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Under the leadership of Commissioners Allen and Brooks, Commissioners Court has established a rental assistance fund for COVID19 Impacted families either facing eviction or simply unable to pay the rent. Tarrant County Community Development is currently working with landlords and tenants to assist people in paying their rent during this difficult time. Should you have any questions, please contact our office at 817-850-7940. For more information, visit the Tarrant County Rental Assistance page.
Today, Thursday, June 25, 2020, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley announced an executive order requiring the wearing of masks in most public situations, which will go into effect Friday, June 26, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This order comes after Gov. Abbot’s Monday, June 22, 2020 address that COVID-19 was spreading at “an unacceptable rate” in Texas.
Tarrant County Public Health has recorded 9,846 positive cases. The past two weeks have seen a 52% increase in cases, a 67% increase in hospitalizations, and a 14% increase in deaths.
"We believe that masks are our best alternative at this time," Whitley said, emphasizing that he does not want to return to the restrictions instituted in March.
To review the entire executive order and its requirements, please visit https://www.tarrantcounty.com/content/dam/main/global/Covid-19/TarrantCountyJudgeExecutiveOrder6-25-20.pdf.
Here are the highlights of the executive order:
Any commercial entity in the county that provides goods or services directly to the public must develop a "health and safety policy" that includes requiring anyone inside their facility to wear a face-covering when in close proximity to other people. Businesses may add other measures to their policy, in addition to masks, such as temperature checks or health screenings, and their policy must be posted “in a conspicuous location” so that it’s visible to the public. The county order also includes an example policy that businesses may use.
The order urges anyone 10 years or older to wear a face-covering that covers their nose and mouth anywhere in public where it is difficult to keep six feet of separation. It requires that masks be worn in Tarrant County businesses that provide goods or services to the public, as well as outdoor areas where 100 people or more are present. Please note: The CDC does not recommend face coverings for children under 2 years old.
• When eating or drinking• When receiving a service where the wearing of a face covering would impair the performance of the service (i.e. receiving a facial)• If wearing a mask poses a “significant mental or physical health risk” to the individual
Businesses can be fined up to $1,000 for each violation of the order if they do not "develop and implement" a health and safety policy within five days of when the order goes into effect. The order goes into effect at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020, so businesses must have their policies in place by Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
The order is in effect until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020. Please note that it may be extended, modified, or ended early by Judge Whitley.
Today, Friday, June 26, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action.
The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services, and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again."
Read the entire Executive Order here: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-28_targeted_response_to_reopening_COVID-19.pdf
Governor Greg Abbott issued executive orders on April 27, 2020 setting out the timeline and guidelines for reopening businesses across the State of Texas. Information on this timeline and guidelines can be found in his report ’Texas Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas’
Texans can report a potential violation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 888-THE-TABC, or using the free TABC:Mobile app for Apple and Android devices. To view TABC’s guidance for the alcoholic beverage industry, visit www.tabc.texas.gov/coronavirus.
The Safety, Health, and Consumer Council has provided a guide for properly cleaning and disinfecting the home at https://www.safehome.org/resources/keeping-house-clean-flu-coronavirus/
Mayor’s Message - Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
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To locate a COVID-19 testing site, visit: http://covidtest.tdem.texas.gov
The testing site will be open on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and Thursday, July 2, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Campus West, 205 North S. Industrial Blvd., Bedford, TX, 76021.
There will be no cost for the test, however, all appointments must be scheduled in advance. To schedule an appointment, please contact the call center at 512-883-2400 or visit www.txcovidtest.org. The call center will NOT be able to take reservations more than 48 hours in advance and no photos, cameras, or video will be allowed at the testing site.
This is a collaborative initiative between the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the Cities of Bedford and Euless, Cross City Church, 6 Stones, and the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TX EMTF).
With “Retail-To-Go” all payments should be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact should be minimized if remote payment is not available. Purchased items should be delivered to the backseat or trunk of the customer’s vehicle whenever possible to minimize physical contact with the customer. Employees must wash or sanitize their hands after each interaction with a customer, and whenever possible, must disinfect any item that came into contact with the customer. The customer should wash or sanitize their hands after the transaction. Additional guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services can be found at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronav…/…/ReOpenedRetailGuidance.pdf
As a public health authority, Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) is responsible for public health matters, including the COVID-19 virus. TCPH is also required to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of those individuals who may receive services from the agency. To find out more about the TCPH’s recommendations and case statuses regarding COVID-19, please visit https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health/disease-control---prevention/coronaviruas.html.
