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(City of Buda Weekly Newsletter)
Week of June 15, 2020
In this Issue:
  • Hays County Judge Issues New COVID Order Requiring Face Coverings Be Worn in Public
  • COVID-19 Safety Precautions
  • Free COVID-19 Testing - Friday, June 19
  • Community Policing Conversations With Buda PD and Chief Kidd
  • Buda City Council Adopts Resolution in Support of Equality and Justice
  • West Buda Juneteenth Parade
  • Water Conservation
  • Irrigation Tips
  • Buda Counts: Latest Census Self-Response Rates
  • Open Texas - Phase 3
  • City of Buda Facility Operations
  • COVID-19 Hays County Resources
  • COVID-19 Hotline
  • COVID-19 Dashboard
  • COVID-19 Updates on City of Buda Website
  • New Pay By Phone Automated System
  • City of Buda E-Billing
  • City of Buda Water Smart Portal
  • Pet Registration Information
  • City of Buda Job Opportunities
  • Upcoming Meetings
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra has issued a new executive order, effective Monday, June 22, that requires face coverings be worn in public.

๐‡๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ:
๐‘๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฎ๐ง๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฑ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž.

๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐‡๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ฒ ("๐‡๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ฒ"). ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž, ๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฆ, ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฒ๐ž๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒโ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฑ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ-๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฑ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž.

๐…๐š๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐๐จ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ:
- ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž;
- ๐–๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ;
- ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก, ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ค;
- ๐–๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐๐จ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ;
- ๐–๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž,
๐›๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฌ; ๐š๐ง๐/๐จ๐ซ
- ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ค.

With the number of active COVID-19 cases going up in Hays County and Buda, please take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe. Remember to wear a mask in public, wash your hands frequently with water and soap, and stay at least six feet away from others when you're away from home.
Free COVID-19 Testing
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is offering free COVID-19 testing in Buda on Friday, June 19.

McCormick Middle School
5700 Dacy Lane
Friday June 19th
4 PM - 8 PM

No appointment is necessary for walk-up testing, but pre-registering will make the process faster and easier. You must pre-register to be seen in the drive-thru line. To register 24 hours in advance please visit TXCOVIDTEST.ORG or call 512-883-2400.
Results will be made available within 10-20 days.
Community Policing Conversation With Buda PD
And Police Chief Bo Kidd
Thank you to everyone who attended our first virtual "Community Policing Conversation" with Buda PD and Chief Bo Kidd. If you missed it, we have proved the full video above. We received a number of questions and could not get to all of them. However, Buda PD plans to put together a FAQ sheet to address some of the topics raised.
An inclusive and safe community requires open communication, diverse perspectives, and a foundation built on trust. This week, the Buda City Council adopted a Resolution in support of Equality and Justice. See full resolution below.

WHEREAS, The City of Buda City Council and The City of Buda Police Department seek to prevent and prohibit all discriminatory practices based on race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, marital status or status with regard to public assistance; and

WHEREAS, an inclusive and safe community requires open communication, diverse perspectives, and a foundation built on trust; and

WHEREAS, the City of Buda Police Department is committed to building trust and accountability, and creating an equitable, inclusive community where people of all races and creeds feel safe; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Mike Ramos, and George Floyd are part of an unfortunate horrific history of violence performed against black Americans in the United States; and

WHEREAS, thousands of people locally, nationally, and internationally are speaking in opposition to patterns of systemic and institutional racism which is often a matter of life or death for people of color; and

WHEREAS, the First Amendment of the US Constitution reserves the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances which has resulted in positive civil disobedience throughout American history; and

WHEREAS, the City of Buda stands with those that peacefully protest acts that have led to unequal treatment and unjust deaths of all Americans; and

WHEREAS, every Buda citizen has the opportunity and responsibility to a peaceful protest to listen, to learning from, and to act in support of those in our community who are most impacted by racial inequities; and

WHEREAS, law enforcement officials take an oath to protect, to serve the community, and are deeply committed to a career serving the public, the small percentage of those officers that tarnish the profession, should not diminish the admirable attributes of the profession as a whole; and

WHEREAS, everyone who lives in Buda deserves the commitment by its municipal leaders and law enforcement officers to care, listen, and respond to the needs of all citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Buda City Council that the City endorses the affirmative efforts to achieve equality and justice for our citizens, expresses it continued support of its commitment to inclusiveness and safety for all citizens and visitors to our community, and expresses its support and full confidence in the City of Budaโ€™s Police Department in passage of this Resolution.

