It took three separate motions, but by the end of the Rosenberg City Council special meeting Tuesday, council members voted to extend the city’s disaster declaration by another two weeks.

Last Wednesday, Rosenberg Mayor Bill Benton signed a disaster declaration in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

“Basically, the declaration that was signed by the mayor is valid for seven days,” City Manager John Maresh explained. “So council has to take action to either let it expire or to extend it.

“Council has the ability to extend it for any period of time for up to 30 days.”

According to Communications Director Tanya Kveton, signing 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.

“The next couple of weeks could be edgy for us as a town,” Benton said. “We want to be very careful. We don’t want to be overstepping or push people around.

“We want to be very prudent in our decisions.”

Council member Jacob Balderas made a motion to extend the declaration for another seven days. The motion was seconded by council member Richard Olson.

Before the motion could be voted on, council member Isaac Davila suggested extending the declaration until April.

“Well, whenever we do it, we’ll have to meet either telephonically or in person to extend it,” Benton responded. “We’d have to have a meeting.

“(City staff) has to prepare a short agenda and post it. There’s a process.”

Davila suggested extending the disaster declaration until the next regular city council meeting.

Balderas made a motion to extend the declaration until April 3.

Maresh reminded council that the next regular meeting is not until April 7.

Finally, Balderas made a motion to approve the disaster declaration extension until the date of April 7 at 7 p.m.

The motion was seconded by council member Steven DeGregorio and passed unanimously.

Currently, citizens are not allowed to personally attend council meetings. However, they can ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

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