BOROUGH NEWS - Parks and Recreation 

  Check Out Upcoming events for 2018 in our Events listing.

 Parks and Recreation Committee would like to Thank everyone for their support during the Brick Fest on August 11th.  The BrickFest was a great success!  We hope everyone who came out enjoyed themselves. With the generous donations that were given we will be able to continue to provide Free concerts and movies for the community.  Keep the date in mind for next year.  We will hold the Brickfest the 2nd Saturday in August every year so you can plan your activities around it.


  Support our Parks so we can provide free Concerts and events for our community to enjoy!   

Parks and Recreation Fund Raiser -  Purchase pizza coupons for $12.00 1 large 1 topping pizza.  Coupon good until December 31 2018.  Pizza's from the Pizza Post.  Coupons can be purchased at the Brick-Fest event on August 11 or from the following people: Beth Thompson - 724-464-7592   Pat Betts 571-238-5190  Pam St Clair 724-454-9613  Aaron Bouch  724-549-5263   Ben West 724-493-4756   Jessica Betts 571-264-6581  





Sunshine Notice for 2018

Tuesday January 2, 2018 - Re-Organizational Meeting 6:30 PM followed by Regular Monthly Meeting

Thursday February 1, 2018                Thursday March 1, 2018          Thursday April 5 2018

Thursday May 3, 2018                         Thursday June 7, 2018            Thursday July 5, 2018

      Thursday August 2, 2018                     Thursday September 6, 2018   Thursday October 4, 2018

Thursday November 1, 2018                Thursday December 6, 2018


Tom Pickup - Mayor                               Aaron Bouch - President                      Beth Thompson - Vice President

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

​Ron Betts- Street  Commissioner           Patricia Betts - Secretary / Treasurer

Jessica Betts - Tax Collector           724-990-8052           

Office Hours : Wednesdays 12 Noon  - 6 PM

To pay taxes in person -  894 Walnut St Bolivar, PA 15923   Note* Use Rear Entrance at Alley

By Mail:  Address to Jessica Betts - Bolivar Borough Tax Collector - PO Box 52, Bolivar PA 15923


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 %


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. 

Jessica Betts, Tax Collector - Real Estate Clearance Letter - 724-990-8052  Mailing Address: PO Box 52 Bolivar PA 15923  $10.00  fee required - this includes research fee plus clearance letter.  Ck made payable to: Jessica Betts, 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.  Connection fees- are determined by HighRidge Water Authority ,  Mandatory must connect to public water.

Web Site:  www.//HighRidgeWater.org


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. 

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