November 18, 2020 Update
STAY AT HOME ADVISORY ISSUED BY FRANKLIN COUNTY
Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health have issued a Stay at Home Advisory, beginning at 6 pm on Friday, November 20 for a period of 28 days (two consecutive incubation periods of COVID-19) or until both health departments determine that a change in the guidance is appropriate. The advisory is in response to rapid increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the community positivity rate.
All residents of Columbus and Franklin County are advised to stay at home to the greatest extent possible. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick up.
Residents also are strongly advised not to have any guests in their homes unless they are essential workers – including for the Thanksgiving holiday – to limit meetings and social events to 10 individuals both indoors and outside, and to avoid traveling in and out of the state.
The Stay at Home Advisory supplements all current orders of Governor R. Michael DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, Franklin County, the City of Columbus, and the municipalities of Franklin County.
Let’s all do our part to help our healthcare professionals, essential workers, our families and our friends safe during this difficult time – please follow the guidelines set forth by this advisory.
The City continues to make adjustments to its operations as a result of the evolving Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation. We remain committed to serving the community, and any adjustments made are appropriate given the current situation and are consistent with the Ohio Governor’s social distancing orders and recommendations made by State and local health departments.
We also wish to remind all our residents that we are facing this challenge together. We have many older adults or other residents with chronic health conditions who are considered at high risk in our community. We also have many residents who work in the healthcare industry and other fields who are going to be working many long hours and experiencing other challenges in the weeks ahead. Know who your neighbors are and check in regularly to make sure they have the support and supplies they need, or offer to help with simple things like checking in on their pets or running a quick errand.
Facial Covering Requirement for Indoor Public Spaces
All persons with the City of Upper Arlington are required to wear a facial covering at all times when they are in indoor spaces that are open to the public, including all commercial establishments and City buildings. Learn more about Ordinance 46-2020 here.
Many office personnel are working from home and can respond to emails and phone calls remotely.
PUBLIC SAFETY OPERATIONS
The City’s Police, Fire and EMS services are continuing. We do however have the following requests:
- Both firehouses are fully operational, but to avoid putting our personnel or yourselves at risk, please DO NOT visit either station. If you have a medical concern, contact your doctor or call 911 for a medical emergency.
- The Fire Division has a robust standard operating procedure for protecting paramedics when they assist residents who are experiencing symptoms consistent with a contagious disease of any kind. These protocols are comprehensive and appropriate for emergency medical runs that could involve a patient suffering from COVID-19.
- The Police Desk at the Municipal Services Center remains open. However, if you need to speak with an officer or wish to make a report that can be completed by telephone instead of coming in, please call 614-459-2800.
- Police officers are using social distancing protocols when assisting the public, such as wearing gloves and keeping a minimum of six feet between themselves and others. If it is not possible to file a report or address an issue by telephone, and you require an officer visit at your home or business, be prepared to meet the officer outside the premises.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES CENTER
The Finance and Community Development Customer Service Desk at the Municipal Services Center is currently closed to walk-in service requests. We encourage you to contact us by phone during regular office hours (M-F, 8 am-5 pm) or to conduct all business with us electronically. If onsite customer service is necessary, we require an appointment. For recent travelers, please adhere to State Travel Advisory guidelines before scheduling appointments. Other guidelines include:
- FACEMASK REQUIRED – For health and safety reasons, visitors, contractors and employees interacting with customers must wear a facemask before entering and keep their facemask on while inside this building. Our staff members will refuse to provide service to anyone not wearing a facemask.
- FOLLOW OUR SAFETY GUIDELINES – If standing in line for service, maintain an appropriate distance from others. Credit card payments are preferred instead of cash.
- PUBLIC RESTROOMS REMAIN CLOSED AT THIS TIME
- The building remains closed for general gatherings, events and Concourse Gallery viewings until further notice.
Residential and Commercial Building Plans
Residential and commercial building plans can be submitted online. Visit the Community Development Department webpage for details. If you have hard copy plans, get them scanned so that you can submit them electronically. Appointments are now required for any paper plan drop-offs or pickups. Call 614-583-5070 for details.
The Building Division has resumed in-person inspections, with appropriate social distancing, health and safety requirements in place to ensure the safety of our personnel and the public, per the following:
- Water heater and furnace inspections will occur in person, provided the contractor and/or resident are present and confirm that they are following appropriate *COVID-19 Inspection Safety Protocols.
- Limited remote inspections will be offered at the request of the resident for smaller occupied residential structures. Please see Remote Inspections under the Building and Contractor Registration page
- The Division will complete all types of residential inspections when requested, provided the contractor or resident are present and following *Covid-19 Inspection Safety Protocols.
*Covid-19 Inspection Safety Protocols
- During any interior inspections, the building, floor or area shall be vacated prior to the inspector’s entry, except by the permit holder or owner.
- The home must be contamination free with no one present that have tested positive for COVID-19, have a fever and/or is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- The contractor or resident must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.
- The inspector reserves the right to not complete the requested inspection should COVID-19 safety protocol not be in place upon arrival to the project site.
