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City Manager Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates - Updated 4/3/20 3:00 P.M.


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April 3, 2020, 3:00 P.M.

Dear Citizens,
 
It certainly has been an eventful week and we wanted to share a few thoughts with everyone before this Friday came to a close.
 
We have our Regular Scheduled City Council Meeting on Tuesday April 7th at 5:30pm. You can tune into that with Zoom and the login credentials are:

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The agenda for the meeting is posted on our website and the backup material will be posted by 5pm Monday. We will have several department heads speaking relative to the City's response to Coronavirus along with Council contemplating some changes/additions to the Emergency Ordinance.
 
Several of our citizens have also noticed action that Ft. Stockton took earlier this week lowering their utility billing rates by 50% for the April billing. The City of Alpine will discuss that action Tuesday. One of the parts we do like to share is that our current Water billing rate is 65.2% of the state average for similar sized cities and our Sewer billing rate is 49.2% of the state average. We have historically worked to keep our rates in Alpine lower than our peer cities in Texas.
 
Chief Martin and I continue to get calls about compliance concerns with the current Emergency Ordinances enacted by the City and County. We ask our citizens to help us with sending in pictures along with the phone calls and emails. They help our police team as they move forward with the discussions and potential citations.
 
We've been asked about the Golf Course and why that remains open during the Shelter at Home Order from Brewster County. The golf course is a place where people go for exercise and the course has implemented new cart policies (two people are not allowed in the same cart unless they are from the same household) along with only one person in the pro-shop at a time. Players are encouraged to walk as well. The inside bar/eatery has been closed for renovations. Chief Martin and his team are at the club daily and the staff have worked hard at compliance.
 
The grocery stores are implementing a policy similar to what was seen in Midland (limiting to 10% of the approved Occupancy Rate). Trae Dutchover from Porters has shared with us this recommendation and we are helping support the implementation.
 
If you have additional concerns, please reach out with calls and emails. As shared earlier, please send pictures if available. Chief Martin and our Police team are focused on high visibility and quick resolve for any items that pop up.
 
We continue to see great information crop up on the internet (nationally and locally) on ways to deal with the stresses and challenges that this pandemic has presented. I want to give a special thanks to Chris and Geo for keeping information flowing from our City website and Visit Alpine website.
 
Congrats to Dr. Ekta Escovar on being positioned as the Health Authority for the County. On behalf of the City, your health care advocacy and common sense approach is recognized and appreciated. Thank you for your tireless efforts to support the City, County and Region.
 
Kind regards,
Erik


April 1, 2020, 3:00 P.M.

Dear Citizens,

As we exited March yesterday, we experienced several changes and enhanced Executive Orders from our Governor and Brewster County Judge. We posted both those orders on our website and encourage everyone to take some time and read through them. Social distancing and minimizing human interaction over the next several weeks is key to helping control the spread of COVID-19.

Chief Martin was very busy with his staff late yesterday as there seemed to be some confusion with folks about the capacities and their abilities to grocery shop. There was a resurgence of folks at the grocery stores last evening. We want to make sure our citizens know that the grocery stores will continue to remain open and it's important to keep the volume of people down within the store and spread out the shopping to help maintain social distancing. Trae Dutchover from Porter's is working with Chief and our team on steps to help ensure we limit the amount of people in the store at any given time. Porter's has also sent out guidance on having one person per household come at a time (their guidance was shared on their Facebook page).

Jennifer Stewart (Animal Control Supervisor) will be on the radio tomorrow morning (9am) to discuss our Animal Control operation along with how she, her team, the Humane Society, and our volunteers are helping manage the pet population. Please tune in to KVLF for that morning 2nd Cup of Coffee with Jennifer.

Chris Ruggia and Marci Tuck continue to work through the communication plan to help people use the tools associated with the CARES Act. We encourage business owners to engage quickly on the petitioning of these funds as they typically are a 'first come, first served'.

The following 6 minute video from Mythbusters (https://www.dmarge.com/2020/03/mythbusters-contamination-experiment.html  does a fantastic job at showing contamination and why social distancing is so important.

Thank you all for your patience and care of other community members.

