Public Emergency
Notices
Theresa Bowe
808 Hwy 77A South
PO Box 738
Yoakum, TX 77995
Phone #:  (361) 293-6321
Fax #:  (361) 293-3318
Public Notice Update - March 14, 2020
The City of Yoakum has elected to go through the Declaration of Local Disaster process to ensure the City’s eligibility for
State and Federal assistance, should the need arise.  City officials continue to monitor the situation and encourage citizens
to remain calm, practice good hygiene, and refer to the following websites for additional information. The City of Yoakum
appreciates your patience during this stressful event. We will continue to provide details as they become available.
The information provided on these websites are available in both English and Spanish:
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus
www.strac.org/coronavirus
Public Notice Update - March 16, 2020
This is a message from the City of Yoakum Emergency Management office
It is the City of Yoakum’s intent to safely and efficiently maintain a high level of service to our community.  In order to
provide all services and to decrease the possibility of unnecessary exposure to our customers and employees, the City of
Yoakum Offices will be limiting office hours until further notice.  Utility Office, EMS Billing, and Court business shall be
open to the public on a limited basis from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for only business that, in staff’s opinion, cannot to be
processed through the drive-thru, by phone or electronically.  

Birth & Death Records & Building Permits will be processed by appointment only.  
The Welhausen Library is currently closed through Tuesday of this week. Further evaluation will be made as information
becomes available.

Yoakum Municipal Court has been postponed until April 17th.  Those individuals that are scheduled for specific court
dates prior to April 17th will be contacted for a new appearance date.

Please call City Hall offices for instructions on completing transactions by phone or electronically @ 361-293-6321.

The Yoakum Police Department lobby area shall be restricted and visitors will be screened at the door to determine
necessary personnel interaction.  Prior to initiating an in-person visit, please call the Police Department at 361-293-5234
for consultation.
Citizens should be aware that calls to 9-1-1 will be screened for symptoms so that first responders can be prepared to
provide the best level of response.

It is the commitment of the City of Yoakum to make every effort to complete all business transactions remotely and handle
transactions that cannot, in the safest possible way for our customers and employees.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Public Notice Update - March 17, 2020
As the impact of the Coronavirus COVID 19 spreads, the City is reviewing exposure potentials at each of its facilities.  It is our intent to maintain a balance
between protecting public health concerns and providing a continued high level of service to our community.  

As such, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and continuing through April 17, 2020, the City announces the following restrictions:

•        All public meetings, gatherings, events or group activities in any City owned building or on any City owned property are suspended.  This includes
events or gatherings at facilities owned by the City but leased by others including the Yoakum Community Center, Cook Shed, the Senior Citizens Center,
the Harbus Building, and Park Facilities and Ballfields.  The following exceptions apply:
o        Those meetings needed to conduct the official business of the City,
o        Use of outdoor facilities by individuals or small group (less than ten), or
o        Singular events approved on a case by case basis.  
•        Public access to the Parks/Golf House is suspended.
•        Public access to the City Library is suspended. Limited staff will be available to respond through email and telephone to handle reference requests,
limited book exchange and maintain access to our eBook catalogue.
•        Public access to the City Fire Department Facilities for non-emergency community functions is suspended.

The timeline for these may be extended, depending on conditions and State and Federal mandates.

These closures are in addition to the following announced earlier, as follows:

City of Yoakum Offices will be limiting office hours until further notice. Utility Office Lobby shall be open to the public on a limited basis from 11:00 am to 1:
00 pm for only business that, in staff’s opinion, cannot to be processed through the drive-thru, by phone or electronically. Birth & Death Records &
Building Permits will be processed by appointment only. Please call City Hall offices for instructions on completing transactions by phone or electronically
@ 361-293-6321.  

Yoakum Municipal Court has been postponed until April 17th. Those individuals that are scheduled for specific court dates prior to April 17th will be
contacted for a new appearance date.

The Yoakum Police Department lobby area shall be restricted and visitors will be screened at the door to determine necessary personnel interaction.
Prior to initiating an in-person visit, please call the Police Department at 361-293-5234 for consultation.

All community members should be aware of personal risk and prevention protocols.  Citizens should be aware that calls to 9-1-1 will be screened for
symptoms so that first responders can be prepared to provide the best level of response.

It is the commitment of the City of Yoakum to make every effort to maintain the safest environment for our citizens, customers and employees.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this hectic period.  Please continue your diligence to reduce the risk of exposures, and thank you
for the support you show to the City personnel working to provide the needed services to our community.
The information provided on these websites are available in both English and Spanish:
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus
www.strac.org/coronavirus

Additional information may be obtain by dialing 2-1-1 (option 6) available
24/7
or by email @ coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America
The Governor Abbott's Executive Order
Updated March 19, 2020
Declaration of Local Disaster 2020-01 - Mayor's Declaration March 14, 2020
Declaration of Local Disaster 2020-02 - Renewal By City Council March 19, 2020
Additional City Closures – March 23, 2020
On Thursday, March 19, Texas Governor Abbott continued he previous declaration of citing that COVID-19 posed an “increasing, imminent threat”
throughout Texas.   This order, among other things, ordered schools and restaurant dining areas to close through April 3, 2020.  In addition, he asked
that all Texans follow the CDC recommendation that gatherings be restricted to no more than 10.
In order to avoid further measures to stem the growing spread, the Governor stated “if you don’t have an essential reason for leaving your home, you
should not be leaving your home.”
In order to protect our employees from exposure when and where possible, we have placed a significant number of our employees on stand by asking
them to stay home and avoid potential community exposure.  This stand-by status limits our ability to do business as usual however, it keeps our
facilities safe and open.
As such, as of Monday, March 23, 2020, the following have been added to the list of facilities owned by the City that are closed for public activity:
•        All City Parks and Park Facilities, including ball fields, playgrounds, pavilions, rodeo arena and golf course are closed to group use.
•        The City Utility/Court Clerk Office is closed to the public.  We will no longer open for public traffic.  The drive-up window is open to handle all
payments, and payments can be processed over the phone and online.  Contact the utility office at 361-293-6321 for assistance with that process.
Additionally, the following Solid Waste services have been curtailed:
•        The residential bulk item pick up scheduled for March 30 through April 3 has been canceled.
•        Curb side pickup of brush, yard waste and tree limbs has been suspended.  Our Transfer Station is open regular hours to accept that material.
•        Requests for commercial pick up of cardboard will be limited to staff availability.  
Public Notice Update - March 25, 2020
Message from Mayor Annie Rodriguez
As of March 25, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area.  One in rural Lavaca County, one in rural DeWitt County and one within the
City limits of Yoakum.

