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9-1-1 should be used to report: life threatening emergencies, crimes in progress, medical issues, fires, or any situation where there is a potential for violence.
You will be provided with the Westmoreland County non-emergency phone number, which is (724) 600-7300
Providing the address when you call 9-1-1 is the single most important piece of information you can provide to us. The vast majority of our calls are received from wireless phones, and depending on the GPS technology in the phone, this only provides the approximate location of the caller. We will always ask you for your exact location, as this is vital to sending you help.
Answering the Telecommunication Officer's questions does not delay police response in any way. While you are answering these questions when reporting an emergency, the information is being sent to a dispatcher who is updating the officers as they respond to you. Situations change quickly in the time it takes for an officer to respond, and the chances of apprehending a suspect or stopping a violent act in progress are greatly increased when you provide the information the operator is asking for.
Yes! Disconnected cell phones that are charged are still able to dial 9-1-1. If you do not pay for cell phone service, but have an old phone, you can keep it with you in case you need to use it to report an emergency situation on 9-1-1. Please keep this information in mind when giving your old phone to a child to play with, as we receive many calls from children playing on disconnected cell phones, and these calls take time away from answering real emergency calls.
Simply stay on the phone and tell the Telecommunication Officer you dialed by mistake. When you dial 9-1-1 and immediately hang up, your call still comes through as a built in safety feature of the emergency system. This causes the operator to have to call back, delaying the response to valid emergencies.
Depending on the time of day you call, there may be up to 12 different Telecommunication Officers answering calls. When you call more than once about a situation, please keep this in mind, as there is a very good chance you will be speaking to a different operator the second time around. This operator will need to ask you about your situation again, as they need to make sure the call is handled appropriately.
To qualify to receive on-going services from the EI Program, the child must have:
- A 25% delay in one or more areas of development or - Have a known physical or mental condition likely to result in a developmental delay
An Early Intervention Service Coordinator from Westmoreland Casemanagement & Supports, Inc. will be assigned to assist the family. The Early Intervention Service Coordinator (SC) will guide the family through the entire process.
The CONNECT Helpline 1-800-692-7288 assists families in locating resources and providing information regarding child development for children ages birth to age 5. In addition, CONNECT can assist parents by making a direct link to the local Early Intervention program.
Speech Therapy Nutrition Services Physical therapy · Sensory Integration Feeding Program Occupational Therapy Hearing or Vision therapy Parent education Developmental Special Instruction ·
- The child's home - Caregiver’s home - Childcare centers - Play groups -Other community settings familiar to the family
People can go to www.excelahealth.org and search the find a physician section. They can also call our call center at 1-855-ExcelaDoc (1-855-392-3523) in order to find a primary care provider. Excela will provide care regardless of your ability to pay. We have systems in place where individuals can obtain assistance to apply for Medical Assistance as well as for other financial resources for which you may be eligible even if you do not qualify for medical assistance- Dr. Carol Fox, Medical Director, Excela Health
Here are two (2) links about how to file for unemployment in PA during this crisis:
Dr. Fox, in the April 9th meeting, indicated that the testing center is located on Frye Farm Road, between Latrobe and Greensburg. She also indicated that no one should go there without an appointment. You will not be seen without an appointment. Please listen to the April 9th call for more specific directions for how to get an appointment.
The staff at the 911 center are split into two different operations, 911 dispatching operation, and our emergency management staff. The 911 dispatchers and their supervisors are still reporting to the center now, with the addition of several procedures. Each dispatcher gets screened by filling out a questionnaire and getting their temperature taken at the start of every shift. If there temperature is above a certain degree they are not allowed access into the building. Between each 911 console there have been plexi-glass shields created to provide an extra barrier, and food has been provided for each shift so they are not venturing into the public increasing their exposure risk. Three additional 911 consoles have been set up at our RSOC to serve as a backup site if there was a need for extensive cleaning to be completed within our center now. Our emergency management staff however have all been working off-site through our virtual EOC which was created to decrease contact between our staff and promote social distancing to ensure we all remain healthy at this time. The virtual EOC is staffed 12 hours a day, and can be activated overnight if an emergency arises. The virtual EOC has allowed us the ability to communicate as a team without close contact. – Bud Mertz, Director of Public Safety
If you are aware of an older adult or a person with disabilities who cannot go to shop at a grocery store at this tie, please refer them to Open Your Heart to a Senior program of the United Way.
Individuals can call 724-205-6282 and leave a message with their name, phone number, area of residence, and that they are calling for grocery shopping help. The United Way staff is working remotely at this time, but phone calls will be returned throughout the day to take grocery orders and form of payment, and a volunteer will shop for and deliver the requested items. Individuals can expect no more than a 2-3 day turnaround and can use our service every two weeks. There is no charge for the shopping and delivery assistance.
Please listen to Jennifer Miller’s, CEO of Westmoreland Foodbank, description of the Foodbank’s services from the recording of the April 9th meeting.
Team Rubicon is currently conducting missions with Pittsburgh’s Food Bank. You may want to reach out to them for volunteers for Westmoreland County Food Bank. https://teamrubiconusa.org - Jason Davis
Please download the following form, fill it out, and mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual masks are also available at the Westmoreland County Blind Association.
