Executive Order

Executive Order No. 142: State of emergency Executive Order, February 8, 1978

Date: 02/09/1978
Issuer: Michael S. Dukakis
Mass Register: No. 95

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Whereas, on February 7, 1978, I proclaimed a state of emergency because of the blizzard of February 6-7, 1978; and

Whereas, since such proclamation I have ordered the closing of businesses and the banning of non-essential vehicles within the Commonwealth; and

Whereas, G.L. Chapter 33 Appendix, sec. 13-7 (e), (f) and (k) grant to the governor authority necessary or expedient for meeting the state of emergency as it effects labor, business or work on Sundays or legal holidays, including the suspension of the operation of any law affecting employment of certain persons, and as it affects transportation within the Commonwealth; and

Whereas, I now desire to confirm and extend such proclamation and order for certain counties within the Commonwealth as set forth below.

Now, therefore, I, Michael S. Dukakis, Governor, acting pursuant to the powers vested in me as supreme executive magistrate under the Massachusetts Constitution, and pursuant to G.L. Chapter 33 Appendix, including without limitation sections 13-5, 13-7, and 13-8 thereof, hereby further order as follows with respect to the following counties: Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex, Bristol and Worcester:

  1. February 7 through 12, 1978, are hereby declared to be legal holidays within the aforementioned counties; provided, however, that on February 10 and 11 all banks, retail food and drug stores, and such other businesses as I by order may permit may, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, open for business, and on February 12 retail food and drug stores may, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, open for business throughout the Commonwealth.
  2. No private passenger vehicle, unless exempted in the following sentence, shall be operated on any way within the aforementioned counties until further order by me.  Private passenger vehicles operated by persons employed in the following occupations for purposes of going to and from their place of work shall be exempt from such ban:
  • police, fire and other public safety personnel
  • medical and health professions personnel
  • public utilities personnel
  • heating, oil and fuel delivery personnel
  • essential governmental personnel
  • communications, media and telephone personnel
  • food and drug supply and distribution personnel

Private passenger vehicles shall not include trucks, commercial vehicles, buses or other public passenger vehicles engaged in commercial activities.

  1. Until I order otherwise during this emergency, the City of Boston is empowered through its police commissioner; and any other city or town is similarly empowered through its police commissioner or chief of police, to prohibit the placing of snow in the roadway of any street.

Given under the seal of the Commonwealth by me at 5:00 p.m. February 9, 1978, and filed herewith with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Michael S. Dukakis
Governor

 

PAUL GUZZI,
Secretary of the Commonwealth

 

ADDENDUM #1

February 13, 1978

With further reference to my Executive Order proclaimed February 7, 1978:

  1. It should be noted that in reducing said Order to writing, in paragraph 5, Plymouth County was inadvertently omitted; this amendment conforms the written order to the Proclamation of February 7 by adding Plymouth County.
  2. The lifting of the ban on private passenger vehicular movement in particular communities on Saturday, February 11, 1978 and Sunday, February 12, 1978, in accordance with the attached lists, did not affect any other sections of the Executive Order.
  3. Commencing Monday, February 13, buses and other public passenger vehicles, exclusive of taxicabs, shall be exempt from any statute or regulation governing routes, schedules, fares and other aspects of vehicle operation; provided, that any city or town is hereby authorized to set maximum fares for privately-financed motor vehicle common carriers operating passenger service which originates in that city or town.
  4. Employers are requested and urged to establish staggered work hours to the maximum extent practicable in accordance with specific guidelines issued by me. Compliance with this request shall be deemed not to constitute a violation of any collective bargaining agreement or of any general or special law or regulation.

Michael S. Dukakis, Governor

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Metropolitan District Commission
20 Somerset Street, Boston 02108

2/11/78

9:00 a.m.

COMMUNITIES STILL SUBJECT TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AS OF 6 AM, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11:

Arlington
Attleboro
Belmont
Boston
Braintree
Brookline
Brockton
Cambridge
Canton
Chelsea
Cohasset
Dedham
Easton
Everett
Foxboro
Franklin
Hingham
Holbrook
Hull
Lynn
Malden
Mansfield
Marblehead
Marshfield
Medford
Melrose
Milton
Nahant
Natick
Needham
Newton
Norton
Norwood
Peabody
Quincy
Randolph
Rehobeth
Revere
Salem
Saugus
Sharon
Somerville
Stoneham
Stoughton
Swampscott
Wakefield
Waltham
Watertown
Wellesley
Weymouth
Winchester
Winthrop
Woburn
Wrentham
 

THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITIES WILL CONTINUE UNDER THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND DRIVING BAN UNTIL MIDNIGHT SUNDAY.

Boston
Braintree
Brookline
Cohasset
Cambridge
Dedham
Chelsea
Everett
Revere
Hingham
Somerville
Hull
Winthrop
Malden
Marshfield
Medford
Melrose
Milton
Nahant
Needham
Newton
Quincy
Salem
Scituate
Waltham
Weymouth

THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITIES WILL CONTINUE UNDER THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND DRIVING BAN UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY.

Boston
Brookline
Cambridge
Chelsea
Revere
Somerville
Winthrop

 

 

ADDENDUM #2 TO EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 142

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

STATEHOUSE, BOSTON 02133

February 13,1978 In further reference to my Executive Order No. 142,

dated February 7, 1978, and in order to protect all property, both public and private, and to ensure adequate transportation or travel by vehicle or otherwise, any and all statutes and ordinances limiting the maximum fines for violating public parking by motor vehicle are hereby modified by raising the maximum fine for each violation up to twenty-five ($25.00) dollars.

Michael S. Dukakis, Governor Paul Guzzi

Secretary of the Commonwealth

 

ADDENDUM #3

February 16, 1978

With further reference to my Executive Order proclaimed February 7, 1978;

  1. Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties are hereby added to those other counties specified in said order.
  2. For the protection and preservation of property, public or private, and in order that persons within the towns of Salisbury, Newbury, Rowley, Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Beverly, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, Quincy, Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield, Duxbury, Kingston, Plymouth and Eastham may do emergency work or construct temporary structures set forth below without complying with the procedures of G.L. c. 131, §40, and c. 91, §§ 14, 15, 18, 21 and 22, said provisions of law are suspended and the following substitute procedures shall be applicable:

Such work will only be of an emergency nature where an existing home, business or other structure or property is in imminent danger of collapse or has been made vulnerable by erosion from this storm to future storm damage.

The work shall be the minimum amount necessary to protect the endangered structure or property and abate the emergency, and shall be limited to the following:

  1. repair and shoring up of building foundations;
  2. temporary replacement of sand to build up beaches

 

 

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