Emergency Alpine City Council Meeting 3-20-2020 - Shared screen with speaker view
Why aren’t you all sitting at least six feet apart?
Comment from Tom Kelner1. If hotels and B&Bs are to be forced to close, why through the 4/6/2020 when, currently, bars and restaurants are scheduled to be open again after midnight on 4/3/2020? It seems like those dates should coincide.2. My feeling is that, unless the governor or other higher authority mandates that more business closures take place, local authorities here should leave everyone alone. We do not need to have our economy decimated any more than is already happening!3. Our new B&B is scheduled to open on 4/3/2020. We are a full service B&B and even with all 3 of our rooms full, plus my wife and I, there will only be 8 people in our residence. If there is to be a local ordinance to force closure of B&Bs and air B&Bs, it should only limit those staying at one place to 10, just like all other gatherings. A complete shut down is unnecessary and overbearing.4. The other reason not to completely shutdown tourism here is that local restaurants are trying to serve to-go meals only right now. This
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PLEAS adopt this ER ordinance now. Please see news from Italy. We cannot afford to wait another moment to act in the interest of the greater public health.
Attached is a document with public concerns received by the City. I am also adding them one by one.
Comment from Betsy EvansHello City Council, City Manager, and City Secretary:My name is Betsy Evans and I am a registered short term renter here in Alpine. My comments will be kept brief, but please hear me when I ask of you to consider discouraging tourism to our region in an effort to keep our risk of exposure down. Please close hotels and short term rentals.I have worked with people who booked my airbnb ("Mural House") through March and April to cancel those bookings and have voluntarily blocked off dates through mid-May. I cannot in good conscience promote tourism to our region at this time, knowing that we lack the infrastructure to deal with the amount of people who are expected to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 in the coming weeks.Please follow the example of the City of Marfa and close hotels and short term rentals for the time being. We will get through this together.Thank you,Betsy Evans
If you close the hotels I am assuming we could still have employees working and or doing repairs? Just not accepting guests?
Comment from Sam AcostaI just received an e-mail that Alpine is holding an Emergency City Council Meeting this afternoon to consider the closing of Alpine's Hotels/Motelsand short-term rentals. Although, it will be a difficult financial hardship on many of the smaller independently owned properties, we will complywith the decision that our City's Administration determines to be the best solution to help with the determent of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.When we first heard about the COVID-19 we were unaware of how serious the situation was until our government started with closures and advisingits citizens to take precautions to help contain the spread of the virus. Here at the motel we have always provided a clean and sanitary environment.We have taken extra precautions to place hand sanitizer at our registry desk and in our rooms. We are not taking large group reservations or online reservations.We do ask customers where they are coming from and what is bringing them to the area. We have n
In the interest of public health, we need to take this actions immediately. These are extreme measures, however, these are unprecedented times.
Are you closing all stores as well. Other than the essential grocery stores? Even if tourists don't stay in the motels/hotels they go into stores.....
Comment from Liz SibleyI am fine with them closing motels and bnbs - think its a great idea - EVERYONE is taking a hit with this virus, no matter what sector they deal in (expect for groceries and pharmaceuticals ) - we all have to tighten our belts and ride it out ....and do the selfless thing to keep our families and community as safe as they can be ..i gave my primary cleaners $100 each to buy supplies to keep in their cars to keep themselves safe ..and stretched my checkin and check out by 2 days so the “environment” can sit for 48-72 hours before cleaning and decontaminate so they are less at risk …i think as leaders/community members …we have to do the unpopular thing sometimes …it is a ghost town here in austin - traffic looks like christmas day…rightly so…but lots of rainbows too….nextdoor digest is a neighborhood app where people are reaching out to help homebound senior citizens wth groceries etc, marco polo is a fab phone app to check in with your friends and family visually and lots of vegetable
Comment from Holly BlankenshipMy name is Holly Blankenship and I live in Alpine. As a concerned resident I urge you, the judge, Commissioners, Ciry and County officials to Please stop ALL Tourism. All my family lives here in Alpine and my cousin saw a person with 3 carts full of groceries get into an RV. These people who are not from here need to go home to isolate.Sincerely,Holly Blankenship
As a registered short term rental owner, we need a solid decision from the local government to issue full refunds. In support of closing until April 6 - possibly longer if needed.
