After seeing the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department pass out free disinfectant to county residents, Rosenberg City Council member Jacob Balderas had something similar in mind.

At a special Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, Balderas requested that the city purchase and distribute free disinfectant to its citizens as well.

But in light of the “Stay Home to Save Lives” order enacted by the county this week, Balderas pulled the item from the agenda.

The item called for council to take action on an immediate authorization of city expenditures in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“Jacob was well-intended,” Mayor Bill Benton said at Tuesday’s meeting.

“He was checking on the city purchasing some hand gel or some disinfectant. The stay at home order may help that.”

Balderas said the stay home order should reduce the number of people who are out and about.

“As long as (people) stay home, they’re not going to come into contact with this thing,” Balderas continued.

“As long as they abide by the order, that should help alleviate that. And, of course, if we end up in a situation where there is a massive shortage of cleaning items again, we can reconsider.”

Council member Kevin Raines urged Balderas to be careful of the items he brings to council.

“You have to be real careful about putting stuff out like this because everyone is hanging on our every word and listening to the news,” said Raines, who teleconferenced into the council meeting.

“When we make statements or (add) items like this, it gets people a little worried. We need to be careful with what we say.”

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.

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

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