At that time we have asked for guidance or direction from FEMA that we know that FEMA is only giving limited supplies to the hospitals and first responders and to department of health licensed long term facilities. We have asked them for further guidance on group homes, especially personal care homes and home health care and hospice care entities We are awaiting their response – Bud Mertz, Director of Public Safety, Westmoreland County
Blackburn Center is continuing to provide 24/7 services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. This includes hotline and counseling/therapy, and emergency shelter specifically for victims of domestic violence. We have adapted services to allow for social distancing. – Ann Emmerling, Blackburn Center
Please listen to Ann Emmerling’s description of the Blackburn Center’s services from the recording of the April 9th meeting.
Colleen Hughes spoke at the April 9th meeting and gave a full description of enrollment for D/A Services. Please listen to the recording of the April 9th call on the Human Service Network’s webpage, located on the website of Westmoreland County Behavioral Health/Developmental Services/Early Intervention.
Dr. Jason Conway and Matt Thomas from the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit #7 spoke to these questions in the April 9th Teleconference. Please listen to the recording of this session.
[When the first case in Western PA was diagnosed in Washington County, a local news channel showed a stockpile of N95 masks there in Washington County as part of the Region 13 Task Force. Westmoreland County is part of Region 13.]
Westmoreland County had a stash of resources similar to Washington County when we began to respond to COVID-19. All of those resources have been distributed to our 4 Points of Distribution across the county as well as supplies from PEMA to be used for our EMS agencies. – Bud Mertz, Director of Public Safety, Westmoreland County
Below are two (2) resources:
Thank you, Ms. Paulisick! Any non-profit that are interested in getting help from Ms. Paulisick’s group, please contact her at 724-733-1950.
Human Services Network - Resources. At the bottom of the page is a section titled Foundations.
The Court of Common Pleas had adopted criteria to determine if a defendant incarcerated at the Westmoreland County Prison should be considered for release due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Court reviewed all applicable cases and made the final determination on all released defendants. - Eric Leydig, Assistant Chief Adult Probation Officer
There are a group of people trying to find emergency housing for those affected of all ages currently. So far that group has hit many roadblocks that they are still trying to knock down. That group includes but is not limited to Dan Carney (Union Mission), Mandy Zalich (Community Action), Michele Whiting-Zona (County Area Agency on Aging and Public Safety), Phil Koch (Community Foundation), Bud Mertz (Public Safety), Jason Rigone (County Planning), Janet Thomas (County Planning), Dirk Matson (County Behavioral Health/Developmental Services and Human Services), and Ann Emmerling (Blackburn Center).
The Student Assistance Programs are still very active in school districts. Their job is to be their first to react to the needs of students. They are employees of WCSI and can do direct enrollment shortcutting the process for students and families. They also link with other resources, such as D/A providers, to help students deal with whatever they need.
If you are asking about housing and supportive programs aimed specifically at those affected by the pandemic, the answer is no. There are a group of people trying to find emergency housing for those affected of all ages currently. So far that group has hit many roadblocks that they are still trying to knock down. That group includes but is not limited to Dan Carney (Union Mission), Mandy Zalich (Community Action), Michele Whiting-Zona (County Area Agency on Aging and Public Safety), Phil Koch (Community Foundation), Bud Mertz (Public Safety), Jason Rigone (County Planning), Janet Thomas (County Planning), Dirk Matson (County Behavioral Health/Developmental Services and Human Services), and Ann Emmerling (Blackburn Center).
Now that we have daily data from the coroner and PA Dept of Health which helps to identify the hot spots in the county, has the county started to do SARS-CoV-2 virus testing and contact tracing for individuals in those specific hot spots to help control the spread of the virus? – Scott Harshman
Currently , the vast majority of contact tracing is done by hospital personnel in collaboration with the Department of Health. This tracing is done related to individuals in contact with known positive cases. Cases that are identified in congregate living facilities such as nursing or personal care homes are traced directly by the Department of Health. Each contact of a known positive person is interviewed and is monitored for the development of symptoms. We are not currently testing these contacts presumptively. Testing occurs only after symptoms develop because it is possible to test negative yet still be infected. Although it is possible to identify an asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individual by testing, it is more likely to be able to do so when symptoms are present. At some point, it will be more common to test after contact. - Dr. Fox
Here is a link to the Facebook page of Westmoreland County Public Safety:
Below is a link to the Governor’s Plan to reopen Pennsylvania.
In this plan, the Governor has set a metric of 50 new confirmed cases per 100,000 individuals with in the previous 14 day period in the county to begin opening our County. Westmoreland County has roughly 360,000 persons living in the county so the metric for Westmoreland to open up to have 180 new cases or less within the past 14 days. Westmoreland County has fewer than 180 new cases.
Additionally, these conditions must also exist:
Additional reporting information, mandated reporter trainings, and legal requirements are available at www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov.”
If you are experiencing difficulties reporting suspected abuse and/or neglect through Childline, you can contact WCCB directly at 724-830-3301, Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM. If you are having difficulties reporting to Childline during non-office hours, a report can be made through 911 and an emergency service worker will be contacted.
Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau Independent Living is not a placement. It is a program that is offered to all youth who meet eligibility criteria. Some youth can be placed in different types of placement settings where the youth can enhance their independent living skills and utilize those skills in a less structured environment. Specific placements are based on a number of things including caseworker recommendation and the final decision is made by a Court Master or Judge.
