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AND AT THIS TIME, IT IS 7:31 P.M. AND WE ARE GOING TO CONVENE

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INTO OUR REGULAR SESSION. WE DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE AND COME BACK, DO WE, GUYS? OKAY.

THE FIRST ITEM ON OUR -- IT' NOT ON OUR AGENDA, BUT IT IS ON MY AGENDA, WILL BE OUR INVOCATION AND CONGRESSMAN BROWN WILL BE

LEADING US. >> THANK YOU, MAYOR.

LET'S PRAY. FATHER IN HEAVEN I THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENCE HERE WITH US TONIGHT.

WE HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE YOU AND ASK THAT YOU WOULD GRANT US THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION THAT WOULD BE ENLIGHTENED TO KNOW AND TO DO YOUR WILL AS WE CONSIDER THE ISSUES BEFORE US. I PRAY, LORD, FOR THE MAYOR, FOR THIS COUNCIL, OUR CITY MANAGER, DEPARTMENT HEADS, OUR JUDGES AND COURT, OUR POLICE, FIRE PERSONNEL AND CITY STAFF, AS WE ALL WORK TOGETHER TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THE PEOPLE OF ROWLETT.

LORD, BE WITH OUR PASTORS, OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS, EDUCATORS AND BUSINESSES IN THIS COMMUNE AS THEY SERVE OUR CITIZENS.

FATHER, I PRAY FOR OUR FAMILIES, FOR THOSE WHO ARE MOURNING, THAT YOU WOULD COMFORT THEM. FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK, THAT YOU ADMINISTER YOUR HEALING TOUCH. FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRESSED FINANCIALLY, THAT YOU WOULD PROVIDE FOR THEIR EVERY NEED.

AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRESSED, THAT YOU WOULD GIVE THEM PEACE.

IN THIS WEEK AS WE APPROACH EASTER AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS TIME OF UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES, WE'RE KEENLY AWARE OF OUR DEPENDENCE ON YOUR GOODNESS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS TO US. WE ASK FOR YOUR CONTINUED PROTECTION, DIRECTION AND BLESSING UPON OUR CITY.

IN JESUS NAME, AMEN. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, COUNCILMAN BROWN. APPRECIATE THAT.

ALL RIGHT. FIRST ITEM WE'RE GOING TO BE

[5A. Discuss the COVID-19 event and take any necessary action.]

DISCUSSING IS ITEM 5A WHICH IS TO DISCUSS COVID-19 EVENT AND TAKE NECESSARY ACTIONS. AS BRIAN HAS A POWER POINT SLIDE THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING FROM TONIGHT.

BEFORE HE GETS INTO THAT PRESENTATION, I JUST HAVE SOME OPENING COMMENTS I'D LIKE TO MAKE.

NOT JUST TO COUNCIL, BUT TO OUR PUBLIC.

WE KNOW THAT THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAVE BEEN A WHIRL WIND OF INFORMATION. WE ARE ALL ADJUSTING TO THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS PLACED UPON OUR LIVES AND TO HELP OUR COMMUNITIES NAVIGATE THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THERE IS NO GREATER RESOURCE IN ROWLETT THAN OUR PEOPLE.

AND YOU ALL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE. WE'RE ALL WORKING FROM HOME, STRUGGLING TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN HAPPY, HEALTHY AND EDUCATED WHILE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. PERHAPS FACING THE PRESSURES OF LOST INCOME, OR MAYBE JUST WORN OUT.

WORRIED ABOUT LOVED ONES, WEARY FROM THE IMPACTS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS, EAGER TO KNOW WHEN LIFE MAY RETURN TO SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMAL. SOME OF OUR FAMILIES ARE DEALING WITH ALL THESE STRUGGLES AT ONCE AND OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU.

THIS SITUATION IS TRULY UNPRECEDENTED TO ALL OF US, SO PLEASE SHOW OUR BUSINESSES, OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND STAFF MEMBERS, AND OUR FELLOW RESIDENTS AS MUCH GRACE AS POSSIBLE. WE ARE ALL WORKING TOWARD A COMMON GOAL TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US.

SO TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN OUR LIVES. HERE'S WHAT WE DO KNOW.

TOGETHER, ROWLETT WILL WEATHER THE STORM AND WE'LL COME OUT OF IT STRONGER THAN BEFORE. FOR NOW THOUGH, PLEASE STAY HOME, STAY SAFE AND LET'S ALL TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.

SO WITH THAT, WE'RE GONNA START OUR COVID DISCUSSION AND, BRIAN, OR LAURA, COULD YOU PULL UP THAT POWER.? -- POWER POINT?

>> COULD WE GO ON TO SLIDE 2? FIRST OFF JUST WANT TO UPDATE THE COUNCIL ON THE ORDERS THAT HAVE COME OUT RECENTLY.

LAST WEEK MARCH 31ST THE GOVERNOR ISSUED GA14, WHERE HE WEIGHED IN ON A LOT OF THE ISSUES THAT WE'RE SEEING ACROSS THE STATE, VARIETY OF DIFFERENT COUNTIES HAVING DIFFERENT STANDARDS. AT ONE POINT THERE WERE JUST A

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FEW DOZEN COUNTIES THAT HAD POSITIVE COVID CONFIRMATION OF COVID CASES, BUT TODAY THERE'S 154 COUNTIES ACROSS TEXAS AND MORE TO COME. THAT'S THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER.

WE HAVE RECEIVED ALMOST DAILY AMENDMENTS TO THE DALLAS COUNTY ORDERS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE FOCUS HAS BEEN ON, COURSE, WITH THE GOVERNOR AS WELL AS THE COUNTY JUDGES IS TO HAVE PEOPLE SHELTER IN PLACE AND TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. LIMIT ACTIVITIES TO THOSE THAT ARE ESSENTIAL. IF YOU GOT TO GO TO THE GROCERY STORE, YOU GO. IF YOU GOT TO GO TO THE DOCTOR, YOU GO. BUT TO LIMIT NONESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES. AND TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE IN PUBLIC. THERE ARE, YOU KNOW, THIS PAST WEEKEND, OF COURSE, THERE WAS RAIN, SO NOT EVERYBODY GOT TOUT WEEK BEFORE. IT WAS NICE AND THAT WAS THE FIRST NICE WEATHER WE HAD IN AWHILE.

IT DOES CREATE SOME ADDITIONAL CONCERNS WHEN WE'RE SEEING PEOPLE, EVEN WHEN THEY'RE WALKING AND ON TRAILS, SO CLOSE TOGETHER. THE CDC HAS RECOMMENDED A MINIMUM OF SIX FEET. THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE THAT IT TAKES TO KEEP THE CORONAVIRUS FROM BEING ABLE TO ATTACH PERSON TO PERSON. JUST TODAY THE GOVERNOR CLOSED ALL STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES, AGAIN FOR THAT VERY REASON, AND THAT IS THAT OUT IN PUBLIC, THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE THAT ARE TOO CLOSE TOGETHER AND THAT ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES OF THE CDC. ALL ALONG THE WHILE, CITY OF ROWLETT, WE'VE BEEN ENGAGING AND COMMUNICATING WITH OUR BUSINESSES, WITH OUR PUBLIC, TRYING TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THE NEW RULES. AS THE MAYOR SAID EARLIER, THAT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT WHEN IT'S CHANGING ALMOST DAILY.

THIS HAS BEEN A VERY FLUID SITUATION, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, AS THIS PANDEMIC CONTINUES TO GROW, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WHY THERE HAS BEEN SO MANY CHANGES. AND THE MAYOR, I THINK YOU HAD SOME COMMENTS ABOUT TODAY AS WELL.

>> NO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BRIAN.

THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING THAT THE GOVERNOR DID CLOSE THE STATE PARKS TODAY. THAT'S FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME, UNTIL HE DEEMS OTHERWISE.

WHAT I DO WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW IS WE HAVE NOT CLOSED OUR MUNICIPAL PARKS AND THE GOVERNOR IS NOT ASKING US TO CLOSE OUR LOCAL PARKS. HOWEVER, PLEASE KNOW OUR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, OUR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT IS NOT OPEN FOR USE. CERTAINLY KIDS KINGDOM IN TOTALITY IS NOT OPEN. OUR PUBLIC PARKS ARE OPEN, BUT PLEASE MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN YOU'RE IN THOSE PARKS. PLEASE DON'T PLAY BASKETBALL.

IT IS A CONTACT SPORT THAT IS VERY HIGH RISK.

SO OUR BASKETBALL COURTS SHOULD NOT BE USED.

WHAT I DID WANT TO TELL EVERYBODY IS THAT IT'S REALLY BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ADMINISTRATIVELY TO KEEP UP WITH THE DALLAS COUNTY ORDERS. JUST FROM THE STANDPOINT OF CONTINUING TO ISSUE CITY OF ROWLETT ORDERS TO CONCUR WITH THOSE. THE APPROACH WE'VE TAKEN IN THE CITY OF ROWLETT IS THAT, YOU KNOW, WE WILL ABIDE BY THE DALLAS COUNTY ORDERS CITY WIDE AND THAT WE HAVE BEEN AMENDING OUR ORDERS, OUR CITY OF ROWLETT ORDERS TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE DALLAS COUNTY ORDERS. AND THAT HAS JUST CAUSED, QUITE FRANKLY, A LITTLE BIT OF -- NOT A LITTLE BIT, A LOT OF ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN, WHICH WE COULD BE USING THOSE RESOURCES IN OTHER MANNERS. IT ALSO HAS CAUSED A LITTLE BIT OF CONFUSION. SO WHAT I PROPOSE TO DO, WHAT I WILL BE DOING TODAY, THIS IS WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRE ROWLETT CITY COUNCIL, IS, I WILL BE AMENDING MY CITY OF ROWLETT ORDER TO JUST SIMPLY INCORPORATE THE LATEST VERSIONS OF THE DALLAS COUNTY ORDERS INTO THE CITY OF ROWLETT ORDERS.

SO THAT WAY IT JUST MAKES IT REAL CLEAN AND CLEAR AND REDUCES THAT ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN AND EVERYBODY IN THE CITY OF ROWLETT JUST NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE DALLAS COUNTY ORDERS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE CITY OF ROWLETT ORDERS AND WE WILL CONTINUE COMMUNICATING TO OUR PUBLIC THOSE CHANGES THAT OCCUR IN THE DALLAS COUNTY ORDERS. SO THAT'S WHAT WE'LL BE DOING GOING FORWARD. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM ANYBODY ON THAT? OKAY.

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I'LL BE AMENDING THAT ORDER TON

TONIGHT. >> CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT PAGE.

IN DALLAS COUNTY, WE HAD 106 NEW CASES TODAY.

YOU CAN SEE FROM THE CHARTS THAT WE'VE ADDED FROM THE DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES THAT THE TOTAL CASE COUNT IN DALLAS COUNTY, THIS IS AS OF TODAY, WAS 1,291.

TYPICALLY WHEN WE GET THE DAILY REPORT, IT'S USUALLY FROM THE PREVIOUS DAY. SO JUST TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION. THE CHART IS KIND OF REALLY INTERESTING. IT SHOWS YOU THE CUMULATIVE CASES OVERALL AND HOW MANY INVOLVE HOSPITAL STAYS VERSUS HOW MANY HAVE NOT. SO THE POINT THAT I WANTED TO MAKE IS THAT OF ALL THE CASES REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION, TYPICALLY IT IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE OVER 60 YEARS OF AGE OR HAVE AT LEAST ONE HIGH-RISK CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITION.

IN PARTICULAR, THOSE WITH DIABETES HAS BEEN HARD AFFECTED.

THERE'S ABOUT ALMOST 30% OF THOSE THAT HAVE REQUIRED HOSPITALIZATION, HAVE BEEN THOSE WITH DIABETES.

