It is our pleasure to present to you our 2015 drinking water report. Please take a moment to look it over. We constantly monitor our drinking water to ensure that we are delivering to you a quality product. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us, or you can obtain a copy by printing from the web page, or by contacting our secretary at (814) 697-6711.
New Burning Ordinance
On April 21st, 2015, the Shinglehouse Borough Council adopted a new burning ordinance.
Please take a moment to read through the ordinance to make sure you are in compliance with it. This ordinance is now in effect.
A copy of the ordinance can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
2015 Burning Ordinance
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DEP Drought Advisory Lists Area Counties As Normal
• Normal status: Potter County was moved from warning status to normal. The other counties in normal status are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Somerset, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.
The drinking water report for the year 2015 has been added to our website. Please take a few minutes to look over the information.
Please visit the page labeled “Winter Season: Street, Parking Lot, and Sidewalk Ordinances”, as the winter parking ordinances have been amended. Please read the page so you are informed prior to November 1st, 2015.
A new tax collector has been appointed for the Borough of Shinglehouse.
120 Hickory Circle
PO Box 173
Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Note: Checks should be made out to: Shinglehouse Borough Tax Collector, and mailed to: PO Box 173, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
A new burning ordinance has been adopted for the Shinglehouse Borough, and now is in effect. Please visit the 2015 burning ordinance page and take a moment to read it.
The Shinglehouse Borough is a member of the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition.
The Triple Divide Watershed Coalition serves to protect public drinking water sources within the headwaters region of the Allegheny, Genesee and Susquehanna River systems from any degradation of source water quantity or quality. This is accomplished by pro-actively evaluating susceptibility to contamination, working to minimize or eliminate potential threats, creating long-range protection strategies, supporting local planning and inter-governmental cooperation, encouraging public education initiatives, and any other activity to protect and preserve drinking water resources for future generations.
If you would like to find out more about the TDWC. Please visit their webpage at http://tripledividewatershed.com
Please be advised that on November 1st our winter parking ordinances will be in effect.
According to Shinglehouse Borough Ordinance 174-504, parking is prohibited on all borough streets and right of ways during the hours of 12:00 am to 6:00 am, from November 1st to May 1st each year. The Shinglehouse Veterans Memorial Parking Lot (fire hall parking lot) is also covered by this ordinance. Parking is prohibited in the lot from 12:00 am to 6:00 am.
This ordinance will be in place in order to facilitate proper snow removal. Please insure that your vehicles are not parked on the borough streets or right of ways, or in the Veterans Memorial Parking Lot (fire hall parking lot) during these hours.
If you choose to ignore this ordinance, you may be subject to to towing expenses and fines in accordance to Shinglehouse Borough Ordinance 15-509.
If you have a sidewalk on your property, you as the property owner are responsible for the maintenance of that sidewalk, per Shinglehouse Borough Ordinance 21-101. Please insure that your sidewalks are clear from snow and ice to allow pedestrians to safely walk out of the roadways during our winter season.
|Borough Office Phone||(814) 697-6711|
|Borough Office Fax||(814) 697-6712|
|Borough Office E-mail||shingleboffice [at] gmail [dot] com.|
|Borough Barn Phone||(814) 697-6912|
|Water Department Phone||(814) 697-6912|
|Water Department E-mail||shinglebwater [at] gmail [dot] com|
|Waste Water Treatment Plant Phone||(814) 697-6912|
|Borough Police Phone (Non Emergency)||(814) 697-6206|
|Borough Police Emergency Phone||911|
|Fire Department Phone (Non Emergency)||(814) 697-6236|
|Fire Department Emergency Phone||911|
|Borough Tax Collector Phone||(814) 697-6228|
If you live in or near the Borough of Shinglehouse you can take advantage of enjoying the Assembly Park. The park has five large pavilions which can be reserved throughout the year for family gatherings or special events. In order to reserve our pavilions you must reside in the Oswayo Valley School District. Reservations for the upcoming New Year cannot be made until the first business day of that New Year. A park use agreement must be signed, at the borough office, in order to finalize and firm your reservation. The park has running water available from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The three upper pavilions also have electric available.
