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Resolution No. 20-R-07 - Ratifying Mayor's Extension of Declaration of Disaster
03/27/2020

CITY OF GROESBECK, TEXAS

 

RESOLUTION NO. 20-R-07

 

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GROESBECK, TEXAS, RATIFYING THE DECLARATION OF A LOCAL DISASTER; ADOPTING LIMESTONE COUNTY, TEXAS’ MARCH 19, 2020 DECLARATION OF DISASTER AND EMERGENCY ORDERS; GRANTING THE MAYOR THE POWER TO REVIEW AND EXTEND ANY SUBSEQUENT LIMESTONE COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDERS ON BEHALF OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

 

            WHEREAS, beginning in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated SARS-CoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; and

 

            WHEREAS, the symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe illness and cause further complications including death; and

 

            WHEREAS, COVID-19 virus mainly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and

 

            WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas issued a proclamation certifying that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster in the state and declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas; and        

 

            WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the County Judge of Limestone County, Texas, issued a declaration of local disaster and imposed emergency orders; and

 

            WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Groesbeck, Texas, issued a Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency; and

 

            WHEREAS, said state of disaster requires that certain emergency protective measures be taken pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 relating to Emergency Management and Public Health, pursuant to Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code.

 

            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GROESBECK, TEXAS:

 

            SECTION 1.    That a local state of disaster for public health emergency has been declared and continues for the City of Groesbeck, Texas, pursuant to Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.

 

            SECTION 2.    That the Mayor of the City of Groesbeck is hereby authorized to review, ratify, and adopt any subsequent Limestone County emergency orders and may further extend the state of disaster for so long as conditions exist that endanger the public health.

 

           

            SECTION 3.    That pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code that the declaration of a local state of disaster for public health emergency, and any further extensions which may be declared, shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary.

 

            SECTION 4.    That pursuant to Section 418.108(d) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster has activated the City of Groesbeck’s emergency management plan, and the furnishing of aid and assistance under the declaration and any subsequent extensions are hereby authorized.

 

            SECTION 5.    That the declaration of local state of disaster, and any extension thereof, authorizes the City to take any actions necessary to promote public health and suppress the virus, including the quarantine of persons and occupied structures, examining and regulating hospitals, regulating ingress and egress from the City, regulating ingress and egress to occupied structures, establishment of quarantine stations, emergency hospitals, and other hospitals, and insuring compliance for those who do not comply with the City’s rules, pursuant to Section 122.006 of the Health and Safety Code.

 

            SECTION 6.    That the citizens of Groesbeck, Texas, are directed to continue to abide by the directives and executive orders of the Governor’s office, the county judge of Limestone County, and the Mayor of the City of Groesbeck, in order to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of Groesbeck, Texas.

 

            SECTION 7.    In accordance with Texas Government Code §418.173, a person who knowingly or intentionally violates a state or local directive or public health order commits an offense, punishable by a fine up to $1,000.00 or confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed 180 days.

 

            SECTION 8.    That this resolution authorizes the use of all lawfully available enforcement tools.

 

            SECTION 9.    That this resolution shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance.

 

RESOLVED this 27th day of March, 2020.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                        Melvin R. O’Docharty, Mayor

                                                                        City of Groesbeck, Texas

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

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Brenda Jackson, City Secretary

 

 


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