SO THIS HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY TOUGH ON THEM.

THE OTHER THING THAT I WANTED TO PASS ON THROUGH THE COUNCIL IS THAT THIS VIRUS HAS HAS NO RESPECT TO AGE OR GENDER.

EVERY AGE GROUP IN ROWLETT HAS AT LEAST ONE CASE, AND SOME CASES SEVERAL. YOU CAN SEE IN THE DALLAS COUNTY REPORT THAT DOWN IN THE BOTTOM LEFT-HAND CORNER, THEY BREAK 0-17, 18-40 IN HOW MANY CASES THERE ARE.

IN ROWLETT'S EXAMPLE, WHICH I'LL SHOW YOU IN A MINUTE, YOU CAN SEE THAT EVERY DECADE ROUGHLY, EVERY TEN-YEAR SEGMENT WE HAVE HAS SOMEBODY THAT HAS IT. THE COUNTY CONTINUES TO HAVE THE NUMBER OF CASES. WE DID HAVE A RESPITE YESTERDAY.

THERE WERE ABOUT 43 CASES ON THAT DAY, BUT JUDGE JENKINS DID ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT, AT LEAST A COUPLE OF THE PRIVATE LABS THAT ARE DOING TESTING DID NOT REPORT THAT DAY.

SO WE'RE NOT SURE JUST YET IF BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY WE'RE ACTUALLY STARTING TO SEE KIND OF DECLINE OR IF WE'RE GOING TO, AS THE MAYOR SAID EARLIER, THAT NORTH TEXAS STILL MAY NOT SURGE UNTIL MAY. I KNOW SOME COUNTIES ARE REPORTING THAT THEY BELIEVE IT WILL BE IN APRIL, BUT THERE ARE OTHER COUNTIES THAT ARE REPORTING THAT IT WILL NOT BE

UNTIL MAY. >> CAN I ASK YOU A QUICK QUESTION? I HEARD SOMEWHERE THAT THEY'RE SAYING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CHECKS THAT ARE BEING GIVEN, THE PERCENTAGE COMING BACK THAT ARE POSITIVE IS BETWEEN 1.5% AND 2%.

CAN YOU CLARIFY OR TALK ABOUT THAT?

>> MATT, THERE IS A SLIDE THAT ADDRESSES THAT.

AND BECAUSE OF THE VIRTUAL REALITY OF WHERE WE'RE HERE, I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL WE GET TO THE SLIDE.

I APOLOGIZE. >> SORRY, DIDN'T MEAN TO GET

AHEAD OF YOU. >> ON THIS SLIDE I WANT TO MENTION ONE THING. BRIAN TALKED ABOUT THE OVER 60 AND THE CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS.

YES, THAT'S 70% OF THE CASES THAT ARE REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION, BUT 30% OF THE CASES REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION DO NOT HAVE THOSE CONDITIONS. SO THEY DON'T HAVE A HIGH RISK HEALTH CONDITION AND THEY ARE NOT OVER 60 YEARS OLD.

SO OUR RESIDENTS UNDER 60 YEARS OLD IN GOOD HEALTH ARE NOT IMMUNED TO HOSPITALIZATION AND THE SEVERITY OF THIS DISEASE.

THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. LAURA, THE NEXT SLIDE? SO THIS IS THE DATA I THINK YOU WERE KIND OF ASKING ABOUT, MATT.

JUST TO DO THIS, IF YOU DON'T MIND.

TRYING TO -- THERE WE GO. SO 89,000 HAVE BEEN TESTED SO FAR. THAT IS INCREASING AT 10% RATE EVERY DAY. SO STATE OF TEXAS, 8,000 OF THOSE HAVE TESTED POSITIVE. I BELIEVE THAT MAY BE WHERE

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YOU'RE GETTING THAT STAT, MATT. YOU CAN SEE THAT'S JUST UNDER 10% STATE WIDE BASED ON THE TESTING.

>> YEAH. >> FOR DALLAS COUNTY THAT PERCENTAGE WAS 12.5 A COUPLE DAYS AGO.

>> OKAY. >> SO MITIGATION STRATEGIES REMAIN TO STAY AT HOME, SOCIAL DISTANCING, HYGIENE, WEARING MASKS IN PUBLIC, WHEN YOU'RE OUT, MUST BE CONTINUED.

ABBOTT LAB PROVIDED 15,000 UNITS LAST WEEK AND ANOTHER 20,000 THIS WEEK DIRECTLY TO 44 HEALTHCARE LOCATIONS.

THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO GET, YOU KNOW, PERSONAL PPE INTO EVERY MEDICAL FACILITY BEFORE THEY COULD RUN OUT. WE HAD 1252 PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED IN TEXAS. SO THERE ARE STILL HOSPITAL BEDS AVAILABLE, ABOUT 21,000, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS, PARTICULARLY IF WE STILL HAVE NOT PEAKED YET AND WE STILL HAVE A SURGE COMING THAT ALL THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS BELIEVE WE DO.

THERE ARE 2,223ICU BEDS AVAILABLE AND CURRENTLY 7,000 VENTILATORS. THAT'S ACROSS THE STATE.

SO THERE ARE AREAS WHERE THERE ARE NOT VERY MANY VENTILATORS.

SO JUST SO THAT YOU KNOW THAT. I KNOW THERE'S BEEN SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT USING OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT TO TRY TO HELP WITH THAT. MAYBE ALL THOSE MACHINES ARE NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO BE USEFUL. BUT FOR THOSE THAT ARE, WE'LL CONTINUE TO TRY TO CONVERT THOSE TO THE BEST CHANCE POSSIBLE.

>> I WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THE TESTING.

WE HAVE AN ODD COMMENT THAT I GAVE YOU LATE TODAY.

THAT IS ABOUT THE NEW 15-MINUTE COVID TEST.

ABBOTT LAB HAS PROVIDED 15,000 OF THOSE UNITS LAST WEEK AND 20,000 UNITS THIS WEEK. THEY'RE PROVIDING THEM DIRECTLY TO THEIR CUSTOMER HEALTHCARE FACILITIES.

THAT ALLOWS THOSE THAT ARE BEING TREATED IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES TO GET A TEST RESULTS BACK IN 15 MINUTES.

THAT IS SO CRUCIAL IN THIS FIGHT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE HOSPITALIZED TO KNOW THOSE RESULTS VERY, VERY QUICKLY FOR OUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. SO THAT'S WHAT THAT'S ABOUT.

AND I DON'T KNOW, ED, IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT TESTING IN ANY MORE DETAIL, BRIAN? WE CAN MOVE ON IF YOU DON'T.

I DON'T KNOW. TESTING IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT, VERY INVOLVED TOPIC. WE'RE STILL TESTING ONLY THOSE THAT ARE SYMPTOMATIC. WE'RE NOT DOING ANY OTHER TESTING IN THE STATE OTHER THAN THAT.

>> AND, MAYOR, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE AND GOT PRIVATE TESTING. SO SOME OF THOSE PLACES STILL ALLOW THAT. BUT FOR THE MOST PART, YOU CAN SEE ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE THE PRIORITIES WHERE HOSPITALS AND OTHER MEDICAL FACILITIES WERE DETERMINING WHO TO TEST AND

WHEN. >> 60% OF THE TESTS STATE WIDE

ARE STILL IN PRIVATE LABS. >> ED, DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING

ELSE TO ADD? >> I DO NOT, BRIAN.

THANK YOU. >> OKAY.

LAURA, NEXT SLIDE. SO HERE'S ROWLETT NUMBERS.

SO WE HAD FOUR CASES TODAY. THAT'S OUR HIGHEST COUNT IN ONE DAY. WE'VE BEEN HAVING, IT SEEMS LIKE, ONE A DAY FOR AWHILE. TODAY WAS FOUR.

SO WE HAVE 21 TOTAL CASES WITH TWO CONFIRMED DEATHS FROM COVID-19. THERE ARE 41 PEOPLE THAT ARE QUARANTINED RIGHT NOW AND 14 DIFFERENT HOUSE HOLDS SO MOST OF THOSE WILL BE FAMILY MEMBERS. ONE GOOD BIT OF GOOD NEWS, WE'VE HAD SICK INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE COUNTED AS RECOVERED.

SOME OF THEM STILL WERE UNDER ISOLATION WHILE THEY RECOVERED.

I BELIEVE WE HEARD SOME NEWS TODAY THAT TWO ARE COMPLETELY RECOVERED AND ABLE TO GET ABOUT THEIR DAY, WHICH THAT WAS EXTREMELY GOOD NEWS. JUST IN CASE CURIOSITY FOR RIGHT NEXT TO US, GARLAND HAS 92 CONFIRMED CASES AND ROCKWELL COUNTY HAS 15. I DO KNOW THE CITY OF FAITH HAS SEVEN OF THOSE CASES. SO THEY HAD TWO NEW ONES TODAY, I BELIEVE. WE'VE BEEN EXTREMELY FORTUNATE THAT THERE ARE NO EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE CONTRACTED THE CORONAVIRUS

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AT THIS TIME. YOU CAN IMAGINE, COUNCIL, EVERY TIME SOMEBODY GETS A COUGH, EVERYBODY STOPS AND PAUSES.

WE'VE HAD A COUPLE THAT HAVE HAD OTHER THINGS THAT THEY'VE TESTED POSITIVE FOR, BUT IT WASN'T THE CORONAVIRUS.

SO WE'VE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE IN THAT REGARD.

WE HAVE TAKEN EXTREME PRECAUTIONS, SOME OF WHICH I'LL GO INTO GREATER DEPTH LATER, BUT AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE CLOSED MOST OF OUR FACILITIES TO THE PUBLIC AND WE ARE ALSO STAGGERING SHIFTS SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE INSIDE THE BUILDING AT ONE TIME. ONE THING I DO WANT TO POINT TO ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE, WHICH IS OUR PARTICULAR CHART AGAIN, AS I SAID EARLIER. YOU CAN SEE THAT PRETTY MUCH EVERY AGE GROUP HAS BEEN IMPACTED.

THEN AT LEAST AS OF YESTERDAY'S CASES, YOU CAN SEE WE HAD 18 AT THAT TIME. IT WAS ROUGHLY 50% FEMALE, 50% MALE. TODAY WITH THE FOUR NEW CASES, YOU MAY HAVE TO CORRECT ME. I BELIEVE THERE WERE THREE FEMALE AND ONE MALE. MY POINT IS, IT IS NO RESPECT OF AGE OR PERSON. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL HAVE TO CONTEND WITH AND CONTINUE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS.

>> WANT TO PAUSE FOR A MINUTE, BRIAN.

FOR THOSE THAT ARE CONFUSED, THAT ARE LOOKING AT THE SLIDE, THE SLIDE SAYS 21 ROWLETT CASES AND BRIAN VERBALLY SAID 22.

THAT'S BECAUSE WE GOT NOTIFIED OF ANOTHER CASE IN BETWEEN THE POINT WHEN HE PREPARED THIS SLIDE AND WE ARE HAVING THIS MEETING. THAT'S JUST THE SITUATION THAT HAPPENS ALL DAY LONG, UNFORTUNATELY.

AND THEN, OBVIOUSLY, PRIOR TO TODAY WE WERE REPORTING ONE DEATH IN THE CITY OF ROWLETT AND WE NOW, UNFORTUNATELY, HAVE TWO DEATHS. WE HAD CONFIRMATION TODAY OF OUR SECOND DEATH IN THE CITY OF ROWLETT.

SO IT'S, OBVIOUSLY, ANOTHER VERY SAD DAY FOR THE CITY OF ROWLETT.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SPEND A MOMENT TALKING ABOUT IS THE RECOVERED AND, ED, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND EXPLAINING TO THE PUBLIC HOW WE ARE TRACKING RECOVERED AND WHAT THAT MEANS, AND WHY DO WE NOT SEE RECOVERED IN SOME OF THESE WORLDWIDE STATS LIKE WE ARE SEEING IN OUR OWN CITY OF ROWLETT STATS?

