Two months and two days. That’s how long the city of Rosenberg has been in a declared state of disaster. And as far as city staff is concerned, there is no end in sight.
At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members extended the disaster declaration for another two weeks.
According to Communications Director Tanya Kveton, extending the declaration allows the city to seek assistance, aid and resources from other governmental entities such as the county, state of Texas and federal government should the need arise.
“(We are extending) this in the event we need reimbursement for federal funding,” Mayor Bill Benton reiterated.
According to Battalion Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Adams, most entities in the county are mirroring what Fort Bend County Commissioners Court is decreeing.
“Theirs goes until May 31,” Adams said. “There is no ending in the foreseeable future in the county’s mind, and they will extend it May 31, I expect.
“Everyone but the exception of Weston Lakes has extended the declaration. They are very unique in that they had zero cases (of COVID-19) in their area.”
Council member Isaac Davila then made a motion to extend the disaster declaration until June 2 at 11:59 p.m. The motion was seconded by council member Tim Anders and passed unanimously.
The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held June 2, when council members will once again consider extending the disaster declaration.
“The next meeting hopefully we will be in the chamber,” Benton said. “Let’s keep our fingers crossed.”
This is the eighth meeting council members have held via teleconference since the city enacted the state of disaster.
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.