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Heidelberg Monthly Seniors


WHEN:   Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – 9:15AM


WHERE: Meet at Bridgeville Rite Aid Parking Lot (Washington Avenue and Chartiers Street,) Carpool leaving at 9:15 AM.


WHAT:   Monthly gathering for our Community’s Senior Citizens. 


PROGRAM:  Visit and tour of PA Trolley Museum.  90-minute visit will include:  video orientation to the history of streetcars, vintage photo displays, ride on a vintage trolley, 20-minute tour of the Trolley Display Building and a visit to the Museum Store.   Cost is $8 for seniors, $9 for adults.  Following the PA Trolley Museum tour, we will have a fast food lunch and then dessert at Sarris’s!


Please RSVP to Linda at 412-200-2855 by 8/18/14.


Special Note: Participants are responsible for the cost of their meals, museum tour and carpooling. 


All are welcome!  remember - info is on cv-tv

comcast channel 765 / verizon channel 38



Win $2,500

Drawing on Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tickets are $5, available at the Borough Office or from any Recreation Committee Member.  Winner Based on PA Daily Number, 7PM– First Draw, Proceeds Benefit the Hbg. Recreation Committee, Community Events.


2014 Heidelberg Fishing Derby

Saturday, August 9, 2014 – Registration opening at 8AM at Heidelberg Park, Awards announced at Noon.

Entry Fee:  Adults - $5, Children - $3

Prizes awarded to both adults and children for largest fish for:  Carp / Sucker / Sheep’s Head, Large and Small Mouth Bass or Crappies, Blue Gill / Sun Fish, Catfish, and Perch

Raffles, Prizes, Food – a great family friendly event on Chartiers Creek in Heidelberg

Click here for more Heidelberg Fishing Derby Details!

Heidelberg Recreation Committee Seeks Your Help!

The Heidelberg Recreation Committee is seeking new members.  Committee members help out in the planning and coordination of the many community events here in Heidelberg, including the annual Oktoberfest, Light Up Night, Halloween Parade / Party, Family Nights in the Park, Fishing Derby and other programs.  The Committee meets once a month to discuss and plan events; the meeting is the third Tuesday at 6:15 in the Borough Office Conference Room.  Please feel free to come to our meeting if you are interested in joining!  All are welcome – spread the word!

Heidelberg Highlights

Borough Newsletter Business Advertising AVAILABLE


The Borough’s award winning quarterly municipal newsletter is mailed out to all residences, businesses and government contacts of the Borough of Heidelberg.  Over 700 editions are distributed quarterly.  Advertising space is now available to be included in Heidelberg Highlights for the following rate:


Business Card Size (2”x 3.5”) - $25.00


Advertisements are to be prepared in a .jpg electronic format applicable to be imported into Microsoft Publisher software.


For more information please contact Joe Kauer, Borough Manager at jkauer@heidelbergborough.com or 412-276-0363.

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Heidelberg Borough Awarded Grants to Reconstruct Grant Avenue and help with the Revitalization of Ellsworth Avenue Playground


Heidelberg, PA – the Heidelberg Borough Council and Mayor announced at their June 17th Council Meeting that the Borough has been awarded two grants this month for public improvement within Heidelberg.

The first grant, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) worth $18,500 is for the reconstruction of Grant Avenue between Hayes Street and Ellsworth Avenue.  The Borough applied for funding for this project in early 2013 and it is anticipated that the work will be completed before fall-2014.


The second grant is worth $5,000 and was awarded for the Ellsworth Avenue Playground Reconstruction Project by Martha’s Fund.  This grant will help offset the costs to rehab the playground.  Martha’s Fund is a non-profit charity named after killed in the line of duty FBI Agent Martha Dixon.  Martha’s Fund has a mission to serve children by building playgrounds in Martha’s memory.  Heidelberg Police Sergeant Dennis Dixon is the cousin of the late Martha Dixon.


“For a small Borough, Heidelberg has always been successful in competing for grants.  The CDBG appreciates Heidelberg needs help paving her roads, and the non-profit, such as “Martha’s Fund,” know their limited monies are well spent in Heidelberg,” stated Mayor Kenneth A. LaSota, Ph.D.  

Heidelberg Council seeks applicants to fill

Vacancy Board Chairman.


According to Section 901 of the Pennsylvania Borough Code, all Boroughs are to have a registered elector of the Borough to be appointed as the municipality’s Vacancy Board Chairman.  This office would address scenarios should there be a vacancy on Borough Council and if the Council cannot fill the vacancy within 30 days, the Vacancy Board has 15 days thereafter to appoint someone to office.