IF YOU COULD COVER THAT, PLEASE. >> SO, JUST TO DISCUSS THE PROCESS IN WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS EITHER A QUARANTINED INDIVIDUAL OR HIGH RISK IS TAKEN OUT OF A QUARANTINE HOUSE HOLD OR ORDER FOR A POSITIVE CASE, THEY UNDER GO CASE MANAGEMENT WITH GARLAND HEALTH. A NURSE FOLLOWS UP THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS OF INFECTION TO SEE WHAT SYMPTOMS THEY'RE EXHIBITING. ONCE THEY START NOT EXHIBITING FEVER, FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS IF THEY CONTINUE TO SHOW NO SIGNS OF FEVER, THEN THEY'RE DETERMINED TO BE RECOVERED AND ARE TAKEN OFF OF THE POSITIVE OR ACTIVE CASE LIST.

FOR AN INDIVIDUAL WHO MAY BE A HOUSE HOLD CONTACT OR HIGH RISK, THEY'RE MONITORED FOR 14 DAYS, FOLLOWING THAT THREE DAY PERIOD FOR THE POSITIVE CASE. SO FAR WE'VE HAD ONE HOUSE HOLD THAT HAS A POSITIVE CASE WHO HAS RECOVERED.

WE'VE HAD ADDITIONAL HOUSE HOLDS TODAY WHERE THE HIGH RISK PERSON WAS TAKEN OUT OF QUARANTINE DUE TO BEING ABLE TO GO THROUGH THAT ENTIRE 14 DAY PERIOD FOLLOWING THE 72 HOUR PERIOD.

AS FAR AS THE DISCREPANCIES OR THE INABILITY TO GET SOME OF THE GOOD NUMBERS REGARDING RECOVERED CASE ACROSS THE STATE AND THE COUNTRY, THOSE NUMBERS AREN'T AVAILABLE TO US DIRECTLY AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO KEEP UP WITH THOSE NUMBERS.

SO WE HAVE THAT DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH GARLAND HEALTH, SO WE KNOW WE'VE HAD SICK INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT AT THIS POINT, EVERY AGE GROUP HAS A POSITIVE CASE IN ROWLETT.

THAT GRAPH DOESN'T SHOW THE LATEST NUMBERS.

SO EVERY AGE GROUP HAS ONE. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT AN ADDITIONAL STAT. AT THIS POINT, AS OF TODAY, THE TOTAL ESTIMATED U.S. DEATHS FRO DEATHS FROM THE 2009 ASIAN FLU.

THOSE DEATHS OCCURRED OVER THE PERIOD OF AN ENTIRE YEAR, FROM APRIL OF 2009 TO APRIL OF 2010. HOWEVER, THE FIRST U.S. DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED IN WASHINGTON STATE ON FEBRUARY 29TH, I BELIEVE. THAT'S 38 DAYS AGO.

TOOK US 38 DAYS TO GO THROUGH THAT SAME NUMBER OF DEATHS AS WE SAW BACK IN 2009. DID I ANSWER THAT QUESTION,

TAMMY? >> YOU DID.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, ED. I'M VERY, VERY GLAD THAT WE CERTAINLY WE'RE MANAGING ALL THE CONFIRMED CASES AND THEIR HOUSEHOLDS VERY, VERY CLOSELY. WE THANK GARLAND HEALTH

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OFFICIALS AND YOURSELF, ED, AND ALL YOUR PEOPLE THAT ARE MANAGING THAT PROCESS. IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PROCESS THAT WE'RE HELPING THOSE HOUSEHOLDS GET THROUGH THIS AND THAT WE'RE KEEPING THE REST OF THE CITY SAFE.

SO WE APPRECIATE THAT. IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE ABLE TO RELAY THE GOOD NEWS WHEN WE HAVE THOSE RECOVERIES. SO THANK YOU.

>> LAURA, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE? >> WANTED TO KIND OF SHOW YOU THIS SLIDE, COUNCIL, BECAUSE THIS IS SO IMPORTANT AS TO SUPPORT THE MITIGATION EFFORTS THAT THE CITY'S GOING THROUGH.

THIS SLIDE COMES FROM, AGAIN, DALLAS COUNTY AS NORTH TEXAS KIND OF IDENTIFIES HERE THIS PARTICULAR SLIDE AS DALLAS, DENTON, COLIN, IS KIND OF LOOKING AT THIS.

YOU CAN SEE THAT IF THERE ARE NO MITIGATION STRATEGIES AT ALL EMPLOYED, YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS PARTICULAR VIRUS COULD SPIKE.

WE'VE SEEN IT EVEN AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, SIMILAR CHARTS.

QUITE FRANKLY, YOU CAN GO OUT AND FIND THIS ON THE WEBSITE AND YOU CAN FIND IT BY STATE AS WELL.

BUT YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER CHART I WANTED TO SHOW YOU IS THE ONE RIGHT NEXT TO IT. THIS IS WITH THE MITIGATION STRATEGIES. I APOLOGIZE THAT IT IS HARD TO SEE WHAT EACH LINE MEANS, BUT THE POINT I'M TRYING TO MAKE WITH IT IS THAT EACH STRATEGY SHAVES OFF PART OF THAT PEAK.

SO WITH SHELTERING IN PLACE, WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING, THE NUMBER OF CASES AND, QUITE FRANKLY DEATHS, FROM COVID-19 WOULD SPIKE BEYOND THE CAPABILITIES OF OUR CURRENT MEDICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. AND SO RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, THIS MODEL ASSUMES THAT THERE'S AN AVERAGE RECOVERY DATE OF 14 DAYS. I WILL TELL YOU THAT, AT LEAST ON SOME OF THE CALLS THAT I HAVE BEEN ON, AND I'M SURE THE MAYOR AS WELL, THEY'RE SAYING THAT IF YOU HAVE TO BE PUT ON A VENTILATOR, TYPICALLY YOU'RE AVERAGING ABOUT 18 TO 30 DAYS IN SOME CASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT WOULD VERY QUICKLY GO THROUGH ALL THE VENTILATORS THAT WE HAVE IN TEXAS, WHICH YOU'LL REMEMBER THAT NUMBER WAS ABOUT 8,000, OR 8,200.

>> 7,000. >> SO IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE OUR MITIGATION AND THAT PEOPLE CONTINUE TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT LEAST, AND I BELIEVE I HAVE THIS IN ANOTHER SLIDE, ARE EVEN ADVOCATING THAT PEOPLE MAKE CLOTH MASKS, SIMPLY BECAUSE SOME MASK IS BETTER THAN NO MASK AT ALL.

SO JUST HAVING SOME PPE IS STILL BETTER THAN NOTHING.

I'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT HERE IN A MINUTE.

LAURA, NEXT SLIDE. ONE THING THAT WE'RE EXTREMELY PROUD ABOUT IS OUR TELEMEDIC PROGRAM.

SO, OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS CREATED A TELEMEDIC PROGRAM TO HELP WITH OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

TELEMEDIC EMBRACES OUR CURRENT TECHNOLOGY AND ALLOWS THE ONLINE ONE ON ONE VIDEO ASSESSMENT OF NONCRITICAL PATIENTS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF EXPOSURE. LET ME GIVE YOU A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF THAT. IF WE TRANSPORT AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS SYMPTOMATIC SIGNS OF COVID, WHICH MIGHT BE PNEUMONIA, MIGHT BE THE FLU, MIGHT NOT EVEN BE COVID.

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HOSPITAL, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE WOULD VERY QUICKLY FILL UP THE HOSPITAL. SO THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING PROGRAM THAT OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS PUT INTO PLACE.

I'M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING HERE TO HELP OUR CITIZENS BETTER MANAGE THEIR CONDITIONS.

NEXT SLIDE, LAURA. ANOTHER THING THAT HAS COME OUT RECENTLY WITH THE GOVERNOR, GOVERNOR'S ORDER, WAS GUIDANCE FOR HOUSES OF WORSHIP. SO WE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD THIS OUT THERE BECAUSE WITH EASTER SUNDAY COMING UP, WE ARE CONCERNED THAT OUR FAITH BASED COMMUNITY AND PARISHIONERS UNDERSTAND THE GOVERNOR'S GUIDANCE ON THIS.

HOUSES OF WORSHIP DO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES.

SO THERE'S NO DOUBT WHEN TRYING TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT'S AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE OR ESSENTIAL BUSINESS OR NOT, IT IS.

THAT GUIDANCE HAS BEEN PROVIDED. SECOND, SERVICES SHOULD BE CONDUCTED FROM HOME THROUGH REMOTE AUDIO AND VIDEO SERVICE WHEREVER POSSIBLE. I KNOW AT LEAST LOT OF THE CHURCHES HERE IN ROWLETT HAVE DONE THAT.

MY OWN CHURCH HAS. NOT EVERYBODY HAS THAT TECHNOLOGY OR THAT CAPABILITY, AND SO THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID THAT IF THE HOUSE OF WORSHIP CANNOT CONDUCT ITS ACTIVITIES REMOTELY, IT SHOULD FOLLOW CDC GUIDELINES WITH REGARD TO SOCIAL DISTANCING, USE OF GOOD HYGIENE AND TO AVOID LARGE GATHERINGS.

SO WE'VE SEEN STORIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHERE THERE ARE GROUPS THAT HAVE GATHERED, QUITE FRANKLY, IN LARGE NUMBERS, AND WE THINK THAT POSES AN UNSAFE RISK.

THERE ARE SOME CHURCHES THAT ARE CONSIDERING THIS SUNDAY, EASTER SUNDAY, TO ALMOST BE LIKE AN OUT DOOR THEATER KIND OF DEAL, WHERE PEOPLE WOULD JUST DRIVE UP IN THEIR CARS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE SERVICE IN THEIR VEHICLE AND NOT TO GET OUT.

UNFORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW, THE THING THAT WE HAVE TO MONITOR IS PERSONAL CONTACT. IN CHURCHES, THAT'S VERY HARD, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU ALL WANT TO HUG ON EACH OTHER, LOVE ON EACH OTHER BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY THE NATURE OF THE FAITH TO BEGIN WITH. BUT AS LONG AS IT'S DONE SAFELY, AS LONG AS IT'S DONE IN THE VEHICLES, YOU KNOW, MAINTAINING THAT DISTANCE EVEN IN THE VEHICLES, IF YOUR WINDOWS ARE GOING TO BE ROLLED DOWN. BUT USING TECHNOLOGY WHEREVER POSSIBLE TO CONTAIN CLOSE CONTACT WITH FAMILIES AND SO THAT WE'RE NOT PASSING ON THAT CONTAGION TO OUR FAITH BASED FAMILY. LAURA, NEXT SLIDE.

LAURA. OKAY, THANK YOU.

TWO SLIDES ON SOCIAL DISTANCING RECOMMENDATIONS.

CDC HAS BEEN VERY CONSISTENT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

IT'S HAD SOME VERY GOOD MEASURES THAT HAVE BEEN OUT THERE.

MANY JURISDICTIONS AND COUNTIES HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THOSE GUIDELINES EVEN BEFORE THEY BECAME ORDERS PER SE.

ONE THING FOR OUR VULNERABLE POPULATION, LIMIT OUTINGS.

AGAIN, INDIVIDUALS OVER 60 AND THOSE WHO ARE HIGH RISK.

WORKPLACE AND BUSINESSES MINIMIZE EXPOSURE.

CANCELING NONESSENTIAL EVENTS. WE'VE OBVIOUSLY DONE THAT AS A CITY. SCHOOL SAFETY FIRST.

WHEN THIS HIT AT LEAST THE NORTH TEXAS AREA, OUR SCHOOLS WERE IN SPRING BREAK. FIRST THEY EXTENDED SPRING BREAK. RIGHT NOW STATE WIDE THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID TO EXTEND IT TO AT LEAST MAY 4TH.

