SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove police and government officials, expecting inches-deep snow to blanket the area beginning tonight (Friday, Jan. 22, 2016) from a massive winter storm traveling north up the Atlantic Coast, are asking residents to remove their cars from streets, roads, lots and any other areas that will need plowing through Sunday (Jan. 24).
After they get a few hours’ sleep this afternoon, as recommended by the Board of Commissioners, township road crews will be out in force beginning at 10 p.m., Manager Ed Wagner said. Public Works Supervisor John Fogel plans his employees will spread salt first, plow next, and repeat as needed. “Our guys are going to be pretty busy this weekend,” Wagner added.
The township has plenty of ice-melting salt on hand and is stocked to full capacity, according to Wagner; a delivery arrived earlier Thursday.
Commissioner and Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Lopez told his colleagues on the board, who met Thursday night (Jan. 21) in the municipal building, that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm. It is expected to drop between 6 and 12 inches of snow in our area, with higher accumulations south and east, and less to the north and west.
Lopez expects Fogel, the police department, and the emergency management team will be busy too, in part keeping accurate records of all they do and all expenses incurred because of the storm. It’s unlikely the township will be reimbursed by the state for nomal weather-related costs, Lopez explained to commissioners, “but special uses might be covered, anything over and above what we’d normally spend.”
Lopez also has spoken, he said, to local companies who might be willing to help out with snow removal or creating emergency access routes in a pinch. Haines and Kibblehouse equipment and operators from the Sanatoga quarry can be available if such a need arises, although he dopubted this storm will demand it.
Commissioner Stephen Klotz, concerned about the safety of township crews, suggested to Wagner that, after all storm preparations are completed later today, Public Works employees be sent home early. “Let them get a few hours sleep,” Klotz suggested, and the board agreed. “They’re gonna need it,” Klotz said.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 21 meeting):
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