TALLMADGE – Changes for residents can occur hour by hour as the city, state and nation react to the coronavirus.
City officials are following the leadership of the Ohio governor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health, said Mayor David Kline.
New signs are on public buildings closing them to visitors, he said. Drop boxes are available for utility payments.
"We’ll handle all your needs by phone," Kline said. "If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1."
Any resident who needs assistance should go to the city website — Tallmadge-ohio.org — which is updated several times a day and has a banner for COVID-19 updates, information and links. Residents can call the mayor’s office at 330-633-0857.
Other social media sites will repeat the same message for a unified message, he said.
Mayors in Summit County have been phone conferencing and are scheduled to talk on Friday to share ideas.
"We have the same issues," Kline said. "When do you shut down your city halls and operations? We’re all struggling with police, fire, road and city operations."
The city wants to be responsive to its residents’ needs and keep city employees safe, he said. Departments have minimal employees. The city is keeping necessary staff at the city buildings and others are working from home.
"We want to put a stop to the spread of the virus," Kline said. "We’re responding to emergency calls but reducing non-essential activities."
City Hall is doing everything in its powers to keep residents and employees in a safe working environment, Kline said. The street department road crews have been divided into different teams with a group working one week and off the next, switching with the other group so they don’t all take the chance of becoming sick at the same time.
Residents can enjoy the parks but will notice that playground equipment is off limits, he said.
The loss of jobs and income tax will impact the city, Kline said. The city won’t see a decrease in income tax from businesses being closed during this period for six months to a year, but the city will watch the budget.
"I’ve told departments to only purchase what is necessary and all purchases must be approved," Kline said. "The city is in good shape right now but this is a long-term financial crisis for all of us."
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