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Right to Know Law

REQUESTING INFORMATION UNDER THE RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW

To request records under the RTKL, you may file a request with this Agency’s Open Records Officer:

Megan Paul
Borough of Minersville
2 E Sunbury St, Minersville PA  17954

Phone: [570-544-2149] Fax: [570-544-6578]

Website: www.minersvilleonline.com

 

To challenge this Agency’s response, you may file an appeal within 15 business days with:

Erik Arneson, Executive Director

Office of Open Records

333 Market Street, 16th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234

Phone: (717) 346-9903 Fax: (717) 425-5343

Email: openrecords@pa.gov Website: http://openrecords.pa.gov

 

When a request is denied as seeking exempt criminal investigative records of a local agency, appeals may be filed within 15 business days of the agency’s response with:

Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office

401 N Second St, Pottsville PA  17901

Phone: 570-622-5570   Fax: 570-628-1210

Website: www.co.schuylkill.pa.us

 

In compliance with Section 504 of the RTKL, the following documents have also been posted at this Agency:

  • A form which may be used to file a request.
  • This Agency’s policy relating to the RTKL

 

Download Right to Know form by clicking below:

RTKRequestForm

Hometown Hero Program

The Borough of Minersville is once again hosting the Hometown Hero Banner Program. We are seeking your help in sponsoring a Minersville Hometown Hero Banner.

Each individual banner will be unique and honor a specific the Borough of Minersville soldier including their picture, branch of service, and era of service. There is space for approx. 20 banners on street lights throughout town. The program is non-political and non-partisan. It is purely a living memorial to those soldiers from the Borough of Minersville who served our country.

The Hometown Heroes Banners will be on display from approximately May (Memorial Day) to the end of November (Veterans Day). Banners will include the sponsor’s name and prominently displayed at the bottom of the banner.  The new banners for the year will be placed in the specific locations first all other banners will be filled in other locations at the Borough’s discretion. 

 The Borough of Minersville Street Department will make a good faith effort to hang banners on a specific approved (i.e. Sunbury, North, S Fourth, Front St) light poles at your request; however final placement is at our discretion.

Please join us in celebrating the Veterans of the Borough of Minersville.

Sponsorships are $125 each and entitle the business to the following

  • Sponsor’s name on each banner purchased
  • Identified as a sponsor in all promotional material and media information

2020 Banner Placement

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Veterans Memorial Park Project

Our dedication of our Veteran Memorial Park was held on November 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. There was a program to raise the flags honoring the Veterans who have served this Country bravely.

Veteran photo

Veteran Center

Please Note:
In order to keep the concrete and brass medallions in good condition, we will be closing off the Veterans’ park during winter weather events. The finish on the concrete and the integrity of the brass medallions can be compromised with any maintenance on it.

Thank for your cooperation in this matter.

legion

Legion postcard pic

Original Home – prior to American Legion addition to the structure

Condition of the interior property when the building was acquired by the Borough in May 2016.

legion park conceptual site planThis is a conceptual site plan of the proposed Minersville Veterans Memorial Park.
The Public Property Committee is currently working with the Entech Engineering to finalize a construction plan for the park.


The approved plan view of the park is below:

Plan View

Services

WATER-SEWER-SANITATION RATES 2020

Sanitation
The entire borough receives sanitation services every Tuesday.  Bags for pick-up should be placed curbside no sooner than 6PM Monday evening.  Recyclable materials should not be placed in the trash.  Violators may be prosecuted as per borough ordinance.

SANITATION COLLECTION RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Trash collection is composed of household garbage only.  Yard waste and grass clippings may be taken to the compost site located at the end of North Delaware Avenue.
  • The collector will pick up a limit of five thirty gallon bags (each bag not to exceed 40 pounds in weight.)  All containers must be secured and bags properly tied.
  • One large item per week along with your trash can be collected.  No white goods (washers, refrigerator, stove, sinks) or Freon bearing appliances will be collected.  Arrangements can be made for a separate pickup of white goods, please call COUNTY WASTE 570-874-3047.
  •  All waste must be placed curbside after 6:00 p.m., and no later than midnight the evening prior to the pick up date.  Garbage containers must be removed from the sidewalk area after sanitation collection is completed.
  •  Special Holiday collections will be announced as they occur.
  •  No tires, batteries or electronics (TVs, Computers, DVD Players, etc.) will be collected. No construction, demolition, or renovation debris will be collected.  The property owner or contractor is responsible for arranging separate disposal.  If necessary you may call COUNTY WASTE 570-874-3047, for pricing and pick up.

