SANATOGA PA – It doesn’t get any more official than this, even though it tells almost everyone what they already know: we’re deep in the snow and cold.
Lower Pottsgrove Manager Ed Wagner officially declared a state of emergency existed Tuesday (Jan. 21, 2014) in the township as a result of a severe winter storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on some roads, and was followed by biting cold temperatures that at times made it feel like 15 degrees below zero. The snow emergency condition, under which Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Wilcox and his team members can do whatever is deemed necessary to protect lives and ensure public safety and welfare, is expected to continue through Wednesday.
The statement declares the storm has had or could have an impact that involves potential “injuries, damage and suffering” to persons and property within the township. Addressing those problems requires “emergency management measures” to reduce their severity, it says. And it cites Pennsylvania law that enables Wagner to make the declaration.
Consequently, Wilcox has the authority “to coordinate the activities of the emergency response, to take all appropriate action needed to alleviate the effects of this storm, and to aid in the restoration of essential public services.” He can hire temporary help, rent equipment, buy supplies and materials, and even enter into contracts on behalf of the township without enduring any pesky bidding procedures or paperwork, the declaration states.
The latter, it adds, are merely “time-consuming procedures and formalities” that, officially, can be disregarded.
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