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THIS MEETING MAY BE CONVENED IN THE CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEEKING ADVICE FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY ON ANY ITEM HEREIN. THE CITY RESERVED THE RIGHT TO RECONVENE OR CALL THE SESSION AT ANY TIME.

DUE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY AND CONFORM WITH THE SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS THE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD BY TELECONFERENCING. YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE MEETING LIVE BY CALLING 877-853-5247 AND ENTERING MEETING NUMBER 824-61605144. I CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER ON 6:18 ON TUESDAY MAY 19. FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS EXECUTIVE

[2. EXECUTIVE SESSION (6:15 P.M.)]

SESSION WHICH IS ITEM 2A. THE COUNCIL WILL CONVENE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION. TO DOES A RECEIVE LEGAL ADVICE FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY ON THE LATEST RULING ON DOCKET 4662.

IF WE COULD PLEASE, WE WILL CLOSE THIS MEETING FOR THE TIME BEING AND RECON IS CONVENE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION

>> IT'S 6:56. WE HAD TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN IN OUR EXECUTIVE SESSION.

THERE ARE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS TO READ INTO THE RECORD.

[3A. Discuss the COVID-19 event and take any necessary action. (20 minutes)]

FIRST ITEM IS DISCUSS COVID 19 AND TAKE ANY NECESSARY ACTION.

>> >> WE HAVE JOINED TOGETHER WATER

RATES AND -- >> BRIAN.

WE'RE IN THE WORK SESSION. >> YES WE ARE THANK YOU MAYOR.

>> I LOOKED DOWN AT THE WRONG TIME.

>> THAT'S OK. WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT ITEM 3A WHICH IS DISCUSS THE COVID 19 UPDATE.

IS THAT YOU? >> YES IT IS.

THERE IS A POWER POINT. BEAR WITH ME.

HOLD ON JUST A SECOND. >> WE ARE LIVE NOW.

IF YOU ARE WATCHING US, SORRY FOR THE DELAY.

WE WILL BE PRESENTING SHORTLY HERE.

THE SCREEN SAYS MEETING IS IN RECESS AND WILL RESUME

MOMENTARILY. >> COUNCIL, AS KNOW GOVERNOR ABBOTT HAS ANNOUNCED SEVERAL EXECUTIVE OFFENDERRERS OVER THEO LAST MONTH RELATED TO CORONA VIRUS.

ON MAY 18 HE ADOPTED WHAT IS GA23 WHICH AMENDS HIS PREVIOUS ORDER. EACH TIME HE AMENDS HIS ORDER I IT'S A RESET OF THE ENTIRE ALL THE ORDERS WHICH IS REALLY GOOD BECAUSE THEN YOU HAVE JUST ONE DOCUMENT TO REFER TO.

ESSENTIALLY ORDERS ALLOW BUSINESSES TO OPEN ROUGHLY AT 25% OCCUPANCY. AND THAT INCLUDES PERSONAL SERVICES SUCH AS BARBERSHOPS AND SALONS.

ON FRIDAY RESTAURANTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO INCREASE TO 50% OF THAT CAPACITY. CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW DINE IN RESTAURANTS CAN BE 25%. MOVIE THEATERS ALLOWED TO OPEN AT THE SAME. %-@, LIBRARIES, SWIMMING POOLS, MANUFACTURING SERVICES, GYMS AND

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EXERCISE FACILITIES. AND EVEN MORE RECENTLY COSMETOLOGY SALONS, HAIR SALONS, BARBERSHOPS, THOSE PERSONAL SERVICES PROVIDERS HAVE ALSO ARE ALLOWED TO OPEN.

GOLF COURSE HAS OPENED WITH LIMITATIONS.

MEDICAL, DENTAL, THOSE KIND OF THINGS.

YESTERDAY THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED SOME CHANGES TO THAT EFFECTIVE FRIDAY BARS WILL NOW BE ALLOWED TO OPEN AT 25%.

BOWLING ALLEY, BINGO HALLS, SKATING RINKS WILL BE ALLOWED AT 25%. THEN THEY ARE GOING TO INCREASE RESTAURANT OCCUPANCY TO 50%. AND THEN EFFECTIVE SUNDAY MAY 31 THEY ARE SAYING THAT DAY AND OVERNIGHT YOUTH CAMPS, YOUTH SPORTS, PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO OPEN. ALSO ANTICIPATES THAT SUMMER CAMPS, BOTH CHURCHES, FAITH BASED AS WELL AS BOY'S CLUBS, Y MCA'S, ALL OF THOSE WILL BE ALLOWED TO OPEN STARTING ON MAY 31. RIGHT NOW IN TEXAS WE HAVE 224 COUNTIES THAT ARE REPORTING CASES.

