White Stone declares state of emergency

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

WHITE STONE—Following the example of state and other local governments, the White Stone Town Council (WSTC) last week voted unanimously to declare a state of emergency.

Council had several action items regarding the declaration, including appointing Mayor Randy Reeves as the town’s coordinator of emergency management. Irving Brittingham made the motion to appoint Mayor Reeves and Jamilah Sawyer made the second with unanimous support from Brittingham, Sawyer, Kathryn Room and Will Hubbard. Council members Melinda Sliakis George and Blair Kenyon were absent. Councilman Ran Reeves arrived after the vote was taken.

The meeting was held at 6 p.m. instead of the regular meeting time of 7 p.m. to account for darkness. WSTC has held its last two meetings in the Town Hall parking lot with social distancing measures in place and will continue to do so until Gov. Ralph Northam’s mandates have been lifted.

Mayor Reeves declared the state of emergency and council unanimously adopted a resolution confirming the declaration and another adopting an emergency ordinance to assure the continuity of government during this COVID-19 crisis.

According to town manager Patrick Frere, the disaster declaration references the same declaration also declared by Lancaster County.

The five-page ordinance would allow…

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