We want to make sure all of Buda can receive The Big Picture newsletter. Help us by sharing it!
Call Us: 512-312-0084
THE BIG PICTURE
(City of Buda Weekly Newsletter)
Week of May 18, 2020
In this Issue:
  • Memorial Day Holiday - Monday, May 25
  • Governor Abbott Announces Phase 2 of Open Texas
  • Mayor Haehn Amended Order
  • Baylor Scott & White Drive-Thru COVID 19 Testing
  • City Council Meeting - Tuesday, May 19
  • Buda City Hall/Public Safety Building Open to Public With Limited Capacity
  • Buda Counts: Latest Self-Response Rates
  • Rock the Mask Videos
  • Cullen County High School Senior Parade Video
  • City of Buda E-Billing
  • Boards and Commissions Application Deadline Extended - May 31
  • COVID-19 Hays County Resources
  • COVID-19 Hotline
  • COVID-19 Dashboard
  • COVID-19 Updates on City of Buda Website
  • City of Buda Water Smart Portal
  • City of Buda Job Opportunities
  • Upcoming Meetings
All City offices, including Buda Public Library Curbside Service, are closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. 
Governor Abbott announced Phase Two of his Open Texas plan. This includes bars, bowling alleys, beauty services, child care services, youth clubs, and more. Below are some highlights from today's announcement. For the full list and additional information on safety protocols that must be taken, please visit:  https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas .

May 18 - New, Now in Effect

  • Child Care Centers may open with safety precautions in place.
  • Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Services may open with safety precautions in place.
  • Youth Clubs, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA, etc., may open with safety precautions in place.

May 22 Openings

  • Bars or similar establishments may open at 25% occupancy.
  • Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, and Skating Rinks may open at 25% occupancy.
  • Rodeo/Equestrian Events: Spectators limited to no more than 25% of normal operating limits. Outdoor venues may operate at up to 25% of normal operating limits.
  • Zoos, Aquarium, Natural Caverns, and similar facilities may operate at 25% occupancy.
  • Restaurants will be able to reopen at 50% capacity instead of 25%.

May 31 Openings

  • Day Youth Camp Operators may open with safety precautions in place.
  • Overnight Youth Camp Operators may open with safety precautions in place.
  • Professional basketball, baseball, car racing, football, golf, softball, and tennis leagues may apply to the Department of State Health Services for approval to hold professional sporting events in Texas. Spectators may not be physically present on premises.

June 1

  • Schools will be able to offer summer school as soon as June 1, as long as safe social distancing practices are in place. Governor Abbott added that the state has significantly boosted capabilities to respond to COVID-19. In the first half of May, Texas more than doubled the number of COVID-19 tests given in March and April combined. More than 25,000 tests are being administered per day with 600 testing sites in place. Texas has also distributed more than one-million face masks per day.
Mayor George Haehn has amended his May 1, 2020 order to mirror the Executive Order (GA-21) issued by Governor Greg Abbott on May 6.

Here are the key highlights for City and HOA-Managed Parks:

  • Pavilions and playscapes are now open. Please observe social distancing guidelines.(This is the only major change)
  • Reservations of any parks facility is still not allowed until further notice.
  • Water fountains remain closed. Please bring your own water.
  • Basketball goals unavailable until further notice.
  • Green Meadows Splash Pad remains closed until further notice.
  • Citizens should observe social distancing guidelines, as defined in Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-21, in public spaces to the extent possible. Masks covering the mouth and nose are encouraged, but not required.

Baylor Scott & White Health is expanding access to COVID-19 testing and treatment options in Hays County.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Buda has added a drive-thru specimen collection site and increasing resources to better serve the needs of the community. Pre-screening is required.

Those who have questions or concerns about their risk of infection with COVID-19 can visit Baylor Scott & White’s free online screening questionnaire at  www.MyBSWHealth.com  and on the MyBSWHealth app, which can be easily downloaded by texting BETTER to 88408. Patients can also visit with a Buda-based provider through a video visit.

After a consultation, a provider may send a patient for specimen collection, which could include use of the new drive-thru site. Patients must first take the online questionnaire or visit with a Baylor Scott & White provider to receive guidance before arriving to a site for specimen collection.

On Monday, May 18 Buda City Hall and the Public Safety Building will open to the public with limited capacity. It is strongly recommended that visitors wear masks. Social distancing practices will be in place. Phone and online methods of communication are still encouraged.

