|Posted:||June 23, 2016 12:11 PM|
|From:||Representative David H. Zimmerman|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Amend Title 8 - Codify a Procedure for Boroughs to Make Emergency Purchases|
|In the near future, I will be introducing legislation 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 HB2222