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Pen Argyl Borough Newsletter | Archive

December - 2022 - Newsletter

On behalf of the Mayor and Borough Council we thank the following for their contributions to the Holiday Party:  Mayor and family, Council and families, Pen Argyl Public Works, Pen Argyl Borough Manager, Lookout Fire Company, Slate Belt Reginal Police Department, Denny Miller, Mackenzie Hughes, Jamie Severson, Dawn Plummer, Giant Wind Gap, Dale’s Concessions, Crayola, Blue Triton Brands , Just Born, and Dr. & Mrs. Robert McEvoy.




Ø Tentatively adopted the 2023 Budget with no mill tax increase, waived the garbage fee for 2023, and sewer fees will increase $3.00 per quarterly charge per unit/10,000 gallons ($102.00 to $105.00), $13.50 per thousand gallon over 10,000 gallons, $157.59 flat rate for unmeasurable water consumption, and $13.13 school charge per student.




v Adopted Ordinance #722 amending Chapter 108 (“Pen Argyl Borough Zoning Ordinance”), Article VI. Section 108-21 IL Light Industrial, Commercial District, allowing for conversion of existing buildings into apartments as a conditional use and Article VII, Section 108-26, by modifying the table of minimum requirements for parking areas for accessory garages or parking areas to provide for changes to minimum parking spaces for certain uses.


v Approved the Year 2023 Budget with no tax increase:

Sewer Fund - $1,549,000.00                    General Fund - $2,533,100.00            State Fund - $303,669.00

         Garbage Fund - $526,275.00          Reserve Fund - $3,298,604.00        Capitol Reserve Fund - $657,973.00


v Approved the Tax Structure:

Real Estate Tax Millage – 13.00 Mills      Per Capita - $5.00            Local Services Tax (LST) - $52.00

Real Estate Transfer Tax – 1% - Shared Equally with School District

Earned Income Tax – 1% (0.50% Borough/0.50% School District)

Sewer Rental Fee - $105.00 Minimum Quarterly Charge per Unit/10,000 Gallons

Garbage Fee – WAIVED FOR 2023

v Adopted Ordinance #724 increasing the quarterly Sewer Rental Fees.

v Passed Resolution #2022-07 fixing the 2023 millage rate as 13 mills (same as last year).

v Passed Resolution #2022-08 waiving the 2023 Residential Garbage Fee.

v Appointed Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the Year 2023.

v Adopted Ordinance #723 amending Chapter 85 Disruptive Conduct Board.



            During the month of November, the Public Works Department performed maintenance on equipment at the park, Borough property, parking meters, traffic signs and lights. 

v Leaf collection throughout the Borough and Park.

v Community Center Demolition.

v Cleaned out Rain Garden at Borough Hall

v Holiday Lights maintenance, repair and install.

v Reported streetlight outage (1).

v PA One Calls (3).

v Catch basin cleaning and storm wash outs.

v Weona Park Sign modification.


Contact information for the SBRPD is: 911 (Emergency), 610-759-8517 (Non-Emergency) and 610 759-8523 (Fax). In November officers responded to 353 calls for service, with 117 in Pen Argyl.



In November the following permits were issued: 1 building, 2 mechanical 1 plumbing and 2 zoning.  Also, the following inspections were completed:  10 re-sale and 2 rental properties.    The Zoning/Code Office, can be reached at 610-863-1821 or at



The WWTP is fully compliant with all regulations.  During November routine maintenance on equipment, plant and pumping station maintenance was completed.  Received and completed 4 PA one call requests. Blue Valley pump station cleaned.  West End generator, new batteries ordered.



            Lookout Fire Company’s volunteers provide top-notch fire protection for the residents of Pen Argyl and surrounding communities.  Thank you to all the volunteers. Don’t forget to support their fund-raising efforts at-



If you are moving into, within or out of the Borough it is essential for you to come to the Borough Office and obtain a moving permit. The cost for the permit is $1. This includes any individual moving in with a roommate or with a family member. This permit is necessary for school enrollment and per capita taxes. Upon obtaining a permit you will receive a welcome packet with important Borough information. If you are moving out of the Borough, you must obtain a moving permit, or you will continue to be billed for the Per Capita Tax.



            It is the responsibility for all landlords to get property inspected prior to a new tenant moving into the property and to update the tenant registration form.  If you are in arrears with any Borough fees you will not get a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) to occupy the building. Landlords are also reminded of the Rental Licensing Ordinance requiring annual registration of all rental properties in the Borough.  



            The Borough Newsletter is published each month following the Borough Council Meeting.  It can be found at the Borough Hall, on our website:  and on our Facebook Page.  You can receive the newsletter online by going to our website and requesting it. While on the web site make sure you like us on Facebook!!!!!



Borough offices will be closed 12/26/2022 & 1/2/2023

Garbage/Recycling –Garbage collection is every Friday. Recycling will be on December 16th & 30th as well as January 13th & 27th. Garbage/recycling containers are to be placed on the resident’s property at the curb line and are not to be placed before 2 P.M. on the day before pickup.

Blue Mountain Community Library-visit their website: for the latest news!




Tues., Jan. 3rd – Borough Council Meeting, 7 P.M., Borough Social Hall

Mon., Jan. 9th – Authority Meeting, 5 P.M.., Borough Social Hall

Wed., Jan. 11th – Park Board Meeting, 7 P.M., Borough Social Hall

Thur., Jan. 12th- Zoning Hearing Board, 7 P.M., Borough Social Hall.