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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
29 December 2019
As the year draws to a close there are lots of updates for the borough website. First, Jim Moore, Gwen Dellett, and Ron Gyure were all reelected to the borough council in this past November elections. There will be a special borough council meeting on January 6th, 2020 to officially appoint the borough government for the new year. The meeting and the agenda are posted on the Events Calendar. Next, the police report and borough council meeting minutes for November were added to the website along with the agenda for the December council meeting. Also, the council passed Resolution 2 of 2019 which designates the West End Ambulance Service as the primary provided for New Florence. There is also the West End Ambulance Informational Flyer listed below that provides more information. Applications for membership to the service can be found at the New Florence Community Library or at the town’s post office. Finally, Resolution 3 of 2019 was passed which deals with the 2020 borough taxes. There will be no tax increase for the year 2020. The 2020 borough budget is also provided. All this information will be added to the appropriate sections of the website over the next few days.
5 December 2019
Emergency Medical Service coverage in New Florence Borough.
In September of 2019, Fayette EMS who was managing the Laurel Valley Ambulance Service notified the municipalities that were covered by Laurel Valley Ambulance Service that Fayette EMS was closing the New Florence Ambulance Station as of January 1st, 2020. Recently an Email was sent to the surrounding EMS providers that the New Florence Ambulance Station located in New Florence would be closing on December 4, 2019; earlier than expected due to a lack of staffing. New Florence Borough along with the other affected municipalities have been collaborating since September to find an EMS provider to put an ambulance service in the New Florence station. Proposals were requested from Citizens Ambulance Service, West End Ambulance Service, Mutual Aid Ambulance Service and Lifestat Ambulance Service.
The group of municipalities worked within a short period of time but were unable to find an EMS Provider to put an ambulance service in the existing station. One of the main reasons why was that it was not financially feasible to provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service due to the low call volume. This is not a local EMS crisis, you may have heard on the news that this is a nationwide crisis.
New Florence Borough has designated the West End Ambulance Service located in Johnstown, PA – Cambria County to provide Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of New Florence. The Borough will continue to work with West End Ambulance Service to improve service and provide the best Emergency Medical Care for the area.
28 November 2019
The website has several new documents. They are the agenda for the November borough council meeting, the minutes for the October meeting and the police report for October. The June meeting minutes are still pending. Additionally, the New Florence Community Development organization has announced their Christmas activity for the holidays. They will be holding an “All Aboard the Polar Express” at the fire hall on December 14th. Please check out the flyer below. Finally, on November 5th there were statewide elections for various offices. Three seats were being voted on for the New Florence Borough Council. Unfortunately, no one went through the process of getting their name onto the voting ballot. There were 136 write-in votes cast. Because they are all write-in’s it will be some time before a comprehensive report is released on voting results. Once they are available, they will be posted to the website.
10 November 2019
The next meeting for the New Florence Area Historical Society (NFAHS) was added to the Event Calendar. Also, the Contact web page was redesigned and more information was added. This will make it easier for individuals to contact the borough.
6 November 2019
NOTICE: The address for the New Florence Borough has changed. It used to be listed as 146 7th Street. The updated physical address is 119 Franklin Street, New Florence, PA 15944-0272. The mailing address is P.O. Box 272, New Florence, PA 15944-0272. Please use this newer information when contacting the borough. Thank you.
1 November 2019
A last minute addition to the calendar is the United Methodist Church is starting a Type II Diabetes or Pre-diabetes support group. This initial meeting is Monday, November 4th, to help get the group going in the community. Please attend if you can, especially if you think it can help you. Please review the flyer on the calendar for more information.
31 October 2019
Two documents were recently added to the web site. They are the September borough council meeting minutes along with the September police report. The June meeting minutes are still not available.
24 October 2019
Three raffle events for the New Florence Community Library were added recently to the calendar. The first is a Holiday Wreathes Raffle being held on November 22nd, 2019. The second is a Cash Raffle on November 23rd, 2019. And the last is a Christmas Cash Raffle being held on the 18th of December 2019. Please look at the specific calendar event for more details or give the library a call at 724-235-2249.
15 October 2019
The agenda for tonight’s borough meeting was just added to the website. Also, here is the information on Halloween activities. It has been added to the Event Calendar. The 2019 Halloween Parade will start at 1 p.m. Participants can gather at the old yellow school building at the lower end of town prior to the start. Trick or Treating will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. following the parade. Have a spooktacular time!