I KNOW EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS WORKING TO MAINTAIN THOSE STANDARDS INCLUDING ALMOST HAZMAT LEVEL CLEANING.

THIS IS PARTICULARLY LONG-TERM CARE, AVOIDING VISITATION AND PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE. EVEN HOSPITALS.

I KNOW OUR OWN HOSPITAL HAS LIMITED VISITORS, FIRST ONE PER PATIENT, AND THEN EVEN SAYING THAT MINORS UNDER 16 CANNOT COME INTO THE HOSPITAL ALONE. AGAIN, THIS IS ALL ABOUT PROTECTING OUR CITIZENS. AGAIN, EVERYONE CAN DO THEIR PART. PRACTICING GOOD HYGIENE, WASHING THEIR HANDS, HANDLE FOOD CAREFULLY AND STAY HOME.

IF YOU'RE FEELING SICK OR YOU HAVE A SICK FAMILY MEMBER, BE TUNED IN TO THAT AND STAY HOME IF THAT OCCURS.

LAURA, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

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THIS IS WHERE I WAS TALKING ABOUT OUR U.S. SURGEON GENERAL HAD A SLIDE THAT CAME OUT, OR EXCUSE ME, A PRESENTATION, I THINK IT WAS YESTERDAY OR SUNDAY TO TAKE OTHER MEASURES TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE. RECOMMENDING THAT YOU MAKE CLOTH MASKS. THEY'RE NOT THAT HARD TO MAKE.

AGAIN, SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.

BEING COURTEOUS. LOT OF BUSINESSES, I REALLY APPRECIATE A LOT OF BUSINESSES HAVE INSTALLING POWERS FOR THEIR ELDERLY POPULATION. WHEN THEY ARE HAVING TO NEED OTHER ASSISTANCE, TRYING TO DO THAT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC HAS BEEN VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. SO THESE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE DONE THAT VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. AND THEN THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE HAVE PUBLISHED ON OUR OWN SOCIAL MEDIA SITE AND OUR WEBSITE. AGAIN, THE PROPER WAY TO REMOVE GLOVES. IT'S NOT WHAT YOU WOULD THINK.

IF YOU'RE WEARING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND YOU TOUCH YOUR FACE AND YOU DO THINGS AND YOU TAKE OFF THE GLOVES IN THE WRONG WAY, YOU REALLY HAVEN'T HELPED YOURSELF OR YOUR FAMILY. PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND WATCH FOR THAT KIND OF STUFF, BECAUSE THAT KIND OF TRAINING COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU GETTING COVID AND NOT GETTING COVID. LAURA, NEXT SLIDE.

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE. OUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HERE IN ROWLETT, AS WELL AS OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, HAS TAKEN EXTREME PRECAUTIONS -- NOT PRECAUTIONS, EXCUSE ME, BUT MEASURES TO MAKE SURE WE ARE A RESOURCE TO OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. THERE IS A LOT OF CONFUSION ABOUT THE CARES ACT AND HOW IT APPLIES TO LOCAL BUSINESSES, HOW THEY CAN GET ASSISTANCE. SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, THE STANDARDS AND THE CRITERIA THEY'VE ESTABLISHED FOR ELIGIBILITY, AGAIN, FOR LOANS AND EVEN GRANTS.

SO OUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAVE PARTNERED TOGETHER TO DO WEBINARS AND TO DO CONFERENCE CALLS WITH OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE PHYSICAL MATERIALS ONLINE TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE SORT THROUGH BASICALLY INFORMATION OVERLOAD. JUST GOING TO THE WEBSITE AND TRYING TO FIND SOME OF THIS STUFF YOURSELF IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO TO THE CHAMBER'S WEBSITE AT ROWLETTCHAMBER.COM OR TO THE CITY'S WEB PAGE AT ROWLETTONTHEMOVE.COM.

JUST TO FIND RESOURCES. NEXT SLIDE.

THE CITY OF ROWLETT IS ALSO PROMOTING SHOP ROWLETT, STAY HOME, STAY LOCAL. SO, AGAIN, PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CITY AND THE ROWLETT CHAMBER. WE WANT TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. RIGHT NOW WITH ALL THE RESTRICTIONS, THERE ARE THOSE THAT, QUITE FRANKLY, ARE SHUT DOWN. THERE ARE A LOT OF BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPEN, PARTICULARLY RESTAURANTS AND SOME OF OUR RETAIL SHOPS WHERE YOU CAN STILL PATRONIZE THOSE BUSINESSES.

WE WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE THOSE CHOICES TO DO BUSINESS HERE LOCALLY BEFORE GOING OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE. SOME OF THE MEASURES WE'VE TAKEN IN THE CITY OF ROWLETT, OUR DISASTER DECLARATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 30TH AT THIS POINT.

ALL OF OUR FACILITIES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

SO JUST WANT TO MENTION THAT. OUR SENIOR PROGRAMS, WE CANCELLED THOSE EARLY ON. THEY NOW HAVE BEEN EXTENDED ALSO THROUGH THE DEADLINE. TRAVEL, BASICALLY ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL HAS BEEN SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME.

WE HAVE DIRECTED OUR EMPLOYEES TO STAY HOME AND TO HAVE SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH THE VIRUS.

WHEREVER POSSIBLE, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE'RE WORKING VIRTUALLY, STAGGERING SHIFTS, TRYING TO, AGAIN, THIS IS GUIDANCE FROM THE CDC AS WELL AS THE COUNTY JUDGE TO WORK AT HOME WHEREVER POSSIBLE TO DO THAT. MUNICIPAL COURT, AGAIN, ALL DOCKETS ARE DEFERRED. THAT'S BEEN EXTENDED AS WELL.

WE'VE ALSO SUSPENDED LATE PAYMENTS FOR UTILITY DISCONNECT AND LATE FEES, POSTPONED AND CANCELLED ALL THE EVENTS THAT WE HAD SCHEDULED, BOARDS AND COMMISSION MEETINGS AS WELL.

[00:40:03]

CODE ENFORCEMENT. JUST A SHOUT OUT TO THOSE GUYS.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT THEY DO.

WE'RE NOT ISSUING CITATIONS RIGHT NOW UNLESS IT'S JUST A REALLY EGREGIOUS SITUATION. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THE GRASS STILL NEEDS TO BE CUT AND THE TRASH NEEDS TO BE TAKEN OUT AND PICKED UP.

JUST THOSE KIND OF THINGS. SO WHEN YOU GET A NOTICE, PLEASE UNDERSTAND IT MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE A CITATION.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE TRYING TO DO THIS POSITIVELY.

ONE THING IN ROWLETT THAT I THINK WE'RE EXTREMELY PROUD OF IS THAT 90% OF OUR CITIZENS, WHEN WE MAKE THAT INITIAL CONTACT AND WE LET THEM KNOW THAT THERE'S A VIOLATION, THEY TAKE CARE OF IT RIGHT THEN AND THERE BEFORE IT EVER HAS TO BE MITIGATED. ROWLETT, WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE OUR CITIZENS TAKE CARE OF THEIR BUSINESS.

SPORTS LEAGUES POSTPONED, PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED.

WE REMOVED ALL THE PORT-A-POTTIES.

TODAY WE STARTED REMOVING BASKETBALL GOALS.

THAT KIND OF SPORT THAT JUST ENCOURAGES THAT COMPETITIVE NATURE AND NOT NECESSARILY MAINTAINING THAT SIX FOOT DISTANCE. OF COURSE, WE'RE ENCOURAGING EVERYBODY TO PAY AND DO BUSINESS ONLINE WHEREVER POSSIBLE.

COUNCIL, THAT'S JUST SOME OF OUR MEASURES.

THEN, LAURA, THE NEXT PAGE, JUST A COUPLE OTHER THINGS.

TRASH SERVICE, JUST A REMINDER, BEGINNING IN LATE MARCH WE WERE ASKING EVERYBODY IN THE GARBAGE TO USE CLOSED BAGS.

WE ARE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO SERVICE THAT IF YOU DON'T.

WE GOT TO MAKE SURE THESE GUYS ARE SAFE, TOO, AS WELL.

THE PARTS HAVE GOT TO BE PUT INTO THE VEHICLE AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE SAFE. SO WE'RE ASKING EVERYBODY TO USE, TO BAG ALL OF THEIR WASTE AND PUT THOSE IN BAGS.

AGAIN, IF THEY'RE NOT BAGGED, THEY'RE NOT GONNA PICK IT UP.

NEXT SLIDE. ONE LAST THING.

ROWLETT DID CREATE A CO-AG GROUP FOR GROUPS ACTIVE IN DISASTER.

WHITNEY, WOULD YOU MIND JUST KIND OF TOUCHING ON SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT THE WORK THAT THE ROWLETT GROUP HAS DONE SO FAR? I DON'T WANT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT. I APOLOGIZE.

>> THAT'S OKAY. I'LL TRY.

SO, THE COAD GROUP HAS SET UP A WEBSITE AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR ANYONE, ESPECIALLY SENIORS REALLY THAT ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE. IF THEY NEED ASSISTANCE, CALL THE SENIOR HOT LINE AT 972-412-6100.

OR THEY CAN E-MAIL THE CITIZENS ACTION CENTER AT CAC@ROWLETT.COM. THERE'S ALSO NUMEROUS RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO OUR RESIDENTS WHO HAVE NEEDS THAT ARE RELATED TO THE COVID PANDEMIC.

AND SO WE WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BE ABLE TO LOOK THAT STUFF UP.

MOST RECENTLY I THINK THE BIG HIT THAT WE'VE SEEN IS THE NEED FOR FOOD BANK ASSISTANCE. SO FAR SINCE THE COAD HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP FIVE FAMILIES WITH THAT.

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING ABLE TO HELP MORE.

>> WHITNEY, CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CALLOUT YOU DID YESTERDAY AND TODAY, JUST BRIEFLY?

>> SURE. SO WE REALLY FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING OUT TO OUR SENIOR POPULATION.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO OBTAIN A LIST, A SELECT LIST OF SOME SENIORS THAT MAY NEED ASSISTANCE IN THE CITY.

SO OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS, MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS FROM THE ROWLETT CITIZENS CORPS COUNCIL HAVE BEEN CALLING THOSE SENIORS.

I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT MOST SENIORS IN THE CITY SEEM TO BE PRETTY WELL SITUATED. BUT WE DID HAVE SOME THAT NEEDED HELP AND WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE NEEDS.

AGAIN, IF SENIORS NEED HELP, ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS CALL THE CITIZEN ACTION CENTER AND THOSE CALLS GET FORWARDED TO US AND WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE SOME ASSISTANCE.

>> THAT WAS A TARGETED LIST OF ABOUT 500 SENIORS.

SO WE CERTAINLY DIDN'T HIT ALL THE SENIORS IN TOWN.

>> IT WAS. >> IF YOU DIDN'T GET A CALL TODAY OR YESTERDAY BUT YOU NEED SOME HELP, PLEASE CALL THAT NUMBER OR SEND THAT E-MAIL THAT WHITNEY WENT OVER.

[00:45:01]

>> THANK YOU, WHITNEY. MAYOR, THAT WAS OUR LAST SLIDE.

DO YOU WANT TO WRAP UP? >> I WASN'T READY FOR A PREPARED

WRAPUP. >> THAT'S FINE.

>> NO, I THINK BEFORE WE DO THAT, LET'S OPEN IT UP TO COUNCIL. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM COUNCIL ON COVID UPDATE OR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE SO THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS, ALSO?

>> I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM THE COUNTY OR THE STATE IF THERE'S BEEN ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT PROVIDING ANTIBODY TESTING.

HAS THAT BEEN SOMETHING THAT YOU'VE HEARD IN THE BACKGROUND ABOUT THE COUNTY OR STATE PROVIDING ANTIBODY TESTING?

