March 6, 2020
Temporary one-day closure of Tripp Road
Barnes Bridge Road at Duck Creek
As of this time the bridge remains closed as erosion continues under the bridge.
The Town had issued a request for proposal (RFP) to have the walls fortified. However, no proposals were received. The Town's Public Works Department have been working to stabilize the area, but safety concerns have caused this work to be halted. Please stay off the bridge! This warning includes pedestrians and bicyclists. Crews are working to enhance the turnaround areas and add additional warning signage.
The project has been submitted to TXDOT for their bridge replacement program and a grant has been sought. It is estimated that fortification of the banks would cost an estimated $800,000 and replacement of the bridge will cost between $1.5 and $5 million.
A presentation on this matter is scheduled for the upcoming Council meeting on March 9 at 7 p.m. Please attend if you would like to provide input. If you are unable to attend the Council meeting, it will be broadcast live on the Town's Facebook page.
Annual Water System Maintenance
Throughout the month of March, the North Texas Municipal Water District is performing their annual water system maintenance. This process involves removing ammonia from the water treatment process and using chlorine only.
According to the NTMWD, "The absence of ammonia during these few weeks may make the chlorine disinfectant more noticeable to some people."
Below are some tips to reduce the chlorine odor/taste in your water. As always, if you have questions or concerns about your water, please do not hesitate to reach out to Town staff members.
COVID-19: everything you need to know
The Town is closely monitoring information and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19 (coronovirus disease 2019).
What is COVID-19?
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. COVID-19 was first detected in China and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States.
How it spreads: The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
- Person-to-person spread - Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). Also. it is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects -The CDC believes it may be possible for a person to become infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.
Symptoms: *Symptoms can occur 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
Current risk assessment:
- For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
COVID-19 in the United States:
As of March 6, 2020:
- Total cases: 164 (36 travel-related; 18 person-to-person spread; 110 under investigation)
- Total deaths: 11
- States reporting cases: 19
This information is updated regularly by the CDC. Click here for more information.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school. Click here for a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Recommendations from the CDC:
- It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
- If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure.
- If you are a resident in a community where person-to-person spread of COVID-19 has been detected and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms.
- People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
For more information about COVID-19, click here.