MEETINGS and EVENTS
Borough Council Meeting
August 22nd 5:00 PM
Council Room of the
Act 32 - Local Earned
Income Tax Reform
Water Notification System
Sprinkler/Wading Pool will be available weather permitting 11 AM to 2 PM on;
Somerset Borough Annual Water Quality Report
We are pleased to present to you our 2021 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.)
As part of our commitment to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to our customers, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania is making a significant investment to replace natural gas pipelines in your neighborhood starting in March.
Our work affects customers along portions of Edgewood Avenue, Columbia Avenue, Rosina Avenue, Berkey Lane, Park Avenue, Garrett Street, Sanner Street and Race Street. Work is expected to last through the end of the year and will take place Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend work is also possible and motorists can expect potential lane closures during working hours.
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
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/
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.