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Sewickley Heights’ humble beginning is not surprising. Its picturesque terrain was a hindrance to settlers. The earliest settlers (after the Indians) were German farmers who, for one reason or another, traveled into the hills away from the river.
Like much of the land north of the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers, early Sewickley Heights was part of the Depreciation Lands, lots surveyed and numbered for sale to veterans of the Revolutionary War. One of the original patents was issued to Thomas McKean, the first governor of Pennsylvania. When his daughter married a Spaniard, McKean’s land passed into Spanish hands from 1804 to 1881. Today we have Spanish Tract, a private roadway in the northwest portion of the Borough, as a result.
Sewickley Heights was established as a Borough in 1935, but its roots lie in the histories of Ohio, Sewickley Heights and Aleppo Townships, from which it was formed. Early settlers in these townships were Hamilton, Lynn, McPherson, Morrow, Lutz, Ferry and Wintermantel. The first settler in present day Sewickley Heights is believed to be Frederick Merriman, c.1808, who had three sons. Today we have Merriman Road on the eastern edge of the Borough.
The area was mostly agricultural, with settlements clustered near the runs Little Sewickley Creek on the west and Kilbuck on the east. Oil and gas were discovered in the 1880s, and several small, abandoned wells remain in the Heights.
The birth of Sewickley Heights as it is known today appears to have been closely related to the construction of the Allegheny Country Club, which was moved from the City of Allegheny (now Pittsburgh’s North Side) in 1902. This athletic and social Mecca brought wealthy members who had the means to construct houses with the comforts of the city and more farm buildings, separate servants quarters, even elaborately disguised private water towers. Family and servants were transported from Pittsburgh by train.
With the improvement of technology and transportation, as well as the increasing noise and pollution of the city, the seasonal population of the Heights gradually became a year round one.
Sewickley Heights residents formed an impressive list from Pittsburgh’s business world. Oliver, Jones, Snyder, Scaife, Robinson, Chalfant, Dravo and Heinz are some of the families who “settled” Sewickley Heights as it is known today.
The glory of Sewickley Heights has diminished over the last forty years due to demolition and dilution. Large mansions were torn down when their huge size became impractical, among them: the Jones estate (FairAcres), the Rea mansion (Farmhill), the William Thaw estate (Thawmont), and the Robinson estate (Franklin Farm).
In the 1950s the Borough annexed 3,200 acres from surrounding townships. In the 1970s a townhouse com¬plex was developed near the Snyder mansion, just over the Borough line in Aleppo Township.
In the 1960s, a notable success story in preserving the rural character of Sewickley Heights was the cre¬ation of a 130 acre pork, formerly part of the Lewis Park estate. This land, slated to be the site of a new public school, was purchased by residents at the turn of the last century to be set aside for park use in perpetuity.
The Sewickley Heights Trust also contributed greatly to preserving the rural character of the Borough by a 500 acre tract in the northern portion of the Borough. In 1993, the Trust donated this land to the Borough Park. Other residents, wishing to preserve the Borough’s rural character, who have donated land to the park system are Emily Oliver, W. R. Jackson, Jr., and G. W. Snyder, L. Firestone and C. Koval.
Architecturally, Sewickley Heights is noteworthy for retaining many structures from its early history; it is now the only Borough in the Commonwealth designated entirely as an historic district, The distinctive character of Sewickley Heights Borough deserves careful protection.
Borough Manager – William Rohe, (412) 741-5119 ext 4
Borough Clerk – Julienne Giuliani CMC/CGS, (412) 741-5119 ext 3
Health Officer – Dr. Barbara A. Clark, (412) 741-5119 ext 3
Solicitor – Laura W. Stone
Sewage Enforcement Officer – Gateway Engineers, Scott Rusmisel – (724) 229-3362
Borough Engineers – Gateway Engineers, Ruthann L. Omer RE. & Scan Donnelly, RE. (412) 921-4030 ext 146
Construction Code Enforcement Officer – Denis Ranolli, (724) 612-8616
Mayor – John C. Oliver Ill
Police Chief – Herbert P. Ford, (412) 741-5119 ext 1
Road Superintendent – Jeff Marek, (412) 741-0203
Tax Collector – Susan D. Craig
P. 0. Box 227,
Tax Bills: Borough tax bills are mailed May 15 of each year and are discounted 2% until July 15; are due at face from July 16 until September 15; become delin-quent after September 15, and are assessed a 10% penalty. Taxes delinquent over six months may be assessed interest and penalty charges and a $250 lien satisfaction fee. IF the Borough would place any prop-erty on Sheriff’s Sale, all attorney fees would be borne by the properly owner.
Non receipt of a tax bill does not preclude your obligation to pay the tax. Please inform the Allegheny County Change of Address Department of any change in the mailing address for tax bills by calling A12 350 4107, or by using our link to the Allegheny County web site (go to the drop down menu on the left, to the Property Assessments Department).
No lien Letter Requests: Request to be made in writing to the Borough Office, Country Club Road, Sewickley, PA 15143 (or via fax at (412) 741-2215). Please indicate if a sale or refinance. All sales require a sep¬tic dye test, performed by an inspector registered with the Borough, on the Borough form prior to release of no lien letter. Cost: $20.00 payable to the Borough of Sewickley Heights.
Earned Income (Wage) Tax: The Earned Income Tax withholding rate is one percent (1%), collected by Berkheimer Associates (with one half percent distrib-uted to the School District).
Borough Council Meetings
Meeting Time: 4:30 PM Third Monday of every month Council Chambers (1st Floor, Borough Hall, Country Club Rood)
Historical Architectural Review Board
Meeting Time: 4:00 PM
Council Chambers (1st Floor, Borough Hall, Country Club Road) To be placed on the agenda for a meeting, all information must be submitted to the Borough Office by the cutoff date.
Meeting Time: 5:00 PM Location: Council Chambers (1st Floor, Borough Hall, Country Club Road) To be placed on the agenda for o meeting, all information must be submitted to the Borough Office by the cutoff date.
A recycling program is now offered to Sewickley Heights residents on a voluntary basis. The Borough’s Recycling Center is located on Fern Hollow Road, adjacent to the Maintenance Building, and is open seven days a week during daylight hours. Just look for the Recycling Symbol on Fern Hollow Road and go up the drive! There is a 30 cubic yard container with segregated hoppers for papers such as office paper, newspaper, magazines, holiday junk mail, catalogs, gift wrapping and flattened cardboard (no telephone books!), #1 and #2 plastic, and aluminum and steel cans. There is a sep¬arate container for GLASS ONLY, We ask that any bogs used in transporting the gloss be removed.