The city council leaders of Alice did not meet the quorum in attendance today, to address local agenda items in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The emergency meeting was scheduled to extend orders in regards to public health recommendations and extending the Emergency of Declaration for the City of Alice.
The city council members spoke about today’s emergency meeting last week at the city council meeting on April 21, but the meeting was not posted online until Monday evening. The meeting was to address changes in Monday’s announcement from Governor Greg Abbott’s Office in re-opening the economy and the guidelines that Alice would implement with that agenda.
The main agenda items listed was to address extending the Emergency of Declaration for the City of Alice and possibly extending the recommendation to wear masks in public.
"The city is not only facing a public health issue, the city is also facing an economic issue. The city needs to extend the Emergency of Declaration for future federal funding," said Alice Mayor Jolene Vanover. "We have only tested 185 residents as of today, and there are many many variables and factors involved with this virus- that we still do not know about. "
Councilman Pete Crisp did not return comment, but stated on his Facebook page that he did not receive notice for the emergency meeting until Monday evening after 6:00 p.m., and could not attend. Councilwoman Sandra Bowen had a previous agreement that had been communicated to council on an earlier date and Councilman Ron Burke has not return comment. Robert Molina was the only council member that attended the emergency city council meeting and all city leaders had the option for Zoom or an alternative virtual meeting platform to attend.
"I am very disappointed in the city council leaders for not showing up it is an emergency meeting and we as leaders should be united for our citizens, even if we disagree on agenda items. I truly believe facial masks should be worn in public to help reduce the spread of the virus even to save one life, and I also care about the city budget and the importance for future federal funding for the city, " said Mayor Vanover.
Not meeting a quorum in a city council meeting puts a stop to voting on decisions for local city business and city guidance for residents due to COVID-19 and the city’s recommendations for public health concerns.