>> I'LL LET -- IS ED STILL ON THE CALL?

DO YOU WANT TO FIELD THAT? >> I HAVE NOT HEARD OF DISCUSSIONS BUT I WILL PUSH OUT TO COUNCIL WITH THE UPDATED REPORT, MORE INFORMATION ON THAT PROCESS.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT, THE OPERATIONAL VALUE OF THAT VERSUS THE PCR TEST TO DETERMINE PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK, WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE COVID-19. SO I WILL PUSH THAT GUIDANCE OUT

TODAY. >> THANK YOU.

>> MARTHA, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND RAISED.

>> YEAH. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE GREAT INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN GETTING ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS. I THINK THE PRESENTATION THAT YOU JUST DID HAS A LOT OF REALLY GREAT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR OUR PUBLIC. WHITNEY, TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS, I KNOW THAT YOU'RE WORKING WITH THE NONPROFITS AND ALL THE ONES THAT MAKE THE PHONE CALLS, I THINK IT'S PHENOMENAL.

THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE DOING TO

HELP OUR COMMUNITY. >> ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I'LL JUST CLOSE WITH MY FAVORITE -- CLOSE THE COVID CONVERSATION WITH MY FAVORITE FOUR WORDS.

STAY INFORMED. STAY SAFE.

STAY KIND. STAY HOME, PLEASE.

SO WE WILL MOVE TO OUR NEXT ITEM, IF THAT'S OKAY WITH EVERYONE. THAT IS 5B UPDATE FROM THE CITY

[5B. Update from the City Council and Management: Financial Position, Major Projects, Operational Issues, Upcoming Dates of Interest and Items of Community Interest.]

COUNCIL POSITION MAJOR PROJECTS OPERATIONAL ISSUES UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST AND ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST.

I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ANYTHING PREPARED.

IS THAT CORRECT? >> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> SO I'M GOING TO GO OVER ONE THING HERE AND THEN OPEN IT UP IF COUNCIL HAS ANY OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS.

THIS WEEK APRIL 6-12 IS NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK.

WHICH IT'S NOW MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO RECOGNIZE THE MOVEMENT OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION.

DURING THE FIRST FULL WEEK OF APRIL EACH YEAR, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION BRINGS TOGETHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK AS A TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HIGHLIGHT ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO IMPROVING THE NATION'S HEALTH. FOR OVER 25 YEARS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION HAS SERVED AS ORGANIZER OF NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK. EVERY YEAR THE ASSOCIATION DEVELOPS A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC, POLICY MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS ABOUT ISSUES RELATED TO EACH YEAR'S THEME. APHA CREATES THE NPHW MATERIALS THAT CAN BE USED DURING AND AFTER TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTION. YOU CAN GO TO WWW.NPHW.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION. THANK YOU, BLAKE, FOR SHARING THAT INFORMATION. OBVIOUSLY VERY RELEVANT TO OUR TIMES. ANY OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS BY STAFF OR COUNSEL? ALL RIGHT.

[6. CITIZENS’ INPUT]

SEEING NONE,LY MOVE TO CITIZENS INPUT.

THIS IS THE SECTION OF OUR MEETING IN WHICH CITIZENS CAN PROVIDE INPUT UP TO A THREE MINUTE TIME PERIOD.

WE HAVE BEEN TAKING CITIZEN INPUT VIA E-MAILDAY OF THE MEETINGS. THAT HAS TO BE RECEIVED BY THE APPROPRIATE E-MAIL ADDRESS BY 3:30 THE DAY OF THE MEETING.

THAT INFORMATION ON HOW TO DO THAT IS PUBLICIZED ON EVERY AGENDA. SO WE HAVE ONE ITEM.

THIS IS FROM MICHAEL GALLOPS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE ROWLETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. I WOULD LIKE TO STATE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM AS RECOMMENDED BY THE ROWLETT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS BOARD OF DISASTER DIRECTORS. I WRITE THIS LETTER IN SUPPORT, AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER AND THE VOICE OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY NOT AS THE CHAIR OF THE ROWLETT COAD.

[00:50:01]

THIS GRANT PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED BY AN ADHOC COMMITTEE OF THE ROWLETT COAD BOARD AS WELL AS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO HAVE NO PERSONAL INTEREST IN THE PROGRAM AND WHOSE BUSINESSES CANNOT BENEFIT FROM IT. THAT GAVE IT A PERFECT AMOUNT OF IMPARTIALITY. THIS PROGRAM, AS RECOMMENDED, IS MORE STRINGENT THAN OTHER SIMILAR PROGRAMS AND LESS STRINGENT THAN SOME OTHERS. I BELIEVE IT HAS APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND PROPER THRESHOLDS OF QUALIFICATIONS. LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE ALREADY HAVING CHALLENGES WITH THE FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS WHICH ARE RESPONDING MUCH SLOWER THAN PROMISED AND ARE NOT ANYWHERE NEAR THE IMMEDIATE RELIEF THAT WAS EXPECTED.

PLEASE KEEP THIS GRANT PROGRAM SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE AND LET'S GET IT ROLLED OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

WE HAVE NOT COVERED THIS PUB YET BECAUSE WE HAD TO GO INTO OUR REGULAR MEETING BEFORE WE FINISHED OUR WORK SESSION ITEMS. SO AFTER OUR REGULAR MEETING CONCLUDES WE'LL GO BACK TO ITEM 3B WHICH IS THE ITEM THAT MICHAEL HAS ISSUED HIS PUBLIC COMMENT ON. THAT BEING SAID, WE WILL MOVE TO

[7. CONSENT AGENDA]

OUR CONSENT AGENDA. I FAILED TO ASK COUNCIL FOR ITEMS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA.

I KNOW WE WANT ITEM 7D AS IN DOG REMOVED.

AND I KNOW WE WANT 7H AS IN HOME REMOVED.

COUNCIL, FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER ITEMS WE WANT REMOVED FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION? PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND IF THERE ARE. SEEING NONE, LAURA, IF YOU'LL READ THE REMAINING ITEMS INTO THE CONSENT AGENDA, PLEASE.

LAURA, IF YOU'RE READING, YOU'RE MUTED.

>> OH, THANK YOU. >> DO YOU WANT ME TO READ THEM,

LAURA? >> I CAN'T SEE THE MUTE WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FROM THE SCREEN AREA.

>> IT'S A LITTLE TRICKY. >> TECHNOLOGY IS SUCH A

WONDERFUL THING. >> WE'RE ACTUALLY DOING REALLY

WELL. >> THANK YOU.

SO, THE CONSENT AGENDA IS AS FOLLOWS.

7A APPROVING MINUTES. 7B CONSIDER CONTRACT FOR ALLEY RECONSTRUCTION. 7C, ALSO CONSIDER CONTRACT FOR ALLEY RECONSTRUCTION. 7E, CONSIDER CONTRACT FOR SECTION 2 MOWING SERVICES. 7F CONSIDER A CONTRACT FOR SECTION 3 MOWING SERVICES. 7G CONSIDER A CONTRACT FOR SECTION 4 MOWING SERVICES. AND 7I, CONSIDER CONTRACT FOR SANITARY SEWER LINE AND ASSOCIATED REPAIRS.

>> SO, BLAKE, DO I HAVE A MOTION?

>> YES, I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

AS READ. >> THANK YOU.

COUNCIL WOMAN BROWN DO I HAVE A SECOND?

>> I HAVE A SECOND. >> WE WILL CALL THE VOTE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR RAISE YOUR HAND AND KEEP IT RAISED UNTIL WE TALLY THE VOTE. ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN IN FAVOR, ZERO NAYS. THOSE PASS 7-0.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT ITEM UNDER CONSIDERATION IS

[7D. Consider purchase of an ADA mobile restroom trailer.]

ITEM 7D CONSIDER PURCHASES OF AN ADA MOBILE REST ROOM TRAILER.

HELLO. >> GOOD EVENING.

>> THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>> DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND REC. >> LAURA, I THINK THERE'S A SLIDE, IF YOU WANT TO POP THAT UP, I CAN RUN THROUGH IT REAL

QUICK. >> I'M JUST GOING TO GIVE A PREFACE HERE. COUNCIL WANTS THESE TWO ITEM.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE MOBILE STAGE FIRST.

OBVIOUSLY, WE WANT TO BE MAKING SURE WE'RE SPENDING THE MONEY IN THE RIGHT PLACES AND DOING IT AT THE RIGHT TIME CONSIDERING EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON. SO OBVIOUSLY, CITY STAFF THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD TIME TO DO THIS, SO HELP US UNDERSTAND THAT

REASONING. >> I WILL FOR SURE.

AS YOU GUYS KNOW, DURING THE CIP ELECTION ABOUT $300,000 WAS APPROVED TO PURCHASE A MOBILE STAGE.

WE ENDED UP HAVING SOME COST SAVINGS AND HAVING SOME REMAINING FUNDING. WE BELIEVE THAT PURCHASING A MOBILE REST ROOM TRAILER WHICH CAN BE USED AT ALL OF OUR CITY

[00:55:02]

EVENTS WAS THE RIGHT INVESTMENT OF PART OF THAT FUNDING.

THIS IS ACTUALLY A SEVEN STALL MOBILE REST ROOM.

THE TOTAL COST IS $66,755. THAT WAS UNDER A COMPETITIVE BID PROCESS. IT ACTUALLY HAS EIGHT STATIONS.

YOU CAN SEE A PICTURE THERE. FIVE STANDARD TOILETS ONE ADA TOILET AND TWO URINALS. THREE HAND WASHING SINKS.

IT HAS A 255 GALLON FRESH WATER TANK.

IT WILL SAVE US ABOUT $4,000 IN PORT AND HAND WASHING STATIONS IF WE PURCHASE THIS. WE'RE DOING IT NOW BUT A IT TAKES APPROXIMATELY 11 WEEKS TO FABRICATE THE UNIT ONCE COUNCIL GIVES ITS APPROVAL ON THE RESOLUTION.

SO THAT WOULD PUT US, PROVIDED EVERYTHING WORKS OUT, EARLY TO MID JULY. HOPEFULLY IN TIME TO HAVE IT FOR FIREWORKS ON MAIN. AND FOR SURE IN AUGUST FOR CONCERTS AND MOVIES. THESE ARE AMAZING UNITS.

THEY ARE LIKE HAVING A BATHROOM. SO THE CONCEPT OF A PORT-O-LET IS NO MORE. THIS IS A FLUSHING TOILET WITH RUNNING WATER. IT'S JUST A HUGE ASSET FOR EVENTS AND FOR OUR CITIZENS AND FAMILIES THAT ATTEND OUR EVENTS.

>> I'LL START OFF WITH A COUPLE QUESTIONS.

ONE, SO THIS MOVES AROUND WITH THE EVENTS?

>> IT'S LIKE A CART. THE BEST WAY YOU CAN DESCRIBE IT IS A CARGO TRAILER. IT'S A CARGO TRAILER THAT THEY TURNED INTO A REST ROOM FACILITY.

IT IS HAULED WITH A PICKUP TRUCK THAT WE ALREADY HAVE IN FLEET.

IT WILL BE STORED AT THE SAME LOCATION AS OUR STAGE.

AS OUR STAGE GOES OUT TO EVENTS, OR AS OUR EVENT TRAILER GOES OUT TO EVENTS, THIS TRAILER GOES OUT.

DOESN'T REQUIRE WATER OR SEWER HOOKUPS.

IT IS ALL SELF-CONTAINED. KIND OF LIKE AN RV IN CONCEPT WHERE YOU DUMP IT FOLLOWING THE EVENT AND FILL IT WITH WATER PRIOR TO THE EVENT AND IT HAS RUNNING WATER AN FLUSHING

TOILETS. >> OBVIOUSLY FOR A BIG EVENT LIKE OUR 4TH OF JULY EVENT, WE WOULD STILL HAVE MORE THAN JUST

THESE UNITS? >> AS A COMPARISON FOR CONCERTS AND MOVIES, THIS WILL BE PERFECT.

