Borough Ordinance Update: In 2018 borough council had the company General Code do a review of the borough ordinances. General Code specializes in codifying municipality laws by putting them in an orderly form. Codification allows your local legislation to be gathered by topic and systematically arranged into an accurate and enforceable code of laws. Your municipal code clearly articulates a unique legislative framework that enables everyone in your community to live and work safely, productively and with mutual respect. Codification also helps to deter the municipal legislative body from enacting redundant or inconsistent new ordinances, and lets the council or board view the body of law as a whole and note any gaps in coverage which may need legislation. The result of the General Code review was a seven-page report giving the disposition status of all the materials submitted. The original report is General Code Ordinance Disposition List. A lot of the items ended up being identified as NCM, Not Code Material (legislation is not general or permanent in nature). Most items fell into 5 categories. The borough website administrator took the original report and converted it into an Excel spreadsheet. Council members can easily work with this file format. That full converted listing can be found in a PDF report here: NF Ordinance Disposition Master List 16 Jul 2020. If one reviews the report, you’ll find seven different sections. In Section 5 are items identified in the General Code report that appear to be valid code material. There are 54 items in this category. Each of these items needs to be reviewed and acted on by the borough council. These items can be kept as is, update, or cancelled as need be. Two of these items are currently listed on the borough website on the Ordinance page. A PDF version of this subset is here: NF Ordinance Disposition Section 5 Subset List 16 Jul 2020. Council has set up a subcommittee to review all these items and determine the proper course of action for each item. An interesting historical tidbit is the first unnumbered ordinance that was enacted on the 7th of December 1869. Its title is: Governing of New Florence Borough. This appears to be the creation of governing body for New Florence. Over time Section 5 will result in more ordinances being clarified within the borough laws. As those laws are updated their disposition will be clarified on the website. If you have any questions on the above information, please contact a member of the borough council.
The New Florence borough council is in the process of having the existing ordinances codified. This is a multi-year process where all existing borough ordinances are reviewed for compliance with existing federal and state law, updated when required, rescinded where appropriate, then organized into a set of local laws. When completed the entire set of ordinances will be posted online. For now, residents of New Florence can find sets of the ordinances either in the borough building or in the town library.
For now only four ordinances are available online. They are listed below. Click on each link to read the ordinance in its entirety.
- Ordinance No. 161, PROHIBITING AND REGULATING THE KEEPING AND RUNNING AT LARGE OF LIVESTOCK AND FOWL AND OTHER ANIMALS WITHIN THE BOROUGH
- Ordinance No. 213, NUISANCES RELATING TO GRASS, WEEDS, AND OTHER VEGETATION AND RUBBISH, GARBAGE, WASTE, AND DEBRIS
- Ordinance No. 1 of 2018, FIRE INSURANCE ESCROW ORDINANCE
- Ordinance No. 1 of 2019, STOP SIGNS, ESTABLISHMENT AND PENALTIES
Borough residences and businesses are required to be numbered. Numerals are to be no less than two (2) inches high and visible from the street the house or place of business faces.