Unfortunately, there are many scams out there and residents need to be educated so they don't fall prey to any of them. There is informational booklets located in the Borough office, but here are a few that you need to be aware of:
IRS - Scam artists will call you and state that they are with the Internal Revenue Service and you owe money. IRS will NEVER call you if you actually owe money. You will receive correspondence by mail only. If you are unsure, you can call the local IRS office directly at 412-856-1913. DO NOT give them any personal information such as bank account, social security number, etc.
CHARITY - Do NOT give money to any charity over the phone without verifying it. Tell them that you want to verify their organization and will call them directly to contribute. Some questionable charity organizations use names that are very similar to reputable ones and it may be difficult to know the difference, so you need to do research. You can also check the following government website to make sure you're not being scammed: www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams
TAX FRAUD - There are "ghost" tax preparers that provide tax preparation. However, they are taking your private information, claiming your refund, etc. If you use an on-line service to file your taxes, use the links from www.irs.gov that provide various tax preparation options,
MEDICARE - You will receive new Medicare cards that will no longer use your social security number as an identifier. However, scam artists will try to contact you for information about it. Medicare will NEVER call, text or e-mail you and ask for personal information to obtain your card and number.
SOLICITATION IN THE BOROUGH
If you see an individual soliciting business in the borough that is not affiliated with a religious organization, call the police at 9-1-1 to report them immediately. Any person soliciting goods and/or services in the borough is required to have a permit, so we must ensure that they are adhering to the law. However, this does not apply to religious organizations.
Borough Requirements on Refinancing & Purchase of a Property:
Tenant registration forms for rental properties can be accessed here.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
By definition these materials can be harmful and should never go into your community’s regular trash. The materials listed below have commonly been referred to as household hazardous waste or HHW but are now commonly referred to as home generated special materials.
These materials include:
Automotive products (antifreeze, fluids, motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, polish and wax)
Batteries (home and vehicle)Electronics ( TV, computers, laptops, cell phones, printers, fax machines, MP3 players, DVD/CD/tape players, and more)
Fluorescent light bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)
Household cleaners ( ammonia, drain cleaner, rust remover, tile/shower cleaner and more)
Universal materials( include mercury containing items: thermometers, thermostats)
Paint products ( oil-based paint, latex paint, spray paint, caulk, wood preservative, wood stain)
Garden chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, insecticides)
Sharps (needles and lancets)
Swimming Pool Chemicals
In certain communities, some of these materials can be collected at the home. It’s important that residents keep these materials separate from regular trash. It is not recommended to place down a sink or storm drain – it could contaminate groundwater or potentially flow into larger bodies of water.
BEWARE OF SCAMS
Please read and print our New Residents' Letter which contains all the essential information useful when first moving into the community.
Pursuant to Resolution 9 of 2002, requests for public records must be submitted on the PA Office of Open Records "Standard Right-To-Know Request Form" and submitted to the Borough Office. If you are unable to access the form please contact the borough offices.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY VACANT PROPERTY PROGRAM
Applications can be found at the Allegheny County Economic Development website at http://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic/residents/vacproprecov.aspx.
Please review the program guidelines for more information.