Buda City Hall and Public Safety Building

  • Visitors are highly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Phone and online methods of communications are still encouraged.
  • City-sponsored meetings resume with strict social distancing practices in place. Room capacity limited to 25% for City Council and Boards and Commissions meetings.
  • No rental of public spaces.
  • Daily disinfection cleaning.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Buda Public Library

  • Remains Closed to the Public.
  • Providing Curbside Service Monday and Thursday from 10 AM to 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Visitor Center (Stagecoach House)

  • Remains Closed to the Public.
  • Please call the Visitor’s Center with questions at 512-295-7170.

City of Buda Employees are following strict social distancing practices and will be wearing masks or face coverings to provide protection for co-workers and the public.

As mentioned earlier, phone and online communications are still encouraged.

You can contact City Departments directly at the numbers below:

Public Works (512-312-2876)

Buda Police Department - Non-Emergency (512-393-7896)

Parks (512-523-1083)

Utility Billing (512-295-8845)

Municipal Court (512-295-2562)

Library (512-295-5899)

Planning, Permitting, and Engineering (512-312-5745)

Visitor’s Center (512-295-7170)

Utility billing and municipal court payments may be paid online here: https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/budatx . Additional ways to make utility payments include online through your bank, over the phone at 512-295-8845, and by mail to 405 E. Loop St., Building 100, Buda, Texas. Customers can also utilize the utility payment drop boxes at the front entrance of the building and near the library book drop. The utility billing e-mail that residents should use to communicate with utilities is utilitybilling@ci.buda.tx.us

Additional online resources:

Permitting and Inspections: https://www.mygovernmentonline.org/

Licenses, Permits and Fees:

You can view City Council meetings online here:

For more information on Buda Library Services:

Buda Public Library Electronic Resources: https://buda.biblionix.com/catalog/

Buda Public Library: www.budalibrary.org
Buda Counts: Latest Census Self-Response Rates
Keep it up Buda! The City's census self-response rate is still currently higher than the state's rate, but let's get that percentage higher. 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 .  

Here are the response rates for Hays County cities as of May 20.

Buda 68.4%
San Marcos 40.7%
Dripping Springs 58.3%
Uhland 51.1%
Hays 69.9%
Village of Bear Creek 74.9%
Kyle 61.4%
Woodcreek 57.6%
Mountain City 85.9%
Wimberley 52.6%
Niederwald 49.0%
The Census Bureau's ongoing surveys assist in measuring the economic impact of pandemics and other emergencies, creating plans for the country's eventual recovery.  #NationalEMSWeek  recognizes the work that EMS workers provide to communities and without Census data, EMS workers would not have the information needed to respond to emergencies quickly and effectively. Respond today at  2020Census.gov  to make sure your community is prepared for any emergency.
Rock the Mask
Since City of Buda Employees are rockin' their face masks, we decided to create a few 90's 'alternative rock' style slide show videos. All employees are wearing face masks for their safety and yours. We strongly encourage the public to do the same.
Cullen Country High School Seniors Parade
Although the Senior Class of 2020 is not getting the traditional graduation ceremony this year, across the country and here in Buda they are finding other ways to celebrate. Over the weekend seniors had a mini-parade in the Cullen Country Neighborhood. A big thanks to Cullen Country for allowing us to use the pictures and video they posted on their neighborhood page. If any of you are planning to hold similar parades in Buda let Communications Director David Marino know at dmarino@ci.buda.tx.us . If you've already had one, please share your pics with us.Thank you!
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!
The deadline has been extended to May 31, 2020 for citizens interested in applying for the City’s boards and commissions. City Council is currently accepting completed application forms. Several of our boards and commissions accept residents living in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).

The link below contains a complete listing of our Boards and Commissions and their related duties:

You can also download a copy of the application:

Submit application by mail: City of Buda, c/o City Clerk, 405 E. Loop St., Building 100, Buda, TX 78610

Submit application by email to City Clerk: aramirez@ci.buda.tx.us

Again, the deadline to submit a completed application is May 31, 2020. For additional information, contact the City Clerk at 512-312-0084.
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.
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.

City of Buda
Job Opportunities
Interested in joining our team? Check out our latest employment opportunities.

Upcoming Meetings
Thank you for subscribing to "The Big Picture" weekly newsletter! It's a "Budaful" way to keep up with the latest City news.

Sincerely,

City of Buda