Wharton City Council will meet at 7 p.m. for its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, at city hall, 120 East Caney Street, to consider approving an agreement between the City of Wharton and Oakland Medical Group for testing services.

The agreement has been in negotiations for weeks as both groups have come together to coordinate additional testing, as well as developing criteria for testing for Wharton citizens funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Following approval on July 20 by the Wharton City Council to seek an agreement with Oakbend, representatives met with city staff on July 21 to negotiate the details of said agreement. 


According to the agreement, testing dates have not been established; however, testing services will take place at the Oakbend Medical Group Facility.

The cost per the contract is not to exceed $100,000 without an approved change order.

Oakbend will be responsible for the testing location, staff, amenities such as tables, chairs and traffic equipment in addition to the COVID-19 testing kits for the SARS COS Antigen Test, all necessary PPE and all medical supplies necessary for the test.


Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

• An ordinance amending ordinance No. 2020-03 in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s proclamation suspending provisions of the May 2 election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The amendments will be for the order of the City officers Election to be held as a joint election with Wharton County Elections Department for the purpose of election the positions of mayor and council members, providing for the date, time and place of the election, notice of the election, early voting and making election returns.


• A resolution approving a grant agreement with the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for critical facility generators.

• A resolution authorizing the sale of City of Wharton surplus personal property in accordance with the City Charter Section 75.

• Appointments and resignations to the City of Wharton boards, commissions and committees.

• City council boards, commissions and committee reports.

Prior to the regularly-scheduled meeting at 7 p.m., the consultant selection and finance committees will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) administrative services and will convene again at 6 p.m. to discuss Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) engineering services.

Wharton City Council is scheduled to meet again the following evening at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 to consider a request from the Waste Corporation of Texas (WCA) for the annual rate adjustment, in addition to the City of Wharton 2020-21 Fiscal Year Budget.

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