to the website for the Borough of Forest Hills,a charming community
nestled in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. Newcomers and
long-time residents alike say Forest Hills is a perfect balance of
intimate neighborhoods and major metropolitan access.
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Electronic Bill Paying
You can now pay your bills online using our secure website partner Official Payments
. Payments are accepted for Fire Protection Service, Refuse and Sewer Fees. To make an electronic payment click here.
Traffic Alerts and Updates
Please click here
for the PennDot website
where you will find information on travel advisories, road closures and detours
affecting the Parkway and other area roads.
Council approved a preliminary 2014 budget for advertising at their November 20, 2013 meeting as required by law. The budget is available for view in the office and an advertisement has been placed in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. To see the budget click here
. Note that a preliminary budget may not be the same as the one that council will consider for approval at its December 18, 2013 meeting (7 PM – Borough Building). All aspects of the final budget may be different than the one shown here including fees, taxes, etc. Council is only required to advertise the general fund budget but other subsidiary budgets are shown here too if they are ready. Also, because 2013 is a local election year, council may reopen the budget in January and make any changes or adjustments they feel appropriate including fees, taxes, etc. Note that the final budget will also be posted online once it is approved. However, that may not occur until early February since the new council may consider changing the one approved in December. The preliminary budget contains no changes to taxes and fees except that the trash fee will increase by $4 for the year.
Council approved a final 2013 Budget and Capital Improvements Plan
at its January 16, 2013 meeting. To view the budget click here.
Council made the following adjustments to taxes and fees:
- Reduced the millage rate from 8.35 mills to 8.0; 1 mill of the 8 mill rate will fund the road improvement program.The borough’s tax ordinance for 2013 specifies that should the borough receive funds in excess of the anti-windfall provisions those funds will be escrowed in a separate account until all appeals are settled and will be used only for paying refunds for 2013 appeals and providing a refund or tax credit. See the ordinance on the 2013 budget page.
- Approved a motion that permitted a 5% increase in revenues if necessary.
- Increased the sewer fee to $4.75/thousand gallons to meet the requirements of the consent order imposed on all ALCOSAN communities.
- Increased the trash fee by $4 annually for both regular rate payers and those seniors who qualify for the county tax program
Mission and Vision Statements
Council completed both Mission and Vision Statements
for the borough at its meeting on February 20, 2013. That document can be accessed by clicking here
. The statements were developed as part of council's strategic planning process started in 2010 with input from employees, board members and Forest Hills citizens. Council will use these statements and the values and principles identified during the process to guide the borough into the future. Information, principles and values that guided council remain an active part of council’s view of the future and can be accessed by clicking here
Volunteer for the Borough
The borough continues to seek volunteers to serve on various boards and committees (e.g., planning commission, zoning hearing board, code appeals board, etc.) and asks interested residents to contact the manager at the borough office for further information or submit a letter of interest and bio or resume to the office. Your participation helps to keep the borough a liveable and vibrant community. We need the help of local residents to fill these positions and provide input on a number of local government activities. Please volunteer
. Further information on various boards can be found by clicking here
or on volunteers under the website’s Site Index page link above.
- 2019 Borough Centennial information
- Strategic Planning draft report discussed at the left side of this page and found by clicking here.
- Introducing Link Age-to-Age, a new community program designed to connect Forest Hills Neighbors with local resources and services. For more information about Link Age-to-Age or the many services available for local seniors contact the Forest Hills Senior Center at 412-824-5610.
- Click the link for
information on the sanitary sewer consent decree that the borough and all ALCOSAN
communities are required to follow.
- Learn how to install a rain
barrel & find other useful
- County Health Dept. warning on foxes and
potentially rabid animals. See also an article from the Post Gazette on animal control and rabies incidents in SWPA.
- County Health Dept. Advisory on West Nile Virus due to earlier-than-usual detection in Pittsburgh's East End.
Can't Find Something?
Try clicking on the site index
link (here or above). Commonly sought items are listed in
alphabetical order. Links to many common areas can also be found
on the "information for residents" tab above.
We'd enjoy hearing your opinions about the site. You may email the Borough webmaster or call us at the phone number below. We are unable to respond to individual emails.
Complaints/comments/questions on other issues are not accepted via email. Please click comments for information.Click here to see the established policy on the borough website.
Current Legal Notices
Public Notices And New Or Modified Ordinances Will Appear In This Space
to see the legal ad placed in the Tribune Review covering the proposed ordinance ammendment establishing a new procedure for dispersing the revenue from the fire protection services fee to the Forest Hills Borough Volunteer Fire Department.
The complete proposed Ordinance can be found here
The final approved Beekeeping/Chicken Ordinance can be found here.
to see the complete Code of Ordinances.
Winter Reminders and Advisories
Winter Reminders and Advisories
can be found here
. It includes information on snow removal, trash collection as well as winter safety tips. Important winter information will be posted as it becomes available.
Holiday Trash Collection Notice
The Holiday Trash and Recycling Schedule for the remainder of the year is as follows: No Collections will be made on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Years Day. Trash and Recycling collections will be delayed by one day starting on the holiday and for the remainder of that week
Summer Employment Applications For 2014 Season Accepted Starting December
The borough is now accepting applications for next season at the pool and for the 2014 tennis program. All applications can be found under "Employment Information"
. Please make sure you fill out the Recreation and Borough Applications; in addition to the background check form. Also on that page is information on applying for the Act 33/34 Check Form which is another requirement to work at the borough. All applications are due at the borough building no later than December 31, 2013. The office will be closed that day but you can put the applications in the overnight box located in front of the building. Please make sure you address the envelope to Cindy Simm/Recreation Director. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Simm at; 412-351-7330 x220 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Thank you
Tree City Times Winter Issue Now Available
The Winter edition of the Tree City Times is now available here
on the website.
How Does The Borough Handle Yard Waste Collection?
Yard waste is defined by the borough as:
Leaves, cuttings, trimmings and clippings from trees, bushes and other plants, garden residues, and chipped shrubbery, but does not include grass clippings.
The borough allows residents to deposit yard waste at a location behind the public works garage. The borough crew will collect the material and deposit it into a dumpster for recycling. Residents may place the material beside the dumpster in the rear parking area behind the public works garage near the salt storage shed. Long branches and material should be cut to a smaller length, about 3 foot long maximum. Questions? Call Public Works at 412-351-7330 x. 207
Fire Services Fee
For a copy of Ordinance 1015 establishing the fee click here
For a sample bill with directions and information click here
Animal Control Issues
See article from the Post Gazette
on animal control and rabies incidents in SWPA. The borough does not have an animal control officer and residents are advised to contact a professional contractor and/or the Humane Society
or another organization dedicated to animals to deal with wildlife issues. In an emergency situation you may contact the police department by calling 911. The article provides additional information on emergency situations.
Who Needs Flood Insurance?
rains can create problems for home owners in low lying areas, areas
with poor drainage or other conditions. However, even homeowners
in low to moderate flood prone areas can be at risk. Check out FEMA's website
for info on obtaining flood insurance and the myths surrounding who may need such insurance.