Update 3/27/20 - 11:45 AM
Good Afternoon. This is Mayor Ted Yates and I wanted to provide you an update on the City operations and the latest information we have received from the county and state. The City is currently operating with only essential staff during this mandatory “Stay at Home” period ordered by the Governor. Fortunately, Twinsburg anticipated this action and was prepared for this drastic change in operations. As of yesterday afternoon the State has 867 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 15 deaths. Summit County has 50 confirmed cases with 13 hospitalizations and 1 death. We expect these numbers to continue to rise over the next few weeks. Please continue to practice social distancing and limit your interactions with people outside your immediate family. I know this is a difficult time but our actions play an important role in the ultimate spread of COVID-19 virus.
Several important announcements that are City related:
- We have stopped our branch chipping during this period so be aware if you are out cleaning up your yard.
- Notices have gone out regarding changes to trash pick-up. Waste Management will not be picking up anything left outside the trash containers. This is temporary in an effort to limit the exposure of their drivers and employees.
- Please limit what you flush down your toilet to bathroom tissue only. Flushable wipes, paper towels and any other paper or nonpaper products should be thrown away and not flushed. We want to protect the operations of our Waste Water Treatment Plant during these times. We are also providing a 30-day grace period for your current sewer bill that is now due.
- The Ohio State legislature passed a bill setting the new Primary Voting date to Tuesday, April 28th.
- We will continue to hold Council meetings during this period, but we are working on ways to electronically hold virtual meetings to protect our elected officials and the public.
I will be providing another update next week. Should you have any questions or concerns please call our main phone number at (330) 425-7161. All voicemails are coming to my personal email and phone. Thanks again for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. Twinsburg will get through this and be stronger as a result.
Update 3/20/20 - 4:00 PM
The City is experiencing unprecedented times as we work through all the challenges presented by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every day the Governor has placed further restrictions on the operation of local businesses and the management of municipal operations. Our goal is to protect our residents and their families from the spread of this virus. I have declared a State of Emergency for the City of Twinsburg. This measure is consistent with County, State and Federal declarations.
In an effort to be proactive in battling the spread of COVID-19, I have issued a 14-day quarantine period for our City employees. We need to take drastic steps to limit contact between employees and their access to the public. This directive is to protect the health of our employees and the City as a whole. We will continue to maintain essential services, Police, Fire-Paramedic, Waste Water and limited Service Department coverage. Many employees have been assigned to work from home or told not to report for work the next two weeks. In response to the Federal Families First Act signed by the President, we have provided our full-time and part-time employees the ability to cover any lost wages during this period.
Please continue to follow all the CDC guidelines and limit your exposure to other people. I am proud of the way our City is responding to this crisis and have faith that we will come out of this a stronger community.
Should you need to reach me, please call my cell (330) 348-9371.
Mayor Ted Yates
Update 3/16/20 - 4:30PM
I want to keep everyone informed on the actions taken by the City in response to County and State directives as it relates to COVID-19. I was on a lengthy phone conference with Summit County Administrators and Mayors from numerous municipalities. As of this morning, there have been two confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Summit County. The County has worked diligently to notify all parties that may have had contact with the individuals. Every effort is being done to contain the virus and its potential spread throughout our communities.
As you are probably aware, Governor DeWine ordered the closure of all restaurants and bars in the State. While there is the possibility of maintaining a carryout business, I have decide to completely close Aaron & Moses until further notice. The safety of our patrons and employees is our primary focus at this point. The Governor just held a press conference and ordered the closing of all fitness centers, movie theaters, community centers, bowling alleys, trampoline parks and water parks. There has also been a petition filed by the Governor to move tomorrow’s election to June 2nd. I will provide updates as I receive them.
We are keeping our outdoor parks open in an effort to allow some type of recreational activity for our residents. However, be aware that any public restroom located at the parks will be closed, so please plan accordingly. In addition, the golf course and driving range will open this week and remain open depending on weather. We will have staff disinfecting all areas that will be exposed to the public. The on-course restrooms will be closed, so take that into consideration if you decide to play.
Lastly, we will be limiting public entrance to all our government buildings. If you need to personally submit anything to the City please do so at the main reception area of City Hall. Feel free to contact us at (330) 425-7161 to see if there is a way to handle your need through a phone call or electronically.
We are adapting our City operations and taking every precaution to protect our residents and employees. I want to personally thank the residents for your understanding and patience as we work through the challenges that COVID-19 has placed on our community.
If you have any questions, please contact me at (330) 963-6205.
Mayor Ted Yates
Update - 3/13/2020
Dear Residents…I know you have all been trying to stay current with the ever-changing news regarding COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. To that end, we wanted to assure you that the City of Twinsburg is staying in constant contact with the Summit County Public Health and State of Ohio Departments of Health. We are also closely monitoring the recommendations from the CDC.
The main symptoms of this disease are high fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, especially acute respiratory illness, contact your medical provider for further advice. If you need emergency medical assistance please call 911
In an effort to limit the exposure to COVID-19 the City has determined that it is necessary to cancel certain City-sponsored public events, meetings and limit access to facilities until further notice.
The following cancellations or closings are in effect immediately:
1. All meetings of the Golf Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Committee, Environmental Commission and Civil Service Commission.
2. All events at the Twinsburg Community Center.
3. All events at the Twinsburg Senior Center.
4. The Fitness Center will be closed until further notice effective Sunday, March 15 at 5:00 PM.
5. Sewer Billing Office will be closed to the public. Payments can still be dropped off.
At this time the following events will proceed as scheduled:
1. Planning Commission Meeting, March 16, 2020.
2. ARB Meeting, March 19, 2020.
3. Council and Finance Meeting, March 24, 2020.
4. City Hall will remain open to the public.
Please be advised that our Police Department, Fire Department, and Dispatch Center remain fully staffed and operating as usual to serve the needs of the City.
Communication between the City and residents during this time is critical. We will continue to actively monitor the situation with the understanding that additional cancellations may be included at any time. Please visit the City’s website mytwinsburg.com/covid19 and visit our Facebook page to stay up to date.
Mayor Ted Yates and City Council