MEETINGS and EVENTS
Municipal Authority Meeting
June 19th 5:00 PM
Council Room of the
Borough Council Meeting
June 26th 5:00 PM
Council Room of the
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Act 32 - Local Earned
Income Tax Reform
Income Tax Information
Somerset County Act 32
ACT 44 Disclosure
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Water Notification System
Due to the utility work in town, Columbia Gas and our Water Line Project, please be patient while driving through our work zones. Safety is number one!
Water Line Replacement and Improvement Project
The Municipal Authority of Somerset Borough's twenty million dollar water line replacement and improvement project is set to start in the coming days.
It will begin in different locations and expand from there. Starting on the North Center Ave. area with boring under N. Center Ave. from the Ruby Tuesday's side to the Wendy's side.
Boring under the railroad tracks near route 281 and Pleasant Ave. to the feed mill side and trench digging along Rebecca Street.
Open trench replacement on Edgewood Ave. from Garrett St. to Patriot St.
Updates to follow:
The Church Street Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement Project is a comprehensive replacement plan to upgrade the gas pipelines in Somerset Borough.
Project plans consists of:
- Approximately 14,650 linear feet of mainline and service pipe will be replaced
- Approximately 256 customers will have service lines upgraded
- Approximately 31 customers will have meters relocated from inside their home to the outside
- Pipeline replacement work will take place on the following streets:
- Church Street, Harrison Avenue, Louther Street, Tayman Avenue, Patriot Street, Main Street, North Center Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Columbia Avenue, Parson Alley, Rosina Avenue, Park Avenue, and Church Alley
- Hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 7AM - 5PM. Holidays excluded, with the possibility of Saturday work if adverse weather impacts project
- Lane closures and detours will be in effect only during work hours
- Project is tentatively proposed to begin in February 2023 and is estimated to take approximately nine months to complete
- Project duration may be impacted by weather and/or unforeseen construction impediments in existing ground conditions
- Customer properties will be restored to pre-project conditions following the completion of main and service line work. Road, sidewalk and other right-of -way restoration will be completed using reasonable local municipal standards or PennDOT's standards of restoration.
Manage your Water/Sewer Account Online
Sign up for your mySomersetBoro account and enjoy account access at your fingertips. All you need is some basic information from your water/sewer bill and a valid email address to get started.
With your mySomersetBoro account you can view your bills Online, view your usage and payment history and make Online payments from your checking account or by credit card. Don't want a paper bill, go completely paperless and sign up for ebills.
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 2022 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.)
Attention: Borough Residents!
Waste Management Recycling pick-up has been a little slow due to Employment issues with Waste Management. As a reminder please remember tissues, tissue paper, plastic package strapping and medical masks are NOT recyclable. Please place them in your regular household trash.
Check out this link for their recycling rules.
Local Earned Income Tax Bulletin
In 2021, the Somerset County Tax Collection Committee (TCC) decided to compare the costs of Earned Income Tax (EIT) Collectors for the Somerset County school districts and municipalities to minimize tax collector commissions costs.
As a result, a new EIT Tax Collector has been appointed. This new collector is KEYSTONE Collections Group out of Irwin, PA. The Somerset Capital Tax Collections Bureau office is now officially closed.
To file your local EIT taxes quickly and efficiently, simply go to https://keystonecollects.com/pay-file/ to setup your individual account and file your local EIT taxes. This is where you will file your 2021 Final Return and your 2022 quarterly estimates, if you are also self-employed and are required to file quarterly estimates.
You will be receiving a 2021 Final Return in paper form in the mail this year. You can ignore this paper form and file electronically at https://keystonecollects.com/pay-file/ if you choose to do so.
If you have any questions regarding filing your local EIT taxes, you can call KEYSTONE Collections Group at 888-328-0565.
“DROP-OFF HOURS” AT OUR PUBLIC WORKS GARAGE
We will be advertising the following hours, which may be modified to accommodate the daylight savings time hours:
Leaves, Grass and Small Brush ONLY!
- Monday: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm.
- Tuesday: 6:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Wednesday: 6:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Thursday: 6:00 am –7:00 pm.
- Friday: 6:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
- Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Closed on Holidays
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 >
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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.
This is a violation of Section 183-34 of the Somerset Borough Zoning Ordinance, and is subject to a fine of up to $250 per day for each violation.