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Posted on: March 15, 2020

Message from Connie Gering, Council President Announcing Measures in Response to Coronavirus

From Connie Gering - President of New Hope Borough Council

As we all pull together to respond to this emergency and stay safe as possible, New Hope Borough is implementing the following measures within our Borough government to help our residents and local business owners stop further spread of the virus.

Borough Services

Effective Monday, March 16th, our Borough’s Administrative office will be closed to all public visitation.

For urgent questions or matters, please email our office Administrator, JoAnn Connell at joann@newhopeborough.org, or call the office 215-862-3347 and leave a message. Our staff will do their best, including working from home in most cases, to help assist you.

Also, we’re asking all constituents to hold off filing applications for permitting if at all possible. We ask you to refrain from starting construction projects or other activities inside the Borough that would require permits or visits to the Office, or interaction with our staff and code officials, until this emergency has been resolved.

Official Borough Meetings

All advisory committees and Board meetings will be cancelled until April. These include the Historic Architectural Review Board, the Planning Commission, and Parks & Recreation. (The Zoning Hearing Board will be making a decision on their ability to meet within the next few days). We will reassess April meetings based on what is happening with virus.

Borough Council will convene as scheduled and as needed to conduct necessary business. While these meetings will be public, residents and developers are strongly encouraged not to attend unless they have actionable business that they urgently need to present.

In closing, my friends, please keep in mind over the coming weeks that the Coronavirus is known to be able to be transmitted through droplets from a sneeze or cough, from touching a contaminated surface, or from direct person-to-person contact. Please do everything you can to avoid contracting or spreading this virus - especially avoiding unnecessary face to face interactions. The sooner we can stop new transmissions, the sooner we can get our New Hope back to normal.

Please take care, Connie

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