FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 19, 2012
Rob McNair-Huff, Community Relations, Robert.email@example.com, (253) 591-5054
Interim City Manager Rey Arellano worked with Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Deputy Mayor Joe Lonergan today to jointly declare a state of emergency regarding the winter weather currently affecting Tacoma. The emergency declaration will allow the City to enter into contracts as necessary to aid in addressing the emergency, without the delay of the normal competitive bidding process.
At this time, it is anticipated that the City may need to hire a contractor to assist in removal of downed trees. In addition, the proclamation may assist the City in recovering certain emergency-related costs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Pursuant to City code, the City Council will be asked to confirm this proclamation at its next meeting on January 24, 2012.