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Volunteer Opportunity: Planning and Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission has an opening for Place 1, Place 3, Place 5 and Alternate 1, each being a two-year term.  The Places may be filled by a resident of the city limits or a resident of the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City of Van Alstyne.  Alternate 1 may be filled by a resident of the city limits, a resident of the ETJ or possibly a resident of the Van Alstyne ISD boundary.

The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.

Applications will be accepted until April 3, 2021.  Apply Today!

Volunteer Opportunity: New City Board for Upcoming Historic Downtown Overlay District

The City of Van Alstyne is asking for those interested in serving on an Architectural Review Panel (ARP) for an upcoming Historic Downtown Overlay District to submit applications now!  The ARP will consist of five (5) members, three (3) of which will be regular members and two (2) will be alternate members. Three of the members must be residents of the City and two may reside in the city’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).   For more information regarding ARP member qualifications and the anticipated authority granted to the Panel please visit the Architectural Review Panel page!

Applications will be accepted until April 3, 2021.  Apply today!

Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent

View the Governor’s Executive Order here.

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an address to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.

“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” said Governor Abbott. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”

During his remarks, the Governor discussed the incredible advancements that Texas has made that allow the state to open fully and lift the mask mandate—noting the rapid increase of vaccines. Nearly 5.7 million vaccine shots have been administered to Texans, and the state is now administering almost one million shots each week. By next Wednesday, about 7 million shots will have been administered in Texas and over half of seniors in Texas will have received a vaccine shot. By the end of March, every senior who wants a vaccine should be able to get one. The vaccine supply continues to increase so rapidly that more and more Texans will soon be eligible to receive a vaccine.

The Governor noted that Texas has a surplus of personal protective equipment and can perform over 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day. The state has invested in a variety of anti-body therapeutic drugs that have kept thousands of Texans out of hospitals. Texans have also adopted daily habits that reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection. More than 2.5 million Texans who were lab confirmed for COVID-19 have recovered since the beginning of the pandemic, and experts note the total number of Texans who have recovered from COVID-19 is likely 4-5 times that amount. The number of active COVID-19 cases is the lowest since November—meaning more Texans are recovering from COVID-19 than contracting it.

This executive order rescinds most of the Governor’s earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type may open to 100% capacity. Additionally, this order ends the statewide mask mandate in Texas. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.

If COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, a County Judge in that region may use COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask. If restrictions are imposed at a County level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50% for any type of entity.

Rescinded: City of Van Alstyne Boil Water Notice Canceled February 22, 2021

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Below are a few tips to ensure the quality of the water on internal plumbing and appliances:

The cold water system does not need to be flushed to clear any water. If normal water use, bathing, showering, cleaning, etc., has been performed in the last 24 hours, there is no need to flush the system. The bacteriological samples were collected yesterday (February 21, 2021) so the water that was in the systems main lines at that time was considered safe to drink. If you prefer to flush, running water in all faucets for about 3 minutes each will be enough to move water from the main line through the house.

Automatic ice makers should be run for at least 2 full cycles and the ice dumped to ensure the water from the systems main lines has cleared through the ice maker.

There is no need to change filters or appliances at this time. The boil water notice was not distributed due to a contaminant issue. The notice was posted due to pressure related concerns. The filters that are currently used in your home will still work as it had prior to this event.

Report Your Disaster Damages

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) are encouraging Texans to complete the Self Reporting Damage Survey to help the state identify damages across Texas and help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent winter weather. This data is also needed to provide information to FEMA and highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals.
The voluntary survey, available in both English and Spanish, can be accessed by visiting: www.TDEM.texas.gov/warm. Reporting damage to the Texas Division of Emergency Management is a voluntary activity, is not a substitute for reporting damage to an insurance agency, and does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.
“I urge Texans to fill out the Self Reporting Damage Survey and provide crucial information on the winter weather impacts to their home or property,” said Governor Abbott. “The information gleaned from this survey will help our state identify the full impact of this winter weather and help emergency management better serve Texans.”

Water System Update: February 21, 2021

Dorothy Fielder Park in Van Alstyne

The report this morning is good news. Our water system has recovered.  The elevated storage tank is within seven feet of capacity. Underground storage tanks are filling and pumping water properly. The city has restored water pressure.

Several testing labs are remaining open today. We will be drawing water samples this morning and delivering the samples to the lab before noon. We hope to have testing results as early as Monday. If our test results provide it safe to lift the boil order, we will do so immediately. Until such time, citizens are to continue to boil water.

Lane H. Jones – C.M.O.
City Manager
City of Van Alstyne, Texas

Water System Update: February 20, 2021 9:57am

Overnight we have made great progress in our efforts to fully restore our water system. Water conservation remains critical to our success. We applaud our citizens for the efforts thus far and ask that they continue to use water sparingly so we do not lose ground.

Several labs are offering water testing services to assist municipalities in determining if boil orders can be lifted. Van Alstyne remains in recovery mode inasmuch we are not at the point of testing. The boil order will remain in place over the weekend with the goal of starting our water sample test Monday or Tuesday. The City will announce when the ban is lifted.

Our crews remain dedicated to our community and have done an exceptional job during this crisis.

Lane H. Jones – C.M.O.
City Manager
City of Van Alstyne, Texas