Shenandoah extends emergency declaration

Shenandoah City Council met in a special session March 23 to extend a disaster declaration. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shenandoah City Council met in a special session March 23 to extend a disaster declaration. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shenandoah City Council met in a special session March 23 to extend a disaster declaration. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shenandoah City Council unanimously approved extending the city's declaration of a local state of disaster due to coronavirus concerns during a special meeting March 23.

Mayor Ritch Wheeler said the extension will last for 30 days. The previously approved declaration, made on March 17, was for seven days.


Wheeler said he has been in contact with Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough's office and The Woodlands Chairman Gordy Bunch to ensure the entities are on the same page moving forward.

Wheeler added he would like to see discussion on a possible rebate program for area hotel occupants to use at restaurants and a 90-day sales and property tax deferral program for Shenandoah restaurants added to the council's next agenda.

"I want to put those on the agenda for next month so we can talk about them as a group," Wheeler said.
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.