The term borough is derived from the Old English word burg, or a fortified place. During the Middle Ages they were corporate towns in England possessing charters that were granted special duties and privileges. Charles II signed William Penn’s Charter in 1681, authorizing the power to erect and incorporate towns into boroughs. Some of the initial colonial boroughs were Philadelphia (1691 ), Chester (1701), Bristol (1720), and Lancaster (1741).
Today boroughs are one of the more common forms of government in Pennsylvania and represents 37.5% of all municipal governments in the Commonwealth. An average of 15 boroughs exist per county and nearly 25% of the Pennsylvania population reside in these communities. Approximately 33% of all boroughs are within the state’s urbanized zones, while another 15% have populations over 2,500 and are regarded as urban communities, while the remaining 52% are classified as rural. In sum, Pennsylvania boroughs have proven to be some of the most resilient municipalities in Pennsylvania and are casually referred to as our “downtown” communities. (Source PSAB August 2006 Magazine)
The Cleona Borough government is the weak mayor form which governed all incorporated municipalities during the 19th century. Most of the present cities were boroughs first and became cities as their population increased. Boroughs have a strong and dominant council, a weak executive and other elected officers with powers independent of the council. The governing body of the borough is an elected council. The tax collector and tax assessor are also elected. Many other officials are appointed by borough council. The mayor is elected for a four-year term while council members are elected for four-year overlapping terms. The powers of council are broad and extensive, covering virtually the whole range of urban municipal functions.
The Cleona Borough Council meets the first Monday of each month (except holidays) at 7:00 P.M. at the Borough Hall. Meetings are open to the public & residents are strongly encouraged to attend and voice their concerns about issues affecting the Borough.