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ALL RIGHT, WELCOME TO THE WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP EMERGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.

[1. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance;]

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND HAVE A QUICK INVOCATION IF YOU'LL BOW YOUR HEADS WITH ME.

GOD, WE JUST PRAY FOR YOUR DIVINE WISDOM IN A TIME OF CRISIS.

WE PRAY FOR PROTECTION OVER OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STATE, OUR COUNTRY AND OUR WORLD.

WE KNOW WITH YOUR WISDOM AND GUIDANCE THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH ANYTHING AND WE JUST PRAY FOR YOUR WISDOM TO HELP THIS BOARD LEAD OR COMMUNITY IN JESUS NAME.

AMEN. AMEN.

[2. Call meeting to order;]

A NEW SCRIPT TODAY.

I DECLARE THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW, THIS NOTICE OF THE SPECIAL EMERGENCY MEETING WAS POSTED AT LEAST ONE HOUR IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING.

POSTING OCCURRED INSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE TOWNSHIP AT THIS OFFICE BUILDING.

STATE LAW STILL REQUIRES FOUR BOARD MEMBERS TO BE IN ATTENDANCE.

I'LL NOW TAKE ROLE.

AND VISIBLY, WE CAN SEE DR.

SEKULA-GIBBS IS NOT HERE.

WE DO HAVE A SUBMISSION NUMBER DIRECTORS TAKE ON THE TOWNSHIP BUSINESS.

[3. Receive, consider and act upon adoption of the meeting agenda;]

WE NOW HAVE NEED A MOTION TO ADOPT OUR AGENDA.

SO MOVED. SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE: AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? THAT WILL CARRY. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT HAVE SIGNED IN AND I DON'T SEE ANY IN THE AUDIENCE.

WE HAVE NO ONE WHO HAS SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

IF THERE'S ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT, THIS WOULD BE THE TIME.

[6. Receive, consider and act upon emergency authorities related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, and authorizing the President/General Manager to act in connection therewith;]

IF NOT, WE WILL MOVE ON TO AGENDA ITEM 6.

RECEIVE AND CONSIDER ACT UPON EMERGENCY AUTHORITIES RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 EPIDEMIC, AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT GENERAL MANAGER TO ACT IN CONNECTION THERE WITH.

WE DO HAVE A PACKET PAGES 3 THROUGH 16 AND WE'LL LET DON INTRODUCE THIS.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE PACKET INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE, I'LL BE GOING OFF OF PAGE 3 AND 4 ON MARCH 12TH OF 2020.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY JUDGE MARK KEOUGH SIGNED A DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY. THIS DECLARATION WAS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CRISIS.

THIS ORDER BASICALLY SAID THAT ANY GATHERINGS OF GREATER THAN TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY PEOPLE AT PUBLIC FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTY OVER A 30 DAY PERIOD WOULD BE BANNED.

ON MARCH 16TH OF TWENTY TWENTY, THIS ORDER WAS AMENDED TO CANCEL EVENTS GREATER THAN 50 PEOPLE AT PUBLIC FACILITIES, AND THAT TAKES THAT'S IN EFFECT UNTIL APRIL 12TH OF 2020.

IN RESPONSE TO THAT DECLARATION, THE WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP CANCELLED OR POSTPONED ALL TOWNSHIP PRODUCED EVENTS FROM MARCH 12TH TO APRIL 12TH.

STAFF IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH MEMORIAL HERMANN, EVENT, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL.

AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM TO SCHEDULE TO DO SOMETIME IN THE FALL.

THE TOWNSHIP IS NOW LOOKING TO EXPAND THESE CANCELLATIONS AND POSTPONEMENTS THROUGH MAY 10TH. BASED ON RECENT ADVICE THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE CDC.

SO THAT WOULD BE ONE CONSIDERATION TODAY.

PER TOWNSHIP ORDER 0 1 9 0 9.

THE PRESIDENT GENERAL MANAGER WAS AUTHORIZED TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND OR MODIFY OR RESTRICT ALL OUR PORTIONS OF THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF PARK USERS, INCLUDING HOLDERS OF SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS.

THIS ACTION WAS TAKEN.

WE DID ISSUE A PROCLAMATION OR A BORDER IN THAT RESPECT.

THAT INITIAL ORDER GOES THROUGH APRIL 13TH.

THE BOARD MAY WANT TO CONSIDER GOING AHEAD AND EXPANDING THAT TO THE 60 DAY PERIOD BASED ON CDC RECOMMENDATIONS.

THESE CANCELLATIONS AND POSTPONE MUCH ARE TO ALLOW OFFICIALS TO BETTER ADDRESS THE PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY AND TO REDIRECT TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY RESOURCES INTO THAT EFFORT. KEEP IN MIND, AT ANY TIME WE HAVE SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY OR, IF YOU

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WILL, CELEBRATION TYPE OF EVENTS.

THESE TAKE THE EFFORTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

AND WHAT WE WANTED TO DO IS AGAIN, REFOCUS THOSE EFFORTS.

THE BOARD MAY WANT TO CONSIDER ADDITIONAL MEASURES REGARDING PUBLIC HEALTH, INCLUDING SOME RESTRICTIONS ON THIS FACILITY.

ON PAGE 4, YOU HAVE A LISTING OF POTENTIAL RESTRICTIONS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER.

THE FIRST WOULD BE RESTRICTING THE USE OF THE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC MEETING ROOMS AND YOU'LL SEE THE FOLKS THAT CURRENTLY MEET HERE.

THE VILLAGE ASSOCIATIONS MADE HERE.

THE DSC MEETS HERE, RDRC MEET HERE.

THERE'S A NUMBER OF THOSE ENTITIES.

AND WHEN THOSE ENTITIES MEET, WE TYPICALLY HAVE STAFF ASSOCIATED WITH THAT.

AND SO IF THESE WERE CANCELED.

SO WOULD THAT STAFF INVOLVEMENT IN THOSE PARTICULAR EVENTS.

YOU MAY WANT TO DISCUSS WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR BOARD MEETINGS THAT ARE UPCOMING.

WE ARE PROPOSING A TEMPORARY CLOSING OF THE OPERATIONS AT THE RECREATION CENTERS OF BOATHOUSES AND TEXAS TREE VENTURES.

THEIR RECREATION CENTERS, PRIMARILY THE PROBLEMATIC AREA THERE ARE THEY WORKOUT FACILITIES IN THOSE CENTERS.

WE WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND SUSPENDING ALL SPORTS FIELD RESERVATIONS, PLACING ALERTS AT THE PLAYGROUNDS THAT THE PLAYGROUNDS ARE NOT CLOSED, BUT THE EQUIPMENT IS NOT BEING SANITIZED . THAT IS SO PROBLEMATIC.

WE DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY DO THAT.

SO AGAIN, WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE OUT THERE.

AND UNLESS YOU JUST CLOSE THE PARKS AND WE STATION SOMEBODY THERE, THE FOLKS WILL USE THE FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE PLAYGROUNDS.

WE'RE NOT RECOMMENDING CLOSING THE PARKS, BUT WE WOULD RECOMMEND CLOSING PARK RESTROOMS, SUSPENDING THE USE AND OPENING OF THE POOLS, SPRAYGROUNDS AND RELATED PROGRAMS AND LESSONS, SUSPENDING THE IN-PERSON INTAKE OF PROPERTY IMPROVEMENT APPLICATIONS AT TOWN HALL. THAT MEANS THAT WE HAVE A NUMBER OF FOLKS THROUGH OUR COVENANT ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT THAT COME IN HERE, BRING PAPERWORK AND SIT DOWN WITH STAFF AND CARRY ON BUSINESS. WE WOULD STOP THAT PROCESS AND IT WILL BE EITHER OVER THE PHONE OR DROPPED OFF MATERIALS, SUSPEND PROPERTY INSPECTIONS THAT GO WITH THAT COVENANT ENFORCEMENT SUSPENSE.

STAFF ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS OUTSIDE THE TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION.

RECOMMENDED SUSPENDING THE TOWN CENTER TROLLEY SERVICE AND MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR WOODLAND EXPRESS PARK AND RIDE SERVICE.

AND JOHN'S GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT.

AND ALSO, WE'VE TALKED THIS MORNING POTENTIALLY MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO THE A&O SCHEDULE AS SOME OF THE RETAIL CENTERS ARE CHANGING HOURS.

AND SO THIS MAY BE SOMETHING WE WANT TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS IN THAT SCHEDULE.

AGAIN, THIS IS A LONG LIST OF ISSUES, BUT AT THIS POINT, WHAT I WOULD DO IS TURN IT OVER TO CHAIRMAN BOTCH.

THERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

AND THERE WAS A CONFERENCE CALL THIS MORNING.

AND SO I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU, CHAIRMAN.

THANK YOU, DON. HOPEFULLY, THE BALANCE OF THE BOARD RECEIVED A COPY OF OUR RECORDED CONVERSATION OR CONFERENCE CALL WE HELD TODAY AT 11:00.

THAT CALL WAS ATTENDED BY COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE TYPICALLY COME TOGETHER AND OR ARE IN CHARGE OF OUR RESPONSE EFFORTS HERE.

AND JUST TO GIVE YOU A QUICK OVERVIEW OF WHAT CAME OUT IN THAT CALL, THE MAIN POINT IS WE ARE PLUGGED IN TO THE OEMS THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS FOR BOTH MONTGOMERY AND HARRIS COUNTY. WE DO HAVE FOLKS THAT ARE ATTENDING THOSE MEETINGS.

WE ARE ON CONFERENCE CALLS WITH QUITE A LOT OF FREQUENCY AND WE ARE ENACTING THOSE CHANGES THAT ARE BEING DIRECTED AT US FROM THE STATE AND FROM THE COUNTY DECLARATIONS.

A BIG ISSUE THAT WE DISCUSSED WAS REALLY ABOUT FOOD DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERISM OPPORTUNITIES. WE TRIED TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOW THAT OUR FOLKS AT THE WOODLANDS FIRE DEPARTMENT ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF FOLKS THAT ARE MAKING THEM FOOD AND TRYING TO BRING DONATIONS TO THE STATIONS.

BUT WE ARE NOW GOING TO BE ASKING THAT THEY CEASE DOING THAT.

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WE NEED TO KEEP OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AT A DISTANCE.

WE NEED THEM WELL.

AND THESE WELL-INTENDED FOLKS MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE THE CONTAGIOUS VIRUS.

SO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT APPRECIATES THE OUTPOURING OF CONCERN.

BUT AT THIS POINT, WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR THEM TO HAVE FOOD DIRECTLY DONATED TO THEM.

THAT BEING SAID, INTERFAITH AND THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK ARE COMPILING A LIST OF ITEMS THAT THEY DO HAVE AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR OR A NEED FOR IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

WE'RE GOING TO COORDINATE AND CONSOLIDATE THOSE NEEDS WHILE ALSO TRYING TO GET IDENTIFIED DROP OFF POINTS AND DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS.

WE ARE WORKING WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT ENTITIES THAT ATTENDED THE CALL AND GETTING THEM TO SEND THEIR PRESS RELEASES TO OUR INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS TEAM, WHERE OUR TEAM CAN THEN CREATE A CONSOLIDATED WOODLANDS-CENTRIC PRESS RELEASE, TAKING ALL THOSE DISPARATE PIECES OF INFORMATION MAKING IT INTO ONE COMPREHENSIVE PRESS RELEASE PER DAY.

WE DID TALK ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE TESTING KIDS THAT HAD BEEN SENT TO THE STATE. WE DID NOT GET A TIMING OF WHEN THOSE WOULD BE IN OUR AREA FOR POTENTIAL COMMUNITY TESTING SITES. I THINK A BIG PART OR THE BIGGEST THING I THINK THAT CAME OUT FOR US THAT'S GOOD FOR TO HAVE AS BOARD MEMBERS.

PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHO DO THEY CONTACT IF THEY HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT HAVING SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS AND WHO SHOULD THEY CALL.

SO MONTGOMERY COUNTY GAVE US A NUMBER FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT HOTLINE OF 9 3 6 5 2 3 5 0 4 0.

AND HARRIS COUNTY HAS A NURSE PUBLIC HEALTH LINE UP 7 1 3 6 3 4 1 1 1 0.

SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET THAT OUT TO THE COMMUNITY.

THEY DON'T WANT PEOPLE JUST SHOWING UP AT THE HOSPITALS OR SHOWING UP IN E.R.

ENVIRONMENTS AND POSSIBLY CONTAMINATING LARGER AREAS.

WE DISCUSSED THE POTENTIAL OF SCHOOL CLOSURES AS OF RIGHT NOW.

WE HAVE NOT BEEN ADVISED OF FURTHER ACTION FROM THE THREE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT REPRESENT OUR COMMUNITY. THERE WAS A CALL THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE SUPERINTENDENTS AND THAT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMMUNICATED THIS EVENING.

CONROE ISD HAS ANNOUNCED A 6:00 P.M.

