White Township’s board of supervisors voted Wednesday night to ratify a state of emergency approved last week at a teleconference that had not been publicized in advance.
Citing “a pandemic” of COVID-19 that “endangered the health, safety and welfare of a substantial number of people residing in White Township,” the supervisors approved a 30-day emergency.
At Wednesday’s meeting, township Manager Milt Lady said teleconference meetings held March 17 and 20 were emergency meetings “which we were allowed to do.”
The 30-day emergency was approved March 17, then ratified on Wednesday night.
March 17 was the same day Indiana Borough Mayor George Hood proclaimed a state of emergency in his municipality and borough council resolved at its regular meeting to extend it until May 31.
Also Wednesday the township issued a news release announcing, “in an effort to protect the members of the community and our employees from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, White Township municipal buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.”
In that release, the township said limited staff will be available at limited hours by phone at (724) 463-8585, and that payments and other correspondence can be dropped off through the mail slot at the municipal building at 950 Indian Springs Road.
The news release also called attention to the March 17 township declaration “to allow White Township to take all appropriate action needed to alleviate the effects of this disaster, to aid in the restoration of essential public services, and to take any other emergency response action deemed necessary to respond to this pandemic.”
The township went on to say “only essential meetings will be held and will be determined on a case by case basis in order to conduct essential White Township business.” The next scheduled board of supervisors meeting is April 8 at 1 p.m.
Additionally, there is a reference to toilet paper and the White Township Municipal Authority in that news release.
“Due to the high demand in the community, customers of the (authority) may have difficulty purchasing and keeping adequate amounts of toilet paper in their homes,” the release said.
“Please note that alternatives to toilet paper such as tissues, paper towels, wipes (including flushable wipes), etc., should not be flushed down the toilet,” the release continued. “These items do not break down in water like toilet paper and will clog household plumbing and sewer lines resulting in sewer line backups. Please dispose these items in the trash if you need to use them.”