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Messages from Mayor Pruitt

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Health Updates

Rockwall County Health Authority, State of Texas
March 18, 2020
March 20, 2020

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Travel Advisory

CDC Recommendation for Self Quarantine

Texas Department of State Health Services

City Facility Updates

March 26, 2020 – City Facilities are open, but limited in-person interaction is encouraged. additional information

The Center is closed

Parks restrooms are closed

Business Updates

These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, 2020, due date.

We understand that virtually all of our taxpayers are doing their best to remain in compliance and be responsible in submitting the taxes they collected from their customers. With that in mind, our agency is here to offer assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.

For businesses that find themselves in this situation, our agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.

We ask that you contact our Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due.

In addition, we have a variety of online tools for businesses seeking assistance. See our COVID-19 emergency response webpage for access to online tools, tutorials and other resources for tax services, and to establish 24/7 online account access with Webfile.

We’re standing by to help Texas businesses during these difficult times.

Federal and National Resources

Small Business Association
SBA Website

U.S. Chanber of Commerce
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Website

U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor Website

Main Street America
Funding Programs & Business Support

Current List of Upcoming Parks
Program Cancellations

Out of an abundance of caution, the Rockwall Parks and Recreation Department has canceled  the following programs until further notice;

  • Little Athletes
  • Mrs. Kristine’s Dance Program
  • My Tot & Me
  • Brinner w/Bunny
  • Movie in the Park

Rockwall Parks Event Cancellations

Rockwall ISD Updates

In light of rapidly changing developments across the state regarding COVID-19, Rockwall ISD will extend Spring Break through Friday, March 20. While a case of Coronavirus COVID-19 has not been confirmed in Rockwall County, the additional week is an effort to mitigate any potential spread of the virus.
Rockwall ISD website



Declarations

Rockwall County Judge Issues Shelter In Place Order- March 24, 2020

City of Rockwall Mayoral Declaration

Govenor of Texas Declaration

News Updates

Rockwall, Texas – March 25, 2020 – Health authorities have informed the City of Rockwall that there are now two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Rockwall County. Health officials will monitor these cases and provide additional details as they become available, subject of course to patient confidentiality. Citizens should comply with the Rockwall County Stay-at-Home Order and take all precautions to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have tested positive, and we wish them a quick recovery. If you have a question regarding this Order, please call the Rockwall County Coronavirus Task Force at (972) 204-7080.

Rockwall, Texas – March 20, 2020 – In an attempt to protect our customers, contractors and city personnel in these uncertain times, the Rockwall Building Inspection and Neighborhood Improvement Services Departments encourage you to utilize our existing online tools to obtain permits, certificate of occupancy and/or contractor registrations. You can find more info) mation at Rockwall.com, or feel free to call for assistance at (972) 771-7709. For senior citizens who prefer to visit City Hall in person to apply for a permit or make a payment, please feel free to call (972) 771-7709 for additional assistance.

Rockwall, Texas – March 20, 2020 – During the continuing COVID-19 threat, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is asking for Americans to increase blood donations, in an effort to help those who need it. There is currently a shortage, and in the coming days and weeks, more may be needed. He stresses that additional precautions are being taken at all blood donation centers to keep everyone safe, and asks that social distancing not turn into ‘social disengagement.”

Rockwall, Texas – March 16, 2020 – The City of Rockwall continues to provide its full range of services to residents while taking recommended precautions. In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Rockwall City Council has decided to modify the activities for their regular meeting tonight. The CDC has issued new guidelines listed below that suggest that all gatherings of more than 50 people should be avoided. However, there are time-sensitive essential functions and legal requirements related to planning and zoning cases that must continue to be addressed at city council meetings. In addition, the law requires that residents be allowed to personally participate in their government. Therefore, Rockwall will continue with necessary council functions, while allowing residents an alternative to comment in person.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and the executive session will take place after the regular meeting. All work sessions, proclamations and awards have been postponed until after the coronavirus recommendations are changed by health authorities. Anyone wishing to comment will be able to personally attend the meeting and comment as allowed by law, but they will have the option to email any comments. The Council will read all comments into the record. The email address is: publiccomments@rockwall.com. As always, you may also watch the City Council meeting live at Rockwall.com/meetings/video.asp.
   
The CDC Recommendations:

  • Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.
  • Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
  • Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
  • This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

For more information, visit cdc.gov.

Rockwall, Texas– March 17, 2020 – Recent events have caused a temporary shortage of toilet paper, which has led to an increase in the sales of flushable wipes and other alternative paper products. These flushable wipes and alternative paper products pose a serious risk to the City’s sanitary sewer system. The massive clog in the picture below was removed from a lift station that pumps wastewater to one of the treatment plants. The blockage is made up of about 80% flushable wipes combined with twigs, sticks, a plastic soda bottle, feminine hygiene products, and even a pair of underwear.

Clogs like these are far too frequent across the City’s sewer system and can have detrimental effects to the health of the sanitary sewer system. These require the City’s wastewater crews to shut down the pumps and manually remove the blockages in order to prevent wastewater from backing up into houses, businesses, and the environment. Removing these blockages can be not only time consuming, but costly to the City. Items like flushable wipes, paper towels, cotton swabs, hair, trash, debris, and hygiene products can get hung up in the system and cause these blockages. The City of Rockwall requests that citizens be mindful of the items that are being flushed.

Here are a few things that are NOT FLUSHABLE:

  • “Flushable” wipes
  • Trash and debris
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Diapers
  • Wipes of any kind
  • Hair
  • Hygiene products

Rockwall, Texas – March 9, 2020 – There have been numerous reports in the media about novel coronavirus, COVID-19, including news that Texas residents are currently being monitored in various parts of the state. While there has been one resident of Frisco identified and monitored as “presumptive positive” for COVID-19, health officials there say the immediate risk of transmission remains low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive steps to limit exposure and reduce the risk of transmission: more...