23 July 2021
Chief Janciga provided the Police Report – March 2021 and Police Report – April 2021 reports for posting to the website after seeing the first postings. These two reports were the first ones created by the department. The format of the four monthly reports varies slightly as the format was being tweaked to provide ease of reading. The May and June reports should both be in the most current format.
22 July 2021
A major change has been made to the borough’s website for the law enforcement section. In July 2020 the New Florence Police Department ceased operations. In January 2021 the borough council contracted with the St. Clair Township Police Department for coverage. To properly capture these changes the website menu has been changed. Under Government the Police Department submenu has been removed. Instead, a new submenu titled Police has been added. Under this submenu two sections have been added: New Florence Department and St. Clair Township Department. Both sections now accurately capture the history and current situation of law enforcement policing for New Florence. One major advantage of this change is the monthly police reports from the St. Clair Township Police Department can easily be found. The first two police reports have been presented to the New Florence Borough Council. They are the Police Report – May 2021 and Police Report – June 2021 reports. Additional reports will be published as they are presented to the council. Please see both police department sections for more information.
19 July 2021
The agenda for the 20 July 2021 borough council meeting was just posted. AGENDA 07-20-21
11 July 2021
A new item was placed on the calendar. The New Florence VFD will be holding their next Rippie fundraiser on August 12th. Please come out and support the fire department.
3 July 2021
Several items have been added to the website. First, the minutes for the May council meeting MINUTES 05-18-21 were posted. Next, quite a few events were placed on the calendar. The first is the next Laurel Valley Area Historical Society (LVAHS) meeting on July 6th. Here is the agenda for the meeting LVAHS Meeting Agenda 6 July 2021. Then the New Florence VFD will be holding a Rippie fundraiser on July 8th. They are hoping to make this a monthly event on the second Thursday of each month. Stay tuned for more information.
Finally, the New Florence VFW will be holding their summer picnic on 15 August 2021. Details are still being worked out and will be posted once finalized.
As previously posted, the New Florence/St. Clair Sanitary Authority was short three board members. During the June New Florence borough council meeting the council appointed two members to the board. They are Pat O’Shell and Tony Rivera. Please contact the sewage authority if you want more information.
23 June 2021
The New Florence VFD will be holding another Chicken BBQ fundraiser. Please see the flyer below for more information. Lots of folks are saying great things about how good the meals are. Please come out and support the fire department. Thanks.
15 June 2021
The agenda for tonight’s borough council meeting was just posted. AGENDA 06-15-21 Also, the Senior Center in town reopened on June 1st for those that didn’t see their sign board. They also have a new supervisor, Teresa Caldwell. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
14 June 2021
The New Florence United Methodist Church and the New Florence Community Development Committee will be hosting a summer block party at the town playground on 18 July 2021. Please check out the flyer below or look to the Event Calendar for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the church at 724-235-9961 or Taylor Solich, President, NF Community Development, at 724-599-7163 or email@example.com.
4 June 2021
Hi everyone, I got a last minute request from the NF VFD to post this flyer for their BBQ Chicken event during the yard sale this Saturday. I know they did one of these fundraisers about a month ago and I heard the chicken was great. Please come out and support them if you can. Thanks.
2 June 2021
The 2021 Spring Dumpster Days activities were added to the Events Calendar today. Please see below for more information. Also, the MINUTES 04-20-21 for the borough council meeting were posted to the website. Don’t forget, the town-wide yard sale is coming up. Should be a busy time in town as things get back to normal. Be safe everyone.
30 May 2021
The next meeting of the Laurel Valley Area Historical Society (LVAHS) was added to the Events Calendar. Everyone please have a safe and thoughtful Memorial Day.
19 May 2021
The New Florence Borough and Volunteer Fire Department are working together to fund a project to renovate and equip the Fire Hall as an Emergency Shelter in case of a disaster. This funding will cover the cost of power upgrades, a new HVAC system, new sidewalks, doors and ramp to the Social Hall, new roof, storm shutters, and restroom reconfiguring to include an ADA shower. The money for this project will hopefully come through a grant request to the Emergency Solutions Grants Program which is part of the Cares Act funding to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The requested amount to fully fund this project is $128,650. Working together to strengthen our community benefits us all! If you have any comment about this project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Florence/St. Clair Sanitation Authority is seeking multiple board members. Anyone interested in serving on the board can contact the authority at 724-541-0030 or leave a message with the borough at 724.235.2000.”
