West University City Council extends disaster declaration indefinitely

City of West U city council opted to extend a disaster declaration because of a public health emergency. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
City of West U city council opted to extend a disaster declaration because of a public health emergency. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

City of West U city council opted to extend a disaster declaration because of a public health emergency. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

West University Place City Council voted unanimously March 23 to extend its disaster declaration amid the coronavirus outbreak in the greater Houston area.

The unanimous vote from the council extends a declaration signed by mayor Bob Higley on March 17, and will remain in effect until terminated by the West U City Council or upon executive order by the mayor.


The declaration allows the city “to take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress the virus,” according to the signed document. Those could include the quarantine of people and occupied structures, examining and regulating hospitals, establishing quarantine stations, and more.

Meanwhile, all parks and recreation programming has been cancelled; all special events have been cancelled, including the Easter Spring Festival and Outdoor Event Series; the West U recreation center, community building, and senior service center are closed to the public until further notice; municipal court dates through May 8 have been cancelled and will be reset; finally, citizen advisory board and committee meetings in March were cancelled.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.