COVID-19 Operating Plan for the City of Tom Bean Municipal Court

COVID-19 Operating Plan for the City of Tom Bean Municipal Court, Grayson County Judiciary Recognizing the need to ensure the health and safety of litigants, attorneys, visitors, court staff, judges, and other individuals entering the buildings housing the courts, the courts of Tom Bean will implement the following protective measures: General All judges will comply with the Emergency Orders issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and Court of Criminal Appeals, including conducting in-person proceedings according to the guidance issued by the Office of Court Administration regarding social distancing, maximum group size, and other restrictions and precautions. All judges will …

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How to do Business with us During Public Health Emergency

Updated May 21, 2020 For all City notices about COVID-19, please see our news page.  From the office of Sherry Howard, Mayor of Tom Bean: As you may know, on March 16, 2020, I declared a local State of Disaster and Public Health Emergency for the City of Tom Bean. We are closely monitoring the changing situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency and complying with public health guidance. The following actions have been taken to comply with the need for social distancing. We recognize that the actions taken are the first step and that more action may be …

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Library Open for Drive-Thru Service June 2, 2020!

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Great News for Library Patrons:  The Lucille Teague Community Library will begin operating a drive-thru service beginning June 2, 2020. Simply browse our online catalog and reserve your selections, or call 903-546-6250 to leave a detailed message. Be sure to leave a phone number we can call when your bag is ready. Pick up times will be 11 AM – 3 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No patrons will be allowed in the building. All returns must be placed in the box outside. We look forward to serving you again. Happy Reading & Movie-Watching!

Update 4/28: City Hall & Library closed to public until May 18

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Tom Bean’s City Hall and Public Library will remain physically closed to the public until May 18th as of now. However, city staff are still working to safely serve our citizens and businesses. We are doing business as it has been done for the past three weeks. Please see this article for how to handle water bills, building permits, submit code enforcement issues, and much more: CITY CLOSURES — HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH US DURING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

City Council Agenda April 13, 2020 – video available

The complete agenda is below but please note these important process changes due to the COVID-19 public health emergency: This meeting will be closed to in-person attendance by the public. A temporary suspension of the Open Meetings Act to allow telephone or videoconference public meetings has been granted by Governor Greg Abbott. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code. Videoconferencing capabilities will be utilized to allow individuals to address the Council. Members of the public …

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City Elections Postponed until November in Emergency Meeting; Audio File Available

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The Mayor called an emergency session to extend the Declaration of Disaster, to cancel the regularly Scheduled April City Council meeting, and to act upon the Secretary of State’s Election Advisory that we must take action to postpone the election until November immediately. This meeting was held by Zoom/teleconference to comply with social distancing requirements. These ordinances were adopted by the Council; The city election was postponed until November and the Declaration of Disaster was extended. Disaster Declaration Signed Version – ORDINANCE 2020-03A Election Date Change Signed Version — ORDINANCE 2020-02 Additional Materials for Review: SOS, Election Advisory, Executive Order …

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Notice of Emergency City Council Meeting – April 3, 2020

The Mayor has called an emergency session to extend the Declaration of Disaster, to cancel the April meeting, and to act upon the Secretary of State’s Election Advisory that we must take action to postpone the election until November immediately. We will be holding a teleconference Friday at 5:00 p.m. so please download Zoom on your cell phones, computer, or tablets to attend the meeting. If you need help setting this up please let us know and we can help you. Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7322352454?pwd=bnNtOVBpbGFHcmlESWI5cmVHTGFPdz09 Meeting ID: (removed after meeting) Password: (removed after meeting) If you should have any questions, please do …

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State Disaster Declarations and Essential Services Definitions issued March 31, 2020

The latest orders from Governor Greg Abbott are effective 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020. EXECUTIVE ORDER GA14 Relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-14_Statewide_Essential_Service_and_Activity_COVID-19_IMAGE_03-31-2020.pdf Follow these steps to determine whether your business is an “essential service” as defined by Texas Executive Order GA-14: https://tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/ DECLARATION OF A PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER IN THE STATE OF TEXAS March 19, 2020: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/DECLARATION_of_public_health_disaster_Dr_Hellerstedt_03-19-2020.pdf MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf

[SUPERSEDED} Vote to Postpone Election Fails; City Council Meeting Audio File Available

Please note: In a subsequent emergency meeting on April 3, City Council voted to postpone the election in accordance with the Governor and Secretary of State’s announcements. Please read the new ordinances here.  Thank you for bearing with us as we work to provide you with transparency and access during this unprecedented public health emergency. We have been advised that the audio during the March 25 Special Called City Council Meeting may not have been clear during the vote to postpone the election. To clarify: The motion was made to approve the ordinance to postpone the election by Brittany Melton …

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