18 May 2021
Here is the agenda for tonight’s borough council meeting. AGENDA 05-18-20
8 May 2021
Two items were added to the Events Calendar today. The first is a fundraiser for Scouts BSA Troops 1123 & 2123 that meet at the New Florence United Methodist Church. The scouts will be doing a yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, June 5th during New Florence’s town-wide yard sale. They are looking for donations of items to sale. Please see the flyer for more information. Next, the Squirrel Hill Hunting Club will hold their 6th Annual Lifetime Hunt for Kids Golf Outing on July 18th, 2021 at Champion Lakes Golf Resort. The fundraiser benefits children with a life-threatening illness. Their flyer contains additional information on how to participate. Please click on the flyers to see larger images. Thank you.
30 April 2021
St. Clair Township Police Department Coverage
Police coverage history in New Florence: Last year, both New Florence police officers resigned late summer. On January 19th, 2021, the New Florence borough council passed Ordinance No. 1 of 2021, Purchase of Police Services from St. Clair Township. Police coverage will now be provided by the St. Clair Township Police Department. If available, the on duty officer will attend the regular New Florence Borough meetings. Below is more information about the department.
550 Seward Street
Seward, PA 15954
724-600-7300 (Westmoreland County non-emergency number)
In the event of an emergency or requesting police CALL 911
Facebook: St. Clair Township Police Department
Please be aware that the Facebook page is not constantly monitored, and all requests for police need to go through 911 or the non-emergency number provided above.
Chief of Police, Officer Jeff Janciga
Captain, Officer Karl Kinkopf
Officer Mark Kasterko
Officer Lindsay Green
The St. Clair Township Board of Supervisors are continuing to grow their police department. Personnel may be added in the future depending upon the need and Seward’s and New Florence’s participation in a cooperative agreement beyond the initial trial term. Under the agreement, the police are treating New Florence, Seward, and St. Clair Township as one single coverage area. Details such as monthly summary reports and policing priorities are still being worked out. Speeding, use of jake brakes, and illegal drug usage are concerns of the New Florence borough council that will be addressed. Ordinance violations within New Florence will not be addressed by the St. Clair Township Police Department. Administrative questions regarding police coverage in New Florence should be sent to the New Florence borough office at 724-235-2000 or the borough email at email@example.com. Administrative questions concerning the St. Clair Township Police Department should be sent to the St. Clair Township supervisors at 814-446-5211. Please keep in mind that calling either office will not result in the dispatching of an officer. Residents must be aware that calling an office is not a substitute for calling 911 or the Westmoreland County non-emergency number. Thank you.
New Florence Police Department Update, Summer 2020: Effective 20 July 2020 Chief Chad Salley and Officer Clint Chilcote both resigned from the police department. Borough council is not seeking replacement officers.
24 April 2021
Several documents have been added to the website. First, the minutes for the March council meeting MINUTES 03-16-21 and the agenda for the April meeting AGENDA 04-20-21 were posted. Next, two events were placed on the calendar. The first is the next Laurel Valley Area Historical Society (LVAHS) meeting on April 28th and the second is a gun bash for the Squirrel Hill Hunting Club to be held June 19th. The gun bash supports the club’s Lifetime Hunt for Kids program. Finally, Westmoreland County would like to remind residents that rental assistance is still available. Please look at the following document for more information. Westmoreland County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
5 April 2021
Westmoreland County is getting ready to launch The Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Program and needs help spreading the word! The Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Program is a Federally Funded Grant Program, which focuses on homes built prior to 1978 since they are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Additional requirements include households must meet maximums income limits per household size as listed on the flyer below. *Eligible households must also have a child(ren) 6 years or under (that includes a pregnant woman) that either live in the home, or visits the residence at least 3 hours, 2 times per week, for 60 hours or more per year. For instance, if a grandparent cares for a grandchild who is under the age of 6 years in their home at a minimum of 3 hours/twice a week, their home was built prior to 1978, and the grandparents meet the income requirements for household, they could qualify. This program covers lead-based paint abatement and possibly other hazards that are related to lead poisoning in the home e.g., lead in windows, siding, and railings, and/or contributing factors that could lead to lead poisoning such as a leaky roof (water causing paint that contains lead to chip).
