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Fire, Ambulance, Police – 911
Non Emergency – (412) 741-4010

History
On January 28, 1854 by decree of Court, the Township of Sewickley (not to be confused with Sewickley Borough) was created from a section of Ohio Township. The surface of the township was exceedingly hilly, heavily wooded and the scenery was quite wild and beautiful. The first settler of the township was believed to be Frederick Merriman who came here around 1808. He bought 300 acres for a gun, an iron kettle and a sled. A Methodist preacher. Thomas McClelland come around 1811, he held services in his home. Wild game was abundant and forests were cleared for farmland. As the community grew, three schools were built. Some coal was mined but not exten¬sively. As railroads in the area expanded, ties were needed and many were cut from the wooded sections on Turkeyfoot and Sevin Roads by the Sevin’s lumber company. Around 1890 oil and gas were discovered and in a short time wells dotted the countryside. As the township was settled and the population grew, the citizens decided they needed a new form of government. On March 14, 1960, again by decree of the Courts, Sewickley Township officially became the Borough of Bell Acres.

The Borough has sustained slow moderate growth with a population of 443 people in 1 870 to approximately 1350 at present. The Borough contains 5.5 square miles with most of this comprised of single family homes.

Address and Contact Information
1153 Camp Meeting Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143
Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Charles D. Kulbacki, Manager Ph.(412) 741-5448
Marilyn Senik, Borough Secretary Fax (412) 741-6302

Government

Borough Council
Dennis Young,  President of Council
Dave Renfrew, Vice President
Chris Abell
Phillip Ewanko Jr.
Michelle Veeck
Glenn Bohn
Ken Alvania
Ron Besong, Mayor
Borough Council meetings are held the second Monday of each month at the Big Sewickley Creek Fire Hall 1859 Big Sewickley Creek Road.

Appointed Boards / Commissions
PLANNING COMMISSION
Diane Abell, Chairperson
Ken Alvania
John Lindquist
Richard Zomnir
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
Robert Peirce, Chairman
Bernice Ewanko
Dwight Howes
ZONING HEARING BOARD
William Manifesto, Chairman
William Wytiaz
Bradley K. Semonik
MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY
Gary D. Irwin, Chairman
Wayne Coyle
David Renfrew
Mary Wennemer

The following meetings are held at the Bell Acres Borough Building located at 1153 Camp Meeting Road.
Planning Commission – 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00pm
Municipal Authority – 4th Monday of each month
Civil Service Commission – Meets as needed
Zoning Hearing Board – Meets as needed

Public Works
(412) 741-1272
Foreman – Ray Zassick
Richard Davidson
Mark Wolff

Fire Department
President of Fire Dept – Robert Powner, (724) 251-9255
Fire Chief – Dennis Young, (724) 266-8296

Building Inspection/Code Enforcement
Shoup Engineering
329 Summerfield Drive
Baden, PA 15005
Phone: (724) 869-9560
Fax (724) 869-7434

PUBLIC WORKS
Carl Bohn, Foreman (412) 741-1272
Paul M. Moehrle
Richard Henderson

SOLICITOR
Robert Max Junker
Babst/Callard Attorneys at Law
Two Gateway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

REFUSE COLLECTOR / RECYCLING
Residents choose their own refuse collector.

QUAKER VALLEY AMBULANCE AUTHORITY
Sharon Woodman
(724) 266-5023

QUAKER VALLEY COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
John Jakiela – Director
(412) 766-7458

POINTS OF INTEREST
Big Sewickley Creek Park
Sewickley Heights Golf Club

PARKS AND RECREATION
Bell Acres Municipal Park is located at the corner of Big Sewickley Creek Road and Hitzel Hill Road. Hours for this park are sunrise to sunset.
This is a traditional borough park with:

  • 2 basketball courts
  • Sand volley ball court
  • 3 age centered play areas with swings and slides
  • Large asphalt area for children to ride bikes and roller blades
  • Shelter with picnic tables (This is used on a first come basis)

Bell Acres Nature Pork located at the corner of Turkeyfoot Rood and Sevin Road. This is a non traditional borough pork with over 200 acres which can be used for biking, bird watching, etc. Hours for this park are sunrise to sunset. There ore no facilities located at this pork.

This park also contains the Bell Acres Nature Trail which was created with a joint effort of the Quaker Valley High School Earthforce 200] Group and Bell Acres Borough. This trail is 3/4 of a mile long and ends at the Merriman House Foundation. The Merriman Family is believed to be the first settlers in the area.

Bell Acres was very fortunate to have all of this land donated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. This land will remain park land in perpetuity.

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Updated 7/6/16