Schools, others take wait-and-see approach to winter weather threat

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

As forecasts of snow remained varied on how many inches might actually fall in the area, school districts and local governments were still waiting to announce cancellations until late Tuesday or even early this morning.

Lee, Chatham Moore and Harnett public schools still had made no decision on Wednesday classes as of Tuesday afternoon. Any available updates on the schools and other services will be posted to The Herald's Facebook and Twitter feeds if possible.

Trash pickup and the solid waste convenience centers will operate if there's little to no snow, officials said, but collection will be canceled and the centers will be closed if a large amount of snow remains on the ground this morning.

"These trucks are coming out of Fayetteville, picking up our trash and driving back," said Larry Craig, the city of Sanford's superintendent of Sanitation & Solid Waste Services. "So if there's eight or 10 inches on the ground, they just won't be able to do that."

If trash pickup is delayed, Craig said, everyone will have their pickup day backed up by one day for the rest of this week.

Other services from the city and county were likewise undecided as of Tuesday afternoon.

Lee County Manager John Crumpton said he was waiting to see how bad the snow is before making the call on non-emergency services.

As for the COLTs transportation system specifically, he said, the decision to cancel it today or not will be made as late into the day as possible because many of those who use it have strict medical needs. On Tuesday, the vans only operated within Lee County instead of longer routes taking patients to out-of-county hospitals.

The status of the city of Sanford's non-emergency services, other than trash pickup, was unclear. City Manager Hal Hegwer and Public Information Officer Kelly Miller both couldn't be reached for comment, and the city didn't post any updates to its website or social media pages.

However, the Sanford City Council did cancel its Law and Finance Committee meeting originally scheduled for today. The agenda will be added to Tuesday's regular City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the city municipal building.

Town of Broadway buildings and services were expected to operate as normal today, town officials said Tuesday afternoon. Anyone who wants more updated information can call the town hall at (919) 258-9922.

A receptionist at the Lee County Courthouse said she wasn't sure when the decision to close or stay open would be made, or whether that decision would be posted online or otherwise announced to the public.

As for non-government services, the Christians United Outreach Center food bank will be closed today. It will be back on its regular schedule Friday pending any further developments with the weather, though. And Temple Theatre rescheduled its Tuesday night concert with Sweet Potato Pie, an all-female bluegrass, country and gospel band, until Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.