12 October 2019
Several documents were added to the web site this day. They include the August borough council meeting agenda and minutes along with the August police report. The June meeting minutes are not available yet. Finally, a few items were added to the Events Calendar. There will be dumpsters available for New Florence residents on October 26th and 27th from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until full. TV’s will be accepted for a $20 fee. There will be a Sesquicentennial Wrap-up meeting on October 28th. If you have compliments, complaints, or suggestions for the next big event please pass them on to a committee member or attend the meeting. The NF VFD will hold a Rippies Galore, Baskets and More event on November 17th. Halloween activities will be posted once the information can be confirmed. Finally, an image of the keystone marker located at Ligonier and Furnace Lane was added to the Welcome page.
23 September 2019
The agenda for the September borough council meeting was just posted to the website. Also, a vendor/craft show to be held at the playground in October was just added to the Events Calendar. Please check it out.
2 September 2019
Recently several documents were added to the web site. They include the police reports for June and July, the agenda for the July council meeting, and then the minutes for the borough council meeting for July. The June meeting minutes are not available yet. Finally, a few items were added to the Events Calendar.
Don’t’ forget there is less than 30 days until a few deadlines associated with the New Florence Sesquicentennial Celebration that was held on August 17th, 2019. There are still several sesquicentennial opportunities available. You can stop by the New Florence Community Library and order a sesquicentennial yearbook or T-shirt. There is a 30 September deadline to place these orders Also, Doug Hull is still collecting photographs and such for inclusion into the yearbook. Please help him out by submitting items. Please look at the News page and the flyer there to see what he is looking for. Also, ignore the 10 August date on his flyer. He’s extended the deadline. You can also stop by the town library and pick up a squished penny band. There are lots still available and they are a very cool souvenir. Also, many thanks to all who came out and made the day special.
23 August 2019
Thank you to all who came out for the New Florence Sesquicentennial Celebration on August 17th, 2019. While the event is over the memories will last forever. It appears everyone really enjoyed themselves.
There are still several sesquicentennial opportunities available. You can stop by the New Florence Community Library to pick up a squished penny band. There are lots still available. You can also order a sesquicentennial T-shirt or yearbook. The library has the order forms for those also. Please keep in mind there is a deadline of 30 September to place these orders. Also, Doug Hull is still collecting photographs and such for inclusion into the yearbook. Please help him out by submitting items for inclusion. And again, many thanks to all who came out and made the day special.
Here is the information on contacting Doug with yearbook submissions followed by the yearbook order form. Doug has extended the date to 30 September so please ignore the August 10th date on the flyer.
15 August 2019
Well it’s only two days til the sesquicentennial. Are you ready? The day will start with the parade. Here is an updated list for the Sesquicentennial Parade Participants Line-up 1. A lot of great folks are participating. The Grand Marshals for the parade are Grace Morus and Zayva McCachren. Please find more information on these two special ladies by reading the Grand Marshal’s write-up. After the parade there will be the Opening Ceremony. Please check out the agenda below.
To help everyone get around here is a map of where the events will occur. This should help you as you plan your day.
As part of the Sesquicentennial celebration a yearbook is being put together. Further below is the call for photographs and such to put together the yearbook. If you would like to order a yearbook please use this form.
In a previous post the Sesquicentennial committee posted information about the squished pennies acquired as very cool souvenir for the event. Well the pennies are in and will be available Saturday. Check out the information below to find out what’s available.
Finally, it’s going to be a busy day. We are expecting lots of folks to show up for the event. Here is a quick list of tips for the day that can help all of us out. We want everyone to have a wonderful time.
9 August 2019
Below is a map of the parking areas available for the day of the Sesquicentennial Event. The subway will be open all day with a detour at 9th Street to Chestnut Street to 5th Street to cross the Conemaugh River. Please share with your friends.
30 July 2019
Are you ready for a birthday party? The Sesquicentennial Celebration is just around the corner. August 17th is fast approaching. Please check out these updates.
The Sesquicentennial committee acquired a very cool souvenir for the event. As some may recall, during the centennial (yes, 50 years ago so you’re old if you attended) there was a New Florence commemorative coin available. Those of us that have been around a while remember when the Pennsylvania RR had 4 sets of tracks going through town instead of the two sets today. As kids, my siblings and I would squish coins on the tracks. It was something to do. Well the committee has contracted with The Penny Men to have squished pennies as souvenirs for the event. The squished coins will be available with either a wrist band or a small collector’s book. They will be available during the event for $5 each. A big shout out to Todd Gable for doing the artwork for the design. The one image shows how the Penny Men take a drawing to a final squished penny. Also, many thanks to Rick Nesmith for posting images of a centennial coin on the New Florence (PA) Area Historical Society Facebook page. I copied the coin images here so folks could see what they looked like in case you don’t use Facebook. There’s images of the bands and booklet so you see what they look like too. The bands will be in assorted colors. Enjoy.
