City of Rosebud helping to slow spread of COVID-19

On March 20, the City of Rosebud released a statement concerning Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive order to observe social distancing, stating that they would be following the order. Over the weekend, a state of disaster was announced by County Judge Jay Elliott’s Office, mandating the same effects, plus a curfew of 9 p.m. for minors 17 and younger. 

The city as a whole has slowed due to this order. Community gatherings are to be limited to no more than 10 people, which extends to all recreational activities, but excludes business activities and other essential services. 

All eateries and local hangout spots are operating under the guise of “to-go” only, with drive through and curbside options where available. Both public and private schools are ordered closed with this order, along with the new curfew for minors, noted above.

The Governor’s Executive order is in effect until April 3. As of yet, the county-wide proclamation is in place for seven days. The county commissioners gave Judge Jay Elliott the authority to extend or cancel the proclamation without a formal vote as soon as he sees fit during Monday's commissioner’s court meeting.


City Services/Water 

Services at City of Rosebud will continue to operate as normal during these times. Citizens wanting to pay for utilities are encouraged to do so online (go to and click on the departments tab), but the window is still open for those who need it. Anyone entering the building will be expected to sanitize their hands.

Pay your water bill online here.

Citizens are encouraged to sign up for the Heart of Texas Regional Emergency Notification System (HOTready), the official emergency notification system for all of Falls County. The program has the ability ro send phone calls, texts, or emails to alert citizens when new information is available in emergency situations. 


It was announced on March 12 by Judge Matthew G. Wright that all in person dockets were reset until April 25 for the Lott Municipal Court, Mount Calm Municipal Court, and the Rosebud Court of Record. This extends to initial appearances, show cause, pre-trial, bench trials, and jury trials. After consultation with the Department of State Health Services and the Office of Court Administration, the Clerk’s office will remain open during normal business hours. Email, mailed, and fax communication is preferred and is being processed.

Pay court fines and fees here.


The D. Brown memorial library will be closed until further notice, following guidance from the American Library Association and the Texas Library Association. Fines will not be applied during the state of disaster and books will become due when the library reopens.  The book drop will remain open for those who want to drop off there during this time.Check out the Library Coronavirus Information page  to keep up to date.  If you have any questions, please call Rosebud City Hall at (254) 583-7926.

Trash Services

Waste Management, the trash service used by the city has notified officials that they are in Phase IV of their Coronavirus plan. At this time, trash service will continue as normal. Citizens must bag and tie their trash before depositing it in the can, as household trash that is not properly bagged and tied is susceptible to spills of potentially infectious waste. This could be harmful to workers. Bag or bundles outside of the trash can will not be picked up at this time. Residential bulk and brush services have been suspended through April 2020. More information will be provided on the situation as it is announced. 


Schools will be closed until the mandates have lifted and superintendents are directed by Education commissioners to reopen. In the meantime, Rosebud-Lott ISD will be providing both instruction and nutrition services. According to the COVID-19 academic plan, released on March 19, assignments are posted to the RLISD website and social media pages. Hard copies can be picked up for those that need them during meal pick-up times. Questions concerning assignments can be directed to campus administrators. High school students with online college classes needing assistance can contact Shanna Howell and or by calling the central administration office at (254) 583-4510. 

The RLISD Child Nutrition Department will be open to serve students (ages 0-18) within the community. Students are not required to attend RLISD; however, they must be present during pick-up to receive the meal. 

Meals will be served Monday-Friday during the following times: 

Breakfast and Lunch: 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Parents/guardians will need to drive up to the RLMS/HS flagpole where meals will be waiting packaged in “to-go” containers. Other than the meal pick up procedures specified above, no other visitation to the schools will be permitted without approval from administration.

Head to the Rosebud-Lott ISD Website to keep up to date on the latest information from the district.

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