Upper Yoder Township
 
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Meetings

All Township meetings are held at the Township Building, 110 Sunday Drive.

Submissions should be received in the Office ten (10) days prior to meeting.

Meetings dates and times are scheduled as follows, unless otherwise advertised.  

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS - 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm

SEWER AUTHORITY - 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm

PLANNING COMMISSION - 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm

The front entrance of the Municipal Building allows access to the offices of the Township, Sewer Authority, and Tax Collector.  The Police Department is located on the right rear side of the Township Building.  The front entrance is also accessible for the handicapped.

 

Brush Pick-up Dates

TO BE DONE BY THE TOWNSHIP ROAD CREW -GARAGE PHONE 255-2820

            Spring brush pick up -- Week of April 23rd

            Fall brush pick up -- Week of Sept. 24th

The Township Road Department will start at one end of the Township and work their through the rest of the Township collecting brush.  Any questions, call the Road Dept. at the Township garage (814) 255-2820.

Brush and trimmings only.  If you remove an entire tree, you are responsible for its disposal.  Brush is to be in lengths no longer than 8 feet and a diameter no larger than 2 inches.  Leaves and trimming must be bagged or boxed.  NO STUMPS.  Piles must be uniform with all limbs in one direction to allow easier pickup.

RECYCLING BRUSH/YARD WASTE DROP-OFF SITE

The Township established a Recycling Drop-off Site which is located on Sell Street on the Township lot across from Gomer Street.  This site is open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY MADE THROUGH THE TOWNSHIP’S ROAD DEPARTMENT. PHONE NUMBER IS 814-255-2820.

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS:  leaves, branches, grass clippings, garden residues, and tree trimmings

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS:  NO COMMERCIAL DUMPING, stumps, logs, branches exceeding 2" in diameter

                                    Tree Trimmings exceeding 8 feet in lengths

DO NOT LEAVE CONTAINERS AND/OR BAGS AT THE SITE.  Only the acceptable items should be dropped off.

NO COMMERCIAL DUMPING IS PERMITTED.  VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH TWP. ORDINANCE #223 ADOPTED 8/1991.  THE SITE IS MONITORED.  

Any questions on items to drop off, please contact the Township office at 814-255-5243. 

Right to Know

Open Records Officer

            The Township hereby designates Mary Kay Maher as the Township Open Records Officer.  The Open Records Officers may be reached at:  110 Sunray Dr., Suite 1, Johnstown, PA  15905 Phone (814) 255-5243 FAX (814) 255-1805 or by e-mail: uytwp@atlanticbbn.net

General

            All documents deemed public records shall be available for inspection, retrieval, and duplication at the Municipal Building during established business hours 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of weekends and holidays.

Requests

            Requests shall be made in writing to the township Open Records Officer on a form provided by the Township.  (See attached form)

Fees

            Paper copies shall be $.25 cents per page per side.  The certification of a record is $1 per record.  Specialized documents including, but not limited to blue prints, color copies and non-standard sized documents shall be charged the actual cost of production.  If mailing is requested, the cost of postage will be charged.  The Township shall require prepayment if the total fees are estimated to exceed $100.

Response

            The Township shall make a good-faith effort to provide the requested public record(s) as promptly as possible.  The Open Records Officer shall cooperate with those requesting records to review and/or duplicate original Township documents while taking reasonable measure to protect Township documents from the possibility of theft, damage, and/or modification.

            The Open Records Officer shall review all written requests for access to public records.  As soon as possible, but no later than five business days after receiving a written request to access public records, the Open Records Officer shall respond to such requests in writing consistent with Act 3 of 2008, the Right-to-Know Law.

            If access to a record is denied, the response shall include a reason for denial as stipulated in Act 3 of 2009, the Right-to-Know Law.

Contact Information for Appeals

            If a written request is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file an appeal in writing to Terry Mutchler, Executive Director, Office of Open Records.  Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Plaza Level Harrisburg, PA  17120-0225

Landlord Responsibilities

Be aware of unpaid charges that may be against your property.  Water, sewer, and Garbage/Recycling collection charges, if left unpaid, will remain against the property representing a municipal lien.  These services were provided for the residents of the property and will remain with that property until they are paid.  If you have tenants residing in your rental properties, we urge you to check with all offices for unpaid bills.  If you purchased your property, your settlement agency and/or attorney should have checked with these offices to obtain a municipal lien letter which states all prior fees have been paid in full.  Your property is one of your biggest investments.  Take steps to protect your interest by contacting the Township office(255-5243), the Greater Johnstown Water Authority (533-5700) and the City of Johnstown Bureau of Sewage (533-2016) for an update today.