Next, a huge “THANK YOU” to Lodestar Bus Lines for donating a FREE bus shuttle, and to Chuck Payne for volunteering his time to drive, the day of our event. The shuttle will run all day, 9:00 am – 10:30 pm, from the New Florence VFW to the Library. You can park at the VFW and ride the bus to the fairgrounds for free!
Finally, Doug Hull is putting together a yearbook for the event. Please look at the flyer below for more information.
1 July 2019
The New Florence Lions Club announced their winners for the June money ticket raffle. Mike Betts of New Florence won the $300.00 with the winning number of 370. Stacy Colson of New Florence and Dan Wynn of Derry had the numbers above and below, each winning $100.00. The club will be doing another ticket the same way for August 31, 2019. See a club member to purchase a raffle ticket.
30 June 2019
Today the minutes for the May borough council meeting and the May police report were added to the website. Also, the Sesquicentennial Car Show Participation Flyer was posted. Do you have an old car, truck, or military vehicle? Do you want to join in the parade? Here’s your chance to have some fun. Check out the flyer for more details.
18 June 2019
Recently quite a few events were added to the calendar. The anniversary events for the Somerset Trust Company bank were posted. They are doing something special for the entire week. Next, two events for New Florence’s library in July were added; a book discussion and a magic show for kids. The next sesquicentennial meeting was then included. Finally, the agenda for the borough council meeting for June 18th was published.
31 May 2019
Several documents were added this week to the web site. They include the police reports for March and April, the agenda for the May council meeting, and then the minutes for the normal borough council meetings for March and April, and finally the agenda and minutes for a special borough council meeting that was held on April 22nd. The purpose of this special meeting was to award the contract for the Vine Street drainage project. Additionally, this past week several events were added to the calendar. The first was the yard sale notice. Next was the two days dumpsters will be available for New Florence residents to help with cleanup. Finally, the registration deadline was added for the Squirrel Hill Hunt Clubs annual golf fundraising event. Also, several additions were made to the Sesquicentennial calendar item on August 17th of this year. A flyer for the magician’s act was added. More importantly, the preliminary event schedule for the day was added. Please check it out to see all the fun activities being planned.
10 May 2019
This past week quite a few items were added to the website. Several events were added to the calendar. They are the NF VFD Rippie Bash, the New Florence Memorial Day parade, and the New Florence Community Library book discussion on the French and Indian Raids to name a few. Additionally, the New Florence Sesquicentennial committee put out their T-Shirt Order Form. You can download the form (click on form to open in another window to print) or you can pick up an order form at the library. They also announced a car show will be held during the celebration. Finally, the Borough Council announced changes to when the borough secretary holds office hours at the building. The new hours are Monday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
22 April 2019
A new ordinance has been added to the website. It is Ordinance No. 1 of 2019, STOP SIGNS, ESTABLISHMENT AND PENALTIES. Please take the time to read this document. A lot of stop signs are being added to existing intersections that don’t have any. Please don’t cause an accident by not noticing the new stop signs. Next, a meeting notice for the New Florence Women’s Club was added to the calendar on May 16th. The post includes the Season 2019 activities schedule. Finally, the Squirrel Hill Hunting Club is hosting a fund-raising golf event on July 21st, 2019, at Champion Lakes Golf Course. A signup sheet is posted. The Squirrel Hill Hunting Club is a local club that takes a child with a life-threatening illness on a Lifetime Hunt.
16 April 2019
The agenda for tonight’s borough council meeting was posted. Also, the minutes for the January meeting along with the February police report were added to the website. Additionally, several meetings were added to the calendar.
24 March 2019
The next meetings for the Sesquicentennial and the NFAHS organizations were added to the Events Calendar. Additionally, 5 more reports were uploaded to the website. They were the council meeting agendas for 3-7-19 and 3-19-19 along with the council meeting minutes for 10-16-18, 2-19-19, and 3-7-19.
5 March 2019
A special borough council meeting for the 7th of March was added to the calendar. Also a few reports were uploaded to the website. They were the council meeting agenda for 2-19-19, the council meeting minutes for 12-18-18, and the police summary report for 01-19.
