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The City of Jamaica Beach will not be conducting a City Council Workshop Meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020. The next scheduled City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm via Telephone Conference. The agenda and agenda packet will be posted 72 hours prior to the meeting.

 

City/COVID-19 Q&A: The City of Jamaica Beach created a short Q&A related to the following topics: City Hall Closure, Public Beach, Short Term Rentals, etc. (Q&A

 

Order Closing Public Beach Access to Vehicles: The Mayor of Jamaica Beach issued a Order closing the public beach access to vehicles in the City of Jamaica Beach. The City of Jamaica Beach will be monitoring the situation to determine if stricter restrictions need to be enacted. (Order)

 

Please Bag All Trash Before Placing It At The Curb: For the health and safety of AmeriWaste's employees, the city's garbage contractors, all trash and recycling items need to be bagged before it is placed at the curb for garbage pickup. Any household waste that is not bagged will not be picked up. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

City Hall Facilities Promoting Social Distancing due to COVID-19-Revised 03/24/20: The City of Jamaica Beach is closely monitoring the unfolding circumstances around the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. During this unprecedented time, our top priority continues to be the health, safety and welfare of our community, its residents, visitors, and employees. The City of Jamaica Beach is committed to providing all essential services, but to advance the public health goal of limiting person-to-person contact (aka "social distancing"), our City Hall offices will be closed to the public. As an effort to further decrease the spread of this contagious virus, starting March 30, 2020 the city will be reducing the City Hall operating days & hours to: Monday-Thursday 9:00AM to 3:00PM and closed on Fridays.

The City of Jamaica Beach encourages 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 to schedule an appointment. The City of Jamaica Beach Municipal Court has suspended all court dockets for March and April. The Court will attempt to contact all affected parties by mail regarding the postponement of court and reset dates. Traffic tickets can be paid online at https://certifiedpayments.net/PaymentWizard_3.asp. (Public Notice)

 

Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster-Revised 03/19/20: The Mayor of the City of Jamaica Beach signed a Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency that shall continue for a period of not more than seven (7) days from the date the declaration was signed, unless continued or renewed by the City Council of the City of Jamaica Beach. The declaration authorizes the City to take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress the virus. The declaration hereby limits the size of gatherings to not more than 10 people and mandates the cancellation of all such gatherings until further notice. The declaration mandates the closure of gyms and prohibits eating & drinking at restaurants and bars; the restriction does not include take out, delivery or drive through window operations. (Declaration) On March 23, 2020, the City Council unanimously approved a Resolution extending the Mayoral Declaration. (Resolution 2020-3)

 

Other COVID-19 Information & Updates:

(Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 Talking Points from 03/10/20)

 (Galveston County Health District COVID-19 Helpful Information Link If you have questions about COVID-19, please call the GCHD information call center at 409-938-7221, option 1.)

(COVID-19 Patient Handout)

(UTMB's What to Do If I am Sick Notice)

(COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources)

(Local, State & Health Declarations as of 03/19/20)

(County of Galveston Order to Stay at Home effective 03/24/20)

(County of Galveston Extended Order to Stay at Home effective 04/02/20)

(Galveston County COVID-19 Mapping link)

(Gulf Coast Center COVID-19 Support - Helpful Resources and Links)

(Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order issued 03/31/20)

 

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.

 

Cancellation of Jamaica Beach General Election: The City of Jamaica Beach hereby cancels the election scheduled to be held on May 2, 2020 in accordance with section 2.053(a) of the Texas Election Code. The City Secretary certified the candidates as unopposed. (Order of Cancellation Notice) (Certificate of Unopposed Candidates Notice)

 

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.

