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Prince George's County government closes

The Prince George's County government closed Wednesday--its first time doing so since the dawn of Snowpocalypse--in light of the merciless pounding the weather has dealt the region.

The announcement, made early Wednesday morning, said, "This decision was made due to the record snow events that have hit the region over the past six days, producing more than 40 inches of snow across the region."

However, public safety employees and those plowing the roads will still be working, said county spokesman John Erzen.

In addition, a public hearing that was scheduled to be held by Thursday on the FY2011 budget has been postponed. A new date has not yet been set.

The County Council also postponed the sixth annual Prince George's County Council Black History Celebration, "Trials to Triumphs: The Historical Journey of African-American Communities in Prince George's County." The event was scheduled for Feb. 10, and has been rescheduled to Feb. 17, at 11 a.m.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  February 10, 2010; 8:55 AM ET
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They declare a state of emergency then stay open for most of it, then they wait until Wednesday to announce they are closing on Wednesday.

If this isn't enough to remind that PG County government is clueless, then go visit their web site, which just links along like it, too, is somehow covered in a heavy blanket of snow.

God, I can't believe I live in this bass-ackwards county. That's gonna way or the other.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | February 10, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

BTW: The County web site STILL advertises the Trials to Triumphs performance as starting in 30 minutes. Unbelievable.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | February 10, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

There is a very logical economic reason for not closing the government rather than allowing for liberal leave for non-emergency employees who decide to stay home, or at least not come in to work. Closing results in a free day off; liberal leave requires that the employee take leave. Additionally, on the public safety side there are additional costs to closing. Closing the government requires the payment of overtime compensation for those 24 x 7 public safety and essential workers. IIRC the rate is time and one half, but perhaps someone can check with the County Budget Director for the overtime costs for a day of closing. Liberal leave saves the taxpayers a great deal of money when compared to closing.

With respect to the issue of the cancelled program, fewer than 200 people ever attend, even in good weather. I don't think that a last minute cancellation impacted anyone. I also do not think that all of the Federal employees at home were going to make the performance a must-see event in the existing weather conditions. Perhaps the person involved in updating the web page is on liberal leave at home watching children who are home from school.

Stay inside, read a book, finish a chore, work on filing your income tax returns, or just talk with the people you live with.

Posted by: ralphgrutzmacher | February 10, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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