Kind regards,
Erik


March 30, 2020, 5:00 P.M.

Dear Citizens,

A very busy day here in Alpine and I hope many of you were able to listen to the 3pm radio show on KVLF where Judge Cano and I gave an update on the progressions in Alpine and Brewster County. If you were not able to listen today, we are reposting the interview on our website. The Judge and I fielded discussions and questions on Shelter in Place, CARES Act, Social Distancing, Big Bend National Park, Retail stores, Restaurants and other topics. Thank you Big Bend Radio for making your studios available to us for the talk.

Big Bend Radio Interview with City Manager & Brewster County Judge, Part 1
Big Bend Radio Interview with City Manager & Brewster County Judge, Part 2

Chief Martin and I also made the rounds today speaking to several retail stores in town about further steps they are implementing to help with social distancing and controlling numbers of people in the stores at any one time. Many of the retailers have also ordered the checkout counter 'shields' and hope to have within the next two weeks. We are also asking our citizens to be mindful of keeping the shopping to small numbers. Shop at off-peak times and make it a point to 'come back later' if you drive up to the grocery store and the parking lot already has many cars. These are the little things we can do now to help minimize future problems.

Blog 3-30-20

The following link is to the SBA Loan application process: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
This is the streamlined loan application.   We believe the important actions are to get this information out so that our small businesses can apply now.   There is even an area that the business can check off getting $10,000 of cash immediately if they qualify.
 
Thank you for being a citizen of Alpine, Brewster County, part of our tourism community, or just someone who cares. We live in a special place on this earth.
 
Kind regards,
Erik  


March 27, 2020, 4:30 P.M.

Dear Citizens,


Thank you all again for your patience and continued communications during this ever-changing and trying time in our community and across the globe. We hear stories daily of challenges that people are working to overcome as well as the heroic efforts of medical professionals dealing with the COVID-19 virus along with their normal run of work.

With the CARES Act going through final signatories and then implementation, we wanted to get 'Cliff Notes' out to the public to share thoughts on how this impacts our citizens. A big 'thank you' to Chris Ruggia, Marci Tuck and Megan Antrim for reading through the legislation, briefs and compiling a list for you to review. Please take time to review the attachment.

CARES ACT INFORMATION - CITY OF ALPINE

One disclaimer - this is a compilation of notes from our City team and not an exhaustive list of all the resources available. We simply wanted to help give our businesses and citizens a head-start.

We've also reached out to our County Judge Cano and EMC Stephanie Elmore to offer assistance for the available FEMA Public Assistance. Megan Antrim on our team worked with Tom Santry about a decade ago relative to the Assistance from the wildfires and has experience.

Next Tuesday (March 31, 2020) we will be hosting a Virtual Meeting with City Manager for our local hoteliers at 10am. We will use Zoom for that conference and Chris is getting the log-in information out. This conference will be designed to address questions and concerns from our local hotel and motel community. Later that day we will have a Virtual Coffee with the City Manager. The time on that will be 4pm-6pm on Tuesday 3-31-2020. Because we had to cancel last weeks Coffee with the City Manager at the Visitor Center, we wanted to add a forum back in for consistent communication in our community.

Login credentials for the Virtual Coffee with City Manager are:

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One final note, we were able to provide some work for a couple of local employees displaced by the pandemic. As we learn of others, we are working to help connect them with others who need short term or long term work to be done.
 
Kind regards,
Erik


March 26, 2020, 4:30 P.M.

Dear Citizens,

Thank you to everyone who attended (via Zoom) our Special City Council meeting last evening. We were able to review and accept the FY 2018-19 Audit, approved the 2nd Reading of the Ordinance Amending this years Budget and approved pushing our May City elections this year to the November 3, 2020 General Election. If you would like to review the documents or video from the meeting, they are here on our website.

The core team of the Judge, Sheriff, Mayor, Chief, Hospital, Schools and myself reconvened this morning to discuss impacts of the current Emergency Declarations in Alpine and Brewster County along with discussion on several of the Shelter in Place Emergency Ordinances/Directives passed in different Texas cities.