ANNOUNCEMENT. WE HAVE NOT HEARD ABOUT TOMBALL OR MAGNOLIA MAKING A DECISION TODAY AND TRYING TO GIVE YOU THE CLIFF NOTES VERSION.

I THINK TODAY, THIS AFTERNOON, THE PRESIDENT HAD A CONFERENCE CALL.

THEY THE CDC PUT OUT FURTHER GUIDANCE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING AND GATHERINGS.

AND I THINK I KNOW TODAY THE COUNTY WENT TO 50, BUT I THINK THE CDC HAS GONE DOWN TO 10.

SO IT'S A VERY FLUID ENVIRONMENT THAT WE'RE LIVING THROUGH.

EVERY COUPLE HOURS, WE GET NEW INFORMATION THAT'S RELEVANT TO OUR COMMUNITY AND WE TRY TO REACT AND PERFORM AGAINST THOSE NEW GUIDANCES.

TODAY'S PURPOSE WAS TO GET BASICALLY OUR BOARD CAUGHT UP ON ACTIONS THAT WERE TAKEN PRIOR TO THIS BOARD MEETING AND THEN LAY OUT THE ACTIONS THAT WE CAN ALL DECIDE TOGETHER COLLECTIVELY TODAY.

I THINK DON'S GOT A PRETTY COMPREHENSIVE LIST.

WE CAN GO THROUGH THESE ONE BY ONE OR WE CAN TAKE THEM AS A WHOLE.

THAT IS GOING TO BE UP TO THE BOARD AS A WHOLE TO DECIDE.

AND MAYBE SOME OF THESE DO WARRANT BEING TAKEN OUT AND HAVING SIDE DISCUSSIONS.

I WILL TURN IT OVER TO US AS A BOARD TO DECIDE WHICH WAY YOU WANT TO HANDLE THE LIST AS OUTLINED BY DON. I'VE ALREADY CANCELED THE DRAINAGE TASK FORCE MEETING FOR THIS MONTH, SO AND PROBABLY PLAN TO CANCEL NEXT MONTH'S IF WE DON'T SEE ANY RELIEF.

THE CDC GUIDANCE IS 60 DAY CANCELLATION.

THE COUNTY COUNCIL FOR 30 DAYS.

YEAH. SO MY RECOMMENDATION IS THAT WE GO AHEAD AND AUTHORIZE THE GENERAL MANAGER TO CANCEL THROUGH THE MAY 10TH 2020 DATE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE CDC RECOMMENDATIONS.

I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO KEEP REVISITING THIS EVERY OTHER DAY.

LET'S GIVE US ANOTHER HEADWIND OR HEADWAY THAT WE CAN DEAL WITH OTHER ISSUES.

THAT WOULD INCLUDE THE RESTRICTION OF THE USE OF THE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC MEETING ROOMS. WE PROBABLY NEED TO CARVE OUT OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING FOR A SEPARATE DISCUSSION.

WE'LL PULL THAT OUT.

THE BOAT CENTERS AND RECREATIONAL CENTERS AND TREE VENTURES.

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WHERE'S CHRIS AND I THOUGHT I HEARD A TEAR HIT THE GROUND.

ARE WE LOOKING AT THAT, DON, FOR THE SAME PERIOD? YES, SIR. OK.

WE'LL LEAVE THAT IN. SPORTS FIELD RESERVATIONS.

PLACING SIGNAGE. CLOSING RESTAURANTS.

THE ONLY EXCEPTION I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE FOR STAFF ATTENDING MEETINGS OUTSIDE THE TOWNSHIP WOULD BE THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT THAT WE HAVE.

OUR OEC OBVIOUSLY IS GOING TO HAVE TO ATTEND HOMELAND SECURITY OEM MEETINGS AND HEALTH DISTRICT MEETINGS. I THINK THOSE ARE VERY GOOD, GOOD ADDITIONS.

OK. MR. NORELL, IF I MAY, CHAIRMAN? DO YOU HAVE LISTED ON YOUR SEQUENCE THERE? ANY OF THE MEETINGS RELATED TO HIRING A REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR POSITION OR DO YOU HAVE ANY ACCOMMODATION FOR THAT? THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD WOULD--YEAH SO THOSE MEETINGS WOULD BE US; WE'RE NOT EMPLOYEES.

SO WE WOULD HAVE TO DECIDE THAT.

BUT IS IT ON THE LIST THAT WE'RE-- IT WOULDN'T BE ON THE LIST BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THAT INDEPENDENTLY THE BOARD CAN CHOOSE.

THIS IS MORE GUIDANCE FOR THE STAFF AND OUR EMPLOYEES AT THE TOWNSHIP.

THERE HASN'T BEEN A CHANGE.

WE DON'T HAVE AN IMPENDING MEETING SCHEDULED RIGHT NOW.

SO AS MR. NELSON REACHES OUT FOR NEXT STEPS, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE TO HIM. IS THERE UNDER CONSIDERATION A DELAY IN YOUR RETIREMENT CONSIDERING THE SITUATION WE HAVE? YEAH, HE WAS GOING TO LEAVE TODAY I SAID DELAY, DIRECTOR RIESER, NOT ACCELERATE.

I WOULD THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD PROBABLY DISCUSS AS A BOARD AND THEN, YOU KNOW, NOT PUT DON ON THE SPOT IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC.

I KNOW THAT IT'S WEIGHING HEAVILY ON HIM, AS IS NATURAL LAST DAY OF WORKERS ONLY A FEW WEEKS AWAY. BUT IF WE CAN TABLE THAT PARTICULAR SUBJECT AND WE CAN PICK IT BACK UP AFTER WE CAN ALL RIGHT. ANOTHER ONE, I WOULD SUGGEST TAKING OFF AND JUST AT LEAST FOR RIGHT NOW, GETTING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WOULD BE THE PARK AND RIDE.

ALL RIGHT. SO I'M THINKING PARK AND RIDE ALPHA OMEGA AND BOARD MEETINGS SHOULD BE INDIVIDUAL DISCUSSIONS.

WHAT ABOUT THE TROLLEY AND ALL THAT.

TROLLEY, I THINK WE'VE HAD DIFFICULTY WITH STAGING HAND SANITIZING AND OR SUPPLIES FOR FREQUENT DE-SANITATION.

LISTENING TO THE PRESIDENT'S CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON, THEY'VE LEARNED NOW THAT THE VIRUS SURVIVES LONGER ON HARD SURFACES THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT.

WITHOUT THE ABILITY FOR US TO HAVE CONSTANT CLEANING OCCURRING THERE'S JUST NO REASON FOR US TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE.

RIGHT AND THAT WOULD GO INTO THE TENTH.

IS THAT WHAT WE'RE THINKING? THAT WOULD BE SUSPENDED UNTIL THE 10TH.

RIGHT. SO I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO PULL THAT ONE OUT.

NO, I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY.

OK. ALL RIGHT, SO WE'LL TAKE THAT PARK AND RIDE ALPHA OMEGA AND BOARD MEETINGS AS SEPARATE TALKING POINTS.

ON THE PARKS FOR THE GENERAL PARKS, WE HAVE NOT THE THE THE MAJOR PARKS DO WE HAVE POSTING SIGNAGE THAT WE'RE NOT ABLE TO SANITIZE FREQUENTLY.

IS THAT ON HERE? IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY WITHIN THAT INDIVIDUAL ITEM TO WORK WITH CERT AND OUR VILLAGE ASSOCIATIONS AND SEE IF WE CAN'T ORGANIZE SOME VOLUNTEER WIPINGS AND DISINFECTING OF THAT LOCAL PARK GEAR? MR. CHAIRMAN, WE CERTAINLY CAN EMPLOY CERT AND ASK FOR VOLUNTEERS.

A CHALLENGE IS THERE'S 90 PLAYGROUNDS.

AND ONCE THEY'RE USED BY ONE GROUP OF KIDS, IT'S CONTAMINATED.

SO IT WOULD BE REPETITIVE TYPE OF THING, BUT CERTAINLY BE A GOOD USE OF CERT IF THEY FELT IT A GOOD USE OF THEIR TIME. YOU DON'T WANT TO GIVE A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY EITHER.

BUT, I THINK THAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR US TO INCLUDE SAYING WE'RE CLOSING THEM EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE NO AWESOME WAY TO ENFORCE THAT.

YEAH. RATHER THAN JUST PUTTING A SIGN UP SAYING USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

WELL, WE'VE HAD PARENTS AND OTHERS ASK ABOUT THE PROTOCOLS.

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WE DO KNOW. EVEN THOUGH THE NEW INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE VIRUS CAN BE ON HARD SURFACES LIKE METAL FOR PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME, U.V.

LIGHT IS HELPFUL IN THAT REGARD.

MOST OF THESE ARE PRETTY WELL EXPOSED.

THAT'S NOT INTERNAL PLAYGROUND'S BY ANY MEANS.

WE'RE TALK ABOUT IT OUTSIDE PLAYGROUNDS.

BEING WITH 90 OUT OF THE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE PARKS OR HUNDRED FORTY FIVE PARKS.

IT'S PRETTY CHALLENGING.

ALL RIGHT, ANYBODY HAVE THOUGHTS ON THE THE SMALLER PARKS? I THINK WE SHOULD SEND OUT A PRESS RELEASE TO DISCOURAGE THE USE OF IT.

I MEAN, IF THEY'RE SAYING TEN MORE PEOPLE IN THE GATHERINGS AND I KNOW I JUST DON'T WANT TO SEE A BUNCH OF KIDS GOING TO THE PARK TO PLAY OR EVEN PEOPLE HAVING BIRTHDAY PARTIES THERE OR GET-TOGETHERS.

I WOULD DISCOURAGE IT. ALL RIGHT.

AS A REMINDER, DIRECTOR BONIFACE IS AN EMERGENCY ROOM NURSE.

OR (OPERATING ROOM) OH, OR, OKAY.

I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE'S BETTER, BUT WE APPRECIATE YOUR MEDICAL OPINIONS.

OF COURSE WE HAVE DR.

GIBBS--WE'RE ALL SITTING WAY TOO CLOSE.

I JUST DON'T THINK--THAT SHIP HAS SAILED--I WAS GONNA SAY I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S LOGICAL THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THAT EQUIPMENT CLEAN.

AND I THINK FOR US TO, YOU KNOW, TO THINK OTHERWISE IS PROBABLY FOLLY, RIGHT.

AND I THINK WE'D BE BETTER OFF BY JUST SAYING PARKS ARE CLOSED AND OBVIOUSLY WE'RE NOT GOING TO. I'M NOT GOING TO RUN ANYBODY OFF.

BUT, YOU KNOW, AT SOME POINT PEOPLE HAVE TO USE THEIR OWN JUDGMENT.

WELL, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT.

MAYBE THE SIGNAGE SHOULD SAY, PARK IS CLOSED.

ANY USE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

NOT CURRENTLY BEING SANITIZED.

THAT'S A STRONGER MESSAGE THAN USE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.

WELL, IT WAS GONNA BE USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

THAT WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH THE MESSAGE TO THE SPORT FIELD USERS WHERE WE'VE CANCELED THEIR RESERVATION OR THEIR PERMIT.

WE'RE NOT RUNNING THEM OFF.

WE'RE NOT POLICING IT. BUT A RESERVATION OR CANCEL HAS BEEN CANCELED.

AND THE SAME THING COULD BE DONE FOR THE PLAYGROUNDS WHERE IT'S CLOSED.

USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

THIS IS NOT BEING MANAGED DISINFECTED.

BUT IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS, SAYS DIRECTOR BONIFACE POINTED OUT, THAT NOT TO HAVE GROUPS LARGER THAN TEN.

AND SO IF ALL OF ONE GROUP ATTENDS, WHO'S GOING TO MANAGE THAT? IF WE HAD 40 KIDS FROM ONE OF THE SCHOOLS OR JUST ALL CONGREGATE AND SHOW UP.

THEN WHAT WILL HAPPEN? WHO WILL MANAGE THAT? SO CURRENTLY THAT'S A COUNTY DECLARATION.

AND SO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALL OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS ARE OBLIGATED TO WORK TO ENFORCE THAT. SO YOUR PARK RANGERS COULD BE DOING THAT.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES AND OTHERS THAT MIGHT BE ON PATROL AS THEY SEE THAT OCCURRING TO ASK THEM TO DISPERSE? WELL, THAT WOULD GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO DISCOURAGE GROUPS, YOU KNOW, LARGE GROUPS CONGREGATING IN ONE OF OUR PARKS.

I THINK WE NEED TO AS MUCH AS I HATE TO SAY THAT, I THINK WE NEED TO CLOSE.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO CLARIFY IS RIGHT NOW, THE COUNTY DECLARATION, AS AMENDED TODAY, IS STILL AT 50.

THE CDC RECOMMENDATION THAT JUST CAME OUT IS 10.

THE COUNTY WOULD HAVE TO UPDATE THEIR DECLARATION IN ORDER FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE INVOLVED IN ANYTHING LESS THAN 50.