The City of Yoakum’s Emergency Management Team continues to work with local, county and state partners to assess the situation and respond
appropriately.

Currently, the City of Yoakum is not considering any formal shelter-in-place order. This would only change if it became mandated by the State of Texas,
or with a significantly escalated urgency within the region.  

We are relying on our citizens to understand the seriousness of the COVID-19 and to assist with stopping the spread of the virus.  

Per Executive Order No. GA-08 issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Texans are to avoid gathering in groups, and
limit trips away from the home. Travel should be limited to work, to obtain essential supplies with as few individuals as possible, and for emergencies
only. Schools are closed.  Our Governor has stated “if you don’t have an essential reason for leaving your home, you should not be leaving your home.”

Now is the time to heed that warning.

Like businesses throughout the community, the City of Yoakum has adjusted our day to day operations in order to limit the opportunity for community
spread of the COVID-19 virus.  We expect our residents will do the same.

This is a very trying time. We would like to encourage you to continue to press on, doing your best to keep a positive frame of mind. The storm may
roar around us...but the City of Yoakum will continue to work to present solutions for our citizens, and stand firm with them; we aim to be the safety-line
for you during these very troubled times.

Only by working together can we stem the local spread the COVID-19 virus and help ourselves, our families and our communities avoid the greater
restrictions we have seen in other cities and states.
Message from the Mayor – April 1, 2020
Effective on April 2, 2020 Governor Abbott significantly expanded his call for all Texans to actively work to limit the Spread of COVID -19 in our state.

The Governor’s full order is available at this link:
https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-14_Statewide_Essential_Service_and_Activity_COVID-19_IMAGE_03-31-2020.pdf

Like many communities around the state, the City of Yoakum has reviewed its authority to order a shelter in place or community curfew to insure
compliance with the Governor’s orders.  At this time, the City of Yoakum will not issue that type of order.   

We will continue to work with our local county leadership, our local health professionals, and local law enforcement to determine the future need for
this action.  As Mayor, I call on you to understand that limiting the spread in our area is up to everyone in our community. Significant COVID-19 spread
exists in communities along I-35, I-10 and the gulf coast.  Our region is surrounded.  It is not hard to see that the disease will spread to our area
without aggressive action by everyone in our community.

The Governor has ordered all of us as individuals to minimize our in - person contact within our households and our community.  He has directed each
of us to limit our exposure to those activities that are essential for your family.  Essential trips include only those essential to daily activity, such as,
grocery stores, gas stations or medical needs. Only those members of your household that need to make that trip need to go.  Everyone needs to
understand that this order eliminates the Governor’s prior order that allowed social gatherings of 10 or less.

Certain businesses have been ordered to close or to limit walk-in business.  All businesses are instructed to do whatever they need to do to insure
that their employees and patrons are able to maintain required social distancing.  You should call those business before leaving your house to see if
they are open.

Compliance is your responsibility.  Please join us in meeting that responsibility.
Notice of Extended Facility Closures – City of Yoakum
The Governor of Texas’ Executive Order No. GA -14, effective from April 2, 2020 through April 30, 2020, orders all Texans to minimize social gatherings and
in-person contact with people outside their household except to provide or obtain essential services.
To meet that requirement, all City owned buildings and facilities are closed to public use through April 30, except those deemed necessary to further essential
functions of the City, or that can used within the Governor’s Executive Order.
The facilities remaining open are limited to the following, with use restricted as described:
•        City Hall, but restricted to the drive through window and by appointment only with a designated City staff person.  City staff will work to complete all
transactions possible through the drive through.
•        Yoakum Police Station, but restricted to those with essential business within the facility.  All non-department employees will be screened for related
health issues prior to entry.
•        City Solid Waste Transfer Station, but restricted to commercial waste haulers and sanitation customers of the City of Yoakum.  All users to check in at
gate prior to accessing other parts of the facility.
•        City Park walkways only. All other park facilities are closed, including ball fields/courts, pavilions, tables, structures, play equipment, courses, arenas
and parking areas.
•        Yoakum Senior Center, but restricted to use for essential purposes and by essential staff of that facility.
•        City of Yoakum RV Park, but restricted to those sites occupied as of April 2, 2020.
Facility closures run through April 30, 2020.  
Timeline of closures is subject to change without notice.
Anyone with events scheduled at closed facilities through April 30 must reschedule those events.
Anyone with events scheduled shortly after April 30 should consider alternative plans.
Note:
City Court will not meet prior to April 30.   Anyone with a City citations issued with an appearance date before April 30, 2020 will be notified of a rescheduled
court date.   Those pleading “guilty” or “no contest” can make payment at City Hall prior to that rescheduled date without additional penalty.