There are two nature trail systems, The Skunk Cabbage Trail and the Assembly Park Nature Trail, which you can walk on and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Sections of the Assembly Park Nature trail are close to the Oswayo River, increasing your chances of seeing some of the wildlife which inhabits our region.
The Skunk Cabbage trail is an interpretive trail. At the trail head, you can pick up a pamphlet and learn about some of the highlights of our trail as you go on your walk. This trail is blazed with orange markings. This trail is .3 miles long.
The Assembly Park Nature Trail is blazed in white and there are three different distances you can walk. You can choose from .7 miles, 1 mile or 1.3 miles.
As you walk you can still see remnants of the old mill race, and the Perkins dam which have been in place since the early 1900’s.
Please refrain from riding bicycles and ATV’s on our trail system in order to preserve it.
The Borough of Shinglehouse also has two Little League Baseball fields which have been named after a past Shinglehouse resident, Fielder Jones. The fields are maintained by the Borough Staff.
The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library which is located on Academy Street serves the public in the Oswayo Valley School District. The library houses the Shinglehouse Police Office, the Oswayo Valley Historical Society, and the meeting room for Borough Council, who meet there the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. The residents of the borough can attend these meetings, as well to voice their concerns on borough issues.
The library is maintained by the Borough of Shinglehouse staff.
You can visit the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library website for more information at: www.ovmlibrary.org
How To Know If You Have A Household Water Leak
Be sure all faucets and appliances that use water are off.
The main water valves should be left on, if it is off this will
Check your water meter red dial for movement . If the dial is rotating you have a leak somewhere in your home.
Watch this dial; if everything in the household is off and this dial is rotating, you have a leak.
Tips To Reduce Water Use
Replace regular shower heads with low flow shower heads (2.5 gallons per minute)
Saves 500-800 gallons per month
Take shorter showers- reduce one to two minutes
Saves 700 gallons per month
Install a low-flow toilet that uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush which could save as much as 20% in water consumption compared to an older toilet which uses 3.5 – 5 gallons per flush.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and then turn the water on to rinse will save you 3 gallons of water per day.
Saves 90 gallons per month
When washing dishes by hand, use a spray device or short blasts in stead of letting the water run when rinsing.
Saves 250-500 gallons per month
Fixing leaky faucets or pipe joints will save 20 gallons per day. A leaky faucet may simply need a new washer. Replace toilet handles that stick.
Saves 600 gallons per month
Use dye tablets or food coloring once a year to check for toilet leaks. Remove the toilet tank cover and drip 10 drops of food coloring in the tank, wait 15 minutes and check for color in the toilet bowl. If you see any color in your toilet bowl then you have a leak and it should be repaired immediately.
Saves 200 gallons per month
Try to save the running water that is wasted while waiting for hot water. Collect the colder water in a container and use it to water indoor plants or out door plants.
Saves 100-300 gallons per month
Our water system consists of two wells, which supply our town’s water demand. These two wells produce ground water which is good quality water. We constantly monitor the quality of our water to insure that we are delivering a quality product to you, our customer.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding our drinking water please feel free to contact us at (814) 697-6912 or (814) 697-6711.
We currently read your water meters quarterly (every three months). Please be sure to avoid tampering with the meter , as the water meter is owned and maintained by the borough. If for any reason you need to make repairs to your household, which involve the meter in the basement or crawl space, , please contact us so that the meter can be inspected to insure that it will function correctly.
If you have a drafty area where your meter is installed, please insure that your meter has been properly insulated to avoid freezing during the winter months. Our meters are no longer designed to have the bottom plate break away if they freeze, the meters will now break in the brass area of the body, rendering them irreparable. If the meter freezes this could lead to an excessive expense to you the customer, from water damage to your home, the expense to replace the meter, as well as charges from the water department. If you are unsure of how to properly insulate your meter please contact us.
If you notice a wet spot in your yard, which will not disappear during dry weather, please contact the borough water department. It is possible that a water leak may have developed in your service line or a water main. If upon investigation the borough water department finds that the leak has developed in the service line on the property owner’s side of the curb box, you the owner are responsible for the repair of that leak. It is vital that leaks are repaired in a timely manner, to avoid future water rate increases.
