THE CITY OF SMYER TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS WALK-IN OFFICE VISITS AT CITY HALL
Until further notice, the City of Smyer is temporarily suspending walk-in visits by the public to Smyer City Hall.
This is in response to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other Federal/State guidelines designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Please use the drop box BESIDE the door for payments. Thank you!
Please leave your message and a call back number at 806-234-3861.
OFFICE NUMBER: 806-234-3861 The City Council and staff thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time!
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
2018 Consumer Confidence Report for Public Water System CITY OF SMYER
This is your water quality report for January 1 to December 31, 2018
CITY OF SMYER provides ground water from the OGALLALA aquifer located in HOCKLEY County.
City of Smyer PWS ID 1100010
For more information regarding this report contact:
Name: Jo Ann Beard, City Secretary
Phone: (806) 234-3861
Este reporte incluye información importante sobre el agua para tomar. Para asistencia en español, favor de llamar al telefono (806) 234-3861.
Public Participation Opportunities:Date: July 11, 2019 Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 202 Lincoln Street, SmyerPhone Number: (806) 234-3861
Smyer City Council meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 202 Lincoln. The agenda is posted on the door of City Hall 72 hours in advance of the meeting and on the website: www.smyertx.com. To learn about future public meetings (concerning your drinking water), or to request to schedule one, please call us.
Definitions and Abbreviations
Definitions and Abbreviations
The following tables contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation.
Action Level:The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
Action Level Goal (ALG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. ALGs allow for a margin of safety.
Avg: Regulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on running annual average of monthly samples.
Level 1 Assessment: A Level 1 assessment is a study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.
Level 2 Assessment: A Level 2 assessment is a very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E. coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.
Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL:The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or MCLG:The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
Maximum residual disinfectant level or MRDL:The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
Maximum residual disinfectant level goal or MRDLG:The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
MFLmillion fibers per liter (a measure of asbestos)
mrem:millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body)
na: not applicable.
NTUnephelometric turbidity units (a measure of turbidity)
pCi/Lpicocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)
ppb: micrograms per liter or parts per billion - or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water.
ppm: milligrams per liter or parts per million - or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water.
ppqparts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter (pg/L)
pptparts per trillion, or nanograms per liter (ng/L)
Treatment Technique or TT:A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
Information about your Drinking Water
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPAs Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
- Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
- Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
- Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.
- Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems.
- Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
Contaminants may be found in drinking water that may cause taste, color, or odor problems. These types of problems are not necessarily causes for health concerns. For more information on taste, odor, or color of drinking water, please contact the system's business office.
You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in drinking water. Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; persons who have undergone organ transplants; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care providers. Additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. We are responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but we cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Information about Source Water
TCEQ completed an assessment of your source water, and results indicate that some of our sources are susceptible to certain contaminants. The sampling requirements for your water system is based on this susceptibility and previous sample data. Any detections of these contaminants will be found in this Consumer Confidence Report. For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts at our system contact Jo Ann Beard at (806) 234-3861.
A Source Water Susceptibility Assessment for your drinking water source(s) is currently being updated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This information describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with your drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in the assessment allows us to focus source water protection strategies.
For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/gis/swaview
Further details about sources and source-water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL: http://dww2.tceq.texas.gov/DWW/
Source Water Name Type of Water Report Status Location
1 - LOVEBIRD LOVEBIRD GW Active Ogallala
2 - LOVEBIRD LOVEBIRD GW Active Ogallala
3 - BEAR / RR 168 GW Active Ogallala
5 - BEAR / RR 168 GW Active Ogallala
Steps to Correct Violations:We are working with the TCEQ and the EPA to correct the problem.
The City of Smyer offers water, filtered by reverse osmosis, available on tap at the front door of city hall.
This tap is available at all times to the water customers of Smyer.
Citizens need to bring their own container in which to carry the water.
June 24, 2019
Subject: Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes
The City of Smyer is very happy to announce that as a part of a coalition of regional cities we have arranged for aerial spraying for mosquitoes. When the plane flies will be determined by wind speeds and ambient temperature. Given these factors, we hope to have aerial spraying one night during the first week of July, in the overnight hours. The company that will spray is Vector Disease Control International and this is their specialty.
Mosquitoes are most active after sundown. The aerial spray catches them in the air and is highly effective. The method and timing of aerial spraying protects beneficial insects because they are not active at night.
Your city is committed to the health and comfort of our citizens. We are working hard to control the presence of mosquitoes in order to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Aerial spraying is just one aspect of our prevention program. We will continue our other mosquito abatement measures throughout the summer.
Please call us with your questions or concerns.
