Rosenberg City Council member Jacob Balderas wants to protect local businesses.

Which is why he suggested an ordinance to regulate or limit the amount of certain commodities consumers may purchase.

But when Fort Bend County Judge KP George enacted the “Stay Home to Save Lives” order this week, council voted to indefinitely table the rationing ordinance.

This item was placed on Tuesday’s special city council agenda by Balderas.

Before the meeting began, Balderas pulled the item.

“The order from the county was not known at the time this was put on the agenda,” Balderas explained to council. Had that been known, he added, his rationing proposal would not have made it on the council agenda.

“As far as rationing items, that was brought about because certain store managers were having issues enforcing rationing.

“People were going in and not paying attention to the limits. Some of (the store owners) did ask for some help from the city on that.

“However, now supplies are coming in more steadily.

“There’s more stuff on the shelves and there’s also a shelter in place in effect, so that should mitigate the issues that this was designed to solve.”

Mayor Bill Benton said the city has the authority to impose stricter guidelines if council deems necessary.

“I hate to pass any restrictions, but sometimes it necessitates it,” Benton said. “With these new restrictions that the county puts on... it may get pretty dicey here. And if it does, we may have to revisit (this item).”

Balderas then made a motion to indefinitely table this item. The motion was seconded by council member Tim Anders and passed unanimously.

The next regular city council meeting will be held April 7.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask 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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