Things seem to be calming down a bit in the month of June. We still continue to monitor COVID-19 and to work with the various departments throughout the county. I still have teleconferences with the county leaders but instead of three times a week we are only meeting twice. These meetings still consist of other Mayors and City Managers from the county along with hospital representatives from University Hospital and ACMC, various representatives from the county prosecutor’s office, EMS, the County Health Department, Ashtabula City Health Department, the City of Conneaut Health Department, Ashtabula County Emergency Management (EMA) , a representative from mental health, various doctors, representatives from nursing homes and even State Representative John Patterson. We discuss issues that arise in our area. The different departments give up dates to keep us informed as to what is going on. On Wednesday afternoons I now have a teleconference meeting with other Mayors, City Managers, the County Health Department, a representative from the county prosecutor’s office, local business owners and different organizations. This meeting is to help find solutions to issues that arise with businesses and answer any questions that they many have regarding opening or operating safely during CODID-19.
For the month of June, the Village Hall will still be closed to the public. We will be taking appointments and allowing people to come in for certain circumstances. We do ask if you enter the building that you wear a mask. Please continue to call, 224-0091 to pay your tickets or ask questions or 224-1924 for tax related questions. The drop box on the front door will remain there for your convince to make payments for either taxes or tickets. Please don’t forget to include important information such as how to contact you if necessary
Some residents are still asking whether or not we are extending our deadline for taxes. The answer to that is yes. Although, we encourage everyone to get their taxes in as soon as possible we understand that a difficult time has struck and if there is a hardship in your home that extension is available.
Court is in session. We are back to meeting every Thursday morning at 10:00am. We unlock the doors about 9:30am. We ask that you wear a mask to court. All chairs have been put up and tape has been put on the floor. We ask that you stand on the tape which is 6ft apart.
Due to the Governor’s order of no more than ten people congregating in one area and per the County Health Department’s recommendation we are still unable to allow the public to come into the building for council meetings. If you would like to speak at the council during a meeting we are going to start allowing people to come in the building one at a time. You must arrive no later 6:45pm to get your name on a list. You will have to wait outside until it is time for the public to speak. You will then be called in. We will also be streaming meeting live. We have been doing this the last couple of times. It has worked out well. I post the information on our government Facebook page. Once it is it time for the public to speak, you can speak to us there too. That way you won’t have to wait outside. You can wait in the comfort of your home while listening in on our meeting. As always, I also encourage you to call or email myself or council members your concerns or thoughts.
I am trying to keep residents updated with information in many different ways, one being through the website and through this mayor’s report. I also update through a newly formed government Facebook page, Village of North Kingsville, Ohio. If you are interested in watching our council meetings you can find that on Conneaut Cable Channel 6 and Spectrum Channel 1024. There is a link on the website that gives the scheduled air times.
All Committee meetings are back in session but will be left to committee chairs and departments heads as to whether they need to meet or not.
As many of our residents may already know, the Village is attempting to purchase the former school property owned by Flanagan’s Roofing and Construction LLC. On June 16th at 6:30pm at the Golf Course Pavilion we will be having an information meeting regarding the property. We will also be discussing the erosion issue at Sunset Park.
Unfortunately, we did have to close Sunset Park this year. The park is eroding very quickly. It seems this year is worse than it has been in the past. I have been monitoring it on a weekly basis. Council and I have been discussing this problem and are trying to find a solution. We are hoping to discuss this further with all of you at our residents meeting June 16th.
I would like to thank our wonderful first responders. During the peak of the pandemic they not only continued to take care of Village but they brought joy to so many young people, not just in our community but in our surrounding areas. They took part in small birthday parades, they honored our seniors at Edgewood Senior High School by taking part in their parade, they took part in an untraditional clap out for the 5th graders at Kingsville Elementary, and they honored our fallen heroes on Memorial Day. They did all this on their own time, not expecting anything in return. I am truly grateful for the wonderful team that we have here in the Village.
Leading up to Memorial Day I asked that everyone place some kind of flag in their yard or in their window to honor our fallen. When Memorial Day came I was so touched to see so many flags. I’m sure the ones we lost would have been moved to see the outpour of support and kindness.
Please continue to go to www.coronavirus.ohio.gov. for questions about coronavirus.
I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding through COVID-19. Please take care of yourselves and each other. Together we will get through this.
Mayor, North Kingsville Village