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JANUARY 4, 2021 AGENDA AND PACKET MINUTES

JANUARY 18, 2021 AGENDA AND PACKET

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 AGENDA AND PACKET

Ameriwaste will not be running on Monday, February 15, 2021 due to the projected weather conditions. Trash pick up will resume on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Recycling will be picked up on the following Monday, Feburary 22, 2021.

 

Severe Weather Warning:

As indicated from news reports, beginning Sunday evening we will hit the below freezing mark on the Island. We will probably stay below freezing for a period of about 60 hours based on the forecast.

Bring in your animals and plants.

It is time to wrap pipes especially the back flow preventer valve that sits in your yard. During the last freeze a few years back the back flow valves froze and split the pipes and lots of severe water leakage for many residents.

Also, wrap any exposed outside pipes with insulation especially those overhead in the garage area.

For your outside water faucets, unscrew the hose and wrap the facet in insulation. If you have an outside shower, turn off the water and drain the pipes.

You can follow updates regarding the weather through the National Weather Service link provided below.

Winter Weather Briefing

Texas State Park Control Burn Notice: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is planning to conduct prescribed burns in Galveston Island State Park sometime between February, 2021 and September, 2021. Please see Notice for more details. (Notice)

 

*** UPDATE****
Registration for the Galveston County Health District vaccine clinic is now CLOSED.
💻 Online
Please visit 
https://tinyurl.com/y5sabdfz.
☎️ By Phone
Please call 409-227-8934 to speak with an operator.
👉 Vaccines will be administered at the Galveston County Health District in Texas City.
You MUST have an appointment to be vaccinated. No walk-ups will be allowed. Currently, only health care professionals and those in Phase 1B (people 65 and older or those 18 and older with certain medical conditions) are being vaccinated.

*****


La inscripción para la clínica de vacunas del Distrito de Salud del Condado de Galveston ya está CERRADO.
💻 En línea
Visite 
https://tinyurl.com/y5sabdfz.
☎️ Por teléfono
Llame al 409-227-8934 para hablar con un operador.
👉 Las vacunas se administrarán en el Distrito de Salud del Condado de Galveston en la ciudad de Texas City.
DEBE tener una cita para vacunarse. No se aceptaran sin cita previa. Actualmente, solo los profesionales de la salud y aquellos en la Fase 1B (personas mayores de 65 años o mayores de 18 años con ciertos padecimientos medicos) están siendo vacunados.

 

 

FY 2020-2021 Budget: The City of Jamaica Beach Council adopted the FY 2020-2021 Budget during the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, September 28, 2020 To view a copy of approved budget click on the following: Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget

 

2020 Tax Year Property Tax Rate: A tax rate of $0.1816181 per $100 of property valuation was adopted by the City of Jamaica Beach Council on Monday, September 28, 2020.

 

     Adopted Tax Rate $0.186181per $100 of value

     Preceding Year's Tax Rate $0.193253 per $100 of value

     Effective Tax Rate $0.186181 per $100 of value

     Rollback Tax Rate: $0.192703 per $100 of value

 

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Jamaica Beach from the same properties in both the 2019 tax year and the 2020 tax year. Click here to view a copy of the Tax Rate Ordinance levying Ad Valorem Taxes for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020.

 

 

Jamaica Beach 2016-2020 Mitigation Action Plan: The attached plan shows the progress of ongoinging hazard mitigations which may be viewed (here).

 

 

City Hall Offices Closed To The Public Effective 6/25/20:

The City's top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our community, its residents, visitors, and employees. The city is also committed to providing all essential services. Therefore, we encourage any city business that can be handled online or by phone to be done in that matter. If you believe your request cannot be handled over the phone, please contact City Hall at (409) 737-1142 to schedule an appointment. Face mask will be required. Everyone must cover their nose and mouth before entering City Hall. Thank you for your cooperation. (Public Notice)

 

2020 Census: The 2020 Census is here!  Every 10 years, the census counts how many people are in our community to decide how much federal funding and representation we should receive. Households have begun receiving invitations in the mail to take the census. The census is only 9 responses and take about 10 minutes to complete. It is available in 13 languages and can be completed by phone, by mail, or online. Your responses are completely confidential. A complete and accurate census count is critical for our community. Census results show where communities need schools, clinics, roads and other services benefiting families, older adults and children. They help decide federal funding for disaster recovery, mental health services, medical benefits programs, education programs and much more. When you're counted in the census, you're helping to build a better community. Visit 2020census.gov to learn more.

 

5-Year Waterline Replacement Plan: To view the City of Jamaica Beach's 5-Year Water Improvement Plan being proposed by the City Administrator, click here.

 

Seeking Volunteers: Community involvement is a great way to meet new people and make new friends...what better way to get involved than becoming a city volunteer! The City of Jamaica Beach is seeking volunteers to help plan and organize various events at the City Park. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact City Hall by phone or e-mail.

 

Street Improvement Project Notice: In April 2019, City Council approved an interlocal agreement with Galveston County to provide various roadway improvements throughout our community. The Street Improvement Program is scheduled to begin in November 2019 and be completed by mid-May 2021.  Please click here to read more details.

