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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 12, 2016 03:35 PM
From: Representative David H. Zimmerman
To: All House members
Subject: Amend Title 8 - Codify a Procedure for Boroughs to Make Emergency Purchases (Prior HB2222)
 
I will be reintroducing legislation (prior HB2222) to amend Title 8 (Boroughs and Incorporated Towns) by codifying a procedure for boroughs to make emergency purchases.

Under current law, Title 8 requires that a borough undergo a competitive bidding process for all public works projects over $10,000. My proposal is twofold: First, in effort to expedite the ability of a borough to respond swiftly to emergency situations within their jurisdictions, such as broken water mains or sewer lines, my bill will amend Chapter 14 to allow a borough to make necessary purchases in response to the situation. Secondly, my bill will require the borough council to adopt a resolution stating the extent of the emergency addressed and the actions taken at the next public meeting.

Other municipal codes already contain related provisions to the one I have proposed in this bill. It is also important to note that boroughs have similar abilities in instances when the Governor of the Commonwealth declares a statewide emergency under Title 35 (Health and Safety).

Please join me in sponsoring this legislation. Thank you for your consideration.



Introduced as HB99