New Resident's Page
Welcome to Middlesex TownshipOn behalf of the Board of Supervisors for Middlesex Township, I would like to welcome you as a resident to the Township of Middlesex. A Township of the Second Class established in the late 1700's, Middlesex is characterized by its rural-residential atmosphere, with controlled growth patterns. We're glad you chose Middlesex to make your home. We believe you will find this Township to be an enjoyable community in which to live.
In order to assist you in becoming familiar with your new community, we have provided a list of informative items (PDF). We hope these basic comments will be useful to you. The Township's website is also a source of information regarding township events, meetings, and other topics of general information.
The Township staff invites you to become a self-reliant part of our community. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Township office. It is our pleasure to serve you.
Local GovernmentThe Township Building is located off of State Route 8 in the Cooperstown Area of the Township at:
133 Browns Hill Road
Valencia, PA 16059
Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Middlesex Township is a zoned community and has a number of ordinances regulating subdivision, zoning and building. It is suggested that you inquire at the Municipal Building prior to initiating any expansion or building on your property. There are requirements for driveway construction, placement of articles in the right-of-way, erection of signs, and various other regulations. To avoid a citation, please contact the Township Zoning Officer at 724-898-3571.
In addition to the elected positions, there are a number of vacancies each year on the following volunteer advisory boards and commissions: Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Parks and Recreation Board, and the UCC Building Board of Appeals. Interested citizens are encouraged to apply.
Local Tax StructureThe principal sources of income for the Township are:
- Real Estate
- Earned Income
- Realty Transfer
- Emergency and Municipal Services
- Fire Protection Taxes
Current Property Tax Rates:
- Township: 12.00 mills
- School District: 99.0 mills
- Butler County: 23.628 mills
Demographic InformationMiddlesex Township, like a majority of the Townships in Butler County, contains approximately 23.1 square miles of land area. Five postal zones serve residents of the Township. Most of the Township is within the Valencia, 16059 postal zone. The municipality share borders with 6 other communities. Middlesex's population, according to the 2020 Census is 6,820. The Township maintains 56.37 roadway miles. There are 12.33 miles of state maintained roads - those roads include State Route 8, State Route 228, and West Cruikshank Road.
The handling of road related problems can be expedited by contacting the proper agency:
- Township-maintained roadways: 724-898-3571
- State-maintained roadways: 800-FIX-ROAD (349-7623)
Fire & Ambulance ServicesResidents of Middlesex Township are served by Middlesex Volunteer Fire Company. Emergency Medical Services are provided to residents by Quality Emergency Services. Both of these groups provide front line fire fighting, first response rescue, basic and advanced life support and emergency medical care.
Trash CollectionCurrently, the Township does not hold a contract with a specific company for waste disposal services, therefore, it is the responsibility of all residents to contact and contract these services individually. Several companies operate in the area and contact information can be located in the telephone directory. Trash should be at curb (within 6 feet of the road where truck travels past) on your collection day by 6 a.m.
All trash should be bagged, boxed, bundled or contained in some manner. Each parcel should weigh no more than 40-50 lbs. Cans or bags cannot exceed 45 gallons.
Please contact the hauler of choice for information on disposal of the following items, because they are not included in your regular service:
- Building material
- Remodeling materials
- Freon (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, or air conditioners)
RecyclingRecycling is biweekly on the same day as your regular trash collection. The following items are to be recycled: clear and colored glass, aluminum and bi-metal cans, newspapers (placed in paper bags), and plastics number 1 and 2. Most small mouthed plastic bottles and jugs such as milk jugs, soda bottles, detergent and shampoo bottles, etc. are acceptable recyclables.
It is not necessary to wash your recyclables but please rinse all food and residue from items set out for collection.
Recycling bins are the property of Middlesex Township and every residence is required to purchase 1. The fee is $8 per bin. When you move, please make sure the bin is left at the residence for the new owner or tenant. Bins are available at the Township Building.
Township Maps Municipal Road maps are provided to new residents of the Township free of charge.
Postal ZonesResidents within the municipal limits may be served by one of 5 different post offices:
- Valencia - 16059
- Mars - 16046
- Gibsonia - 15044
- Butler - 16002
- Saxonburg - 16056
VotingYou are encouraged to register to vote. You can register to vote at the Butler County Courthouse or when you update your driver's license at the PennDot Driver's License Center
Community ParksThe Middlesex Township Community Park is a 21-acre park located behind the Township Municipal Building on Browns Hill Road. The Township received a grant in 2022 to update the playground equipment. Also in 2022 a 0.70 mile paved walking trail was installed (the loop of the trail is 0.45 mile) and a 40' x 84' pavilion was erected. Work is still in progress on the pavilion; once completed the pavilion will be available to rent to the public. The spring of 2023 will bring benches, tables, and new waste receptacles to the park area. Plans are in the works for a restroom facility and a swing set as well. The Township resurfaced the tennis court/basketball court and added two pickleball courts to the area. Pickleball posts and nets are on order and should be installed by the end of 2022. The sport field is available to rent to the community and local sports organizations. Contact the township administrative office for more information. The Community Park also provides a 1/2-mile walking trail around a natural wildflower field. Please remember to pick up after your pets and use the pet waste stations that are located along the trail.
Dog LawsPennsylvania State Law prohibits dogs running at-large throughout the Township. The owners of all dogs must keep them either on a leash or in a pen or similar enclosure. Violations of this law may subject the dog owner to a fine of up to $300. All dogs in Butler County must be licensed. Licenses, either annual or lifetime, must be obtained through the County Treasurer's Office at the County Office Building in downtown Butler or the Butler County website.
The Township cannot issue the license.