Braddock Hills Borough

   


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Borough Updates, Demographics, Municipal Staff and Officials, Council Meeting Dates, General Information, (Borough Requirements on Refinancing, Borough Requirements on Purchase Only, Garbage Fee, ) Tax Information, History.

 

For information relating to storm water run off, please refer to the PA Department of Environmental Protection


Borough Updates


 

911 System

If you have and emergency that requires POLICE, FIRE DEPARTMENT, or an AMBULANCE, please DIAL 911 immediately!!!!!!!  If you have any questions, or have a non-emergency situation that you need to speak with a police officer about please contact the non-emergency police station telephone number (412) 371-1637.  In the event that a police officer is not in the station, leave a clear and detailed voice mail and one of our officers will return your call.

 

Seasonal Guidelines

Snow Removal

·         Do not park in the street during a heavy snow so that the street can be cleaned.

·         Do not throw snow from the driveways and sidewalks into the street.  This creates hazardous conditions and adds time and cost to the public works crew.

Pets are Family too!

·         Do not keep your pets outside in frigid weather.  They should have shelter from the cold either in the house or the basement.

·         Do not let your pets run loose through the neighborhood.  They could get hurt or lost.

 

Prohibited Activities

There are County and Borough ordinances regarding burning solid waste.  This activity is a violation. 

HUNTERS BEWARE!!!!  Hunting is also prohibited in the Borough.  Residents should notify the Police Department immediately.

 

Information

Any residents with questions or concerns regarding Borough related issues, should contact the Borough Office.

 


Demographics


Population

1,880

Minority Population

611

Total Housing Units

1078

Percent Vacant

5.8%

Median Household Income

$34,750

Per Capita Income

$24,250

Individuals Below Poverty Level

308

More detailed municipal profiles are available from the US Census. 

 

 Features about Braddock Hills

·         8.5 miles from downtown Pittsburgh

·         6 miles from Monroeville Mall

·         3.5 miles from the Waterfront Development

·         .5 miles from Grandview Golf Course

·         7 restaurants

·         2 banks, Citizen’s Bank and Dollar Bank

·         2 churches

·         Borough run Police and Fire Departments

·         A playground and ball field

·         1,078 housing units

·         Open Lots for Building

·         Park with walking trails (19.5 acres)


Municipal Staff and Officials


Braddock Hills Borough

1300 Brinton Road

Pittsburgh, PA  15221

 

Borough Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – Noon; 1pm – 4:30pm

Friday 8:30am-Noon; 1pm – 4pm

 

Closed for Business Holidays include:

 

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

 

Emergency Contact

 Fire Department, Police Department, or Medical Emergency

Dial 911

 

Cheryl Sorrentino

Borough Secretary

 

412-241-5080 Ext. 100 (phone)

412-242-2860 (fax)

Betty Ann Horvath

Borough Tax Collector

412-241-5080

David Miller

Building Inspector

412-241-5080

Dean Helinski

Police Chief

412-241-5080

Cory Brucker

Fire Chief

412-241-5080

Dave Checchio

Public Works Foreman

412-241-5080

 

Jack Brown

Mayor

412-241-5080

Robert Henkel

Council President

412-241-5080

Charles Arthrell

Council Vice President

412-241-5080

Vincent Gambino

Council Member

412-241-5080

Marguerite Bolton

Council Member

412-241-5080

Michael Evonich

Council Member

412-241-5080

Thomas Evans

Council Member

412-241-5080

Jessica Kostelec

Council Member

412-241-5080

 


Notice of Borough Council Meeting Dates


The Borough of Braddock Hills Council meets monthly.  Council meetings are held on the Wednesday the week following the Agenda Setting Meeting each month at 7:30pm. 

 

JANUARY 15, 2014

JULY 16, 2014

FEBRURY 19, 2014

AUGUST 20, 2014

MARCH 19, 2014

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

APRIL 16, 2014

OCTOBER 15, 2014

MAY 21, 2014

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

JUNE 18, 2014

DECEMBER 17, 2014

 

 

An Agenda Setting Meeting of the Braddock Hills Council will be held on the Second Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm. 

 

** All Committee meetings of Council will be announced in advance at the regular meeting of the Borough Council.

** All meetings will be held at the Municipal Offices of the Borough of Braddock Hills located at 1300 Brinton Road, Braddock Hills.

** Any person requiring special accommodations should notify the Borough Secretary at 412-241-5080 no later than five (5) working days prior to any meeting.  The Borough of Braddock Hills will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.  The facility is wheelchair accessible.


