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Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. "Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”
In observance of the July 4th Holiday, Burkburnett City Hall will be CLOSED Friday, July 3rd and the Collection Station will be CLOSED Saturday, July 4th. Garbage pick up will remain the same. We wish you a safe and happy holiday!
Limits Certain Businesses And Services With Direct Link To Infections Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The City of Burkburnett is officially rescinding the previous public notice issued on June 10th for nitrate levels exceeding regulatory standards. TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) recorded a reading of 10.9 mg/L, which exceeded the limit of 10 mg/L. Upon notification on June 10th, the City took an additional sample resulting in 3.85 mg/L, which has been approved by TCEQ. The City is in full compliance with state and federal regulations regarding nitrate standards.
The City of Burkburnett is seeking applicants for the Fire Chief for the City of Burkburnett’s Volunteer Fire Department. This is a part-time position that serves under the City Manager. The Fire Chief is responsible for the administration of the Volunteer Fire Department and the EMS Department. The Fire Chief will also serve as the Emergency Management Coordinator under the Mayor, who is the Emergency Management Director. The Fire Chief ensures the protection of residents and property from fire, provides supervised Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of Burkburnett, and ensures that the City’s Fire Code is enforced.Such work includes, but is not limited to, creating and maintaining department policies and budgets, ensuring required records are submitted complete and accurate, and providing all department services are continually monitored to prevent the loss of life and property by fire and/or emergency medical conditions. See attached PDF for the full job description.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the CITY OF BURKBURNETT – TX2430005 public water system that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for nitrate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established the MCL for nitrate to be 10 milligrams per liter (mg/L) based on a single sample and has determined that it is a health concern at levels above the MCL. Analysis of drinking water in your community for nitrate indicates a compliance value in quarter two of 2020 of 10.9 mg/L. (see attachment for more information)
Governor Greg Abbott announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19.
RE-OPENED: The City of Burkburnett has re-opened the playground equipment. If you have any questions, please contact Parks and Recreation at 940.569.2263. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Executive Order No. GA-23 relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
Burkburnett City Hall has re-opened our lobby. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for further information, please call City Hall at (940) 569-2263.
Governor Greg Abbott has issued the following: Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID- 19 disaster.
This detailed report helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline DSHS' minimum standard health protocols for all Texans.
REVOKED: Wichita County - Live Safe/Work Safe Order. It is our understanding that during a meeting Monday, the Wichita County Commissioner’s Court voted to revoke the “Live Safe, Work Safe” order, issued April 24. The county will be following the state’s order moving forward.
Wichita County officials are making efforts to “reopen” businesses within the County in keeping with the guidance of the CDC, Texas Department of Health & Human Services and the Governor. While this new order allows all businesses, at their discretion, to re-open, it has recommended guidelines and requirements. These are incorporated into these orders to assure public safety in the requirements of social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. This order will be effective 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020.
The City will be upholding the Federal Guidelines, State Orders, and County Orders. In doing so, there are enough standards and safeguards put in place by these two orders that the City does not foresee any reason to create an additional order at this time. Please stay tuned for further advancements and alterations to come. Please remember to practice social distancing, good hygiene, and sanitized frequently used surfaces often. This is a new frontier for all of us. Still, I am confident that in Burkburnett, we will do what is necessary to ensure the health of our community so we can open our businesses and start gathering together as soon as possible.
Local government officials are regularly communicating in an effort to adjust the COVID-19 disaster declaration requirements. Despite having one very unfortunate COVID-19 related death, countywide cooperation with the declarations has significantly flattened the projected curve. In this light, I am loosening some restrictions in three areas of my latest order. However, should we have an increase in positive test results or other indication that COVID-19 cases are increasing, actions will be taken to reduce that threat to the public. (1.) Section 7eXX Real Estate is being significantly modified as real estate is an essential service. Real Estate services will essentially return to normal with the expectation that these businesses will do as many transactions electronically possible. Before properties are shown in person to no more than five (5) people total in the property. It will be sanitized before and after in the commonly touched areas. All participants must wear a cloth face covering and gloves. Neither private sellers, agents nor property managers may conduct an in-person open house. (2.) Section 7eXXIX Golf Courses will remain under the same conditions except players now may be as close as six (6) feet, one only in a cart and no more than three (3) players coming off the same tee box. Normal playing distances between groups will be maintained. (3.) Section 7eXXX Plant Nurseries and Box Stores. These stores may operate while complying with social distancing requirements of the declaration and no more than 50% occupancy. The Wichita County Judge’s Order is immediately operational. Cities, having adopted more stringent orders, may take action to revise their orders. The complete County order with annexes is attached.