Additional Public Comments attached
Everyone should be informed about every detail. Information is power. DO not rely on the CDC number or the State of Texas: find a way to get the data about cases as it progresses out to the public.
We should assume there are already people with COVID 19 here. With inadequate testing, we cannot know, so the best practice is for each and every one of us to assume we each are carrying the virus and act as best we can to prevent spreading to anyone else, via social distancing and social isolation. We only get one chance to do this right and act now, BEFORE our 25-bed regional medical center and its staff are overwhelmed.
I am very proud to be a member of this community, and I have seen some amazing actions as a result of this event. Tourism is very dangerous to our community at this time. I understand the importance this industry has on our community, however, we need to protect the residents. I also agree, that the use of hotels, and short term B&B’s can be used to support these individuals coming to support our community.
Testing is taking 5-7 days to receive results, making the issue of social distancing that much more critical.
We are also a short-term rental. Our booking policy was changed last week to have 48 hours before and after a booking. That is not enough. Our calendar is now cleared until the end of April. It is past time to act.
When will we be able to hear the discussion?
Good point. Are you closing the airport?
Cathy, Wright, you need to call in to hear.
Is there a contingency plan for officials in the event of illness? How deep is our bench?
why you what to close motel but you people cook food
Good question Hunter
Thank you, Alpine mayor mayor and city council, for holding this meeting, making it accessible online, and taking this pandemic and for taking our responsibility to each other as seriously as possible.
I don't disagree with the closure of hotels/motels but if you want to really solve this issue. Close all public areas except for our grocery stores!!!!!
why do you want to close motels when there restaurants and fast food that is open and that can pass it on
I'm putting together a list of locals with relevant skills: emergency medical, firefighting, military chemical warfare training, emergency mgmt, etc. We will need to know who to call on when we need them in the event our system starts getting stressed. email@example.com
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I don't think I have video chat but I would like to make a comment.
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for upcoming/today reservations are we going to have to turn them back if this passes?
Ok. I want to applaud you folks for looking out for our community. I do own a motel and I have long term residents that are living here. What is your suggestion to keeping them here?
so we have to cancel all existing reservations for Monday?
except for Government officials
They are not tourists. I even have a city employees that is a resident here.
If you do close the hotels, please let us know what we are and not allowed to do. For instance I am assuming we can still do repairs and have employees work onsite if needed to maintain it?
Perhaps ALREADY staying long term! We do not want new long-term quarantines, correct?
Thank you. God Bless all of you.
What Chris Ruggia said^
quation- what about the delivery trucks that come into town
Marlys, the permanent residence language takes care of my concern, thanks.
We need to give PPE and training to those accepting deliveries at critical infrastructure:grocery stores, etc.
what about Amtrak engineers they staying at the motel
what about the railroad workers?
What about any health providers that come to Alpine for temporary duty?
please forward a specific list of who is allowed to stay
Can the Travelodge (with the railroad contract) make a quarantine situation for them?
is there going to be officers going around explain everything
If you want to close down the hotels then it has to be for everybody period.
I agree that all high risk areas need to be shut down.
hHow do you really know they are Government officials
Again, it’s fair to assume that the coronavirus is already circulating amongst us. It’s not about us vs. outsiders. The issue is to merely slow the spread and retain our limited resources (medical, food, etc.) for our residents.
so there getting money and everybody else has to shut down
The new laws governing the length of time truck drivers can work is also a factor. They have to stop for certain periods of time. They will need to eat and often stay at the hotels. We depend upon them to bring us food and necessary items. What will be the solution for them?
Hopefully, we can up the police presence and patrols since hotels will be empty as well as for all other businesses to reduce any chances of looting.
Does it have to be 10 people in each store? Or rather that people keep a 10 foot distance from each other.
what are we going to do with stranded customers??
Thank you everyone for watching!