Ordinances

The Supervisors of Upper Yoder Township adopt Ordinances as needed to facilitate the municipal services that are provided to the residents/guests of the Township.  At present, the Board of Supervisors, both past and present, have a total of 264 Ordinances on record covering a myriad of topics.  Listed below are a few of the Ordinances that have been of special interest to residents and inquiring minds.

UPPER YODER TWP. AUTHORITY  -Ordinance No. 8 & 9 - adopted Oct. 1956 established the Upper Yoder Township Authority and granted the Authority the powers to install and maintain the sanitary sewer system and pumping stations in the Township.

UPPER YODER TWP. AUTHORITY   - Ordinance No. 11 - adopted Jan. 1957 established the Upper Yoder Township Authority and granted the Authority the powers to install and maintain the public water system in the Township.  The Township's public water system has since been turned over to the Greater Johnstown Water Authority and the Upper Yoder Township Authority Board is no longer active.

PER CAPITA TAX - Ordinance No. 15 - adopted March, 1959 creating the Per Capita Tax collected by the Upper Yoder Township Tax Collector.  This original ordinance has been amended over the years with the latest edition being Ordinance No. 180 adopted Nov. 1981.

REALTY TRANSFER TAX - Ordinance No. 21 - adopted Jan. 1960 creating revenue for the Township by the adoption by a 1% Realty Transfer Tax.  Ordinance has been amended with the latest edition issued Feb. 2007 - Ordinance No. 263.

PLANNING COMMISSION - Ordinance No. 22 - adopted March, 1960 creating the Upper Yoder Township Planning Commission

LAND DEVELOPMENT/SUBDIVISION  - Ordinance No. 23 as amended, original ordinance establishing the regulations for land development/subdivision in the Township.  This ordinance has been amended several times with the latest edition being Ordinance No. 219 adopted Sept. 1990.

FIRE DAMAGED PROPERTIES - Ordinance No. 229 - adopted Oct. 1992 established the regulations for maintenance and disposition of fire damaged properties within Upper Yoder Township as mandated under State Act 98.

GARBAGE COLLECTION ORDINANCE  - Ordinance No. 224 - adopted Aug. 1991 (current edition) and revised by Ordinance No. 233 Nov. 1993 to establish the regulations concerning the collection of garbage/refuse within the Township.

RECYCLING COLLECTION ORDINANCE - Ordinance No. 223 - adopted Aug. 1991 (current edition) and revised by Ordinance No. 234 Nov. 1993 to establish the regulations concerning the collection of recycling items within the Township.

NUISANCE ORDINANCE  - Ordinance No. 245 - adopted March, 1999 is a comprehensive ordinance the covers a variety of topics that may cause disturbances to the other neighbors in the area.

TIMBER ORDINANCE - Ordinance No. 188 adopted April, 1983 and amended with the latest edition as Ordinance No. 259 adopted in Dec. 2003.

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE - Ordinance No. 254 adopted Nov. 2001,  establishes the regulations for the management or stormwater within the Township

BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAX - Ordinance No. 166 adopted Dec. 1978, as amended, with the latest edition as Ordinance No. 238 adopted Nov. 1996 establishes the tax rate and collection procedures for this tax. 

MERCANTILE TAX - Ordinance 167 adopted Dec., 1978, as amended, with the latest edition as Ordinance No. 169 adopted May, 1979. establishes the tax rate and collection procedures for this tax.

LOCAL SERVICES TAX - Ordinance No. 264 adopted Dec. 2007 establishes the tax rate and collection procedures for this tax.

EARNED INCOME TAX - Ordinance No. 68 adopted Oct. 1964 as amended with the latest edition being Ordinance No. 87 adopted Sept. 1966. establishing the tax rate and the collection procedures.