This program focuses on young children because, they are the most impacted by the effects of lead poisoning but, it also effects adults as well. An informative flyer from the Environmental Protection Agency on lead and its effects can be found at: Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home.
Please click on the links below for more information from Westmoreland County. There is also a flyer for possible employment as a lead-abatement contractor. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator at the Westmoreland County office of Community Development.
Westmoreland County Community Development
Fifth Floor, Suite 520
40 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601
Ph: (724) 830-3366
Fax: 724 830-3611
VFW Post 7622 New Florence, PA. The local VFW had two different Facebook pages. Originally, they were using New Florence vfw 7622 but now use VFW Post 7622 New Florence, PA. If you follow the club on Facebook please follow the correct page.
24 March 2021
Several additions have been made to the website. First, the minutes for the February council meeting were posted. MINUTES 02-16-21 Next, Mark Watt, the borough maintenance employee announced he will be retiring later this spring. The council will be searching for a replacement. Please look at the flyer for more information. Lots of good information is posted on the community bulletin board located at the post office. Please remember to follow the rules. Lately, several flyers have been taped to the glass. Finally, the scouting troops are starting back up as activities and life move back to normal with the pandemic more under control. Below is all the contact information in case you have a son or daughter who’d like to become involved.
BSA Troop 1123 – Boy Troop
Scoutmaster: Timothy Martin
Meets Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m.
Location: New Florence United Methodist Church, 200 9th St, New Florence, PA 15944
BSA Troop 1123 – Girl Troop
Scoutmaster: Scott Hamley
Meets Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m.
Location: New Florence United Methodist Church, 200 9th St, New Florence, PA 15944
Chartered Organization: New Florence United Methodist Church
Charter Representative: Mr. John Hayes
BSA Cub Scout Pack 1123 New Florence United Methodist Church
Note: The Cub Scout Pack stopped meeting when the COVID-19 pandemic starting in the spring of 2020. Unfortunately, the pack has not restarted. They are searching for someone willing to be the Cubmaster. If interested, please contact John Hayes.
Click on the images below to learn more information about scouting.
16 March 2021
Here is the agenda for tonight’s borough council meeting. AGENDA 03-16-21
13 March 2021
As previously posted, the upgrade to the borough website is finished. Over the next few weeks there will be a review of each page and make sure everything is up to date. Visitors to the website should only see minor changes and tweaks as this review is conducted. Things are slow right now with the COVID-19 virus and most of daily life put on hold. However, we appreciate that folks visit the website daily. Do you ever wonder how many folks check out the site? Below is a snapshot of visitors and how many pages they look. It’s not many now but just before the town’s sesquicentennial in August of 2019 we were averaging over 100 visitors a day to the website. Lots of people used the website to see what was happening with the event. Thank you!
As things get back to normal more activities will start occurring in our community. For example, the New Florence VFW will be holding their yearly gun bash the end of June this year if all goes well. The gun bash was added to the Events Calendar on the right for June. Please check out the event for more information.
Do you know how COVID-19 has affected our small town? Below are three screen captures from the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Dashboard using the Zip Code Case Data. The data is from the third day of the month for January, February, and March for New Florence, Zip Code 15944. One can see how the virus is trending in the community. Please everyone, practice social distancing and wear a mask. Only about 10% of the population has been vaccinated. We need to get the vaccination rate closer to 90% before life will really get back to normal. Be safe!
January February March
Confirmed: 105 131 133
Probable: 31 54 60
Not a case: 634 709 736
18 February 2021
The upgrade to the borough website is complete. There are two main things visitors will see differently. First, the new theme for the website has a slide show banner of three images. There is the main New Florence sign, the Sesquicentennial logo, and a Google satellite image of New Florence. These images really define our community to the outside world. Additionally, down the right side of the page is the Events Calendar. It now displays the next five events instead of three. As life gets back too normal after COVID-19, we’re hoping to be posting lots of community activities. Life will get better.
