The city of Tallmadge is continuing to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping Maca Pool closed and summer camps canceled as well as a decision not to issue solicitor or peddler permits.
Due to many complicating factors, city officials state that Summer Camp and Maca Pool will remain closed. "This program and facility just cannot be operated effectively, while addressing public health concerns, under the current circumstances. We look forward to seeing you in 2021, and again appreciate your patience and understanding," the city posted on its website.
Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine announced re-opening dates for fitness centers and other programs. The exact requirements and recommendations associated with these openings and city officials have started the process of reviewing them. At this early stage, it is expected the mandated public health guidelines (e.g., social distancing, use of masks, health screenings, extreme cleaning/disinfecting, etc.) will undoubtedly require "drastic changes" to the layout and operations of fitness centers. After the new guidelines have been reviewed, the city will determine what changes are needed and make decisions related to the reopening of the relevant facilities. Additional information will be released when it is available.
Tallmadge Mayor Dave Kline has signed a proclamation renewing the Declaration of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak for an additional 30 days for the city. The original declaration, signed on March 17 and renewed on April 15, was set to expire on May 15. According to the proclamation, the renewed state of emergency will continue until June 15, until the mayor finds that the threat or danger has subsided and the declaration can be terminated, or until it is renewed again.
"We continue to monitor and operate in accordance with the guidelines set by health officials and government at all levels," Kline stated. "We have had to make adjustments to handle substantial and likely long term revenue reductions in the city, but we continue to apply for assistance to cover specific expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic when possible."
The Declaration of Emergency (Tallmadge Ordinance 509.12) is a formality that allows the city to address administrative and operational challenges that fall outside of the city’s day-to-day operations. Situations that the declaration may authorize include allocating funds or resources to different priorities than were originally approved and appropriated in the annual budget, revision of employees’ schedules or assignments to address situations caused by the outbreak, implementing emergency plans and/or coordinating emergency plans with other government agencies, or applying for emergency funding from the county, state or federal governments, should it become available.
Due to current concerns related to COVID-19, the Zoning Department is not issuing any Peddlers & Solicitors permits.
Per TCO 733.02, Every peddler and itinerant vendor, before engaging in the business of selling, bartering or soliciting orders for or offering for sale anything of value, or who solicits for services of any kind or character within the city, shall secure a permit to do so in the manner hereinafter described. A separate permit is required for each peddler, solicitor, agent, or employee peddling or soliciting within the municipality.
Residents are encouraged to ask to see the solicitor’s permit, which is issued by the city of Tallmadge and includes a picture of the solicitor, company name and valid date with expiration. Residents may choose to contact Tallmadge Dispatch 330-633-2181, if necessary.
Visit www.tallmadge-ohio.org/COVID-19 for more information about the city’s response to COVID-19 as well as important resources.