2020 News Archive
22 December 2020
The New Florence Volunteer Fire Department will be helping with the Santa Express. Santa will be visiting New Florence on Christmas eve while his sleigh is in for a last-minute tune-up. Santa has asked the Fire company to help. Of course, the firefighters volunteered to drive their truck all around New Florence to give the good little boys and girls their treats. Santa says Merry Christmas to everyone.
Do you wonder how bad the COVID-19 virus is in the New Florence area? Here is a snapshot of the PA COVID-19 Dashboard results for 21 December 2020. In the 15944 zip code there have been 83 confirmed cases with 26 probable case in the area. Fortunately, there have been 613 incidents that were not a case.
14 December 2020
The agenda for the December 15th borough council meeting was just posted. Also, the borough received some sad news. Mary Strucaly, the borough secretary, passed away on Saturday, December 12th. Please see review this notice. Mary Strucaly’s Passing Notice
4 December 2020
Several documents were recently added to the website. The first three are the August MINUTES 08-18-20, September MINUTES 09-15-20, and October MINUTES 10-20-20 borough council meeting minutes. Next, the agenda AGENDA 11-17-20 for the November meeting was posted. Also, here is an update on the missing monthly police reports. Chief Salley submitted a May police report, but the report was rejected due to format mistakes. It was never corrected or resubmitted by the Chief. Additionally, Chief Salley did not submit June or July police reports before he and Officer Chilcote quit on 20 July 2020. The borough is still trying to hire a police officer. Also, the borough council has put together a draft 2021 budget. It is available for review and public comment at the New Florence Community Library. You can also click on this link to review the proposed budget. New Florence 2021 Proposed Budget 11-19-20 If you have any comments or concerns, please attend the December borough council meeting to make your voice heard. Finally, the New Florence Community Development has announced tree lighting plans for this year. Please see the Events Calendar for more information.
26 November 2020
30 October 2020
St. Clair Township has approached New Florence and Seward boroughs about the possibility of purchasing police services. They have scheduled a tri-community public meeting to discuss their proposal. Please attend the meeting to learn more.
Here is a flyer describing the meeting. Proposed Contracting of Police Services
Also, the minutes for the September borough council meeting were posted to the website. MINUTES 09-15-20
20 October 2020
The agenda for tonight’s borough council meeting has now been posted. AGENDA 10-20-20
16 October 2020
Election Day Help Needed: Two people are needed to help at the polls on election day. Duties will be to record and track voters throughout the day. Hours are from 6 am to 8 pm. Volunteers must be registered voters and residents of the New Florence Borough. Interested parties should contact Debi Bartley at (724) 840-9880. Please see the attached flyer. Election Day Help Needed Flyer 2020
12 October 2020
The New Florence Community Development committee has set Trick or Treating in New Florence for October 31st. It will be from 1-4 pm. You can stop by the bank parking lot to get a treat from the Community Development committee! Also, please be safe during Halloween. Here are the CDC Halloween Recommendations for the holiday. CDC Halloween Recommendations – 21Sep2020
Doug Hull will be placing a second order for sesquicentennial yearbooks with the final order going in on October 31. If you want a book, they are $25. Please contact Doug at email@example.com or by phone at 724-719-8390 after 6 p.m. only to place an order. His address is Douglas C. Hull, 1134 Bethel Cemetery Rd, New Florence, PA 15944. Order forms are also available at the New Florence Library. Doug must have payment for all books before they are ordered. NO books will be ordered after October 31. This is your last chance to get a book. They are really nice with lots of great information inside. Please consider getting one of these heirloom treasures. Thanks!
Note: The date on the cover will be corrected on the second order.
29 September 2020
The agenda for the 15 September 2020 borough council meeting was posted to the website. Also, the minutes for the 21 July council meeting were added. Again, the borough council would like to remind borough residents when burning is permitted. Please look at this notice for more details, New Florence Burn Notice 6 September 2020. Next, the Laurel Valley Historical Society’s October meeting was added to the Events Calendar. Please check it out. For those who ordered a New Florence Sesquicentennial Yearbook they have finally arrived. They are available from Doug Hull. Please give him a call at 724-719-8390 after 6 p.m. to arrange for your yearbook pickup. Finally, the New Florence Volunteer Fire Department is looking for help. Please click on the two images below to learn more.
