Archive: February, 2010
Mayor Nutter just announced that the city government and services will be closed again tomorrow. Only personnel assigned to public safety and snow removal will report to work.
"We're going to treat tomorrow as we did today, "Nutter said. "Obviously the storm continues to rage."
That means trash collection will not take place tomorrow. Nutter said regularly scheduled Wednesday collections will take place Friday, Thursday collections on Saturday and Friday collections on Sunday.
We just got this from the city Office of Emergency Management:
The Philadelphia County Courts (Traffic, Municipal and Common Pleas) will be CLOSED on Thursday, February 11, 2010 due to the snow emergency. Municipal Court Preliminary Arraignment Court, Bail Acceptance, Emergency Protection From Abuse, Youth Study Center Intake Unit, and the Warrant Unit will remain open.
Mayor Nutter says he still hasn't determined if government and city services will shutdown tomorrow for a second day in a row.
"We're trying to figure out, from a planning standpoint, what to do about tomorrow," Nutter said. "We have to evaluate the whole situation."
Nutter said the city is currently just working hard to battle the snow.
Here are the press releases:
ALL SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS, ADMINISTRATIVE AND REGIONAL OFFICES
WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11th
PHILADELPHIA - Due to the inclement weather, all School District of Philadelphia schools, administrative and regional offices will be closed on Thursday, February 11. Also, closed on Thursday, February 11 are all District Comprehensive Early Learning Centers, and all after-school activities are canceled. All sporting activities will be rescheduled.
So our nation's capitol has been hit with similar winter mayhem to Philadelphia. And Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is facing the same kind of bills.
Local snow removal cost the Philly $3.4 million for the December storm. Costs have not yet been tallied for this past weekend or today's snowfall, but it's obviously going to be a big number when this is all over. DC costs are also in the millions.
According to this National Public Radio report, Fenty has asked the federal government to help foot their bill. Should Philly think about a similar request?
Mayor Nutter's message to residents was clear this morning: Please stay inside or get inside.
"We're encouraging people to stay in," Nutter said during a briefing outside his City Hall office. "It's going to be brutal out in the streets. If you don't have to be outside this afternoon, please stay in."
After a morning of rain and sleet, Nutter stressed that conditions were getting worse and more heavy snow, strong winds and icing is expected this afternoon. City government, courts and schools were closed for the day. Already, the city has deployed 460 pieces of equipment and 600 personnel to fight the storm.
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State Republicans vow to block Gov. Rendell's budget plans.
Here's the press release:
CITY GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC WEDNESDAY, MANAGING DIRECTOR TO DECLARE SECOND SNOW EMERGENCY
Philadelphia, February 9, 2010 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that in anticipation of the winter storm emergency expected on Wednesday, all City offices will be closed to the public on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, including all recreation centers, libraries and health centers. The City of Philadelphia will direct its efforts to ensuring that our roads and highways are cleared of snow and public safety and well-being is preserved. City of Philadelphia employees who are not required to work on the snow removal efforts or required to ensure public safety, are strongly encouraged to not report to work tomorrow, to aid in the City’s snow-removal efforts.