 ALL PROPERTIES, NORTH AND SOUTH SIDE OF TOWN, WILL BE COLLECTED ON TUESDAY.
There will be no other collections made during the week.

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Recycling

RECYCLING COLLECTION PROGRAM 

AS PART OF THE BOROUGH’S CONTINUING RECYCLING PROGRAM, THE FOLLOWING
CURBSIDE ITEMS WILL BE COLLECTED: #1 – #7 PLASTICS, ALUMINUM AND TIN CANS, GREEN, BROWN, AND CLEAR GLASS CONTAINERS,
NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES (BUNDLED SEPERATELY).

ALL RECYCLED MATERIALS MUST BE PLACED CURBSIDE FOR PICKUP.

PLEASE BUNDLE NEWSPAPERS OR MAGAZINES IN STRING OR PLACE IN A BROWN PAPER BAG OR CARDBOARD BOX SEPARATE FROM PLASTIC, GLASS AND ALUMINUM FOR PICKUP.
CARDBOARD SHOULD BE FLATTENED AND BUNDLED.
Any loose paper and cardboard not bundled will not be picked up curbside. 
DO NOT PLACE THESE RECYCLABLES IN PLASTIC BAGS.

A DROP-OFF CONTAINER FOR RECYCLABLES IS LOCATED AT THE COMPOST SITE AT THE END OF NORTH DELAWARE AVENUE.

BOROUGH RECYCLING SCHEDULE

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ALL RECYCLING MIXED WITH GARBAGE WILL NOT BE COLLECTED CURBSIDE.

NO COLLECTION FOR RESIDENTS ON:

JANUARY 30, MAY 29, JULY 31, SEPTEMBER 30, OCTOBER 30

recycling guidlelines

 

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Ash Collection
Ashes are collected throughout the borough every Tuesday and during the winter months also on Friday

(Friday ash collection occurs approximately from first Friday in January through last Friday in February)

Please note:   All ashes created, accumulated or produced shall be deposited in one bushel (15 gallon) steel tubs.  Any steel tubs in excess of one bushel (15 gallons) must only have one bushel full of ashes in each container.  All ash containers must be free off holes or rust.  Any steel tubs in poor condition will not be collected.

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COMPOST AND RECYCLING SITE
REGULATIONS

 

  • Complex is under 24/7 High Definition Video Surveillance to aid in the prosecution of any violations of the regulations.
  • Immediately notify the Borough of lost/stolen cards and that there will be a $25 fee for card replacement if my card is lost/stolen.
  • As property owner/card holder, I am fully responsible for the Additional Authorized Users. Should any of those users violate the regulations, I understand my access card may be revoked.
  • The compost facility is for residential properties. Contractors are not permitted to dump compost materials.
  • If I no longer own the property assigned to the access card, I will return the card to the Borough within 5 days to deactivate the card or I will be charged a $25 fee.
  • Facility hours:     Winter:  7 a.m. – 6 p.m.            Spring thru Fall: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Acceptable and Unacceptable items for the Compost/Recycling Site are listed on the next page. Anyone found violating the regulations may have their access cards inactivated and may face criminal charges for illegal dumping.

compost site guidelines

recycling site guidelines

  • Failure to abide by the regulations may result in access privileges being revoked and/or criminal charges being filed.

 

The compost/recycling site gate will be effective June 1, 2020.

The area will only be accessible by using the Access Cards at the gate.


 

Access Card Instructions

  1. Stop/park in front of the gate.
  2. You will need to get out of the vehicle and place the card in front of the card reader box.
  3. The gate will begin to open*. At this time, you will need to drive into the gated area.  The gate will close after you are in the compost/recycling area.
  4. On the way out, there is a sensor that will automatically open the gate to allow you to exit and close behind you.

 

*Note: The gate is on a timer for opening/closing. It will not close if it senses a vehicle in its path

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PLEASE NOTE: Ashes and Salt at our compost site are not for the public to take.  Please do not remove any of these items from the compost site. 

24 HOUR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
Anyone caught dumping; vandalizing; trespassing and/or stealing within the North Delaware Avenue Complex at any time will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Streets


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Edwin Houser, Street Supervisor
David Motuk
Martin Brophy
Matthew Leiby

 

 


 

COMPOST AND RECYCLING SITE
REGULATIONS

Complex is under 24/7 High Definition Video Surveillance to aid in the prosecution of any violations of the regulations.