Water leaks within the home will also drive up the operating costs to the borough, as well as you the consumer. Please insure that all fixtures and lines in your home are leak free.
See our water conservation page for tips and hints to help reduce your water consumption.
If you would like to view our current Consumer Confidence Report to find out more about our drinking water please follow the link on the left side of the page “Drinking Water Report”.
In the event of a situation that may make the water unsafe, public notification will be announced by our automated Swiftreach System and posted on this website. You will receive information regarding the nature of the problem, instructions for protecting yourself if necessary and what is being done to correct the problem.
If your telephone number, address, or e-mail address has changed, or if you are not sure you have been added to the Swift 911 Notification System, please update them using the link on the left hand side of this page in order to insure that in the event of an emergency or announcement you are notified.
During our last activation of the system, 10 percent of the numbers that are used by the Swiftreach system were invalid numbers, therefore they were removed. If you did not receive a call from us, chances are you do not have a valid number in the system.
Occasionally it is necessary to interrupt service for maintenance, repairs, etc. We will make every effort to notify you in advance of any scheduled interruptions to your service. Our Swiftreach system will be activated to advise you of the length of the expected outage, as well as on this website. Should an emergency arise that would require your service to be interrupted without notification, we will be working diligently to restore service as quickly as possible. If the quality of your water is affected, you will be notified of the proper safety procedures.
Welcome to the Borough of Shinglehouse Waste Water Department page. On this page you can find updated information concerning wastewater issues. The Borough of Shinglehouse will occasionally conduct testing or cleaning within our main lines. In some cases this may affect you as a homeowner. Please check this page for any scheduled maintenance which may affect you.
The Borough of Shinglehouse is not responsible for the unplugging or repair of sewer laterals from the edge of the road right of way to your home. It is the home owner’s responsibility to resolve any issue that may occur within this boundary. If it is found that you, the home owner, have made a solid attempt to unplug the sewer lateral, the Borough of Shinglehouse will examine the portion of line in the road right of way.
If you have a sewage backup, please notify the Borough upon noticing the problem. We will check the main lines in the street to insure that it is not a problem in the main line. This could save you, the homeowner, unnecessary work if it is found to be in the main line.
If for any reason you have to replace your sewer lateral, be sure to contact the Shinglehouse Borough for any new regulation updates regarding the installation. In the near future you will be required to have a sewer lateral inspection completed.
Please insure that no sump pumps, rain gutter drains, or yard drains are hooked into our wastewater system. PA DEP has made this illegal, as it causes an overly large amount of water to enter our system during wet weather events, which in turn overloads the waste water treatment plant.
How can I prevent back ups in my sewer lateral?
The Shinglehouse Borough Waste Water Department is Warning All Customers that the use of “Flushable Wipes” may cause sewer backups. We strongly advise against using these products. While manufactures advertise these as biodegradable, it takes significant time to breakdown the fiber bonds. Before the fiber bonds breakdown this “cloth like” material can create blockage in sewer pipes that will lead to sewer back-ups. These products also cause problems in our waste water facility, clogging our pumps and sometimes damaging them. Use of “flushable wipes” could result in an increase in sewage rates to cover the damages caused to our facilities by these items.
If the backup is a result of a plug in the customers’ lateral, a plumber or someone who specializes in cleaning sewer laterals will have to be called to open the pipe.
The Waste Water Department accepts No Responsibility for sewer backups in lateral service lines.
Use of “Flushable Wipes” is NOT ADVISED!
Don’t pour grease, fats, and oils from cooking down the drainDo not use the sewer to dispose of food scraps (garbage disposal), if used for smaller food particles, flush with plenty of water.
Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket for garbage or chemicals. Chemicals can kill “good” bacteria used in our wastewater treatment plant, and garbage plugs our pumps, this costs the Shinglehouse Borough much more to treat, which in turn could increase your monthly fees.
