SANATOGA PA – As big and as bad as Hurricane Sandy proved to be last October, locally it apparently wasn’t big enough or bad enough.
Hurricane Sandy, as show in a satellite photo, as the storm was brewing last October.
Lower Pottsgrove Township will not qualify for federal disaster aid promised following the superstorm, Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Wilcox reported Monday (Jan. 7, 2013) to the Board of Commissioners, because Montgomery County “fell several hundred thousand dollars short of the required amount for reimbursement,” he said.
Wilcox and Police Chief Michael Foltz carefully documented problems the township encountered, and the money it spent to solve them, following two intense days during which the storm passed through the area. They then submitted their notes to the county, on the chance some expenses might be covered by assistance from Washington.
They’ve collected similar information several times before with earlier storms, particularly winter events, and enjoyed some success.
Admittedly, damages suffered here paled in comparison to that of hardest-hit states like New Jersey and New York. Collectively across the county they were substantial too, but not sufficiently so to qualify for a refund, county Deputy Director of Emergency Management Scott Mickalonis told Wilcox.
Board members thanked Wilcox and Foltz for their efforts.
In an unrelated matter, commissioners approved a suggestion by board Vice President Bruce Foltz to pay Wilcox $1,500 annually for his work as coordinator, primarily to cover costs he incurs in the position.
Depending on the emergency management activity required, Wilcox has spent dozens of hours monthly volunteering as coordinator. Foltz raised the issue of compensation two weeks ago, but it was deferred by the board at the time. The action was unanimously approved Monday, and Foltz said the money could be found in the township budget although it was not specifically allocated.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 7 meeting):
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