City considers renting hotel rooms to quarantine TDCJ and first responders; adding additional restrictions to emergency orders

Special meeting set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19


The Fort Stockton City Council will hold a Special Meeting by teleconference at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 to discuss and take possible action on two ordinances tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The public may attend the meeting by:
• dialing 1-408-418-9388 and entering code 969-697-323
• via the city Facebook Live feed
• e-mailing questions to
• In person, following social distancing guidelines.

• Ordinace No. 20-107 is Mayor Chris Alexander's delcaration of local disaster issued March 24 in response to the Corona-19 pandemic. The council will consider expanded the declaration to include limiting one person per household at a time entering a government office or retail business; authorizing the city 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, and insuring compliance for those who do not comply with the City's rules;" encouraging businesses to provide masks to all employees; restricting members of a quarantined household from leaving thouse until cleared medically; and establishing a $1,000 fine for anyone violating the ordinance. The proposed ordinance appears in full below. 

• The other item would establish a rental agreement between the City and a local hotel to provide immediate quarantined housing for employess of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and first responders. The plan comes with multiple layers of safety precautions, including hotel staff not servicing the room and barring a quarantined person from entering other parts of the hotel. The full proposal is below. 



WHEREAS, the Mayor of Fort Stockton Texas declared a state of local disaster on March 24, 2020 due to a public health emergency from the global pandemic, COVID-19;

WHEREAS, on The City Council of Fort Stockton Texas continued the state of local disaster on May 5, 2020.

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Fort Stockton has determined that extraordinary and immediate measures must be taken to respond quickly, prevent and alleviate the suffering of people exposed to and those infected with the virus, as well as those that could potentially be infected or impacted by COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, as of May 18, 2020 there are 14 active Covid-19 cases, all of which are related to the Fort Stockton N5 Transfer Facility and James A. Lynaugh Unit. As a result of this localized outbreak the Mayor and City Council of Fort Stockton find it necessary to take additional precautions to control and prevent further outbreak in our community.


SECTION 1. The findings and recitations set out in the preamble to this Ordinance are found to be true and correct and they are hereby adopted by the City Council and made a part hereof for all purposes.

SECTION 2. Section 122.005 of the Health and Safety Code authorizes the City 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, and insuring compliance for those who do not comply with the City's rules.

SECTION 3. Only one person per household will be allowed to enter any open Retail Business or Government Service with the exception of assisting elderly, disabled, and children.

SECTION 4. Businesses are encouraged to provide masks to all employees and ask those entering their establishment to also wear a mask.

SECTION 5. If someone in a household has tested postivie for COVID-19, the household is ordered to isolate at home. Members of the household cannot go to work, school, or any other community function until cleared by a medical professional but may seek medical services as needed from medical personnel and facilities.

SECTION 6. Any person who knowingly or intentionally violates any provision of this Ordinance commits an offense punishable by a fine up to $1,000.00.

SECTION 7. It is hereby declared to be the intention of the City Council that the sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this Ordinance are severable and, if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or section of this Ordinance should be declared invalid by the final judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clause, sentences, paragraphs and sections of this Ordinance.

SECTION 8. All Ordinances or parts thereof in conflict herewith are repealed to the extent of such conflict only.

SECTION 9. This Ordinance shall be and become effective at 11:59 p.m. on May 19, 2020.


City of Fort Stockton

Quarantine Room Rental Agreement for

First Responders and TCDJ Prison Officials




THIS AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made and entered into and effective the 19th day of May, 2020, by and between the City of Fort Stockton, Texas, a Texas municipal corporation (the "City") whose address is 121 West Second Street Fort Stockton, TX 79735, and Vimal Bhakta (the "Property Owner") whose address is 1308 North US Highway 285 Fort Stockton, Texas 79735.

WHEREAS, on March 11,2020, a novel coronavirus, now designated SARS-CoV2 which causes the disease COV1D-19, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization;

WHEREAS, the City of Fort Stockton, Texas, is taking extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating disease in our community;

WHEREAS, The City, may rent rooms for immediate quarantine of first responders and TDC1 prison officials, pursuant to the terms, conditions and provisions of this Agreement;


1.1 The City will contact the Property Owner when an individual is required to be placed in

quarantine by a healthcare facility. Because of the high likelihood of emergent situations, the City may ask for check-in at all hours of the day. The Property Owner will make reasonable efforts to provide a room as soon as possible.

1.2 Property Owner has set aside a total of 20 rooms that are available for quarantined

individuals. Should the need arise Property Owner may offer additional rooms based on availability.

1.3 The City will pick up room keys from motel staff. There will be no contact between the

quarantined individual and any motel staff at any time during the quarantine period.

1.4 The City will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the rooms. The City is allowed to

contract a third party for cleaning and will be responsible for payment to the third party. The motel staff shall make the room available to the third party for cleaning services.

1.6 The City will be responsible for any and all damage which occurs to the room and

furnishings inside the room.

1.7 The quarantined individual shall remain in and only have access to their room. The

quarantined individual will not be allowed in any common area including, and not limited to, the lobby/breakfast area, pool, gym, or laundry room. Violation of this section will result in immediate termination according to Section III of this Agreement.


2.1 PAYMENT. In consideration for the rooms provided by the Property Owner, the City will


$75/night/room + tax for rentals at Quality Inn

2.2 The Property Owner shall be paid on a weekly basis within a reasonable time after the

Property Owner submits an invoice to the City of Fort Stockton Finance Department. The invoice should include the following: an invoice number, the dates covered by the invoice, and the number of rooms rented.


3.1 TERMINATION EVENTS. With reasonable cause, either the City or Property Owner

may terminate this Agreement, effective immediately upon giving written notice. Reasonable cause includes:

  1. a material violation of this Agreement, or

  2. any act exposing the other party to liability to others for personal injury or property damage.

Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving Fourteen (14) days written notice to the other party of the intent to terminate.

3.2 The following acts will result in immediate termination of the room rental and the City will

be responsible for immediate cleaning and sanitizing of the room:

  1. If the quarantined individual staying in the room is found to be using drugs or engaging in any other criminal activity;

  2. If the quarantined individual enters any common areas of the property outlined in Section 1.7.


4.1 COMPLETE AGREEMENT. This Agreement sets forth and establishes the entire

understanding between the City and the Property Owner relating to room rentals by the City. Any prior discussions or representations by or between the parties are merged into and rendered null and void by this Agreement. The parties by mutual written signed agreement may amend any provision of this Agreement during the term of this Agreement; such amendments shall be incorporated and made a part of this Agreement.