NOW, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN JUMP IN, BUT YOU CAN'T JUMP IN BECAUSE YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE ORDINANCE AUTHORITY, BUT YOU DO WHEN THE COUNTY PROVIDES THAT ORDINANCE OR THAT DECLARATION.

ONE OF THE ISSUES I THINK YOU HAVE WITH THE PARKS RIGHT NOW IS THAT IT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE FEW OUTDOOR RELEASES THAT'S AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE AND HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL EXERCISE COMMON SENSE WHEN THEY GO AND OBVIOUSLY KEEP THE DISTANCE.

BUT WITH 100, AND YOU KNOW, 40 PARKS IN THE COMMUNITY, IN THE PATHWAYS AND EVERYTHING, AT LEAST IT PROVIDES SOME RELIEF, IF YOU WILL, FOR WHAT'S GOING ON.

AND SHUTTING DOWN, EFFECTIVELY WE COULD CLOSE THEM AND PUT SOMETHING ACROSS.

BUT IN TERMS OF ENFORCING IT, IT WOULD BE MOST--AND I UNDERSTAND THAT.

I JUST THINK IN THE LONG TERM AND IF WE'RE TRYING TO CONTROL SOMETHING AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT. YOU KNOW, THREE MONTHS FROM NOW AND IF THE CDC I KNOW THE COUNTY HAS NOT, BUT FOUR DAYS AGO, I THINK THEY WERE AT 250.

YES. AND NOW WE'RE AT 50.

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SO IT MIGHT BE 10.

I DON'T KNOW, BRIAN, IF YOU'VE HAD YOUR BRIEFING.

I KNOW. HAD ONE TODAY.

I JUST I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE.

I THINK IT ALSO MAKES IT EASIER FOR PARENTS TO MANAGE THEIR KIDS IF THEY CAN SAY THE PARK IS CLOSED. NOT THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE TO HAVE THAT.

SPEAKING OF A PERSON WITH KIDS WHO RIGHT NOW WANT TO CONGREGATE IN NUMBERS GREATER THAN 10, IT IS HELPFUL TO TELL THEM THE PARK IS CLOSED.

I MEAN, THE ONLY CHANGE FROM WHAT YOUR RECOMMENDATION IS, INSTEAD OF SAYING, YOU KNOW, POSTING UP A SIGNS SAYING, YOU KNOW, USE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION, EQUIPMENT'S NOT BEING DISINFECTED.

THE ONLY THING WE'RE ADDING TO THAT LANGUAGE.

AS YOU KNOW, PARK IS CLOSED.

YOU KNOW, BE ADVISED ANY UNAUTHORIZED USE OF EQUIPMENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

THE EQUIPMENT IS NOT BEING DE-SANITIZED.

WHAT ABOUT THE PATH? THE PATHWAYS? I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY REASON TO CLOSE.

THEY DON'T BECOME LONGITUDINAL PARKS AT SOME POINT? YOU CAN'T CLOSE THOSE PATHWAYS.

I'M NOT ASKING TO. I'M ASKING, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE WILL ASK.

WELL, THEY'LL ASK, BUT THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN CLOSE THE PATHWAYS BECAUSE THAT, YOU KNOW, ESSENTIALLY PUTS KIDS OUT ON THE STREET ON BIKES THAN WALKING.

THAT'S MORE OF A PUBLIC HAZARD THAN WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO COVID.

I JUST DON'T THINK THAT'S A GOOD IDEA AT ALL.

I DIDN'T SAY IT WAS A GOOD IDEA.

I DIDN'T ASK THE QUESTION, BECAUSE I THINK WE NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT ALL OF OUR ASSETS, HOW WE'RE USING ALL OF OUR ASSETS.

ALL RIGHT. WHY DON'T WE DO THIS, SINCE WE JUST HAD AN EXTENDED DIALOG AROUND THE PARKS, MAYBE WE SHOULD TAKE THAT AS A MOTION TO ADDRESS THE PARK CLOSURE WITH SIGNAGE BEING PRESENTED, PARK IS CLOSED.

ANY UNAUTHORIZED USE DOES AT YOUR OWN RISK EQUIPMENT IS NOT CURRENTLY BEING SANITIZED WITH ANY SCHEDULE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THAT, SAY AYE: AYE. ANY OPPOSED? ABSTENTIONS? ALL RIGHT. WE GOT ONE DONE.

ACTUALLY, YOU DIDN'T ASK FOR A SECOND, BUT THAT'S OK.

OH, THERE YOU GO. HE'S RIGHT.

FORMALITY WISE. I DIDN'T ASK FOR A SECOND.

I THOUGHT I MADE THE MOTION.

DID YOU SECOND IT? WELL, I JUST READ ONE.

FOR GOOD FORUM.

I'LL OFFICIALLY SECOND IT.

HOW'S THAT? OK. I'LL GO WITH MOTION SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR. SAY AYE: AYE.

ALL RIGHT. WE'RE TAKING CARE OF THE PARKS.

ALL THE OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE ON OUR PRESIDENT'S LIST THAT ARE NOT THE PARK AND RIDE, ALPHA OMEGA. OR BOARD MEETINGS.

WE CAN TAKE AS ONE MOTION TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

QUICK QUESTION, CHAIRMAN BUNCH, FOR THE ALTERNATE BOARD MEETINGS REGARDING THE VILLAGE ASSOCIATIONS, DCSS, RDRCS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN PROCEDURALLY WITH THOSE APPLICATIONS? ARE YOU PUTTING THEM ON HOLD OR HOW IS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THOSE MEETINGS? THERE'S BEEN SOME DEVELOPMENT ON THE STATE LEVEL ABOUT OPEN MEETINGS AND LIFTING SOME RESTRICTIONS TO ALLOW CONFERENCING.

AND I'M NOT SURE THE DETAILS OF THAT.

ROBIN JUST GOT A FEW MINUTES AGO.

THE GOVERNOR JUST ISSUED FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION TO ALLOW VIRTUAL AND TELEPHONIC OPEN MEETINGS TO MAINTAIN GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY.

AND HE'S USING THE EMERGENCY SECTION OF THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE FOUR EIGHTEEN POINT ZERO ONE SIX.

SO HE SUSPENDED VARIOUS PROVISIONS THAT REQUIRE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT A SPECIFIED MEETING LOCATION.

SO THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION LEAVES IN CERTAIN PROTECTIONS: MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ENTITLED TO PARTICIPATE AND ADDRESS THE GOVERNMENTAL BODY DURING ANY TELEPHONIC OR VIDEO CONFERENCE MEETING.

TO HOLD A TELEPHONIC OR VIDEO CONFERENCE MEETING, A GOVERNMENTAL BODY MUST POST A WRITTEN NOTICE THAT GIVES THE PUBLIC A WAY TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY, SUCH AS A TOLL FREE DIALING NUMBER THAT INCLUDES AN ELECTRONIC COPY OF ANY AGENDA PACKET THAT THEY WILL CONSIDER AT THE MEETING. GOVERNMENTAL BODY MUST PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH ACCESS TO A RECORDING OF ANY TELEPHONIC OR VIDEO CONFERENCE MEETING AND WE CAN CONTACT THEIR OFFICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. LASTLY, WE WILL BE ABLE TO.

THE BOARD WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THROUGH TELECONFERENCING.

AND THAT WOULD APPLY ON THE DSC; THAT'S WHAT I WAS REALLY REFERENCING HERE.

THAT'S CORRECT.

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COMMENT. RIGHT.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ATTEND THOSE MEETINGS AND ARE VERY ACTIVE.

SO I JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE YOU KNOW, HOW THAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN IF WE CAN'T MEET, WHAT WE COULD DO IS TRY TO SET UP A PROCESS TO ADDRESS IT AND ALLOW SOME OF THE. I MEAN, YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T TAKE UP ALL THE ISSUES YOU WOULD NORMALLY TAKE IN A 60 DAY PERIOD.

BUT AT LEAST WE CAN ALLOW THE THE ONES THAT ARE, I GUESS THE HIGHEST PROFILE WANTS TO MOVE FORWARD.

YEAH. AND IT'S A GOOD TIME TO INSERT.

YOU KNOW, THERE WERE PEOPLE ASKING QUESTIONS ON, YOU KNOW, WHY WE HAVE NOT HAD AN EMERGENCY MEETING PRIOR TO TODAY.

UP UNTIL THE GOVERNOR DECLARED THAT A DISASTER, WE DIDN'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO CALL A SHORT NOTICE MEETING.

THE REAL FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO DO THAT WAS TODAY WHERE WE HAD THE REDUCING THE 72 HOUR POSTING DOWN TO AN HOUR OR TWO.

I DON'T REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW MANY HOURS AHEAD OF TIME WE HAD TO DO IT.

AND IT DIDN'T SOUND LIKE, ROBIN, THAT THEY ELIMINATED THE POSTING PERIODS.

NO, THE POSTING PERIODS THAT IS UNALTERED.

THAT WOULD STILL BE AN HOUR.

USED TO BE, TWO. AND IT'S NOT CLEAR TO ME, BUT IT SOUNDS IT'S NOT CLEAR TO ME IF THEY GOT IT. NORMALLY, EMERGENCY MEETINGS ARE ONLY TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCY ITEMS, BUT I HAVE TO VERIFY THAT THEY'VE SUSPENDED THAT ALSO, BECAUSE THAT'S ONE OF THE MAJOR COMPLAINTS, BECAUSE IF YOU LET THINGS ORDINARY BUSINESS GO OUT FAR ENOUGH AND YOU DON'T ADDRESS IT IN A TIMELY MANNER, IT THEN BECOMES AN EMERGENCY.

SO, YOU CREATE YOUR OWN EMERGENCY.

THE WHOLE ISSUE THAT WE ARE FACING TODAY IS AN EMERGENCY.

AND THAT THE ITEM BOARD NEEDS TO HAVE INPUT OR HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AND I THINK THAT THAT'S IMPORTANT. SO COULD WE.

I'M NOT SUGGESTING I JUST AM.

IT'S MORE FOR CLARIFICATION.

IF WE WANTED TO SCHEDULE, WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE IT A MEETING EVERY WEEK, EVEN THOUGH WE'VE ALWAYS ONLY HAD THE FOURTH WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY PRECEDING THAT.

IF WE WANTED TO SCHEDULE OTHER MEETINGS, ARE WE ALLOWED TO DO THAT? YOU CAN HAVE EMERGENCY MEETINGS THAT COVER EMERGENCY ITEMS. I MEAN THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DO THAT UNDER THE CURRENT LAW WITHOUT ANY CHANGE TO THE LAW. ONE OF THE INTERPRETATIONS OF THE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE HAD BEEN THAT YOUR EMERGENCY MEETING WAS LIMITED TO EMERGENCY ITEMS ONLY AND YOU COULD NOT TAKE UP REGULAR BUSINESS. LET ME ASK IT A DIFFERENT WAY THEN.

SURE. CAN YOU NOT SCHEDULE A MEETING AGAIN JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, EVERY WEEK? NOT THAT IT WILL BE OR WOULD NOT BE.

OR DOES IT HAVE TO FALL AND THE FOURTH WEDNESDAY AND THE THURSDAY PRECEDING THAT.

CAN WE HAVE ONE AT LIKE WEEK ONE OR WEEK TWO? YEAH, YOU CAN. YOU CAN SCHEDULE THEM HOWEVER YOU WISH.

IF YOU'RE SCHEDULING, UNDER THE EMERGENCY EXCEPTION.

THE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS THAT IT BE AN EMERGENCY.

THIS IS AN ONGOING PUBLIC EMERGENCY.

THANK YOU. RIGHT. AND I THINK THAT WHILE I'M NOT GOING TO SPEAK FOR DR.

SNYDER, BUT FOR ME, IT BE THE MORE MORE WE COMMUNICATE TO US AS A BOARD.

THE MORE INFORMATION WE CAN GET TO THE RESIDENTS.

JUST THAT WE ARE IN MEETING.

RIGHT. WE ARE MEETING WE ARE DISCUSSING THIS MORE FREQUENTLY THAN WE HAVE BECAUSE WE ARE BOARD. EVERY ONE OF US WAS ELECTED TO REPRESENT THIS COMMUNITY.

AND I THINK RIGHT NOW IT'S IT'S VERY, VERY SERIOUS.

WE HAVE NEVER FACED SOMETHING LIKE WE ARE NOW.

IT'S DIFFERENT THAN WHEN WE'VE HAD THE HURRICANE OR DISASTER BECAUSE WE KNOW WHEN, GENERALLY WHEN THEY ARE COMING AND WHEN POTENTIALLY IT WILL BE GONE AND THEN WE CAN REBUILD. THIS DOESN'T HAVE THAT AN END DATE.

YEAH. SO IF I GO BACK TO SOME OF THE EARLIER COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE.

