Where latitude exists, Council takes appropriate action

At their Town Council meeting on April 28, Council members unanimously passed an ordinance essentially extending Prosper’s Disaster Declaration and its accompanying restrictions to align with Governor Greg Abbott’s latest Executive Orders.

The April 28 vote thereby ensures that the Town remains eligible for any state and federal aid that may be needed. The declaration is related to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its associated circumstances. “We are, of course, aware that there is some ambiguity and confusion in the number and frequency of orders and declarations from the state, the counties, and the Town,” said Mayor Ray Smith. “Nevertheless, we have decided to closely follow the Governor’s orders.”

While the latest Town ordinance does not diverge from the Governor’s orders, there are some specific directives on Prosper facilities and activities that the Council has decreed. The Governor’s orders allow for municipalities to have an appropriate level of latitude over the administration of resources.

Among these Council directives are the following actions.
• The Community Library and the 407 Rec Center will remain closed until May 18.
• All Town programs, events, and activities are also suspended through May 18.
• While some Municipal Court services are available, most proceedings have been postponed until June.
• Town Hall is still open, and Town staff is still working hard to provide you with the same excellent level of service.
• The Town will re-evaluate closures and cancellations on May 18 and take appropriate action.
• We will closely monitor the spread of the virus over the next few weeks, and follow the guidance issued by Governor Abbott, to determine if and when Town facilities may open safely.

“Residents should feel assured that we will always take a deliberate, and safety-conscience approach when making decisions to re-open Town services and facilities,” he added.

The Mayor and Council continue to encourage all residents to be vigilant in reducing the spread of the virus by continuing social distancing, washing or disinfecting hands, and staying home when sick.

“We will all get through this, but we must work together in a thoughtful, deliberate way. After all, Prosper is a place where everyone matters, and that will never change,” he concluded.

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