FOR FIREWORKS ON MAIN, WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 30 PORT-O-LET STATIONS SO THIS EIGHT WILL HELP, BUT IT WILL NOT SUFFICE A LARGE EVENT WITH 10,000 TO 20,000 PEOPLE AT IT.

>> I'M GONNA OPEN IT UP FOR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS, BUT I GUESS MY LAST COMMENT WOULD BE, OBVIOUSLY THIS PROVIDES SOME SANITATION SERVICES WE DON'T HAVE WITH PORT-O-POTTIES THAT WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT COMING OUT OF THIS COVID EVENT.

COUNCILMAN SHERRILL? >> YES, MA'AM.

ANGIE, I'M NOT LOOKING AT THE PICTURE RIGHT NOW, BUT THERE WAS A SECTION FOR MEN, SECTION FOR WOMEN, SECTION FOR ADA THEN THERE'S SOMETHING WITH 225 WRITTEN.

WHAT IS THAT? >> IT IS LIKE A STORAGE CHASE, IF YOU WILL. I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THE 225 IS. THAT'S WHERE ALL OF THE -- IT HOOKS UP TO A GENERATOR, SO IT HAS POWER JUST LIKE A REST ROOM SO THEY'RE ACTUALLY AIR CONDITIONED AND HEATED.

THAT'S WHERE THE CHASE IS FOR ALL OF THE ELECTRICAL AND THE

PLUMBING. >> OKAY.

MAKES SENSE. THANK YOU.

>> YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE OTHER VIEW.

THANK YOU. >> 225 IS THE SIZE OF THE WATER TANK. THAT'S WHERE IT'S AT.

>> I THINK YOUR WATER TANK'S 2

255. >> I DON'T KNOW.

THAT'S WRONG. >> COUNCILMAN BROWN, DO YOU HAVE

QUESTION OR COMMENT? >> YEAH.

THESE ARE REALLY NICE UNITS. WE'VE USED THEM FOR OUR TRI-CITY EVENT. THEY'RE AWESOME AND A HUGE STEP UP FROM PORT-O-POTTIES. I LOVE THIS SETUP.

I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION, ANGIE, ABOUT IT.

SO DO WE HAVE A CONTRACT SERVICE THAT'S GONNA TAKE CARE OF THE WASTE FROM THIS UNIT? I'M SURE THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT PARKS IS USED TO HANDLING. IF WE HAVE TO CONTRACT FOR THAT, HAS THAT BEEN INCLUDED IN OUR ANNUAL BUDGET OF SOME TYPE?

>> ACTUALLY PUBLIC WORKS HAS A PUMP TRUCK THAT WILL BE ABLE TO EMPTY IT FOR US. OTHERWISE, WE WOULD TAKE IT TO WHAT IS THE EQUIVALENT TO AN RV DUMP STATION AND DUMP IT.

[01:00:05]

OUR BUSINESS MANAGER WORKS WITH GARY AND THEY CAME UP WITH A PLAN THAT THEY CAN HELP US DUMP IT AND THEN WE CAN ALSO FILL IT.

EASY WAY TO MAKE THAT WORK AT NO COST TO THE CITY.

>> YES. THAT'S EXCELLENT.

I THINK IT'S WORTH POINTING OUT AGAIN THAT THESE ARE BOND FUNDS.

THESE ARE FUNDS THAT ALREADY HAVE BEEN APPROVED.

IT'S NOT COMING OUT OF OUR GENERAL FUND.

SO IT'S A COST SAVINGS FROM THE STAGE THAT WE CAN JUST ADD ANOTHER ELEMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY FOR THESE EVENTS.

I'M ALL FOR IT, PARTICULARLY WITH THE LEAD TIME.

I WOULD SUPPORT NOW BEING THE TIME TO GET THIS UNDER WAY.

>> THANK YOU. >> SO COUNCIL -- I DON'T KNOW WHO WAS NEXT. COUNCILMAN LANING?

>> I JUST WANT TO ALSO MAKE A STATEMENT THAT I WOULD IMAGINE THIS WOULD BE A GREAT ASSET FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, FOR ANY TYPE OF FUTURE DISASTERS THAT WE HAVE OR LARGE SCALE VOLUNTEER EVENTS, THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE THAT AT.

SO I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.

>> OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS? OKAY.

SO AT THIS TIME I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

>> COUNCIL WOMAN BROWN. >> I MAKE A MOTION WE APPROVE

ITEM 7D. >> SECOND FROM COUNCILMAN

GRUBISICH. >> SECOND.

>> ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, CALL THE VOTE.

SEVEN IN FAVOR. THAT MOTION PASSES.

NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 7H CONSIDER CONTRACT FOR BASKETBALL COURTS.

[7H. Consider contract for basketball court.]

MISS ANGIE THAT IS YOU AGAIN. >> IT IS, YES.

I MISSED YOU GUYS. PUT IT ALL ON ONE AGENDA.

SLIDE. HERE WE GO.

SO, KENWOOD HEIGHTS BASKETBALL COURT.

AGAIN HERE IN THE 2018 CIP BOND APPROXIMATELY $250,000 WAS FUNDED FOR IMPROVEMENTS. THE PROJECT TOTAL FOR THIS IS $89,385. THIS IS BEING DONE THROUGH A CONTRACT PURCHASING AGREEMENT WITH PLAYGROUNDS.

THEY HAVE DONE SOME OTHER COURTS AND WORK FOR US AS WELL.

THEIR MOST RECENT PROJECT WAS RESURFACING THE TENNIS AND PICKLEBALL COURTS. THEY HAVE PUT IN SHADE STRUCTURES. THEY'VE BUILT THE COURT AT SHOREWOOD. COURT SIDE 58X92.

YOU'LL SEE THERE IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A MULTIPURPOSE.

IT HAS FOUR SQUARE, HOP SCOTCH. THAT'S KIND OF A PICTURE OF JUST WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE. AGAIN HERE, IT IS THREE TO FOUR MONTHS ONCE THEY START WORK, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE PROPOSING TO APPROVE IT TONIGHT, AND THEN THEY CAN GET TO WORK.

THEY WILL BEGIN AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK WITH APPROVAL DOING CORE SAMPLES. IT TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO COMPLETE THE CORE SAMPLES. ONCE THE RESULTS ARE BACK, THEY START TO WORK ON THE CONCRETE PAD.

TAKES THREE TO FOUR WEEKS TO FINISH THE CONCRETE PAD, WHICH HAS TO CURE FOR 30 DAY. ONCE THE PAD'S READY, ALL DEPENDENT ON WEATHER, THEY BEGIN SURFACING, WHICH CAN TAKE ANOTHER ONE OR TWO WEEK. SO AT THIS POINT WE'RE ROUGHLY THREE TO FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM SEEING THIS PROJECT COME TO FRUITION, WHICH IS WHY WE'RE PROPOSING TO GET APPROVAL TONIGHT, START WORKING ON IT. THAT PUTS US JULY/AUGUST WHEN WE HAVE A COURT AT KENWOOD HEIGHTS THAT CAN BE AVAILABLE FOR PLAY.

>> OKAY. OBVIOUSLY, WE JUST HAD THE DISCUSSION ABOUT TAKING OUT THE BASKETBALL GOALS TO STOP THE SPREAD IN TOWN SO THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE TALKED THROUGH. COUNCILMAN GRUBISICH, DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMENT? NO.

OKAY. ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM COUNCIL? COUNCIL WOMAN BROWN?

>> I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION, ANGIE.

I KNOW THAT THE CITY HAS TO DO THE PREP FOR THAT AND HAS TO DO ALL THE PERMITTING. SO I LOOKED AT THE TIMELINE IN THE STAFF REPORT AND I DIDN'T SEE THAT THREE TO FOUR MONTHS IN THERE. THAT MAKES IT A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CONVERSATION. IF IT'S GONNA TAKE THAT AMOUNT

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OF TIME. I GUESS MY ONLY QUESTION IS, ARE YOU STAFFED WELL ENOUGH RIGHT NOW TO BE ABLE TO HAVE YOUR GUYS DO ALL THE PREP AND GET THE PERMITTING AND ALL THAT

TOGETHER? >> I'M SORRY?

>> SAFELY. >> RIGHT.

THE PERMITTING WE WILL WORK THROUGH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TO DO. WE'LL WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE BILLING INSPECTORS TO WORK THROUGH THAT.

TYPICALLY A PRETTY QUICK PROCESS.

SHANE FROM PLAYGROUND SURFACING AND SHADE DEPOT HAS DONE THIS A COUPLE TIMES FOR US SO HE IS SAY WEAR OF THE PROCESS.

WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT ALL THROUGH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

AS FAR AS THE GRADING AND THE SOIL PREP, WE REALLY DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING BECAUSE WHERE WE'RE PUTTING THE COURT WON'T REQUIRE US TO DO ANYTHING IN ADVANCE.

IN THE CONTRACT, FROM TIME TO TIME THEY SHOW UP AND THERE'S A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF WHERE THEY WANT THE BASKETBALL COURT OR TREES. ALL OF THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE MOVED BY MY TEAM. THE PIECE OF PARK THAT WE'RE PUTTING IT ON IS CLEAR SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO A LOT OF PREP LEADING UP TO IT. THEY'LL COME IN, DO THE SOIL SAMPLES AND THEN THEY WILL ACTUALLY PREP THE SURFACE AND DO ALL THAT WORK. IT WOULD JUST BE IF THERE WAS A TREE OR PICNIC TABLE OR SIGN IN THE WAY THAT WE WOULD BE RESPONSELE FOR MOVING THAT AND GETTING READY FOR THEM TO START

WORK. >> OKAY.

THANK YOU. >> ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COUNCIL? SEEING NONE I'LL TAKE A MOTION. COUNCIL MEMBER MARGOLIS?

>> I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE ITEM AS READ.

>> DO I HAVE A SECOND? COUNCIL WOMAN BROWN?

>> I'LL SECOND. >> ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, CALL THE VOTE. RAISE YOUR HAND FOR IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. AND THAT PASSES 7-0.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT CONCLUDES OUR REGULAR QUESTION. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE BACK TO ITEM 3B WHICH IS IN OUR WORK SESSION.

DOES ANYBODY NEED A QUICK BREAK? NO.

YES? NO.

YES? OKAY.

TWO MINUTE BREAK. WE'RE NOT GONNA CLOSE THE SESSION. TWO MINUTE BREAK AND DIFFICULTI.

>> EVERYTHING OKAY? ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE GONNA GO TO ITEM 3B DISCUSS THE CREATION OF A SMALL

[3B. Discuss the creation of a Small Business Grant program to aid and assist qualifying businesses that have suffered economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (40 minutes)]

BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM TO AID AND ASSIST QUALIFYING BUSINESS THAT HAS SUFFERED ECONOMIC LOSS TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

WHO IS LEADING THIS PRESENTATION?

IS IT YOU, WHITNEY? >> YEP.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> FOR THE BEGINNING OF IT.

MAY I START? >> YES, PLEASE START.

>> OKAY. SO, COUNCIL, COAD MET IN MARCH.

AT THE SUGGESTION OF COUNCIL MEMBER MARGOLIS, WE FORMED AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE TO PUT TOGETHER A GRANT PROGRAM TO AID ROWLETT BUSINESSES WHO HAVE BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC. THE SUBCOMMITTEE WAS A JOINT PROJECT OF THE COAD GROUP AND THE CHAMBER, AND LAST WEDNESDAY THE SUBCOMMITTEE BROUGHT FORWARD A PROPOSAL FOR THE GRANT PROGRAM TO THE BOARD. THE COAD BOARD ASKED THE RECOMMENDATION TO CITY COUNCIL, WITH THE ASK TO CONSIDER PROPOSAL FOR FUNDING. SO WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO COUNCIL MEMBER MARGOLIS, WHO'S GOT A POWER POINT PRESENTATION AND CAN GIVE US DETAILS.