NO! Neither the agency nor the IL program will pay for tuition no matter what. The best way to get help with paying for college is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.ed.gov. This application must be filled out, before any grant assistance with funding for college will be available to you, whether you are in WCCB care or not. You could also and should apply for scholarships. The IL program can assist (as long as it is approved and funds are available) with one-time expenses such as housing deposits or books, if all other funding is exhausted.
Once you are eligible for IL services you continue to be eligible for IL services no matter where you live or what your permanency goal is. The goal of the agency should always be to help you find permanency. Permanency requires a person and a place. There is no person or place attached to an APPLA goal. If your goal is adoption, SPLC, placement with a fit and willing relative, you could still live in an IL placement or apartment if your caseworker is in agreement with this or if a judge or hearing officer decides that you can. Even if you are in your own place, the agency should still be assisting you in finding permanency and permanent connections!!!! This is so important!!!! YOU should also be working to build positive relationships with supportive adults.
YES! There are Aftercare Services available to you if you are eligible for IL services and have left agency custody. You can still attend IL Groups (as long as you can get there on your own), and can work one-on-one with a Social Worker if you keep in touch and are willing to develop an Aftercare Plan and work towards goals. If you move to another county or state, you should contact the local CYS agency and ask for Aftercare services. If you are not sure where to find their number, contact the IL Coordinator of Westmoreland County (724) 830-3301, and ask for assistance with finding the correct phone number in your county.
While WCCB encourages you to participate in IL services if you are eligible, it is a voluntary service. If you choose not to participate, you can fill out a refusal of services form. While you are in the custody of WCCB, an IL Social Worker will still be available to meet with you once every 6 months, or so, in conjunction with the development of your Child Permanency Plan, to offer you information and help you plan for a successful transition to adulthood, if you or your caseworker request to meet. Your WCCB caseworker will need to schedule this with the IL Social Worker, since your case will not be active in IL. It is very important that YOU, with the help of the agency, plan for your discharge from care. Your CPP should say who will help you with your transition and how those people will help you. Make sure you take your CPP and Transition Plan seriously, and that you participate in the development of both. Don’t forget, you have the right to invite some permanent connections to these meetings.
NO! You can purchase a car if you are able. The IL Program offers a Savings Match Program that can assist you in saving up for a car or other car related expenses such as car insurance or maintenance. If you plan to drive a car, you will need to get car insurance and be responsible. Please see WCCB’s Driving Policy. Other transportation options can be explored as well, such as use of public transportation and use of the medical taxi, if appropriate.
NO! Sometimes youth in agency custody are responsible enough to live in their own apartments, or other independent settings. Neither WCCB, nor the IL program provides youth with an apartment. There is an SIL placement program that can assist with this, as well as community resources that are available to assist such as the WCHA, but ultimately the youth is responsible for finding and securing their own apartment. IL Social Workers can be available to assist with reviewing leases, and discussing good housing choices. Sometimes the IL program can assist with limited expenses and in furnishing your apartment, depending on the availability of funding, if you are working towards IL goals, and with the approval of the IL Coordinator.
YES! Once you are eligible for IL services you continue to be eligible until you turn 21. So you can say no now, but call us if you change your mind and want to participate up until you turn 21. You can also continue to participate if you have left agency custody in Aftercare Services until you turn 21. Aftercare Services are similar to services you receive while in care. A major difference is that assistance with transportation will not be offered to you during Aftercare Services. This does not apply to 14 and 15 year olds who were eligible for the Life Skills for Younger Youth Program, who were then discharged from care prior to age 16. You must have been in care on or after age 16 and Dependent in order to be eligible for Aftercare Services.
No! IL can assist you in job readiness services, including helping you prepare a resume, gathering and filling out job applications, practice interviewing, proper dress, getting your work permit, and referrals to community resources such as Careerlink, Auberle Employment Institute, and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, etc., but you have to get your own job.
If you feel that your rights are being violated or if you do not agree with decisions that are made about you while you are in care, you should advocate for yourself. You should first speak with your caseworker to try and resolve the issue. If you are not satisfied with the result you could go up the chain of command and speak with your caseworker’s supervisor. You could also call your attorney or Guardian ad Litem. Another option is to file a grievance. If you need help with this, you can ask anyone at the agency for a grievance form and ask anyone you trust to assist you in filling it out. The agency is required to review the Grievance Policy and Procedure when you come into agency custody and every 6 months there-after.
Ultimately decisions about entering or remaining in care are up to a judge. However, there is nothing in the current law that prevents this.
CodeRED is a web-based critical communication solution that enables local public Safety personnel to notify residents and business by telephone, text message, email, and social media of time sensitive information, emergencies, or urgent notifications. The system can reach hundreds of thousands of individuals in minutes to ensure emergency notification reach the intended recipient. Only authorized officials have access to send alerts using the CodeRED system.
Any message regarding the safety of our residents and community will be disseminated using CodeRED. We will send out alerts via phone text, email, and social media when the life safety of the residents of Westmoreland County will be directly affected by an emergency. This is a community alert system to ensure you remain informed of important information. Please keep in mind that as you register to receive CodeRED alerts, you have the ability to select the types of messages you wish to receive and your preferred means of communications.
It is possible to receive text notifications to a wireless device or email account. If you wish to receive email or text notifications, enter the desired email address in the appropriate field of the self-registration page. The County will not be responsible for any fees associated with delivery or receipt of text or email messages. If you are unsure of your text or email fees, contact your wireless provider.
