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By Teresa Bigham / The Hesperian-Beacon—
LOCKNEY – In accordance with the Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Texas issued March 31, the City Council of the City of Lockney conducted an emergency meeting under authority of Texas Government Code Sec. 551.045.
The meeting was held on Wed., April 15 at 5 p.m. in the City Council room, at City Hall located at 218 E. Locust St.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Michael DeLeon at 5 p.m. followed by the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
Item three on the agenda was public comments, which there was none.
“The cases in Floyd County, both positive and pending, seems to be getting worse, City Manager Buster Poling stated. “I think per capita we have a pretty worse situation than Lubbock. If I’m not mistaken the information that I have been given leads to believe that we probably have four cases, and there’s a high likelihood our nursing home may have been exposed.”
County Judge Marty Lucke spoke next. He stated, “I have been on the phone with DSHS (Department of State Health Services) today, and we had a problem with one in Floydada. We were trying to figure out what we’re going to do. The Commissioners Court decided not to do a stay at home order due to the businesses outside the city limits that are needing to apply for federal grants. According to DSHS, we have two cases right now, but who knows how far behind they are.”
City Manager Buster Poling said, “Businesses are not to be opened but curbside services are encouraged for those nonessential business.”
Administrator of Mangold Hospital Vincent DiFranco stated the hospital is requiring every employee wear masks, the doors remain lock and patients must call beforehand.
“The letter to the citizens of Lockney is a good idea, and I will be happy to co-sign,” DiFranco stated. “People are being tested in Lubbock now, and we are not seeing the direct result of those tests. We are on the waiting list to get the rapid test, but we are probably low on that list. The rapid test would be a big benefit. The test that is pending, the person was tested in Lubbock, but it just hasn’t hit our statistics yet.”
City Attorney Lanny Voss said, “The intent of this letter is to encourage stronger, more effective compliance.”
A motion was made to approve the letter by David Cole and seconded by Aaron Wilson.
The meeting was adjourned.
The Council Members present were Tyler Duniven, Dart Carthel (present by phone), Aaron Wilson, Donnie McLaughlin and David Cole. Floyd County Sheriff Paul Raissez was also present.