Updates Regarding COVID-19
Update for March 27, 2020
Based on an Order from the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and upon the directive of Judge Klevenhagen, all March and April 2020 court dates have been reset to May and June.
- Pretrial from March 26 is reset to May 28, 2020
- Jury trial from March 30 is reset to May 11, 2020
- Arraignments and all other hearings from April 2 are reset to May 7, 2020
- Missed Court, Show Cause, and Indigency Hearings from April 16 are rescheduled to May 21, 2020
- Bench Trial from April 20 is reset to May 18, 2020
- Arraignments and all other hearings from April 30 are reset to June 4, 2020
In the event that you were scheduled for one of these Court dates, you will be receiving a reset letter from the Municipal Court Administrator Sharell Grant that will provide specific options for you to use to resolve your case prior to your rescheduled court date.
In the event that you received a jury summons for the March 30, 2020 jury trials, you will receive another jury summons for the new jury trial setting.
If you have questions, please contact the Municipal Court either by phone at (713) 465-0333 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update for March 24, 2020
Please click here to view the Stay Home, Work Safe Order issued by Harris County Judge Hidalgo.
Update for March 23, 2020
On March 13, 2020, Mayor Ramsey signed a Declaration of Local Disaster due to Public Health Emergency in connection with COVID-19. You can view that here (opens PDF document). During an emergency City Council meeting on March 19, 2020, the Disaster Declaration was extended to April 10, 2020 (this is consistent with Spring Branch ISD). You can view that here (opens PDF document)
Starting on March 24, 2020, City Hall will be closed to the public, and City administrative staff will alternate days onsite and working remotely. The City remains fully ready to serve the residents. People who have business with the City are encouraged to conduct business via phone or email.
The Police Department and Public Works will continue to operate on a regular schedule at this time.
Residents are encouraged to utilize online services from the City, such as paying utility bills online (opens external link in new window), signing up for automatic bank draft(opens PDF document) for utility bills, and signing up for e-bills for utility billing.
The Municipal Court pre-trial docket that was set for March 26th and the jury trials that were scheduled for March 30 will be postponed. People are encouraged to pay citations for municipal court online (opens external link in new window), by mail, or over the phone.
The City Council will meet as scheduled on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, with a workshop meeting beginning at 5:00 pm and the regular meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to listen to the meeting via telephone conference call at (515) 604-9507 and enter the code 665692 from the comfort of their home. The public can email their questions and comments to the City Council.
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. The City’s water system is continuously disinfected and monitored and therefore is protected and safe.
Currently the City Park is remaining open; however, the City is not accepting park reservations for events through April 30, 2020. The City’s janitorial company is cleaning and sanitizing the public restroom facilities in the Park Pavilion. Everyone is encouraged to utilize proper hygiene before and after enjoying our parks.
Movie Night has been cancelled for the month of April.
The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 activities, and we encourage you to stay informed and take precautions as recommended by the various health organizations to protect yourself and your family from becoming infected. The Texas Department of State Health Services (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/default.aspx) is a good resource for information related to COVID-19.
Update for March 16, 2020
With the spread of COVID-19, popularly known as the coronavirus, dominating the headlines, I wanted to send you a brief update regarding our City operations and COVID-19. First, Mayor Ramsey, Police Chief Evans, our entire Spring Valley Village Team, and I are receiving constant communications from Village Fire Department, Harris County, and the State concerning the daily, and sometimes hourly, changes in this fluid situation. Mayor Ramsey, Chief Evans, and I are in constant communication, and we are coordinating the City’s efforts. We are participating in the various emergency management conference calls that are occurring daily, and we will continue to do so and monitor the situation for the foreseeable future.
On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, following the issuance of emergency public health declarations by City of Houston and Harris County, Mayor Ramsey and I met regarding whether to make changes to City operations and whether to issue an emergency health declaration for Spring Valley Village. At that time, Mayor Ramsey decided that Spring Valley Village would not issue any kind of disaster declaration unless Governor Abbott did. Around 11:30 am on Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor Abbott issued a State Disaster Declaration for COVID-19. On Friday afternoon, Mayor Ramsey issued a disaster declaration for the City that is similar to the language of the declaration issued by Governor Abbott. Please keep in mind that the disaster declaration is necessary in order to ensure that the City is eligible for federal reimbursement of any costs incurred by the City related to preparing for and responding to COVID-19. It is not an indication that there are any active cases in the City. As of the date and time of this communication, the City has not received any notification of infected persons or persons under monitoring within the City.
There is so much misinformation being distributed that Mayor Ramsey, Chief Evans, and I want to provide some correct information for you. In a conference call on Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Abbott and Dr. Hellerstedt, Deputy Commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, clearly communicated that the State’s supply of specimen collection and laboratory testing supplies for COVID-19 exceeds the demand for those supplies. Governor Abbott also encouraged local governments and other organizations to reduce fear about the situation while preparing for the community spread that is already occurring in our region and around the State.
Here are some things to know about the City:
- Spring Valley Village City Hall and the Police Department are open regular hours, and all City services are being provided. The City Council meetings, as well as City Board and Commission meetings, are being held as usual.
- The Municipal Court is operating as usual with the exception of the pre-trial docket that is scheduled for March 26, 2020, which has been canceled due to the size of the docket. There are jury trials scheduled for March 30, 2020, and the jury trials will go forward as planned.
- A professional cleaning company cleans and disinfects our City facilities daily, including the Police Department and the public restrooms in the City Park Pavilion, and the company has been using stronger EPA-registered disinfectants and is placing greater emphasis on common high touch surfaces like door handles, elevator call buttons, and light switches.
- Our City Team is taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves just as we ask you and your families to.
- There are hand sanitizer stations at City Hall and in the Police Department for use by the public when conducting business or attending meetings in our facilities.
- The City’s water system is continuously disinfected and monitored and therefore is protected and safe.
- Trash services provided by WCA have been designated by Mayor Ramsey as an essential service, and WCA will continue to provide these services to our City as usual. WCA has requested that all trash be contained within closed garbage bags. This is for the protection of the workers who pick up garbage for our residents. Having trash contained within closed (tied) bags will help protect them and their families.
The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 activities, and we encourage you to stay informed and take precautions as recommended by the various health organizations to protect yourself and your family from becoming infected. The Texas Department of State Health Services (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/default.aspx) is a good resource for information related to COVID-19. If there are any changes to City operations, we will send out additional communications.
For further updates or more information from the Texas Department of State Health Services, click here.
For additional information and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, click here.
If you are a small business that has been affected by Covid-19 and are in need of financial assistance click here.