4 March 2019
Today the New Florence VFW was added to the Residents Community Organizations section. Then the NF Library ALICE Training and NF VFW Gun Bash events were added to the calendar. Next, a yearly summary of police activity was added to the Residents Crime & Safety and Government Police Department Sections. Finally, the Sesquicentennial committee has put out a Sesquicentennial Parade Flyer. Click on the link to obtain a copy.
15 February 2019
There were some inquires made to borough council members this past week on how to run for office. That was a great question which led to additions to the website. The Borough Council and Mayor sections under Government were upgraded to show when the current members’ terms expire and how individuals can run for office. The Residents Voting section received the same upgrade showing how to run for office. This year three council seats will be on the ballot. Individuals interested in running for office should check out the various sections soon since the May primary election is fast approaching.
5 February 2019
The Annual Basket Party for the New Florence Community Library was added to the Events Calendar on February 24th. Please see the event for more details.
20 January 2019
Several changes have been made to the website these past few days. In the Residents area sections were added for Crime and Safety and Zoning-Building Permits. In the Government area a section was added for Ordinances which also discusses building numbers. Also in the Government area the Solicitor and Police Department areas were updated. Also, a table was added for 2019 Monthly Meetings under the Borough Council area. Finally, the Quick Links section on the lower right corner of the Welcome page was fixed. Also, on the calendar Sesquicentennial event of August 17th several flyers were added for entertainers who will be attending.
9 January 2019
This past week several areas were updated on the website. All 12 borough council monthly meetings for 2019 were added to the calendar. Several council meeting agendas and minutes were added that were missing. Also, the 2019 final budget for the New Florence borough was added to the Government – Borough Council – Budgets.
30 December 2018
The town of New Florence will be celebrating their 150th anniversary with a town-wide celebration on August 17, 2019. The New Florence Sesquicentennial Committee is planning a parade, car cruise, live music, Civil War Encampment, historical displays, pie eating and milk chugging contests, Corn Hole Tournament, fireworks and much more! Volunteers and/or financial donors are needed. Our current funds are low and our planning time is very short. Therefore, we are reaching out to local businesses, organizations, and individuals for support. We would greatly appreciate any monetary donation(s) you could make and, for planning purposes, a reply by February 01, 2019 would be very helpful. Please note that donations are tax deductible, and major contributors will be announced throughout the event. Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 724-235-2000, or email 1869NF@gmail.com. We hope to see you at our Celebration in August! Carol Henderson, Chairman New Florence Sesquicentennial Committee Sesquicentennial Donation Form: MS Word or JPEG below. 15 December 2018
The town bulletin board at the post office got it’s own place in the Residents section. Be sure to check out the bulletin board when you get a chance. A lot of different items show up on it.
9 December 2018
A sections for the Westmoreland County Geographical Information Systems (GIS) was added to the Residents section. The GIS is the primary tax assessment management tool used by the county.
2 December 2018
Sections for Voting, Bus Service, and the Post Office were added to the Residents section.
19 November 2018
Remaining borough council agendas and minutes added to the table in borough council minutes is now up to date.
19 November 2018
Please check out the flyer below to find out about Christmas activities in New Florence.
3 November 2018
Today major changes were made to the Government section of the website. Multiple sub-pages were added with a lot of agenda, minutes, budget, and other data published.
27 October 2018
A major change was made to the borough website today. You will see now is most information is split between the Residents and Government menus. The tax collector now has her own new section under Residents. The original Utilities page is also gone since it was replaced with an upgraded version.
27 October 2018
Great news! The Facebook fundraiser for K9 Officer Gunner reached it’s goal of $3,000 today. The dog can now attend its Phase 1 formal training. It time, the officer will be a great asset to Chief Salley and the New Florence Police Department.
10 October 2018
Dumpsters will be available for New Florence Borough residents on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th at the Yellow Brick School on 8th Street. Hours will be from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm or until the dumpsters are full. Household and yard waste ONLY. No tires, batteries, appliances, electronics or hazardous waste will be accepted.
24 September 2018
Fall is now here as of 9:54 PM on Saturday September 22nd. Please don’t rake, mow, or blow leaves onto the streets. They will clog the storm drain system if you do. Thanks! Please don’t discharge grass cuttings onto the streets, not only is it dangerous for motorcycles and bicycles, it also gets into our drains.
Burn Days: Tuesday and Friday 5-7 (paper products only) Please don’t forget to call 811 prior to any digging or excavating projects.