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To the Residents of Canal Winchester,
It has been an unusually challenging couple of weeks, and I hope you and your family are safe and healthy as we go through these uncertain times together. Just over a week ago, Governor DeWine began a series of daily press conferences outlining steps we should all be taking to help combat COVID-19. In the first days, I ordered all city buildings to be closed to public use and access. City Public Works employees began cleaning and sanitizing every building the city owns - and they will continue to clean all buildings that are being used in any way until this all passes.
Today, March 22, 2020, the Governor announced a statewide “Stay at Home” order, which will go into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. It’s important that we heed the Governor’s orders to stay at home and limit trips to essential errands only. We must all do everything in our power to stop the spread of this virus, and that means following the advice of our public health agencies.
We will review the Governor’s order in detail when it is available, but for now, please know that Police, Fire, and EMS will continue to operate, grocery stores and pharmacies will be open, and essential services will remain in operation for all of our residents and businesses. Our water and wastewater facilities will be staffed and will keep operating. We have staggered the work schedules for our Public Works employees. This will help keep the spread of illness at a minimum should one of them come down with the virus. The crews will be smaller, but they will be working six days a week.
As a reminder, the Municipal Building downtown is closed to any outside visitation, which means that activities like utility payments can’t be made in person right now. Payments can be made online by credit card or by electronic check, by mailing your payment in, or by dropping your payment in the drop box located in the entry vestibule at 36 S. High Street. If you have lost your job and are finding it hard to make your utility payment, contact the Finance Director at 614-837-6937; she will work with you on a payment plan.
Many businesses in Canal Winchester have had to close their doors during this time and their employees are left without a paycheck, but perhaps one of the hardest hit industries in Canal Winchester is our restaurants. To help make up for lost revenue, many of the restaurants are offering carry-out foods and some are even offering delivery to your home or business. I ask that you do your best to support them during this period of time, however long it lasts.
An industry that has continued to run is our waste haulers, Waste Management. The driver’s job is a thankless job and I want to thank Waste Management and especially their drivers who put up with and haul away everything we don’t want, and then some. I would ask everyone to make sure all of your waste is bagged and placed in a trash receptacle in order to keep the drivers from having to personally handle it. I’m sure they will appreciate it.
I also want to give a shout out to the U.S. Mail carriers and other delivery persons who have continued to deliver our mail and packages every day - and to those in auto service businesses, too…our gas stations, repair shops, and service facilities. Thanks to all of you…and to everyone who has been dealing with these changes to daily operations.
It goes without saying that we all need to remember and thank all of the doctors and nurses out there who are working tirelessly to help keep us healthy.
And there are many more industries and businesses who are all impacted by what is going on right now. We appreciate all of you.
These times are challenging. We all must rely on facts and not fear while we deal with all of the changes that are happening. We will get through this in time - but I don’t think it is going to be soon. There are many messages on TV reminding us all that “We’re in This Together”. And I say, “We will get out of this together.”
Stay safe and stay healthy,
Mayor Mike Ebert