210 Lafayette Street
New Bethlehem, PA. 16242
Phone: (814) 275-2003
Fax: (814) 275-4269
Community Information Guide
New Bethlehem has a central tri-county location, about 20 miles from each of the County Courthouses and hospitals of Clarion, Jefferson and Armstrong Counties and is only about 60 miles from Pittsburgh.
The downtown area lies at the intersection of State Routes 66 and 28 with easy access to Interstate 80.
Come to visit, you just may want to stay. ?
Below are links to other helpful websites when researching or planning on visiting the area:
Redbank Valley School District
Redbank Valley Community Center
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For feral cat related issues, please contact ‘Just Us for the Animals’ where they offer spray, neuter, rescue and adoption services for the New Bethlehem area and Redbank Valley community. Their office is located at 98 Morrison Avenue Punxsutawney, PA 15767. Phone: 814.249.3640 Email: [email protected] You may also visit them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/justusfortheanimals
Dead animals on state roads can be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Clarion County division at 1-800-FIX ROAD (1-800-349-7623). This 24-hour monitored number may be used to report hazardous road conditions, including potholes or ice.
2. Sirens are located on the New Bethlehem Fire Hall and Municipal Building to call firemen, fire police and emergency medial technicians with a 3-minute long warbling siren for fires, accidents and health emergencies. A one-tone steady siren sounds to notify the community of dangerous conditions for which everyone should seek a safe place immediately, such as tornado or floods. If sufficient emergency personnel do not respond within 3 minutes, Clarion County sets off a second alarm. A short burst signifies an all clear signal.
3. Test Sirens – A 3-minute test siren is sounded on Saturdays at noon, and on the 2nd Monday of each month at about 7:30 PM for local testing and again at 7:40 for County testing.
Please keep the Boroughs and properties clean. Dumping or littering is illegal and attracts vermin. Title 75, part 3, Ch. 37, section 3709 of the Vehicle Code provides for a fine of up to $300 for dropping, throwing or depositing any litter, waste or refuse upon any highway or upon any other public or private property or waters without the consent the owner.
New Bethlehem. Household waste is collected each Wednesday. Residents should place trash curbside for collection on Tuesday evening after dusk in sealed bags or containers. Residents should bring in an trash cans promptly after pickup or by no later than the evening of collection. Residents are billed quarterly in advance so that for example, the bills for October, November and December are billed and to be paid in October. Payments should be made payable to New Bethlehem Borough and may be sent to the address on the bill or dropped off at the Jewelry Shop or at the Borough Building drop box at 210 Lafayette Street. Residents are limited to 5 bags or equivalent per pickup or may be subject to an additional charge for excess trash. There is no municipal recycling at the present time. Leaves should be bagged and placed curbside for pickup any day except the regular Wednesday pickup. Bags will be collected periodically though the Fall. Burning leaves or other trash is not permitted in New Bethlehem between the railroad corridor, now trail, and the river by town ordinance for safety.
South Bethlehem. Household waste is collected very early on Saturday. Residents should place trash for collection curbside on Friday evening in sealed bags or containers. Residents should bring in trash cans promptly after pickup or by no later than the evening of collection Residents are limited to 2 bags or equivalent per pickup. Residents pay on for excess trash beyond the 2 bag limit. Additional trash will not be picked up unless arrangements are made in advance with the private trash contractor. Recycling is voluntary and residents may place separated recyclables except newspaper into separate bags or containers out Thursday evening for early Friday pickup. There is no regular Fall leaf pickup. Check with the Borough Secretary or Council Member s for instructions. Leaves may not be burned within the Borough.
