LOUDONVILLE -- As the public health guidance surrounding COVID-19 evolves, the Loudonville Village Office has announced plans to adapt its operations in order to continue to serve Loudonville residents.
Beginning March 16 and through at least April 3, the Village Office will be closed to walk-in customers in an action taken by Mayor Steve Stricklen to minimize the spread of COVID-19, according to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon.
"We met Monday morning and brainstormed, and most of the department heads had somewhat of a plan put together. It's impacted us as much as it has anyone else in the country," Stricklen said late Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to restricted office access, other short term implementations are:
- Events in the Ohio Theatre have been cancelled, or postponed until further notice.
- Youth Building rentals are cancelled until further notice.
- Public Restrooms on Brentwood are closed.
Because the village office is closed, water bill payments can be placed in the gray locked mailbox outside the Village Office door. Water customers can also take advantage of the convenient online payment option available at www.loudonville-oh.us.
The village office staff is expected to continue to assist with the preparation of village income tax returns for taxpayers. A drop-off return preparation service will be offered in lieu of the village's typical walk-in service.
If you need assistance with your Loudonville Village return, you can drop off your tax information in the gray locked mailbox in the lobby of the Village Office/Ohio Theatre/Police Department. The city of Loudonville staff will then prepare your return, contact you with results and mail a copy of the prepared return for your records. This service remains free of charge.
Residents are asked that they do not enter the lobby of the Village Office building if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
The village is still available to assist with both Village water bills and income tax questions by phone at 419-994-3214.
Additionally, council meetings have been moved to the Ohio Theatre until further notice. This is part of an effort to follow the guidance to maintain social distancing.
"We all sat apart and people could sit apart as well. It's about the only place we could have it," Stricklen said.
Supporting local business
Stricklen encourages Loudonville residents to "take care of their own" in the coming weeks and months.
"I hope the restuarants and bars in the town can continue to hold on. It's just been devastating to all the small businesses here in town," Stricklen said. "In a small town, it's not just the resultant down the street. It's your friends. It's your neighbor."
Many are offering take-out options. These may be posted at ashlanddining.com, a resource launched Tuesday by Spire Advertising and Explore Ashland.
"Right now, at this time more than ever, all the residents of Loudonville should be doing everything they can to shop and eat in Loudonville," Stricklen said.
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