PASSED AND APPROVED this the 16th day of June 2020.
There will be a car parade through Whispering Hollow and Elm Grove on Juneteenth (Friday, June 19 at 6 PM) to celebrate the descendants of Antioch Colony and celebrate Freedom Day. This is a FAMILY friendly parade. The community is invited to participate (safely) from their driveways! It is sure to be a fun and safe event for all. Feel free to make signs, flags, and/or decorate your driveway with supportive artwork.

The procession will feature Antioch Colony descendants and will also include elected officials, city employees, Buda Police Department (lots of police cars), the Buda Fire Department (fire truck and EMS vehicle), and community leaders.

The parade route is below.
Water is a precious resource in Buda. Throughout our region, it provides tourism, recreation, habitat for endangered species, and drinking water for a rapidly growing population. Unfortunately, it is also a limited resource, especially during times of drought which are common in central Texas. Wise use of our water resource is critical to the economic health and vitality of our cityโ€”a key resource in maintaining and enhancing Budaโ€™s quality of life. Conserving water provides financial benefits as well, as it reduces customer utility bills and assists the City in keeping utility rates as low as possible. It is necessary for each of us to do our part to conserve water, and by doing so ensure adequate water supplies both now and in the future. Additional information on water conservation can be found at https://www.ci.buda.tx.us/232/Water-Conservation
Irrigation System Tips
With the summer months upon us we wanted to share some helpful irrigation tips.
Buda Counts: Latest Census Self-Response Rates
Keep it up Buda! The City's census self-response rate is now at 70.7%. If you haven't filled out the census yet, it's easy. The  #2020Census  can help our community for the next 10 years. Respond online today at  2020CENSUS.GOV .

Every 10 years, the  #Census  counts everyone living in the U.S., regardless of their nationality or sexual orientation. The  #2020Census  provides the option to identify a relationship as same-sex in your response. Respond today at  2020census.gov  
Governor Greg Abbott has announced additional openings and revisions as part of Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan. Below we have included a list of the latest openings that includes amusement parks, fine arts performance halls, outdoor events, and more. For a detailed look at these openings and other revisions to the Open Texas plan please visit Governor Abbottโ€™s Website at  https://open.texas.gov/ .

  • Amusement parks contained in counties with less than 1,000 cumulative positive cases of COVID-19 may operate up to 50% of the normal operating limits as determined by the amusement park operator. Effective June 19, 2020, all amusement parks may operate at up to 50% of the normal operating limits as determined by the amusement park operator.
  • Effective June 10, 2020, fine arts performance halls may operate in Texas. Fine arts performance halls may operate indoors up to 50% of the total listed occupancy; there is no occupancy limit on fine arts performance halls operating outdoors, however, 6 feet distancing between groups is needed and groups cannot exceed 10 persons. The performance hallโ€™s employees and contractors are not counted towards the 50% occupancy limitation.
  • Effective June 3, 2020, on-set/on-location media production may operate provided they can ensure at least 6 feet social distancing while working and comply with other safety recommendations. Because of the proximity between individuals and the collaborative nature of media production, stringent compliance with these protocols is strongly recommended.
  • Outdoor events, such as July 4 celebrations and other large outdoor gatherings with estimated attendance of 500 or more, are permissible to hold in Texas. The county judge or the mayor, as appropriate, in coordination with the local public health authority, may decide if a particular event should be modified or the occupancy further limited based on the facts and circumstances of the event and COVID-19 in the particular jurisdiction.
  • Effective June 10, 2020, video game facilities may operate up to 50% of their total listed occupancy. Video game facilities must ensure at least 6 feet social distancing between operating machines.
  • Valet parking is allowed, but employees must follow health protocols. This includes being trained on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.

Here's another breakdown below.

