CHANGE TO COUNCIL MEETING FORMAT
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the Governor's most recent restrictions, and concern for the health of the residents of Patterson Heights, until further notice the Borough Council will be holding its Council Meetings remotely, meaning some members will attend by computer, and some by phone.
Input from Patterson Heights' residents is always encouraged, but you are asked to contact a councilperson beforehand if you would like them to bring up a subject, or submit an email prior to the meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should be able to dial in to listen to the discussion.
If you would like to "attend," join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87657551008
The Meeting ID is 876 5755 1088
Visitors who wish to speak are asked to log on by 6:55 so the Council President can be advised that they are attending, why they are speaking, and their contact information.
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NEW SECURITY CAMERAS
Thanks to Fire Chief Jason Medlin, Bryan Landman, and Charlie West, we have three new security cameras monitoring the Park and the Recycling Area. The Borough Park is one of the features that makes Patterson Heights one of the more desirable neighborhoods in Beaver County, and a little bit of increased security will make it even more so.
Leaf Pickup was quite successful this year. After a rather slow start, the leaves began to fall rapidly, and the guys got everything piled in the roadways just before the snow started. Of course it all went more smoothly with our new leaf vac, courtesy of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Environmental Protection
New Police Contract
Council has approved a new four-year contract for police services with Patterson Township. The police have done a fine job for us over the last three years, and are committed to increasing their presence in the Borough
Citations and Stop Signs
Our Police have been issuing citations for stop sign and other violations, yet I still see vehicles driving through intersections after barely slowing down.
Patterson Heights Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary
Despite having to deal with COVID restrictions, the Ladies had a very successful meatball sub sale, and took in about $200 in donations on Election Day. Thanks to all who donated or bought meatballs. They were delicious, by the way!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Auxiliary may revise its meeting schedule during the next few months. If you have any questions, you can call Sue Pokego at (724) 846-0786.
Despite working in difficult conditions due to the coronavirus, our Election Team did an excellent job. As is the case with most polling places in the United States, we have a "veteran" group, as you might expect, when one of the qualifications is the ability to work a 14+ hour day. Much thanks to Sue Philipp, Linda Kunzmann, Fran Levinger, and Lynn Doyle. This year, as we needed to be more restrictive of voters' positioning, additional volunteers stepped forward, including Nadine Galbreath, Peter Burgess, Ray Young, Pradeep Kumar, Nancy Tyger, Kelly Manning, Andy Briggs, Bryan Landman, and Charlie West.
More than 86% of the eligible voters in Patterson Heights participated in the election, with about 62% of all voters choosing President Trump. Republican candidates won every contest in Patterson Heights, and there was a minimum of ticket-splitting. Representative Jim Marshall had the highest total with over 68%.
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.
Current Status of the Borough Park (As of 11/7/2020)
The Park is open, and should remain so until at least the Spring, depending, of course, on the pace of the coronavirus.
It has been noticed that the large slide in the southwest corner of the playground has some cracks in the plastic. We are investigating the cost of repair/replacement, and request that larger children leave the playground equipment for the smaller ones.
The caution tape is designed to keep children off the equipment until it can be repaired.
Our new leaf vacuum worked very well, with the "Leaf Crew" being able to complete their mission in much less time this year. Their increased efficiency was due in large part to not having to repair equipment to keep it operating. The new dump truck is still on schedule to be delivered in 2021.
Remember that this new equipment has been ordered with funds received from a Pennsylvaia 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.
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 open!.
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, January 20, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m.
Regular Council meetings are held in the Borough Building, with members conforming to CDC guidlelines regarding distancing and masks. While Patterson Heights residents' input is always appreciated, for now you may want to submit comments or questions in writing, or speak with a member to bring your issue before the Council.
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 -
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