MEETINGS and EVENTS
April 22nd @ 7 PM
Committee of the
May 13th @ 5 PM
Open Office Hour
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
By: Michele A. Enos
Act 32 - Local Earned
Income Tax Reform
Water Notification System
Exploring Pennsylvania Boroughs
SOMERSET BOROUGH SPRING CLEAN-UP
MAY 13, 2019
With the help and cooperation of Waste Management Hauling & Southern Alleghenies Landfill, spring clean up will be May 13th.
All items must be placed along the road right-of-way before 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 13th, 2019. All objects, including carpets, must be cut into 4-foot lengths and tied or bundled.
The following items WILL NOT be picked up:
- air conditioners (unless the Freon was removed by a certified technician and tagged as such)
- other items containing Freon
- car and truck parts
- building materials from remodeling or demolition
- hazardous/infectious waste
- stones, rocks, dirt, concrete, yard waste
- normal household trash
- paint or any liquid
- no 55 gallon drums
- no item two men cannot lift.
- Paint cans accepted only if paint is completely hardened with the lids removed.
- Limit one large appliance and one large furniture item per household.
- There is a 500 pound weight limit per household (excluding the furniture and appliance item).
- There will be no return trips. Residents who do not follow the guidelines will be responsible for removal of items.
Somerset Borough Annual Water Quality Report
We are pleased to present to you our 2018 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.)
Snow Removal Policy
It is the Borough's intention to keep all of its roads plowed and salted this winter. It is our policy to plow and salt any hills and main roads, then side streets and Borough Parking lots.
It is almost impossible for the equipment operators not to push some snow into driveways that are already plowed. If you must plow your driveway prior to completion of the street plowing, clear an area on the side of the driveway from which the truck will approach. This provides an area for snow to unload before it reaches the driveway.
Snow and Ice Removal from Sidewalks
Ordinance Number 1146 requires all owners or occupants of property as tenants, fronting on any of the streets in the Borough of Somerset to keep the sidewalks in front of, or along said properties clear free of snow and ice. This is to help insure that pedestrians pass safely over sidewalks.
Tips on How to Protect your Water Meters
During Winter Months, we asked that you take special care to protect your water meter from freezing. This will not only help us by not having to send an employee to repair the frozen meters, but is beneficial to you and the owner/tenant of the property are responsible for for paying for the frozen water meter and for the labor for replacing it. Some tips on preventing damage caused by frozen meters:
Locate the meter in a place that is heated and out of the wind and weather (like a basement or crawl space).
If the meter or water lines are not in a properly heated area, wrap your meter and water lines with insulation and/or heat tapes (Available at local hardware stores).
- In extreme cases of cold, let one of your faucets run very slowly. A slight increase in your water bill may be better than the costly task of replacing frozen meters, water pipes, or property damage.
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
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/
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 >