If interested in serving in this position for the Borough of Heidelberg, please send letter of interest and resume to Joe Kauer, Borough Manager, 1631 East Railroad Street, Heidelberg, PA  15106


Vacancies on Borough Council – How this works…

The most common reason for vacancies on council is through resignation. Individuals sometimes find the demands on their time, the pressure of private business activities, personal health or family problems or the responsibilities of office are too much to cope with. Vacancies can also occur because of death, moving out of the borough or ward, removal from office by the courts or failure to qualify.


The Code provides for the remaining members of council to fill a vacancy by resolution.31 Pennsylvania county courts are divided on the issue of whether a resignation requires acceptance by the governing body or whether it is unconditionally effective.32 This is critical because of the timetable established to fill vacancies. The safest course for governing bodies is to take official action to accept any resignation and to fill the vacancy within thirty days of its submission.


Commonwealth Court has ruled that a governing body member’s resignation was effective when tendered and accepted.33 The resigning officer establishes the effective date of the resignation and from that time the office is vacant. In this case, the court voided an action by the board to rescind the resignation acceptance at a subsequent meeting. The court held a vacancy existed on the board and could only be filled by action of the board members to appoint a successor until the next municipal election.


Council has thirty days to take action to fill a vacancy. If council fails to fill the vacancy within the prescribed limit, then the vacancy board fills the vacancy within fifteen additional days by appointing a qualified person. The vacancy board consists of council and one registered voter of the borough who is appointed by the council and acts as the chair of the vacancy board. If the vacancy board fails to fill the vacancy within the prescribed time, the chair then petitions the court of common pleas to fill the vacancy. In the case of a vacancy in the chair, the remaining members of the vacancy board petition the court to fill the vacancy. Where more than a majority of the offices of councillor are vacant at any one time, the vacancies are filled by the court upon petition of at least fifteen registered voters of the borough.


In all cases, the successor is appointed to serve until the first Monday in January following the first municipal election occurring more than sixty days after the vacancy occurs, if the term continues that long. At that municipal election, a successor is elected to fill any unexpired balance of the term. All persons appointed to fill vacancies must have all the qualifications required of elected officers.

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Interested in a vacant lot in Heidelberg?

For a limited time only, Heidelberg property owners can participate in the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program.  The program will be accepting applications to acquire vacant properties for side yards to an owner-occupied primary residence or blighted structure remediation at a reduced cost to the applicant. Under the 2014 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program, the County will waive their standard parcel fee of $3,000 for applicants for side yards to their primary residence and will discount it to $1,400 for applicants proposing to rehabilitate or demolish a blighted structure. All applicants will also be responsible for the appraised value of the property, a good faith deposit of 10 percent of the appraised value, and closing costs.

For more information:  http://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic/residents/vacproprecov.aspx or call the program line at 412-350-1090

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Heidelberg Business District Garden Adoption Program


Made possible by the revitalization of Route 50 in Heidelberg, there are now a series of nine garden areas along our core business district that need tending to.  Heidelberg Borough is seeking interested volunteers to become special Garden Tenders for the public garden beds along Route 50.

The duty of the Garden Tenders will be to routinely weed, water and provide simple upkeep such as litter-getting of their adopted garden bed.


To recognize your garden adoption, a sign will be placed in your respective garden stating that this garden is adopted by you, your family or business.


The gardens that are available to adopt include the following:

  • Second Street Bumpouts
  • Third Street Bumpouts
  • Fourth Street Bumpout
  • Third Street Steps and Clock Garden Bed
  • 1900 Block Billboard Garden
  • 1800 Block Billboard Garden
  • 1700 Block Billboard Garden
  • 1700 Block Hillside Groundcover Garden
  • First Street Traffic Island Garden


If you are interested in volunteering to become a Heidelberg Garden Tender, please contact Joe Kauer, Borough Manager at 412-276-0363 or jkauer@heidelbergborough.com and let him know what garden area you are interested in adopting.


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Section of West Railroad Street, between First Street and Short Way (Alley behind the firehouse) is now one way in off of First Street.

This action was adopted by Borough Council last month and was the recommendation of the Mayor and Police Department to prevent accidents of vehicles exiting this section of West Railroad Street from vehicles traveling onto First Street from southbound Route 50.

Council also made the intersection of Fourth Street and Route 50 a "NO LEFT TURN" intersection. Once signs are installed motorists exiting the west side of Fourth Street will only be allowed to turn right towards Collier Avenue.

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Sample Heidelberg Military Banner

 Heidelberg to Recognize its Veterans through A

“Main Street” Banner Program


Heidelberg, PA – through a program presented by Mayor Ken LaSota the Borough of Heidelberg is offering an interesting opportunity to salute our brave men and women who are currently serving or those who have served in the military by creating and displaying a 24” x 36” military banner along the soon-to-be completed East Railroad (PA Route 50) Streetscape District.


