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Informational Resources Regarding COVID-19
For up to date and factual information regarding COVID-19, please visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov. In addition, visit the Ohio Department of Health website at www.odh.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634) if you have further questions. The CDC also has a wealth of information to assist you during these difficult times.
The City of Ashtabula continues to monitor the ongoing events in our Country surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the many preventive measures being announced daily by the State of Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Governor Mike DeWine. We are working with our City Health Department, ODH, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other County Offices and Officials to stay informed of these preventative measures while discussing what other strategies may be implemented locally for our own protections.
How are City Operations being affected by COVID-19?
We have taken steps to follow the directives and guidelines announced by the Governor and Ohio Department of Health. To this end, the City of Ashtabula has made these additional decisions as it pertains to various operations of the City to keep our employees, tenants in our facilities and residents safe:
City Council meetings will still take place; however the public will not be permitted until further notice. Residents can access the meeting via Spectrum channel 1024 or by streaming it live. Residents who have questions for the Administration or Council are asked to send them via email to Stacy Senskey, Clerk of Council, or by calling (440) 992-7119 by 4:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. You may also call the Manager’s Office at (440) 992-7103 or your Councilperson. Contact numbers and email addresses for Council can be found here.
Committee Meetings will only take place if there is vital business to conduct relative to the operations of the City. Please continue to check the calendar on the City’s website for current meetings and times.
Effective Friday June 29, 2020, City Hall and our tenant facilities will reopen to the public.
City offices will have the following modified schedules to ensure time for proper disinfecting and sanitizing of work and common areas:
- Health Department located in basement: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- 2nd Floor Offices: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The public is still encouraged to call or email City Departments and try to handle any business in this manner before coming to City Hall. In addition, the automatic tube and drop box in the drive thru lanes are available for payments of income tax, sewer and trash billing or permits.
If it is necessary to enter City Hall, visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when in the building. Signage will be placed around the building asking the public to wear face coverings while in the building and reminding them of the importance of social distancing. Please limit the amount of people you bring with you to City Hall as well.
Markings will be placed on the floor spaced 6’ apart to assist with social distancing. Please remain in these designated spots as you wait for service.
Sanitation has divided into two shifts. Each day they will work from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please have your garbage out by 6:00 a.m. It may be picked up much later than you are used to as we try to continue services while protecting our employees. We will follow the current daily pickup schedule including the Friday rotation of curbside recycling pickup in the Wards with this service. Beginning Monday May 18th, the Transfer Station on W. 24th St. will open to the public for large item and bulk trash disposal from 7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Recycling drop off containers will be moved inside the gate and you may continue to drop off recycling items Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
The Planning & Community Development Department has suspended all interior home inspections. A member of the staff will contact you to reschedule when deemed safe to do so. Interior inspections will only be conducted on an emergency basis and with prior authorization. The Department is available for permitting and inspection issues by phone at (440) 992-7118. Permits can be issued electronically and any payments of rental fees or permits can be made via the drop box in the drive thru lane (marked City of Ashtabula Sewer and Trash Payments above the lane on canopy). The Drive thru tube is no longer available and cash payments are not accepted at this time. Please call if you have any questions.
The Fire Department is closed to visitors, has postponed all non-essential services and will only be responding to emergency calls. No visitors are permitted at this time, as we are trying to protect our first responders, so they are ready and able to continue responding to the residents in their time of need. Once this passes, we will continue with the fire inspection, smoke detector distribution, station tours and other programs. If there are any Fire Department questions, please call (440) 992-7192.
Non-emergency situations for the Police Department will be handled by phone at (440) 992-7172. Do not come into the Police Station without prior authorization. Some reports may be taken by phone rather than in person depending on the nature of the situation. Jail visits are suspended until further notice. Only attorneys and clergy will be permitted non-contact visitation.
Public Works and our Water Pollution Control Departments will still respond to sewer calls and issues, however employees will not be permitted to enter homes until further notice.
The office of Public Works and Water Pollution Control are closed to the public effective March 20, 2020.
The Ashtabula Municipal Court has instituted their own policies and practices. If you have business with the Court, please contact their offices with any questions or visit the Municipal Court website.
Your Safety Is Important to Us
We thank you for your cooperation, concern and prayers not only for our community but for the entire world in this very challenging time. Please take care of yourselves, check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and continue to take time for learning with your children during the school closure. By working together, we can make this terrible situation a learning experience and show the strength of our community to persevere in this time of need. God Bless and be safe.