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Denton City Council Extends Declaration of Disaster

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Council Adopts New Order of Council That Supersedes Previous Orders

DENTON, TX, Aug. 26, 2020 – On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Denton City Council voted to extend the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency first executed by Mayor Chris Watts on March 13. The new declaration shall be in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

In addition, the Council adopted a new Ninth Order of Council to supersede previous orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Order shall be in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Under the Ninth Order of Council:

  • All commercial and non-profit entities providing good or services directly to the public are required to have a health and safety policy requiring face coverings;
  • The City Manager is granted the authority, to take actions to respond to the disaster such as apply for state or federal assistance, accept supplies or grants on behalf of the City, terminate or suspend events, or adopt procedures and directives related to personnel or altering operations of facilities or services of the City;
  • The City Manager is granted the authority to expend funds from the general fund reserve balance, specifically authorizing an additional $900,000 for facility improvements to reduce the spread of COVID-19;
  • Provides flexibility to schedule meetings for City Committee, Commission, and Board meetings; and
  • Postpones all non-essential in-person court proceedings in the Municipal Court.

A copy of the Order of Council and its full provisions is available here, and at www.cityofdenton.com. Visit www.cityofdenton.com/coronavirus for additional updates.

Contact: Ryan Adams, (940) 349-8565, Ryan.Adams@cityofdenton.com

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