A copy of the Ft Stockton Ordinance can be found here:  https://cityoffortstockton.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ORDINANCE-NO-20-101.pdf 

A copy of the City of Presidio Local Emergency Directive: https://presidiotx.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CItyPresidioLocalEmergencyDirective.pdf

We have continued to contemplate whether a shelter in place or curfew is needed in Alpine and/or Brewster County. I have received several comments today that many citizens are pleased to see the overall compliance with the existing Emergency Ordinance in place. We will immediately call another Emergency Meeting when/if additional action is necessary.

We continue to receive a tremendous amount of feedback on tourism impacts to Alpine, Brewster County and the Big Bend region. Chris Ruggia continues to work diligently on communication of ideas and thoughts with our local hoteliers and tourism contacts. Chris manages our https://visitalpinetx.com/ page and it is a great repository of information. Chris is also doing a great job at pulling together information relative to the Stimulus relief packages, their applicability to tourism and small business. Our goal is to help kick-start the businesses as we pull through the pandemic.

Chief Martin and I are also working on a more comprehensive plan to address Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement resources in times of crisis to ensure we identify any resource gaps and fill them. 

Please feel free to reach out to staff with additional questions and concerns. Thank you for choosing Alpine as your home and we appreciate our citizens patience during this trying time. We also love the fact that many people across the globe have picked Alpine and west Texas as a place to travel through the years. As our world and country exit this pandemic we look forward to great visits and fun activities in the Big Bend Region.

Kind regards
Erik


March 25, 2020, 11:30 A.M.

Dear Citizens,

Thank you all for using this forum for information gathering and the City team appreciates all the calls and questions we are receiving from our Citizens and others who care about Alpine. We are working diligently to get back with people as quickly as possible to help navigate through the questions.

We will be having a Special City Council meeting this evening (planned a couple of weeks ago) to go through the 2018-19 Audit readout along with three other items. The packet is online now for your perusal. We will be using Zoom for the meeting and the credentials are also on our website and below:

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We have received a few notices questioning compliance on the Emergency Ordinance passed by Council on Friday closing the Hotels, Motels and STR's (minus the exceptions listed in the Ordinance). We are addressing those compliance issues daily and appreciate the feedback to myself, Chief and his team. 

City Officials and Staff continue to monitor the Shelter in Place and Shelter at Home rules passed by other cities in Texas, as well as other places around the country. The Mayor, Chief and myself will meet again tomorrow with the County Judge, Sheriff, EMC, Hospital and Schools to discuss further those implications to Alpine and Brewster County. Most specifically if we were to have a positive test case in Alpine or Brewster County.

Adelina Beall has posted the following Recycle Center Update. Please reach out to her with any questions ( environmental.services@ci.alpine.tx.us) as she is a wonderful source of information.

Recycling Center Closed 

In driving through Alpine last evening, I saw many families out on walks, spending time getting fresh air and also being mindful of the generous spacing the outdoors provides. Reminded me of my youth here in Alpine and the good times riding your bike around town, laughing and enjoying the sunshine.

With the Federal Stimulus dollars being prepared for citizens and businesses, we will be working internally (Megan Antrim, Marci Tuck and Chris Ruggia) to understand the implications and availability for businesses and the City. Most of all, it's important we stay on top of how the stimulus dollars can be drawn in to help the community, it's businesses and residents. More to come on that piece.

On a final note, Dr. Escovar has shared with us that the virus does not like heat. The hot weather for the next several days is a good thing.

Kind regards,
Erik


March 24, 2020, 11:05 A.M.

Dear Citizens,

I wanted to start off today's post with thanking all of our medical providers and first responders in Alpine and Brewster County. It is your tireless efforts that are appreciated by all as we navigate through the worlds, nations, states and local communities responses to COVID-19. As Chief Martin reminded me yesterday, there was not a printed playbook for this pandemic and we are working to be mindful of the needs of our medical community as they deal with cases across the globe.

