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1.  Bolivar Westview Cemetery is continuing their Fund Drive.   They need your help.  With your generous contributions, they have been able to have the road sealed to prevent erosion and keep the cemetery looking nice.  They also have been able to purchase and install field camera's  throughout the cemetary to prevent further destruction to our loved ones resting place.  The cemetery is still in need of additional funds to do the upkeep of regular maintenance and lawn care.  Understand that all expenses (grass cutting, trimming, tree removal services, liability insurance, etc) are paid from contributins to the cemetary.  "Pertpetual Care" is currently being funded via donations, as only a few lots are sold in any given year.  Total expenses usually exceed $6,800.00 annually.   Your tax - deductable contribution will be vital to the ongoing maintenance and beauty of the Cemetery.

Please make your generous donation payable to:  Bolivar West View Cemetery, PO Box 367 Bolivar PA 15923.    Thank you from all the Board Members: Bill Hughes, Bill Rigby, Patricia Betts, Darlene Gregorich, Ron Betts, Greg Hughes, Tom Pickup, Dan Short Jr.

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2.  Bolivar Borough is looking for a Borough resident to serve on the Tri-Community Sewage Authority vacant seat that has recently come open.  The Tri-Community Authority meets the 2nd Wednesday every other month in the evening.   Any resident interested in sitting ont he board and representating the Borough, either come tot he October 5 Borough meeting at 7 PM or stop by the boroughoffice on any Tuesday or Thursday from 10AM to 2PM with your written intentions. 

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3.  The newly formed Park and Recreation is having a meeting on Monday evening Sept 25 at 6 PM at the Borough building, 622 Washington St. Bolivar.  Any person interested in helping out or wanting to be on the Board or help with a committee project please come to the meeting an state your interest.  Everyone is WELCOME to join or help out. 

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MEETINGS:  FIRST THURSDAY EVERY MONTH 7:00 PM - BOROUGH BUILDING

​OPEN HOURS:  TUESDAY & THURSDAY 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunshine Notice

Tuesday January 3, 2017 - Re-Organizational Meeting 6:30 PM followed by Regular Monthly Meeting

Thursday February 2, 2017                 Thursday March 2, 2017          Thursday April 6 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017                         Thursday June 1, 2017            Thursday July 6, 2017

      Thursday August 3, 2017                     Thursday September 7, 2017   Thursday October 5, 2017

Thursday November 2, 2017                Thursday December 7, 2017


COUNCIL MEMBERS

Tom Pickup - Mayor                               Amy Lickenfelt - President                      Ron Betts - Vice President

​Sue Bartow - Council Person                 Clark Baird - Council Person                  Jeffrey Miller - Solicitor

​Mark Scribe - Street  Commissioner       Patricia Betts - Secretary / Treasurer


Wanda Clawson - Tax Collector           724-676-5545           Office Hours : Tuesdays 12 Noon  - 6 PM

To pay taxes in person -  854 McKinley St Bolivar, PA 15923 

By Mail:  Address to Wanda Clawson - Bolivar Borough Tax Collector - PO Box 120, Bolivar PA 15923

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Tax Rates for 2017 are as Follows:

Amusement Tax 5%                      Local Services / Occupational Privilege Tax $ 52.00 per year

Per Capita Tax 1/2 %                    Real Property Tax  10 Mills          Real Property Transfer Tax 1/2 %

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When purchasing a home in Bolivar the following Lien Clearance Letters are required before closing:  Please contact the listed Authority to find out the cost of a Clearance Letter:  All letters need to include the property Parcel # and physical Address and current owner name.

Bolivar Borough - Municipal Lien Clearance Letter    724-676-9950   Mailing address: PO Box C Bolivar PA 15923 $5.00 fee required - this includes research fee plus clearance letter.  Make check payable to Bolivar Borough. 

Wanda Clawson, Tax Collector - Real Estate Clearance Letter - 724-676-5545  Mailing Address: PO Box 52 Bolivar PA 15923  $10.00  fee required - this includes research fee plus clearance letter.  Ck made payable to: Wanda Clawson, Tax Collector

Tri- Community Sewage Authority - Sewage Clearance Letter - 724-676-5631  Mailing Address PO Box 86 Bolivar PA 15923  $50.00 fee required- this includes dye test and letter.  Ck made payable to Tri-Community Sewage Authority

HighRidge Water Authority - Water Clearance Letter - 724-459-8033 Mailing Address 17 Maple Ave, Blairsville PA 15712  $15.00 fee required - this includes research and clearance letter.  Conncection fees- are determined by HighRidge Water Authority ,  Mandatory must connect to public water.

Web Site:  www.//HighRidgeWater.org

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History  of our Town 

Incorporated in 1863, the Westmoreland County Borough, partially surrounded by Fairfield on the Indiana County line, was then a flourishing community.  It consisted mostly of Eastern European and Scottish immigrants who came to work at the Pennsylvania Canal, located along the Conemaugh River.  Later, when the canal was closed, those same people got jobs in the several brickyards that gave Bolivar the name of "brick town."  Bolivar is said to have been one of the oldest centers for fire brick manufacturing in the United States, second only to Mt Savage in Maryland.  The area around Bolivar is rich in flint clays which is ideal for making fire brick.  It is interesting to note that within the first twenty or thirty years of brick making in Bolivar, the industry had gone from building bricks to fire bricks.  With the industrial rise of coke production and steel making, the demand for high quality fire bricks had started on an upward rise that would last for several decades.  The presence of unusually fine fire making clays in the area and the proximity to steel furnaces in Pittsburgh made Bolivar the center of this industry. 

The 2015-2016  census reflected a population of 465.

Check out our Web site for additional information on our town. 

Several additional web sites  of interest :

www.bolivar150yrs.weebly.com            www.bolivarvfc.com         www.highridgewater.org

  






REMEMBERING ~ YESTERDAY ~ TODAY ~ TOMORROW

622 Washington Street, P.O. Box C, Bolivar, PA  15923  ♦  Phone: 724-676-9950  ♦  Email: BoroTreas@comcast.net

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