The banners that will feature the name, rank and photograph of the local soldiers, sailors or marines, will be displayed during upcoming patriotic holidays such as Independence Day, Veterans Day and future Memorial Day; and they will be hung from the new decorative light pole along Route 50.  There is a $70 one-time cost to join the program.  Participants will receive one 24”x 36” Military Banner to be displayed by the Borough along Route 50, one 24”x 36” Military Banner or two 12”x 18” banners for personal display and web presence on the Heidelberg Military website at www.troopbanners.com/HeidelbergBorough   


A sample of what the banners will look like and the Heidelberg Military Banner Program Application can be found in the Borough Office, at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26th, 10AM at Heidelberg Park or at www.troopbanners.com/HeidelbergBorough   A good quality photograph electronically scanned to 600 dpi or higher is to be sent to hmunson@htmdesigns.com or included in hard copy with your application. 


The Military Banner Program was developed and is made possible by HTM Designs.  Heidelberg along with many other communities in southwestern Pennsylvania have partnered with HTM Designs to publicly recognize and pay tribute to our County’s service men and women.


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Heidelberg Borough Recreation will be offering Snapology Summer Camps this summer at the Heidelberg Community Room, 1639 East Railroad Street.



Session 1:  Combat Robots, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 12PM (Ages:  8-14)

Resident Fee: $130 per session / Non-Resident Fee:  $135 per session

Session 2:  Animation, Monday – Friday, 1PM – 4PM (Ages:  8-14)

Resident Fee: $130 per session / Non-Resident Fee:  $135 per session

Lunch is from 12PM – 1PM, if staying for lunch, campers are required to bring their own packed lunch.

Snapology Summer Camp Registration Form 2014

Heidelberg Recreation Committee Announces Preliminary Schedule of Heidelberg Community Events for 2014

2014 Calendar of Community Events

  • February 20, 2014, Monthly Seniors, “Ladies Tea”, 1PM to 3PM- Community Room

  • March TBA, Monthly Seniors, Lecture on Wills & Estates, 1PM to 3PM – Community Room

  • April 26, 2014, Earth Day Clean Up, meet at Ellsworth Playground 8:30AM

  • May 17, 2014, Neighborhood Garage Sale Day, 7AM – Noon – Borough-wide

  • May 26, 2014, Memorial Day Ceremony, 10AM- Heidelberg Park

  • June 13, 2014, Family Night in the Park – Hot Dog Dinner, 6PM – Heidelberg Park

  • June 16-20, 2014, British Soccer Camp – Heidelberg Park:  Registration Required

  • June 23-27, 2014, Snapology Day Camp – Heidelberg Community Room:  Registration Required

  • July 11, 2014, Family Night in the Park – Ice Cream Social, 6PM – Heidelberg Park

  • July 28 - August 1, 2014, Snapology Day Camp – Heidelberg Community Room:  Registration Required

  • August 9, 2014, Fishing Derby – Heidelberg Park

  • September 6, 2014, Neighborhood Garage Sale Day, 7AM – Noon – Borough-wide

  • September 27, 2014, Oktoberfest, 1PM to 8PM – Heidelberg Park

  • TBA – Halloween Parade and Party

  • November 29, 2014, First Night of Lights, 6PM to 8PM – Ellsworth Ave. Playground

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Make Sure Your Local Earned Income Taxes Go

To Work for You and Your Community!



As a resident of Heidelberg Borough your PSD Code is 730503.


This must be used on your Residency Certification Form filed with your employer and on your Final Local Earned Income Tax Return which must be filed by all taxpayers annually. If you use the wrong PSD Code, there will be a significant delay in your taxes reaching your home municipality and school district! 


Forms are available at www.jordantax.com/forms.


ONLINE Filing at www.jordantax.com/eitfinal.


Cook Books for Sale - $18, benefits the HVFD Ladies Auxiliary


Heidelberg VFD Ladies Auxiliary is proud to offer a treasured collection of recipes from many outstanding cooks.  This attractive cookbook makes an ideal gift or keepsake!


To purchase, please contact Missy Wissel at 412-279-7788 or wissel3m@verizon.net.  They are also on sale at the HVFD Thursday Night Bingo.


Heidelberg PD K-9 Unit T-Shirt Fundraiser

The Heidelberg Recreation Committee is selling “HPD K-9 Supporter” T-Shirts as a fundraiser for the Heidelberg Police K-9 Unit.   The shirts are available in sizes S – 2XL, and cost $15.  You can stop by the Borough Office or visit the booth at the Heidelberg Oktoberfest on Saturday, 9/28/13 from 1 to 8PM at Heidelberg Park if you would like to purchase one.  All proceeds benefit the HPD K-9 Unit and is dedicated at purchasing equipment for HPD’s “Rocky.”



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Heidelberg Borough is now on Facebook. We urge residents, business owners and anyone interested in Borough government to become our friend on Facebook. The Borough will be posting reminders, news-flashes and other community events on our "Wall". Search us as "Heidelberg PA"

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