Heidelberg Borough - General Government
The Borough of Heidelberg
is governed by a five member Council, who are elected at large and are vested with executive and legislative powers to establish
and enforce regulations in order to maintain the health, safety and welfare of the Borough residents. The administrative office
consists of one full time Manager/Secretary/Treasurer. Borough Manager Joe Kauer is responsible for the day-to-day operation
of all Borough business. The Borough Solicitor is appointed by the Council, and handles all legal problems and services. The
Engineer is also appointed by the Borough Council, and reviews design, infrastructure improvements, roads, storm and sanitary
General Government of the Borough of Heidelberg is based out of the Borough Office, which is located on the second floor
of the Borough Building – 1631 East Railroad Street. Office hours are 8AM – 4PM – Monday – Friday.
Heidelberg Police Department
The "HPD" is an eleven member police force, consisting of a Chief of Police, a Sergeant, two full-time patrolmen,
one K-9 officer and six part-time police officers. Under the command of Chief of Police, Vernon Barkley the
HPD is one of the area’s most proactive, community minded and efficient police departments. All officers are state-certified
and perform various special roles within the Department. The HPD answers approximately 1500 calls for service and take over
800 police reports per year within our municipality.
The Police Department is overseen by the Mayor of the Borough of Heidelberg, Dr. Ken LaSota, Ph.D., who is elected and
serves a four (4) year term. Mayor LaSota is now serving in his fifth elected term as Mayor.
Current Roster: Chief of Police Vernon Barkley, Sgt. Dennis Dixon, Ofc. Steve Minton, Ofc.
A. Ruiz, Ofc. Max Bellard, Ofc. David Walters, Ofc. Leah Vallone, Ofc. Emily Bielewicz and K-9 Officer Rocky.
Heidelberg Department of Public Works
The Heidelberg Public Works Department is responsible for snow and ice removal, storm and sewer maintenance, sign rehabilitation,
traffic markings and street maintenance for the 8.33 miles of road within the Borough. Our Public Works activities are
handled by DPW Supervisor Mark Turnbull and Laborer Bill Downey. The DPW works hard year-round to make certain that the physical
comforts of the Borough’s residents are met.
As a contracted subdivision of the public works department, trash collection is a provided Borough service. Trash pick-up
is every Thursday with the following exceptions: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Christmas Day, and New
Years Day. During these weeks, pick-up will be on Friday instead of Thursday.
The Borough offers paper recycling at the drop off location in front of Heidelberg Park on Industry Way. Newsprint,
inserts, magazines, catalogs, office / school papers, and mail are acceptable forms of paper to recycle. The
following are forms of paper that are NOT recyclable at our paper retriever bin: cardboard, food boxes, fiberboard,
chipboard, textbooks, hard cover books, phone books and trash.
Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department
The Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department is dedicated to providing community spirited, professional, and vigilant - fire,
rescue, and EMS services to the residents of the Borough of Heidelberg. The all volunteer department's roster is composed
of 35 members, two heavy attack pumpers, a squad, an antique-reserve pumper and a basic life support ambulance. The fire station
is located at 456 First Street, and the department is always looking for new members. Bingo is every Thursday night
starting at 7:00 PM. For additonal information on the HVFD, please visit their website at www.HeidelbergFire.com
Heidelberg Borough – Parks and Recreation
The Borough of Heidelberg is serviced by four parks, Heidelberg Park, the Ellsworth Avenue playground, the Zero Street
tot-lot. and the Washington Street Parklet. Heidelberg also has a Community Room openly available for public functions
and private rentals.
Heidelberg Park on Industry Way has a picnic pavilion, walking trails, a large all purpose field, playground equipment,
a horseshoe court and a bocce court. The Ellsworth Avenue playground has basketball courts, two four-square courts, a hockey
court, a small "stickball court" and other various playground equipment. The Zero Street tot-lot is geared for children under
12 years old and has various playground equipment to meet their needs.
The Heidelberg Community Room, located at 1639 East Railroad Street has seating for approximately 50
people, includes a small kitchen and ADA restroom accommodations. The room is also fully ADA accessible from Oak Way. The
Borough is encouraging the public use of the facility by permit for small family get-togethers, parties and other communal
functions. Heidelberg based non-profit organizations are also encouraged to use the space.
The Borough also provides a series of community events. Activities include: Memoiral Day Celebrations, Oktoberfest,
First Night of Lights, Summer Family Nights in the Park, Movies in the Park, Halloween Parade / Party, Fishing Derby, and
Neighborhood Garage Sale Days. Dates for community events are posted on the Community Calendar Page and in
the community message boards.
Sewage and Sanitation
The Borough of Heidelberg presently has a treatment agreement with Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), which
treats all of the sanitary sewage generated from within Heidelberg. This agreement eliminates the need for a treatment plant
in the Borough. The Borough operates and maintains over 15 miles of sanitary and storm sewer lines within Heidelberg. The
system is primarily financed from sanitary sewer customer’s fees. Few tax dollars are used for the operation of the
Borough’s sanitary sewers.
Sewer Rates and Rate Structure - As of January 1, 2014: $9.98
per Thousand Gallons of Wastewater Used - $6.27 Monthly Service Charge
The operation of the Heidelberg Borough Sewer System is governed by the adopted Operation and Maintenance Program Plan.
The plan is available for public review in the Office of the Borough Manager.
Heidelberg Borough’s sewer system is required by law through an Allegheny County Health Department Consent Order
to conduct various preventive maintenance measures and repairs. The consent order requires Heidelberg to clean, televise and
map our sewer system and repair significant defects; conduct a hydraulic capacity design evaluation; develop an operation
and maintenance plan; develop a sanitary sewer overflow response plan; conduct flow monitoring; and develop a feasibility
study to evaluate ways to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. 61 municipalities and 14 authorities within Allegheny County
are within this consent order; the goal of this order is to solve the problem of raw sewage backups and to limit overflowing
into rivers, creeks and streams.