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  • Mayor:
    Anthony (Tony) Gross
  • Council President: Deborah Laskey
  • Council Vice President: Randy Stoddard
  • President Pro-Tempore: Scott Krause
  • Council Members:
  • Denny Chuvala
  • Katie Specht Coban
  • Beverly Farina
  • Carol Uminski

BLAWNOX "LIGHT OF THE NIGHTS"
Date: December 5th
Time: Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

The fun begins at the Monument at 6:30 PM. The O’Hara Elementary School Chorus will sing Christmas carols. Children can take a ride in a horse-drawn SLEIGH and have a balloon sculpture made by Mike the Balloon Guy. SANTA will arrive by firetruck at the Monument at 6:45 - 7 PM. And there's more!

See Night of the Lights for full details!

Annual drinking Water Quality Report for 2012

See the 2012 Annual Water Quality Report for Blawnox Borough.

HAPPY SPRING AND GREAT NEWS!

Borough Council has been closely monitoring the ever-changing property assessment saga in Allegheny County. Of note, Blawnox Borough’s tax millage of 9.74 was set in 2005 and was not increased for 8 years. In January 2013, the Borough received notification of the certified property values for the Borough from the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessments. As a whole, the overall Borough certified property value increased which allowed Borough Council to REDUCE the 2013 millage from 9.74 mills to 8.895 mills. For more details see Taxes.

WATER RATE INCREASE

The new bill enclosed with this newsletter is the first bill that reflects the new water rate. The water rate has gone from $5.43 per thousand gallons to $5.94 per 1,000 gallons. The Borough water rates have not been increased for EIGHT years with the last water rate increase occurring in 2005. Rates for sewer and refuse are NOT increasing. The most frequently asked question that people have when they hear about a rate increase is, “How will it affect me?” On average, a family of four uses 20,000 gallons of water per quarter. Assuming they live in a single family residence, a typical bill for a family of four that uses 20,000 gallons in one quarter is shown below:

OLD RATE NEW RATE

Water ($5.94 per 1,000 gallons) $108.60 $118.80

Sewer ($9.07 per bill and $7.19 per 1,000 gallons) 152.87 152.87

Refuse & Recycling 49.00 49.00

TOTAL $310.47 $320.67

For a family of four, the new rates will cost $10.20 more per quarter or $40.80 per year.

BLAWNOX BOROUGH WATER, SEWER & REFUSE RATES

Blawnox Borough bills its residents quarterly for water, sewer, and refuse/recycling. Bills are sent to property owners.

Water - $5.94 per 1,000 gallons (minimum charge of $17.82 per quarter)

Sewer - $9.07 per bill per quarter and $7.19 per 1,000 gallons of water used

Refuse - $49.00 per quarter for single residence

NEW GUIDELINES FOR TV & COMPUTER DISPOSAL

In January 2013, refuse regulations changed and our refuse hauler IS NO LONGER permitted to haul away TV’s, computer monitors, or computer equipment. A solution is to participate in the Hard-to-Recycle Collections, which occur from time to time. If your TV or computer still works, consider donating it to GoodWill in Cheswick (or other locations) where a charitable contribution receipt can be obtained, if desired.

CARLA DRIVE TANK

Some of you may have noticed that the water tank that stood on the old Blawnox School hill, now Carla Drive, has been demolished. An icon of another time, the tank was built in 1936 by Pit-Des Moines Steel. Standing over 125 feet in height, the tank was no longer in use and was cost prohibitive to refurbish. Demolition of the tank only took three days and was done by Michigan-based company, Kosinski Demolition, which specializes in tank construction and demolition.

COUNCIL MEETINGS
for 2013

Agenda meetings will be held
at 6 PM on: 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, 10/7, 11/4, 12/9

Regular meetings will be held
at 6:30 PM on: 1/24, 2/28, 3/28, 4/25, 5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24, 11/21, 12/19

All meetings are held at Blawnox Borough Building, 376 Freeport Road, Blawnox, PA

OFFICE HOLIDAYS

The Borough Office will be closed for the following holidays:

May 27, July 4, July 5

BLAWNOX CLEANS UP!

Mayor Tony Gross, Council President Debbie Laskey, members of Borough Council, and volunteers cleaned up garbage and weeds along Freeport Road on April 27 to do their part for Earth Day and to lead the way to help beautify the Borough "one weed at a time".

TRASH & RECYCLE PICKUP

Refuse is picked up every Monday and recycling is picked up every other Monday.

Please put your refuse and recyclables out after 5 p.m. on Sunday & before 7 a.m. on Monday.