Additionally, be aware that capabilities of various cell phone models and limitations of wireless carrier networks may impact delivery of email and text messages. Timely and complete delivery of these email and text messages is not implied or guaranteed.
No, registering for CodeRED phone calls, text messages, and email are free. Simply sign up on our enrollment website and select your preferred means of communications.
A CodeRED message will have the caller ID # 866-419-5000 for emergencies and caller ID #855-969-4636 for non-emergencies. We suggest that you program these numbers into your cellphone as a “new contact” and use “CodeRED” as the contact name. If you need to replay the message receive, you can dial this number and listen to the message again in its entirety.
CodeRED is an important tool to help keep you informed and prepared for any emergencies that may occur in Westmoreland County. Officials will send messages to alert you of emergency details, instructions, or precautions that you need in order to make well-informed decisions and remain safe. This system is precise enough to geo-target residents within an exact area of impact, so that only those people who are affected by emergency situation are notified.
Visit the Westmoreland County’s CodeRED enrollment website and enter the required information online (address, phone number(s), This is the quickest way to sign up because the information you supply is immediately registered in the system. If you do not have Internet at home, please consider visiting a library or asking a friend or family member for assistance.
No, residents should assume that their information is not is the CodeRED system until online registration is complete.
Make sure to have at least one working corded telephone on hand for these situations. However, when signing up for CodeRED, you may indicate both a primary and alternative phone number. Cell phones and/or work phone numbers can be entered as alternatives. Both your primary and your alternative phone numbers will be contacted in the event of a CodeRED notification.
If you receive a CodeRED phone call, listen carefully to the entire message. You can repeat the message by pressing any key. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to so, or you need immediate aide from the police or fire department. If you receive a CodeRED email or text message, please be sure to read the entire message carefully and follow all instructions.
The CodeRED system will leave a message on your answering machine or voicemail if you miss a CodeRED phone call. If you do not have an answering machine the system will consider the call as “incomplete” and will attempt to call again after several minutes have passed. If your phone line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect. At any pOint, you may re-dial the 800 number on your caller ID to hear a replay of the message sent.
CodeRED offers a mobile app for Android and IPhone devices. All residents and business owners are encouraged to download the free app to receive alerts based on the geo-location of your phone. As you travel throughout other CodeRED communities, you can receive important alerts from those communities. Download the CodeRED Mobile alert app.
Please direct additional questions to the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety at 724-600-7300 or email email@example.com
Bids and RFPs may not be submitted by fax or email.
One "Official" copy of each report is made available to the legal next of kin at no charge.
A fee is charged for additional copies at the following rates:
Coroner Report of Investigation - $100.00 Toxicology Report - $100.00 Autopsy Report - $500.00
Depending on how much time has elapsed, a certified copy of the death certificate can only be obtained from either the funeral home who was in charge of the arrangements or the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office does NOT issue copies of death certificates to the public.
Death certificates can be obtained in person at:
411 7th Street, Suite 360
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Instructions for ordering a copy of a death certificate can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website at http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/Pages/11596.aspx#.Wf4sO8aFSqA
In counties that have been designated as in the Yellow Phase, all businesses, except those categories specifically excluded in the Governor’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania Plan and the Governor’s and Secretary of Health’s Orders, are permitted to conduct in-person operations, so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate during the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to ensure the safety and health of employees and the public,
Under the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania, businesses in the following categories are required to continue to suspend in-person operations, or in the case of restaurants and bars continue to operate on a limited basis (curbside pickup, takeout or delivery) until their county is designated as being the Green Phase:
Indoor recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services and all Entertainment must remain closed in the Yellow phase.
Indoor recreation includes bowling, arcades, racquetball, and other indoor sports or training, go-kart and other racing, laser tag, pool halls, trampoline facilities, indoor mini gold, and other similar facilities.
Health and Wellness facilities include gyms, saunas, tattoo and piercing shops, tanning, spas, hair salons, nail salons, entities that provide massage therapy, and other similar facilities.
Entertainment includes casinos, theaters, concerts, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, racetracks, professional, semiprofessional, or amateur/membership sports teams or clubs, amusement and water parks, carnivals, playground, and other similar facilities.
Indoor malls must remain close. Only tenants with external entrances may open (if they follow the business guidance) as well as pharmacy or healthcare tenants with either interior or external entrances.
All businesses in all industries and sectors of the economy (including non-profit entities) in the Commonwealth, which are permitted to conduct in-person operations, are required to strictly adhere to the requirements of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public, which is attached to this FAQ as a PDF document, unless they are otherwise more stringently regulated under separate industry-specific guidance.
All businesses in counties that have been designated as being in the Yellow Phase of Reopening that have been operating remotely through individual telework of their employees must continue to telework to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 until the stay at home and business closure orders are fully lifted.
The PA Department of Health has not released data of recovered cases. The data of new numbers should be viewed with the realization that aside from the deaths that have resulted, there have also been recoveries.
"We are not able to track recovery of the 30,000 patients or more with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. No state is able to do that and so we will want to track the recovery from patients in the hospital, and we’re working with an organization called PHC4 to get that data - the hospital discharge data," Dr. Levine said.