23 August 2020
Five documents were recently added to the website. The first three are the borough council meeting minutes for the 19 May, 16 June, and 25 June 2020 meetings. Next, the April 2020 monthly police report was posted. Finally, the agenda for the 18 August 2020 meeting was added.
The borough council would like to remind residents on when burning is permitted. Burning is allowed Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Only paper and cardboard products may be burnt. Burning of mixed trash is not allowed. Please use an appropriate, enclosed container for burning. Fires must be attended until the fire is out. Also, please refrain from burning on windy days.
26 July 2020
Two activities were added to the Events Calendar. The first is a fundraiser for the New Florence Community Library. They are raffling of scratch-off tickets on September 19th, 2020. The other activity is the next meeting of the Laurel Valley Historical Society scheduled for August 4th, 2020. The group will be exploring the Fairfield Camp Cemetery. Please see the listings for more information on both events.
New Florence Police Department Update: Effective 20 July 2020 Chief Chad Salley and Officer Clint Chilcote both resigned from the police department. Borough council is actively seeking replacement officers.
20 July 2020
The agenda for the 21 July 2020 borough council meeting was just added to the website. Additionally, please check out these two documents put out by the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners. The first is the Westmoreland CARES Small Business Support Grant program and the second is the Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant program. Both provide monies for qualified applicants in the county. Just a reminder on the upcoming New Florence VFW Gun Bash. Because of all the restrictions it will be held as a Facebook Live event. If you bought a ticket you can tune in to see who the winners are. Finally, the New Florence Recreation Board installed a brand-new playground train. Check out the image below. They hope all the little ones enjoy it!
1 July 2020
Masks now mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf’s administration made this announcement Wednesday afternoon, July 1, 2020. The order takes effect immediately. The order outlines the situations when a mask must be worn and includes limited exceptions to the face-covering requirement. Highlights of the order are listed below.
The order says individuals are required to wear face coverings if they are:
- Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet from individuals who are not members of their household
- In any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted
- Waiting for, riding on, driving or operating public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private care service or ride-sharing vehicle
- Obtaining services from the health care sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic or blood bank
- Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when interacting in-person with any member of the public, working in any space visited by members of the public, working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others, working in or walking through common areas, or in any room or enclosed area where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or residence, are present when unable to physically distance.
Exceptions to the face mask requirement include:
- Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health condition or disability
- Individuals for whom wearing a mask while working would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task as determined by local, state or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines
- Individuals who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance
- Individuals who are under two years of age
- Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
Click here to read the new order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.
New Florence VFW 7622 Annual Gun Bash Changed: The gun bash will no longer be held in person. It will be a Facebook Live event. As more information is released it will be added to the announcement for the gun bash on the Events Calendar.
24 June 2020
The agenda for the special borough council meeting on Thursday, June 25th, 2020, is now available. AGENDA 06-25-20 Also, the flyer for the 2020 Fall Dumpster Days is now available. 2020 DUMPSTER DAYS FLYER
22 June 2020
There will be a special borough council meeting on Thursday, June 25th, 2020, to discuss general business of the borough. Next, at the last council meeting the borough voted to reopen the playground temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. Though it is open, please be safe and practice social distancing. Then the New Florence Community Development has rescheduled the Annual New Florence Yard-Sale Day to Saturday July 18th, 2020. Finally, the borough council has scheduled the 2020 Dumpster Days for September 12th and 13th. Please look to the Events Calendar for more information on these activities as it becomes available.
As life starts to return to normal after the coronavirus, the library is offering more services. Please see the flyer below for more information. Thank you.
3 June 2020
Westmoreland County will move into the Green Phase on June 5th, 2020. Please look at the state’s website for the latest information at Pennsylvania Health Department Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Page.
