Monday, January 27, 2020
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Assistance Programs

With winter weather upon us, many residents will struggle to pay heating bills throughout the next few months. Listed below are some financial assistance programs that may be able to help if all criteria are met for eligiblity. 
 
 Assistance to qualifying customers is available through the Dollar Energy Fund, the
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and the Pennsylvania Customer Assistance Program (PCAP).

     • Dollar Energy Fund is an emergency hardship fund designed to help residential customers restore or maintain electric service. Eligible customers may receive up to $500, while funds are available. Program funding is provided by FirstEnergy customers, company employees, and FirstEnergy shareholders. The distribution of funds is administered by the Dollar Energy Fund. For information call 888-282-6816 or visit www.dollarenergy.org.

     • LIHEAP is a federally funded grant program administered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through its network of local county assistance offices. Eligible customers may receive up to $1,000 to help with heating bills. Funds are available through the Cash and Crisis programs. LIHEAP funds may be used to pay an electric bill even if electricity is not the main source of heat. For information about LIHEAP call 866-857-7095 or visit www.compass.state.pa.us.

     • The Pennsylvania Customer Assistance Program (PCAP) helps residential customers maintain electric service and/or eliminate their past-due balance. At initial enrollment the past due balance is set aside for forgiveness. Debt forgiveness credits are applied directly to participants' electric service accounts in recognition of payments that are made in-full. Customers may also qualify for a monthly credit based on income and usage information. PCAP participants also are automatically enrolled in the Equal Payment Plan (EPP) – a budget plan that provides the ability to make consistent monthly payments. For enrollment information call 888-282-6816,or to apply online, visit dollarenergy.org/myapp.

Income eligible customers also can reduce their electric bills by making their homes
more energy efficient by participating in the WARM Program. This program is available to homeowners and renters with landlord approval. WARM Program participants:
     • Receive an in-home energy evaluation
     • Work with a trained energy educator to create an energy-savings plan
     • Have the opportunity to receive energy-saving light bulbs; caulking and weather-
     stripping installed in their home; electric water heater inspections; and
     refrigerator/freezer testing and possible replacement.
The specific improvements that a customer is eligible to receive will be determined
during the home energy evaluation. While no payment is required for these installations or services, there are household income requirements and electricity use requirements. 
requirements. For more information, customers can call Dollar Energy Fund at .
888-282-6816, or apply online at www.energysavepa.com.
 
FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania residential customers also can manage their electric bills
through the Equal Payment Plan (EPP). With EPP, customers can make consistent monthly payments to avoid seasonal highs and lows in their electric bills.
 
In addition to the payment options, FirstEnergy offers a Medical Certification
program. Disconnection of electric service resulting from overdue bills can be delayed up to 30 days if it is determined that the loss of electric service would be especially dangerous to the health of a permanent member of a customer’s household. An appropriate health care professional must complete a Medical Certification Form describing the resident’s medical condition. The Medical Certification process also can be used to restore electric service after a customer has been disconnected.
 
FirstEnergy also offers a program called Third Party Notification where a relative,
friend, clergy, or social service agency can be notified along with the customer if electric service is about to be disconnected. The third party is not obligated to pay the overdue bills but can help make payment arrangements for the customer who might have difficulty paying their bill. To apply or learn more about other company programs, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/billassist or call 800-545-7741.
 

Assistance Programs:
  Dollar Energy Fund        
  Emerency hardship fund                                                 -        888-282-6816 or https://www.hardshiptools.org/agencyfinder.aspx 
  PA Customer Asstistance Program (PCAP)                       -        888-282-6816 or dollarenergy.org/myapp
  WARM (energy efficiency for eligible owners/renters)       -        888-282-6816 or www.energysavepa.com
  LIHEAP (federally funded grant program)                         -        866-857-7095 or www.compass.state.pa.us
  West Penn Power                                                            -        800-736-3404 or www.firstenergycorp.com/billassist
       CARES (cust asst and referral eval service)                                                
          Equal Payment Plan (EPP)
          Third Party Notification
          Extended Due Date
          Military Deferred Payment
          Medical Certicifation

Project Updates from Public Works

  1. The 60-year old Tassel Lane sanitary sewer pump station and force main project bid has been awarded, construction is slated to being in the first quarter of 2020
  2. Due to an excepted delay with the contractor, the 2019 Road Program which included West Bruceton Road and Oakcrest Drive will begin in the spring of 2020  
  3. Terrence Drive Storm Sewer Extension project has been completed, some punch list items remain to be completed by the contractor
  4. As we wind down and brace for winter, please be reminded that there are times the tennis courts/ or roller hockey courts will be closed for safety reasons. If a resident is requesting access to the tennis courts or roller hockey courts and they are locked particularly on the weekends, please use the red phone located at the front entrance to contact the police. Pleasant Hills Police have the sole discretion to deny access to these areas if they feel there is a safety concern where a player could be hurt or injured due to weather conditions. Weather conditions that could prevent access are rain, snow, ice, frost, and these pose serious risks for the potential for injury.

Public Safety Awareness

Check back often for new safety information from the

Pleasant Hills Public Safety Committee!

 

Alerts

No vehicle shall be parked upon any public street within the limits of the Borough for a period longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.


Please contact the Borough first if you have a sewer back-up at your home.


2020
OBSERVED HOLIDAYS
MUNICIPAL BUILDING CLOSED 
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FEBRUARY 17th
APRIL 10th & 13th
MAY 25th
JUNE 15th
JULY 3rd
SEPTEMBER 7th
OCTOBER 12th
NOVEMBER 26th & 27th
DECEMBER 24th & 25th


Before you start a HOME IMPROVEMENT or DRIVEWAY project, check with the Building/Zoning Department at 412-655-5034 to see what permits are required.

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