The first fire company in New Hanover was the “Fagleysville Fire Company” established about 1920 - it burned soon thereafter.


Open Records Request

“Ensuring open and honest government is a bedrock principle of democracy. It can only be attained through the unfettered exchange of information between citizens and their government. A citizen’s right-to-know, sometimes known as freedom of information, fosters accountability, prevents abuses of power and promotes trust in government.”


The Township has adopted a policy to guide responses to public records requests. Those wishing to make such requests are encouraged to first read our policy below. Requests for public records must be made on a form approved by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. Requests received after 4:30 PM will be dated the next business day.

Open Records Access Policy
Open Records Request Form (Word)
Open Records Request Form (PDF)

The form can be saved submitted by email or can be submitted by mail, or in person to:

Jamie L. Gwynn
Open Records Officer
New Hanover Township
2943 North Charlotte Street
Gilbertsville, PA 19525
Phone: (610) 323-1008  


If a request is for access to a criminal investigative record from New Hanover Township, including from the New Hanover Township Police Department, and is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file an appeal in writing addressed to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Open Records Appeals Officer, Montgomery County Court House, Norristown, PA 19401. Phone: (610) 278-3090.

If any other request is denied or deemed denied for any reason, the requester may file an appeal in writing with the Pennsylvania State Office of Open Records addressed to: Executive Director, Office of Open Records, 333 Market Street, 16th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. They may also be submitted via email at as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment.

In all cases the appeal must be filed within fifteen (15) business days of the mailing date of the Township's notice of denial, or within fifteen (15) days of a deemed denial, and it must: (a) state the grounds upon which the requester asserts that the record is a public record and (b) address any grounds stated by the Township for delaying or denying the request.