Rosenberg Mayor Bill Benton has been trying to get council meetings moved back to City Hall for a little over a month.

And with the arrival of Phase II of Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19, Benton’s wish may be granted by the next scheduled meeting.

“I’ve asked (City Manager) John (Maresh) to try to outfit the chambers or seating places with some Plexiglas dividers, for what good it’ll do,” Benton explained to council before the city council meeting began Tuesday.

“I think it will help. We’re trying to get those up tastefully and tactfully in the next few days. Today they were hung with wire, which did not look good. So, he’s going to try and find some fishing string.

“The way they look now is kind of tacky. They’re trying and we appreciate their efforts that they’ll try to get this right.”

Under Phase I of Abbott’s plan, certain services and activities were allowed to open with 25% occupancy. Phase II, which went into effect May 18, allows businesses to reopen at 50% capacity.

“Everyone will be required to wear a mask while in City Hall, fill out a symptom questionnaire, and be temperature screened upon arrival,” Communications Director Tanya Kveton said.

“With the new occupancy limits, including (council members) and staff, that leaves approximately 20 vacancies (for meeting attendees).”

The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held May 26.

Benton said some city staff and two council members will still have to teleconference into the meeting because of the mass-gathering ban related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The next meeting hopefully we will be in the chamber,” Benton said. “And we’re only going to have five of us at the dias. We’re going to be spread out a little more.”

Citizens can ask the council questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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