There were several other updates to the website these last few days. A “Proclamations and Resolutions” Quick Link was added to the lower right side of the Welcome page. It will make this information easier to find. Next, the council has hired Cheryl Priest for the position of borough secretary to replace Mary Strucaly. Two resolutions were added to the website. The first is Resolution 1 of 2021 – Access to Intuit and the second is Resolution 2 of 2021 – Access to Berkheimer. Both resolutions give the new secretary legal access to various business systems. Also, the New Florence Police Department 2020 Yearly Summary yearly summary was posted to the Police Department section. While New Florence no longer has their own department, this document completes the activities of the past department. Next, the borough received a notice from the Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation department. The notice is for a grant program that’s available for local art organizations and local government entities. For more information, please see Westmoreland County Local Arts Grant Program. Finally, stay tuned for more changes to the website. We will be developing a different technique for news updates. We are hoping to make it easier for residents to receive the information in a timelier manner and to make the website easier to maintain.
12 February 2021
The agenda for the February council meeting is now available. AGENDA 02-16-21
3 February 2021
Several documents were recently added to the website. The December 2020 borough council minutes were posted. MINUTES 12-15-20 Also, the finalized budget approved in December was posted in the Budgets section. Finally, Ordinance No. 1 of 2021 – Purchase of Police Services from St. Clair Township was published. This ordinance authorized the borough council to obtain police services from the township.
Website Update: There will be changes coming to the website. The borough contracted with CourseVector to provide website hosting services in the fall of 2017. The original website was built using the Artisteer WordPress theme as a starting point to make a customized New Florence Borough theme. Unfortunately, Artisteer will be dying and become unsupported over the next few months. CourseVector will be migrating the New Florence website to a new theme. However, the configuration will be changing so the look and feel of the borough’s website will evolve. Every effort will be made to keep borough residents updated on the timeline and extent of changes. Thank you.
19 January 2021
The agenda for the 19 January borough council meeting was just posted. AGENDA 01-19-21
16 January 2021
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.
12 January 2021
Final Order Take 2 Deadline: New Florence Sesquicentennial Yearbook
One last time… I have had even more requests for more New Florence Sesquicentennial Yearbooks so I will make one FINAL order. I will take orders until the end of the month, January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Books are normally $25.00 each but I may need to adjust the price a little if it is a small order to cover the shipping, handling, etc. costs. I won’t know the final price until the order is placed but I expect it to remain pretty close to the $25. Who still wants to order one? Please, if you order books, I need your contact information. A cell phone number to text you when the book arrives would be helpful. Also, a street address so I know where to drop it off (obviously if you’re local). My contact information is below. Thank you, Doug.
Douglas C. Hull
1134 Bethel Cemetery Rd
New Florence, PA 15944
Telephone: 724-719-8390 after 6 p.m.
Note: The date was fixed on all the reorders.
9 January 2021
News Web Page: The News section is a collection of all the information that’s been posted in the past to the borough website on the Welcome Page and many other pages. It ends up being a great historical archive of a lot of activities in the community. This section was reorganized on 9 January 2021 by year. This way the pages will be smaller and load faster. Enjoy looking through all the information. Thank you.
3 January 2021
As we start the new year let’s hope for a better, safer year than last. With the new year comes lots of updates to the website. First, the 12 normal monthly borough council meetings were added to the Events Calendar. These meetings will be held in the basement of the old yellow school building until the COVID-19 crisis has slowed to were the meetings can resume back in the borough building. The 2021 Borough Council Meeting Minutes Archive 2021 table was created and added to the Monthly Meetings page. This table contains the agendas and minutes of the borough council meetings. Next, with the passing of Mary Strucaly, the borough secretary/treasurer position is vacant. An ad is being published for hiring a new borough secretary/treasurer. You can review the ad here if interested. NF Secretary – Treasure Hiring Announcement January 2021 After much discussion, the borough council has agreed to move forward in conjunction with the Seward borough on purchasing police services from St. Clair Township. Attached is the notice of the pending ordinance adopting said services planned for the January 19th, 2021, council meeting. Notice of Pending Ordinance Adoption for Police Service 12.17.20 Also, during the December council meeting the 2021 budget and tax rate was passed. The information is in Resolution 4 of 2020, Tax Resolution for 2021. To help complete the website updates the minutes for the November 2020 council meeting were posted. Finally, the borough council was saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of State Representative Mike Reese. He cared about the communities he served and will be missed. More information on the story can be found at State Representative Mike Reese Dead at 42.