THERE ARE THEY WERE UP TO 745,000 TOTAL TESTS RIGHT NOW.

AGAIN, PRIVATE LABS ARE LEADING THE EFFORT THERE.

WHICH IS WHY WE'VE HAD SO MANY TESTS DONE.

THERE ARE ABOUT 50,000 CASES ACROSS THE STATE THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND 13 9: FATALITIES. IN ROA ROULE ROWLETT WE HAVE 69.

FOR THOSE THAT RECOVERED BUT NOW RECOVERED CASES.

SO WE'RE WE HAVE 40 TRADES ARE COUNTED AS RECOVERED AND ROWLETT'S OWN NUMBERS HAVE BEEN HOLDING STEADY OR DROPPED OVER THE PAST WEEK. CITY OF GARLAND ON OUR BORDER HAS EVER 14 CONFIRMED CASE WITH 16 DEATHS.

ROCK WELL HAS 141 CASES WITH SIX DEATHS.

WE'RE EXTREMELY FORTUNATE THAT NO ROWLETT EMPLOYEES HAVE CONTRACTED THE CORONA VIRUS AT THIS TIME.

SO CASES CONTINUE TO CLIMB IN DALLAS COUNTY.

AND AS OF TODAY THERE WERE 225 NEW CASES WHICH BRINGS THE TOTAL TO ALMOST 8,000. RIGHT AT 7904.

THE COUNTY DID SAY THAT TODAY THE NUMBER OF DEATHS THEY HAD 14 DEATHS IN THE COUNTY. THAT WAS THE HIGHEST SINGLE DAY THEY'VE HAD SO FAR. AGAIN, JUST TO KIND OF COMMENT THAT THE CASES REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION WHO REPORTED EMPLOYMENT, 80% OF THOSE HAVE BEEN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS WITH A BROAD RANGE OF OCCUPATIONAL SECTORS INCLUDING TRANSPORTATION, PUBLIC WORKS. SO AGAIN IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT SAFE DISTANCING, WEARING A FACE COVERING WHEN OUT, ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO KEEPING EVERYBODY SAFE.

NOT JUST OURSELVES AND OUR OWN FAMILIES BUT ALSO OUR WORKERS AT THE RESTAURANTS AND STORES THAT WE GO TO.

TEXAS IS INCREASING ITS CAPACITY FOR TESTING.

I KNOW EARLIER AND ONE OF THE CALLS THAT I WAS ON WITH DALLAS COUNTY ON FRIDAY, THEY HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT STATEWIDE THAT THEIR GOAL OF 30,000 HAS FINALLY BEEN REACHED.

NOT TO SAY THAT IT WILL BE DONE EVERY DAY BECAUSE THAT IS A LOT OF TESTS BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO DO THAT.

THERE ARE OVER 300 SITES ACROSS THE STATE.

EVEN IN ROWLETT WE HAVE FREE DRIVE THROUGH TESTING SITE THAT OPENED UP AT THE WAL-MART SUPER CENTER STARTING ON FRIDAY.

IF PEOPLE WANT TO GET TESTED, THEY CAN GET TESTED HERE IN ROWLETT. LITTLE GOOD NEWS THAT I WANT TO

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TALK ABOUT. WE'LL SPEND A LOT MORE TIME ON THIS IN A SPECIAL MEETING ON FRIDAY.

THE CORONA VIRUS AID ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT , THE CARES ACT WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW ON MARCH 27.

AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ORIGINALLY INCLUDING STATES, STATES COUNTIES IN EXCESS OF 500,000 POPULATION AND CITIES OVER 500,000 RECEIVED A DIRECT PAYMENT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCED ON MAS UNDER 500,000 POPULATION WOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE FUNDS THROUGH THE CORONA VIRUS RELIEF FUND.

$7.24 BILLION IN THE ALLOCATION OF THE CARES ACT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT. ABOUT 5.1 BILLION OF THAT WENT STRAIGHT TO CITIES AND COUNTIES OVER -- 3.2 BILLION WENT TO SIX CITIES AND 12 COUNTIES WITH POPULATIONS OVER 500,000.

SO THEY ARE MAKING 1.85 MILLION AVAILABLE TO CITIES AND COUNTIES BELOW 500,000. ROWLETT WILL RECEIVE A SEPARATE ALLOCATION FROM DALLAS AND ROCK WELL COUNTY.

THE RULES WILL BE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT.