No, at this time, all summer programs and events, including Bedford Splash Aquatics Center, summer camp, 4thFest, and the Bedford Blues & BBQ festival have been canceled.
City Hall, Building B is closed. Payments can be put into the dropbox in the Building B parking lot facing Forest Ridge Drive. All late fees and/or disconnects will be suspended for 30 days and for those looking to pay a water bill can do so online at www.bedford.dpnetbill.com/ Contact Customer Service at 817-952-2112 or email@example.com for assistance. For new applications, please visit 2turniton.com.
Bedford businesses and grocery stores can help during this difficult time. Several offer delivery or pick-up options, as well as, creating special or updated hours of operations.
Visit the Development Department at City Hall Building C (1805 L. Don Dodson Drive) or call 817-952-2140 and a Permit Technician will assist with the appropriate permit application to fill out and submit online or by fax.
Additional reminders from Republic:
Missed collections can be reported to Republic Waste at 817-332-7301.
Yes, Simple Recycling has resumed its normal scheduled (Monday or Tuesday trash service day) service.
Council meetings are shown live on the City’s website at https://bedfordtx.gov/250/City-Council-Meetings-Online or tune in to channels 16 (Spectrum) or 99 (AT&T).
Yes. however, those meetings will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future. In order to allow citizens the ability to participate in these meetings, citizens may provide written comments or a request to speak via telephone on specific agenda items by filling out the City Council Meeting Sign Up Form, emailing the City Secretary’s Office, or calling the City Secretary’s Office at 817-952-2104. All comments and requests to speak will need to be received by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Comments will be read during the appropriate portion of the meeting. Citizens who requested to speak will be called during the appropriate portion of the meeting.
Any person desiring to speak at a Council meeting under the Persons to be Heard portion of the agenda must request so, in writing, to the City Secretary’s Office by noon the Wednesday before the scheduled meeting. Please be specific as to the topics you wish to address to the Council. If you have presentation materials, please send an electronic copy to the City Secretary’s Office by 5:00 p.m. the Monday prior to the meeting.
Council meetings are recorded and available the following day on the City’s website at https://bedfordtx.gov/250/City-Council-Meetings-Online.
The alcohol petition election has been postponed until November 3, 2020, unless an earlier date is approved by the Governor.
The Phase Next Park Improvement project will continue as planned. The gas line along Doug Rivers is being relocated during the month of June to allow for the construction of new ballfields on the Northeast Corner of the park. All City buildings within the park have been closed to ensure social distancing, as well as, the impending construction. In July there will be an auction of City property which will not be utilized when the new facilities open. August will include asbestos abatement activities in all of the structures and construction documents reaching 100% completion, which will be submitted to the contractor for final pricing. After the City Council approves the contract in September, construction will commence in October 2020. During the month of September, the Bedford Fire Department will use the empty buildings for training purposes.
Masks are required for the health and safety of the staff and patrons per Tarrant County’s Executive Order. Masks are available upon request.
Entry is restricted to 25%. Occupancy will be limited to maintain social distancing. Please follow signs and designated floor markings.
A limited number of computers are available and can be used for up to 90 minutes per day.
Please limit your visit to 30 minutes. Seating has been removed to reduce the number of surfaces that need to be disinfected.
All holds will still be picked up at the drive-up window. After receiving notification the hold is ready, drive up to the window with your library card, or a valid ID. All holds are placed at the drive-up window.
You can apply for a library card online at www.bedfordlibrary.org and click on the get a card button. Fill out the form. A library staff member will contact you. A Texas ID/DL will be required when you pick up the library card from the drive-up window. Children must have a parent or guardian apply for them. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The library reopened on Monday, June 29, patrons will be able to place a hold in the library’s catalog.
Patrons can return materials through the Library’s dropbox on the north side of the building 24/7. There will be no overdue fines during the Library closure. For the health and safety of the community and staff, all returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after checkin.
Patrons can still pay for overdue fines and lost item fees at the library Information Desk or online at bedfordlibrary.org. Log in to your Library account (Login: 14 digit card number, no spaces | Password: Last 4 digits of card number by default), click ‘Your Fines’ in the menu on the left, then click the ‘Pay Now with SmartPay’ button.
Library cardholders can also check out digital ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, & graphic novels/comics through its three digital library apps: Libby, cloudLibrary, and RBdigital.
To set up each app:
Please email email@example.com or call 817-952-2350 with any additional questions.
