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Greer Memorial served up meals for city staff during winter storm

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Greer public services received kudos at Tuesday's city council meeting for its clearing streets of snow and ice during the Feb. 12-13 snowstorm.

Greer public services received kudos at Tuesday's city council meeting for its clearing streets of snow and ice during the Feb. 12-13 snowstorm.



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City Park is always good for a scenic photo during a snow.

City Park is always good for a scenic photo during a snow.

City Administrator Ed Driggers made an emergency call to Greer Memorial Hospital during the Feb. 12-13 snowstorm. All city personnel were in place – police on 12-hour and fire on 24-hour shifts and public services personnel were boarding at the operations center.

Officials warned citizens to remain home and off the streets with schools closed two days ahead and many businesses, city and state offices closed. People listened.

And so did fast food and restaurants as they closed for nearly 36 hours.

“What you don’t realize when the town shuts down, so do all the restaurants,” Driggers told City Council as he praised the city staff for its handling of the safety and cleanup of the snow and ice.

“I made an emergency call to John Mansure (President) of Greer Memorial Hospital and explained what our situation was,” Driggers said. “They fed all our personnel for all the meals. They came through as food partners, stepped up and were great patrons of the community.”

Hospital staffs are requested to remain overnight during weather emergencies and one of the mainstays at the facilities is that the cafeterias remain open to feed patients and staff on site.

Jon Mumma, Director of Greer Memorial Campus Operations, manages the cafeteria operations.

Driggers gave these storm related numbers:

1 – fire department response to a person on a sled who was hit by a vehicle in non-life threatening injury.

1 – vehicle collision with a minor injury.

5 – vehicle accidents with no injuries.

7 – vehicles stranded.

126 – calls to police over two days. “This was less than our normal call volume.”

1285 – miles of city/county/state roads in Greer municipality public services traveled treating streets.

50 – tons of sand used.

319 – overtime hours above the normal schedule.

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