Jo Ann Beard TRMC, City Secretary
City of Smyer
PO Box 203
Smyer, TX 79367
RESOLUTION NO. 2020-03-31
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SMYER, TEXAS, DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER ORDER NO. 1 – STAY AT HOME
WHEREAS, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been recognized globally as a contagious respiratory virus; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 continues to spread and to pose an increasing, imminent threat of disaster throughout City of Smyer and beyond; and
WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Smyer, Mary Beth Sims, declared a local state of disaster for public health emergency pursuant to Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code, based upon the need for extraordinary measures to contain COVID-19 and to prevent its spread throughout the City of Smyer; and
WHEREAS, the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, as promulgated by United States President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 16, 2020, call upon Americans to slow the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than ten (10) people, using drive-thru, pick-up or delivery options at restaurants and bars, and avoiding visitation at nursing homes, among other steps; and
WHEREAS, the Executive Order by the Governor of the State of Texas relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation, as promulgated by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on March 19, 2020, issued certain mandates necessary to more effectively contain the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen of the City of Smyer, approved Resolution 2020-03-26, renewing and extending the Mayoral Declaration of Local Disaster until it is modified or rescinded by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Smyer; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen of the City of Smyer has determined that additional measures must to taken to further contain COVID-19 and prevent its spread throughout the City of Smyer; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND ORDERED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF SMYER, TEXAS, THAT:
SECTION 1.The recitals outlined above are found to be true and correct and are incorporated as if fully set forth herein.
SECTION 2.All terms and conditions of the Mayoral Declaration of Local Disaster, which was signed and executed by the Mayor on March 19, 2020, renewed and extended by Board of Aldermen Resolution 2020-03-26 and the additional terms and conditions found in Resolution 2020-03-26, remain in full force and effect and are continued to the extent they do not directly conflict with this Order.
SECTION 3.Pursuant to the authority granted to the Mayor under Texas Government Code Chapter 418 and by the general authority granted to Type A general law municipalities under Texas Health and Safety Code § 122.005, the following is hereby ordered:
a.STAY AT HOME
i.All persons residing in the City of Smyer are ordered to STAY AT HOME or at their current place of residence. For purposes of this Order, “residence” includes hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence;
ii.All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside of a single household are hereby prohibited, except as otherwise provided in this Order. Nothing in this Order prohibits gatherings of members of a single household or living unit (an apartment for use by one family) or allowing ;
iii.Travel away from a person’s regular place of residence should be only for the purpose of obtaining essential goods and services or to the person’s place of employment which furnishes essential goods or services unless otherwise provided for in this Order; and
iv.Any person who is sick or currently experiencing common COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, is hereby ordered to STAY AT HOME until such time that:
A.He or she has had no fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine, such as Tylenol; and
B.His or her other symptoms have improved; and
C.At least 14 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.
v.If any person in a household has tested positive for COVID-19, all persons in the household are hereby ordered to STAY AT HOME and self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days. Members of the household may not travel to work, school, or anywhere else until cleared by a medical professional.
vi.This order does not prohibit any person from leaving his or her residence to seek necessary medical or emergency care.
In accordance with the Guidelines from the Governor, the President and the CDC, the following commercial businesses, for which social distancing guidelines are impractical or impossible, are hereby prohibited and are ordered to cease operation and close:
i.Non-essential Personal Services Businesses. Businesses which engage in direct, person-to-person services to the public which are not time-sensitive and which are not required for the immediate health or safety of the recipient, including, without limitation, hair salons, barbershops, hair stylists, nail salons, tattoo parlors, piercing businesses, tanning salons, and hair removal waxing businesses;
ii.Non-essential Retail Establishments. Retail businesses which do not primarily sell or provide the products or services described below and considered Essential Services unless the retail business meets the definition of a Low Risk Business described in this Order;
iii.Commercial Amusement and Entertainment Venues;
iv.Enclosed Shopping Malls. Any premises which include multiple adjacent retail establishments connected by an enclosed common area;
v.Group Meeting Spaces. Meeting rooms, ballrooms, or event spaces operated by multi-family apartment complexes or hotels.
The following businesses are hereby deemed essential and may continue to operate, provided federal and CDC guidelines are followed, including affirmative steps to ensure that social distancing of 6 feet is maintained:
i.Grocery Stores, Convenience Stores, Drug Stores, Pharmacies, and Package Stores;
ii.Pet Supply Stores, Veterinary Clinics, and Boarding Kennels (but not groomers);
iii.Healthcare Providers and Healthcare Facilities, including doctor and dental offices, physical therapists, hospitals, and clinics, provided they adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order (GA 09) regarding elective procedures;
iv.Vehicle Fueling, Maintenance, and Repair Facilities;
v.Banks and Financial Institutions
vi.Agricultural services including plant and food cultivation, farming, fishing and raising livestock;
vii.Oil and gas services and production;
viii.Professional Services, including attorneys, accountants, engineers, title companies, insurance agents, and other licensed professionals;
ix.Office Buildings, where people work in individual enclosed spaces in groups of 10 or less;
x.Day Care Facilities;
xi.Homeless Shelters providing services for people experiencing homelessness;
xii.Non-profit Providers of Essential Services;
xiii.Essential Government Services and Facilities;
xiv.Residential Buildings, including hotels and motels (except Group Meeting and Event Spaces);
xv.Transit Facilities, where people may be in transit or waiting for transit, such as airports, bus stops, or bus stations;
xvi.Manufacturing, Distribution, and Logistics Facilities;
xvii.Laundromats and Dry Cleaners;
xviii.Call Centers; and
xix.Critical Infrastructure Businesses which support critical infrastructure or supply chain needs, as described by the Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries may operate but no more than ten (10) non-employees may be present at the same time.