WE'RE GOING TO BE GETTING DAILY THE INFORMATION FROM ALL THE DIFFERENT AGENCIES AND PROVIDING A DAILY COMMUNICATION NOT JUST TO OUR PUBLIC, BUT TO OUR BOARD.

THE INFORMATION MOVES FAIRLY QUICK AND A LOT OF IT BECOMES OUTDATED BY THE TIME YOU CAN ACTUALLY ORGANIZE A FORUM.

NOTHING IN THE EMERGENCY ABILITY TO CALL A MEETING HAS ELIMINATED THE QUORUM REQUIREMENTS. YEAH, WE STILL HAVE TO THEN REACH OUT TO ALL OF US AND FIND A TIME THAT CAN WORK FOR AT LEAST FOUR OF US.

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AND THEN THERE'S ALWAYS THE WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER THREE? SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE GOTTA WORK THROUGH.

I WOULD EXPECT WE'RE GONNA HAVE--BUT CHAIRMAN, WE CAN NOW INCORPORATE THE CONFERENCE CALL TO MAKE THE QUORUM.

YEAH BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE A TIME THAT EVERYBODY COULD BE AND WE ALSO HAVE TO HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO COMPLY WITH THE RECORDING AND THE ABILITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE.

WE DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE THAT TECHNOLOGY AS OF TODAY TO DO IT RIGHT.

SO IT'S NOT AS SIMPLE AS YAY, WE CAN DO IT.

NO. NOW, WILLIAM AND HIS TEAM IS GOING OUT TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN DO IT, TOO, IN ORDER TO HAVE THE PUBLIC COMMENT REQUIREMENTS.

THAT'S NOT WAIVED. AND SO IT'S STILL WE'RE GONNA GET THERE, BUT IT ISN'T GOING TO BE TOMORROW, WE CAN HAVE ANOTHER MEETING WITH AN HOUR NOTICE, AND IT CAN BE A TELECONFERENCE BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THAT WORKED OUT YET.

WHAT THEY SUSPENDED WAS THAT REQUIREMENT REGARDLESS THAT THE EXISTING LAW PRIOR TO HIS ANNOUNCEMENT REQUIRED THAT YOU HAVE TELECONFERENCING CAPABILITY, YOU COULD ONLY HAVE THREE MEMBERS OF THE THE GOVERNING BODY ABSENT, BUT EACH HAD TO BE ABLE TO VIEW THE OTHER AND EACH HAD TO BE ABLE TO BE AUDIBLE TO THE PUBLIC AND VISIBLE TO THE OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS AND TO THOSE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE MEETING. WHAT TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT IS VERY UNUSUAL BECAUSE HE HAS SUSPENDED THAT AND YOU CAN NOW HAVE TELECONFERENCE OR JUST TELEPHONE.

RIGHT. BUT HE DIDN'T ELIMINATE THE PUBLIC COMMENT.

NO, HE DID NOT ELIMINATE THE COMMENTS.

I WANT TO GET BOGGED DOWN IN SEMANTICS.

WE DON'T HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TODAY TO DO IT TODAY TO COMPLY EVEN WITH THE EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION WE JUST RECEIVED.

WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH OUR INFRASTRUCTURE TEAM ON FIGURING OUT HOW CAN WE GET THERE SO WE CAN'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND HAVE MORE FREQUENT COMMUNICATION AS A BOARD AND TO THE PUBLIC. BUT WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE HAVING THE RECORDING AND THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, ASIDE FROM THE VIDEO, YOU KNOW, ASPECTS THAT WERE WAIVED, WE CAN'T DO IT UNTIL WE GET THAT WORKED OUT. SO THAT WILL BE A SEPARATE ITEM FROM THE ONES WE'RE WORKING THROUGH RIGHT NOW TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE GET THERE.

BUT WE CAN HAVE THEM IF UNTIL WE HAVE THAT ALL WORKED OUT, WE CAN HAVE THEM RIGHT HERE PROVIDING FOUR OF THE SEVEN OF US ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE.

ABSOLUTELY. ONE THING I THINK WE SHOULD LOOK AT, TOO, IS THAT IF I'M READING THIS RIGHT, WE CAN'T HAVE MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE IN HERE.

WE HAVE TO STOP PEOPLE AT THE DOOR.

SOMEONE COMES OUT, SOMEONE COMES IN, SO WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REACH OUR RESIDENTS? IS IT THROUGH HAVING A MEETING OR IS IT THROUGH OTHER OTHER METHODS? WELL, IF WE HAVE A MEETING HERE AND THEN IT'S STREAMED PEOPLE CAN WATCH IT.

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT NO ONE WANTS TO BE WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT.

AND SO I THINK IT WORKS IN THAT WAY.

WE COULD AT LEAST TRY.

ALL RIGHT. SO WE HAVE A SEVEN MEMBER BOARD THAT KNOWS WHAT'S HAPPENING.

WELL, I WOULD ASSUME EVERYBODY'S GETTING THE DAILY UPDATES THAT WE'VE BEEN SENDING? DON AND TEAM WORKED OVER THE WEEKEND AND PROVIDED UPDATES CONTINUOUSLY AS THINGS CHANGED.

IF THAT'S NOT OCCURRING, I'D BE SURPRISED.

BUT BEFORE WE GET TOO FAR DOWN THIS ROAD, ROB, YOU KNOW, YOU NEED TO.

WE DO NEED TO CLARIFY WITH THE A.G.

AS TO HOW MUCH LATITUDE WE HAVE IN TERMS OF THE AGENDA.

YES, SIR. THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT. SO WE'VE MADE ONE DECISION ON PARKS.

WE WERE TRYING TO WORK ON EVERYTHING THAT WAS REMAINING.

THAT WAS NOT THE PARK AND RIDE ALPHA OMEGA.

OR OUR BOARD MEETINGS.

DIRECTOR BROWN, DID WE SUFFICIENTLY ANSWER YOUR D.R.C.

QUESTION? YES, SIR. OKAY.

SO I'LL MAKE THE MOTION, THAT WE GO WITH THE RECOMMENDATION.

QUESTION BEFORE WE VOTE ON THIS.

WHAT WAS THE FINAL DECISION ON THE EXPRESS BUS? WE'RE TAKING THAT UP SEPARATELY.

OKAY. YES, DSC AND RDRC.

ALL RIGHT. DIRECTOR BONIFACE. SO I MAKE THE MOTION TO GO WITH THE RESOLUTION FOR ALL OF THE CLOSING THEM DOWN WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE ALPHA OMEGA WOODLANDS PARKWAY.

I'M SORRY, WOODLANDS EXPRESS RIDE SERVICE AND THE BOARD DIRECTORS MEETINGS.

I'LL SECOND. ALL RIGHT.

ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE: AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? ANY ABSTENTIONS. ALL RIGHT.

THE MAJORITY OF THE ISSUES HAVE BEEN RESOLVED.

SO NOW WE CAN TAKE UP HOW ABOUT THE PARK AND RIDE? I DON'T KNOW IF, JOHN, YOU WANT TO PRESENT ANY OF THE UPDATED DATA WE GATHERED.

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JUST REAL QUICK QUESTION ON THE PARK AND RIDE, IS THEIR CAPACITY LIMITED TO 50? SO WE SENT OUT SOME QUESTIONS TO THE STAFF OVER THE WEEKEND AND LAST WEEK ON HOW WE CAN LIMIT THE NUMBER OF RIDERS PER ROUTE.

AND BASED ON TODAY'S DATA FROM THIS MORNING'S RIDE, WHICH I THINK JOHN'S ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE HITTING 50, MIGHT NOT BE AN ISSUE, CORRECT? TYPICALLY, WE WOULD RUN ANYWHERE FROM TWELVE HUNDRED THIRTEEN HUNDRED PASSENGERS A DAY.

TODAY, WE'LL PROBABLY DO A THIRD OF THAT.

WE DID 271 VIRTUAL MOBILE TICKETS TODAY.

THAT WASN'T THE PAPER TICKETS WHICH COME IN LATER IN THE DAY.

BUT BASED UPON WHAT WAS DONE ELECTRONICALLY ON THE PROJECTION OF WHAT HOW MANY CARS WERE IN THE PARKING LOT, COUNTING OUR AVERAGE BECAUSE THE OFFICERS DO COUNT COP CARS TWICE A DAY, WE'RE RUNNING ABOUT A THIRD OF WHAT WOULD TYPICALLY BE.

SO THE OCCUPANCY LOADS IN EACH OF THOSE COACHES ARE LESS THAN HALF OF THE FIFTY ONE.

ONE OF THE MEETING WE HAD EARLIER TODAY.

I HAD SUGGESTED THAT WE ELIMINATE ROUTES THAT HAVE NO DEMAND AND I BELIEVE THOSE ARE GOING TO BE A GROWING LIST.

I THINK THE EXCEPTION THAT IS OUT THERE IS THE MEDICAL CENTER ROUTES AND TRYING TO FIND OPTIMIZED TIMING FOR THOSE.

AND DEPENDING ON THE UTILIZATION OF EVEN THAT SERVICE, WE CAN REASSESS ONCE WE SEE WHAT THE RIDERSHIP LEVEL IS. BECAUSE I BELIEVE YOU SAID, JOHN, THE MAJORITY OR A GREAT NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE WHO RODE TODAY WERE THAT THE MEDICAL CENTER ROUTES.

IT APPEARS THAT WAY.

TYPICALLY, WE WOULD HAVE ANYWHERE FROM A HUNDRED AND TEN TO ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIXTY TO THE MEDICAL CENTER EACH DAY.

AND OBVIOUSLY THAT WOULD BE A CONCERN OF ALL OF THEM.

WELL, ONE PIECE OF INFORMATION THAT CAME THIS AFTERNOON FROM MY FDA REGION SIX REGARDING THEIR PROTOCOLS FOR SUSPENDING SERVICES, PROCEDURES AND POTENTIAL REIMBURSEMENTS.

WE'VE HEARD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY BE PROVIDING RELIEF AND WE JUST DON'T KNOW SPECIFICS YET OF WHAT THAT RELIEF MAY BE.

IF IT MEANS IT'S THE 5307 GRANT FUNDING, IF IT MEANS IT'S AT A 50 PERCENT REIMBURSEMENT, IF IT'S AN 80 PERCENT THAT SOMETIMES A NATURAL DISASTER IT WOULD BE OR IF IT'S NONE.

AND SO BEFORE ALL SERVICES SUSPENDED OR DRASTICALLY MODIFIED, I WOULD SUGGEST WE TRY TO GET SOME GUIDANCE AND CLARIFICATION FROM FDA ON WHAT THAT MEANS.

HOW THAT RESULTS IS THAT IF WE SUSPEND SERVICES AND DRASTICALLY REDUCE THEM FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, WHEN IT'S TIME TO RAMP BACK UP, WE MAY NOT HAVE THE DRIVERS.

THE DRIVERS WILL MOVE ON.

THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING AND THEY'LL GO BACK AND WE WON'T HAVE THEM. SO THAT'S WHY THIS FDA CLAUSE.

THESE PROGRAMS ARE IN PLACE IS TO RETAIN DRIVERS WHEN SUCH NATURAL DISASTER OR THINGS ARE THERE TO KEEP THEM ON BOARD.

SO WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION? WELL, I CERTAINLY THINK WE CAN LOOK AT REDUCING THE ROUTES THAT ARE NOT BEING UTILIZED AND CONSOLIDATE TO THE POINT WHERE WE DON'T OVER-SATURATE MORE THAN TWENTY FIVE OR SO ON A COACH. BUT LET US COME BACK TO YOU MAYBE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS OF WHAT THAT MIGHT REALLY LOOK LIKE LONG TERM FOR THE NEXT 60 DAYS OR LONGER.

AND WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY MAY NOT BE A TWO WEEKS FROM NOW, YOU KNOW, TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY REALLY FOR HOW PEOPLE WERE REPORTING.

AND WE KNOW A LOT OF EMPLOYEES GOT MESSAGES OVER THE WEEKEND THAT THEIR COMPANY WAS INSTITUTING MANDATORY WORK FROM HOME.

SO THOSE COMPANIES ARE BEGINNING TO REALIZE WHAT THAT MEANS.

THE EMPLOYEES ARE BEGINNING TO REALIZE WHAT THAT MEANS, THEIR CHILD CARE, THEIR DAYCARE.

AND SO THIS WILL BE A FLUID AND EVOLVING.

AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU AUTHORIZED STAFF TO WORK WITH FDA FIRST CLASS TOURS TO ADJUST AS BEST AS APPROPRIATELY, WHICH WE'VE DONE BEFORE.

YOU KNOW, WHEN WE'VE HAD OTHER SITUATIONS AND TROPICAL STORMS AND OR THE HURRICANE, WE'VE ADJUSTED APPROPRIATELY ANYWAY.

THERE'S NO NEED TO SEND AN EMPTY BUS ANYWHERE.

AND WE CAN DO THAT WITH FIRST CLASS TOURS AS WE GO THROUGH THIS WEEK AT LEAST.

