COVID-19 May 4, 2020 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City of Tallmadge Facility and Event Updates

May 4, 2020 — Faced with an ongoing national health and economic crisis, Tallmadge Mayor David G. Kline announced today a number of measures he is taking to protect both the health and safety of Tallmadge residents and in response to the pandemic’s considerable financial impact on the City.

The current pandemic, and issues arising from it, have forced the City to rethink its position regarding events planned in Tallmadge this summer. These issues include multiple public health-related orders from the State of Ohio and the Federal government, the extension of the City’s declared emergency to May 15 and likely beyond, the substantial and likely long term revenue reductions to the City caused by the pandemic, and the significant planning and financial resources required to put on entertaining events and operate “non-essential” City facilities.

“As the City’s Safety Director, my top priority is protecting the safety and health of Tallmadge residents and employees,” Mayor Kline said. “As the City’s Mayor and Chief Executive Officer, I must also be a responsible steward of the City’s resources, financial and otherwise. The difficult decisions I announce today are made with these two most important priorities in mind and after long deliberation with community leaders.”

Given the specific health department mandates regarding the size of gatherings and social distancing, the following live events will not be held this summer:

  • Parks and Recreation Summer Camp
  • Safety Town
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Music on the Circle
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Circle Festival and Light Parade (Circlefest)

The City’s Parks and Recreation, Police, and Fire Departments are planning to provide online videos and virtual programming, instead of face-to-face gatherings, for summer camp, Touch-a-Truck and Safety Town. The details will be posted on the City’s web site (https://tallmadge-ohio.org/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TallmadgeOhio/) when available.

In lieu of the parade, Memorial Day will be recognized with a small private wreath ceremony conducted by the Tallmadge American Legion Post 255 in order to continue the consecutive 152-year tradition. Their intention is to video the ceremony and make it available online.

Challenges with hiring staff, having enough time to prepare the facility for use, health department mandates, and budgetary concerns have made it necessary to keep Maca Pool closed for the remainder of 2020. The City will be in touch with those who have purchased passes to arrange for credit.

The following City of Tallmadge facilities will remain closed to the public until at least June 1 (subject to change at any time):

  • Recreation Center on North Munroe Road
  • All city-owned ball fields, basketball courts, playgrounds and public restrooms in City parks
  • City rental facilities (e.g., Community Center, Richie Hall, Lions Hall, park pavilions, etc.)

“We look forward to the day when we can all be together again. But for now, we must adhere to the health guidelines set at the State and Federal levels as we assess the economic impact of this unfortunate situation on our city,” Mayor Kline stated. “Please know that we are working tirelessly every day to keep our residents safe and protect our economy. Your patience and support as we navigate these extraordinary times are both needed and appreciated.”

For more information on the City of Tallmadge response to the pandemic, please visit https://tallmadge-ohio.org/COVID-19.

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