Welcome to Derry Borough
Derry Borough Council will accept letters of interest for (1) one council vacancy until Thursday, May 21, 2020 until 3pm at the Derry Borough Office, 114 East Second Avenue, Derry, PA 15627-1202.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL INTERESTED CITIZENS OF THE BOROUGH OF DERRY, WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PA THAT A SPECIAL MEETING WILL BE HELD MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020 AT 7:00 PM TO DISCUSS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLING. PURSUANT TO BOROUGH OF DERRY RESOLUTION 642 of 2020 AND GOVERNOR WOLF’S COVID – 19 PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY, SAID SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED REMOTELY. COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL ATTEND THE MEETING VIA ZOOM. A LINK TO THE SPECIAL MEETING CAN BE OBTAINED BY REQUESTING BY EMAIL THROUGH derryborough.org OR CALLING THE BOROUGH OFFICE AT 724-693-2030 AND LEAVING A MESSAGE OF REQUEST. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS VIA E-MAIL ON THE CONTACT DERRY BOROUGH LINK ON derryborough.org NO LATER THAN 3:00 pm ON THE DATE OF THIS SPECIAL MEETING. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT PERSONS WHO ABUSE THE PUBLIC COMMENTING PROCESS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE REMOTE MEETING
This will serve as public notice pursuant to the requirements of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act of the protocols that may be utilized by the Derry Borough Council President while presiding over the April 7, 2020 and April 13, 2020 public council meetings that will be conducted via Zoom. Due to the state of emergency and mandatory “Stay at Home” order issued by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens, the public will be able to attend the public meetings as follows:
- Call or e-mail the Borough office by 2:00pm on April 7, 2020 at to confirm attendance and to receive the Zoom access codes.
- Once you have joined the Zoom meeting, all public comments will be held to the end of the meeting and the format will be selected by Borough Council President.
At the discretion of Borough Council President, the public may send e-mails containing inquiries relating to the public meeting agenda. The e-mails will be read be reviewed by the Borough Council at the public meeting and a written response will be issued after the meeting. The e-mails and responses will be made part of the meeting record with the address of the sender redacted.
Additionally, Borough Council President may elect to receive and address inquires received via the Chat feature of the Zoom program. The public meetings will be recorded.
During this state of emergency, the goal of the Borough of Derry is to transparent and disseminate information in the most efficient way possible. Therefore, Borough President has the discretion to elect to use one format or the other to disseminate said information.
Committee Meeting – Planning Refuse and Recycling Contract
Derry Borough’s refuse and recycling committee will be having a meeting at 2pm on Thursday April 9, 2020 on the Zoom App forum. Visitors are welcome. Please email Derry Borough at the derryborough.org website with your name, email address, and phone number. We will send you a link to invite you for attendance.
You must submit your email by 12:30 noon on Thursday, April 9, 2020 prior to the meeting so we can add you to the list. Thank you.
Gas Well Usage Reports
Derry Business Park – Sites Available
SEASONAL POOL MANAGER
Applications are being accepted for a Seasonal Summer Pool Manager. The position requires Aquatics and/or pool management experience with some food service experience preferred. Lifeguard, CPR, AED and Pool Chemical Certifications a plus. Ability to work flexible hours including weekends. Background check required. Resumes will be accepted until March 15, 2020. Please forward resumes to the following: Derry Borough Office, 114 East Second Avenue, Derry, PA 15627 or fax 724-694-9252.
Full-Time Police officer and Part-time Police Officers Needed
The Borough of Derry will accept applications for openings for one Full-Time Police officer and Part-time Police officers. Physical and psychological testing as well as background checks are required. Applicants must be Act 120 Certified and able to work flexible hours including Saturdays and Sundays. Experience preferred. Applications may be obtained and will be accepted at the Borough Office in person or submit resumes by mail . Please send to resumes to: Borough Police AD, Derry Borough, 114 E. Second Avenue, Derry, PA 15627. Office hours available for applicants are 9am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm.
ZONING HEARING BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED
Derry Borough Council is accepting letters of interest for three vacancies on the Zoning Hearing Board.
The Zoning Hearing Board hears appeals on any zoning concerns or applications and supports an important function of the Borough administration. See attached for more information.
