Our various Liberty County governmental entities continue to release various directives pertaining to their citizens. For instance, Dayton City Council has issued a second Declaration of Disaster for the Public Health Emergency in response to COVID-19. This declaration puts into place recommendations made by the White House. In Dayton it went into effect immediately and will remain until the Dayton City Council rescinds it. This includes closing and canceling some non-essitional services in the city of Dayton. This includes events scheduled through April.
As we have reported there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Dayton or anywhere in Liberty County. However, there should be no limit in the cities efforts to prevent, and if necessary, contain COVID-19 from spreading throughout the city and county.
The latest Dayton declaration prohibits community gatherings of over 10 people for its duration, and authorizes the City Manager to suspend late fees on utility bills.
In addition, in Dayton certain non-essential City facilities are closed, including the Jones Public Library and the Dayton Community Center. All City events scheduled for March and April, including Food Truck Friday, Friday Night Bites, and the Dr. Seuss Carnival are canceled or postponed until further notice.
Municipal or City Court proceedings have been suspended for the duration of this city of Dayton declaration. However, we are told Dayton city Court staff will be available on an appointment-only basis. Citation fines and fees are payable online. To speak to a court clerk about a pending citation or any other court-related matter call this number - 936.258.5312.
Public safety operations will continue, as usual, however, the Police Department recommends residents call, rather than visit. For true emergencies, as always call 911.City Hall -including Utility Billing-, and the Development and Planning Office will each remain open, by appointment only, during regular business hours. The City of Dayton recommends residents take advantage of electronic payments done online at www.daytontx.org, over the phone call 936-258-2642 or by using the kiosk located outside of City Hall at 117 Cook St. The kiosk accepts credit and debit cards, checks and cash. As a precaution, Dayton city officials ask residents to please pay with credit or debit cards, if possible, rather than cash. While Dayton staff still accepts cash, employees have additional sanitation requirements for cash payments. Those wishing to submit plans or request permits or inspections are asked to first contact the Planning Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 936-258-2642 ext. 1123.
Public Works will continue its operations as usual. Residents can find the most current information from the City at www.daytontx.org.