The County Commissioners Court re-convened yesterday afternoon to put more clarity around the hotel, motel, STR and RV language. A copy of their updated amendment can be found here:  http://www.brewstercountytx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Amended-Declaration-of-Local-State-of-Disaster-Due-to-Public-Health-Emergency-March-23-2020.pdf 

Chief Martin and his team have also been putting out their sign trailers on the edges of town to help provide messaging to residents and those folks still trying to head out this way.

The City had our Department Head / Staff Meeting this morning (all conducted on Zoom Conference) to give critical updates to peers/counterparts on actions that each department is taking. Keeping our team abreast of each others activities at this time is important for the health of our City.  Also, with many employees working from home, we are discussing different training modules staff are utilizing and sharing amongst departments.

Many of you have seen the different 'Shelter in Place' orders that some cities in Texas have enacted and some states have enacted. We are reviewing those now in case the Governor determines to enact something similar statewide. Understanding how we would implement is crucial to being able to effectively communicate with our citizens. As of this blog post we ARE NOT currently in a 'Shelter in Place' order, we are only researching and better understanding the implications for Alpine.

Stephanie L. (Billing Department Supervisor) has issued letters to our customers who are late with their March utility payment. We have pushed-out turn-offs, but need a written response if there is a hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic and changes.  We are also taking the same approach with our Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) that are due April 20th. Chris Ruggia will be getting a letter out to our hoteliers, moteliers and short term rental businesses later this week.

Speaking of Chris Ruggia...he is very creative. Below you will see an Alpine Social Distancing Bingo sheet. We hope this provides a needed distraction for you and lightens your day.

SOCIAL DISTANCING BINGO
 
Kind Regards,
Erik


March 23, 2020, 9:30 A.M.

Dear Citizens,
 
The weather was beautiful in Alpine this weekend and I hope you were able to rest and continue with information gathering. We are fortunate to have a variety of resources to review and gain insight with.
 
Chief Martin and I spoke several times over the weekend, primarily working with the hoteliers and their questions about acceptable occupants, etc.. based on the Oridinance the City passed Friday March 20, 2020. Chief has assigned Lieutenant Felipe Fierro on his team to meet with each hotelier daily and get their counts and nature of each guest. All the hoteliers have been amenable to this approach and we believe this will be the smoothest way to handle for our community. Chief and I also listened to the Governor's call yesterday regarding the transportation of goods/freight across Texas and the country. Based on the Governor's approach, and Union Pacific and Amtrak being labeled by Department of Homeland Security as critical infrastructure employees, we are working with them on the housing. We will revisit that point with Council on Wednesday to provide additional updates (if needed) to the Ordinance. With that said, we are very focused on the lists that Felipe is pulling for us daily and know that the data will help us immensely in the continued decision making.
 
Chief, Scott Perry and I also met with Andrew Pierce and Shea Roberts from West Texas Ambulance this morning to get a status on their preparedness and our EMS / Ambulance Services. They gave us a status update and will work back with Chief and myself on any needs that arise (or concerns). We asked them to also give updates to the community through their Facebook page and we will repurpose those updates on our City webpage. We appreciate the added information as it is important to our community.
 
Texas Disposal Systems may run a little later in the evening (to 8:15p - but no later than dark) to keep up with trash pickup. They are down one person and had requested to bring in someone from Austin to keep up. We asked them to handle with their current staff instead and picking up trash until dark would be acceptable.
 
Thanks again for all you do to help your neighbor during this time. We are blessed to have many elderly and a lot of retirees in our community. With that population comes wisdom. Ensuring we have great consistent medical services for them and all citizens is our priority.
 
Kind regards,
Erik

 


March 20, 2020, 5:35 P.M.

Dear Citizens,

The Alpine City Council took action this afternoon to approve the Emergency Ordinance that was proposed and posted on our website. There was one amendment to the Ordinance allowing people that are permanent residents in the hotels/motels to remain.

The approved and signed Ordinance will also be posted on our website this evening. We are also posting the Zoom conference video at the written comments posed by a variety of people.

If you have any specific questions on the Ordinance, please email the Chief and myself.

Kind regards,

Erik


March 20, 2020, 11:15 A.M.

Dear Citizens,

Friday is finally upon us and we've certainly all experienced a busy week. Thanks for all the hard work by our Citizens researching the changes and developments relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunities we all have to fight this challenge.

