to the website for the Borough of Forest Hills,a charming community
nestled in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. Newcomers and
long-time residents alike say Forest Hills is a perfect balance of
intimate neighborhoods and major metropolitan access.
Electronic Bill Paying
You can now pay your bills online using our secure website partner Official Payments
. Payments are accepted for Fire Protection Service, Refuse and Sewer Fees. To make an electronic payment click here.
Traffic Alerts and Updates
Please click here
for the PennDot website
where you will find information on travel advisories, road closures and detours
affecting the Parkway and other area roads.
Council approved a final 2016 budget on Dec. 16, 2015. It can be viewed by clicking here
- The 2016 millage rate is 8.0.
- The trash fee will increase to $220 ($170 for qualified seniors).
- The sewage fee remains at $4.75/thousand gallons in order to meet consent order requirements.
Mission and Vision Statements
Council completed both Mission and Vision Statements
for the borough at its meeting on February 20, 2013. That document can be accessed by clicking here
. The statements were developed as part of council's strategic planning process started in 2010 with input from employees, board members and Forest Hills citizens. Council will use these statements and the values and principles identified during the process to guide the borough into the future. Information, principles and values that guided council remain an active part of council’s view of the future and can be accessed by clicking here
Volunteer for the Borough
The borough continues to seek volunteers to serve on various boards and committees (e.g., planning commission, zoning hearing board, code appeals board, etc.) and asks interested residents to contact the manager at the borough office for further information or submit a letter of interest and bio or resume to the office. Positions are now available for volunteers to serve on several boards and committees beginning in March. Additional information is avalable at this link.
Your participation helps to keep the borough a liveable and vibrant community. We need the help of local residents to fill these positions and provide input on a number of local government activities. Please volunteer
. Further information on various boards can be found by clicking here
or on volunteers under the website’s Site Index page link above.
- Join Forest Hills Borough on Twitter. Follow us at @ForestHillsBoro to get information or announcements on upcoming borough sponsored events. More information may be found here.
- 2019 Borough Centennial information
- Click the link for information on the sanitary sewer consent decree that the borough and all ALCOSAN communities are required to follow.
- Learn how to install a rain
barrel & find other useful
- County Health Dept. warning on foxes and
potentially rabid animals. See also an article from the Post Gazette on animal control and rabies incidents in SWPA.
- County Health Dept. Advisory on West Nile Virus due to earlier-than-usual detection in Pittsburgh's East End.
- The Borough of Forest Hills is among the first municipalities to become certified through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program. The Borough of Forest Hills is recognized at the gold level of certification for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community. Details regarding how the Borough of Forest Hills is addressing these areas can be found on the certification program’s website: SustainableCommunityEssentials.org
Can't Find Something?
Try clicking on the site index
link (here or above). Commonly sought items are listed in
alphabetical order. Links to many common areas can also be found
on the "information for residents" tab above.
We'd enjoy hearing your opinions about the site. You may email the Borough webmaster or call us at the phone number below. We are unable to respond to individual emails.
Complaints/comments/questions on other issues are not accepted via email. Please click comments for information.Click here to see the established policy on the borough website.
Current Legal Notices
Public Notices And New Or Modified Ordinances Will Appear In This Space
to see the complete Code of Ordinances.
Forest Hills Farmer's Market
The Forest Hills Farmer’s Market (hosted by the Late Bloomers Garden Club) runs every Friday
from June through October from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
. The market is held at the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church – on Ardmore Boulevard. Find out more in the flyer found here.
The Pennsylvania Resources Council will be accepting televisions at the remaining Hard to Recycle Collection On October 1st.
Please check this link for more information
Forest Hills Pool Update
The construction of the borough’s swimming pool is still underway; there were two additional issues that came up during the construction that delayed and ultimately made the opening of the pool this year not possible.
One of those issues involved the two pipes going from the filter room to the scum gutter system which needed replaced. The other pipe running from the filter room to the drains in the deep-end of the pool needed a pipe liner which was not in the original plan.
The other issue was while the construction crew was replacing and removing the concrete slabs around the deck of the pool, the conduit (electric wiring) for the lights around and inside the pool was found to be rusted and corroded and had to be replaced.
Concrete grouting around the scum gutter should be complete in the next week or two. The liner for the drain pipe at the bottom of the pool is estimated to be installed after Labor Day.
The borough will have another update in the winter 2016 issue of the Tree City Times; which should be in homes (and on-line) at the end of November/beginning of December.
Residents may continue to use select neighborhood pools while the Forest Hills Pool is under construction this season. A list of the neighborhood pools can be found here
Swim team and synchronized swim team practices will take place at Woodland Hills High School. Swim lessons will also take place at the school.
Forest Hills Dog Park Fundraising Underway
The Forest Hills Dog Park effort is actively fundraising to build a Dog Park. Donations are being accepted online via Go Fund Me
and via mail with a check to the Borough. For further information click here
Tree City Times Fall Issue Now Available
The Fall Issue
of the Tree City Times is now available here
or anytime by clicking on the Tree City Times link at the top of the page. You can check it on-line or print a copy to have for quick reference.
Proposed New Borough Building
At the Borough Property Committee meeting on November 5th, the architects responsible for the initial design of a new building made a detailed presentation of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services (MEP) which is a significant component of the proposed construction. Additonally they also provide a schematic review covering the building and property. Links to parts of the presentation can be accessed here
. Information is also available on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/New-Forest-Hills-Municipal-Building-1095423350487422
PennDOT Culvert Replacement
PennDOT and its contractor have announced replacement of the culvert underneath the intersection of Ardmore and Braddock, scheduled for Summer 2016. This will affect traffic and could affect activities at the Main Park. Please review the accompanying documents including maps of the area and a questionnaire on use of the park found here on the Culvert Replacement page
. We are informed that they may hold a public meeting on the issue and, if so, we will add that information here. Information may also be found at the PennDOT Bridge Replacement Website
Fire Services Fee
For a copy of Ordinance 1015 establishing the fee click here
For a sample bill with directions and information click here
Volunteer Fire Department Proposed Merger
Complete information can be found by clicking here
or on the link titled VFD Proposed Merger at the top of the home page.
How Does The Borough Handle Yard Waste Collection?
Yard waste is defined by the borough as:
Leaves, cuttings, trimmings and clippings from trees, bushes and other plants, garden residues, and chipped shrubbery, but does not include grass clippings.
The borough allows residents to deposit yard waste at a location behind the public works garage. The borough crew will collect the material and deposit it into a dumpster for recycling. Residents may place the material beside the dumpster in the rear parking area behind the public works garage near the salt storage shed. Long branches and material should be cut to a smaller length, about 3 foot long maximum. Questions? Call Public Works at 412-351-7330 x. 207
Animal Control Issues
See article from the Post Gazette
on animal control and rabies incidents in SWPA. The borough does not have an animal control officer and residents are advised to contact a professional contractor and/or the Humane Society
or another organization dedicated to animals to deal with wildlife issues. In an emergency situation you may contact the police department by calling 911. The article provides additional information on emergency situations.
Who Needs Flood Insurance?
rains can create problems for home owners in low lying areas, areas
with poor drainage or other conditions. However, even homeowners
in low to moderate flood prone areas can be at risk. Check out FEMA's website
for info on obtaining flood insurance and the myths surrounding who may need such insurance.