The minutes for the April 21st and May 6th, 2020 borough council meetings were recently added to the website. Then, because of the coronavirus, the New Florence Yard Sale and Spring Dumpster Days are both postponed. Hopefully both events can be held later this year.
Notice to Residents: Lately there have been numerous complaints forwarded to members of the borough council. These complaints have revolved around traffic issues such as jake brakes, speeding, and illegal parking. They have also included complaints on ordinance violations concerning pets, grass clippings, and abandoned vehicles. All issues regarding state law and/or borough ordinance enforcement should be directed to Mayor, Neva Gindlesperger. As always, in case of an emergency, please call 911. Any other borough issues or concerns can be brought to our attention at the regularly scheduled meetings.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on New Florence:
The coronavirus effects the daily lives of all Americans. There will be many Federal and state-wide restrictions that will impact our community. Two things everyone should know by now. Governor Tom Wolf has closed all of Pennsylvania’s schools for the remainder of the school year. The other major impact to the community is the New Florence Community Library will be closed until further notice. You also have the mandatory mask requirements for essential businesses going into effect. This will be very important for all to follow. This coronavirus pandemic is a fluid situation and there will probably be more changes and restrictions. Please try and stay informed as much as you can. Most importantly, practice good hygiene and wash your hand frequently. Be safe everyone. Finally, as decreed by Governor Wolf, Westmoreland County moved into the Yellow Phase on May 15th. As the state tries to get back to normal things change almost on a daily basis. Please look at the state’s website for the latest information. Pennsylvania Health Department Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Page
Masks Mandatory: Masks must be worn by employees, customers at essential businesses in Pennsylvania under new state health order that goes into effect as of 8:00 p.m. on April 19, 2020. The Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, MD, signed the order establishing new worker safety measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please seed the News web page for more information. You can read the full order from the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, MD, here: PA Secretary of Health Worker Safety Order
Universal Masking: On April 3, Governor Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask if they must leave their homes. Members of the general public don’t need a surgical mask – we need those for our health care workers and first responders. Instead, they are encouraged to wear homemade fabric or cloth masks. Homemade masks limit the spread of infectious droplets in the air by containing coughs and sneezes. When a homemade mask can’t be acquired a scarf or bandana can be utilized. By implementing community use of these homemade fabric or cloth masks, everyone will have a higher degree of protection from this virus.
Community Playground Closed:
The New Florence Community Playground is still closed until further notice. Please do not take your children there to play. There have been several cases of families still playing on the grounds despite the closure. Please practice social distancing. Thank you.
Notice to Those Paying Taxes in Person in New Florence:
The spring Borough and General County taxes are currently due. For those who want to pay taxes in person please be aware that Mrs. Luther, the tax collector, will not be answering her door. With the threat of the coronavirus she is not interacting with the public. She will be placing a lock-box on her front porch for those wishing to drop off taxes. However, the preferred method of payment would be to mail in your taxes. Keep in mind whether paying by drop-off at her porch or if by mail if you’d like a receipt, then please, include a stamped self-addressed envelope for Mrs. Luther to use. Thank you.
News Web Page: The News section is a collection of all the information that’s been posted in the past. Please check it out. In the near future I hope to organize it by year. This way the pages will be smaller and load faster. In the last 16 months since the website really started expanding we’ve posted a good bit of information. Thank you.
Events Calendar: A note on the calendar on the right side of the screen. It only shows the next 3 upcoming events. At the bottom if you click on “View All Events” it will bring up a calendar showing the entire month. You can then scroll through the months or click on individual items to learn more about various events.