CITY ANNOUNCES PROACTIVE MEASURES TO REDUCE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

LIBERTY, TX – At 12:00 pm (noon), March 17, 2020.  The City of Liberty took proactive measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including limiting in-person interactions for city business and suspending city sponsored special events such.  The Declaration of Disaster for the City of Liberty, TX was signed by the Mayor on March 16, 2020.

The City of Liberty will continue to provide all city services; however, we are also actively encouraging city business to be handled online or via phone where possible.

These measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution in an effort to protect the public health, particularly our most vulnerable population, and to slow the progression of this virus, which in turn eases the burden on medical care providers.  Preserving the health and safety of our staff allows essential city services to continue without interruptions.  We are constantly monitoring and assessing the situation.

Effective March 17, 2020, the following will be occurring:

  • All city facilities will be closed to the public.
  • All city employees continue to report to work unless an employee or family member is sick.
  • All city sponsored events or meetings are cancelled until further notice.
  • Phone calls to city facilities are still being answered. 

We want to reiterate that the City of Liberty is not shutting down.  We are taking precautionary measures to safeguard our employees and staff.  Please know that city officials, elected officials and city staff are continuing daily operations. We are only limiting public access to our facilities.  Fire, Police and EMS are still available at all times. 

PAYING YOUR UTILITY BILL

The City of Liberty encourages customers to pay online at  https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/libertytx.  Utility bills may also be made at the drive through window on the north side of building, dropped off at City Hall in the overnight deposit or be mailed to City of Liberty, 1829 Sam Houston St., Liberty, TX 77575.

PERMITTING/DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS

We encourage residents and contractors to download permits online at https://www.cityofliberty.org/files and email or fax to the Community Development Services department.  You can call and pay for the permit fees to 936-334-7113 by credit card.  There will be no development meetings allowed at this time in person. If you need to drop off building plans or a plat map, please call 936-334-7113 and let them know to meet you at the door of City Hall. 

MUNICIPAL COURT

The Liberty Municipal Court has suspended all deadlines and procedures.   Payments will still be accepted at the drive through window on the north side of building, dropped off at City Hall in the overnight deposit or be mailed to City of Liberty, 1829 Sam Houston St., Liberty, TX 77575.

LIBERTY MUNICIPAL LIBRARY

The library is not available to the public. Books can be returned to the drop return in front of the building across from the front door.

MORE INFORMATION

To follow developments at the city, stay informed with our website https://www.cityofliberty.org/ or on our social media page: City of Liberty, Texas https://www.facebook.com/cityoflibertytx/.

For health developments, contact Liberty County Office of Emergency Management –https://www.co.liberty.tx.us/page/liberty.emergency or their social media on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LibertyCountyOfficeofEM/

Updates on the COVID-19 can be found at:

Texas Department of State Health Services – www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

Centers of Disease Control – www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar precautions you take to avoid the flu.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 sections.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces