Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
 
This is a public safety announcement from BVPD.
 
Due to excessively large amounts of traffic, BVPD will close the Sailfish gate if traffic conditions become hazardous. This may happen periodically and as necessary through the end of summer. Please plan your travels accordingly if the gate is closed.
 
A message will be put out on MUD #12 robocall system advising if this control measure has taken implemented.
 
If you have questions, please contact Chief Jimmie Gillane at chief@bayouvista.us or (409) 935-0449.

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This message was posted by Mayor Wortham:

Bacteria in Bayou Vista Canals 6/3/2020

Until now I have declined to post anything about the bacteria in our canals that is apparently the result of the effluent coming from the MUD12 water treatment plant. I had no notice of any official findings from TCEQ, the Galveston County Health District or the MUD itself so I had nothing but allegations to report even if it had been appropriate to do so.

So I read with interest the various online accusations about the effluent and even went out one day to look at it myself. That day there were solids coming out of the pipe but but no smell of feces so I couldn’t say anything helpful even based on my own observations.

Later, I offered to the MUD the city’s assistance with disseminating any sort of warning message that they might want to push out regarding the bacteria. They declined.

So, the MUD wasn’t writing traffic citations, the City wasn’t monitoring wastewater treatment plant effluent and there we were each in our own lane until yesterday. Then the Galveston Daily News published an article about the effluent quoting an official source from TCEQ. The TCEQ spokesman said the discharges could “cause concern” for people swimming in the water….

Here is the article if you missed it:

https://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_c406978c-35cc-564f-9656-5924d632895f.html

I contacted the spokesman at TCEQ and requested information about just what the concerns were. His response was to provide the TCEQ Investigation Report (which I believe is now widely circulated in our community) and a copy of the information provided to the GDN reporter.

This is what was provided to the reporter, in relevant part:

“Permit effluent limits for wastewater treatment plants are designed to ensure that water quality standards of the receiving water are maintained over a long period of time. Violations of permit effluent limits for bacteria could increase the overall concentrations in receiving water bodies and could cause a concern for individuals that come in contact with the water in the vicinity of the wastewater treatment plant. Specifically, activities such as swimming have a potential for ingesting the water. The risks associated with secondary contact recreation activities, such as fishing or boating are generally much lower where there is little likelihood of ingesting water. The nature of these violations would likely have little to no negative effect on wildlife.”

So there is what information we have from official sources regarding the safety of swimming in the canals. Please carefully consider your decision whether or not to swim in the our canals in light of this information.

UPDATE:

The Mud has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, June 8th at 6:00 PM. 

GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S LETTER DATED 5/19/2020

Governor Greg Abbott_May19.2020 _

 

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DATE: APRIL 30, 2020 : 10:32 AM

THE BAYOU VISTA STAY-AT-HOME DECLARATION WILL BE SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2020.
THE CITY WILL FOLLOW GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER GA-18.
YOU CAN READ THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON THE CITY WEBSITE>NEWS/NOTICES AT www.bayouvista.us.
MAYOR KONYHA HAS ASKED YOU TO PLEASE CONTINUE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FOLLOW CDC GUIDELINES FOR SAFETY.
MAYOR KONYHA WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR COOPERATION DURING THESE TRYING TIMES.

GA-18  GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER

COVID-19- Gov Abbott Phase 1

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Date: 4/20/2020
Time: 11:00am
To all:

Thank you for your adherence to the stay-at-home and social distancing orders issued by the state, county, and local governments. Due to your efforts during this incident, Bayou Vista has kept a zero infection rate thus far. We applaud your efforts and greatly appreciate your adherence to the stay-at-home order.

There are a few, however, in this community who have chosen to ignore these safe practices and continue to have large social gatherings. If this unsafe activity continues, citations will be issued to those who chose to ignore the stay-at-home order.

Again, we applaud you for your efforts. You have helped tremendously to keep our city safe.

We will keep you advised when any changes to the stay-at-home order come about.

Thank you again for your cooperation during this incident!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me, Chief Jimmie Gillane, chief@bayouvista.us, or Mayor Daniel Konyha, mayor@bayouvista.us.

Chief Jimmie Gillane, Bayou Vista Police Department
Mayor Daniel Konyha, City of Bayou Vista

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Bayou Vista April 2.2020_Extended Order to Stay Home

GALVESTON COUNTY ORDER TO STAY AT HOME

Bayou Vista Disaster Declaration_Covid-19

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**INFORMATION FOR GROUPS**
People at Risk for Serious Illness

Travelers 

Businesses

Organizers for Community Events and Mass Gatherings

**RESOURCES**

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The ARC will be hosting the next LOW COST pet vaccine clinics for the public on:

ALL Clinics have been cancelled due to Coronavirus…check back soon for more information.

GALVESTON COUNTY ANIMAL RESOURCE CENTER IS LOCATED AT: 

3412 25TH AVENUE NORTH, (LOOP 197 NORTH) TEXAS CITY

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From the Desk of the Mayor,

Keeping our Citizens informed.

FY 19_20 BUDGET_Draft 3_ 0.385000

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 Posted:  3-15-2018  –  Link to latest Bayou Vista Flood Map (FIRM)
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