 

Hiring Lifeguards: The City of Jamaica Beach is accepting applications for Certified Lifeguards for the 2020 Pool Season. Not certified, no problem! The city will be offering free lifeguard certification training to applicants that meet the minimum requirements (Prerequisites). To apply, please e-mail a completed Employment Application or resume to: lrushing@ci.jamaicabeach.tx.us; or mail to: City Secretary, 5264 Jamaica Beach, Jamaica Beach, TX 77554; or drop off in person at: City Hall, 16628 San Luis Pass, Jamaica Beach, TX 77554. Starting Pay: $10.00/HR

 

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.

 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt-CANCELLED: In the best interest of citizens, volunteers and employees, the City of Jamaica Beach has decided to cancel the Annual Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the City Park. To preparation for the event, the city pre-purchased 2,000 eggs pre-filled with candy. If you are a resident of the City of Jamaica Beach and you would like the city to drop off a bag of eggs for your little one(s) to have an egg hunt in your yard, please contact City Hall at (409) 737-1142. (The eggs will be distributed on a first call-first to receive bases.)

 

City Hall Sign: JBIC will be removing the City of Jamaica Beach City Hall sign and the Beachcomber sign to have them refurbished. Upon completion, the signs will be reinstalled.

 

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 03/24/20: The Waterline Replacement 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 60 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.

The contracting company to complete the utility project is Matula & Matula Construction. Below is their tentative construction schedule:

 

Water Rate Increase Notice: A water rate increase for the City of Jamaica Beach was proposed to City Council during the December 2, 2019 Council Meeting to account for the 4.5% rate increase from the City's water supplier (City of Galveston) and to fund the water infrastructure improvements and repairs in Jamaica Beach. The water rate increase will allow the City to embark on a 5-year Waterline Replacement Plan, which will replace approx. one quarter of the City's waterlines. City Council approved the Ordinance adopting the $3.75 water rate increase effective January 2020. (Ordinance 2019-9)

Sample Bill Based on 0-2,000 Gallons of Water
  Water Bill (minimum)   $ 28.75
  Sewer Bill (minimum)   $ 34.35
  Garbage Fee   $ 12.19
  Voluntary Donation-VFD/EMS   $ 5.00
  TOTAL MINIMUM 2020 UTILITY BILL   $ 80.29

 

FY 2019-2020 Budget: The City of Jamaica Beach Council adopted the FY 2019-2020 Budget during the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019. To view a copy of approved budget click on the following: Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget.

 

2019 Tax Year Property Tax Rate: A tax rate of $0.193253 per $100 of property valuation was adopted by the City of Jamaica Beach Council on Monday, September 16, 2019.

     Adopted Tax Rate $0.193253 per $100 of value

     Preceding Year's Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100 of value

     Effective Tax Rate $0.193253 per $100 of value

    Rollback Tax Rate: $0.208713 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 2018 tax year and the 2019 tax year. Click here to view a copy of the Tax Rate Ordinance levying Ad Valorem Taxes for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019.

 

General Maintenance Laborer:  The City of Jamaica Beach is accepting applications for a Full-Time General Maintenance Laborer. This position performs a variety of manual labor tasks associated with the construction, maintenance, repair, and improvement of City streets, rights-of-way, drainage systems, buildings, facilities, parks, marina, beach and water/wastewater utility systems. Applicant must have a valid TX driver’s license; ability to work in extreme weather conditions; work a flexible schedule that may include night, weekend, holiday and emergency hours; and experience operating hand and power tools, equipment and machinery necessary to perform the assigned duties. To apply, please mail a completed Employment Application or resume to: City Administrator, 5264 Jamaica Beach, Jamaica Beach TX 77554; drop off in-person: 16628 San Luis Pass Rd, Jamaica Beach TX 77554; or email: shutchison@ci.jamaicabeach.tx.us. (Job Description)

Starting Pay: $12.00/hr plus paid Medical & Dental Benefits and Retirement

 

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

 

Private Pool Party Rentals: During the month of September, the City of Jamaica Beach will be offering private pool party rentals. Please click on the rental agreement for fees and rules.(Private Pool Party Rental Agreement)

 

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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