Do not plant trees with shallow, spreading root systems near your sewer lateral. Tree roots seek water sources, such as cracked sewer lines. Once the roots have penetrated the line through the cracks, the roots can create a dense mat and trap materials in the line.
Do not connect backyard drains, rain gutter drains, sump pumps and other drainage systems to the sanitary sewer line. It’s illegal and can cause the capacity of the mainline to be exceeded during heavy rains, and overload the wastewater treatment plant.
Do not dispose of left over or old pharmaceuticals in the toilet or the drain. These products cannot be removed by the treatment process, and will end up in the river. Many cities derive their drinking water from rivers, and intern their customers will ingest your wasted pharmaceuticals.
Collect grease in a container and dispose of in the garbagePlace food scraps in the garbage for disposal with solid waste.
Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of solid waste (disposable diapers , baby wipes, “flushable wipes”, paper towels, and personal hygiene products do not belong or breakdown in the sewer system)
Consult a plumber to investigate the condition of your sewer lateral if you have noticed sewage odors within the house, even if you have not experienced a backup or overflow.
Consult a plumber to remove any illegal non-sewage plumbing connections to the sewer lateral.
Monthly add good bacteria (yeast, bacterial drain maintenance products) use these in your small drains (tub, kitchen, bathroom sink) these products help to break down any solids which may adhere to the sidewalls of your drains.
Plumb sump pump drains through an outside wall of your home to discharge on the ground at least 10’ away from the wall.
Christmas Tree Pickup
The Borough of Shinglehouse will pick up your old Christmas trees that are placed along the edge of the street between December 26th and January 14th. Please remove tree stands, plastic tree bags and ornaments before placing them out for pickup.
No artificial trees will be picked up.
PA # 1 Call Marking & Line Locating
The Shinglehouse Borough will assist property owners in locating their private service lines (water & sewer). Keep in mind that the service lines from the curb box or the inside edge of the road right of way to your home, are the property owner’s responsibility to maintain. By locating these lines, the Borough of Shinglehouse in no way assumes liability for these lines or damages incurred. This is strictly a courtesy service provided by the borough.
Buildings and Equipment
Dan Antonioli, Chairperson
George Donovan, Chairperson
Dr. Lucas Resig
Water and Sewer Committee
Barry Church, Chairperson
Parks and Recreation
Mark Voorhees, Chairperson
Bonnie Hunt, Chairperson
Dr. Lucas Resig
Streets and Sidewalks
Dr. Lucas Resig, Chairperson
Building Complaint Committee
Larry Bump, Chairperson
George Donovan, Chairperson
|Barry L. Church||President|
|Larry Bump||Vice President|
|Dr. Lucas Resig||Member|
|Deborah C. Resig||Secretary/Treasurer||814-697-6711|
Shinglehouse has been home to Indians at various times for centuries. Located at the confluence of the Oswayo River and Honeoye Creek, which is the headwaters to the navigable Ohio River, it was an important place to the Indians by water.
Early settlers of this area mention a circular embankment or fortification of earth in what is now the Assembly Park, but there is no trace left of it these days. Small camp and village sites containing many relics have been found along the high banks of the Honeoye Creek. This area once was Seneca country.
In 1767, David Zeisberger, a Moravian missionary, desired to reach the Ohio country to preach the Gospel to the Indians. He followed a trail taken by Post and Hayes, which they had traveled seven years before. The trail traveled through Canisteo, Genesee, and crossed near Shongo.
From there he traveled the highlands to the present site of Shinglehouse, and on down the river to a Seneca town called Tiozinossongachta, near Cold Spring.
Zeisberger was the first white man to set foot in what is now Shinglehouse.
This area was purchased from the Indians at Fort Stanwix in 1784; the transaction was signed by the six tribes of the Iroquois, Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Seneca’s, Cayuga’s, and the Tuscarora’s. The sum of $10,010 was paid to the Indians, who were allowed hunting rights for 20 years.
These lands were opened for settlement in 1785. The warrant, on which our village is located, was purchased by a Frenchman, Louis D’Aubigney, and was recorded as a taxpayer in Sharon Township in 1832, but he never settled here.
