Municipal court resetting cases
The City of Nacogdoches Municipal Court is rescheduling all March court proceedings and the court will be temporarily closed until further notice, the city announced this week.
Those with court dates will receive notice of a new date in the mail. To resolve a citation remotely, visit trafficpayment.com or call 800-444-1187 or mail a money order to P.O. Box 635030, Nacogdoches TX 75963.
For more information, call the court at 936-559-2641 or email email@example.com.
City delays Challenge
Held annually by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Corporate Challenge is being postponed to May.
New dates for the 10 events will be announced at a later date. The Recreation Center along with the public library and other city operated facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
Originally scheduled April 2-25, Corporate Challenge is open to all local businesses and organizations. Events for 2020 will include fishing, trivia, kickball, volleyball, table tennis, women’s mini golf, golf, washers and bowling.
Packets and more information are available on the city’s website at www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us.
Parties amend plans for county conventions
As a precautionary measure, the County Democratic convention set Saturday will be conducted “pro-forma,” meaning the chair will call the meeting to order and immediately adjourn.
Just large and formal enough to meet requirements, the convention will be 9 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex.
Delegates for the June state convention will be selected by the nominations committee from a list of pre-registered candidates, County Chair Mike Strong said.
Nacogdoches County Republican Party this week announced a postponement of its convention, stating the chair will convene at the scheduled hour, immediately dismiss and announce the meeting will be reconvened at a later time.
“The (State Republican Executive Committee) will be meeting to discuss the State Convention and should have us a final decision with regards to dates and location on April 4,” County Chair Bradley Reynolds said in a statement.
Concerns over the spread of coronavirus are also requiring the cancellation of monthly meetings for March and April, Reynolds states. “We will look to hopefully reinitiate these beginning the fourth Tuesday of May at the Courthouse Annex.”
Love INC. is launching a program to help local workers who have had hours cut or eliminated due to workplace closings.
The nonprofit is collecting donations specifically to help offset housing, utility and food costs for these employees and reaching out to employers to identify eligible candidates. Funds may be donated online at www.loveincnac.org or through the mail at P.O. Box 63043, Nacogdoches, TX 75963. Include COVID-19 in the memo line.
While Love INC is continuing regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the agency will not be making home visits or delivering furniture until further notice, Executive Director Patti Goodrum says.
Love INC is also focusing on ways to help seniors who may need food or supplies delivered. For more information, call 936-569-8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food boxes available
In response to COVID-19, the East Texas Food Bank will be distributing emergency food assistance boxes at locations in the Tyler area.
Emergency food boxes will be distributed curb-side meals through Friday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Boulter, Caldwell and Griffin elementary schools, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Hubbard, Moore and Three Lakes middle schools.
Any family seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic can visit www.EastTexasFoodBank.org and click “find food” to get information on the nearest food pantries.
Trade Days canceled
Canton’s First Monday Trade Days flea market for April 2-5 has been canceled for the first time in 170 years, the City of Canton announced.
“Closing First Monday due to COVID-19 was a hard decision because it supports more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and local merchants who rely on this market for their livelihood,” the city states in an announcement Tuesday.
State: Meetings may be video conferenced
A number of open meeting laws have been suspended in Texas in response to coronavirus, the Attorney General’s Office announced this week.
“This action will allow governmental bodies to conduct meetings by telephone or video conference to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” the announcement states. “Importantly, however, this action does not suspend requirements that governmental bodies conduct meetings in a transparent and accessible manner.”
Governing bodies are still required to provide online written notice containing a public toll-free dial-in number or a free-of-charge videoconference link, as well as an electronic copy of any agenda packet, before conducting telephonic or video conference meetings. They also must provide the public with access and a means to participate in meetings as well as provide recordings of meetings.
State agencies and local governmental bodies with questions may contact the Office of the Attorney General at 888-672-6787 or via email at TOMA@oag.texas.gov.
Officials with questions about teleconference and videoconference capabilities offered by the Texas Department of Information Resources should visit dir.texas.gov or call 512-475-4700.