New Bethlehem Police Department: (814) 275-1180
other important numbers
Clarion County Airport:(814) 226-9993
Clarion County Courthouse: (814) 226-4000
Clarion District Justice Office: (814) 226-9355
Hawthorn Borough Office: (814) 365-5555
New Bethlehem Borough Office: (814) 275-2003
New Bethlehem District Judge: (814) 275-2322
New Bethlehem Borough Tax Collector: (814) 275-4475
Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce: (814) 275-3929
Redbank Valley Municipal Authority: (814) 275-2585
Redbank Valley Municipal Park: (814) 365-5924
Redbank Valley Public Library: (814) 275-2870
South Bethlehem Borough Office: (814) 275-1219
Clarion County Fair 814-275-5179
New Bethlehem Post Office 814-275-3303
|Burford & Henry Real Estate Services|
11178 Route 322
Shippenville, PA 16254
T: (814) 227-7355
F: (814) 227-2450
E: [email protected]
|Keller Williams Realty|
Office: 412-933-8500 x 8595
E: [email protected]
|Pat Merwin Realty|
232 Broad Street
New Bethlehem, PA 16242
E: [email protected]
|Re/Max River Country Realty|
Jim Bowersox, Realtor
Greg Smathers, Broker
404 Main Street
Clarion, PA 16214
814-226-7395 or 800-668-9014
F: (814) 226-4581
|VG Dougherty Real Estate|
401 Broad Street
New Bethlehem, PA 16242
E: [email protected]
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First Energy Corp. – Penelec
United Electric Cooperative
West Penn/ formerly Allegheny Power
Equitable Gas Co.
National Fuel Gas
People’s Natural Gas
TW Phillips Gas Co.
UGI / Central Penn Gas
Venus Telephone Co.
Windstream (Alltel) Communications
New Bethlehem Borough
Tri-County Industries, Inc.
Williams Sanitation Services, Inc.
Bill’s Service Company
(Portable Toilet Rentals)
Clarion County Sewage Association
Clarion Township General Authority
Corner Water Supply
Farmington Twp. Supervisors
Fryburg Water Company
Hartzell Water Conditioning
Hawthorn Area Water Authority
Jenks Township, Marienville
Knox Borough Sewage
Knox Water Works
Mahoning Township Water Authority
Redbank Valley Municipal Authority
Pennsylvania-American Water Co.
Paint / Elk Sewer Authority
Redbank/Hawthorn Municipal Authority
Sligo Water Company
St. Petersburg Water Co.
Strattanville Municipal Authority
Washington Twp. Maintenance
The schools are well maintained, clean, and present a pleasant educational environment.
* New Bethlehem Elementary has been renamed Redbank Valley Primary School (grades k-2) and Hawthorn Elementary will now be named Redbank Valley Intermediate School (grades 3-6).
School menus and carious activities are announced in The Leader-Vindicator. Specific school information is found in the Student/Parent Handbook distributed by the schools. Weather related closings are announced by KDKA Tv2/Radio AM 1020, AM 1300, FM 92.7, FM 95.9 and FM 107.3 or on the Internet at www.Cancellations.com under Redbank.
|High School Office||(814) 275-2424||Primary School||(814) 275-2680|
|Superintendent||(814) 275-2426||Intermediate School||(814) 365-5141|
|High School Health Room||(814) 275-2424|
The School Board usually meets at 7:30 PM in the High School Choir Room on the 1st Monday of each month with dates & times announced in the The Leader Vindicator. Nine School Board members are elected to 4-year staggered terms. There are 2 student representatives.Vacancies are filled by appointment until the next election at which time, the vacancy is filled by vote of the citizens.
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A school real estate tax based on assessed valuation and a minimal personal tax for the Redbank Valley School District based on occupation plus a per capita tax is due by 7/1 with a a 2% discount if paid by 8/31, face value between 9/1 and 10/31 and a 5% penalty if paid after 10/31. All taxes are paid to the local tax collector.
South Bethlehem residents pay taxes to the borough and Armstrong County – discount is 2% before 5/10 face amount 5/11 – 7/12 & with a 5% penalty after 7/13 for 2004. Dates may vary in other years. The per capita tax is County $5 & Borough $10. Last day to pay is 12/31 each year. Property owners must pay real estate taxes on the same dates as above.
A personal school tax for the Redbank Valley School District based on a per capita tax of $25 for the employed and $15 for the unemployed or retired and a real estate based on assessed valuation is due by July 1st. All taxes are to be paid to local tax collector.
