February 2017

New Fee on Water Bills Starting this Month:

Beginning with this month’s water bill there is a service-line fee that will be added to your water bill, in addition to the water usage fees. Your service-line fee will be the same every month. This service-line fee is based on the size of the line feeding your house or structure. The usage fee will vary every month depending on the amount of water that you use, and this fee did not change. Most residential customers will see an increase of $1 per month.

Water Usage Rates:

Water rates based on usage will remain the same this year. The rates are as follows:

                0-1,000 Gallons used:                        $10.00 per month (minimum payment)

                1,001-10,000 Gallons used:               $2.00 per thousand gallons              

                10,001-50,000 Gallons used:            $1.75 per thousand gallons

                50,001- 1,000,000 Gallons used:      $1.25 per thousand gallons

                Over 1,000,000 gallons used:            $.95   per thousand gallons

After paying the minimum, most residential customers (using less than 10,000 gallons per month)

pay less than 4¢ for ten gallons of water!! (5,000 gallons of water costs $19.00 per month)

Garbage Rates:

Garbage rates for 2017 will remain the same as they have been for the last 3 years: $12 per month

Use Invoice Stubs or Account Number with Water Payments:

Customers should make sure they include the water bill stub or put your account number on your payment to assure you get proper credit when paying your water bill. Your account number is the 4 digit number right before your name on the monthly water bills.

Landlords:

All new tenants must be registered at the Borough Office within 10 days of moving in. Post office box number and a valid, current phone number must be provided. This is the responsibility of the Landlord NOT the Tenant. Fines will be assessed this year for failure to register your tenants. Fines are from $100 up to $1,000 for each violation.

9-1-1 Addresses:

Every residence and business must have the proper 9-1-1 address fixed on the building, visible from the street or road. Driveways over 50 feet long must have the address properly marked near the street or road.

                Numbers must be in Arabic (not spelled out).

                Numbers must be at least 3 inches high and have a ½ inch or wider stroke.

                Numbers must be a contrasting color to the background they are placed on.

Sidewalks – Start Planning for September 2017!!!

Remember that the new sidewalk ordinance goes into effect on September 1st, 2017. You have the choice to remove, replace or repair your sidewalks. Properties on corners or those adjoining streets or alleys must comply with the ADA regulations if you decide to keep sidewalks. This includes removing snow entirely to the street.

NO More Brush or Leaf pick-up until Spring:

The Borough will no longer be picking up brush or leaves until sometime in the spring.

Watch future newsletters for the start-up date. (Probably April 15th)

Traveling this Winter? Check road conditions:

PENNDOT operates a website to assist motorists and travelers: It includes road conditions, weather reports, traffic delays, snow removal conditions and a host of other information. Log on to www.511PA.com. Check it out!

 

 

Fire Hydrants:

Adopt a hydrant and keep it cleared from snow this winter.

Do not let snow build up around fire hydrants – quick access to a hydrant during an emergency

saves time for firemen and eliminates dangerous delays in a rescue or controlling a fire.

Round-a-Bout Update:

-Look out for construction workers                 -Be aware of new traffic patterns

-Patience during slow traffic                             -Expect temporary rough roads

-Be prepared for delays                                      -Some areas will be closed to traffic at times

How to Navigate a Roundabout

Go to the PENNDOT website and watch a great video on how to use a roundabout. Be prepared for the traffic changes coming to Main Street. (Google: PENNDOT roundabouts)

 

Curfew for Juveniles:

There is a curfew ordinance for juveniles under the age of 18,

unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, juveniles may not be out

(Off the property they reside at) from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am.

Parents can be fined up to $250 per violation.

 

Memorial Donations:

A memorial donation to the Saegertown Area Library, Saegertown Heritage Society, or Saegertown Vol. Fire Dept. is a great way to honor the memory of a friend or loved one. These funds are ongoing gifts that all can enjoy. When doing your estate planning, please remember that encouraging support for any or all of these organizations is a lasting tribute to your generosity. Those who follow will thank you.

 

Codification:

                Starting last month we are providing a brief synopsis of each section of the new codified ordinances. Below    are the next two sections:

Chapter 3: Trees:

                Authorizes a Memorial Tree Committee - Regulates planting, removal and care of trees - Regulates dead          and diseased trees and stumps. - Authorizes what trees can and cannot be planted - Specifies what are   “Borough Trees”, and what are “privately owned trees”.

                Reminder: NO trimming or removing trees that have been planted by the Borough.

Chapter 4: Building and Rental Codes:

                Authorizes the “Penna. Construction Code” - Requires 911 addresses be posted –

                Regulates Landlord/Rental units – Requires a permit for paving, blacktop and driveways.

                Note: All tenants must be registered at the Borough by the Landlord within ten (10) days.

           

SAFETY Tip of the Month:

February is American Heart Month

                Take the following steps to promote your heart health:

                                -Control your Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol

                                -Avoid smoking and second hand smoke

                                -Limit alcohol consumption

                                -Eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight

                                -Be active…exercise several times a week

                               

Quote of the Month:

“The dumbest people I know are those that know it all.”

                                                                                                -Malcomb Forbes