WE WILL RECEIVE 439,000 THAT IS COMING FROM THE POPULATION IN ROWLETT AND ROCK WELL COUNTY. AND THAT WILL WE WILL RECEIVE 20% OF THAT UP FRONT AND THEN THE REST OF THAT WILL COME ON A REIMBURSEMENT BASIS AND THEN BASEND TO AMOUNT OF FUNDS THAT THE CITY OF ROWLETT LEAVES IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH STATE AND DALLAS COUNTY FOR THIS SAME POT OF MONEY WILL BE ALMOST $3.8 MILLION. WE'RE ABLE TO USE THAT TO HELP OUR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES. WE CAN CONSIDER PROGRAMS. THIS IS JUST WHAT SOME OF THE OTHER COUNTIES AND CITIES ARE DOING, RENTAL ASSISTANCE, MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE, UTILITIES ASSISTANCE, BUSINESS HELPING THEM WITH BUSINESS INTERRUPTION COSTS. CITIES AND COUNTIES CAN KEEP SOME OF THE FUNDS ALSO TO COVER THE COST OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

THE COST OF -- PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AN THOSE KIND OF THINGS. THERE IS A LOT OF PROGRAMS THAT WE CAN USE TO PULL THESE FUNDS FROM.

AND ON FRIDAY THE CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS THIS IN A SPECIAL MEETING AT 1:00 P.M. THAT IS MY REPORT FOR TONIGHT.

>> A LOT GOING ON STILL. WE FELT IT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO JUMP ON THIS VERY QUICKLY WE WANTED TO CALL A SPECIAL MEETING FOR FRIDAY TO DISCUSS THIS AS WELL AS A COUPLE OF OTHER TOPICS THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED ON THE AGENDA.

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS ABOUT THE UPDATE THAT BRIAN JUST GAVE?

>> ITEM 3B WHICH IS HEAR A PRESENTATION REGARDING --

>> I'M SORRY MAYOR. MY APOLOGIES.

THERE IS ONE MORE THING. THERE IS COUNCIL YOU MAY REMEMBER AS WE DISCUSSED AT SATURDAY'S STRATEGY SESSION, THERE ARE MULTIPLE POTS OF MONEY THAT HAVE COME FROM VARIOUS STIMULUS PROGRAMS THAT THE CITY IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDS FOR. ONE OF THESE TODAY WE HAD SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR OUR FIRST REIMBURSEMENT OF $203,000 THROUGH A POT OF MONEY COVID RELATED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AND THERE IS ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS THEY HAVE IS THAT WE HAVE TO PASS A RESOLUTION FOR THAT PARTICULAR GRANT. SO ED, IF YOU ARE ON, CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THAT AND WE CAN DISCUSS THE RESOLUTION WE'D LIKE

COUNCIL TO APPROVE? >> SO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GRANT PROGRAM THAT WAS INITIATED JUST FOR COVID 19.

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THE DEADLINE FOR THAT IS JUNE 15.

HOWEVER COMMISSIONER'S COURT AGENDA GAY DALLAS COUNTY HAD A $3.4 MILLION PROJECT SLATED FOR APPROVAL AND SUBMISSION.

THE REASON WE DIDN NEED TO GET S SUBMITTED TODAY IS TO GET AHEAD OF THAT SUBMISSION. IT'S ROUGHLY ABOUT HALF REIMBURSEMENT AND FUTURE PURCHASES.

AND THAT IS FOR STAFF TIME, FOR THE POLICE CHIEF, FIRE CHIEF, FIRE MARTIAL, SOME OF THE PPE PURCHASES AND THEN ALSO FOR FUTURE EXPENSES LIKE LAPTOPS FOR THE COURTS TO ENABLE VIRTUAL COURTS, ADDITIONAL PPE. SO IT'S ROUGHLY $200,000.

IT'S A LITTLE BIT LESS. WE HAD AN INITIAL REVIEW TODAY.

THEY DID CUT A FEW ITEMS. SO IT'S 196 AT THIS POINT.

EVERYTHING ELSE THEY SAID WAS ELIGIBLE.

SO WE HAVE A $196,000 ELIGIBLE COST FOR PAYROLL AND PURCHASING.

AND THAT WILL ALLOW US TO NOT HAVE TO APPLY FOR FEMA OR DRAW FROM CRF FUNDING IF IT GETS APPROVED.

>> WHERE IS THAT? YOU SAID WE WANT TO PASS A

RESOLUTION? >> YES MAYOR.

WE HAVE A RESOLUTION DRAFTED BY THE CITY ATTORNEY.

AND WE CAN READ THAT. IT'S RELATIVELY SHORT.

WE CAN READ THAT TO COUNCIL. WE WOULD LIKE TO PASS IT.

SOME GRANTS WE DON'T HAVE TO DO A FORMAL RESOLUTION BUT IN THIS

ONE THEY ARE ASKING TO US. >> WHAT IS THE TURN AROUND TIME WE'LL KNOW IF WE GET ACCEPTED AND

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.