Borough Newsletter – April 2019

Welcome Spring!

Items of Interest

With warmer weather comes outdoor activities. Children will be outside playing, riding bikes, walking to and from school, and enjoying the weather. More people will be outside on our streets. Be mindful of traffic signs, stop signs, and speed limits. Slow down on borough streets and obey all stop signs.

If you are performing any property maintenance or additions to your home or on your property, contact Bill Carpenter to determine if a permit is required.

If you are a landlord, and have any tenant changes during the year, the new tenant information must be reported to Billy Carpenter, at the Borough Office. Forms are available during regular hours.

Brush Pick Up

Brush pickup begins April 1. Please leave brush, leaves, and grass  clippings in bags or containers on your curb. Any bags or containers should not weigh more than 40 pounds. Keep in mind brush longer than 5 feet or more than 4 inches in diameter will be not be removed.  Leave brush for Monday pick up.

Also, remember this is a courtesy to our residents. At times, because of other projects, it is not feasible for our road crew to pick up brush. You may take leaves and other brush to Project 70 in Philipsburg.

Open Burning

Open burning of leaves, paper, boxes, or rubbish is strictly prohibited in the borough. However, cooking fire is allowed. Stop by the borough building to review borough ordinances during regular office hours, 12:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday.

Pets

Be sure to clean up after your dog, not only when walking but also in your yard. Dogs and other pets need amply water, food, and proper shelter form the weather at all times.

Office Closures

Tuesday, May 21:  Election Day
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4: Independence Day
Monday, September 2: Labor Day

Business Spotlight – Tracy’s Tanning & Beauty Salon

NOTE: This is the first Chester Hill business profile for our website. We plan on highlighting a borough business every several weeks.

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Tracy Hughes, owner of Tracy’s Tanning & Beauty Salon.

Tracy’s Tanning & Beauty Salon has been in business for 25 years, and has seven employees. That’s a success story. According to owner Tracy Hughes. “I stated with 3 tanning beds in my basement, because I wanted to work from home.” Tracy describes her business as a service business which includes hair, nails, tanning, custom air brush tanning, ear piercing, waxing pedicures and retail. Her customers range in all ages, both male and female. We cater to men, women and children. The friendly atmosphere in the salon is supported by a clean salon, friendly and great stylists, a wide range of tanning equipment, a fun and up to date environment, and an open six days a week schedule. This helps meet her customer’s expectations of a wide range of services, great and friendly employees, and fair prices

The salon does face challenges though. Finding good employees to replace good employees is always a challenge for any business, but this business faces unique challenges. The changes in tanning laws have become impactful in the past three years, including new regulations and taxes. To help overcome those challenges, as well as attract customers, Tracy relies on traditional and new communication channels, such as word of mouth, Facebook, lots of experience from years in business, and the newspaper, in both print and online versions.

Talking with Tracy, one can hear and feel her passion for the service business she owns and operates. She uses technology often to track and store information. Looking to the future, Tracy hopes to see the business continue to be successful, but anticipates new services will need to be added. Tracy told us, “Making people look and feel good is always going to be in demand. The future will be good.”

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Inside Tracy’s Tanning & Beauty Salon. The salon is located at 308 Walton Street, Suite #2 in Chester Hill. Stop in and visit.

 

Winter Reminders

Christmas Tree Pickup

Christmas tree pickup for Chester Hill will be one day only, on January 14, 2019. Leave your tree at the curb for pickup.

Pet Owners

In winter weather, make sure your dogs, cats, and other animals have proper and adequate shelter from the elements.

All dogs must be leashed when not on the owner’s property. While walking your dog, please carry cleanup bags and cleanup after your dog.

Excessive barking is disturbing and a problem for your neighbors. Please be courteous and check on your dog.

Snow, Snow, and More Snow

Borough ordinance requires residents keep sideways free of snow and ice. Within 24 hours of cessation of snowfall, sideways must be cleared. Please do not throw shoveled snow into streets.

During snowstorms, please help our road crews by removing your vehicles from the street during plowing. This would be greatly appreciated.

If you have a fire hydrant around your property, please shovel the area around the hydrant. The time this might save in an emergency could be a lifesaver.

Brush and leaf pick up will resume in the spring.

Chester Hill Hose Company Reminder

This time of year is a great time to check fire detectors and batteries. Be safe.

Rental Property Update Forms

Rental property update forms are mailed to property owners/landlords the end of each calendar year and due back to the borough by January 31 of the new year. If tenants change during the year, new tenant information must be updated with the Borough. Forms are available for pickup at the Borough building during regular office hours (12:30 to 4:30).  If you have any questions, please contact Mayor Billy Carpenter.

Trash Reminder

Please place lids tightly on cans when putting trash out for collection. Animals are opening cans at night and leaving a mess. Also, remove the cans from the street in a  timely fashion. Empty cans tend to blow around the streets during windy weather.