  • Immediately notify the Borough of lost/stolen cards and that there will be a $25 fee for card replacement if my card is lost/stolen.
  • As property owner/card holder, I am fully responsible for the Additional Authorized Users. Should any of those users violate the regulations, I understand my access card may be revoked.
  • The compost facility is for residential properties. Contractors are not permitted to dump compost materials.
  • If I no longer own the property assigned to the access card, I will return the card to the Borough within 5 days to deactivate the card or I will be charged a $25 fee.
  • Facility hours:       Winter:  7 a.m. – 6 p.m.                      Spring thru Fall: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Acceptable and Unacceptable items for the Compost/Recycling Site are listed next. Anyone found violating the regulations may have their access cards inactivated and may face criminal charges for illegal dumping.

compost site guidelinesrecycling site guidelines

  • Failure to abide by the regulations may result in access privileges being revoked and/or criminal charges being filed.

 

The compost/recycling site gate will be effective June 1, 2020.

The area will only be accessible by using the Access Cards at the gate.


Click on this link for the Compost/Recycling Access Card Application:  compost site application form

 

Access Card Instructions

  1. Stop/park in front of the gate.
  2. You will need to get out of the vehicle and place the card in front of the card reader box.
  3. The gate will begin to open*. At this time, you will need to drive into the gated area.  The gate will close after you are in the compost/recycling area.
  4. On the way out, there is a sensor that will automatically open the gate to allow you to exit and close behind you.

 

*Note: The gate is on a timer for opening/closing. It will not close if it senses a vehicle in its path. 

 


PLEASE NOTE: Ashes and Salt at our compost site are not for the public to take.  Please do not remove any of these items from the compost site. 

24 HOUR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
Anyone caught dumping; vandalizing; trespassing and/or stealing within the North Delaware Avenue Complex at any time will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Minutes

2020
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2019
Boro jan 2019
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July 9 borough
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2018
Boro Jan 2018
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2017
January 10 2017
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CDBG June 2017
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September 12, 2017
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Dec 13 2016

 

Newsletter

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May2019-MinersJournal

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The Miners’ Journal began publication in May 2008 as a way to keep local citizens informed about the community in which they live.  The Borough of Minersville provides this communication tool at no cost to borough residents and through the U.S. Postal Service delivers approximately 2700+ copies to each borough household.  (A minimal subscription fee is requested for delivery to addresses beyond borough limits.)

Any local not-for-profit club, group, or civic organization is welcomed and encouraged to submit information to be included in the quarterly publication.  Submissions should be received at least three weeks prior to the publication date.  Comments, suggestions, or subscription requests can be made to: minersnewsletter@hotmail.com or by calling the borough office @ 544-2149.

 

Interested advertisers can contact:
South Schuylkill Printing & Publishing
960 East Main Street 
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
(570)385-3120
fax: (570)385-0725
email: info@southschuylkill.net

Skatepark

Minersville Area Skatepark Association

All riders must complete a waiver form prior to utilizing the park. Below is a link to complete the form:

MINERSVILLE AREA SKATEPARK ASSOCIATION Waiver Form

Completed waivers may be mailed or dropped off at the Minersville Borough Office, 2 E Sunbury St, Minersville PA 17954.

 

The Minersville Area Skatepark is an organization committed to raising the necessary funds to build an outdoor open-to-the-public concrete skatepark in the Borough.

The Association is a non-profit group recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.

If you would like to donate to the cause, please click on the Minersville Skatepark Link to go to our Association’s website.

Local Government

 Borough Council

Katielynn Milbrandt, President
Stephen Darosh, Vice-President
Mike Firestine
Jamie Kuehn
Sarah Newton
Ian Mahal
Robert Umbenhen

Sean Palmer, Mayor
Gloria Capik, Recording Secretary
Megan Paul, Treasurer
Albert Evans, Esq., Solicitor

Borough Manager: Robert Mahalchick 

 Office Staff:  Megan Paul, Office Manager;  Leigh Ann Celinski; Jennifer Hossler

Code & Health Officer: Kyle Crouse


Committee List 2020-2021

Streets, Highways & Electric Lights – Mike Firestine, Chairman; Stephen Darosh, Vice-Chairman

Finance & Personnel -Jamie Kuehn, Chair; Ian Mahal, Vice-Chair

Fire Department – Robert Umbenhen, Chair; Sarah Newton, Vice-Chairman

Community Dev., Recreation & Public Property – Ian Mahal, Chair; Robert Umbenhen, Vice-Chairman

Sewer, Water & Sanitation – Stephen Darosh, Chair; Jamie Kuehn, Vice-Chairman

Law & Order – Sarah Newton, Chair;  Mike Firestine , Vice-Chairman


Minersville’s Borough Council meets for a work session the first Tuesday of each month.

