March 20, 2020

COVID-19

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses FINALDue to the global pandemic, COVID-19, this page as been created to establish communication between the public and borough officials and administration.

Ford City Borough Declaration of Disaster Emergency

Declaration of Disaster Emergency – 3-20-2020

Resolution 4-2020 – Disaster Resolution

Ford City Borough officials strive to keep public informed of actions during COVID-19

Ford City Borough Council President Carol Fenyes on Thursday issued an update as to the efforts of the municipality’s leaders to continue to cope with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in uncertain times as the country fights the coronavirus (COVID-19),” Fenyes wrote in a prepared statement.

Even with social distancing and stay at home orders from the governor, she wrote, the business of the borough must continue.

“In order to continue our services as seamlessly as possible, the council has instituted the following practices,” Fenyes wrote.

* The borough office and all borough buildings continue to be closed to the public until further notice.

“If you need information from the office, please call and the ladies will make every effort to safely accommodate your need,” she wrote.

* Water payments, made by check or money order only, can be dropped in the blue box at the entrance of the building, and fines can be placed in the red box.

“S&T Bank will accept cash and check payments for water bills at the drive-thru window,” she wrote.

* The borough will continue to collect garbage on the regular routes Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“We remind everyone the maximum bag size is 33-gallons and the maximum bags per residence is four,” Fenyes wrote.

“Please place the bags at your regular pick-up point not earlier than the night before and not later than 7 a.m. the day of collection. If you have more than four bags, please call the borough office — 724- 763-3081 — to purchase tags for extra bags. The cost is .75 cents per tag and the price can be added to your water bill.

“We are aware there will be more bags of trash in the coming months with school children at home and more people working from home. We will make every effort to collect all the garbage on every route. Please remember, the men are cautioned to pick only 4 bags per residence, unless additional bags are tagged. When neighbors pile their garbage collectively at one spot, the risk is that not all bags will be collected.”

* The borough workers have been advised not to enter any residences or businesses.

“If you have an emergency, please call the borough office during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday), or 911 after hours. Arrangements will be made to address your specific situation,” she wrote.

* Landlords requiring occupancy inspections, please call the borough office for instructions.

* The April trash days, scheduled for April 21-23, have been cancelled due to the current governmental restrictions and until further notice.

* All citizen committee meetings held in the Borough office have been cancelled until further notice.

* Borough council is investigating on-line methods for conducting public meetings.

“We will post instructions on our Facebook page and website to announce the method for future meetings, as well as advertising in the Leader Times,” Fenyes wrote.

“Council extends our thanks to everyone for following the social distancing policy set forth by the President’s Coronavirus Taskforce, and the Governor’s stay-at-home directives. Stay safe!”

A.J. Panian is the managing editor of the Leader Times. He can be reached at 724-543- 1303, ext. 1325, or apanian@leadertimes.com.

Notice to Ford City Borough Residents

During this time of uncertainty, the Mayor, Council, Borough Manager, Emergency Management Coordinator, and Borough employees are working diligently to support our community and its needs.

Effective today, March 20, 2020, the Mayor and Council have made a Declaration of Disaster Emergency affecting Ford City Borough, to be in effect until an undefined date.

The Borough building will continue to be closed to the public and borough workers will be staggered to ensure coverage for all services to the public.  Kevin Nelson (Director of Public Works), and Donna Piper (Borough Manager) will be working full time. 

Garbage services will continue with normal Monday, Wednesday and Friday routes.  Any suspected problems with other services should be reported to the Borough Office, (724) 763-3081, or 911 after 4 PM and before 9 AM

During the Disaster Emergency Declaration period, the playgrounds will be closed to public use.

Police services remain unaffected during this time.  Please call (724) 763-9024 during normal office hours (7 AM to 4 PM) to report any emergency, and 911 after hours.

We will be posting information on the Ford City Borough FaceBook page and website, the borough building kiosk, as well as at various locations in town.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time.  We are all navigating uncharted territories, taking it one day at a time.

Ford City Borough Council and Mayor

Business Assistance Grants/Loans CARES Act

 Ford City Borough wants our businesses to be aware of the federal stimulus
package (CARES Act) which includes loans for small businesses that can be used to
assist businesses through this time with rent, utilities, payroll and other expenses.

All small businesses in our community is encouraged to contact the Small Business Administration or their lender to determine if the loans might be right for their business at this
time. Furthermore, the Armstrong County Department of Economic Development is available to you for any questions. 

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