2021 Year in Review
Two thousand twenty-one in the Borough of Sewickley Heights began with a transition in the Borough Manager position. Ms. Stringent’s resignation provided an opportunity for me to assume leadership of Borough staff and operations. I continue to maintain an active role in the community, visiting resident properties to discuss building projects, land development, and tree health and maintenance.
The Borough had a successful year operationally across all Departments. Administratively, the Borough successfully defended the Borough’s Zoning Ordinance, ensuring the Borough remains the quiet rural residential community valued by it’s residents. The Borough’s Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) issued thirty-three Certificates of Appropriateness for projects ranging from roof replacement to new home construction – all reviewed to ensure the preservation of the character of Sewickley Heights. Additionally, the HARB applied for participation in the Certified Local Government program to the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, which enhances the Borough’s opportunities to receive grant funding for historic preservation projects.
The Borough Police Department received community funding to establish a K9 unit within the Department. Officer Pavacic commenced K9 handler training in December 2021, and will be in the Borough on active duty with the K9 beginning in February 2022.
The Borough Department of Public Works continued the Borough’s Glass Recycling program, collecting 17,480 pounds of glass in 2021 (27,360 pounds since inception in June 2020). Public Works staff coordinated the Borough Road Program, with repairs made to Quaker Hollow and Persimmon Roads 2020 seal coating, and new double seal coat installation on Pony Hollow Road.
Borough Council and Staff remain fully committed to providing quality service and supporting continued effort to preserve and enhance the historic, rural character of Sewickley Heights for the benefit of its residents.
Nathan A. Briggs