MAY 2, 2020 ELECTION POSTPONED
Due to the imminent threat to public health and safety from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and pursuant to a Proclamation from the Governor of Texas issued on March 18, 2020 suspending certain provisions of the Texas Election Code, the Hutchins City Council met on March 23, 2020 and voted to adopt Resolution R2020-0830 postponing the May 2, 2020 election to the November 3, 2020 uniform date.
By postponing the election date, the City of Hutchins is preserving all candidate filings and ballot order actions that have already been taken.
The postponement does not have the effect of reopening candidate filing.
PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT CATASTROPHE NOTICE
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Dallas County, the City of Hutchins closed city offices on March 24, 2020, and the closure remains effective through April 3, 2020. Because the City of Hutchins has closed offices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Section 552.233 of the Texas Government Code allows temporary suspension of the Act until the city resumes normal operations and offices have been opened once again.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. You may submit a request for information throughout this time, but Public Information Act timelines will not be effective until the city resumes normal business activity.
Dallas County "Shelter-in-Place" Order
On March 22nd Dallas County issued a "Shelter-in-Place" order, requiring that citizens stay home unless they are doing "...Essential Activities, or to provide Essential Government Functions, or to operate Essential Business..." Other measures taken, as well as definitions of Essential Activities and Businesses can be found in the attached order.
COVID-19 Safety Implementation Plan
In accordance with President Donald Trump, Governor Greg Abbott, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and Mayor Mario Vasquez; the City of Hutchins is currently under a Declaration of Local Disaster for public Health Emergncy. As such, we are taking steps to contain the COVID-19 virus outbreak and have impelemented a safety implementation plan, a copy of which is attached below, detailing the closings and changes made in response to the outbreak of the virus. These precautions are taken in order to help protect our citzens from the spread of the virus.
Update on COVID-19 Response
On March 16th Dalllas County and the City of Hutchins amended their disaster declarations to include the following updates:
- Events of 50 people or more are prohibited.
- Dining in at restaurants is prohibited. Take-out, drive through, and delivery is allowed, but eating in the restuarant's dining area is not. Food can be ordered on site and taken home if the establishment offers that service.
- Bars, lounges, taverns, and arcades shall close.
Declaration of Local Disaster
In coordiantion with Dallas County's Disaster Declaration on March 12th, Hutchins Mayor Mario Vasquez has declared a Local Disaster in response to the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus. Attached are the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency and the Order of the Mayor. All meetings including the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Library Board Meeting, and Court have been cancelled for the month of March.
Order of the Mayor
Declaration of Local Disaster
Cancellation of Meetings
In response to the recent COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released some preventative steps everyone should take to prevent the spread of the disease:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.
For more information, visit:
- Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Texas Health and Human Services: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
- Dallas County Health and Human Services: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php
May 2, 2020 – City of Hutchins General Election
The City of Hutchins General Election will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 for the purpose of electing a Mayor and two (2) Councilmembers at large.
$1,000 Scholarship for a Hutchins Student
Attention all students who live in Hutchins!
The Best Southwest Partnership is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high hchool student who lives in Hutchins, regardless of what school they attend. The application will be open through April 3rd, 2020 and can be found at https://form.jotform.com/80375034490959. For more information contact Cory Lacy at email@example.com or visit www.bestsouthwest.org.
For information on the 2020 Census please follow the below link.
The City of Hutchins has recently partnered with CodeRED to provide emergency notifications to our residents and businesses. In the event of a weather threat, street closure, water outage, or similar emergency subscribers will receive updates from the city and first responders via text or the CodeRED mobile app. Be sure to sign up to stay up-to-date in case of an emergency!
To register click the link below, text "cityofhutchins" to 99411, or download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Hutchins Route 401 Schedule
Attached above is the revised brochure for the Hutchins Shuttle Route 401. Slight adjustments had to be made and this schedule is different from the one posted a few weeks ago.
· Monday – Friday, 9:30 pm moved to 9:15 pm start.
· We adjusted Monday – Friday, 11:15 pm to 11:00 pm start.
Also, as a reminder the route will not operate on Monday, September 2nd, 2019 due to the Labor Day holiday.
Please visit the Job Opportunities page for additional information about available positions. The City of Hutchins is an equal opportunity employer
Changes to the City of Hutchins Cross Connection Control Program as of February 1, 2018
Federal and state laws require all water providers to meet certain standards to obtain, treat, and deliver water to protect public health. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires all water providers establish a Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Program.
The City has adopted the FY 2018-19 budget
Below are links to the budget for this fiscal year
FY 18-19 Adopted Budget
DROP BY THE ATWELL PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Atwell Public Library is open Monday – Friday from 9am to 6pm
Monday, March 02 2020
Tuesday, March 10 2020
Monday, March 16 2020
Tuesday, March 17 2020
Thursday, March 19 2020
Monday, April 06 2020
Tuesday, April 14 2020
Thursday, April 16 2020
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Tuesday, April 21 2020