DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution to declare a state of emergency in Montgomery County during their normal scheduled public meeting Tuesday.
Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge said the vote is a step forward in the county’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “This resolution formalizes our emergency status, allowing us more flexibility with staffing as well as procurement procedures. Taking this step is necessary and will allow us to obtain resources and support we need to address this pandemic from both the state and federal government.”
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order last week declaring a state of emergency for Ohio.
Dodge says that on Monday, the county began transitioning to emergency operations, focusing on only “mission critical operations.”
Commissioner Debbie Lieberman says as part of this adjustment, they’ve implemented a flexible leave-taking policy that includes two weeks of special vacation time so that non-essential employees can stay home.
“This means we will be minimizing and freezing any programs and services that are not mission critical in an effort to protect the public at large and our employees,” she said.
Hiring and all non-essential spending has been suspended as well.
Core services will still be available, such as SNAP and unemployment benefits.
The Montgomery County Commissioners have directed public offices and county employees to take necessary actions to continue offering critical, mission-essential services in a way that still encourages social distancing. Online service applications, payment drop boxes, and use of telephones and email are the preferred methods for getting needed resources.
Some of those online resources include:
- Applying and submitting for benefits at ssp.benefits.ohio.gov or calling (937) 225-4148.
- Anyone who lost work because of COVID-19 is encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online at http://unemployment.ohio.gov or by calling (877) 644-6562
- Water bill payments can be made online at www.mcohio.org/water or over the phone at (937) 781-2688
- Building Regulations is closed for in-person service, but applications can be downloaded at www.selectmcohio.com/building. phone at (937) 225-4622. Completed applications and associated construction drawings may be sent to Montgomery County Building Regulations at 451 W. Third St., 10th Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45422. For any questions, please email email@example.com
Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper says that while Montgomery County has yet to see it’s first confirmed case of coronavirus, “it’s only a matter of time.”
Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck says that since he took office in 2019, the area has faced “some amazing challenges and several tragedies.”
“This is just one more event that will affect almost every aspect of all of our lives in this room for an undetermined amount of time,” he said.
Streck went on to say that his deputies are prepared to enforce the Governor’s orders if necessary, but there have not been many instances where his office has had to intervene.
He encourages the public to be vigilant of potential scams. You should never give out personal information to an entity you are unfamiliar with, and always do your research before making any donations.
Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner encourages the public to call 937-225-4904 if they need assistance or need to deliver documents.
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