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Team Litz: Treasurer, Cathy Garrison
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Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and
contributed greatly to PA politics; born
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November 12, 2008.
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When Commissioners declare a Countywide ban
on open burning, municipalities in
Lebanon County have indicated their support for a
thirty (30) day ban because significant
brush and wood fires have occurred, and wildfire potential is
currently very high throughout Lebanon County due to the lack of rainfall
and unseasonably warm temperatures. Concern that this fire potential poses
a serious threat to life and property initiated emergency measures to reduce
the severity of this danger to protect the health, safety, welfare, and
property of residents of Lebanon County. Open burning is defined as the
ignition and burning of any combustible material (garbage, leaves, grass,
twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter involved with land clearing or any
other debris) out-of-doors in either a burn barrel (screened or unscreened),
or on the ground. Campfire rings are allowed in campgrounds.
Enforcement of this ban shall be the responsibility
of any sworn police officer, in accordance with the provisions of Act
1995-52. Penalty includes a summary offense and upon conviction, sentenced
a fine of not more than $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second
offense, and $300 for the third and subsequent offenses.
For the health and safety of Lebanon County residents and to minimize
economic hardship and personal inconvenience, historically several
resolutions were passed:
9/23/99 The Drought Task Force convened at 8AM. Because the State has not
recommended removal of the drought emergency and the Highbridge Reservoir is
still down 12 feet, Commissioners voted to extend the drought emergency
another thirty days.
9/9/99 Effective noon September 10, 1999 a conditional lifting of the
countywide "Burn Ban" will occur. Commissioners remind everyone we are
still in a drought situation, and the Burn Ban could be reinstated
if sufficient rainfall does not replenish the moisture content of the soil.
Everyone is asked to use common sense and caution. Clyde Miller will
monitor the situation and report any change or recommendations from the
District Forester and Fire Chiefs to the commissioners. Once again,
municipal ordinances will take effect. Check with your township,
borough, or city for they're current status.
EXTENSION: August 26, 1999 Commissioners voted to extend the drought
emergency and burn ban for thirty days. Litz stopped with City Engineer Ed
Keener prior to the meeting. The Christian Seigrist Reservoir is down 13'2".
Current rain stabilized the water level in the last week, but there was no
gain in the Reservoir depth. The emergency declaration is to encourage
residents to conserve water before we reach the 35' emergency rationing
stage. A poll of Fire Chiefs in Cornwall Boro, Annville, Lickdale,
Bellegrove, Goodwill Myerstown, Campbelltown, Weavertown, Fredericksburg,
Keystone Myerstown, Richland, Neversink, Lebanon City and the District 18
Forestry Office in Cressona recommend the Ban on Open Burning be extended
another 30 days. The ban is attributed with the reduction of wild fires,
thus helping to save our water supply. DEP received 186 requests for
variances from the non-essential water use restrictions. Many of the
variances received were for watering athletic fields, and they are being
denied. The next drought task force meeting is at 8AM next Thursday. PS. If
enough rain falls to refill the reservoir, Commissioners can lift the burn
ban and drought emergency declaration prior to September 30.
1) Effective Monday, August 2, 1999 a county-wide BAN
ON OPEN BURNING will be enforced. Summary offenses in the following
amounts can be assessed: first offense $100, second offense $200, third
2) Concurring with the Governor's action, a DROUGHT
EMERGENCY was declared for Lebanon County which allows the purchase
of services without having to go out for bids and could later help residents
file loss claims.
3) A drought task force was appointed including Commissioners Carpenter,
Swanger, and Litz; EMA staff Clyde Miller, Annette Smith and Christopher
Miller; Officer Bruce Harris; County assistant fire marshall Rick Rudy;
Health care representatives William Hendrick, VP GSH and Dennis Herb, VA Med
Center; as well as Ed Keener and Harry Gamble from Lebanon City Public
Works; Gary Witmeyer, PA American Water Company and John Brown, Myerstown
Borough; Denise Noll, Richland Borough Water Authority; Jenifer Hershey for
agriculture; and from the business community John Wengert, Wengert's Dairy;
Bill Leo, Lebanon Chemical; William Sherwood/Bill Longenecker, O'Sullivan;
Douglas Henry Jr./Glenn Smith, Henry Molded Products; and Jerry
Crawford/Larry Gurreru, ASK Foods. Their mission is to
UPDATE THE DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN.
State recommendations include:
|Restrict live-fire training wherever possible to avoid using
unnecessary water. It would be prudent to delay/reschedule such training
until the present drought conditions are eased.|
|Eliminate such events as "Battle of the Barrel" from festivals, fairs,
conventions and carnivals.|
|Eliminate water service from dinners, banquets and similar functions
except upon request. |
|Where applicable, stop hauling water to fill swimming pools.|
Determinations: The Commonwealth uses five
parameters to assess drought conditions. These include streamflows
(compared to the same time for the period of record); precipitation
(departure from normal, 30 year average precipitation); reservoir storage
levels in a variety of locations (especially three New York City reservoirs
in upper Delaware River Basin); groundwater elevations in a number of
counties (comparing to past month, past year and historic record); and
Palmer Drought Index, a measure of soil moisture computed by the National
Weather Service. Phases of drought preparedness in Pennsylvania are:
Watch: A period to alert government
agencies, public water suppliers, water users and the public regarding the
onset of conditions indicating the potential for future drought-related
problems. The focus during this stage is on increased monitoring, awareness
and preparation for response if conditions worsen. a request for voluntary
water conservation is made. The objective of voluntary water
during a drought watch is to reduce water uses by 5% in the affected areas.
Because of varying conditions, individual water suppliers or municipalities
may be asking for more stringer conservation actions.
Warning: This phase prepares for
coordinated response to imminent drought conditions and potential water
supply shortages and initiates concerted voluntary conservation measures to
avoid or reduce shortages, relieve stressed sources, develop new sources,
and if possible forestall the need to impose mandatory water use
restrictions. The objective of voluntary water conservation measures during
a drought warning is ro reduce overall water uses by 10-15% in the affected
areas. Because of varying conditions, individual water suppliers or
municipalities may be asking for more stringent conservation actions.
Emergency: This stage is a concentrated
management phase of operations to marshal all available resources to respond
to actual emergency conditions, to avoid depletion of water sources, to
assure at least minimum water supplies to protect public health and safety,
to support essential and high priority water uses and to avoid unnecessary
economic dislocations. It is possible during this phase to impose mandatory
restrictions on nonessential water uses that are provided for in 4 Pa Code
Chapter 119, if deemed necessary and if ordered by the Governor of
Pennsylvania. The objective of water use restrictions (mandatory or
voluntary) and other conservation measures during this phase is to reduce
consumptive water use in the affected area by 15%, and reduce total use to
the extent necessary to preserve public water system supplies, to avoid or
mitigate local or area shortages, and to assure equitable sharing of limited
Local Water Rationing: although not a
drought phase, local municipalities may, with the approval of the
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council, implement local water rationing
to share a rapidly dwindling or severely depleted water supply in designated
water supply service areas. These individual water rationing plans
authorized through provisions of 4 PA Code Chapter 120, will require
specific limits on individual water consumption to achieve significant
reductions in use.
Under both mandatory restrictions imposed by the Commonwealth and local
water rationing, procedures are provided for granting of variances to
consider individual hardships and economic dislocations.
Complete copies of the drought regulations and other pertinent
information is available at PEMA's Internet site
DEP's Internet site