The City Staff and the Board of Commissioners continue to work around the clock to ensure the safety of our citizens. We are regularly working with the surrounding cities, Wichita County, and state officials as we navigate this unprecedented time.
Executive Order No. GA-14 relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster
After consultation with the leadership of the various cities in Wichita County, it was decided to ease the following restrictions on businesses in the County: (1) Mobile or fixed location dog groomers may accept pets for grooming under a no-contact basis from the owner or handler. The animal can be retrieved from the owner’s yard and returned or the pet may be dropped off outside the groomer’s place of business and picked up after the service has been rendered. All arrangements and payment are to be made by electronic means. (2) The order restricting the sale of seeds and garden chemicals within a store premises has been stricken. These supplies may be purchased from within the store or added to a curb side lawn or garden pick-up order.
The City staff and the Board of Commissioners are working around the clock to ensure the safety of our citizens. We are working daily with Wichita Falls, Wichita County, and state officials as we navigate this unprecedented time.
The Board of Commissioners met at 5:00 p.m. on March 27, 2020 in an Emergency Session. The attached Ordinance was passed as an emergency measure and shall become effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 and shall be in effect until the Wichita County Judge issues an Order, anticipated to be issued next week.
The City of Burkburnett values the health and wellness of those enjoying our parks and playgrounds. Health officials recently shared evidence that the novel coronavirus can survive on hard surfaces, like playground equipment. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City has closed all playground equipment within city limits until further notice. Other amenities, such as walking paths will remain open; however, residents should continue to practice social distancing and avoid gathering in large groups.
The City is working closely with Veolia North America, which operates and maintains the wastewater treatment plant, to educate people about the need to avoid flushing inappropriate items down their toilets.
The City of Burkburnett is closing its doors to foot traffic at City Hall, Police Department, Municipal Court, and the Library for an undetermined amount of time as gatherings of people are being discouraged by public health officials. All City venues can still be accessed for services via phone or online. The Library will still accept book reservations online and place the book for pickup in the foyer.
We are excited to share with you the draft of Burkburnett's Downtown Master Plan. We encourage you to share this with friends and family, share on your social media pages, and talk about with other locals so that anyone who may be interested in the plans for the downtown area has an opportunity to be part of its revitalization. Here's how you can help. First, take a look at the document itself. It is designed to be easy to skim. Second, look at the implementation actions on pages 43-47. Think about any way that you can be a resource in this effort. What talents do you have to contribute? What does your business do? What local groups do you belong to or help support that could pitch in? No contribution is too small! Third, take our short survey (only five questions!) before March 3rd to give us your feedback. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/62GCW8H. Last, be part of the adoption process for the plan. Make plans to attend the March 16th Board of Commissioners meeting, when the final plan document will be presented. We look forward to hearing from the people who have made Burkburnett a great community and who have an interest in making the downtown area a place that will once again attract locals and visitors alike.
The City of Burkburnett is engaged in a strategic planning process to define our key priorities and goals that will guide decision making for the revitalization of Downtown Burkburnett. We ask you to complete this online survey because your ideas, opinions, and recommendations are essential to the success of this process. To complete the survey, go to https://surveymonkey.com/r/DPBQV3H
The City of Burkburnett Library is CLOSED for new shelving installation. The Library will re-open on December 26, 2019.
If you are interested in serving on an advisory board, the city is currently accepting applications. Please complete the application and drop it off at City Hall. Our particular need at this time is for members on the Hotel Occupancy Tax Board, along with the Planning & Zoning Commission. We will, however, accept applications for interest on other city boards. Applications will be retained for 12 months.