All meetings are held at 7PM in council chambers located in the Water Authority building located on N. Delaware Ave unless otherwise advertised.

Council meets for their regular session the second Tuesday of each monthThe public is always welcome.

 

Work Session Council Meeting
Reorganization January 6, 2020
*Swearing in ceremony 6:30 p.m.
January 14, 2020
February 4, 2020 February 11, 2020
March 3, 2020 March 10, 2020
April 7, 2020 (CANCELLED) April 14, 2020 (RESCHEDULED TO 4/7/20)
May 5, 2020 May 12, 2020
June 2, 2020 June 9, 2020
July 7, 2020 July 14, 2020
August 4, 2020 August 11, 2020
September 1, 2020 September 8, 2020
October 6, 2020 October 13, 2020
November 4, 2020 (Wednesday) November 10, 2020
No Work Session December 8, 2020

History

Expanding former trails used by Native Americans, travelers moving between the growing communities of Sunbury and Reading in the state of Pennsylvania moved most efficiently along the Sunbury Trail in the mid to late 1700’s. As the first road through what would later become Schuylkill County this Sunbury Trail received authorization from the Crown of England, King George III, in 1770 to become part of the King’s Highway. It was approximately half way along this trail, between Sunbury and Reading, that Thomas Reed decided to build himself a log cabin and then a sawmill in the year 1783. He then established a tavern on the south side of the trail for weary, rest-seeking travelers.

Although timbering became a logical occupation for those who decided to join Reed near his settlement, it proved to be a difficult experience getting the lumber to market. When Necho Allen accidentally discovered coal nearby in 1799 it didn’t take long for the mining industry to take over. In 1818, Thomas Reed’s son, Jacob, opened a mining operation near his father’s original dwelling. The need to fuel the industrial revolution placed a high premium on the rich anthracite coal that seemed to be in abundance. Soon thereafter, when Henry Clay helped passed legislation that allowed the railroad to provide a means to transport the coal from the region, settlers from near and far flocked to the area.

English and Welsh immigrants, followed by those from Germany and Ireland, who brought mining experience from their home lands, became some of the first settlers to this area in east central Pennsylvania. The predominance of the occupation gave rise to a name for Thomas Reed’s growing community as well as a need for some type of municipal planning. On April 1, 1831 there was no fooling when Pennsylvania Governor George Wolf approved legislation that incorporated the borough of Minersville in the county of Schuylkill.

From its official inception as a borough in 1831 until present day the population of Minersville seems to have correlated with the output of the mining industry. As the anthracite industry reigned as king, the population steadily grew. When Minersville celebrated their centennial in 1931 it boasted a population of over 9,000 individuals. At that time the community seemed to be economically self-sufficient. Minersville was once home to a large garment factory which employed several hundred individuals, mostly women. The old Sunbury Trail evolved into Sunbury Street. This main thoroughfare has boasted movie theaters, barber shops, clothing stores, grocery stores, several shoe shops, two town jewelers, a liquor store, restaurants, and hotels along with several local banks.

However, since the population spiked in the early 1900’s, peaking in the 1930’s, there has been a steady decline for the past 75 years. Each decade since 1930 Minersville has experienced an average population decrease near 10%. Ironically, as anthracite fed the industrial revolution, the industrial revolution produced machinery that replaced laborers. As Minersville progressed towards present day, newer technology equated to even less laborers needed in the dangerous mines. The introduction of heavy machinery, along with technology, decreased the size of the labor force that was once needed in the anthracite industry. Newer fuels and energy, such as oil and nuclear power, have helped dethrone coal as king.

Today, Minersville perseveres. The 2000 census indicates that 4552 residents now inhabit Minersville, half of what the borough claimed during its prime. The men’s clothing store, liquor store, and hotels are gone. There are few, if any, remnants of the saw mill, lumber yard, or garment factory which each served as the hub of local industry during their respective time. Yet, new industries have replaced the old. Manufacturing and retail business have taken the place of mining as the leading industry. According to the 2000 census, manufacturing now employs 24% of workers in Minersville with retail trade employing just over 15% of workers. Nearly 20% of workers are employed in education with just 2.5% of workers currently employed in the mining industry.