AND THEN IF IT LOOKS LIKE THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME DRASTIC CUTS PROVIDING WHAT FDA TELLS US WHAT GUIDANCE THAT WOULD BE.

AND WE DO THAT.

WELL, JOHN. AND FRANKLY, IF IT COMES DOWN TO WE GET DOWN TO THE POINT WHERE WE REALLY ARE

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POSSIBLY ENDANGERING, YOU KNOW, LOSING DRIVERS.

WE COULD TALK ABOUT THAT.

WE COULD TALK ABOUT THAT.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE COST OF OPERATING THOSE BUSES, AS YOU KNOW, IS ACTUALLY THE DRIVERS? WELL, PART OF IT WHAT I WAS REALLY MEANING IS THAT FDA WOULD OFTENTIMES PROVIDED AN ALLOWANCE TO PAY A CERTAIN PERCENT TO KEEP THEM ON THE PAYROLL.

RIGHT. ALL RIGHT. SO WE'RE GONNA GET REIMBURSED FOR THAT.

THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND CLEARLY FROM FDA.

AND THAT WOULD BE DIFFERENT THAN REIMBURSING FOR THE ACTUAL ROUTE RUN.

RIGHT. IT'S A CARVE OUT.

RIGHT. AND I THINK WHAT WE CAN DO TODAY.

SO THIS THIS CAN BE MANAGED IS AUTHORIZED.

THE STAFF, GENERAL MANAGER AND OTHERS TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS REGARDING ROUTE REDUCTION, ROUTE ELIMINATION AND OTHER PARK AND RIDE RELATED NEEDS AS NEW INFORMATION ARISES.

THE OTHER ISSUE THAT CAN COME UP, MORE COMPANIES ARE CHOOSING THE WORK REMOTE PROTOCOL JUST AS EASILY AS THEY ARE SELF-SELECTING.

WE COULD GET A GOVERNOR OR PRESIDENTIAL MANDATE THAT IMMEDIATELY CEASES OPERATIONS BY GRANTING OR STAFF THE ABILITY TO MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS.

THEY CAN DO THAT WITHOUT HAVING FOR US TO RECONVENE.

SO I WOULD LIKE THAT TO BE OUR MOTION, IF SOMEONE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT.

I'LL MAKE IT-- QUESTION.

THANK YOU, IF I MAY.

MR. POWERS, WOULD YOU ADDRESS FOR THE PURPOSES OF OUR VIEWERS WHAT THE CHANGE OR MODIFICATION THAT YOU HAVE IN PLACE FOR SANITIZING THE EXPRESS BUSES ARE? AND THEN WHAT OTHER CHANGES MIGHT TO REASSURE THEM THAT IT IS ACCEPTABLE, AT LEAST AT THIS POINT, TO CONTINUE TO USE THE SERVICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE? YES. THANK YOU FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY.

YES. FIRST CLASS TOURS AND EVERYONE IS VERY CONCERNED WITH PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION DISINFECTION. SO TWICE A DAY AS THE BUSES RETURN TO THE YARDS OR OR TO PARK AND RIDE LOT, THEY ARE CLEAN AND DISINFECTED.

THERE IS TRASH SACKS AVAILABLE IN EACH OF THE SEATS SO THAT PASSENGERS CAN DISPOSE OF THEIR TISSUES OR WHATEVER.

AND THOSE THEY ARE ON THE SITE.

IT'S HARD TO KEEP ANY KIND OF HAND SANITIZER DISPENSER ON A COACH.

ONE IS JUST SUPPLY AND AND TWO HOW IT REALLY WORKS.

SO WE DON'T HAVE THAT.

BUT AFTER EACH ROUTE, EACH SHIFT, NOT EACH ROUTE, BUT IN THE MORNING AND THE AFTERNOON, THOSE THEN ARE EACH COACH IS DISINFECTED.

I WAS GOING TO TELL YOU THAT YOU AUTHORIZED IN THE MOBILE TICKETING TO GO TO READERS.

SO RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE HOLD UP THEIR CELL PHONE AND GOT TO LOOK AT IT OR TOUCH IT.

AS THE READERS ARE IMPLEMENTED, IT WILL JUST BE LIKE AN AIRPORT TERMINAL WHERE YOU PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN ON IT.

GOOD AND GO. YOU NEVER TOUCH ANYTHING.

DON'T PUT IT ON TOP OF THE SCREEN.

WELL, HOWEVER IT WORKS. YES.

I'M TELLING YOU, THIS IS THE STUFF THAT'S GOING ON.

IT READS. CELL PHONES ARE ONE OF THOSE.

SO THAT'LL BE LONGER. AND THAT'S GOOD FOR US.

WE'RE LEARNING A LOT OF THINGS THAT WILL HELP US IN THE FUTURE TO ELIMINATE TOUCH POINTS AND BETTER HYGIENE.

I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT IT IS WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BE SAFE IN OUR AREAS OF MASS TRANSPORTATION.

THE KEEP IN MIND, ON THE TROLLEYS, THE VAST PERCENTAGE OF YOUR PASSENGERS ARE VISITORS.

THE TROLLEY WE ELIMINATED.

WE ELIMINATED THE TROLLEYS.

I KNOW YOU DID. JUST TO HELP YOU WITH THAT DECISION, YOU'RE NOT IMPACTING TOO MANY RESIDENTS. I MEAN, TO BE FAIR, THE PARK AND RIDE IS MAJORITY NONRESIDENT TOO.

WELL, IT IS A MAJORITY, BUT NOT TO THE MAGNITUDE THAT YOUR TROLLEYS ARE.

RIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING THE YOU KNOW, THE PARK AND RIDE RIDERSHIP IS WHAT GENERATES OUR REIMBURSEMENT SCHEDULE.

SO SO LONG AS WE HAVE ROUTES THAT ARE EFFICIENT, WE SHOULD OPERATE THOSE ROUTES WITH EFFICIENCY. I THINK THE ONE THING WE DIDN'T ADDRESS IN THE MOTION IS CAPACITY AUTHORIZATION. DO WE WANT TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS PER COACH? I MEAN, IF YOU GET DOWN TO AND HERE'S THE OTHER THING.

AS SOON AS WE END UP WITH THE THE 50 TURNING INTO 10.

WE'RE GONNA BE CLOSING THEM ALL ANYWAYS.

AND, YOU KNOW, THAT'S KIND OF WHERE I WAS GOING WITH THIS CARVE OUT IS IT'S VERY LIKELY THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE SHUT DOWN JUST BY THE REDUCTION OF NUMBERS BECAUSE OUR COACHES CARRY, WHAT, 50 PEOPLE, MAX, 60? 50. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT GOING ON A BUS WITH 10 PEOPLE.

AND I DO THINK THAT AS YOU GET DOWN TO ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY LIKE YOU'RE SEEING IN

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OTHER CITIES, THAT MEANS THAT THERE'S NO TRAFFIC AND PEOPLE CAN GET THEMSELVES WHERE THEY NEED TO BE WITHOUT MUCH.

AND JUST FOR CLARITY, IT WOULD BE 9 BECAUSE THE DRIVER COUNTS.

SO, YEAH, YOU'RE NOT GOING ON A BUS WITH WITH NINE PASSENGERS.

SO IN OUR AUTHORIZATION THAT WE HAVE IN A MOTION FROM DIRECTOR MILNER AND SECONDED BY DIRECTOR SNYDER THAT INCLUDES THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE THOSE ACTIONS AS AS THE RULES CHANGE.

ALL RIGHT. ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE: AYE.

OPPOSED? EXTENSIONS? ALL RIGHT.

PARK AND RIDES DONE.

ALPHA OMEGA. WE GOT A NOTICE LATE YESTERDAY THAT THE WOODLANDS MALL WAS ADJUSTING ITS OPERATING HOURS TO BE 12 TO 7 MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AND 12:00 THROUGH 6:00 ON SUNDAYS.

TO ME, THAT MEANS WE SHOULD ADJUST OUR ALPHA OMEGA PATROL SO WE'RE NOT PATROLLING EMPTY PARKING LOTS. ONE OF THE RARE EXCEPTIONS FOR OCCUPANCY AT THE MALL IS ACTUALLY MY COMPANY AND I DON'T THINK I NEED A BUNCH OF HORSES JUST WATCHING US.

SO DO WE HAVE OUR STAFF RECOMMENDATION ON ADJUSTING THE HOURS OF OPERATION FOR ALPHA OMEGA? WELL, I CAN CERTAINLY PROVIDE YOU SOME OPTIONS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

THE CURRENT CONTRACT AND THE CURRENT LEVEL OF SERVICE PROVIDES A TOTAL OF SIX HUNDRED AND SIX HOURS PER WEEK IN THE TOWN CENTER AREA THAT'S BROKEN DOWN AT FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY FOUR HOURS AT THE MALL MARKET STREET AND PINE CROFT AND ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE HOURS AT THE HUGHES LANDING AREA FOR A TOTAL OF 606.

THE SCHEDULE STARTS AT 10:00 A.M.

WITH TWO MOUNTED PATROLS THAT WORK FROM 10 TO 6:00 IN THE MALL MARKET STREET AREA.

YOU COULD ELIMINATE THOSE TWO OR THREE OR CHANGE THE SCHEDULE TO START AT 12:00 AND GO TO THE 7 O'CLOCK TIME PERIOD IN THAT AREA OR LATER TO 10 O'CLOCK WHEN EMPLOYEES MAY BE LEAVING.

THE HUGHES LANDING AREA.

RIGHT NOW, WITH RESTAURANTS STILL BEING OPEN AND THE HOTEL THAT'S THERE.

WE'RE NOT RECOMMENDING ANY CHANGE IN THE HUGHES LANDING AREA AT THIS TIME.

BUT OF COURSE, OBVIOUSLY, ALL OF THAT COULD BE UP TO YOU.

JUST CHANGING THE 10:00 A.M.

TO A TWELVE A.M.

START IN THE MALL AREA WOULD REDUCE HOURS BY 82 HOURS A WEEK.

ABOUT THIRTY SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS A WEEK THERE.

THIS IS SIMILAR TO ME AS THE PARK AND RIDE WHERE WE NEED TO BE AUTHORIZING THE FLEXIBLE ABILITY TO DRAW DOWN THE COVERAGE AS NEEDED.

PRESIDENT NORELL SHARED WITH ME THE NOTE THAT DALLAS HAS JUST CLOSED ALL OF ITS RESTAURANTS, BARS AND GYMS. AND YOU KNOW, THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO ADDRESS THESE THINGS AS IF WE END UP CLOSING THESE THINGS. WE NEED TO REDUCE AND ELIMINATE THESE SERVICES.

WHILE THEY'RE NOT, THERE'S NOBODY THERE TO SERVE.

I'D LIKE TO HEAR, IF I MAY.

CAPTAIN HOLIFIELD, YOUR THOUGHTS? BECAUSE NO, EVEN IF THE RESTAURANTS OR BUSINESSES CLOSE, PERHAPS SAID THAT BRINGS IN A WHOLE 'NOTHER I DON'T KNOW.

BUT AND THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO US.

SO YOUR THOUGHTS? THE THING THAT I MIGHT SHARE WITH THE BOARD JUST FOR CONSIDERATION WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY LAW ENFORCEMENT, ALPHA OMEGA'S A PART.

AS WE SHUTTER ONE PORTION OF OUR COMMUNITY, WE FILL ANOTHER.

SO IF PEOPLE BEGIN TO WORK FROM HOME, THEN WE FILL UP OUR RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

WE VACATE THE BUSINESS DISTRICTS.

WHEN WE VACATE THOSE, WE MAY BE A LITTLE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO PEOPLE OF LESSER VALUES TO COME IN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FEWER EYES AND EARS THAT MAY BE THERE TO REPORT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

AT THE SAME TIME. I WOULD URGE YOU TO CONSIDER OUR PLACES WHERE PEOPLE MAY BE SHOPPING AND GATHERING FOR GETTING THE NECESSARY SUPPLIES DURING THIS TIME, BE IT THE COLLEGE PARK CORRIDOR THE WAL-MARTS, OUR GROCERY STORES.

PERHAPS MAYBE WE COULD REALLOCATE SOME OF THOSE RESOURCES THERE TO PROVIDE A SENSE OF SECURITY RATHER THAN SHUTTERING THOSE.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, AS WE KNOW HISTORICALLY WHEN THERE HAS BEEN A GATHERING WHERE PEOPLE WERE GATHERED MORE AT HOME.

TEMPERS TEND TO FLARE. WE GET ON EACH OTHER'S NERVES AT HOME.

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SO OUR RESOURCES MAY FROM TIME TO TIME BE TIED UP, QUELLING DISAGREEMENTS THAT MAY OCCUR.

SO WHILE IT'S A DIFFICULT DECISION, I'D GIVE YOU SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER AND THAT WOULD BE MAYBE REALLOCATING THOSE RESOURCES TO WHERE WE NEED THEM AND WE'LL DO WHATEVER YOU NEED. WE'RE GONNA BE THERE.

