Council discusses ordinance
Sayre borough mayor Denny Thomas asked the borough council Thursday to consider revising the borough's snow emergency ordinance.
The ordinance, which requires cars to be removed from designated snow emergency routes in the event of inclement winter weather, automatically declares a snow emergency when the National Weather Service issues a winter storm warning. However, the warnings can sometimes be unreliable, Thomas said.
For instance, during the borough's most recent snow emergency earlier this month, a snow emergency automatically began with an NWS warning at 7 a.m. However, Thomas said, the borough did not receive any snow until about 3 p.m.
The ordinance unnecessarily allows $20 tickets to be issues for parking on emergency routes even when snow has yet to fall, Thomas said.
Councilman Gene Osmun said one citizen received a ticket during the recent snow emergency for not moving his car while he was at work, despite there being no snow at the time. The ticket price is "pretty severe" in that instance, he said. "We all see the issue."
Thomas suggested that the ordinance be untied from weather warnings. "I think we jumped the gun," he said of the most recent emergency. "We've got to do something different."
The council also heard a presentation from Chuck Bement, who recently became executive director of Greater Valley EMS.
Bement introduced the organization's top management, including deputy chief Derrick Hall and first assistant chief Ray Stackhouse, and presented council members with the organization's 2012 community report.
Hall told council members that any lingering issues related to 911 readdressing have been resolved, and responders often collaborate with the county's 911 center to resolve any problems that arise. "People are used to the new street names," Hall said.
Council members Thursday also reappointed Andrew Hickey to a five-year term on the borough's zoning hearing board. Hickey's term expired Feb. 1.
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