The PA Department of Health has provided a map that breaks down cases by ZIP code not municipality. This may cause confusion for some Westmoreland County residents because one ZIP code can cover multiple sections of our 65 municipalities within the county. It is important to realize that principal when viewing the map and related data.
View state-wide COVID-19 MAP
Click the second tab on the bottom labeled "Zip Code Data"Click on Westmoreland County to view more detailed information per zip code.
A probable case is a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 and was a close contact or otherwise linked to a confirmed case of COVID-19 but who did not have testing done. A confirmed case is a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Both confirmed and probable cases represent the Positive Case daily update that we post. Probable cases are not tested in an effort to preserve tests for those who are demonstrating symptoms but cannot be contact traced to a confirmed positive case.
Non-essential businesses that are still open should be reported to your local law enforcement agency’s NON-emergency number. DO NOT CALL 911 to report these businesses.
PPE supplies can be donated through Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety. The correct process is to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the quantity/type of supplies you would like to donate. From there, our Logistics team will get back in touch regarding the next steps in the process to donate, and the correct location/time for drop-offs.
All verified COVID-19 tests are administered in locations that are approved by the PA Department of Health and the local hospital system. If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 contact your Primary Care Physician. If you do not have a Primary Care Physician you may go to your local hospital emergency room. The testing sites will require a physician referral however the emergency room will accept you after a screening at the emergency room entrance. If it is a medical emergency please disregard and call 9-1-1.
All 67 Pennsylvania counties are now under a Stay at Home order through April 30.
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Westmoreland County Emergency Management Coordinators
Essential functions are set forth in the 4/24/20 Emergency Order of Court
Per the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order issued In Re: General Statewide Judicial Emergency on April 1, 2020, “legal papers or pleadings which are required to be filed between March 19 and April 30, 2020, SHALL BE DEEMED to have been timely filed if they are filed by May 1, 2020 or on a later date as permitted by the appellate or local court in question upon consideration of the potential volume of such filings.” 4/1/20 Supreme Court Order at p. 3.
Per the April 3, 2020 Order of Court setting forth essential functions in Westmoreland County, issued by President Judge Rita Donovan Hathaway, hearings and conferences will be rescheduled. However, Drug Treatment Court and Veterans Court will be conducted via use of videoconference or telephonically. In some cases, the judge hearing your case may be receptive to handling it through use of advanced communication technology. You may request such video or telephonic conference through the assigned judge. 4/3/20 Westmoreland County Essential Functions Order at pp. 3-4..
Per the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order issued In Re: General Statewide Judicial Emergency on March 17, 2020, “Payments rendered to the Magisterial District Courts SHALL NOT BE MADE IN PERSON but may be accepted by mail, electronically (online) or by telephone as may be permissible in the magisterial district court receiving the payment. Until further notice, Westmoreland County continues to adhere to this directive.
Per the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order issued In Re: General Statewide Judicial Emergency on March 17, 2020, “during the period encompassed by this Order or the judicial emergency, whichever is longer, no officer, official or other person employed by the Pennsylvania Judiciary at any level shall effectuate an eviction, ejectment or other displacement from a residence based upon the failure to make a rent, loan or other similar payment. . . [A]ny execution on an order of possession is stayed to a date on or after April 3, 2020, subject to further orders.” By order of the Supreme Court dated April 1, 2020, these provisions have been extended through April 30, 2020. 4/1/20 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order at p. 6.
The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop is the go-to resource for planning, registering, operating, and growing a business in Pennsylvania. Use the Business Registration Checklist to ensure you've got all your bases covered for basic registration in Pennsylvania.
General business start-up activities include but are not limited to: 1. Determine the business you want to start and assess: a) Your qualifications for that business b) The feasibility of making that business profitable 2. Assess your customer base, market base and know your competitors 3. Develop a business plan that outlines the key aspects of your business venture 4. Seek technical assistance to develop the business plan 5. Determine the costs associated with starting your business and project these costs for a period of at least three years 6. Determine the licensing and/or registration requirements at both the local and state level based on the type of business you are considering
There are advantages, disadvantages, legal and tax considerations, as well as personal needs to consider when determining the business structure of an enterprise. Gathering information from a variety of sources is a good way to get a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop is a valuable resource and contains listings and descriptions for the various business structures. The descriptions on their site are provided for informational purposes only, and are not intended as legal advice. If you are unsure which business structure is correct for you, seek legal advice.
Westmoreland County does not issue Basic Business Licenses. However, your business may be required to obtain a Basic Business License at the state or local level or comply with other licensing laws, based on your business activity and location. For more information regarding business licenses, contact the Pennsylvania Licensing System and the local municipality in which your business will be located.
Registering a fictitious name is only required if operating under a name that is not the Legal Name of the business or sole proprietor.
To register a fictitious business name that has been determined to be available, you must file an Application for Registration of Fictitious Name (form DSCB: 54-311) with the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Most forms necessary for conducting business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can be found on the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop website.
A business plan describes the products and/or services to be sold, the customers to whom they will be sold, the production, management and marketing activities, and the projected profit or loss of the business.
In Westmoreland County, service providers such as the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center (university-based program) and Westmoreland SCORE Chapter (Service Corps of Retired Executives), specialize in providing no-cost consulting to help develop a business plan. They also sponsor specialized training sessions for small businesses and potential entrepreneurs. Your local Chamber of Commerce can also be a valuable resource as well as the Small Business Administration and Pennsylvania Entrepreneur's Guide. In addition, there are for-profit firms that will help develop a business plan. A listing of business consultants can be found in the yellow pages of your local telephone directory.