HelpNow: Brainfuse HelpNow is an all-in-one suite of tutoring services designed for a wide range of academic needs whether it’s tackling a tough homework problem, mastering a particular topic, or writing a paper. The Brainfuse full-service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests – including the SAT. Brainfuse’s HelpNow tutors are available from 2:00pm - 11:00pm.
To use HelpNow:
Novelist K-8: NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
Tumblebooks: Story Books, Read Alongs, Ebooks, Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction, National Geographic Videos, Language Learning, Puzzle, and Games.
To setup App:
Texshare Databases: Authoritative, Ad-free, Available 24/7. TexShare Databases are e-resources licensed for the exclusive use of Texas libraries and their patrons. Start with TexShare for homework help, health or business information, academic journals, popular magazines, genealogy, or job and career development. From car repair to languages to legal forms, the Texas State Library provides access to great information. Enter your valid Bedford Public Library card to access them from anywhere.
To use these databases:
The Bedford Public Library has online video tutorials available to help all levels of learners for free.
Watch a video tutorial on how to setup account: https://my.nicheacademy.com/bedfordpubliclibrary/course/465
Neighborhood Services has been directed to continue to investigate and appropriately abate violations to the Code of Ordinances. Neighborhood Services Officers will continue their routine patrols through their respective Code Districts. Discretion has been given to the Neighborhood Services Officer to choose how strictly they will enforce the Code, but maintaining the Health, Safety, and Welfare of our community remains paramount.
Neighborhood Services Officers are practicing social distancing with residents per CDC guidelines for the safety of the resident and the officer. Contact with residents regarding violations of the Code is also being conducted primarily via emails, phone calls, and official letters.
Neighborhood Services considers all violations to be important to the Health, Safety, and Welfare of our community. Violations such as high grass and weeds can become a problem with rodents and other unwanted animals like insects and snakes. In order to keep the community safe from these vermin, it is imperative that Neighborhood Services enforce even perceived minor violations.
Absolutely, Neighborhood Services is available in person, by phone, email, and the Better At Bedford App. Neighborhood Services is dedicated to providing timely, ethical, and positive communication with all residents and business owners.
The most effective way to contact Neighborhood Services is through email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 817- 952-2640. All efforts will be taken to promptly address your concerns.
These tags are NOT violations, but an effort by the City to let a resident know that a violation might exist. This gives the resident time to correct any actions before moving toward a Notice of Violation. If you have questions, contact the Neighborhood Services Officer that issued the door tag - information is located on the affixed business card.
Neighborhood Services is committed to educating and engaging with residents. Our staff will work with all residents to ensure compliance. This means possibly extending time to get property in compliance or assisting with available resources. Citations are a last resort. If you have issues contacting Neighborhood Services staff is the best course of action.
Notice of Violation (NOV) is NOT a citation. An NOV is a method of communication with residents. The NOV is to inform you that a Neighborhood Services Officer has witnessed a code violation. The NOV is a chance for the resident to get property in compliance or to start a conversation with Neighborhood Services. All Code questions should be directed to email@example.com or by phone at 817-952-2640. All efforts will be taken to promptly address your concerns.
Neighborhood Services will make every effort to work with residents. Empathy, compassion, and sensitivity are values embodied by Neighborhood Services staff. Please contact Neighborhood Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 817-952-2640 to discuss any issues.
Please contact the Bedford Municipal Court at 817-952-2150 press 2.
Please contact the Bedford Municipal Court at 817-952-2150 press 1.
Please visit www.bedfordpayments.com.
Please contact the Bedford Municipal Court at 817-952-2150 press 2. If you have already spoken to a clerk and been advised as to how much to pay with a money order, cashier’s check, or credit card authorization form, please send your payment to:
Bedford Municipal Court – 2000 Forest Ridge Drive – Bedford, Texas 76021
Please visit https://bedfordtx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1654/WEBPLEA_PAYMENT.
Please contact the Bedford Municipal Court at 817-952-2150 press 2. After you speak to a clerk and have been notified that you qualify for deferred disposition, please visit https://bedfordtx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/83/Pay-by-Mail-Deferred-Disposition-Form-PDF?bidId=.
Wait 5 business days from the date that you received the citation before contacting the Bedford Municipal Court at 817-952-2150 press 2.
Please contact the Bedford Municipal Court at 817-952-2150 press 3.
Please contact the Teen Court at 817-952-2468.
To Be Determined