General Information


 

BOROUGH REQUIREMENTS ON REFINANCING AND PURCHASE OF PROPERTY/HOUSE

(Most closing companies and realtors are aware of these requirements.)

Municipal Lien Letter ($50.00) – This covers any municipal liens, delinquent borough taxes, delinquent garbage

and sewage up to certain dates.

Dye Test ($25.00) – This cost covers the form for the dye test that a registered master plumber must complete.  The

borough has a list of plumbers that they can recommend should you need one.

Three-Year Tax Certification ($30.00) – This is prepared by the Tax Collector.  This certification lists the

borough and school taxes that were paid or not paid for the three previous years.


Welcome New Residents – Please read and print our New Residents Letter which contains important information for new residents

 

Requests for Public Records – Pursuant to Resolution 9 of 2002, requests for public records must be submitted on the PA Office of Open Records “Standard Right-To-Know Request Form” and submitted to the Borough’s administration office.  If you are unable to access the form, you may contact the Borough Secretary for a copy.

 

Woodland Hills Ambulance Service – This not for profit service responds to the calls from our Borough residents.  Contributions sustain this vital community service, please do your part and support them.

 

For Rent – The Picnic Pavilion and the Senior Center are available for social events such as graduations, birthdays, showers, family reunions, and/or picnics.  For details and scheduling, please contact the Borough office.

 

Permits may be required for all types of repair/renovation work on all properties.  Building permits cover structural repairs, renovations and alterations, for example roof replacement, retaining walls, electrical wiring, fencing, etc…  Building permits are also required for pool installations!!  Applications for permits are available at the Borough Office.  In the near future, applications can be obtained through our website.

When picking up permits, please pay by check, money order or the exact amount of money.  The Borough office does not have any cash on the premises and cannot make change.

 

Block Party Permits   If your street is planning to have a block party, you must provide a letter to the Borough Council with details (date, time and what will be involved).  This must be done at least one month prior to the party so that Council can discuss and inform the Police Dept. for safety reasons.  Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated.


BOROUGH REQUIREMENTS ON SALE or RENTAL

Occupancy Inspection/Permit ($30.00) –If you are renting or selling a house in the Borough, an occupancy inspection is required. The Building Inspector must complete a walk through the house to check on smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, furnace, wiring, etc.  Please contact the borough office to make arrangements with the Building Inspector.

 


Residential Holiday Garbage Collection

Schedule

If the holiday falls on a weekday, services will be delayed by one day for that week only.  Your regular schedule will resume the following week.  There is not interruption in service if the holiday is on a Saturday or Sunday.  For example:  If the holiday falls on a Thursday, the Thursday services will be provided on Friday and Friday services on Saturday or Sunday, etc.

 

 

Your garbage must be out and visible for pick-up by Waste Management.  However, fines will result if garbage is placed out early.  The Borough is not responsible for non-pick-up if your bags are behind a tree or parked car.  Waste Management will accept 1 big item (sofa, chair, stove, etc) per week.

 

Please be aware that vacant lots should not be billed for garbage collection services.  If you have a vacant lot and are being billed for garbage collection, please call 412-241-5080.


Tax Information


(Tax Office Hours:  Friday evenings, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

 

The Borough sustained the tax millage of 6.2052. 

 

Braddock Hills Real Estate Tax– Real Estate tax statements are usually sent out March 1.

 

Tax schedule dates:                                         Discount (2%) due – March 1 thru April 30

                                                                        Face due – May 1 thru June 30

                                                                        Penalty (10%) due – July 1

 

 

Woodland Hills School Tax  School tax statements are usually sent out July 1.

 

The timeframe for this tax is as follows:         Discount (2%) due – July 1 thru August 31

                                                                        Face due – September 1 thru October 31

                                                                        Penalty (10%) due – November 1

The school taxes may also be paid in three installments.  The due dates for each installment are usually:

            1st – August 31                        2nd – November 30                  3rd – February 28

Only “payments in full” or “installment payments” will be accepted; partial/monthly payments will not be accepted.  Any missed installment payments will be balance due plus a ten percent (10%) penalty.

 

Please note:  If you send your payment by mail and would like a receipt, you must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Tax payments may be made to the Borough Secretary at the Borough Office.  However, the payments must be by check or money order and the Secretary cannot issue a tax payment receipt.  A receipt will be mailed if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

If you have any change in address, ownership, or no longer have a mortgage company paying your taxes, please notify the Tax Collector.

