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Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Hall closed for walk-in business until further notice

CLS CLOSURES

In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the City of Clear Lake Shores is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and currently following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Galveston County Health District and other public health authorities.

Here is a list of closures and cancellations that the City is implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

City Facilities

A.    City Hall will be closed until further notice for walk-in business. If you require assistance, please contact the appropriate department via phone or email:

  • City Hall: Main number: 281-334-2799
  • Building Department: Kevin Harrell, Building Official: ext. 209 or cell 281-254-1294 k.harrell@clearlakeshores-tx.gov
  • Angie Galvan, Building Official Asst./Asst. City Secretary: ext. 208 agalvan@clearlakeshores-tx.gov
  • Municipal Court: 
  1. Tiffany Wilson, Asst. Court Administator: ext. 206 twilson@clearlakeshores-tx.gov 
  2. Salina Llanes, Court Clerk: ext. 210  sllanes@clearlakeshores-tx.gov
  • City Administration: 
  1. Brent Spier, City Administrator: ext. 200 bspier@clearlakeshores-tx.gov 
  2. Christy Stroup, City Secretary: ext. 207 stroup@clearlakeshores-tx.gov 
  3. Public Information Office: Adriana Richey, Communications Specialist ariche@clearlakeshores-tx.gov (281) 907-3880
  • Police Department: Office (281) 334-1034.
  1.  CLS Police Department 24-hour dispatch number: Dial (281) 538-0659 and press 2 for dispatch.
  2. Galveston County Sheriff’s Department 24-hour dispatch number: Dial 409-766-2322 and press 2 for dispatch.                
  3. Emergency: Call 911
  • Public Works: Brent Spier, City Administrator: ext. 200   bspier@clearlakeshores-tx.gov   
  • The Children’s Library is open. Do not go into the library if you are coughing or running a fever. Please use hand sanitizer upon entry.  

B.    Police, Fire, EMS, and Water/Wastewater external services remain operational. Police have adjusted scheduling and equipment usage and also implemented sanitizing of vehicles before/after shifts.

C.    AmeriWaste has implemented some changes to trash pickup. All trash must be bagged and they will not pick up loose items. All recyclables must be bagged in clear or see-through bags. This is to prevent workers from having to handle potentially contaminated  waste such as tissues, wipes, cardboard, etc. 

D.    We encourage residents to stay home and watch City Council and EDC meetings online at www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/councilvideos. You can also subscribe to our Youtube Channel ‘City of Clear Lake Shores, TX’ and watch meetings there. Our next EDC meeting will be on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm. Please visit www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/agendacenter to read agenda.

The City will continue to assess the situation and will update residents regularly about future closures and impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages.

Parks and Pool

City parks and pool will remain open during normal operating hours and will follow CDC and Galveston County guidance. 

Municipal Court and other upcoming meetings

Based on recommendations from the Texas Office of Court Administration, all court dockets in Clear Lake Shores Municipal Court scheduled for April, 2020 have being rescheduled to a later date. Clerks will be notifying individuals of their new date to appear.  Please contact Municipal Court at 281-334-2799 ext. 206, 207 or 210 if you have additional questions.

Postponement of Clear Lake Shores elections

On Friday, March 13th, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster as there are more than 50 confirmed cases of the virus. In addition, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code to allow political subdivisions to postpone their 2020 local elections. Clear Lake Shores will postpone their May 2, 2020 elections until November 3, 2020 and will follow November 3rd election guidelines. 

Upcoming events

  • Jammin on Jarboe: The first Jammin on Jarboe event scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been canceled. 
  • Civic Club events: Meet the Candidates event will be in October 2020. For more information regarding Civic Club events please visit their website at http://www.clscivicclub.com/

Clear Lake Shores Police Department 

CLS PD is assisting our elderly residents or residents with compromised health and prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are elderly or have compromised health and live in Clear Lake Shores or Lazy Bend, the Clear Lake Shores Police Department will assist you in obtaining emergency supplies, groceries or medications. Please contact the Clear Lake Shores Police Department at (832) 621 8142 if you require assistance. CLS PD does not have supplies to issue, but they will help by delivering your supplies to your home. The department  will try to assist you in obtaining your emergency supplies on a case by case basis, and depending on availability of those supplies. 

STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

On Monday, March 24, 2020, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issued a stay-at-home order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The order, signed by Clear Lake Shores Mayor Kurt Otten, will be effective 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020, until 11:59 p.m.  Friday, April 3, 2020. Click here to read complete stay-at-home order.

Ordered by the County Judge of Galveston County:

All individuals currently living within Galveston County are ordered to remain at their place of residence. Galveston County residents may leave their homes only to perform any of the following essential activities:

  1. To obtain medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies need to work from home.
  2. To obtain necessary services or supplies such as food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
  3. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running).
  4. To care for a family member or pet in another household. Click here to read more activities that qualify as essential activities. 
  • All businesses operating within Galveston County, except Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. Click here to read which businesses qualify as “essential businesses.”
  • All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.
  • Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.
  • Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference.
  • All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Galveston County.
  • This order suspends all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Galveston County for the next 60 days.
  • If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home for 14 days until or unless otherwise directed by the Local Health Authority.
  • Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are instructed by this order to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.
  • Tolls are waived at the San Luis Pass toll booth during the duration of this Disaster.

Click here to read complete stay-at-home order.

We must remain vigilant, follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and maintain social distancing when possible. The City will continue to assess the situation and will update residents regularly about future impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages.


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