Thursday, April 9, 2020

Council Extends Emergency Declaration & Postpones May Election

As a result, of the special March 23, 2020, virtual meeting, the Southlake City Council voted to extend Mayor Laura Hill’s First Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency.

The initial March 17, 2020, Declaration was for a period of seven days, and the Mayor signed a First Amended Declaration on March 23, 2020. The Council’s vote on Resolution 20-015 allows for the extension of the First Amended Declaration “based on [the] weekly review conducted by Mayor Hill and City Manager Shana Yelverton” and “until terminated by order of the City Council.”

“Local declarations are necessary for cities to qualify for disaster recovery resources from state and federal governments,” said Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski. “It also helps the City do everything it can to limit public exposure to disease and promote public health without overwhelming hospitals and other medical care facilities.”

The Declaration also states that the City will adopt all rules, regulations, and limitations issued by Tarrant County, Denton County, and the State of Texas contained in their executive orders, or disaster declarations.

The Council also voted to postpone the May 2, 2020, General and City Bond Elections to November 3, 2020, or to an earlier option as specified by Governor Greg Abbott.

To help you stay informed as this situation evolves, the City of Southlake has created an information page, www.ProtectSouthlake.com, that provides a centralized place for Southlake news and resources. It also contains links to the COVID-19 pages located on county, state, and federal sites.

For mobile phone text message updates from the City, type PROTECTSLK to 888-777. Be sure to follow Mayor Hill’s Facebook page and the City’s social media for the latest City news and to stay connected with us and each other.