>> THANK YOU. LAURA, IF YOU COULD PULL THAT

UP, PLEASE. >> AND, BLAKE, WHILE YOU'RE GETTING THAT SITUATED, I ALSO WANT TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT LAURA HAD SENT OUT A SPREAD SHEETCOMPARISON THIS AFTERNOON THAT SHOWS WHAT FIVE OTHER CITIES ARE DOING WITH THE SAME SIMILAR TYPE OF GRANTS. THEN WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING, OR AT LEAST THE PROPOSAL WAS FROM THE CHAMBER FOR COAD.

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT ADDITION. MOVING ON TO SLIDE NUMBER 2.

WHY IS SMALL BUSINESS CRITICAL TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY? WELL, IT KEEPS SALES TAX LOW, BUILDS COMMUNITY WEALTH, SPURS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, CREATES COMMUNITY SPIRIT, INCREASES QUALITY OF LIFE AND CREATES LOCAL JOBS FOR OUR RESIDENTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO HOW CAN WE SUPPORT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES? THE IDEA IS THAT WE WILL CREATE A GRANT PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES LEASE ASSISTANCE AND PAYROLL ASSISTANCE. THE LEASE PAYMENT ASSISTANCE WILL BE UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $5,000 PER BUSINESS.

THE PAYROLL ASSISTANCE WILL FUND UP TO $500 FOR FULL TIME EMPLOYEE, TWO PART-TIME EMPLOYEES WILL BE CONSIDERED AS ONE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE. DURING ITS APRIL 1ST MEETING,

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THE ROWLETT COAD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO RECOMMEND CREATING A SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM TO AID QUALIFYING BUSINESSES THAT SUFFER ECONOMIC LOSSES DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE PROGRAM, AS RECOMMENDED, IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE STOP GAP FOR SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS TO SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO COVER ANY OR ALL LOSSES INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE. THE RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS FOR RECEIVING THE SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS ARE AS FOLLOWS.

MUST BE A BRICK AND MORTAR BUSINESS IN ROWLETT.

IT MUST HAVE HAD 20 OR FEWER FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES ON OR BEFORE THE DATE OF MARCH 1, 2020. MUST HAVE REQUESTED OTHER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SUCH AS AN SBA LOAN.

MUST NOT HAVE A CORPORATE SUPPORT SYSTEM.

MUST HAVE COMPLETED A CITY OF ROWLETT, ROWLETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC IMPACT SURVEY. MUST HAVE DEMONSTRATED LOSSES AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WITH FINANCIAL STATEMENT SUPPORT. THIS INCLUDES THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FROM THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS FROM THE TIME OF THE GRANT APPLICATION AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FROM THE CORRESPONDING THREE MONTH PERIOD OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR TO SERVE AS A COMPARISON. YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO HOW DO WE FUND THE INVESTMENT IN SMALL BUSINESSES? POSSIBLE SOURCE OF FUNDING IS FROM THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND WHEREBY WE CAN DEDICATE THE FY2019 LIQUOR SALES TAX REVENUE ALLOCATION WHICH IS ROUGHLY $195,000 TO THE ROWLETT CHAMBER FOUNDATION DOING BUSINESS AS ROWLETT READY.

AND WITH THAT, I CAN TAKE ANY QUESTIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS, CONCERNS. MYSELF OR WHITNEY.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, WHITNEY AND BLAKE AND TO THE WHOLE COAD THAT SPENT A LOT OF TIME PUTTING TOGETHER THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROPOSAL TO CITY COUNCIL. OBVIOUSLY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE FUNDS ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR INCENTIVES TO BUSINESSES IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THERE'S NOBODY HURTING MORE RIGHT NOW THAN OUR SMALL BUSINESSES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THIS AND I REVIEWED THE DETAILS OF THIS PROGRAM AND PROVIDED SOME INPUT TO BOTH OF YOU.

ONE THING THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONSIDER IS THE SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR BUSINESSES.

KIND OF LIKE WHAT COMES FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG? WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE HELPING THOSE BUSINESSES THAT ARE WEATHERING THIS STORM AND ARE GOING TO COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE AND THAT OUR ASSISTANCE IS GONNA HELP THEM COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE. COMMENTS, QUESTIONS FROM OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS? COUNCILMAN GRUBISICH?

>> YOU CAN CALL ME MISTER. >> IT' INTERESTING HOW I HAVE GOTTEN LESS FORMAL WHEN WE DO THESE VIDEO CONFERENCES.

>> THIS IS A FANTASTIC IDEA AND THANK YOU GUYS FOR BRINGING IT FORWARD. CAN YOU WALK ME THROUGH WHAT SOME OF THE DISCUSSION WAS AT COAD? WHAT WERE SOME STICKING SPOTS? I'M SURE EVERYBODY WAS FOR IT.

I LOOK AT SOME OF THE COMPARE SONS AND THERE'S SOME DIFFERENCE IN THERE A LITTLE BIT. WHAT WAS SOME OF THAT GENERAL CONVERSATION AND WHAT DID YOU GUYS MAYBE DISAGREE ON?

>> I CAN HELP YOU WITH A LITTLE BIT OF THAT.

THE COMPARISON FOR THE OTHER CITIES WAS ACTUALLY DONE AFTER THE RECOMMENDATION CAME OUT FROM THE GROUP BECAUSE MOST OF THOSE PLANS WERE JUST ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK.

AS WE DEVELOPED THIS, WE LOOKED AROUND FOR SOME INFORMATION TO COMPARE AND THERE WASN'T ANY COMPARISON DATA.

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, WE'RE PRETTY COMPARABLE WITH THE OTHER CITIES THAT ARE THERE. THERE'S SOME DIFFERENCES THERE, OF COURSE, BUT I THINK WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING IS IN LINE WITH

THE OTHER CITIES. >> DID YOU, WORKING WITH THE CHAMBER, TO THE MAYOR'S POINTS, I AGREE.

YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THE BUSINESSES ARE PRIORITIZED AS HAVE THE ABILITY TO WITHSTAND THIS.

HAVE YOU LOOKED AT HOW MANY BUSINESSES WOULD BE ELIGIBLE AND

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MAY NEED ASSISTANCE? IS THAT WHERE THE 200 CAME FROM OR WAS THAT KIND OF A STARTING POINT?

>> OUR AMOUNT, YOU MEAN? >> YES.

>> DID YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT, BLAKE?

>> MICHAEL GALLOPS WITH THE CHAMBER HAD A SURVEY THAT HE PUT OUT. I DON'T KNOW THE LATEST NUMBER, BUT FROM THE LATEST I HAVE SEEN WAS AROUND 18 TO 20 BUSINESSES THAT WERE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE. THEY WERE UNABLE TO GET FROM OTHER SOURCES. AND SO OUR NUMBERS ACTUALLY PROVIDING UP TO 20 BUSINESSES DO KIND OF MEET THE NEED.

BUT THERE COULD BE MORE NEED AS WE GO DOWN THE ROAD, IN WHICH CASE WE COULD HAVE TO CIRCLE BACK AND RE-EVALUATE IF WE NEED

TO DO MORE. >> OKAY.

THANKS. GREAT JOB.

>> COUNCIL WOMAN BROWN? >> YES.

I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, WOULD THIS ASSISTANCE AFFECT THE SBA LOANS? THESE OVERHEAD EXPENSES AND PAYROLL IS WHAT THE SBA LOANS ARE ADDRESSING.

WE JUST DON'T WANT TO HINDER ANYONE'S ABILITY TO TAP INTO THOSE FUNDS, WHICH HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE SIGNIFICANTLY

GREATER THAN $10,000. >> RIGHT.

I AGREE WITH THAT. SO THE E-MAIL THAT WE GOT TODAY FROM BRIAN WAS SPECIFIC TO LOANS AND WHITNEY, IF YOU HAVE MORE ON THAT. THAT'S FROM WHAT I TOOK ON THAT, WAS THAT IT WAS ONLY SPECIFIC TO LOANS, NOT GRANTS.

>> OH REALLY? THAT'S KIND OF A SEMANTIC ISSUE.

I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHICH WAY THAT WOULD FALL.

THIS IS CLEARLY A GRANT PROGRAM. BUT IN ESSENCE, IT IS FUNDING A LOT OF THE SAME THINGS THAT ARE FUNDED THROUGH THE SBA EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM. ALTHOUGH THAT'S TARGETED AS A FORGIVABLE LOAN, THIS IS TARGETED AS A GRANT.

IT'S A DIFFERENT WORD BUT I THINK THERE'S A LEGAL DEFINITION IN THERE. DAVID, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

>> I THINK THERE ISN'T MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FORGIVEN LOAN OR GRANT OTHER THAN HOW IT'S SPELLED.

IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT SOME APPLICANTS FOR OUR GRANT MAY, BY DOING SO FOREFIT ELIGIBILITY FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE.

THAT MAY BE SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT.

IN ALL HONESTY, I THINK THAT'S A CONCERN THAT THE RECIPIENTS NEED TO BE WORRIED ABOUT, NOT US ON THEIR BEHALF.

TO ANSWER OR TO ADDRESS MARTIN'S CONCERN, IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE MAY BE SOME POSSIBILITY OF A FOREFITURE OF FEDERAL ASSISTANCE IF WE GIVE THEM A GRANT.

>> I THINK -- I THINK WE'RE HEARING PRETTY DARN -- BRIAN,

DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING? >> MAYOR, THANK YOU.

MY ONLY ISSUE ON THAT IS THAT IF COUNCIL DOES WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PROGRAM, THAT THEY JUST SIMPLY PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO ENSURE WHATEVER THE FINAL CRITERIA IS, THAT YOU WOULD ADOPT IN A FORMAL ACTION SAY ON MONDAY OR THE NEXT MEETING, THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT WE'VE DONE THE RESEARCH AND THAT THERE'S NOTHING IN THERE THAT'S GONNA INTERFERE WITH THE FEDERAL

ASSISTANCE. >> GOOD POINT.

WHAT I'D LIKE TO SAY IS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT NUMBER IS BECAUSE CERTAINLY WE'VE GOT RENT ASSISTANCE UP TO A MAX OF 5,000 AND THEN PAYROLL ASSISTANCE UP TO ANOTHER MAX OF 5,000.

500 PER EMPLOYEE, BUT UP TO 5,000.

NOT EVERYBODY'S GOING TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ALL OF THAT.

BUT WHAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE IS THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF ABILITY TO MANAGE THIS AS WE LEARN MORE INFORMATION.

YOU GUYS HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB PUTTING TOGETHER PARAMETERS AND WITH A LOT OF THOUGHT, BUT I GUARANTEE YOU IF IT'S NOT THE FIRST APPLICANT, IT WILL BE THE SECOND APPLICANT THAT YOU'RE GOING TO LEARN SOMETHING THAT'S GONNA MAKE YOU GO, OH, DOES THIS NEED TO CHANGE A LITTLE BIT? I'M NOT QUITE SURE HOW TO HANDLE THAT. MAYBE IT'S AN ALLOCATION OF SO MANY DOLLARS UNDER THESE PARAMETERS AND THEN YOU COME BACK WITH PROGRAM NUMBER TWO WITH THE REST OF THE ALLOCATION.

