?Howard County Commissioners held a Special Session on Friday afternoon at the Howard County Courthouse and it was streamed live on the Facebook page for Howard County Info and Tech. During the meeting, commissioners met to discuss planning for employee safety and maintenance expenses during pandemic conditions.
Terry Chamness, Emergency Management Coordinator for Howard County, advised that with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock and Midland Counties, it was only a matter of time before a case was confirmed in Howard County. He suggested that a declaration of local disaster be issued for the county. Chamness stated that the sooner that the declaration was issued, the sooner the county could begin keeping a record of related expenses and that can later be refunded through the state or FEMA.
The Howard County Commissioners unanimously agreed to pass the declaration. Judge Wiseman then issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency for Howard County, Texas. This will stay in effect for 7 days unless extended by the Commissioners Court.
Judge Wiseman told KBest News that the declaration does not mean that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county, instead, it is a generic document that allows them to promote health, suppress the virus, and have a way to ensure compliance with their rules and directives IF needed.
The Howard County Commissioners will have a regular meeting on Monday, at 3:30 PM on the 3rd floor of the Howard County Courthouse, with a budget workshop before the meeting at 3 PM in the 2nd floor Conference Room. At this time, it is unclear if the meeting will be restricted to only 10 people, but Judge Wiseman encouraged the public to watch the live stream from home on the Howard County Info Tech page. KBest News will also be sharing that live stream to our KBest Media Facebook page.
To view the whole agenda for Monday’s meeting, visit: http://www.co.howard.tx.us/upload/template/1880/2020%20Agendas/ccm_agenda_3232020.pdf