Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Doing Our Part


Doing Our Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19In an effort to DO OUR PART to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst the limited amount of employees we have on staff, we have made changes to our employee’s shifts throughout all departments to minimize the risk of exposure if a staff member was to come in contact with the virus. The utility and street departments have their employees split into two crews that are working opposite shifts from one another. In order to do this, these employees will now be working seven (7) days a week. The crew that is not on duty will be on call in case of an emergency. With these changes, it will not be uncommon to see city vehicles, equipment, and staff out and about on the weekend performing duties like mowing rights-of-way, pothole patching, drainage clearing, and performing work on water and sewer lines. This change ensures there is a crew in place in the event one of the crews cannot perform their duties due to COVID-19. This limits the risk of all employees being exposed. Some shift changes have also been made within the Police Department to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our residents 24/7.

All city facilities will remain closed to the public during this time, but we are still available by phone, email, or by online website submissions if you have questions or need to make a payment or report something. We will keep everyone informed through our communication channels if anything changes. Find ways to connect with us here.

Governor Greg Abbott Issues Executive Order for Texas

Governor Greg Abbott Seal

Today, Tuesday, March 31st, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order which supersedes any order issued by a city or county that is conflicting. This order was executed to minimize non-essential gatherings & in-person contact with people who aren’t in the same household and implements a statewide essential services and activities protocol. The Texas Executive Order GA-14 establishes "Essential Services" which can be found below or at https://bit.ly/2UvDEKj. The order in its entirety can be found at https://bit.ly/3bF8NR7.

CISA Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors:

HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH
LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ENERGY WATER AND WASTEWATER TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT SERVICES COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OTHER COMMUNITY- OR GOVERNMENT-BASED OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS CRITICAL MANUFACTURING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FINANCIAL SERVICES CHEMICAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE COMMERCIAL FACILITIES RESIDENTIAL/SHELTER FACILITIES AND SERVICES HYGIENE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES Religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship.

Other services as approved by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

In order to #FlattentheCurb and #DoOurPart to protect our Loved Ones, it’s important to remember:

In providing or obtaining essential services, people and businesses should follow the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, implementing social distancing and working from home if possible.  In particular, all services should be provided through remote telework from home unless they are essential services that cannot be provided through remote telework. If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.

This executive order does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

Essential Businesses: Healthcare Operations - Hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies. Also include

City of Robinson’s Response

Effective Beginning Friday, March 19, 2020, until further notice.

ALL city facilities will be CLOSED to the public.

The City of Robinson has joined the Central Texas community in monitoring the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, known as (COVID-19). The City is working with federal, state and local health district officials following guidance from health experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services, and Waco-McLennan Health Department.

Any potential impacts COVID-19 may have on municipal programs, projects, and services will be posted here and we will share where we can on social media sites.

Limiting, where we can, employee to employee contact, employee to customer contact, and public “gatherings”. 

Public Meetings
We will begin limiting meetings to teleconference ones and will share that information once it is available. Until then, we will be limiting public attendance at the meetings to ensure the health and safety of our community, staff, and council members.

Departments:
Utility Service Payments and Questions
Payment options click here.
To set up new services or make changes to existing services click here.
Contact Us: (254) 662-1415 or by email at utilities@robinsontexas.org

Municipal Court Payments and Questions

Effective immediately:

All initial appearance dates (as indicated on citation) scheduled for March 19, 2020, through an undetermined date, will be reset for a later date. Individuals will be notified by mail of their new court date; however, you are encouraged to monitor the Robinson Municipal Court website for updates as well as up to date court dockets.

(An appearance will be required no later than 30 days after the Governor’s state of disaster has been lifted.)
All individuals who wish to appear are urged to contact the court FIRST, to inquire about resolving their matter(s) without having to appear in person. 

Alternative options to in-person appearance include:
1. Written request for Driver’s Safety Course (Under the laws of the State of Texas, you may be eligible to have one moving violation, within a 12-month period, dismissed by taking a driver’s safety course.)
2. Written request for an extension, payment arrangements, alternative options, or enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial.
3. Payment options click here.
***Please note*** prior to making a court payment, please contact our
Contact Us: (254) 662-1415 or by email at court@robinsontexas.org

Peplow Park, Senior Center, and Community Center Closure
Due to the lack of available staff to properly sanitize and disinfect per CDC guidelines, these facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. If you have a scheduled park rental you can contact us to have that refunded or rescheduled.
Contact Us: (254) 662-1415 or by email at Park – park@robinsontexas.org 

Police Department Questions: for non-emergencies call(254) 662-0525 or email dispatch at dispatch@robinsontexas.org

Code Compliance – p.estrada@robinsontexas.org
Submit a Code Compliance Request click here.

Permits/Inspections – w.shipp@robinsontexas.org or j.french@robinsontexas.org
Find information on inspections, building permits, and community planning and zoning by clicking here.

Effective immediately:

Garage Permits - We will not be issuing garage sale permits at this time until further notice. To request a refund or reschedule please contact us at (254) 662-1415 or email us at communications@robinsontexas.org

Communications – communications@robinsontexas.org

Online:
Follow or message us on Facebook or Nextdoor @CityofRobinson

Cleaning and sanitation efforts
We have significantly enhanced our cleaning and sanitation efforts on all customer and employee touchpoints; additionally, we are providing an abundance of anti-bacterial soap and have placed dozens of alcohol-based hand sanitizes throughout areas of city hall and the Police Department. We are frequently disinfecting areas with frequent touchpoints.

In addition to these actions, we have increased hygiene signage throughout city facilities and are strongly encouraging customers and staff to practice good hygiene with frequent and rigorous hand washing. We are asking employees who are sick to stay home. If anyone has a fever or becomes sick while at work, we will immediately release them to contact their medical provider.

We hope that these measures give you confidence that we are taking the necessary precautions in this evolving situation. We remain committed to providing our customers with friendly and safe city services.

Future Measures
Additional measures may require us to limit onsite staff to ONLY essential personnel. With limited staff and resources, it is imperative our employees stay healthy to ensure there are no disruptions in city services.