City Closures — How to do Business with us During Public Health Emergency

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 required. City Hall: Doors …

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

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: 7322352454 Password: Tombean20 If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact …

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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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3/25/2020 Disaster Declaration – Update

Ordinance Passed March 25, 2020: ORDINANCE 2020-03 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TOM BEAN, TEXAS, EXTENDING THE DECLARATION OF DISASTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THERETO; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, the Mayor issued a proclamation declaring a state of disaster for the imminent threat posed by the disease COVID-19; WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease COVID-19, has spread through the world and has now been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; WHEREAS, President Donald Trump has proclaimed the COVID-19 outbreak a national …

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How to Participate Online in the March 25 Special City Council Meeting

The City of Tom Bean Requests Only Online Attendance from the Public at our Next City Council Meeting Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Governor Greg Abbott issued an order allowing telephonic or online meetings in order to reduce face-to-face contact for government open meetings. Because our City Council and staff constitute almost 10 people, we ask that you not attend the meeting in person, and instead attend virtually. The City is utilizing a free web application called “Discord” to host the city council meeting virtually. This is a simple instructional video that will help you install and join …

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City Council Meeting Special Session March 25, 2020 – COVID-19

This special meeting on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 PM has business made necessary by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. We need your help to comply with public health precautions regarding gathering in groups. Please participate virtually / online instead of in person. Here are the instructions for how to access the meeting from your home.  City Council Agenda: ORDINANCE 2020-03 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TOM BEAN, TEXAS, EXTENDING THE DECLARATION OF DISASTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THERETO; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. ORDINANCE 2020-02 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY …

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders In Accordance With Federal Guidelines To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas

The following orders have been issued by Governor Abbott: Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order. Order No. 3: In accordance with …

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All Court Appearances Cancelled – will be Rescheduled

cancelled due to COVID-19

Attention Defendants In order to take necessary precautions regarding COVID-19, the Tom Bean Municipal Court will be practicing the CDC recommendations of social distancing. The Tom Bean Municipal Court has canceled all court appearances and hearings for the month. We will be resetting court hearings for a later date and you will be notified by mail, email, or phone as soon as these court dates are available. Operations will continue via telephone and email at this time. Our staff is still working diligently to serve you in the safest way possible. If you need assistance with your case, please contact …

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