The City of Westlake is taking numerous steps to keep employees and residents safe and help in the nationwide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. These steps reflect recommendations from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health regarding social distancing and other best practices for mitigating the risk of spreading the disease.
Despite the challenges that have been created by the COVID-19 Coronavirus, your city staff is still available to assist you in your time of need. Our safety forces continue to perform well and are taking the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe so they can respond to emergency needs. Our other departments have reduced some of the services but are attempting to be available for questions, emails and other concerns.
Since the pandemic is one of health, we are following all directives conveyed by the national, state and county health agencies. These directives change quickly and thus we suggest you regularly check coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. The city has been promoting this information online at www.cityofwestlake.org, as well as on its social media pages.
At this time, no employee of the City of Westlake has tested positive for the virus and there are many steps being taken by all of the city’s departments intended to allow the city to continue to conduct necessary business and provide vital services without unnecessarily exposing residents, employees or others to possible disease risk. This largely can be accomplished by conducting business remotely via email, phone and other channels of communication that do not require in-person interaction.
Update: To limit foot traffic at City Hall, which carries some risk of increased COVID-19 exposure for city staff and for visitors, the city has decided to keep the doors locked at the facility for the foreseeable future. The decision to do so came shortly after Governor Mike DeWine’s March 22 announcement of a Stay At Home Order for the State of Ohio.
The following is a list of measures the city’s various departments are taking and what residents, businesses and professionals who are in contact or do business with the city should know moving forward:
Police and Fire personnel will be taking certain steps to limit direct contact with residents to the extent possible while still fulfilling their duty to protect and serve. Therefore, residents are encouraged to primarily contact emergency services via phone or email when possible. Phone numbers pertaining to specific types of issues can be found on the Police and Fire pages on the city’s website. Also, please note:
Building design professionals, construction companies and others are encouraged to submit bids, applications, and inquiries about inspections, construction plans and other matters via email, direct mail or phone – dial City Hall at 440-871-3300 to be directed to the appropriate department. Additionally, please note the following:
Community Services Department
The Community Services Center is closed to the public but the Food Pantry and certain social services are still available with modified parameters. Additionally, employees are available to respond to questions and concerns by phone at 440-899-3544 and email. More details are available on the city’s website. Please note:
The Rec Center is closed to the public until further notice but will be staffed and capable of handling inquiries by phone at 440-808-5700 and email at email@example.com. See more below:
General public services
The Service Department will be taking extra precautions to limit contact with residents while conducting maintenance on city infrastructure and providing other necessary services. Some activities will be postponed until further notice:
Directives from Governor Mike DeWine and pubic health officials at the state and national levels have forced the city to cancel several events and meetings to comply, particularly with directives banning large gatherings. Such cancellations and postponements include:
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these times. In addition, I would encourage everyone to be aware of your neighbors needs and don’t be hesitant to display acts of kindness when possible, while also being mindful of the aforementioned best health practices as recommended by public health officials (accessible via this link: coronavirus.ohio.gov). We have a great community here in Westlake and we have never been short of individuals that will step up or go above and beyond expectations to assist others. Let’s all become those individuals and do the unexpected.
Mayor Dennis M. Clough