A. Clarion County Commissioners
Three commissioners constitute the chief governing body of the county. The Commissioners’ office is located on the 2nd floor of the County Administration Building at 330 Main Street, Room 206, (814) 266-4000, fax (814) 226-8069. Commissioners are vested with selective policy-making authority to provide certain local serices and facilites on a county-wide basis, including appointment of personnel and fiscal management. Commissioners are responsible for the adoption of county budgets, assessment of property, levying taxes and borrowing funds for construction of capital projects. (Information from Clarion County website at www.co.clarion.pa.us). They are elected for a 4-year term, terms of the 3 commissioners run simultaneously. In the primary election, 2 Democratic and 2 Republican candidates are nominated for 3 positions. The 3 candidates who receive the highest number of votes in the following general election in November are named commissioners, however, residents are only allowed to vote for 2. They take office the 1st Monday of the following January. A candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a resident for 1 year, at least 18 years old, must present a petition properly signed by 100 qualified residents and cannot hold certain other offices. Petition request forms can be obtained from the County Board of Elections.
A1. Armstrong County Commissioners
The Armstrong County Commissioners information is similar to most of the Clarion County information. The commissioners offices are located on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse Annex on Market St. in Kittanning and can be reached at (724) 548-3215. Further information may be found at thewww.armstrongcounty.com or by calling the Armstrong County Courthouse at (724) 543-2500.
B. New Bethlehem Borough Council
The New Bethlehem Borough Council is comprised of 7 residents elected by voters for 4-year staggered terms. A candidate must be a registered voter, a resident for 1 year and must submit an application and a petition signed by at least 10 citizens to Chief Clerk County Administrator, Commissioners’ Office, 330 Main St. , Clarion PA 16214 @ (814) 226-4000. Please call for updated procedures and time deadlines. Write-in candidates must submit their names on a form to the County listing all the possible ways their names could be spelled by voters writing their names on election day for the votes to be properly counted. The council is assisted by an engineer and attorney who serves as Borough solicitor. The Borough Code contains the Borough’s laws and regulations. A copy is available at the library. It is also governed by the Borough Code in Pennsylvania law which is found in Purdon’s Statutes Annotated. A copy is available at the Clarion County Law Library in the Courthouse. Council members serve on at least 1 committee and may hold certain other elected or appointed offices and may work as an employee of the Borough. Committees include Police, Street, Solid Waste, Cemetery, Communications, Long Range Planning, Finance and Personnel. Council meets on the 3nd Tuesday at 7:30 PM at the Alltel Building at 212 Lafayette Street.
B1. South Bethlehem Borough Council
South Bethlehem Borough Council information generally mirrors the requirements for New Bethlehem. For further specific and current information, call the Armstrong County Courthouse at (724) 543-2500 and request candidate election information. Council committees include Police & Fire, Street & Sewer, Street Lighting, Building, Grounds & Zoning, Finance, Solid Waste. and Ordinances. South Bethlehem Borough Council meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month in the meeting rom of the Borough Building located at the terminues corner of Grant and Short Streets in South Bethlehem Borough.
The mayor is elected by the residents for a 4-year term. The mayor has the right to veto decisions of the Borough Council.
D. Redbank Valley Municipal Authority
The RVMA is responsible for water and sewar and is composed of 5 members, appointed by their borough councils, who serve 5-year terms. They are assisted by an engineer and attorney.
E. The Redbank Valley Municipal Park
Formerly the American Legion Park, Alcola is a 33 acre site. The park is operated by a board comprised of representatives from each of the municipalities served and is funded though municipal action by the governing bodies of the communities involved. South Bethlehem participates but New Bethlehem has opted out. Recreational facilities include play equipment and a skating rink. It is also the site of the Clarion County Fair.
Trail Town Feasibility Study.pdf
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New Bethlehem Borough Trail Town Study.pdf
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New Bethlehem Borough GIS Mapping
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3. Map 3