WHEN I WALKED OVER TO HEB YESTERDAY.

IT OPENED AT 8:00 AND GOT THERE A LITTLE BIT BEFORE.

BUT IT'S ONE OF THE VERY FIRST TIME.

AND SO MANY PEOPLE WERE THANKFUL.

AS THE LINE WAS FORMING THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT, A LOT OF YOUR OFFICERS WERE THERE, TOO.

BECAUSE IT WAS LONG AND DROVE BY COMING OVER HERE AND THE LINE IS STILL THERE AND TEMPER SHORTAGE KNOW THE MANAGER AND A LOT OF THE STAFF AT HEB YOU KNOW, EXPRESSED CONCERN AND HOW GLAD THEY WERE TO TO HAVE YOU.

AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

AND I KNOW A LOT OF OUR STORES MAY BE CONSIDERING CURBSIDE PICKUP ONLY, RESTRICTING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE GOING IN.

BUT AS YOU SAID, AS PEOPLE PANIC AND THE GOAL IS TO KEEP PEOPLE CALM AND REALIZE THAT WE'RE GOING TO ENSURE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE MEALS TO EAT.

WE'RE GOING TO WORK. WE'RE IN A COMMUNITY THAT REACHES OUT AND HELPS OUR NEIGHBORS.

SO I DON'T THINK WE'RE GONNA SEE SUCH PANIC AS PEOPLE MAY BE HOARDING FOR, BUT RATHER WE IF WE WILL JUST TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO MAKE SURE IT'S SAFE.

I THINK IT'S GOOD. SO I'LL GO TO YOUR DECISION.

WE'RE GONNA BE THERE. WE'LL DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

YEAH. AND IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A CONTRACT AND OUR CONTRACT DOESN'T INCLUDE ALL THESE OTHER, YOU KNOW, POST-UP AREAS WHERE WE WANT TO RANDOMLY SEND A HORSE TO. PART OF WHERE THEY SERVE AS THEY HAVE AN AREA TO LOAD AND UNLOAD THE HORSES.

OUR CONTRACT IS SPECIFIC TO THOSE AREAS.

NOW, THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T EXPAND OR HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH ALPHA OMEGA ABOUT REDIRECTING THINGS. BUT REMEMBER, WE JUST WENT FROM 250 TO 50 TO LIKELY 10.

WE DON'T NEED CROWD CONTROL.

WHEN THE CROWD IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE.

BUT GORDY, NO, THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN AT HEB.

BUT A HORSE ISN'T GOING TO ANYTHING AT HEB EITHER.

I MEAN, I GET IT. BUT A PRESENCE OF THEM THERE COULD.

AND I'M TELLING YOU THAT YOU NEED TO GO OUT AND SEE PEOPLE ARE VERY ANXIOUS.

AND I'M SORRY BRUCE; I DIDN'T MEAN TO INTERRUPT YOU.

NOT A PROBLEM. THIRTY SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS A WEEK.

I DON'T SEE A HUGE VALUE IN JUMPING THROUGH A BUNCH OF HOOPS.

SO JUST TALK TO THEM ABOUT THAT.

I THINK WE NEED TO MATCH THE HOURS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT THE MALL NOW.

YEAH. HEBS I THINK IS GOING TO BE.

MORE OF. AN ISSUE.

BUT ONCE AGAIN, IT REALLY BRINGS US DOWN TO THERE IS NO WAY THAT HEB CAN GO TO ALL CURBSIDE PICKUP. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

MY WIFE ACTUALLY DID AN ORDER THIS MORNING AND THE PICKUP WILL BE FRIDAY AT 6 AND THAT WAS AT 9 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING.

SO THEY'RE COMPLETELY BOOKED OUT FOR A WEEK, YOU KNOW, FOR YOU KNOW, FOR ALL THOSE INCREMENTS. SO THAT'S JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

BUT YEAH, BUT HAVING SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, EVEN IN EUROPE AND IN OTHER PLACES IN THE COUNTRY, GROCERY STORES AND PHARMACIES HAVE STAYED OPEN.

YEAH, BECAUSE I HAVE TO. AND SO, YOU KNOW, BUT I JUST NEED TO KNOW.

I THINK WHAT AT THIS POINT, IT YOU KNOW, IT BEHOOVES US TO INSERT THE PUBLIC SERVICE MESSAGE THAT WE HAVE SUSPENDED, YOU KNOW, THE ALL THE RULES AND TERMS OF TIMINGS FOR RESTOCKING OF GROCERY STORES.

A REASON WHY YOU'RE SEEING THE SHORT HOURS AT, YOU KNOW, AT HEB AND OTHER GROCERY STORES IS THAT THEY HAVE MORE TIME TO RESTOCK SHELVES.

I WOULD REALLY APPEAL TO PEOPLE TO STOP PANIC BUYING.

THE SUPPLY CHAIN IS WORKING.

AND WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, AND EVERYTHING IS IT'S NOT LIKE A HURRICANE WHERE THE HIGHWAYS ARE GOING TO BE SHUT DOWN. THE TRUCKERS ARE STILL GONNA ROLL OUT.

WE'RE GONNA GET THESE SUPPLIES INTO THESE GROCERY STORES.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT HAVE THE WHEREWITHAL TO BUY A THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH THE GROCERIES AND STORE IT IN THEIR HOUSE.

AND MAYBE PEOPLE ON A FIXED INCOME THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT NEED THESE ESSENTIALS, PLEASE, YOU KNOW, BE MINDFUL OF OUR IN OUR COMMUNITY AND TRY TO DO THIS, YOU KNOW, IN A THOUGHTFUL WAY. I UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES.

AND I JUST, YOU KNOW, JUST ASK THE PEOPLE, PLEASE THINK ABOUT OTHERS AS WELL AS WE GO THROUGH THIS. BUT AS FAR AS ALPHA OMEGA IS CONCERNED, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH THEM TO ADJUST, YOU KNOW--IN DISCUSSION WITH CAPTAIN HOLIFIELD AND, YOU

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KNOW, AND USE THEM THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY YOU CAN DURING THIS PERIOD.

BECAUSE AT ONE TIME.

AND I KNOW WE CHANGED THIS SEVERAL YEARS AGO, BUT WERE THEY NOT AT COSTCO AS WELL AS IN THE AREA THAT YOU WERE SPEAKING ABOUT, WAL-MART? I FOURTY FIVE TWO FORTY TWO CORRIDOR.

YES. THAT WAS A DISTRICT THAT THAT WAS REDUCED SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

JUST A CLARIFICATION.

CAPTAIN HOLIFIELD'S POINTING OUT THAT THE COUNTY'S DECLARATION DOES NOT INCLUDE GROCERY STORES THAT ARE EXEMPT. SO THERE'S NO LIMIT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A GROCERY STORE--SATURDAY MORNING AT 8 A.M., THEY HAD A LINE ALL THE WAY AROUND THE STORE WAITING TO GET IN.

AND HEB IS DOING A GREAT JOB OF MANAGING THAT SITUATION.

BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE CROWDS MORE THAN 10 GUARANTEE.

YEAH. BUT THAT'S NOT TO SAY THAT AS A PRIVATE BUSINESS, THEY CAN CHANGE THEIR CAPACITY ON THEIR OWN.

TRYING TO SAY. WE HAVE TO AUTHORIZE THE FLEXIBILITY OF OUR STAFF TO ADDRESS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA AS SITUATIONS CHANGE THAT CAN INCLUDE REDIRECTING AND OR ELIMINATING HOURS AS OUR SITUATION CHANGES.

OTHERWISE, WE'RE GOING TO BE HAVING TO COME BACK AND DO THIS AGAIN.

I AGREE. SO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ADDRESS HERE IS DELEGATION AUTHORITY SO THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD. AND AS THE WORLD CHANGES, I MEAN, HEB CAN CLOSE TOMORROW.

WE DON'T THINK THEY WILL. BUT COSTCO SHUT DOWN IN SEVERAL AREAS BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THEY WERE HAVING.

I THINK THEY JUST RAN OUT OF EVERYTHING SO WE HAVE TO HAVE FLEXIBILITY IN WHAT WE'RE AUTHORIZING OUR STAFF TO RESPOND TO.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT MALL HOURS HAVE CHANGED.

WE CAN REUSE THOSE HOURS ELSEWHERE.

THAT'S GREAT.

HERE'S A MOTION: MOVE THAT WE GET THE DISCRETION TO THE PRESIDENT GENERAL MANAGER TO USE THE RESOURCES OF ALPHA OMEGA IN AN APPROPRIATE MANNER, EITHER REDIRECTING OR REDUCING SERVICES AS NECESSARY.

SECOND. ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE: AYE.

OPPOSED? ABSTENTIONS? THANK YOU. NOW TO LESS CONFUSING ISSUES.

OUR OWN BOARD MEETINGS. NOW WE HAVE A BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY.

WE HAVE A BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY.

WHAT IS THE BOARD'S PLEASURE ON ADDRESSING OUR OWN BOARD MEETINGS, KNOWING THAT WE STILL DON'T HAVE THE TELECONFERENCE COMPLIANCE CAPABILITY AS OF TODAY? WELL, THE PROBLEM THAT WE'RE GOING TO RUN INTO GORDY, IF WE DECIDE THAT AS A BOARD, THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE ANY BOARD MEETINGS UNTIL MAY.

I JUST THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET SO BACKED UP THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S GOING TO BE WELL OFF TO START AT NOON AND WE'LL BE HERE ALL DAY AND THEN WE'RE GONNA GET INTO BUDGETS.

IT'S COMING SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.

SO, I MEAN, IF WE DO THIS, THEN WE HAVE TO TURN AROUND AND SAY, I THINK WE'RE WE'D HAVE TO SCHEDULE MORE BOARD MEETINGS AT SOME POINT LATER ON IN THE SUMMER IF WE DECIDE TO START CANCELLING.

WAIT IT'S OK.

GO AHEAD. WE ARE THE GOVERNING BODY RIGHT NOW OF THE WOODLANDS.

I THINK WE SHOULD MEET AND WE HAVE A MEETING ON THURSDAY, I THINK EACH OF US WAS ELECTED TO REPRESENT THIS COMMUNITY AND FEEL VERY STRONGLY ON THAT.

WE CAN MEET ONCE A MONTH OR SOMETHING WITH EVERYTHING THAT WE'VE HAD.

AND IF WE NEED EMERGENCY MEETINGS HERE.

I DIDN'T SAY THAT CAN BE COVERED WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

WE CAN ADD THOSE TO THE AGENDA.

I THINK IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR US NOT TO MEET.

I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU SAID, DR.

SNYDER. I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE VERY DISCOMFORTING TO THE COMMUNITY IF THEY SAW US NOT MEETING. AND WE WANT TO REASSURE THEM THAT WE ARE AT THE HELM AND THAT THE STAFF IS WORKING HARD TO MEET THEIR NEEDS AND TO MAINTAIN ALL THE SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE AND APPROPRIATE. AND ALSO THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY WANT TO HEAR FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING AS SHOULD BE.

SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO MEET AND WE ALLOWED WHATEVER DISCRETION THE CHAIRMAN WANTS TO TAKE TO CONVENE THAT MEETING IS FINE WITH ME.

AND ONE WILL GET THAT IN PLACE TO HAVE IT BY WAY OF ANY KIND OF VIRTUAL MEETING.

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THAT'S OK, TOO.

BUT I FOR ONE AM IN FAVOR OF GETTING TOGETHER MORE FREQUENTLY IN A TIME OF CRISIS RATHER THAN LESS FREQUENTLY.

I AGREE. WILLIAM, CAN I CALL YOU OUT OF THE AUDIENCE TO COME TELL US WHAT WE'RE STARING AT ON PROBABLE TIMELINE FOR REMOTE CONFERENCING? I KNOW YOU DID AN AGENDA ITEM ON THIS SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND WE CHOSE NOT TO USE IT.

BUT WHAT THE RELAXED NON VIDEO REQUIREMENTS? WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH AS MANY VARIABLES.

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT TELECONFERENCE ONLY, TELECONFERENCE ONLY WITH THE ABILITY FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND RECORDING OF THE SAME.

SO THE DIFFICULTY WITH THAT WOULD BE.

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW MANY OF THE PUBLIC WOULD WOULD CALL, AND THAT'S WHERE THERE'S DIFFERENT PRODUCT MODELS.

A THOUSAND PARTICIPANTS IS USUALLY THE MAXIMUM CAP.

THAT WOULD BE STUNNING FOR US TO GET A THOUSAND PEOPLE INTERESTED.

SURE, I'D HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME VENDORS BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM HAVE ESSENTIALLY SHUT DOWN FOR COMING OUT OF THE PUBLIC, TOO.

SO I MIGHT HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOU.

WHAT ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO PRODUCE QUESTIONS DIGITALLY? THAT DOESN'T FIT THE ORDER IT HAS TO BE.

WE HAVE TO ALLOW PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUBLICLY ADDRESS THE BOARD.

