Kerrville City Council met on Friday morning to discuss ongoing responses to COVID-19. Council unanimously approved the emergency declaration signed by Mayor Bill Blackburn on Monday. A copy of the declaration is available online.
The full meeting is available to view below.
What’s in the document?
Within the declaration, the city takes the following actions:
- Official declaration of disaster under Section 418.108a of the Texas Government Code for a duration of not more than seven days from this date unless continued or renewed by council.
- Activation of the City Emergency Management Plan.
- Cease all events greater than 10 persons at all city facilities, and authorize city manager to close these facilities.
- Recommendation that any gatherings of 10 persons or more be canceled.
- Recommendation to limit visitation at nursing homes and care facilities.
- Authorization to adopt rules to protect health, including quarantine rules, establishment of quarantine stations, and emergency hospitals under Health and Safety Code Sec. 122.006.
- City Council meetings will be closed to the public, but the public will be able to participate remotely, either telephonically or via email.
- All non-essential court proceedings at municipal court are postponed.
- All city boards and commissions are canceled except for Planning & Zoning Commission meetings to comply with state law deadlines.
- City manager is authorized to take various actions on his own, with notice to council, such as accepting donations of supplies, terminating events, approve purchases up to $500,000, and suspend any utility disconnections.
- The declaration does not apply to law enforcement, emergency response, court operations, or school districts.
Changes in services
To comply with the order, the city announced the following changes:
City Manager Mark McDaniel stated that there is consensus among council members that the May elections should be moved to November, but that action would be officially taken at a later date.