MEETINGS and EVENTS
January 18th 5:00 PM
January 25th 5:00 PM
February 22nd 5:00 PM
By: Michele A. Enos
Act 32 - Local Earned
Income Tax Reform
Water Notification System
Public Meeting Requirements
Due to Covid-19 restrictions our meetings will be held by teleconferencing.
If you wish to participate by phone you must register prior to the meeting by calling Michele Enos at 814-443-2661.
Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset Water System Improvements Project
Somerset Borough, Somerset Township, and Jefferson Township Somerset County, PA
The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset (Authority) is preparing to make application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for authorization to construct the “Water System Improvements Project”. The Authority is issuing this notice as part of the Environmental Review process and invites the public to submit comments related to the project. The proposed project consists of 42,000 linear feet of water line replacement, improvements to the Shaffer Run Water Treatment Facility, modifications of the Laurel Hill Water Treatment Facility, and installation of a 1,000,000-gallon water storage tank. The project will take place in areas of Somerset Borough, Somerset Township, and Jefferson Township, Somerset County, PA. The Authority is undertaking this project to improve the operation and quality of the public water system.
Copies of the Environmental Report, Preliminary Plans, and Preliminary Specifications will be available for review from January 15, 2021 to February 15, 2021 by appointment only to observe COVID-19 guidelines. Copies of the documents will be available for review at:
Borough of Somerset
347 West Union Street
Somerset, PA 15501
Please call ahead at 814-443-2661 to schedule an appointment to review the documents. Any person interested in commenting on the proposed project should submit written comments to the address above by February 16, 2021. The Authority will be discussing this project at their regular public meetings held January 18, 2021 and February 15, 2021. Please call ahead at 814-443-2661 to be placed on the meeting agenda and to receive COVID-19 guidance for public meeting attendance.
Manage your Water/Sewer Account Online
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Types of payments accepted
- Bank Account (ACH)
- American Express
- The Borough of Somerset does not charge a fee for Bank Account (ACH) payments.
- A third-party fee will apply to all electronic credit card payments.
- Effective October 1, 2016 Fee for credit cards is 2.65% or $3.00 minimum charge.
Click the link to sign up for your mySomersetBoro account today! https://somerset.authoritypay.com/
Somerset Borough Annual Water Quality Report
We are pleased to present to you our 2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water.
Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo ó hable con alguien que lo entienda bien. (This report contains important information about your drinking water. Translate it, or speak to someone who understands it.)
The Council of the Borough of Somerset hereby announces the following schedule for meetings for years 2020 and 2021:
- Somerset Borough Council will hold its monthly committee meeting on the second Monday of every month at 5:00 p.m.
- Somerset Borough Council will hold its monthly council meeting on the fourth Monday of every month at 5:00 p.m
- The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset will hold its monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- Somerset Borough’s Planning Commission will hold its monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- The Civil Service Commission will hold its organizational meeting on Monday, February 3rd at 1:30 p.m.
These meetings with be held at the Somerset Borough Municipal Building located at 347 West Union Street, Somerset, PA.
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BOROUGH OF SOMERSET BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
SOMERSET BOROUGH COUNCIL
" LETTERS OF INTEREST "
The Council of the Borough of Somerset is accepting “letters of interest” from Borough residents interested in serving on its various Boards/Commissions. Presently, Council is looking to fill an unexpired term on its Municipal Authority. A full term is five (5) years.
Additionally, there are two vacancies in the Borough’s Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board. A full term is three (3) years.
The duties and responsibilities can be obtained from the Borough Manager’s Office. by calling 814-443-2661; by clicking here , or by stopping at the Somerset Borough Municipal Building at 347 West Union Street.
If you are interested in serving on another Board or Commission of the Borough of Somerset, please send a “letter of interest” noting which Board or Commission you would prefer. The list of Boards and Commissions include:
- Somerset Borough Zoning Hearing Board
- Somerset Borough Planning Commission
- Somerset Borough Civil Service Commission
- Somerset Borough Municipal Authority
- Somerset Borough Codes Appeals Board
- Somerset Borough Vacancy Board
- Mary S. Biesecker Public Library Board
Letters are to be sent to:
Michele A. Enos
P.O. Box 71
347 West Union Street
Somerset, PA 15501
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND CODE ENFORCEMENT
As a reminder to Somerset Borough residents, the Borough’s
Code Enforcement Department will continue to enforce the
Property Maintenance Codes and the High Grass Ordinance. Common causes for violations being issued are:
- grass exceeding 6” in height
- garbage around the property
- structural deficiencies
- unsecured vacant structures with broken
windows / open doors etc.
WHEN ARE BUILDING PERMITS REQUIRED?
With the arrival of warmer weather, here are some tips for those planning construction projects: Permits are required:
• To construct, enlarge, alter, or demolish a structure.
• When sanitary facilities (water / sewer) are added.
• When a proposed change occurs in the use of a building.
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2019
All permits regulated by the UCC are now handled by Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance.
- Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance Somerset Office:
318 Georgian Place
Somerset, PA 15501
Web Site: https://pacodealliance.com/
Other Permits that are required by the Borough of Somerset:
- Borough of Somerset Building Inspections
Po Box 71 347
West Union Street
Somerset, PA 15501-0071
Fax: (814) 445-3931
Phone: (814) 445-5595.
- Shade Tree
- Water/Sewer Taps
A comprehensive listing of activities requiring permits is available at our Inspections Department; by calling Building Inspector Tom Jury at 445-5595; and on our web site www.somersetborough.com.
NO SIGNS ALLOWED ON TREES, POLES
Somerset Borough reminds residents not to place signs on trees or utility poles. The Somerset Borough Zoning Ordinance prohibits signs from being attached to trees or utility poles. Recently there have been incidents of yard sale signs being placed on trees, utility and sign poles, as well as traffic signal poles.
Public Comment Policy
Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Somerset: January 24, 2011
Council The Pennsylvania Sunshine Act (65 Pa. C.S. 701, et seq.) provides that the Board or Council of a political subdivision shall provide a reasonable opportunity at each advertised regular meeting and advertised special meeting for residents of the political subdivision or for taxpayers of the political subdivision or to comment on matters of concern, official action or deliberation which are or may be before the Board or Council prior to taking official action. (710.1).
To assure compliance with the Act, to inform members of the public who may wish to make comment, and to provide for predictable and orderly implementation of the public comment period, Somerset Borough Council has adopted this Public Comment Policy. READ MORE >