 

Remove It or Lose It Notice: In 2019, the Jamaica Beach City Council voted to approve an ordinance barring people from leaving personal property on public beaches between the hours of sunset to sunrise. The JBPD will be enforcing the city ordinance. Please click here to read the Remove It or Lose It Notice.

 

Bermuda Way Fire Hydrant Installation Project Notice-Update as of 03/24/20: The Bermuda Way Fire Hydrant Installation Project is delayed indefinitely until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a health issue. Notice of the construction schedule will be provided to affected homeowners several days before the project begins. The installation is expected to take no more than 30 days to complete. Please Plan Accordingly for the Water Service Interruptions and/or Outages - the work will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:00am to 5:30pm. During the construction project, please expect frequent water service interruptions and/or outages with water service being turned off at 9:00am and restored at 3:00pm. We apologize for not being able to provide additional notice and any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your patience during the construction project.

 

Waterline Replacement Project Notice-Update as of 04/22/20: The Waterline Replacement Project completion date has been extended 135 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city's contractor is currently laying the waterlines, but will not make the final meter connections until the Stay at Home Order is lifted. 

Please Plan Accordingly for Water Service Interruptions and/or Outages. The work will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:00am to 5:30pm. During the water connection phase of the project, please expect frequent water service interruptions and/or outages with water service being turned off at 9:00am and restored at 3:00pm.

The contracting company to complete the utility project is Matula & Matula Construction. The waterlines will be replaced at the following locations:

 

FM 3005 Construction Project Notice: Please consider this notification that the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will begin their FM 3005 Construction Project on August 19, 2019 and it is projected to end on March 2022. Click here to view a copy of the presentation presented to City Council regarding the construction.

 

Coastal Texas Study Updated Information: Public Open Houses Scheduled for February 2020. Coastal Study Differences handout as of October 2019: Study Differences. Coastal Study Misconceptions as of August 30, 2019: Nothing But the Facts Sheet. Galveston Ring Barrier Update as of August 15, 2019: USACE Study Update Presentation and Coastal Texas Study Fact Sheet.

Coastal Texas Study Update as of August 7, 2019: Coastal Study Update Summer 2019 and Coastal Texas Study Community Work Group Fact Sheet. Questions regarding the provided information may be sent to the Coastal Texas Study Team Contacts:

US Army Corps of Engineers, Kelly Burks-Copes, Kelly.A.Burks-Copes@usace.army.mil

Texas General Land Office, Tony Williams, Tony.Williams@glo.texas.gov

 

Flood Insurance Discount: Great News – FEMA has recognized the floodplain management activities implemented by our community, which qualifies for a 5% discount in the premium cost of flood insurance for NFIP policies issued on or after October 1, 2018. This savings is a tangible result of the flood mitigation activities our community implemented to protect lives and reduce property damage.

 

Go Green - Paperless Billing: Water Customers can now sign-up for Paperless Billing! Please visit the City of Jamaica Beach Online Services link to register.

 

Official Facebook Page: The City of Jamaica Beach has created an Official Facebook Page for posting announcements of City Council meetings, events, committee and/or board notices; matters appearing on the Council Agendas; specific factual information concerning the city and/or policies; and city department notifications. Important Notice regarding the City's Facebook Page: The City of Jamaica Beach is not responsible for the content nor endorses any site which has a link from our FB page. All content, comments and replies posted are subject to the Freedom of Information Act and all Texas Open Records laws; the City of Jamaica Beach reserves the right to remove any messages or postings.  The City of Jamaica Beach reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of its policies or any applicable laws.  Social Networking content or comments containing any of the following will not be allowed for posting: comments or material not topically related to the site or article being commented upon; profane, vulgar, offensive language or obscene content; content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation; personal attacks, insults or threatening or harassing language; political or religious advocacy or commentary. Comments cannot serve electoral campaign purposes. Political messages will not be published except for announcements of city elections or voter encouragement campaigns; support or opposition for any ballot issue or candidate for office; and promotion or advertisement of any businesses or commercial enterprises, unless they are providing support to city services.

Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is imposed on the rental of a room or space costing $15.00 or more each day for State reporting and $2.00 or more each day for Local reporting. Any person leasing their house(s), or room in their house, as a Short Term Rental must collect the tax from their customers in the same way a hotel or motel collects the tax from their guests. The HOT rate in Jamaica Beach is 15% (6% to State and 9% to Local) of the cost of the room.  Please visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website for more information and/or State reporting. Download the city's Hotel Occupancy Tax Form for Local reporting and remitting. Please file reports, even if no tax was collected, by due date to avoid State and Local penalties.

For Sale: The City of Jamaica Beach has "New" JB Flags, T-Shirts & 40th Anniversary Koozie for sale benefitting the Jamaica Beach City Park!! Golf Cart Flags: 1-$20, 2-$35 or 3-$45; Flags: $35; T-shirts: $15 each or 2-$25; Koozies: 1-$3, 2-$5 or 5-$10; 40th Anniversary Koozies: $1 each!!  Items for sale at City Hall, City Park Events, or City Pool (during operating Season). 

 

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