Loan limitMaximum $400,000
Application fee$500, plus closing costs.
CollateralLoans are secured by lien positions on the assets being financed, and the company guarantee. Additional personal guarantees and collateral may be required.
TermThree to seven years, or the life of the asset, whichever is less.
RateFixed at 4%.
MTLF requires your company to submit these documents with your loan application:•Business and management histories, descriptions of business capabilities and personal resumes•A three-year history of business financial statements, tax returns, accounts receivable/payable•Interim financial statements no more than 90 days old•Income statement projections and cash flow projections for at least one year•Personal financial statements and tax returns•Loan-related project descriptions and anticipated benefits•Itemized project costs
FOR MORE INFORMATION:MTLF Financial Programs Application
CONTACT US:Ph: (724) 830-3061Fx: (724) 830-3611
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF BONDS:
PEDFA Tax-ExemptTax-Exempt bonds are bonds for which the interest earned by the bondholders is excluded from federal income tax. Since these bonds are more attractive to investors, the interest cost of Tax-Exempt bonds is restricted by federal law.
PEDFA TaxableTaxable bonds have a higher interest rate than Tax-Exempt bonds, but they are not subject to the same stringent tax requirements as Tax-Exempt bonds. All businesses qualified to do business in Pennsylvania except speculative activities may be eligible for taxable financing. There are also fewer restrictions on the uses of the funds. PEDFA Applications must be submitted by a local Industrial Development Authority (IDA) or Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Ph: (724) 830-3061Fx: (724) 830-3611
USES:Land and building acquisitions; Construction and renovation costs; Machinery and equipment purchases; Working capital and accounts receivable lines of credit, Multi-tenant facility projects; Industrial park projects.
FUNDING:The PIDA program finances a portion of total eligible project costs. The maximum participation amount is determined by a variety of factors such as the proposed use of the PIDA funds, the business enterprise type applying for financing, the amount of matching financing from sources outside of PIDA, and the number of full-time jobs to be retained or created.
Loan approval is contingent upon meeting the program underwriting and collateral requirements.
ELIGIBILITY:A variety of different industry sectors are eligible for PIDA financing including manufacturing, industrial, agricultural, research and development, hospitality, defense conversion, recycling, construction, child day-care, retail and service, export, and computer-related service enterprises.
TERMS:Up to 15 years for land and building acquisitions and construction / renovation projects; Up to 10 years for machinery and equipment purchases; Working capital and accounts receivable lines of credit have a term of 1 year and can be renewed.
Interest rates for the program are based on current market conditions. You may contact PIDA directly or our offices at the Westmoreland Development Council for the current interest rate.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:PIDA Guidelines
LOAN LIMITS: 50% of total project cost or $300,000; whichever is less Construction Costs will fall under Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Guidelines Max for Working Capital is $100,000
TERMS: Land and Building: Up to 15 Years Machinery and Equipment: Up to 10 Years Working Capital: Up to 3 Years Never longer than the bank term
LOW FIXED RATES: Please call for the current rate
COSTS: 1% Application Fee
REQUIREMENTS: 1:1 match (other private/public financing, owner investment,etc.) Personal guarantees of principals Assignment of life insurance on principals Create or retain one full-time job for every $50,000 borrowed
-No Prepayment Penalty
Loan Programs can be combined to meet larger financing needs up to $900,000 (based on availability of funds)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:RLF Fact Sheet
Call the PFA Office of the Court Administrator’s office at 724-853-2207. The office, is located on the 4th Floor Family Court area of the Westmoreland County Courthouse in the Courthouse Annex, Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
If an individual is not a resident of Westmoreland County and receives a jury summons, the individual's name must still be linked to Westmoreland County as a resident via one of the sources used by the State to develop the list of potential jurors for Westmoreland County. The individual may need to make any necessary changes or corrections with any of the above offices (voter registration, driver’s license, and tax or welfare records) to indicate that he or she is no longer a Westmoreland County resident.
There is parking available at the Robert Bell garage one block behind the courthouse; The cost is $1 per hour. You may pay for your parking at the elevator with cash or card. If you would like to pay at the gate you can, but only with a credit card. Also, there are three metered lots on Maple Ave with 10-hour meters. You will need $9.00 in quarters to park there. There are several metered lots and spaces throughout the city, but many of them only offer a 2-hour time limit. Please DO NOT park at a 2-hour meter. Limited handicapped parking is available in the Bell garage.
A Redevelopment Authority and a Land Bank are similar in the fact the scope of both organizations are essentially the same: to stabilize neighborhoods, rehabilitate older buildings when possible, and demolish when necessary. The main differences are that the Land Bank has no eminent domain powers, but can "trump" bid at a judicial sale. Properties sold through the Land Bank also have provisions built into the policies and procedures that ensures the Land Bank’s mission.
Donations from banks or current property owners, strategic purchases in annual tax sale, judicial sale (free-and-clear sale), and/or from the repository list.
One of the first Land Bank purchases was the former Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette. This is a prime example of how a Land Bank can make a meaningful impact because no other authority would have the powers possible to present a clean and marketable title for the property, positioning it for reuse in the private sector.
Yes. Most municipalities participate in the County wide demolition program facilitated by the Redevelopment Authority. If a property is owned by the Land Bank, then the program match requirements could be waived.
