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Welcome to the Borough of Patterson Heights

(Updated 5/23/2020)


Now that Beaver County has moved from the Red Phase to Yellow, what does that mean for Patterson Heights?  According to the guidelines, telework should continue whenever possible.  Schools are to remain closed for person-to-person instruction.  Large gatherings are still prohibited.  You will see some exceptions, as some businesses will reopen with restrictions, but generally, indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (such as gyms and spas), and all entertainment (such as casinos and theaters) remain closed.  Restaurants and bars are limited to delivery and carry-out.

The Patterson Heights Borough Council is committed to providing you with any information they have which might make your situation a little more tolerable.   There is actually much good information available, and we will try to bring you what you might need.  Unfortunately, the Council has determined that the Park will remain closed until we enter the Green Phase.

As we continue through this process, don't hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or concerns. 

Announcements and Items of Interest

THE LATEST NEWS

Yard Waste FAQ (Updated 5/23)

Election News (Updated 5/23)

 

Closure of the Borough Park (Updated 4/28)


You may have noticed that the Borough Park has been closed since March 27.  At that time the Mayor issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency, and closing the park for one week.  On April 3 the Borough Council held an emergency meeting to adopt a resolution extending the emergency, and closing the park indefinitely.

Many of our residents have been seen walking or jogging along the streets, and are encouraged to continue exercising and getting fresh air.  Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to keep the playground disinfected, and use of the basketball court and pavilion do not allow for proper social distancing.  

At the Council Meeting on April 15, our Police Chief was able to report that, despite a couple of early infractions, there have been no other people in the Park that they are aware of.  Thank you to the residents of the Heights.  It may not seem like much, but you're making a difference in fighting the virus.


The Park has now been closed for almost two full months, and our residents have done a great job in staying away.



Food Trucks Cancelled


The Patterson Heights Borough Council, out of concern for residents' safety, has decided to cancel the Food Trucks in the Park event scheduled for May 13.  Hopefully, the coronavirus situation will be resolved to the extent that we can resume this activity in June.



Yard Waste Pickup


Pickup is underway, but this year RESTRICTIONS WILL BE ENFORCED!!!!


Yard waste will be picked up every day as time is available.  Obviously, if there is a situation which requires the attention of our one public works employee, he may put off waste collection till the following day.  


Bags must not weigh more than 40 pounds!  Now Bryan does not have a scale on the borough truck, so if he deems that a bag is too heavy--it's too heavy, and will be left at the curb.  You may then take the yard waste to the county recycling center in Brady's Run Park, or re-package the material into two lighter bags.


Tangled piles of limbs, branches, sticks, and weeds WILL NOT BE PICKED UP!!!


Such material should be bundled and tied.  Bundles should not be more than four feet in length--or they will be left at the curb.


If you have any questions about what yard waste is acceptable for disposal, call the borough office, or stop Bryan as you see him driving down your street, and ask.

Election News (Updated 5/23)

Yard Waste FAQ (Updated 5/23)

Election News (Updated 5/23)

The  Director of the Beaver County Bureau of Elections has sent a letter to all Judges of Elections regarding training and special supplies which they will make available for the primary election on June 2.


The Bureau has purchased masks, gloves, and sanitizing spray (for use by the election workers, presumably).  They will provide signs for social distancing and the wearing of masks.  They will provide blue painters tape for marking the floor where voters are to stand.  They are planning to place an article in the Times before the election instructing voters to bring their own pens and masks.


We already have plenty of donated pens.  It is doubtful that we will be able to supply masks to all voters, however, so they should bring one from home.  I also recommend you bring your own gloves, and please, no children.  While we enjoy seeing the kids, and like for them to get a taste of civic responsibility, this will be a good time to leave them at home, if possible.


The Election Team was scheduled for training the second week of May.  Unfortunately, the training space is limited to 25 people, so only the Judges of Elections will attend.  


One major change in this election is the use of mail-in ballots.  Pennsylvania has previously permitted absentee ballots, where the voter can vote by mail for a valid reason.  Absentee ballots may still be used, but the new "mail-in" ballots do not require a reason for not voting in person.  


IMPORTANT -- If you use a mail-in or absentee ballot, you will not be given a regular ballot on Election Day.  If the Election Bureau has you flagged as having requested a mail-in ballot, you can only complete a Provisional Ballot, which will be counted if a mail-in ballot is not received by the County.  


With the coronavirus situation no dates are written in stone, but we plan to have the voting machines in place as usual in the Municipal Building, with the polls open o June 2 from 7am until 8pm.  We will once again be using paper ballots and scanners.


WARNING


Due to the requirements of social distancing, it is likely that there will be some delay inside the building.  Please be prepared to wait for a few minutes.  In addition, CHILDREN WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ABOVE THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING!


If you are planning to use a mail-in or absentee ballot, you can request one at VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot.  You must apply for your ballot by May 26, and your ballot must be returned to the Bureau of Elections by June 2.  


It may be a good idea for everyone to utilize the mail-in method, at least in this election.



Yard Waste FAQ (Updated 5/23)

Yard Waste FAQ (Updated 5/23)

Yard Waste FAQ (Updated 5/23)

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.

WANTED --CORRUGATED CARDBOARD!!!

WANTED --CORRUGATED CARDBOARD!!!

WANTED --CORRUGATED CARDBOARD!!!

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Are you leaving your cardboard out to be hauled away by Valley Waste? 


What?


Why?


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!

Food Trucks Are Back

WANTED --CORRUGATED CARDBOARD!!!

WANTED --CORRUGATED CARDBOARD!!!

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Food Trucks in the Park


As explained above, we will not be having food trucks come to the borough until we enter the Green Phase. 


GREAT NEWS!

Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park

Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park

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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. 


Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park

Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park

Beaver County Recycling Center in Brady's Run Park

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 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

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


Are You Recycling?

Patterson Heights Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary

Patterson Heights Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary

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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.

Patterson Heights Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary

Patterson Heights Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary

Patterson Heights Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary

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  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 or Sue Pokego (numbers listed above) for more information. 

Emergency Alerts

A Couple of Reminders

A Couple of Reminders

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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

A Couple of Reminders

A Couple of Reminders

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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

Do I Need a Building or Zoning Permit?

Do I Need a Building or Zoning Permit?

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.

Do I Need a Building or Zoning Permit?

Do I Need a Building or Zoning Permit?

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 usually 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

Little Free Library

Little Free Library

 A message from Sue Pokego, Owner/Executive Director of the Little Free Library:


"If you wish to use the LFL, please do so at your discretion; no new books will be placed in it until the virus outbreak is contained, so please do not add any new materials. 

 

"This plan will remain in place until the CDC gives the go-ahead to resume normal activities.  Thank you."

Glass Recycling

Little Free Library

Little Free Library

 

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.

Upcoming Council Meetings

Upcoming Council Meetings

Upcoming Council Meetings


Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, 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.

Is Your Street Light Out?

Upcoming Council Meetings

Upcoming Council Meetings

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 Historical Committee Is in Business!

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

The Historical Committee Is in Business!

The Historical Committee Is in Business!

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.

About Us

Check Out Patterson Heights 121 Years Old 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 - 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

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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Contact Us

Get in Touch!

Borough of Patterson Heights

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

Phone us at (724) 846-0677 Email us at pheights600@gmail.com

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