WELL, THE QUESTIONS WOULD WOULD POP UP ON THE SCREEN.

ROBIN, I GUESS I'M ASKING YOU THIS, MADAM ATTORNEY.

IS THERE ANY ACCOMMODATION TO ALLOW FOR THE QUESTIONS TO BE SUBMITTED? IT SAYS PARTICIPATE AND ADDRESS.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, I PARTICIPATE IN WEBINARS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL MUNICIPAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION ONCE A MONTH.

WE HAVE A CHAT BOX FEATURE, WHICH YOU CAN SEE ON THIS SCREEN.

AND PEOPLE IN REAL TIME CAN PUT UP THEIR QUESTIONS.

SO TO ME, THAT WOULD SATISFY THE PARTICIPATE AND ADDRESS REQUIREMENTS.

BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT OUR CAPABILITIES WOULD BE FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND THAT WOULD BE UP TO--I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WOULD SATISFY PUBLIC COMMENTS.

THAT'S ANY MEETING PLATFORM.

I THINK THAT WOULD GO INTO PURE CHAOS? BECAUSE, I MEAN, IF YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO CAN JUST INTERJECT AT ANY POINT WHILE WE'RE TALKING HERE, YOU KNOW, WHAT ABILITY DO WE HAVE TO SILENCE INDIVIDUALS ON THERE, SO THEY'RE NOT SPEAKING OUT OF ORDER.

YEAH. SO USUALLY ON THOSE TYPE OF SYSTEMS, IT'S LIKE ROBYN SAID, YOU DO YOU VIRTUALLY WAVE YOUR HAND AND THEN THE HOSTS WOULD OPEN UP THE LINE LIKE A LITTLE SWITCHBOARD, WHERE THEY TUNE PEOPLE ON AND OFF. OKAY. SO THE DIFFICULTY HERE WOULD BE BASICALLY HAVING A PHYSICAL MEETING, BUT THEN ALSO PRESENTING THAT FOR REMOTE AS WELL.

IF WE HAD SOME BOARD MEMBERS THAT WERE REMOTE, THAT'S WHERE WE DON'T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT FOR THAT. AND TO BE HONEST, I DON'T SEE US GETTING THAT READILY AVAILABLE ANYTIME SOON.

WHAT ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE ZUNE? WE USE IT AT THE UNIVERSITY.

YEAH. SO ZUNE WORKS GREAT IF YOU'RE AT HOME.

BUT IN THIS FACILITY, TO TIE THE RECORD STREAMING VIDEO PLUS PUTTING A WEBCAM, THE LAW STILL REQUIRES THAT WE HAVE TO GET FACE CAPTURE OF EVERY SINGLE BOARD MEMBER AS THEY SPEAK. NO, THAT WAS WAIVED.

WELL, PLUS WITH ZUNE, YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO THAT.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY CONTROL THE FACES OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN YOUR VIDEO CONFERENCE.

RIGHT.

BUT I THINK WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MORE THAN JUST IN PERSON HERE.

IF WE WERE TO HAVE TO HAVE A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE.

YEAH. IF YOU'RE AT HOME, YOU KNOW.

YEAH. YOUR IPADS THEN YOU'RE PROVIDED COULD DO THAT.

SO, MAY I MAKE A RECOMMENDATION BECAUSE WE CAN GO DOWN THIS RABBIT HOLE FOR HOURS TALKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY IS THAT WE JUST ASK WILLIAM TO GO BACK AND COME BACK WITH SOME SUGGESTIONS IN REGARDS TO THAT, BECAUSE I THINK THAT WHAT I'M SAYING IS THAT IN THE MEANTIME, I DON'T THINK ANY OF US IS NOT GOING TO WANT TO MEET IN PERSON.

I DON'T SEE US UNLESS THIS IS FORCED BASICALLY FORCED UPON US IN REGARDS TO SOME KIND OF ORDINANCE OR LAW OR OR WHAT HAVE YOU.

I WOULD STILL SEE US BEING HERE IN PERSON AND THEN BASICALLY ASK THE PUBLIC TO BE CAUTIOUS AND MINDFUL ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HAVING 100, 200, 250 PEOPLE IN HERE AT ONE TIME.

WE CAN'T NOW, BECAUSE IT'S PUBLIC.

SO IT HAS TO BE LIMITED TO 50.

IF YOU GO DOWN TO 10, THEN THERE'S VERY FEW PEOPLE BESIDES US IN THE ROOM THAT ARE GONNA BE ALLOWED TO BE THERE. YEAH.

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I MEAN, CURRENTLY, WE'RE NOT ADHERING TO CDC RECOMMENDATIONS BY THIS MEETING ALONE.

YEAH. ALL RIGHT.

SO WE DO HAVE TIME TO ADD AN AGENDA ITEM FOR THIS THURSDAY'S MEETING.

WE WILL GIVE WILLIAM TWO PLUS DAYS TO AND IF YOU DON'T--WE HAVE THAT AGENDA ITEM ON THERE.

OK. SO THAT GIVES YOU TIME TO GET WITH ROBIN TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WE STILL HAVE TO DO AND WHAT WE DON'T HAVE TO DO BASED ON THE EMERGENCY RELIEF THAT THE GOVERNOR PROVIDED JUST A FEW HOURS OR NOT EVEN AN HOUR AGO.

AND, YOU KNOW, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PROBABLE SOLUTION BY THURSDAY, THEN WE CAN ROLL IT OVER TO THE NEXT WEEK AGENDA ITEM.

SO I THINK THAT'S BETTER THAN US DEBATING THE DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE OUT THERE.

I KNOW WILLIAM'S LIKE, WHY ME? I'M THINKING IT'S MORE LIKELY NEXT WEEK BECAUSE THE AGENDA CUT OFF WOULD ESSENTIALLY BE TOMORROW. WE HAVE CONTINUATION OF TODAY'S DISCUSSION.

SO WE HAVE IT ON THERE.

SO I CAN PROBABLY GET YOU A RECOMMENDED SOLUTION AND FROM THERE WOULD BE WHATEVER VENDOR WE DECIDE TO GO WITH ON THAT REALISTIC AVAILABILITY.

AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT, THEN THE FOLLOWING WEEK WE'LL HEAR.

SURE. YEAH. JUST OFF YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT WOULD TAKE TO GET IT UP AND RUNNING AND INTEGRATED WITH OUR SYSTEMS? LET'S DO IT RIGHT. DO YOU KNOW, WILLIAM? HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO INTEGRATE IT WITH OUR SYSTEMS AND REALISTICALLY A TIMETABLE--TALKING LIKE A 30 DAYS OUT? IN THE PAST, AV PROJECTS HAVE USUALLY GENERATED A 90 DAY LEAD TIME, 90 DAYS.

THIS IS A TECHNICAL QUESTION, CHAIRMAN, SO PLEASE INDULGE ME.

YOU'RE MUCH MORE ASTUTE ABOUT THESE THINGS, SO I'LL ASK CAN YOU USE A HEAD AND OFFICE I-PAD HERE TO DO A ZUNE MEETING? AN IPAD YEAH, IF YOU ARE AT HOME INDIVIDUALLY OR ON YOUR OWN, THEN YEAH.

THAT ACTUALLY WOULD BE EASY.

I'VE DONE IT WITH MY DESKTOP, BUT I'VE NOT DONE IT WITH MY IPAD.

OKAY, SO THAT WAS THE QUESTION.

SO THEN WE ALL HAVE IPADS.

I'VE DONE WITH MY PHONE.

I JUST HAVEN'T DONE IT WITH MY IPAD.

HENCE THE QUESTION. SO IT'LL WORK ON YOUR IPAD.

WE HAVE THAT TOOL AVAILABLE AND THE PHONE, OF COURSE, AVAILABLE TO US.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT.

SO FOR NOW, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A MEETING ON THURSDAY.

WE'LL HAVE WILLIAM PROVIDE US AN UPDATE.

OF COURSE, THAT CAN BE CHANGED AS DECLARATIONS COME FROM THOSE WITH AUTHORITY OVER US.

THEY CAN FORCIBLY CANCEL OUR MEETINGS.

I JUST WANT THAT TO BE UNDERSTOOD THAT IF THE GOVERNOR OR THE COUNTY EXPANDS THEIR DECLARATION, THAT CAN IMPACT US GATHERING AS WELL, UNLESS THERE'S AN EXEMPTIONS NOTED WHICH WILL TRY TO MAKE SURE WE PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY'RE DOING AT THE COUNTY LEVEL.

ALL RIGHT. SO I THINK THAT ADDRESSED EVERYTHING ON DON'S OUTLINE.

IF ANYBODY WAS TRACKING, DID WE MISS ANYTHING? I WOULD JUST ASK FOR CLARIFICATION ON THE UP EXTENDING.

THE TWO ITEMS OR THE TWO WE POSTPONED EVENTS TILL MAY 10TH TIL APRIL 12TH INITIALLY.

SO THE INTENT WOULD BE TO ON BOTH THE TOWNSHIP SPONSORED ADVANCE AND THOSE HOLDING PERMITS TO GO AHEAD AND EXTEND THAT TO MY MAY 10TH? CORRECT. OKAY. THAT'S ALL.

WE NEED TO VOTE ON THAT? THAT WAS PART OF THE EVERYTHING BUT THE THREE ITEMS WE PULLED.

THAT'S RIGHT. THANK YOU.

DO WE NEED TO DO ANY KIND OF ADDITIONAL SCREENING MEASURES FOR PEOPLE COMING TO MEETINGS, WHETHER IT'S A TEMPERATURE, MAKING SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, OUR RESIDENTS ARE SAFE FROM ANY KIND OF--IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT WILL BE IN PLACE SHORTLY.

NOT HERE, BUT THERE WILL BE-- NO THE QUESTION FROM DIRECTOR BONIFACE IS SPECIFIC TO IF WE'RE HOLDING A MEETING ON THURSDAY AND A CROWD OF PEOPLE COME IN WHO'S GOING TO CHECK THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE HEALTHY ENOUGH TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR MEETING? DIRECTOR, I WAS INFORMED WHEN I ASKED THAT QUESTION THAT WE DON'T HAVE A HEALTH DEPARTMENT, SO WE DON'T HAVE A NURSE OR A DOCTOR TO DO THAT.

WE'VE GOT TWO; WE'VE GOT A NURSE, AND A DOCTOR. WE COULD ASK FOR VOLUNTEERS TO DO THAT.

LIKE YOURSELF AND MYSELF.

I JUST DON'T WANT THIS TO BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE COME AND THEY GET SICK.

IT'S THE COMPLICATION OF WANTING TO STILL HAVE MEETINGS.

RIGHT. YOU KNOW, WE'RE WE'RE BEING ASKED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL TO NOT HAVE MEETINGS.

AND THEN WHEN YOU START ADDING UP THE LET'S HAVE MEETINGS STILL, YOU END UP WITH THIS UNINTENDED CONGREGATING OF PEOPLE.

AND OUR PARTICIPANTS TEND TO AGE OR TEND TO BE OF A ADVANCED AGE, COMPARATIVE TO OUR AVERAGE AGE OF OUR RESIDENT, YOU KNOW, TODAY WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE.

HOW'S THE COUNTY HANDLING THIS? HAVE THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE JUDGE--I BELIEVE THEY ELIMINATED MOST THEIR

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MEETINGS. I'M SORRY.

I SAID I BELIEVE THEY'VE ELIMINATED MOST OF THEIR MEETINGS.

THE CDC GUIDELINES--BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LARGER GROUP.

BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LARGER GROUP? LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES, EMERGENCY RESPONSE, COURT OPERATIONS.

ASSUME THAT MEANS MUNICIPAL JUDICIAL COURTS OR.

IT JUST SAYS COURT OPERATIONS, INCLUDE JURY WHERE NECESSARY AND ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, PRIVATE SCHOOL FACILITIES WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY.

ALL RIGHT, TODD'S GOT SOMETHING.

NO, YOU'RE STANDING UP. YOU JUST TOUCHED YOUR EYE SIR.

BAD FORUM.

TEMPERATURE OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY ENTER THE COMMISSIONERS COURT FOR THE MEETING? YOU'LL LET US KNOW AFTER TOMORROW, RIGHT? WELL, MY CONCERN IS THAT CDC RECOMMENDS NO MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE AND THEN I DON'T WANT SOMEONE TO COME HERE AND AND THEN WE'RE ALL QUARANTINED--AND SAY, WHY WERE YOU GUYS NOT LISTENING TO THE CDC GUIDELINES OF THE DAY. IF YOU LOOK AT IT RIGHT, THIS PICTURE RIGHT NOW IS PEOPLE WITHIN SIX FEET OF EACH OTHER, VARIOUS AGE GROUPS THAT ARE BEING ASKED TO SELF ISOLATE. WE'RE NOT EXACTLY EXHIBITING PUBLICLY WHAT WE'RE ASKING OTHER PEOPLE TO DO.

IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE BECAUSE WE WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR GOVERNANCE AND CONTINUE TO OPERATE OUR TOWN.