 

Delinquent Taxes – The delinquent tax collection agencies are as follows:

                                                Pennsylvania Municipal Services     Phone:  412-826-0300

                                                336 Delaware Avenue

                                                Oakmont, PA 15139

 

                                                Jordan Tax Service, Inc.                  Phone:  412-835-5243

                                                7100 Baptist Road

                                                Bethel Park, PA 15102

 

Overpayment/Refunds – If you are paying the full discount or face amount, it is important that you pay the correct amount that is due on your taxes.  Overpayments result in refunds.  The refunds are not issued immediately.  Reports are sent to the borough/school listing the information for refunds.  It may take a month or two before you receive your check.  The tax collector is not authorized to issue checks for refunds.

 

Senior Citizens – If you are 60 or older with an income of $35,000 or less, you may be eligible for a discount on your real estate tax.  To request a form, contact the Borough Tax Office.

 

Vacant Houses/Buildings/Property:  If you live in an area that has a vacant house and you know what happened to the owner or who is taking care of the property, please notify the Borough office.

 

Braddock Hills participates in the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program.  You can contact the borough office or the website provided by Allegheny County. http://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic/residents/vacproprecov.aspx  For a limited time only, Allegheny County will be accepting applications to acquire vacant properties in 28 municipalities at reduced cost to the applicant. Applications must be submitted no later than August 30, 2014.  Please review the program guidelines for more information.

 


History


Braddock Hills, a small borough on the hilltops to the north and west of the region first known as Braddock’s Field, is now the boroughs of Braddock, North Braddock and Rankin.

The Two main roads of the early days are still the main roads through Braddock Hills.  Brinton Road, which winds along the tops of the hills, was originally an Indian trail through the woods.  The Indians kept to the ridges where they could better watch for their enemies.  Braddock Road, extending from Greensburg Pike to Hawkins Avenue; (Wilkins Road), grew from a country road used by the farmers and coal miners on their many trips to Braddock.  Plots of ground along Brinton Road were sold from the larger farms and gradually a little village called Hannatown come into being.  The first elementary school was located on the present site of the Braddock Hills Municipal Community Center  (formerly Braddock Hills Elementary School).  The Hanna Family donated the land for the school, which was called Hannatown School.  This was the typical one-room school, but through the years as the community grew so did the school.  In 1966, a court-mandated jointure was formed between the School District of Braddock Hills and Swissvale, which brought about a reorganization of the local educational system.  In 1981 a Federal Court order merged four school districts into the now Woodland Hills School District.

Prior to 1885, when Braddock Township was incorporated, this area had been a part of Wilkins Township.  As surrounding boroughs were formed, Braddock Township was diminished piece by piece and in 1946 the Borough of Braddock Hills was incorporated.  Thus came an end to a once vast Braddock Township.

The First Fire Company was located in the 1400 block of Brinton Road and moved to its present location at the corner of Park and McKinley Avenue in 1934.  Braddock Hills Fire Department is manned by dedicated volunteers.

When community was originally incorporated, the Borough was protected by a part-time volunteer Police Department.  Presently, the residents are protected by full-time and part-time officers who patrol the Borough roads.

The First church in Braddock Hills was known at the First Baptist Church.  It started in the home of Mrs. Ella Delany on Garfield Avenue in 1921.  In 1922, The church was erected on Wilkins Avenue.  In 1983, the newly constructed Sacred Heart Catholic Church was dedicated by Bishop Leonard.  The past fifty years, the community has seen many new businesses, organizations and construction all of which added to the growth of the Borough.
 

    •  A playground, ball field, picnic facilities, a pavilion and a basketball court were constructed next to the Municipal Community Center Building.
    •  In 1961 Ardmore Drive In was opened.  And then closed in 1977 as it was sold thus becoming the beginning of the Braddock Hills Shopping Center.
    •  Brinton Manor Apartments opened in 1973 with 219 townhouse units, and Brinton Towers opened in 1975, creating six-story high-rise for Senior Citizens.
    •  The Braddock Hills War Memorial was relocated from Brinton Road to its present location at the Senior Citizen Building.  This memorial is dedicated to the veterans of WWI and WWII.   Plaques were added to recognize the Braddock Hills veterans of the Vietnam War, Korean War, Persian Gulf Wars.  A memorial was dedicated to honor Mr. Leonard Funk, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and resident.
    •  Kentucky Fried Chicken opened its door in 1984.
    •  Braddock Hills has many community organizations, such as the Braddock Hills Senior Citizens, Ladies Auxiliary of the Braddock Hills Welfare and Fire Association, Democratic Organization of Braddock Hills, Braddock Hills Athletic association and the Ladies Democratic Social Club.
    •  Many changes have occurred in the Borough of Braddock Hills and only with interested and active participation of Braddock Hills citizens can a brighter future be realized for future generations.

 


  

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