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MH mayor declares disaster of emergency

Borough office closed; council, committee meetings postponed

MILL HALL – Mill Hall Mayor Thomas Bossert has declared a Disaster of Emergency effective Tuesday, March 17 for two weeks.

The declaration follows all the guidelines set by Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration and includes the closure of physical locations for all non-life sustaining businesses within the borough.

Wolf’s order, announced Thursday evening, said more than 150 types of businesses had to close their physical locations. He said the order would be enforced by state troopers, local officials, the state Health and Agriculture departments and the Liquor Control Board.

Businesses such as gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores and hospitals will remain open.

Businesses that do not comply can be cited, fined, have their licenses suspended and forfeit disaster relief, the administration has said. Criminal charges are also possible, the governor’s office said.

“We would not supersede anything that Wolf has declared,” Bossert said.

Mill Hall Borough Council also announced they will postpone council and committee meetings scheduled for the next two weeks.

Bossert said the borough office is closed per the governor’s orders and they will be halting mail delivery to the building.

“We’re stopping all mail deliveries starting Saturday,” he said.

Borough residents can still continue to mail in their sewer payments and no late fees will be applied while the shut down is in place, he said.

Mill Hall is the second municipality in the county to announce a Declaration of Emergency following the city of Lock Haven on Wednesday.

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