals.  When our face painter suddenly became ill, Courtney Martin, a former Patterson Heights resident, stepped in, and painted faces for the rest of the day!  At the end of the day, DJ Chuck manned a projector to show a movie on a portable screen!

In case someone didn't get enough to eat from the firefighters, the Borough Council provided cotton candy, popcorn, and Bruster's Ice Cream throughout the day.  The Ladies' Auxiliary sold baked goods to benefit the Fire Department.

People also had the opportunity to tour the County's Mobile Emergency Management Unit, and to enter the "Smoke Trailer" to learn how to escape a burning building. 

Many thanks to organizers Fran Levinger, Larry Barkley, and all the volunteers who made the day possible. 

Helicopters to Drop Raccoon Rabies Vaccine

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Helicopter vaccine bait distribution will take place from August 18th through August 21st.


Rather than hand or airplane baiting for our area, it has been determined that baiting by helicopter will be performed.  The helicopters will be baiting along nort-south transects that will be above residential areas.  To ensure sufficient baiting within the area, helicopters will be moving within the same area multiple times in a slow manner in order to keep transects close together.  This could be viewed as alarming by people who are unaware of the vaccine baiting distributions that will be occurring during that time.    If you encounter a neighbor who is confused or unaware  of the vaccine baiting distributions, please inform them of the helicopter baiting operation.


There are two different types of baits that will be dispersed:  a plastic sachet or packet that is coated in fish meal and a block made of fish meal that holds the vaccine within the center.  The fish meal coating attracts raccoons that will consume the bait and vaccine and introduce antibodies of the rabies virus which will help build immunity.


Oral rabies vaccines produce little threat to humans and animals when exposed, but people are asked to avoid contact with the baits to increase the likelihood of consumption by raccoons.  If a bait must be moved, please use gloves or hand tools to remove it from the undesired location.


For more information, check out the Raccoons page on this website.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT YOUR TAXES

  

Blackhawk School District real estate tax bills were sent to residents of Patterson Heights or their banks last month. If you usually pay your bill directly (as opposed to having your mortgage company escrow and pay it for you) AND you did not receive it in the mail, please contact our local Tax Collector, Nadine Galbreath, at(724) 494-1846.


 We want to avoid anyone having to pay penalties because they never received their bill. 


The law states that the homeowner is responsible for knowing when the Boro and School Taxes come out, and for seeking them out if not received. 

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.



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 

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 (although they are not meeting again until September).  The Auxiliary welcomes all guests, and would love to have you as a member.  Contact Fran Levinger or Sue Pokego (numbers listed above) for more information.   

Yard Waste Pickup

You have probably seen that Bryan is once again collecting bags of yard waste.  He will continue this service into the fall.  As we said previously, leaves will be picked up, but only if they are placed in paper bags.  While sticks, twigs, and branches can be bundled and tied (maximum four-feet long, each bundle small enough to handle), all other yard waste, including leaves, must be placed in bags.


DO NOT put ANY material in the street!  Keep it on the curb.


Some tips:  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.

More Yard Waste Info

 Please be aware that if you have a large amount of material set out for Bryan to pick up, it may very well take longer for him to get to it.  If he can service ten residents by picking up a couple of bags at each house, he will do that before he gets to a large pile of branches, etc. 

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.

We STILL Need a New Leaf Machine!

Since nobody offered to purchase a new leaf vacuum for the Borough, Council decided to apply for a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  If the full amount requested is given to Patterson Heights, we will be able to purchase a new machine, and make some other improvements to our recycling program.  Being able to demonstrate the Borough's commitment to recycling (leaves, yard waste, paper, and cardboard) was critical in justifying our need for the grant money.


The good news is that our recycling program is off to a great start, and has been effective with limited resources.  The bad news is that we won't find out about grant awards until late this year, and won't receive any money until the end of the year.  Even if we are successful, we need to get one more year out of the old leaf vac!


Keep on separating your recyclables, and, by all means, bring your paper and cardboard to the boxes behind the Borough Building!



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.

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, August 21, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 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.

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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