The Woodlands Edition | October 2020

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Township tomeet in person

SAFETYMEASURES When The Woodlands Township board of directors meetings resume, plexiglass dividers will separate seats at the dais, and distancing protocols will be observed.

BY VANESSA HOLT

panels will separate board members from each other. Because of that protection and other distancing measures, board members will not wear masks during the meeting, but mask-wearing protocols will be in place while people are walking through the room, according to the discussion. Hand sanitizer and temperature- screening stations are already in place at the facility, said Jeff Jones, who took over as the township’s president and general manager this fall. Chair Gordy Bunch, who has attended most virtual meetings this year from the board room, said there appeared to be room for as many as 35 people in the audience with social distancing of 6 feet. “Our kids are back in school; the governor has gone to 75% in all

Plexiglass dividers separating seats

THEWOODLANDS After six months of virtual meetings, the next meeting of The Woodlands Township board of directors will be held in the town hall on Technology Forest Boulevard with distancing and safety measures in place beginning Oct. 22, directors decided at the Sept. 23 board meeting. The town hall will also be open to the public beginning in mid-October, and other township organizations that meet in the building will also be able to meet in the building provided social distancing and other protocols, such as screening for fevers, are conducted, according to discussion at the meeting. In the Sept. 23 discussion, board members said during meetings they will sit at the dais, but staff will be placed to the side, and protective

6-foot distance between podiumand audience

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Audience members will also observe distancing between seats.

kinds of facilities except bars. ... The last time I checked, we don’t serve alcohol in the township chambers yet, so we are not a bar. So we can be open,” he said. Other board members agreed. “I think it’s time,” Vice Chair Bruce Rieser said. “We have done this for six months now.” Bunch suggested requiring the public to wear masks in public areas of the facility, but in the board cham- bers as long as people are observing

Council Member Mike McCleod asked Dunlap to watch surrounding cities to see which have canceled their Halloween events.“If we’re the only game in town, we’re going to get more people than we usually do,” McCleod said. “It’s just handling the bodies.” Council members agreed to hold Halloween Safe Streets, albeit with some modifications to spread the event out and reduce general congestion. Council is still fully in favor of hav- ing its Lighting of the Angels event Dec. 1. Wheeler said he hopes the worries surrounding the coronavirus will be down at that time. 6-foot distance protocols the masks would be optional while they are seated. “For the board, which is separated by glass and has 6-foot markers in front of us ... we would not be required to wear masks at the dais stations,” he said. The next board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at 2801 Tech- nology Forest Blvd. The meetings are also broadcast live online on the township website.

TheWoodlands reduced spending $7.9M amid $3.5Mrevenue loss throughAugust

Shenandoah plans changes to fall events

BY VANESSA HOLT

BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN

Sharp, the township’s assistant general manager for finance and administration. Sharp said losses in township program revenues, which include bus fares, recreation, and park and ride revenues, also contributed to the decline. However, the township only spent $57.5 million out of the $65.4 million budgeted, so the $7.9 million in savings offset the $3.5 million in lower revenue, she said.

THEWOODLANDS TOWNSHIP Despite losses due to coronavi- rus-related closures this year, The Woodlands Township has been able to stay on course financially due to lower expenditures, officials said Sept. 23. The township’s revenue as of August was about $3.5 million below the budgeted amount, largely due to decreased sales tax revenue, said Monique

SHENANDOAH Shenandoah City Council has outlined plans for public city events for the remainder of the year. For Halloween Safe Streets, scheduled for Oct. 31, council dis- cussed the possibility of limiting police involvement while still maintaining the annual event. “The main problem is just all officers being there, the amount of congestion with the amount of people we have,” police Chief Troye Dunlap said.

Greater Houston Out of the Darkness Drive Through Experience The Walk is still happening,just in a new and creative way! At this drive through event, you will be able to pick up T-shirts and free community resources, participate in a memorial tribute, drop off donations, and purchase merchandise- entirely from your car. Raise $25 or more and get a HOPE mask! Raise $150 or more and earn the official walk day t-shirt!

9:00 am: View opening ceremony online 10:00 am: Group A arrives (Team Name A-H) 11:00 am: Group B arrives (Team Name I-P) 12:00 am: Group C arrives (Team Name Q-Z) Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:00- 1:00 pm Parking Lot at Six Pines & Lake Robbins

REGISTER your team at

www.afsp.org/houston

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