City of St. Marys, Pennsylvania



 

ANNOUNCeMENTS and news releases

Lot for Sale – Accepting Offers

The City of St. Marys is accepting written offers, on behalf of the owner,

for the sale of a downtown vacant/commercial lot located at:

23 Erie Avenue, St. Marys

The lot size is:  40’ x 61.8’ x 44’ x 101.5’ irregular

All offers need to be in writing and addressed to

City Hall, Attn:  Tina, 11 LaFayette Street, St. Marys, PA  15857

All written offers need to include the following information:

Amount of offer with amenities

Amount of offer without amenities

Detailed explanation of the future use plans for the lot

  Offers will be accepted until Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

If you have any questions, please call Tina at 814-781-1718 ext. 225

CITY HALL WILL BE CHANGING ITS HOURS

St. Marys City Hall will be adjusting it’s hours from 8:00AM to 4:30AM to 8:00AM to 4:00PM starting March 12th, 2018.

Any questions or concerns that residents may have concerning this time change at City Hall can be directed to the Public Relations Officer on the second floor of City Hall, at 814-781-1718 x 247, or hbrock@stmaryspa.gov.

RESIDENTS ASKED TO REMOVE SNOW FROM SIDEWALKS

The snow has arrived a little earlier this year than in year’s past and the City of St Marys would like to remind its residents that all sidewalks should be shoveled or cleared of snow and ice to allow for safe pedestrian passage. We must all keep in mind that our sidewalks are used for pedestrian travel, such as walking to work, school or shopping; no matter what time of the year it is. If your sidewalk is not shoveled, pedestrians may even take to the streets, creating a greater hazard for motorists and the pedestrian alike. 

The City has an ordinance in place requiring the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks abutting any public street within twelve (12) hours after the snowfall has stopped. If the owner of any property in question fails to comply, the City Manager may proceed immediately to remove snow and ice with the use of City personnel, or a contracted service. If this occurs, the City has the right to collect the cost of such removal and a municipal claim penalty that will be imposed. 

Private snow-plowing can also create problems. Please pay close attention to where the snow is being piled. It shall not impede upon the free line of sight of intersections, or driveways. Snow shall not be piled along the side of streets, as the narrowing of the roadway may make it impossible for the City or PennDOT to adequately clear snow for safe travel. Also, please do not park along streets and turn-arounds if at all possible if significant snow accumulation is predicted, this will assist the snow removal crews in removing the snow in a timely manner. 

Please keep in mind that even if you don’t use the sidewalk there is plenty of people that do, and appreciate those who take care of their sidewalks. Please lend a hand if a neighbor or a relative cannot take care of their sidewalks; it will help build community spirit. 

If you have any questions regarding this Ordinance, please feel free to contact the City’s Code Enforcement Department at 781-1718.

ZONING PERMITS REQUIRED FOR PAVING OR CONCRETE PROJECTS

 The City of St. Marys Zoning Ordinance of 2005 requires residents and businesses to acquire zoning permits for the paving or installation of concrete or asphalt on parking lots, driveways, parking areas, and sidewalks.  Applications for these improvements are available at City Hall, 11 Lafayette Street, and can be submitted by the contractor or the property owner; the cost of which is $25.00.

Some examples of when a permit is required are: new asphalt or concrete installation, asphalt or concrete installation over existing gravel, stone, tar and chip areas, and expansion of existing asphalt or concrete areas. 

Some examples of when a permit is NOT required are: sealing of existing asphalt or concrete areas, milling and/or resurfacing of existing asphalt or concrete areas with no increase in size, and no separate permit is required for asphalt or concrete improvements if an application is received for another improvement i.e.; a house is being built that proposes a concrete driveway.  The zoning permit application for the house should state that a concrete or asphalt driveway is proposed and it will be reviewed then.

The City of St. Marys would also like to advise its residents to use caution when choosing an asphalt paving or concrete contractor. Citizens should be wary of promises of a “special deal for cash” and/or “left over material” claims. There have been instances in the past where substandard work has been performed under these circumstances.

 If you have any questions regarding this Ordinance, please feel free to contact the City’s Zoning Officer at 781-1718 Ext 227.

OUTDOOR FIRE ORDINANCE

The City of St. Marys’ Code Enforcement Office would like to explain to City residents the recent changes made to the Outdoor Fire Ordinance.

 In the past, one of the biggest challenges for the Code Enforcement Department dealt with recreational fires in backyards. Those types of fires were not permitted under the prior Ordinance. With the new changes, brush and firewood may be burned, uncontained, in the outlying areas of the City known as the Rural Conservation (RC) Zoning District. If a property is located in the more populated areas, toward the center of town or in developed neighborhoods, the brush or firewood must be burned in a container, such as a fire ring or fire-proof container. The revisions to the Ordinance allow residents to burn dead branches that have fallen from their trees, or to have a recreational fire in their backyard. Those individuals burning larger, uncontained fires located in the RC Zoning District are required to make a 24-hour notification to City Hall and/or the Crystal Fire Department.

 General restrictions still apply to any type of outdoor fire, including a 20-foot setback distance from property lines to the edge of the fire. Also, outdoor fires that discharge noxious odors, dense smoke, or fly ash are not permitted. All outdoor fires must be maintained by at least one adult person. No outdoor fires are permitted during any period for which the Chief of the Crystal Fire Department has issued a burn ban, and no outdoor fire shall be set or maintained for the purpose of disposal of garbage, processed wood, petroleum products, tires, and other similar materials.

 If a resident should have any questions regarding the changes to the Outdoor Fire Ordinance, or are not sure which Zoning District their property falls into, they should feel free to contact the City’s Code Enforcement Office at (814) 781-1718 ext. 239, and the Code Enforcement Officers would be happy to answer questions.

PRIOR NEWS RELEASES

Expanded Options for Sewer Bill Payments

  Sewer Bill Direct Pay Form

Zoning Permits Required for Structures

 

VISION STATEMENT

2016 City Vision Statement

 

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