We do accept donations. Many banks prefer to donate rather than pay carrying costs or try to market the property themselves. Property owners who are facing costly liens, or for personal reasons, also may choose to discuss donating their property to the Land Bank.
No. The Land Bank may rehab a home or stabilize a commercial building and contract out the work, but anyone is able to buy properties out of the Land Bank who have the means and resources necessary to make the identified improvements.
The Westmoreland County Land Bank is a governmental entity that seeks foundation money and grants for rehab projects, of which the resulting revenue helps operate the Land Bank. Member municipalities also contribute in-kind services and work with the Land Bank to ensure neighborhood stabilization.
In some states, Land Bank’s have been enacted for the past decade - St. Louis created the first one in 1971. In Pennsylvania, Land Banks were just formed by Act 153 of 2012. The Westmoreland County Land Bank became the first Pennsylvanian land bank to acquire a formerly vacant and blighted property, demolish it, and sell it to a new owner.
Go to www.westmorelandlandbank.com to fill out a property interest application and/ or contact our office : 724-830-3050
If a separate statute authorizes an agency to charge a set amount for a certain type of record, the agency may charge no more than that statutory amount. For example, a Recorder of Deeds may charge a copy fee of 50 cents per uncertified page and $1.50 per certified page under 42 P.S. § 21051.However, there are fees for certain records not specifically addressed by the Open Records Law. These are all listed on the Westmoreland County Open Records Fee Structure page.
Applications must be submitted on or before September 15 of each year.
USES:Tax credits must be applied against the tax liability of a KIZ company for the tax year in which the KIZ Tax Credit was issued. Unused KIZ Tax Credits may applied against the tax liability of the KIZ company for up to five years from date the KIZ Tax Credit is issued or may be reassigned/sold to another taxpayer.
FUNDING:A KIZ company may claim a tax credit equal to 50% of the increase in that KIZ Company’s gross revenues in the immediately preceding taxable year attributable to activities in the KIZ, over the KIZ Company’s gross revenues in the second preceding taxable year attributable to its activities in the KIZ. The KIZ Tax Credit is limited to $100,000 annually per KIZ company.
ELIGIBILITY:For-profit business entities 1) located within the geographic boundaries of a particular KIZ, 2) in operation less than 8 years, 3) operating within one of the KIZ targeted industry segments or sectors, 4) and meeting any other requirements as specified by the DCED may be qualified KIZ Companies and eligible to participate in the KIZ Tax Credit Program. Applications must be submitted on or before September 15 of each year. The KIZ Tax Credits will be awarded on December 15th of the year the application was submitted.
TERMS:The KIZ Tax Credit must first be applied against the KIZ company’s own tax liability under Articles III (Personal Income Tax), IV (Corporate Net Income Tax), or VI (Capital Stock – Franchise Tax) of the Pennsylvania Tax Reform Code of 1971. Tax credits not used in the tax year the contribution was made may not be carried forward or carried back and is not refundable or transferable. Unused KIZ Tax Credits may applied against the tax liability of the KIZ company for up to five years from date the KIZ Tax Credit is issued or may be reassigned/sold to another taxpayer.
HOW TO APPLY:The Single Application must be submitted online at Single Application.For assistance in completing the Single Application, call 1-800-379-7448.
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The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) was founded to promote the deployment of sustainable energy technologies within the 23-county West Penn Power service region. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland (EGC) CONTACT US: Ph: (724) 830-3061 Fx: (724) 830-3611
City of Greensburg parking
The County GIS and Planning Departments are currently in the process of improving residents access to ready-made maps for public consumption. For more information contact either of the Departments for particular requests.
Suite 5012 N. Main St.Greensburg, PA 15601
Provide: - Plaintiff and Defendant names - Case number if available - Approximate year divorce was initiated - Phone number where you can be reached - Self-addressed stamped envelope - Money order in the amount of $22.00 made out to Prothonotary’s Office. No personal checks.
The RACW is creating a Westmoreland County database that can feature your property by completing the
There is a cash match requirement to the property owners based on the following policy: Single-family residential in communities larger than 5,000 persons requires a $3,000 match; Single-family residential in communities smaller than 5,000 persons requires a $1,000 match; Multi-family residential, multi-structure and/or commercial properties in all communities requires a 50% minimum match requirement and reuse of the property must fit within local zoning ordinance, county comprehensive plan or redevelopment efforts; Municipal-owned/court-ordered residential properties require a $500 match and revitalization criteria must be met or exceeded; and special projects will be given consideration based on revitalization criteria of reinvestment, job creation, and overall economic impact.
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland Attn: Hallie Chatfield40 North Pennsylvania AvenueFifth Floor, Suite 520Greensburg, PA 15601
Sales are held in the: Commissioners' Meeting Rooms Courthouse 2 North Main Street Greensburg, PA 15601
At the time of sale, you must bring 10% of the bid price. The balance is due ten days following the sale before 11:00 am. If the property you are purchasing was continued (postponed) from a previous sale date, the entire amount of your bid is due at sale.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR AN SBA 504 LOAN?A business must have less than 500 employees. Its net worth must not exceed $6 million and its average net income after taxes for the preceding 2 years must not exceed $2 million. The business must be a for-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship with a "sound business" purpose.
WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SBA 504 FINANCING?The proceeds from an SBA 504 loan may be used only for fixed asset financing: plant acquisition, construction, renovation, or expansion, including the acquisition of the land. Proceeds may also be used for land and site improvements (e.g. grading, streets, parking lots, utilities, or landscaping); the acquisition and installation of machinery and equipment; and the interest on interim financing. Additionally, project costs may include professional fees directly attributable and essential to the project (e.g. surveying, engineering, architectural or legal).
The minimum total project cost is $200,000.
HOW IS THE LOAN PACKAGE STRUCTURED?For an existing company, a maximum of 40% of the project cost can be obtained through SBA 504 or $1,000,000, whichever is less. In special cases the maximum can be up to $1,300,000. SBA 504 will fund 35% of a start-up company's eligible project cost or special use facility. Projects involving the purchases of an existing company by new management are considered a start-up operation by the SBA.
The loan carries a fixed rate of interest, with a term of 20 years for real estate and 10 years for equipment. It is typically secured by a second lien.
Typically, 50% of the project costs come from private financial institutions. This is a conventional bank loan secured by a first lien on the assets. The bank provides interim financing to the applicant from the date of settlement until the SBA 504 debenture is sold.
A minimum of 10% comes from equity. In the case of a start-up company or a special use building, a minimum equity contribution of 15% is required.
RATES:The SBA 504 interest rate is fixed at the time of the debenture sale for a term of either 10 or 20 years, depending upon the use of the proceeds.
JOB CREATION CRITERIA:For every $35,000 of SBA 504 funds, 1 full-time permanent job must be created or retained within 2 years.
COLLATERAL:All loans must be secured to ensure repayment. Personal guarantees from individuals with 20% or more ownership in the company is required. Other collateral generally includes: a mortgage on the land and the building being financed; liens on machinery, equipment and fixtures; and lease assignments.
INTERIM FINANCING:Interim financing will be needed for all projects. Normally the first mortgage lender provides the needed capital at project start and is repaid from the SBA debenture proceeds.
TIMING:Loan review and approval approximately 30-40 days after a complete application is submitted.
APPLICATION DEADLINES:Applicants will be accepted on or before the 1st and the 15th of each month for processing and Loan Committee review. If the 1 st or the 15 th occurs on a Saturday or Sunday, the applications will be due the preceding Friday. Incomplete applications at the time of deadline will be deferred to the next deadline and processed at that time.
Applicant's SBA 504 Loan Fees1. Processing Fee Deposit: $1,500 Due at the time of application. Fully refundable upon sale of debenture.2. Processing Fee: 1.5% of SBA loan amount Included in debenture funding.3. Fiscal Agent Reserve Account: 1/2% (0.005) of SBA Loan Included in debenture funding.4. Funding & Underwriter's Fees: Approximately 1/2% (0.005) x the loan amount. Included in debenture funding.
Note: These fees are one time fees and approximate 2.75% of the SBA 504 Loan which is 100% funded as part of the debenture.
Bank's SBA 504 Loan FeeSBA assesses a fee of one-half (1/2) of one (1) percent of the first mortgage amount which is to be paid by the bank. This fee is due at the SBA 504 closing.
Legal FeesLegal fees are based on actual time required but usually range from $3,000 - $4,000. This fee is due at closing.
Special Notes:SUBSTANTIAL PENALTIES WILL RESULT IF LOAN IS PRE-PAID PRIOR TO MATURITY.ADDITIONAL EQUITY PARTICIPATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR PRINCIPALS WITH SIGNIFICANT LIQUID (NON-RETIREMENT) ASSETS.
The 7(a) Loan Program is the U.S. Small Business Association’s primary program for helping start-up and existing small businesses with financing guaranteed for a variety of general business purposes. SBA does not make loans itself, but rather guarantees loans made by participating lending institutions. In this way, taxpayer funds are only used in the event of borrower default. This reduces the risk to the lender but not to the borrower, who remains obligated for the full debt, even in the event of default.
FOR MORE INFORMATIONSBA 7A Loan Program
SBA 7A Terms and Conditions
SBA 7A Eligibility
OVERVIEW: A $1,000-per-job tax credit to create new jobs in the state within three years. USES: Tax credits used to offset various business tax liabilities. FUNDING: $1,000-per-job tax credit to approved businesses that agree to create jobs within three years. Twenty-five percent of the tax credits allocated each year must go to businesses with less than 100 employees. ELIGIBILITY: Approved businesses TERMS: Tax credits may not be utilized by a business until the jobs are actually created. Must create at least 25 new jobs or expand the existing workforce by at least 20 percent. FOR MORE INFORMATION: JCTC Guidelines CONTACT US: Ph: (724) 830-3061 Fx: (724) 830-3611
USES:Funding can be used for a wide range of incumbent worker training – categorized as either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training.
FUNDING: Up to $450 per trainee, per year, for Essential Skills Training. Up to $850 per trainee, per year, for Advanced Technology Training.
ELIGIBILITY: Employees to be trained must be residents of and employed in Pennsylvania. Employees to be trained must earn at least 150% of current federal minimum wage, excluding benefits. Employees to be trained must be permanent, full-time employees and eligible for full-time benefits.
TERMS: Company participation is limited to two years in a row and three out of the past five years. Training must occur from July 1 to June 30 of the fiscal year of the funding award.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:WEDnetPA Guidelines