Our Mayor has called an Emergency City Council meeting to contemplate and Emergency Ordinance related to this Public Health Emergency. The meeting will take place at 4pm today. Because of the health requirements not allowing gatherings of 10 or more people, we will also be using Zoom for conferencing purposes. Only nine people will be allowed into Council Chambers (most of those will be Mayor, Council and staff). The Zoom credentials for those who want to log-in online are:

https://zoom.us/j/658190254?pwd=MzkzTVh4Nk1PUkJETXM3Y3NOY2VrUT09

I would suggest you download Zoom ahead of time and try the application out so you have some level of familiarity with its operation.
You can also join by phone: 1 574-404-3387  PIN: 752 739 723#  
 
The primary item in the Ordinance being contemplated is closing our Hotels, Motels and Short Term Rentals (STR's) from noon Sunday March 22nd through noon Monday April 6th. Consideration will also be given to Military and Law Enforcement needs.
 
Please reach out to us at City Hall with any questions and we hope to see you 'virtually' at 4pm today.
 
Kind Regards, 
Erik

 


March 19, 2020, 3:00 P.M.

Dear Citizens,

I had the opportunity to sit in on the Commissioners Court meeting this morning as they listened to many public comments and poured over a decision to create additional restrictions to the County Judges Declaration of Local State of Disaster from yesterday.

During the Court meeting, there was an adjournment to listen to Governor Abbott's response and order: During his Thursday announcement Abbott issued an executive order that took a number of steps to combat the coronavirus:

  • Limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people
  • Prohibiting eating and drinking at restaurants and bars
  • Closing gyms
  • Ban people from visiting nursing homes except for critical care
  • Temporarily close schools

Abbott’s executive order goes into effect at midnight Friday.

Commissioner's Court then reconvened and took action to follow the Governor's guidelines.
 
With that being said, we are working with our City Staff to ensure we follow the orders specific to local eateries, watering holes, gyms, parks, schools, etc... Becky McCutchen also immediately released a note adhering to the guidelines with AISD not opening until after April 3rd (please check with the school on any 'school-at-home' initiatives they are working towards).
 
At the City, we are also limiting staff at our offices and having as many work/train from home to provide more quarantine and self-isolation opportunities.
 
We also think heavily about our parks and ask our citizens to be cognizant of gatherings at the park. Please keep them below 10 people. Our parks are very big and can accommodate several groups of under 10 people scattered at different locations. No practicing of teams on the ballfields. Under 10 is a good number to follow.
 
We are continuing to keep plugged in to our local, state and national resources and enhance our messaging as additional information becomes available.
 
Thank you for your continued effort, patience and the help of our older persons in Alpine.
 
Kind regards,
Erik


March 19, 2020

Dear Citizens,

With the escalating concerns relative to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and continued advisement from our CDC, National, State and County governments, we are closing our lobby's at City offices effective immediately. This will be in effect through Friday March 27, 2020. We will still have limited employees working in our buildings.

Our goal is to help limit people to people interaction during this time of need and concern and use technology instead.

If you need to pay a bill, please use our dropbox outside of City Hall.

Our phone lines are open and please call with any questions. You can also email specific staff and email addresses are listed on our website.

David Hale (Building Official) and his team will still be doing field inspections. Call him or Tony if you need to arrange a permit.

Scott Perry and his Utility teams will still be working items in the field and ensuring we have healthy and safe utility deliveries.

Chief Martin will be highly visible with his team in our community.

Eddie Molinar and his team will still be out taking care of our streets and parks.

I encourage everyone to take some time to read over the national, state and local guidelines. Minimize your engagements with others to essential needs for the next week (ie, grocery shopping and groups of less than 10 people).

It's also a great time to spend reading all those books you have on the shelf and have been waiting to read. Learning is a lifelong sport.

Kind Regards,

Erik


March 18, 2020

Dear Citizens,
 
Thank you for continuing to look at the blog for updates at the City and current updates on the City's response related to COVID-19.
 