MOVING PERMIT ORDINANCE - Ordinance No. 186 adopted Nov. 1982 to require anyone moving into, out of, or within the Township to file an application with the Township office and pay the applicable fee.

EXCAVATION ORDINANCE - Ordinance No. 210 adopted Dec. 1989 as amended with the latest edition as Ordinance No. 231 adopted Sept. 1993 establishes the regulations for obtaining a permit for any type of moving of earth within the Township.

PEDDLER'S PERMIT ORDINANCE - Ordinance No. 91 adopted Nov. 1966 as amended with the latest version as Ordinance No. 251 adopted April, 2001. establishes the regulations for solicitation within the Township

ZONING ORDINANCE - Ordinance 1 adopted 1952 as amended with the latest edition as Ordinance No. 252 adopted May, 2001 establishes the land regulations/usage concerning development within the Township.

INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE - Ordinance No. 258 adopted Jan. 2003 enforcing the requirements of adhering to the International Building Codes for any development within the Township

STATE BUILDING CODE - Ordinance No. 261 adopted April, 2004 enforcing the requirements of adhering to the State Building Codes for any development within the Township

SEWER COMPLIANCE ORDINANCE - Ordinance No. 265 adopted Jan. 2009 establishing requirements for the inspection and certification of sanitary sewers at the time of sale, transfer, assignment, mortgage or refinancing, of any real property located within the Township of Upper Yoder or the Upper Yoder Township Authority sanitary sewer collection system, providing conditions for the issuance of municipal lien letters and establishing fees and procedures for the issuance of such certificates and lien letters and providing penalties for the failure to comply with said procedures.  In summary, all residences that are in transition between owners, or refinancing, must obtain a Sewer Compliance Certificate to ensure the property is in compliance with the Authority's Sewer Rules and Regulations.  Application and fees are listed under "sanitary sewers" section of this website.

This is just a short listing of the Ordinances that have been established by the Board of Supervisors over the years.  For a complete listing and/or further information concerning any of the Township's Ordinances, please contact the Township office either by phone (814) 255-5243, - by writing to the Township's mail address, 110 Sunray Dr., Suite 1, Johnstown, PA  15905; or by e-mail address:  uytwp@atlanticbbn.net.

Taxes

TAX MILLAGE FOR THE YEAR 2017

10.00       TWP. GENERAL FUND
.40        FIRE HYDRANTS FUND
.50        RECREATION FUND
1.10         STREET LIGHT/TRAFFIC SIGNAL FUND
.625       FIRE COMPANY FUND
12.625       TOTAL MILLAGE

EARNED INCOME TAX - TAX RATE IS 1%

      Divided as follows:      Municipal rate                                   .5%

                                  Westmont Hilltop School District Rate   .5%

  Earned Income Tax Collector:

        Berkheimer Tax Administrator  PHONE:  800-360-8989

        50 N. Seventh Street

        Bangor, PA 18013   

REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX - TOTAL TAX RATE IS 1%

      Divided as follows:    Municipal Rate                                   .5%

                                   Westmont Hilltop School District Rate    .5%

LOCAL SERVICES TAX - CURRENT RATE IS $52.00/YEAR

       Collected by:  Berkheimer Tax Administrator  PHONE  800-360-8989

                           50 N. Seventh Street

                           Bangor, PA  18013

PER CAPITA TAX - CURRENT RATE IS $5.00

       Collected by:  Upper Yoder Township Tax Collector

                           Karen Howell    PHONE:  814-659-3819

                           110 Sunray Drive, Suite 300

                           Johnstown, PA  15905

MERCANTILE TAX

        Wholesale          1.00 MILLS

         Retail               1.50 MILLS

     Collected by:   Berkheimer Tax Administrator  PHONE 800-360-8989

                         50 N. Seventh Street

                         Bangor, PA  18013

BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAX -  CURRENTLY 1.5 MILLS

     Collected by:  Berkheimer Tax Administrator  PHONE 800-360-8989

                         50 N. Seventh Street

                         Bangor, PA  18013

REAL ESTATE TAXES

     Collected by:  Upper Yoder Township Tax Collector

                         Karen Howell   PHONE  814-659-3819

                         110 Sunray Dr., Suite 300

                         Johnstown, PA  15905