Posted: March 21st, 2020 @ 7:00PM
Irwin Borough residents and others,
Greetings to all! Effective March 20, 2020, I have issued a Declaration for a Local State of Emergency for the Borough of Irwin. Borough officials are taking the Corona virus (Covid-19) seriously and we have already begun to implement steps to diminish the negative public health consequences on our community. This emergency declaration is another crucial part of those preparatory efforts and will put our Borough in a position to receive vital financial aid to lessen the effects of the Corona virus (Covid-19) if and when such aid becomes available and is needed.
In light of this declaration, I also want to re-emphasize what the Borough has done thus far to minimize the effects of this pandemic to our community. This health crisis presents many challenges for Borough employees, residents, businesses, churches, and others and we are working diligently to reduce the impact to all. We know there will be some unforeseen issues that may arise and ask that you please be mindful that the changes to operations and services may be modified as more information becomes available. We ask for your help, patience and cooperation to work through these issues.
I will continue to work closely with Irwin Borough Officials - including Borough Manager Shari Martino, Irwin Council, Police Chief Roger Pivirotto, Fire Chief Justin Mochar, Solicitor Zachary Kansler, and others - who are all staying informed through communication with the Westmoreland County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Federal agencies, such as the CDC, as well as our neighboring communities, to ensure a safe environment for all.
This is a unique situation and circumstances are changing daily. A recap of the necessary measures the Borough has already implemented to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents, and others are as follows: Irwin Borough public service offices - including the Borough Office, Mayor’s Office, Police Station, Public Works Building, Irwin Fire/EMS Station, and Tax Collector - are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. All critical services in public safety - Police, Fire and EMS – are continuing as normal. Administrative functions are still being offered and you can CALL the Borough Office at 724-864-3100 and select the department you wish to speak with. Please remember that there may be additional changes in the days and weeks ahead. We are committed to keeping you informed and will continue to provide regular updates on our Borough website (irwinborough.org) and through social media Facebook (Borough of Irwin).
It is imperative to the success of our community that all residents participate and become part of the solution. We encourage everyone to follow the protective measures recommended by the CDC, including frequent hand-washing, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces and maintaining social distancing.
Corona virus (Covid-19) talk can be overwhelming. Now is the time to take care of self and each other. Pray or meditate or just take a deep breath. Take notice of all that is good in your life. And remember that the sun will always rise on a new day. Together, we will make it through. Thank you and stay safe and healthy, Irwin.
Mayor, Irwin Borough