Athens Borough

Geography, Topography, and History

Athens Borough is located near the center of the northern border of the County. The Borough went through several revisions in regards to its current boundary. Today the Borough is bounded to the east by the Susquehanna Border that separates Athens Township, to the south by Sheshequin Township, to the West by the Chemung River, which again separates the Borough from Athens Township, and to the north by Sayre Borough. As Athens Borough is part of the locally coined “valley”, it is situated on a flat plain, while it is surrounded by mountainous terrain on its eastern and western borders. A major thoroughfare for the Borough is US Route 220, running north and south through the Borough and alongside it.

In 1837, Athens Borough was officially formed and taken from Athens Township. As the Township was formed nearly four decades prior to the Borough, the two share a lot of historical data. The first post office, which is located in the current boundary of the Borough, was established in 1800.

Local Government and Current Data

There is an elected mayor and seven councilmen that govern Athens Borough. Currently, there is a planning commission intact with 9 members. In 2003, the planning commission passed a comprehensive plan, and is also responsible for providing zoning regulations throughout the Borough. All of the land developments and subdivisions follow the Office of Planning for Bradford County standards.

The Borough of Athens is a busy community located in the “valley” with many services and amenities. The borough is home to the Athens School District buildings. The Athens Spalding Memorial Library is open to the public regularly Monday through Saturday. The Borough has many parks that are open to the public, including: the Academy Lot Park, Athens Area High School Park, Athens Borough Park, Harlan Rowe Middle School Park, Lynch Elementary Park, Main Elementary Park, Round Top Park, Teaoga Square Park, and Valley Recreation Center. There is a farmers market that is open May through October at the Teaoga Square Park. The following religious chapels are located in the Borough: the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Trinity Church, His Majesty Fellowship, First Presbyterian Church, Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens & Sheshequin, Athens United Methodist Church, and Calvary Baptist Church.

Tax Millage for 2017:

19.00

Villages:

None

School District:

Athens Area School District

FEMA Community Panel Number:

420167 0005 C

Population Demographics:

Total Population....3,301
Population Density....1,934.9
Square Miles....1.8
Population under 18....18.3%
Population over 65....19.6%
High School Graduates....81.9%
Higher Education Graduates...26.7%

Household Statistics:

Housing Units....1,500
Households....1,477
Median Housing Values....$67,600
Median Rent....$325
Per Capita Income....$20,874
Median Family Income....$42,837
Population Below Poverty
Level....11.7%

Emergency Services:

Fire Coverage: Athens Borough Fire Department
Ambulance Coverage: Greater Valley EMS
Police Protection: Athens Borough Police Department

Public Utilities:

Electric Company: Penelec
Gas Company: Valley Energy Inc
Water Company: Aqua PA
Sewerage Facilities: Valley Joint Sewage Plant
Telephone Company: Verizon

Contacts:
Mayor:

George Whyte (570) 888-7134

Councilmen:

William Cotton (607) 343-5673
Harold I. Smith (570) 888-5190
Richard Lowery (570) 888-2368
Scott P. Riley (570) 764-2055
Sharon Sporn (570) 888-7471
Walter Chaykosky (570) 888-4331
Raymond Stackhouse (570) 888-6042

Borough Manager:

Mark Burgess (570-888-2319


Secretary:

Tara Campbell (570) 888-2319


Mailing address:

2 South River Street
Athens, PA 18810

Solicitor:

Jonathan Foster, Sr., Esq. (570) 888-1529

Meeting:

2nd Monday of the Month @ 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers
2 South River Street
Athens, PA 18810