Co Commissioners warn citizens of treacherous travel, power outages with weekend snowstorm
Dauphin Co. Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the county’s Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) are warning residents of the potential for slippery roads, downed trees and power outages with heavy snowfall that is expected to hit the area over the weekend.
“Up to 18 inches of snow, with strong winds and white-out conditions, will make travel this weekend very treacherous,” said Pries, who oversees DEMA. “We’re closely monitoring conditions and are ready to respond and provide assistance to municipalities in need.”
According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow is expected Friday overnight into Saturday, with periods of 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation an hour.
“Power outages are a big concern,” said Haste. “Wet and heavy snow combined with powerful winds may cause downed trees and power lines. If you see a downed line, do not attempt to move or drive over it. Instead, report it to the power provider.”
Dauphin County’s vital human services will remain open and available throughout the weekend.
“We are ready to respond and provide support to senior citizens and anyone in need during the winter storm,” said Hartwick, who oversees the county’s Human Services. “Our Agency on Aging caseworkers are calling all elderly and at-risk clients to ensure they have adequate heat and food and to remind them to call us if they need help.”
Senior citizens who need assistance are encouraged to call Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging, which is staffed around the clock, at 717-780-6130.
The county’s 24-hour emergency mental service health service Crisis Intervention will also be available to anyone who is suffering a mental health or addiction crisis and needs immediate assistance or counseling. To reach Crisis Intervention, call 717-232-7511 or 1-888-596-4447.
The commissioners also recommend the following safety tips:
•Use safe home-heating practices,
•Have an emergency supply kit, with flashlights, batteries, blankets and other items,
•Remove cars parked on roadways, especially the Snow Emergency Routes, and stay off the roads so the crews can do their work,
•Keep a safe distance between vehicles, and
•Dig out fire hydrants in the event of a fire emergency.
Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in an emergency. For non-emergency calls in Dauphin County, call 717-558-6900.
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Crews from Lower Swatara Twp. will plow state roads in the township again next winter under an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that was approved unanimously by township commissioners on Wednesday, July 15.
Lower Swatara will get about $300 more in 2015-16 from PennDOT for snow plowing. In a particularly bad winter, the department may provide additional money for the township’s services, although no money is returned to the state following a mild season treating the roads.
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Question: A local agency recently terminated several employees at a public meeting without disclosing their names. The board voted to terminate using employee numbers only and cited concerns about employee privacy to support its position. Isn’t the agency required to release the names of the employees being terminated?
Answer: Yes. The public comment provision and minutes-keeping requirements of the Sunshine Act require disclosure and recording of the names, and the Right to Know Law makes the employees’ name, salary, length of service and the agency’s final action regarding employee termination a public record.
Section 710.1 of the Sunshine Act requires a reasonable opportunity for meaningful public comment at each public meeting and prior to all official action. Without the names of employees being terminated, the public has no opportunity to give meaningful comment prior to the vote, and the plain terms of the Sunshine Act’s public comment provision are ignored. Furthermore, section 706 of the Sunshine Act requires meeting minutes to contain the substance of all official action. If the meeting minutes do not contain the names of the employees and the termination action taken by the board, they do not provide an accurate record of the meeting, raising Sunshine Act compliance issues.
Further, section 708(b)(6)(ii) of the Right to Know Law makes certain employee information public record, including name, salary, and length of service. These records would include the employees’ names, as well as beginning and termination dates. Moreover, section 708(b)(7)(viii) expressly makes the agency’s final action on employee discharge and demotion a public record.
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