We hosted a meeting with other community leaders yesterday morning in an effort to have a combined PSA for the community and region. I am attaching a link to that release for your reading and consideration. Please view the PSA here:

NEWS RELEASE
 
Our City Council also met last evening and we discussed the COVID-19 epidemic. Notes from the City Manager report as well as the video from the meeting can be seen on our website.
 
As the responses continue to evolve and develop, and changes occur, we will put information on our website to help citizens get needed information. We also appreciate the Judge's willingness to help put out continued updates collectively from the rest of the community leaders.  Please also take time to review the Sul Ross State University website (https://www.sulross.edu/) for their current information and the Alpine Independent School District website (https://www.alpine.esc18.net/) for their current information.
 
Directly related to the City of Alpine, we are:
1. Asking citizens who come to City Hall to pay a bill, drop it in the dropbox if they have the check with the exact amount. Our lobby will continue to be open for cash paying residents and new applicants.
2. Our Visitor Center door will remain locked for the time being. Information brochures are available on the front porch of the Visitor Center and we also ask you to go to the VisitAlpineTx.Com website.
3. Our team is updating restaurant hours and openings on the VisitAlpineTx.Com website, though please remember that is subject to change daily.
4. We continue to have heightened awareness of the need to provide healthy water, sanitation, gas and sewer services. Our field teams continue to treat this as our #1 PRIORITY!
5. Chief Martin and our Police team are working to be highly visible in town and ready to answer questions and assist people. This is also true of our Animal Control team.
6. We have asked any City employees who have the capability to work from home to do just that.
7. The City has a good sick policy and all employees who appear sick are sent home for healing.
8. We ask people to be responsible in their buying behaviours at our local stores and buy what you need, but please do not hord. There are many older residents in our community that need regular satiation of their diets to help them continue with their health. IF you bought a bunch of TP, find a friend or neighbor who needs some and please share - kindness matters. If you bought a bunch of food and are way overstocked, find a friend or neighbor and share. Thank you PORTERS for updating your hours and allowing our Senior Citizens to have the first hours of shopping daily to them.
9. The CDC has good information on behaviours and guidelines related to COVID-19. Please read and follow. Social distancing, hygiene and other key topics are mapped out well in their documents.
10. If you are having any issues paying bills related to COVID-19 and loss of work, please reach out to us at City Hall for help, advice and guidance. Our team is also looking at local businesses in town who need some short term help in stocking shelves, etc...
 
 
Kind regards,
Erik


March 13, 2020

COVID-19

Dear Citizens,
 
We wanted to take a few moments to share with you our thoughts and concerns relative to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) as we continue to see more advanced measures and precautions being taken across communities in the US and the World.
 
Our hospital (Big Bend Regional Medical Center) under the leadership of Rick Flores hosted a workshop last Wednesday (March 4, 2020) in which all community leaders and law enforcement groups were invited. The workshop was led by Dr. Ekta Escovar and she shared information on the disease and the precautionary measures shared by the Center for Disease Control (CDC -  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html ).  We had posted that information on our website after the workshop.
 
The disease and precautionary measures are advancing daily and yesterday Sul Ross State University President Dr. Bill Kibler has also issued the following statement and guidance (https://www.sulross.edu/page/3273/emergency-alerts ).
At The City of Alpine we continue to communicate with our Hospital, Sul Ross, School District, plus other law enforcement and governing agencies to ensure we have a coordinated approach for our community.
 
Relative to the Utilities that the City of Alpine provides (Water, Wastewater, Gas, Trash) they are all operating under normal business hours and we communicate back with state governing agencies to ensure we are following the up-to-date safety protocols to best protect our citizens through this time. We have also asked our leadership team to ensure employees are following heightened health, safety and sanitary procedures. City Hall is scheduled to continue to be open.
 
The City of Alpine also has a robust sick leave policy and we are ensuring employees utilize their sick days to stay home, rest and recover as needed or as directed by their supervisor.
 
We will also have time on our City Council agenda March 17, 2020 to discuss COVID-19 with the most up to date information possible.
 
Please feel free to reach out to me at City Hall or email me with any additional thoughts, concerns or questions.
 
Kind regards,
Erik