Additionally, with restrictions easing the New Florence Community Library is starting to resume some services. Please check them out.
22 May 2020
The minutes for the April 21st and May 6th, 2020 borough council meetings were recently added to the website. Next, 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. Finally, as decreed by Governor Wolf, Westmoreland County moved into the Yellow Phase on May 15th. Please be safe everyone.
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.
6 May 2020
A special borough council meeting was held on May 6th, 2020, to discuss general business of the borough. The council adopted Resolution 3 of 2020, Extending Discount Period for Borough Real Estate Taxes. This resolution pertains to the tax discount deadlines for New Florence borough real estate taxes. Please read the document for more information. Several other minor items were discussed, and minutes will be provided after approved at the next regularly scheduled meeting on May 19th, 2020.
30 April 2020
A special borough council meeting was added to the Event Calendar for May 6th, 2020, to discuss general business of the borough. Then, multiple documents were added to the website. The first two are the March 2020 monthly police report and the March 2020 borough council meeting minutes. The next documents are two resolutions put forth by the borough council so far this year. The first is Resolution 1 of 2020, Sale of Police Car and Certain Equipment. This document authorizes the sale of the unused police car and other equipment. The second document is Resolution 2 of 2020, Declaration of Disaster Related to COVID-19. This document provides increased flexibility in day-to-day operations of the borough to react to changing circumstances associated with the coronavirus. Next, the May meeting of the Laurel Valley Area Historical Society (LVAHS) was marked cancelled and the June meeting was added to the Events Calendar. After that, the contact information for the borough solicitor was added to the website under the Government section. Finally, a few charts were added to help show how the state might open as the coronavirus impact lessens. Governor Wolf is still determining the best approach in consultation with the medical experts so this information may change.
18 April 2020
Several items were added to the website. First, the agenda for the borough council meeting on April 21st was posted. Next, the rescheduled New Florence VFW Gun Bash was added to the Event Calendar on July 25th, 2020. Finally, information on the order from Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, MD, making masks mandatory follows.
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.
Governor Tom Wolf announced that Dr. Rachel Levine, under her authority as Secretary of the Department of Health to take any disease control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease, signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.
“This order provides critical protections for the workers needed to run and operate these life-sustaining establishments,” Wolf said. “Businesses across the state have already begun to implement many of these protocols on their own, and we applaud their efforts to protect employees and customers.” “This order will ensure continuity across all life-sustaining businesses and will further our efforts to protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” Levine said. “Together, we can all help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
The order establishes protocols to help employees maintain a social distance during work:
- Provide masks for employees to wear during their time at the business, and make it a mandatory requirement while at the worksite, except to the extent an employee is using break time to eat or drink, in accordance with the guidance from the Department of Health and the CDC. Employers may approve masks obtained or made by employees in accordance with this guidance;
- Stagger work start and stop times for employees when practical to prevent gatherings of large groups entering or leaving the premises at the same time;
- Provide sufficient space for employees to have breaks and meals while maintaining a social distance of six feet, including limiting the number of employees in common areas and setting up seating to have employees facing forward and not across from each other;
- Conduct meetings and training virtually. If a meeting must be held in person, limit the meeting to the fewest number of employees possible, not to exceed 10 employees at one time and maintain a social distance of six feet.
- Ensure that the facility has a sufficient number of employees to perform all measures listed effectively and in a manner that ensures the safety of the public and employees;
- Ensure that the facility has a sufficient number of personnel to control access, maintain order, and enforce social distancing of at least six feet;
- Prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the premises of the business; and
- Ensure that all employees who do not speak English as their first language are aware of procedures by communicating the procedures, either orally or in writing, in their native or preferred language.
Upon discovery of an exposure to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, businesses are also ordered to implement temperature screenings before employees enter the business prior to the start of work and send any employee home who has an elevated temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with the health care providers and state and local health departments. Employers are encouraged to implement liberal paid time off for employees who are on home isolation.