e.CONSTRUCTION, BUILDING SUPPLY BUSINESSES
Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Construction Sites and Building Supply and Home Improvement Retailers may remain open, provided federal and CDC guidelines are followed, including affirmative steps to ensure that social distancing of 6 feet is maintained, including for customers waiting to enter the premises of a retail store, and only if occupancy inside the retail premises is limited to no more than 100 persons or ½ of the posted occupancy limit, inclusive of employees, whichever is less; and
f.LOW RISK BUSINESSES
For any retail establishment that is not listed above as “Essential” and not listed specifically for closure in subsection (b) above, may remain open provided the following conditions are met:
i.federal and CDC guidelines are followed, including affirmative steps to ensure that social distancing of 6 feet is maintained between all customers and employees, including for customers waiting to enter the premises of a retail store;
ii.there are never more than ten (10) people inclusive of employees in the place of business;
iii.the retail establishment takes extra, verifiable measures, to sanitize common surfaces such as counter tops, carts, faucets, doorknobs, etc.; and
iv.employees and customers maintain enhanced hygiene practices.
g.RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS - OTHER
Retail establishments not specifically described above as “Essential” are closed to customers; however, the use of drive through Pickup, Delivery, and Curb-side Delivery for merchandise is allowed and encouraged, provided federal and CDC guidelines are followed, including affirmative steps to ensure that social distancing of 6 feet is maintained, including for customers waiting to pick up merchandise.
h.ALL OTHER BUSINESSES
Any business which is permitted to remain open and which does not specifically meet one of the categories described above is hereby required to adhere to federal and CDC guidelines, including affirmative steps to ensure that social distancing of 6 feet is maintained, including for anyone waiting to enter the premises, and at no time are more than ten persons permitted to be inside the premises, inclusive of employees and customers.
Playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields and any area in a public park that is either entirely or partially enclosed and designed to concentrate people participating in an activity to one specific defined or delineated area are hereby CLOSED. The remaining areas of public parks including walking trails and bike paths and other open areas are open to the public and may be used by the public so long as patrons follow federal and CDC guidelines including ensuring that social distancing of 6 feet is maintained.
j.PERMITTED INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES
As guidance and as a non-exclusive list, below are some activities that are permitted under this Order:
i.Getting groceries, household supplies, medicine, gas, work-from-home supplies, pet and livestock supplies (people are highly encouraged to only bring those individuals necessary to conduct the activity. Please keep all non-essential additional family members especially children (properly supervised) and elderly individuals at home);
ii.Going to the doctor’s or healthcare provider’s office;
iii.Participating in individual outdoor activities (hiking, biking, running, fishing, etc.) while maintaining social distance requirements; and
iv.Acting as a caretaker for family members.
i.The Texas Department of State Health Services may require additional sanitation, signage, and social distancing practices for any business which remains open.
ii.For any workplace that remains open, management of the business should facilitate and encourage practicing social distancing and good hygiene and, where feasible, require employees to work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19; and
iii.The Mayor may update the restrictions set out in this order as necessary to respond to the evolving circumstances of this outbreak during the duration of the Mayoral Declaration of Local Disaster issued on March 19, 2020 and extended by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Smyer.
SECTION 4.Pursuant to §418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code, this Order shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary of the City of Smyer.
SECTION 5.In accordance with Texas Government Code §418.173, this resolution and order is being issued in City of Smyer’s Emergency Management Plan and any person who knowingly or intentionally violates this resolution commits an offense, punishable by a fine up to $1,000.00 or confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed 180 days.
SECTION 6.This Order shall go into effect at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020 and continue until renewed, extended, amended or cancelled by the Mayor or Board of Aldermen of the City of Smyer.
SECTION 7.That this resolution and order authorizes the Mayor, pursuant to applicable provisions of Texas Government Code Chapter 418 and Texas Health and Safety Code § 122.006, on behalf of the City of Smyer, to take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress the virus, including the quarantine of persons and occupied structures, examining and regulating hospitals, regulating ingress and egress from the City, regulating ingress and egress to occupied structures, establishment of quarantine stations, emergency hospitals, and other hospitals, enforcing applicable orders issued by the Hockley County Judge, the Governor of the State of Texas or the Texas Department of State Health Services related to suppressing the COVID-19 virus, and insuring compliance for those who do not comply with the City’s rules and directives.
SECTION 8.That to the extent permitted by law, any local ordinance or administrative rule prescribing the procedures for conduct of City business or any local ordinance or administrative rule that would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster, including any local ordinance or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement which would impede the City's emergency response necessary to cope with this declared disaster, are hereby suspended, but only for the duration of this declared local disaster and only for that limited purpose.
SECTION 9.That the Mayor is authorized to use all available resources of the City of Smyer reasonably necessary to comply with this resolution.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED as an emergency measure this 31st day of March, 2020, to be effective immediately upon its passage. MARY BETH SIMS, Mayor ATTEST: JO ANN BEARD, TRMC, City Secretary