๐‰๐ฎ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ‘

  • All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions
  • Bars and similar businesses may increase their capacity to 50% as long as customers are seated
  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity
  • Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 people

๐‰๐ฎ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

  • Restaurants can expand their occupancy levels to 75%
  • Counties with 10 or fewer active COVID-19 cases can expand their occupancy limits to 75%, with exceptions

๐‰๐ฎ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—

  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 can open at 50% capacity

Buda Public Library Grab & Go Service
Buda Public Library is open for limited Grab & Go service. It is strongly recommended that visitors wear face coverings and observe social distancing recommendations.

Buda Public Library Hours Limited Grab & Go Service

Monday - Thursday
11 AM - 5 PM

Friday & Saturday
1 PM - 5 PM

Please continue to use our convenient curbside service and phone services whenever possible.

Curbside pickup of reserved items is available:

Monday & Thursday
10 AM - 12 PM and 3 PM - 5 PM

Please observe the following restrictions when visiting the library:

  • Follow CDC recommendations to keep yourself and others safe
  • Stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms of becoming sick.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from people that you do not share a household with.
  • We strongly recommend that you wear a face covering while in the library.
  • Library capacity will be limited to 30 patrons at a time.
  • Children may not be left unattended in the library at any time.
  • Please keep your visits brief.
  • The outdoor book drop is open for returns. Returns will not be accepted inside. All returned materials will be held in quarantine for 72+ hours. No fines will accrued until after June 16.
  • Computers are available by appointment only. Patrons will be limited to one hour sessions and computers are to be used for specific, necessary tasks rather than for general entertainment. Patrons will need to have a library card to access computers. In order to maintain social distancing, patrons will need to be able to use the computer without staff assistance.
  • All programs and storytimes will be offered virtually. Summer reading logs and supplies are available for curbside pickup.
  • Work tables, study rooms and meeting spaces are not available at this time.
Hays County has provided a list of resources for residents who have lost their jobs or need food, mental health support, or other assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

Hays County has a COVID-19 hotline. The number is 512-393-5525 and it is operational Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM .
(The information coming from Hays County will continue to change. Please follow Hays County at www.haysinformed.com )

An online dashboard created by City of San Marcos provides the public with a current count and other statistics related to COVID-19 cases in Hays County in near real-time.

The data on the dashboard shows a snapshot of COVID-19 related information for the County, as well as the number of active and recovered cases per City.
For example, the public can see the current number of confirmed cases as of that day. The data includes the cases considered active or in recovery, along with the number of tests administered. The data is also available in map format.
County residents may visit

You can also find the dashboard on the City of Buda's website at www.ci.buda.tx.us/coronavirusinformation .
As a reminder, you can visit the City's website at www.ci.buda.tx.us/coronavirusinformation for the latest on COVID-19. This page includes the Governor's Order, Hays County Order, and Mayor George Haehn order. We have also embedded the COVID-19 Dashboard from Hays County with the latest number of cases.
Pay By Phone Automated System
The City of Buda has launched a new way for customers to pay bills by phone. You will be able to call 1-866-279-0787 and pay through an automated system over the phone.

  • Save postage by paying your bill by phone.
  • Access your updated account instantly.
  • Hear real-time balances, payment amounts, and due dates
  • Enter your information securely through an automated system
City of Buda E-Billing
The City of Buda is giving you the option to go paperless with e-billing. You can sign up online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/budatx Check out the video above for instructions on how to sign up!
City of Buda WaterSmart Customer Portal Open
Minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water each year . Sign up for leak alerts.
Pet Registration Information
Buda Animal Control
Due to COVID-19, Buda Animal Control is taking some extra precautions to make it easier and safer for you to register your pet. If you need to have a microchip implanted you MUST first schedule an appointment then complete the required forms and submit all required documentation at least two days before your scheduled appointment. Once you arrive please remain in your vehicle and call 512-523-1034 and let us know that you are out front. The microchip and registration is free through September 30 and registration will be for the lifetime of the pet. You will need to keep vaccinations up to date.

Per City Ordinance, all animals over the age of four (4) months must be implanted with a microchip and registered with the City of Buda.
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