Upon an exposure, businesses are also ordered to do the following:
- Close off and ventilate areas visited by that individual;
- Wait a minimum of 24 hours, or as long as practical, before beginning cleaning and disinfection;
- Clean and disinfect all spaces, especially commonly used rooms and shared electronic equipment;
- Identify and notify employees who were in close contact with that individual (within about 6 feet for about 10 minutes); and
- Ensure that the business has a sufficient number of employees to perform these protocols effectively and immediately.
In addition to the social distancing, mitigation and cleaning protocols, businesses that serve the public within a building or defined area are ordered to implement the following, based on the size of the building and number of employees:
- Require all customers to wear masks while on premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business must provide alternative methods of pick-up or delivery of goods, except individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children the age of 2 years) may enter the premises without having to provide medical documentation;
- Conduct business with the public by appointment only and, to the extent that this is not feasible, limit occupancy to no greater than 50 percent of the number stated on their certificate of occupancy as necessary to reduce crowding in the business and at check-out and counter lines in order to maintain a social distance of 6 feet, and place signage throughout each site to mandate social distancing for both customers and employees;
- Alter hours of business so that the business has sufficient time to clean or to restock or both;
- Install shields or other barriers at registers and check-out areas to physically separate cashiers and customers or take other measures to ensure social distancing of customers from check-out personnel, or close lines to maintain a social distance between of 6 feet between lines;
- Encourage use of online ordering by providing delivery or outside pick-up;
- Designate a specific time for high-risk and elderly persons to use the business at least once every week if there is a continuing in-person customer-facing component;
- In businesses with multiple check-out lines, only use every other register, or fewer. After every hour, rotate customers and employees to the previously closed registers. Clean the previously open registers and the surrounding area, including credit card machines, following each rotation;
- Schedule handwashing breaks for employees at least every hour; and
- Where carts and hand baskets are available, assign an employee to wipe down carts and handbaskets before they become available to a new customer.
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in an enforcement action that could include citations, fines, or license suspensions. Compliance with the order will be enforced beginning Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
Wolf has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic to the full extent of the law:
- Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
- Department of Health
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Labor and Industry
- Pennsylvania State Police
- Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions
You can read the full order from the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, MD, below.
8 April 2020
Declaration of Disaster: The Mayor of New Florence, Neva Gindlesperger, has issued a Declaration of Disaster on April 6th, 2020. Please read the declaration listed below.
5 April 2020
Found Keys: Jeff Rager found a set of keys on the ground at the intersection of 19th and Penn streets. He turned them into the post office. To claim the keys at the post office, please bring a spare set of keys to prove the found keys are yours. Thank you (returned to owner, happy ending for all).
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.
27 March 2020
Westmoreland County has been added to the list of Pennsylvania counties now under a Stay At Home Order. You can read Governor Wolf’s order here. 20200327-GOV-Stay-at-Home-Order-Amended. The following rules apply to those areas under a Stay At Home Order.
As the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include nine additional counties – Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York – bringing the state total to 19 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8:00 PM Friday, March 27, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020 (extended until 30 April 6, 2020).
The order now includes these 19 counties: Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.
Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:
- Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
- Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
- To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
- To care for a family member or pet in another household
- Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
- Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
- Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
- Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.
The following operations are exempt:
- Life-sustaining business activities
- Health care or medical services providers
- Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
- Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders
- News media
- Law enforcement
- The federal government
- Religious institutions
Individuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.
International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.
At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a non-compliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.
25 March 2020
The New Florence Community Playground will remain closed until further notice. Please do not take your children there to play. Please practice social distancing. Thank you.
24 March 2020
Per direction from the Mayor, Neva Gindlesperger, the following chart from the CDC is shared for informational purposes.
23 March 2020
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
13 March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on New Florence: The coronavirus is going to effect 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 immediately. First, Governor Tom Wolf has closed all of Pennsylvania’s schools. Therefore the Ligonier Valley School District will not be in session from Monday, March 16th to March 27th, 2020 (Per Governor Tom Wolf on 9 April 2020: In order to keep as many Pennsylvanians as possible safe, schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year). Please keep up to date from the television news broadcasts or from the school district’s website. The other major impact to the community is the New Florence Community Library will be closed starting Saturday, March 14th through March 29th, 2020 (update: closed indefinitely) . All libraries in Westmoreland County will be closed. This is a fluid situation and there will 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.