BUT IT DOES SEND A CONFLICTING MESSAGE WHEN WE ARE DOING DIFFERENT THINGS.

WELL, WE COULD SOCIAL DISTANCE AND REARRANGE.

AND SO I GUESS--WE'RE NOT CANCELING ANYTHING FOR THURSDAY.

THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DECIDED.

BUT YOU CAN'T SOCIAL DISTANCE THIS DAIS.

I MEAN, THERE'S NO WAY THAT YOU CAN REDIRECT ALL THIS EQUIPMENT TO BE COMPLIANT WITH HOLDING MEETINGS IN THIS FACILITY.

IT'S NOT PRACTICAL BECAUSE TO GET EVERYBODY SIX FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER AS DIRECTORS, THE CAMERAS DON'T WORK.

THE SPEAKERS ARE THESE LITTLE MICROPHONES THAT WE'RE REQUIRED TO SPEAK INTO FOR RECORDING PURPOSES. YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT-- WILLIAM IS HAPPY WITH ME THAT I SAID THAT'S NOT PRACTICAL BECAUSE HE'S ALREADY STRUGGLING TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE'S GOING TO BRING US A TELECONFERENCE SOLUTION IN TWO DAYS. I THINK HE CAN DO IT.

I HAVE FULL FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN YOU WILLIAM.

I THINK YOU CAN DO IT. BUT WHAT I WOULD DOVETAIL ON IS IF WE DO HAVE THE ACCOMMODATION OF HAVING SOME OF US REMOTE, WE CAN JUST DECIDE AMONGST OURSELVES WHO IS NOT GOING TO BE HERE SO WE CAN EXERCISE THE REMOTE OPTION THAT WAY WE HAVE FEWER PEOPLE IN HERE.

YEAH, I GET THAT. BUT RIGHT NOW, REMOTE HAS TO COME INTO PLAY AND CONNECTION WITHOUT WHATEVER MEETING WE'RE OPERATING OPERATES.

I DO HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT THE REMOTE AND MAYBE ROBIN CAN ANSWER THIS.

IF WE DO EXERCISE THE REMOTE OPTION, IS IT POSSIBLE THEN THAT WE WOULD HAVE THE PUBLIC COMMENT PART IN ANOTHER ROOM SO THAT THEY COULD STILL BE PARTICIPATING BUT NOT EXCEED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE SO THEY'D BE IN ANOTHER ROOM? I THINK I'D HAVE TO TALK TO WILLIAM TO SEE WHAT THE CONFIGURATION WOULD LOOK LIKE, QUITE FRANKLY. AND I'D ALSO NEED SOME CLARIFICATION ON GOVERNOR ABBOTT'S.

PRONOUNCEMENT.

HE'S ALLOWED FOR A PERMISSIVE ELECTRONIC OR TELECONFERENCING.

HE IS NOT ALLOWED FOR AN EXCLUSION.

IF YOU ARE NOT USING THOSE TO EXCLUDE PEOPLE FROM THE ROOM.

SO I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE CDC GUIDELINES, BUT I DON'T SEE THAT THERE IS A PROVISION TO.

WE DON'T HAVE HEALTH AUTHORITY TO SUDDENLY EXCLUDE PEOPLE FROM THE ROOM.

AND AS FAR AS THE TELECONFERENCING QUESTION THAT YOU'RE SPECIFICALLY ASKING, I'D HAVE TO ASK WILLIAM HOW THAT WOULD WORK.

I'M SORRY. OK.

NOT SUFFICIENTLY GEEKY.

WE'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO RESOLVE THE VARIABLES ON OUR FUTURE MEETING OPPORTUNITIES.

WE HOPE TO GET THAT RESOLVED THURSDAY OR AT LEAST GET US SOME IDEA OF A PLAN FOR THURSDAY. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING ELSE ON AGENDA ITEM SIX.

I WON'T TECHNICALLY CLOSE AGENDA ITEM SIX BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND RECESS TO

[7. Recess to Executive Session to discuss matters relating to real property pursuant to §551.072, Texas Government Code; deliberation of economic development negotiations pursuant to §551.087, Texas Government Code; discuss personnel matters pursuant to §551.074, Texas Government Code; discuss IT network or critical infrastructure security pursuant to §551.089, Texas Government Code; and to consult with The Woodlands Township’s attorney pursuant to §551.071, Texas Government Code;]

EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS MATTERS RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY PURSUANT TO FIVE FIVE ONE POINT ZERO SEVENTY TWO TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE.

THE LIBERATION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEGOTIATIONS PURSUANT TO FIVE FIVE ONE POINT ZERO EIGHT SEVEN, TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE. DISCUSS PERSONNEL MATTERS PURSUANT TO FIVE FIVE ONE POINT 074 TEXAS GOV.

CODE AND TO CONSULT WITH THE WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY PURSUANT TO FIVE FIVE ONE POINT ZERO SEVEN ONE TEXAS GOV.

CODE. WE ARE RECESSED.

WE ARE RECONVENING, COMING OUT OF RECESS.

[8. Reconvene in public session;]

THERE'S NO ACTION TO TAKE COMING OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION.

WE CAN NOW GO ON TO AGENDA ITEM NINE CONSIDERATIONS FOR ITEMS FOR THE NEXT BOARD MEETING.

[9. Consideration of items to be placed on the agenda for next month's meeting;]

THERE'S NONE. I DO HAVE ONE.

AND I THINK THIS WOULD FALL UNDER THE EMERGENCY.

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ON THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK BOARD AND ALSO ADVISER TO INTERFAITH.

AND NO, I CANNOT, OF COURSE, VOTE IF WE DO PUT THIS ON THE AGENDA.

BUT INTERFAITH AND I'M READING FROM WHAT MISSY HERNDON, THE PERSON CEO, SENT BOTH GORDY, YOU AND I EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON.

OUR BIGGEST NEED IN THE COMING WEEKS IS FUNDING TO PURCHASE SPECIFIC AND ESSENTIAL FOODS.

TOILETRIES AND PAPER THIS FUNDING ENSURES WE ARE ABLE TO MEET THE COMMUNITY'S CURRENT FOOD NEEDS, AS WELL AS PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES AND SENIORS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING WAGE LOSS OR ADDITIONAL CRISIS AS RELATED TO BUSINESS AND SCHOOL CLOSURES.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO--I ATE A COOKIE, AND SWALLOWED TOO QUICKLY.

I WOULD LIKE TO PUT ON THE AGENDA CONSIDERATION OF FUNDING FOR BOTH THE INTERFAITH AND OR THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK.

WOULDN'T THAT BE, ARE WE EVEN ALLOWED TO FUND FOOD DONATION OR PURCHASES FOR THAT? OH, I THINK I'D HAVE TO DO SOME LEGAL RESEARCH ON THAT.

I KNOW WE'VE LOOKED AT SIMILAR TYPES OF REQUESTS, FOR EXAMPLE, MEALS ON WHEELS.

AND I THINK THE RECOMMENDATION AT THAT TIME WAS THE CONCLUSION THAT IT WOULD BE PROBLEMATIC GIVEN OR ARE ENABLING LEGISLATION.

BUT THAT'S BEEN A FEW YEARS, AND I'D HAVE TO REVISIT IT.

OUR AGREEMENTS ARE TYPICALLY SERVICE AGREEMENTS FOR DELIVERY OF SOME TYPE LIKE ON THE MEALS ON WHEELS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION COMPONENT, SOME OF THOSE.

BUT WHAT WE'LL DO, WE CAN PLACE THIS ON THAT AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS THE CORONA VIRUS JUST THE UPDATE AND YOU CAN ADDRESS IT AT THAT POINT.

AND ASSUMED, BECAUSE I THINK IT CAME UP, WHAT, GORDY, THREE OR FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS FIRST ON THE BOARD, THAT IT WAS NOT.

BUT I WANTED TO HAVE CLARIFICATION OF WHAT WE AS A TOWNSHIP CAN DO DURING THIS CRISIS.

I DO THINK THOUGH, WE CAN FOR SURE? I'M SORRY, DR. SHELLEY, JUST TO FINSIH ON ANN'S THING.

WE CAN FOR SURE USE OUR COMMUNICATION TOOLS TO HELP ADVOCATE FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK INTERFAITH. THAT WAS PART OF OUR CALL TODAY, IS THAT WE WOULD BE WORKING TO HELP GET THE MESSAGING OUT WITH THE NONPROFIT NEEDS.

WHAT ITEMS SPECIFICALLY ARE NEEDED, WHERE TO TAKE THEM? AND WE CERTAINLY CAN USE OUR RESOURCES TO BE A COMMUNICATION EXTENDER OF THOSE ORGANIZATION NEEDS. DIRECTOR SNYDER AND CHAIRMAN BUNCH IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE--ROBIN CAN LOOK INTO THIS--THAT WE DO SOME SORT OF SPECIFIC GO FUND ME TYPE OF OUTREACH.

I DON'T THINK WE CAN ENGAGE IN FUNDRAISING.

I DON'T THINK WE CAN DO THAT.

BUT WELL, I'D BE HAPPY TO RESEARCH IT.

BUT JUST MAYBE YOU DON'T USE THAT WORD.

GO FUND ME. MAYBE YOU USE A DIFFERENT PLATFORM.

USE THE TOWNSHIP PLATFORM.

I DON'T KNOW. BUT BASICALLY WHAT I'M THINKING IS IN A TIME OF TIME SUCH AS THIS, THAT THERE IS THERE A WAY TO LET FOLKS KNOW WHO WANT TO DO SOMETHING, THEY WANT TO HELP.

THERE IS A NEED. THERE'S A GOOD HEART IN ALMOST EVERY HUMAN BEING.

AND THERE IS CERTAINLY GREAT HEARTS IN THE WOODLANDS.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO KIND OF ORGANIZE TO HELP THEM IF THEY WANT TO MAKE A DONATION? AND YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THE FOOD BANK.

DO THEY WANT VOLUNTEERS? CAN WE HAVE SOMETHING AT LEAST THINK THROUGH THIS? AND MAYBE IT WOULD BE MR. PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER MONEY AND VOLUNTEER TIME, AND THAT SOME OF THAT MONEY COULD BE DIRECTED TOWARDS INTERFAITH DIRECTED TOWARDS THE FOOD BANK.

THERE ARE SOME CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATIONS ON THE TOWNSHIP LENDING THEIR FULL FAITH AND CREDIT TO SOLICITATION ON BEHALF OF PRIVATE ENTITIES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, IT'S NOT UNUSUAL, FOR EXAMPLE, IN MORE DISCRETE, TANGIBLE EMERGENCIES TO HAVE A SIDE PAGE OR HAVE A THIRD PARTY THAT CAN MANAGE THOSE.

BUT I WILL LOOK INTO IT WITH THE GEN.

MANAGER, STAFF ALSO.

CHAIRMAN BUNCH, I DID WANT TO ADDRESS DR.

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GIBBS' MENTION OF VOLUNTEERS, AND THIS IS FROM ALLISON HEWLETT WITH THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK. AND SHE SAID AT THIS TIME, AND LOOK AT MY COUNTY FOOD BANK IS TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IN OUR VOLUNTEERS SORT ROOMS, FOLLOWING PROTOCOLS CREATED WITH HOUSTON FOOD BANK. WE ARE SCREENING INDIVIDUALS BEFORE AND AFTER THEY ARRIVE TO OUR BUILDING AND ENACTING CDC GUIDELINES FOR HAND-WASHING AND CLEANING PROTOCOLS IN THE ROOMS. WE ARE NOT DOING PUBLIC CALL OUTS AT THIS TIME FOR VOLUNTEERS AS WE ARE RELYING ON A VERY SMALL CORE GROUP TO LIMIT THE NUMBERS AND MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS WHILE KEEPING OPERATIONS INTACT.

SO THEY DID COMMUNICATE BOTH MISSY AND ALLISON THAT THEY WOULD PROVIDE US, THAT'S PART OF THE DAILY COMMUNICATIONS THINGS THAT THEY SOURCE'S NEEDS THAT WE CAN AS A COMMUNITY, PUT OUT IN OUR PRESS RELEASES AS HERE'S PART OF THE DAILY NEWS RELEASE.

SO THEY WERE BOTH INCORPORATED IN TODAY'S CALL AND IN OUR COMMUNICATION PLAN.

ALL RIGHT. AND THANK YOU, ROBIN, FOR THE RESEARCH THAT YOU ANY OTHER ITEMS?

[10. Board announcements; and]

BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS? WILL THERE BE A KIND OF AN--MR. CHAIRMAN--AN ONGOING, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, AN ONGOING ITEM RELATED TO THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC? MY UNDERSTANDING IS IT WILL BE ON EVERY AGENDA, EVERY AGENDA.

I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT. THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT. DO WE HAVE A MOTION TO ADJOURN? SO MOVED. SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE: AYE.

WE ARE ADJOURNED. WASH YOUR HANDS.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.