Residential Zoning Information
Derry Borough is regulated by zoning ordinances and other ordinances that set forth standards, procedures and requirements for building, reconstruction, and use of all buildings within the Borough. Derry Borough also is regulated by the Uniform Construction Code. At times for new construction you will need two permits, both Zoning and Building Permits. Our Borough codes govern the use of all land and buildings. Currently a third party provider (Building Inspection Underwriters) enforce building codes, review all applications, and perform inspections, while reviewing our borough violations. Listed are some common zoning and building code rules:
- All residents are required by Ordinance to have their street numbers posted and visible from the street for emergency personnel to be able to identify your residence. (Ord. 683)
- Residents are to have rain water separated from the sanitary sewer by utilizing down spouts. (Ord. 758)
- Home owners are responsible for the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs which are located on their property and those which abut their property. It is important to keep trees or shrubs maintained that can affect the line of sight for vehicular traffic.
- Parking or storing of commercial vehicles, including tractor trailers, construction trucks, is prohibited on residential streets. (Ord. 725)
- Swimming pools, above or in-ground must be issued a building and zoning permit. (Ord. 725)
- Accessory structures such as storage sheds, pools, garages and fences require a building and zoning permit. Maintenance items such as new roof shingles new windows, replacing anything existing does not require a zoning permit. Permits are required for all new construction and any changes structurally to your current residence. (Ord. 725)
- Weeds and grass must not exceed a height of eight inches. Yards must not be cluttered or
littered with rubble, trash, appliances, unused furniture, building materials, etc. (Ord. 729)
- Care should be taken to avoid driving over curbs, planting strips and sidewalks, causing damage to the right-of-way with a vehicle. All sidewalk maintenance is the property owner’s responsibility.(Ord. 305)
- Property owner shall not discharge grass clippings onto a street or alley. Grass clippings may clog storm sewer lines. (Ord. 758)
- Sidewalk clearing is required within 24hrs of snowfall for pedestrian travel throughout the Borough (Ord. 459)
Please see our Zoning Page for more information.
Best Management Practices for Storm Water in Derry Borough
Derry Borough Council and the Public Works Department is asking all residents to refrain from putting your grass clippings on the street. The reason is to assist with our sediment control of our storm drains as a Best Management Practice to eliminate clogging of our storm drainage system. Recently, we had our streets swept in a cooperative shared service agreement with the City of Latrobe and found that almost 50% of collections were grass clippings. Please know that it is against Derry Code to dispose of any solid waste in our streets due to stormwater BMP’s and grass clippings are considered a solid waste. This type of waste is pushed into our storm sewers and impedes the flow of rain and stormwater in our system causing back-ups and possibly flooding concerns. We appreciate all residents who assist us with good practice of lawn care.
Reimagining Our Westmoreland
Westmoreland County is in the process of establishing a new long term vision and community plan for our area by engaging citizens, businesses, and civic leaders to partner together to create a prosperous and viable county. Please take the time to review their site and get involved.
Recent Grant Awards for Derry Borough
Flood Plain Management and Insurance Requirements
The flood plain map of Derry Borough can be viewed by the following link: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently re-mapped most of the country using 100-year flood projections, resulting in many homes being designated in flood zones which were never there before, despite many of these homes never or rarely having experienced flooding,” Commissioner Miller said. “If the mortgage on a home is backed by the federal government, which many are, then the homeowner must buy flood insurance.”
To appeal a home’s placement in what is officially called a Special Flood Hazard Area, the homeowner must show the lowest adjacent grade, or the lowest ground touching the structure, is at or above what is called the Base Flood Elevation. The Base Flood Elevation is the computed elevation to which flood water is anticipated to rise during the base flood used in determining the land is in a Special Flood Hazard Area.
Commissioner Miller noted that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to provide this information in a letter to FEMA. For this type of appeal, called a Letter of Map Amendment, there is no charge to the consumer.
Homeowners can get more information on how to appeal a flood zone designation, get a flood map, and find answers to other questions, by going to https://www.fema.gov/information-homeowners. Homeowners can also call 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) to get information on appealing a flood zone designation.
As part of Governor Wolf’s continuing consumer education and protection initiative, the Insurance Department earlier this year created a one-stop shop webpage on flood insurance. Consumers can access this webpage by going to www.insurance.pa.gov, then clicking on the “Flood” icon under Top Pages. This flood insurance webpage includes information on private insurance options for homeowners, as well as information on the federal government run National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). HARRISBURG, Pa., April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire