Playgrounds and Warder Fit Stop Closed, Parks Remain Open
National Trail Parks and Recreation District (NTPRD) will close all playgrounds and Warder Fit Stop until further the notice, the district announced today. Parks will remain open with caution to individuals to practice social distancing.
The announcement comes after Governor Mike Dewine issued a Stay At Home Order on March 22. All NTPRD programs and reservations remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NTPRD has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak with the guidance of the Clark County Combined Health District, including information from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Health authorities have indicated that the situation is evolving and we should do as much as possible to inform those we serve, the community and our staff of the measures we are taking to prevent the spread of the virus. NTPRD will continue to follow the guidelines from the Health District as they become available.
City to Follow IRS Tax Deadline Extension
Citizens can still request a Federal filing extension to October 15, 2020 which will be honored by the City of Springfield.
Special Meeting of City Commission Tuesday Morning
SPRINGFIELD (March 19, 2020) – Springfield City Commission will hold a special legislative meeting Tuesday, March 24 at a.m. in place of its regular evening session. Regular City Commission meetings were suspended through the Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order, issued March 16, 2019.
Due to COVID-19 and in compliance with Gov. DeWine’s Executive Order 2020-01D, in-person public participation is prohibited, but the meeting will be streamed live on Facebook and broadcast on local Channel 5. Public participation will be permitted. You may submit your questions ahead of time and your question will be read during the meeting. Send your questions to City Clerk Jill Pierce at email@example.com, OR you can private message your question via Facebook to the City of Springfield in real time during the meeting.
Remember to include your name and address with your question. Questions lacking a name and address will not be read during the special meeting.
SCAT Operating Under Heightened Safety Measures
SPRINGFIELD (March 17, 2020) – Springfield City Area Transit will continue operations using additional sanitation measures in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Currently, no cases have been confirmed in Clark County, but we are taking the extra steps necessary to keep drivers and riders as safe as possible,” said Logan Cobbs, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Springfield. “We want to ensure that those who rely on public transportation in our community still have the access they need in the most sanitary conditions we can create.”
Modifications to SCAT’s operating procedures will be made with the advice and recommendations of public health officials, as it pertains to the health and safety of the community.
Safety measures taken include:
- All transit vehicles are equipped with gloves, sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer
- The interiors of transit vehicles are cleaned thoroughly each day
- Stops at Market Square are thoroughly cleaned twice daily
- During boarding, drivers are instructing riders to seat themselves in safe distance from one another
- Drivers will sanitize the hand rails and fair boxes after each route
For more information on public transportation in Springfield, please go to springfieldohio.gov/SCAT.
City Offices Closed
SPRINGFIELD (March 16,2020) – Effective immediately, all City of Springfield government buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.
Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order
SPRINGFIELD (March 16,2020) – Mayor Warren R. Copeland has issued the following Mayoral Proclamation and Executive Order based on Governor DeWine’s recent Executive Order 2020-OID, and declaring a state of emergency employing preventative and proactive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to treat those affected. Please be patient as we work through this emergency together.
Residential Water Disconnections Suspended, City Taking COVID-19 Precautions
SPRINGFIELD (March 14, 2020) – The City will suspend residential water disconnections on past due accounts in the midst of a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that may compromise local families’ means to meet financial obligations.
The City encourages individuals to continue to pay their utility bills if able, but the City will not shut off someone’s water for non-payment at this time. This policy will take effect immediately and extend through April 15th. The City will then reassess the situation to determine if a longer period is required.
The City is also asking individuals to pay their utility bill online at springfieldohio.gov/utility, or at one of two payment drop off boxes; located on Fountain Ave near City Hall, or at the Service Center located 2100 Lagonda Ave. This is to limit social interaction in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.
Additionally, City leaders and staff met on Friday to discuss actions that the City will take throughout this situation and also spoke with Clark County Combined Health District Commissioner Charles Patterson about the progression of the virus.
At places where City employees interact with the public, the City will equip workers with sanitizing materials to keep those areas clean. The City is also looking at ways to limit unnecessary in-person staff meetings and preparing emergency operations plans, both as precautions.
“Springfield is a resilient community that knows how to come together in a time of crisis,” said City Manager Bryan Heck. “Although there are currently no confirmed cases of the virus in our area, we are taking precautionary measures now so we can be better prepared when illnesses occur.”
Additional details relating to City operations will be released over the coming days and weeks. To stay up-to-date please visit springfieldohio.gov.
For more information on utility billing, go to springfieldohio.gov/utility.