On March 20th Iowa Park Mayor Ray Schultz declared a local state of disaster for public health for the City of Iowa Park due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23rd the City Council of the City of Iowa Park passed a resolution to extend the Mayoral Declaration until further notice. City staff and officials are working diligently to protect the safety and health of Iowa Park citizens.
Iowa Park does not have the same issues as New York City, Dallas or even Wichita Falls. Even before the CDC, the US President and the Texas Governor asked people to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, local churches, schools, civic organizations and businesses took precautions to avoid large social gatherings. Before people were asked to avoid eating or drinking at restaurants or visiting gyms, local establishments implemented or expanded drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options. Creative thinking and entrepreneurship are alive and well in Iowa Park! Businesses are implementing best management practices for their business. Nursing homes and health care facilities proactively changed policies to address health care concerns. Local schools were already on Spring Break. Parents, teachers and administrators are finding new ways (and some old ways) to provide high-quality education. People are not travelling as much and are socializing via electronic means. Most of us still have indoor plumbing, water heaters, potable tap water and sanitary sewer systems. This is a blessed community!
Local officials are planning for the worst, not because the worst is expected, but simply because it is prudent to do so. Local officials are regularly communicating with Federal, State, Regional and County officials as well as with neighboring communities. City government leaders are communicating with local church, school, civic, business and industrial leaders to ensure that the needs of our citizens are currently being met and can be maintained for the foreseeable future. Information is consistently being disseminated to ensure that citizens have access to accurate information. There is no shortage of not-so-accurate information available so considerable discernment is always in order.
The Governors executive orders will remain in effect and in full force at least through April 3, 2020; however, they are subject to being extended, modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded. The City of Iowa Park is prepared to take actions, if necessary, to suppress the virus. Please contact City Hall at (940) 592-2131 if you have any questions or concerns. Please monitor IowaPark.com and other trustworthy sites for the latest local information.
Jerry Flemming, City Manager
City of Iowa Park
PO Box 190
Iowa Park, TX 76367-0190