COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency - March 17, April 15, May 15, June 15 (Renewal)

May 15, 2020 — Mayor 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 of Tallmadge. 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.”

April 15, 2020 — The Declaration of Emergency signed by Mayor Kline on March 17 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been renewed by the Mayor for 30 days for the City of Tallmadge. The state of emergency will continue until May 15, until the Mayor finds that the threat or danger has subsided and the declaration can be terminated, or until it is renewed again.

“By renewing the declaration, the City can continue to address any situations that arise from the outbreak,” Kline said. He went on to state that, “the City is currently managing well and is in the process of applying for state and federal assistance related to the pandemic.”

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.

March 17, 2020 — On 3/17/20, Mayor Kline declared a state of emergency in Tallmadge in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This declaration is a formality that allows the City to address the numerous, unique, administrative and operational challenges that fall outside of City’s day-to-day operations. For example, here are some situations that the emergency declaration authorizes:

  • Funds or resources may need allocated to different priorities than were originally approved and appropriated in the annual budget,
  • Employees’ schedules or assignments may need revised to address situations caused by the outbreak,
  • The City may need to implement emergency plans and/or coordinate emergency plans with other government agencies, or
  • The City may need to apply for emergency funding from the county, state or federal governments, should it become available.

These are the same reasons that our federal, state, and county governments have ALL declared state of emergencies in the past few days.

This declaration does NOT mean that anything horrible has suddenly happened in Tallmadge. It does means that the City wants to be prepared to quickly respond to any situation that might arise from the outbreak, which is exactly what this declaration does.