27 February 2020
Several documents were recently added to the website. The first two are the January monthly police report and the January borough council meeting minutes. The last document added is the New Florence Police Department 2019 Yearly Summary. This document consolidates all the information from the 12 monthly police reports from 2019 with totals for all the various incidents the New Florence Police responded to. It helps borough residents see all the activities the police department helps out with. Finally, the next meeting of the Laurel Valley Area Historical Society (LVAHS) was added to the Events Calendar.
10 February 2020
Three events were recently added to the calendar. Two are fundraisers for the New Florence Community Library. The first is their annual basket party on March 1st at Antiochian Village. The second is a PA Scratch-off Ticket raffle that will be held on April 11th. Finally, the annual VFW Post 7622 Gun Bash fundraiser was added. It will be held the 25th of April. Please look to the Events Calendar for more information.
29 January 2020
The minutes for the December 2019 borough council meeting and the police report for that month were added to the website. The minutes for the January 6th reorganization borough council meeting are also posted. Additionally, two resolutions from 2018 were added to the Proclamations and Resolutions web page. As time permits, older information is being added to the New Florence website. Finally, there are a lot of hunters in and around the borough. Below is a description of the new Purple Paint Law that went into effect this month.
Purple Paint Law now in Effect. Landowners in Pennsylvania can now use purple paint to mark trees or posts instead of posting signs to keep trespassers out. On November 27, 2019, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1772 into law which went into effect Sunday, January 26, 2020. Under the new law, purple markings will act as ‘No Trespassing’ signs to warn hunters and others where private property begins. The stripes must be at least 8-inches long and 1-inch wide. They should also be placed 3-5 feet above the ground. The law specifies posts should be no more than 100 feet apart along a property line. The law also requires property owners to buy paint or tape identified as the ‘No Hunting’ color. State Rep. Dawn Keefer of York County said the new law provides a more permanent and recognizable ‘posting’ that does not need much maintenance.
23 January 2020
Several changes were recently made to the borough website. First, the New Florence Area Historical Society (NFAHS) has changed its name to the Laurel Valley Area Historical Society (LVAHS). By changing the name, the committee believes it can be more inclusive to the entire area they intend to cover. This has been updated in the Residents – Community Organizations section of the website. Next, two events were added to the calendar. The first is the next meeting of the LVAHS and the other is a comedy show the fire department will be holding. Finally, the agenda for the 21 January 2020 borough council meeting was posted.
14 January 2020
There are a lot of changes with the borough as the New Year gets started. On January 6th, 2020, there was a special council meeting to officially appoint the borough government. As previously posted, Jim Moore, Gwen Dellett, and Ron Gyure were all reelected to the borough council. Jim Moore was reappointed as President with Jeff Rager being appointed Vice President. These changes were made to the Council Membership section of the website. Also, partial detailed results of the November elections were posted by the county voting office. They only listed the top three write-in vote recipients which you can see in the Residents Voting web page. The borough council meetings will continue to be held the third Tuesday of each month. However, starting with the 21 January 2020 borough council meeting the new starting time will 6:30 p.m. These 12 meetings were added to the Events Calendar. Next, a web page called “Proclamations and Resolutions” was added under the Borough Council section. These specialized documents will be listed here as they are approved. The 2020 budget for New Florence was posted to the Budgets section. In association with the budget a 30-year history of New Florence’s taxes was added to the Residents Taxes section. This table shows the tax rates for borough, school, and county taxes for 1988 through 2018. Then information on the West End Ambulance Service was added to the Residents Emergency Services section. They are the new provider with the closure of the Laurel Valley Ambulance Service. Finally, a Rippie Party being held at the Senior Centers and a Drag Queen Bingo being held at the fire department were added to the Events Calendar.