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MAYBE IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF MANEUVERABILITY TO CHANGE THE RULES. IF SOMEBODY HAS 21 EMPLOYEES, ARE YOU GONNA DISQUALIFY THEM FROM THIS GRANT? I HOPE NOT. BUT IF THEY HAVE 50 EMPLOYEES, YOU PROBABLY ARE. WE CAN'T GET CAUGHT SO MUCH IN THE MINUTAE THAT WE JUST GET PAEURL PARALYZED AND DON'T DO

ANYTHING. >> I'M A STRONG ADVOCATE, MAYOR, THAT WE DO THIS ON A PHASED APPROACH.

THIS, WHATEVER AMOUNT WE COME TO CONSENSUS ON WOULD BE THE FIRST PHASE AND THEN ONCE THOSE FUNDS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED, THEN IF WE SEE THAT THERE'S STILL A NEED FROM OTHER APPLICANTS THAT HAVE COME IN AT THAT POINT, THEN THE COAD CAN COME BACK TO COUNCIL AND SAY, OKAY, WE'RE READY FOR IS SECOND PHASE, THIS IS WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO WITH THIS. BECAUSE IT MAY BE THAT THERE ARE TARGETED GROUPS THAT PHASE TWO, THREE OR FOUR MAY NEED TO GO TOWARD RATHER THAN A CATCH ALL WHICH WOULD BE THIS FIRST PHASE.

SO I THINK THE KIND OF WAIT AND SEE APPROACH IS GOOD FOR FUTURE TYPES OF GRANT. FIRST ONE IS REALLY JUST A SEE HOW THIS WORKS. DOES THIS WORK FOR THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS FOR US? HOW DIFFICULT IS THE PROGRAM TO MANAGE? AND IS IT REALLY BENEFICIAL?

>> I'D LOOK FOR A RECOMMENDATION FROM YOU OF HOW MUCH THAT INITIAL DATE IS. I GUARANTEE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH INCENTIVE FUNDS TO DO PHASE THREE FOUR AND FIVE WITH 200,000

PER PHASE. >> RIGHT.

>> I HAVE KIND OF TAKEN A LOOK AT THE MAKEUP OF OUR INCENTIVE FUNDS, THAT POOL. IT'S ABOUT A 50/50 SPLIT BETWEEN SALES TAX REVENUES AND THEN THE INITIAL FUNDING FOR THAT ACCOUNT. SO IF WE JUST LOOKED AT THE SALES TAX REVENUE THAT WAS FROM LIQUOR SALES, IF YOU TAKE ABOUT 24%, 25% OF THAT, THAT EQUALS ABOUT $150,000.

I THINK THAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR A FIRST ITERATION OF THIS GRANT. THAT WOULD BE MY RECOMMENDATION,

THAT IT WOULD BE ABOUT $150,000. >> COUNCILMAN GRUBISICH?

>> I WAS GOING TO -- I HAD A QUESTION AND THEN A STATEMENT, MY KIND OF NUMBER WHERE I THOUGHT WAS A GOOD SPOT AS A FIRST INITIAL SPOT WAS $100,000. $200,000 YOU'RE LOOKING AT 50%, SEE HOW IT WORK. THAT LEADS INTO THE QUESTION OF I THINK YOU'RE SEEING THIS ON A NATIONAL LEVEL, TOO.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE APPLY.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF NEED THAT'S OUT THERE.

THE COAD WILL REVIEW THE APPLICATIONS.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PRIORITIZE? >> WELL, THERE'S SEVERAL WAYS TO DO THAT. YOU CAN ESTABLISH CRITERIA AND DO IT BASED ON NEED, BUT YOU MUST DO IT AS A FIRST IN, FIRST OUT. RIGHT NOW THE WAY THE TALK HAS BEEN THAT IT'S REALLY GOING TO BE A FIRST IN, FIRST OUT TYPE OF PROGRAM. THERE'S ANOTHER LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY TO THE SITUATION IF YOU TRY TO MAKE VALUE JUDGMENTS AS TO WHO CAN GET MONEY, WHO CAN'T.

I'M NOT SURE THAT'S THE BUSINESS WE WANT TO BE IN.

SO TO ME, THE MOST EQUITABLE WAY TO DO IT IS FIRST IN, FIRST OUT.

YOU GET PUT ON A LIST AND WE FUND DOWN THE LIST AS FAR AS WE CAN AND WE CONSIDER THE REST FOR ADDITIONAL PHASES SHOULD WE NEED

IT. >> YEAH.

THIS WOULD CONSIST ON AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE THAT WAS ALSO THERE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM AS WELL WHERE WE BROUGHT IT TONIGHT. THAT WOULD BE THE COMMITTEE THAT WE WOULD RECOMMEND WOULD OVERSEE THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

>> THANK YOU, GUY. I KNOW DAVID HAS HIS HAND UP.

I'M GONNA LET HIM TALK IN CASE WE'RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG.

>> NOT YET. THAT'S WHY I RAISED MY HAND.

I'M GONNA STRONGLY SUGGEST IN ORDER TO AVOID POTENTIAL CLAIMS, YOU GUYS, IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE GIVING OUT CASH, PUBLIC FUNDS,

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THAT YOU DO HAVE SOME WRITTEN SET OF CRITERIA THAT YOU APPLY UNIFORMLY FROM THE BEGINNING BEFORE YOU GIVE OUT $1.

YOU REALLY DO NEED TO HAVE WRITTEN ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND YOU APPLY IT UNIFORMLY TO EVERY APPLICANT SO THAT IF YOU'RE DOING IT IN PHASES AND YOU'VE GOT ONE BLOCK OF MONEY AND YOU'RE DOING FIRST IN, FIRST OUT, THEN SAY SO IN WRITING UNTIL THE FUNDS ARE DEPLETED WITHOUT ANY OTHER DISCRIMINATORY

CRITERIA. >> YOU DIDN'T LIKE MY

FLEXIBILITY COMMENT. >> I DON'T WANT TO PLAY FAVORITES. IF THEY DO, YOU'RE GONNA GET ARGUMENTS FROM OTHER PEOPLE IN TOWN AND POTENTIAL CLAIMS AGAINST YOU GUYS BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT APPLYING UNIFORM OR WRITTEN STANDARDS UNIFORMLY. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

>> YEAH. MAKES IT ALL THE MORE REASON TO DO IT IN LITTLE CHUNKS, BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO LEARN STUFF.

>> ABSOLUTELY. HAVE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA IN WRITTEN AND APPLY IT IN CHUNKS SO YOU CAN TWEAK IT LATER IF YOU

NEED TO. >> ALSO THE IDEA IS THAT THE AD-HOC COMMITTEE WOULD NOT BE GIVEN THE NAME OF A BUSINESS WHEN THEY MAKE THE DECISION. THEY WOULD BE MAKING THE DECISION BASED ON THE LINE GRAPHS, BY THE QUALIFICATIONS

AND ALSO THE ELIGIBILITY. >> THAT'S A GIVEN.

ABSOLUTELY HAS TO HAPPEN THAT WAY.

COUNCIL WOMAN BROWN? >> YEAH.

SO I WAS JUST GONNA SAY, I AGREE WITH MATT.

I THINK I WOULD BE A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH FUNDING IT AT THE 50% MARK WHICH WOULD BE THE 100,000 JUST TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT. I THINK THAT'S A GOOD STARTING POINT. THAT'S MY ONLY COMMENT.

I AM SUPPORTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM. >> JUST SO YOU ALL KNOW, 100'S FINE. I'M OKAY WITH THAT.

IT'S ABOUT 16.3% OF THE SALES TAX REVENUE.

THERE'S STILL ROOM FOR GROWTH. I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOUR INTENTION WAS, FOR ADDITIONAL PHASES OR EFFORTS IF WE NEED TO

GO THERE. >> I THINK ONCE IT'S OUT THERE, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT THAT NEED IS AND WHAT THAT CRITERIA IS SO YOU CAN HAVE THAT LARGER CONVERSATION OF, WHERE IS THAT MAX GOING TO BE? WE KNOW WE HAVE A MAX, BUT MAYBE IT HELPS THAT DECISION KNOWING WHAT THAT NEED IS.

YOU'RE GONNA GET THAT THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

>> YEAH. WE'RE GONNA LEARN A LOT FROM THIS BECAUSE WE'RE DOING IT WITH BLIND FOLDS ON.

NO ONE'S HAD TO DO THIS BEFORE, SO IT'S PRETTY EXTRAORDINARY.

WE'RE GONNA LEARN A LOT FROM IT. >> I WOULD SUPPORT THE 100K TO START AND ANY OTHER COMMENTS? WE HAVE THREE PEOPLE THAT ARE COMFORTABLE WITH 100K TO START. WHITNEY SAID YOU WOULD BE OKAY

WITH IT? >> I AM, YEAH.

>> BROWNIE? >> I SUPPORT THAT.

>> SUPPORTIVE. >> DAVID IS, TOO.

HE BLEW US A KISS. >> I WAS BLOWING DUST OFF MY SCREEN. YOU GUYS HAVE --

>> WE HAVE WRITTEN CRITERIA. NOW WE WILL GET YOU INVOLVED.

WHITNEY, TALK TO DAVID DIRECTLY. >> OKAY.

>> WE DO HAVE WRITTEN CRITERIA. IT'S ACTUALLY IN THE SPREAD SHEET THAT WE SENT OUT. THOSE POINTS THAT WE HAD IDENTIFIED AS CRITERIA. WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT WE DO AN APPLICATION WITH ALL THAT AND RUN IT BY YOU.

>> YEAH, PLEASE. I'M JUST WORRIED, IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT CASH, I DON'T TRUST ANYBODY.

I ALWAYS CUT THE DECK. >> AGREE.

>> THERE HAS TO BE PROVISIONS IN THERE FOR COMPELLING REIMBURSEMENT OR REFUNDS IF THEY MISREPRESENT FACTS ON THEIR

APPLICATION, THINGS LIKE THAT. >> THE OTHER THING IS, IT REALLY SHOULD BE DIRECT LEASE PAYMENTS TO THE LANDLORD.

>> I WAS GOING TO SAY -- >> THAT WOULD BE BETTER.

>> I HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT YET.

>> THAT'S WHAT WE DID WITH LONG TERM RECOVERY.

LONG TERM RECOVERY NEVER MADE PAYMENT TO AN INDIVIDUAL.

ALWAYS WENT TO A BUSINESS. >> I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO THAT WITH THE PAYROLL PIECE. YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT. GONNA HAVE TO GIVE PAYROLL TO THE BUSINESSES. YOU HAVE IS A LITTLE BIT TO FIGURE OUT BEFORE YOU IMPLEMENT THIS.

>> YEP. ALL RIGHT.

GREAT FEEDBACK. >> SORRY, I'M TALKING TO MY SON.

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I WAS WHISPERING TO MY SON AND I WASN'T WHISPERING, WAS I?

>> JUST DON'T BLOW AT YOUR SCREEN LIKE DAVID.

>> I WAS TRYING TO GET THE DUST O

OFF. >> HAVE YOU GOT WHAT YOU NEED?

>> YES, WE DO. I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH WHERE

WE'RE AT. >> GREAT.

FIRM UP THOSE THING. MARTHA, YOU STILL HAVE YOUR HAND RAISED? DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING ELSE? NOPE. OKAY.

>> THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME. >> ANYTHING ELSE COUNCIL BEFORE WE SIGN OFF? ALL RIGHT.

>> SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. >> EVERYBODY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. EVERYBODY'S WORKING REALLY HARD FOR OUR CITIZENS AND FOR OUR LARGER COMMUNITY, SO THANK YOU

VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU, JAMIE.

YOU KNOW A LOT OF THIS STUFF. WE KNOW YOU GET BOMBARDED EVERY DAY WITH CHANGE, LEFT AND RIGHT, AND E-MAILS AND ALL KIND OF STUFF. THANKS FOR BEING THE LEADER THAT YOU ARE AND HELPING US PUSH THROUGH THIS.

>> STOP THE HATE MAIL, EVERYBODY.

NOT YOU GUYS. >> I CAN START, IF YOU WANT.

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