A Frenchman named M. Generet (pronounced Jandray) built the first house in 1806, just outside of our borough across the Mckean County Line. From this log cabin, covered with Shingles and nestled among the huge pine trees, our village received its name. Jander’s Run, a small tributary entering the Oswayo River from the south, is named after him in a corrupted form.It is assumed that M. Gneret may have been a deserter from the French Army.
In the 1830’s, pine lumbering was very prominent in this area, being one of the first industries to Shinglehouse. The mid 1800’s and the early 1900’s also brought many hotels to the borough, many small businesses were also present including a jewelry store, a furniture store, general merchandise store ,a hardware store, a meat market, a drug store, a bank, a theater, and a wagon and buggy shop, and a gas company. A grist mill was built in 1875 on the upper end of Oswayo St. Many gas and oil wells were also being drilled; the first gas well was drilled in 1886. Many of theses gas wells were used to supply the Palmer Window Glass Plant. In 1900 the New York and Pennsylvania Railroad came to town, where it joined the Pittsburgh, Shawmut and Northern Railroad. The First passenger train arrived in Shinglehouse on Monday, October 29, 1900. In 1901 The Palmer Window Glass Company (South Mill St. area) was built in 1901, and employed many of the area residents until its closer in 1921. This was the largest industry ever to operate in Shinglehouse. The Elk Flint Bottle Company (Second St. Area) started operation in 1904, and closed in 1919. In 1916, a silk mill opened (North Mill St. area) and a weaving mill (the old Elk Flint Bottle Company Building), and went bankrupt in 1930 forcing it to close. In 1913 a trolley system was established from Shinglehouse to Olean, NY. A water works (gravity system), a sewage system, and a hose company was also in place during this time frame, and was stated that Shinglehouse was an extremely healthy place to live.
In 1880, Miss Myrtle Meriwether, a gift shop owner of Shinglehouse became famous as the first crowned Miss America. At that time she was called Miss United States. Her prize was a gilded plaque and a complete bridal outfit. The day after the competition she sold her bridal outfit for half the price, to pay for her bills while at the competition and then returned home to Shinglehouse.
In 1871, Fielder A. Jones was born in Shinglehouse. He started his baseball career with the team from Shinglehouse and a team in Bolivar, NY. He started professionally playing with the team from Corning, NY and a team in Springfield, MA. For five years he played as a catcher and an outfielder in the National League with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1900, he moved and played three years for the Chicago White Sox. In 1903, he took on position as manager for the White Sox team. During his 5 years of management, the team won two league pennants and the 1906 World Championship. Fielder was classed as one of the greatest managers of all times.
On Monday, March 3, 1902 a charter of incorporation was granted and Shinglehouse became a borough.
In the 1920’s the Shinglehouse Borough took over the old Honeoye Valley Temperance Assembly area which was formed in 1907. This area was used by the assembly to meet yearly during the last week of August until their objective of Prohibition was met. The families would stay in this area for a week time frame while they conducted their meetings. From the time the borough took the park till current, the park is known as Assembly Park.
Currently Shinglehouse Borough has no industry in town, and has become a mostly residential town with a population of roughly 1250 residents. The borough is a very quiet place to live. Shinglehouse has gone through many changes, but there are still areas visible, if you look hard enough, that are a reminder of the days when our borough was a booming town.
Welcome to the Shinglehouse Borough Website. We hope that you will find this site useful to you for obtaining information about us and the services we provide to our residents. Shinglehouse has a rich history, and is the gateway to the northwestern corner of Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Shingle House, first known as Five Mile Corners, got its name from a little log cabin north of town built in 1806 by a Frenchmen named M.Generet (pronounced Jan- dray) which was covered entirely with hand made wooden shingles. This log cabin was located about a mile north from the present borough across the McKean County line. Shingle House became a borough in 1902, and became one word in 1906, and Shinglehouse was established as the only community to bear that name.
Shinglehouse is a small town with approximately 1,250 residents. We are nestled in a valley where the Oswayo River and the Honeoye Creek meet. We are also home to the Oswayo Valley Elementary and Middle High Schools.