Bosque commissioners updated on COVID-19, two more cases confirmed

Bosque County Commissioners extended the coronavirus emergency, discussed alternatives for Hotel/Motel funds and approved Sheriff’s contract to patrol Lake Whitney this week. 
Commissioners looked at the Texas Department of State Health Services website, www.dshs.texas.gov, for the latest on the coronavirus with still only one confirmed case of a Bosque County resident as of Monday’s meeting. However, according to the Bosque County Emergency Management Tuesday, two more cases were confirmed from Region 7 DSHS, bringing a total of three residents of Bosque County confirmed.
Commissioners also discussed new disbursement of Hotel/Motel funds.
Bosque County usually takes in an average $20,000 to $25,000 a year from people staying in hotels. But so far, only $8,000 has been taken in and isn’t expected to double that by the end of the fiscal year said Bosque County Don Pool.
“That fund is general funded by people staying in hotels,” Pool said Monday. 
“Well, no one is staying in hotels right now.”
Instead of going to the local park/visitors group, Pool asked commissioners to consider sending to funds to help local cities due to the financial impact of the coronavirus. Pool said he sent out applications to Meridian, Clifton, Valley Mills, and Cranfills Gap, has gotten two responses and expecting more.
Commissioners are expected to make a decision on the Hotel/Motel funds at next Monday’s meeting.
Commissioners approved a contract for Bosque County Sheriff’s Office to help with summer patrols at Lake Whitney State Park. Deputies have patrolled the areas in the past to help with increased lake traffic. The increase patrols are schedule to begin May 1, although it is unclear how much-increased traffic there will be with the state still in the midst of the coronavirus.
Commissioners also approved an encroachment Permit for 272 CR 1624 Requested by Crystal Clear Water.
 

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