The Levelland City Council held their regular meeting by tele-conference and video conference.
During the public comment section they heard from a citizen who is a registered nurse concerning the fact that various organizations are still gathering and ignoring the social distancing requirement and the fact that in some instances their are 20 or more people. She urges the council to crack down on this and absolutely not allow gathering and everyone follow the requirements of the Governor’s executive order.
The council then discussed the Stay Home order which they put in place last week. They clarified that an attorney general opinion has clarified that church services must be remote broadcast if possible, if not they can have live services, however they must follow the CDC guidelines. They also added an exception for car dealerships allowing online and phone sales, however, the showrooms must be closed It was noted that the service and parts sections of dealerships are considered essential and may remain open. The council also discussed the clause which had allowed for small non essential businesses to remain open, if they followed guidelines of no more than 10 people in the business at one time including staff and followed extra sanitation measures, however they removed that clause tonight saying, the situation has gotten dramatically worse since a week ago and we must take this action. That sentiment was echoed by all council members. It was noted that people are still gathering in large numbers around homes for parties which is strictly prohibited. You are asked to contact the police department if you see a large gathering. The Police Department said that their has not been a major issue that people are dispersing when asked. Councilwoman Breann Buxkemper said “the situation has gotten worse and we have to make this change.” The change was approved on a unanimous vote. The Mayor will review the current order next week and can make changes without council approval. The order remains in effect until 11:59 pm on April 30th unless extended, rescinded or canceled by action of the Mayor or City Council. The new order takes effect at 11:59 pm on Monday, April 6th. This change will bring the order in agreement with the Governor’s Executive Order.
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The council took action to cancel the May 2 election and move it to November 3rd as their is not a safe way to have the election at this time as early voting would be starting in approximately two weeks. The Governor’s office is allowing city’s and schools to hold the election in November. South Plains College Regents election will also be held on November 3rd.
The council also took action to declare the only candidate running for District C Council, the incumbent Breann Buxkemper as elected and canceling the election for that seat.
The council also took action to change the bylaws for the Main Street Advisory Board to allow them to meet and not be subject to open meetings act. As an Advisory Board, they are not subject to the Open Meetings Act by State Law, however, the city council has in the past required them to be subject to the Open Meetings Act. This change will make it possible for board members to meet virtually to discuss some upcoming events and make decisions concerning those events.