One of the many basic services Blair Township provides is to ensure that our neighborhoods are orderly, clean, and free of public nuisances. For those purposes, the Township has adopted various laws and policies that promote appropriate and compatible land uses in our neighborhoods, and promote orderly and desirable development over time.
Laws have been established that regulate nuisances within the Township, such as unsafe buildings, junk and abandoned vehicles, accumulations of objectionable material, and yards that are not maintained.
Having those regulations, however, is not enough unless they are effectively enforced. By enforcing these regulations, the Code Enforcement Officer promotes and protects the public health, safety and welfare. In Blair Township, Code Enforcement is based on six distinct and important items:
- > Whenever possible work to achieve compliance without the need for formal enforcement proceedings
- > Prioritize needs and focus on improving quality
- > Work to inform involved parties rather than process a large number of complaints quickly, with little or no personal contact
- > Ensure open and effective communication with the public and other departments
- > Work to educate the general public about the role of code enforcement and ordinance requirements
- > Take the time necessary to conduct general surveillance of the Township, as well as review ordinance and develop project and initiatives, that will address areas of concern
Remember, the Code Enforcement Officer is here to help. Working together will prevent blight in our neighborhoods and throughout the Township, and further influence and enhance the quality of life in our Township. You can reach the Code Enforcement Officer Donald Ott at (814) 696-4363 x103 during normal business hours: Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:00PM or email at [email protected].
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER:
Donald Ott, Code Enforcement Officer:
Officer Donald Ott was appointed Code Enforcement/Ordinance Officer for Blair Township by the Blair Township Board of Supervisors in 2015. Don had previously served as Code Enforcement Officer in another Municipality after a lengthy career in law enforcement related positions. Don had graduated with high honors from the Altoona Vocational Technical School in modern cabinet making and construction. Following his honorable discharge as a Security Police Specialist with the U. S. Air Force he worked through the ranks as a Correction Officer and as Warden of the Blair County Prison. Officer Ott also served as a Deputy Pennsylvania Game Commission Officer and has had extensive law enforcement certifications and training. He has also attended the Pennsylvania Building Code Certification Academy. His professional experiences, professionalism and attention to detail have proved to be an asset for Code Enforcement in Blair Township.
Donald Ott, Blair Township’s Code Officer, under the supervision of the Board of Supervisors, performs technical work enforcing the Township building codes and other Township Ordinances. The Officer conducts onsite inspections to determine compliance with state and local codes, Ordinances, and other relevant standards pertainig to the health, welfare and safety of Township residents. The Code/Ordinance Enforcement Officer is responsible for reviewing plans, issuing certain permits, limited construction inspection, and answering questions and explaining code provisions to promote voluntary compliance. Responsibilities also include initiating and participating in legal actions when necessary to correct violations and working with the Township solicitor to prosecute violations of Ordinances. Lastly, the Officer works with the Township designated building code inspection provider and engineer to make sure all building code requirements are met in accordance with State, Federal and Township regulations.
SOLICITOR & PEDDLER LICENSE PERMIT:
Persons of firms planning to conduct a direct sales, door-to-door business in the Township of Blair, shall make official application to do so when such business transaction shall be considered as soliciting of orders, vending, or peddling. Click on the link to view Blair Township’s Solicitor and Peddler License Permit.
BLAIR TOWNSHIP ORDINANCES:
On May 8, 2018, the Blair Township Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 2018-01, Code of the Township of Blair. This Code effectively codified all relevant ordinances adopted by the Township from its earliest beginnings, now presented as one document. The Code is highly-indexed, cross-referenced and, via its online version, easily searched by specific subject matter.
To proceed with accessing the Code, use the link as follows: https://www.ecode360.com/BL3608.
MS4 STORM WATER SEWER SYSTEM:
What is Stormwater?:
Rain or snow that falls either soaks into the ground to become groundwater, evaporates, is used to help plants grow, or flows off over the land surface. The overland flow is called runoff or stormwater. This water eventually flows into streams, rivers, or lakes.
As stormwater flows over the land it washes along or dissolves some of the materials in its path. Vegetation growing on surfaces can slow the flow down, filter out sediments, and can break down or trap pollutants in the root zone. If there is no vegetation where the stormwater must flow, such as where there are buildings, pavement covered roads, parking areas, and walkways, the volume and speed of stormwater runoff increases since the stormwater cannot soak in. When there are no plants that need the water to grow, the hard surfaces present little resistance to flow. This is why stormwater must be managed when we develop the surface of the land.
To prevent flooding and protect property in developed areas, stormwater drainage systems are used to collect stormwater runoff and carry it away from roadways and structures to a discharge point. Stormwater drainage systems consist of curbs, gutters, storm drains, channels, ditches, pipes, and culverts. These types of systems do not treat stormwater. Most of these discharge directly into streams, rivers, and lakes.
Issues With Stormwater:
Stormwater becomes a transportation system for pollutants. Soil that erodes from a construction site, cigarette butts and other litter from parking lots, antifreeze and oil dripped from cars, fertilizers and pesticides from turf management, and grit and salt left from de-icing operations on roadways can be deposited untreated into our waterways. Water can contain and transport sediments, metals (such as copper, cadmium, chromium, lead, and zinc), nutrients (such as nitrates, phosphates, and ammonia), salt, petroleum products and coliform bacteria among other materials. This is why stormwater is such a significant contributor to water pollution. Polluted stormwater runoff that discharges in urbanized areas cause serious water-quality problems. Polluted stormwater runoff that discharges in urbanized areas can cause serious water-quality problems. Polluted runoff to waterbodies can affect aquatic plant and animal life in streams and lakes, reduce recreational activities such as boating and swimming, and increase flooding conditions.
What Blair Township Is Doing:
To comply with Federal and State stormwater permit requirements, Blair Township must not only manage stormwater by collecting and conveying away from roads and buildings, but now must also reduce the amount of pollution that reaches the streams and rivers in the Township and find ways to manage the additional volume of runoff that results when surfaces are changed from vegetation to pavement. New stormwater management techniques involve creating more natural facilities to handle the runoff. These stormwater best management practices that are planted with native vegetation, like rain gardens and swales, mimic the way nature dealt with stormwater before human development of land surfaces.
What You Can Do:
Even homeowners can do things at their home and property to manage stormwater. By installing a rain barrel to collect roof water, planting a rain garden, or even by not cutting your lawn so short, you can help manage the stormwater that runs off your property. For more information about what government, businesses, and homeowners in Blair County can do to manage stormwater, please visit the Blair County Water website.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has an abundance of information on their website regarding stormwater management.
Visit Stormwater PA to learn more about the MS4 Program.
Additional Helpful Education Information and Handouts are listed below:
BLAIR COUNTY CONSERVATION:
BLAIR COUNTY CONTROLLED BURN:
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BLAIR COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY:
BLAIR COUNTY HOUSING &
BLAIR COUNTY SANITATION OFFICE:
225 Bedford Street
Hollidaysburg, Pa 16648
BLAIR TOWNSHIP WATER
& SEWER AUTHORITY:
BLAIR TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION:
CENTRAL PA HUMANE SOCIETY:
MENDING HEARTS ANIMAL RESCUE:
814-327-7991 – PAM
814-418-3078 – LUANNE
MID PENN SERVICES – LANDLORD ISSUES:
PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPAL CODE ALLIANCE:
PA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY
& ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
PA DEPARTMENT OF
PA DOG WARDEN:
814-880-9225 – BOB BECK
PA GAME COMMISSION