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City Council State of Local Disaster Resolution

Posted: Thu Mar 19 2020 2:34 PM

A RESOLUTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BLANCO, TEXAS, CONTINUING THE STATE OF LOCAL DISASTER; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, Mayor Martha Herden, acting in accordance with authority granted to her under Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code, declared a local state of disaster for the City due to concerns related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (the “disaster declaration”); and,

WHEREAS, Section 418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code provides that such a declaration of disaster may not be continued for a period of more than seven days except with the consent of the governing body of the political subdivision; and,

WHEREAS, the conditions necessitating the disaster declaration will continue to exist for a period of more than seven days; and

WHEREAS, the City Council supports the disaster declaration signed by Mayor Martha Herden on March 17, 2020, and consents to its continuation for a period of more than seven days.

WHEREAS, said state of disaster requires that certain emergency measures be taken pursuant to the Executive Order of the Governor Relating to Emergency Management; now, therefore, the following regulations shall take effect immediately upon issuance, and shall remain in effect until the state of disaster is terminated:

  1. City Hall (This will apply to both the Water Department and the Court Clerk)

    1. City Hall will be open to the public by appointment only.  

    2. All payments should be made online, mailed, or left in the drop box in front of City Hall.  
      City Hall:  P.O. Box 750, Blanco, Texas 78606. 
      The online link for making payments:  www.CityofBlanco.com or you may call 1-877-885-7968 

      Municipal Court:  P.O. Box 750, Blanco, Texas 78606.  
      The online link for making payments: www.texasonlinerecords.com 

    3. The City will not execute any late payments or delinquent disconnect of water service for the month on March and April. 

  2. OCCUPANCY OF PREMISES

    1. At-risk categories are encouraged to self-quarantine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

    2. Businesses are urged to implement the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for business operations.

    3. Restaurants practice recommended social distancing measures by not allowing groups of patrons to be seated within six feet of other groups of patrons.

    4. Per the Federal and State recommendations, gatherings of more than 10 persons are prohibited.

    5. The City will continue to monitor and consider guidelines and announcements from the County, the Center for Disease Control, the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas, and the White House.

  3. PENALTIES – Federal and State recommendations suggest fines of $500 for violations.  The City of Blanco is encouraging our community to follow all Federal and State recommendations and will not impose fines for violations at this time.  

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BLANCO, TEXAS:

I.
The City Council hereby ratifies the disaster declaration signed by Mayor Martha Herden on March 17, 2020, and consents to its continuation indefinitely, or until such time as it is terminated by order of the Council. 

II.
This Resolution shall become effective and shall be in full force and effect from and after the date of passage and adoption by the City Council of the City of Blanco, Texas.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City of Blanco City Council on this 17th day of March, 2020.


APPROVED: MARTHA HERDEN, MAYOR
ATTEST: OLGA GAMEZ, DEPUTY CITY SECRETARY
APPROVED AS TO FORM AND LEGALITY: BRADFORD E. BULLOCK, ATTORNEY FOR CITY OF BLANCO

Documents

2020.03.17 Executed Council Resolution.pdf