Property Inspections/Code Violations
Staff is available to address property maintenance complaints that involve a health and safety concern for others, such as the accumulation of trash. You can either file a complaint using the UAClick2Fix app or through our I Want To… online portal.
PUBLIC SERVICE OPERATIONS
The Public Service Center is open to visitors, but appointments are strongly encouraged. Contact Public Service here to request an appointment.
Solid Waste Services
Local Waste Services is continuing to provide the community with timely solid waste services per the regular schedule and recognizes that proper sanitation is a vital component of public health. They are closely monitoring the situation and following appropriate health and safety guidelines, and while their goal is to continue to provide service without interruption, as circumstances evolve some delays and adjustments may be necessary.
Here are some requests from Local Waste that we ask residents to follow to help protect the safety of their workers and to ensure uninterrupted service:
- Bag all trash before placing in your trash container to reduce workers’ exposure to items such as tissues and other personal hygiene products.
- Recyclables should still be loose, but make sure you are following the proper recycling guidelines. Click here for more.
- Place trash at the curb the night before your regularly scheduled collection – route times may be adjusted.
- To avoid high call volumes, use Local Waste’s Customer Service portal, if you need to report missed collection or have a service question.
Miscellaneous Service/Payment Options
- UTILITY BILL PAYMENTS – If you need to pay your semi-annual utility bill (trash, stormwater), you may do so online. It is also possible to drop your payment off in the overnight drop-box in the parking lot facing Kenny Road, OR you can mail payment to City of Upper Arlington, P.O. Box 183187, Columbus, OH 43218-3187.
- TRAFFIC TICKETS – these may be paid online with Mayor’s Court. Additionally, the City has a payment kiosk in the entry lobby of the Municipal Services Center.
- MAYORS COURT PAYMENTS – Mayor’s Court has resumed operations via set times that are provided to defendants and/or to their attorneys. Defendants are asked to follow court protocol guidelines that are contained in their notice.
- BONDS, TICKETS, FINES & COSTS, DIVERSION, RESTITUTION
- Credit card payments at upperarlingtonoh.gov
- Cash or credit card via the JACK kiosk terminal in the lobby by the entrance
- Use our overnight drop-box in the MSC Kenny Rd parking lot for tickets, fines & costs, and restitution only (include payer’s name and/or account # for confirmation purpose)
- Questions? Call 614-583-5060
- CONTINUANCE REQUESTS
- Call 614-583-5060 | Email email@example.com
- DRIVING PRIVILEGES
- Call 614-583-5060
- BONDS, TICKETS, FINES & COSTS, DIVERSION, RESTITUTION
- FINGERPRINTING (WEBCHECK) SERVICES – The City is continuing to provide Webcheck fingerprinting services (M-F, 8 am-5 pm) via the Police Desk (hard copy ink fingerprinting is not being provided at this time). Please come ready to pay with a credit card using the lobby kiosk (immediately to your right as you enter the building), before heading to the Police Desk to have your fingerprints taken.
Cancellations and Closures
- Council Conference Sessions and City Council Meetings – are being held remotely using Zoom video-conferencing software. Residents can log into the meeting as an attendee, or can watch via livestream on the City Council webpage or via Facebook.
- Board and Commission public meetings are typically being held remotely via Zoom teleconference. Residents can log into meetings, with details provided in each agenda. View the Events Calendar for meeting dates.
PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES
- NEW CLASSES AND PROGRAMS – In light of the county’s Stay at Home Advisory, the department is cancelling all in-person classes and programs through the end of the year. Refunds will be made in full.
- NEW SENIOR CENTER – In light of the county Stay at Home Advisory, the department decided to wait until the New Year before evaluating when it will be possible to safely reopen the Senior Center. In the meantime, seniors can participate in virtual programs and Zoom chats with staff and other members (email firstname.lastname@example.org for information).
- NEW AMELITA MIROLO BARN (Sunny 95 Park) – The City is not accepting any new reservations for the Barn at this time, now through March 31, 2021. We are accepting reservations starting on April 1, 2021. Click here for facility and rental details.
- NEW RESERVABLE PARK SHELTERS – The City is not renting Thompson North Shelter, now through March 31, 2021. We are accepting reservations starting on April 1, 2021. Click here for facility and rental details.
- ATHLETIC FIELDS – Park Diamonds are open. Contact sports are not authorized at this time (reopening plans are currently under review).
- PARKS GENERAL – All City parks and a majority of park amenities are open. Drinking fountains are not available. All park restrooms are closed except at Sunny 96 Park and the north shelter restroom at Thompson Park. Port-o-let’s are available at the following parks: Fancyburg, Northam, NW Kiwanis, and Reed. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, park users are asked to wear masks when they are not able to socially distance from other park users.
What the City’s Administration Team Is Doing
As the City works to stay current on the continually evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation occurring across the nation, and now in Ohio, our leadership team is reviewing, updating and implementing appropriate preparedness and response protocols.
Our primary goals are as follows:
- To protect employees and their families from a potential spread of COVID-19.
- To continue to provide services for the residents of Upper Arlington to the greatest extent possible.
- To do our part to help educate residents and take preventive measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the event that it reaches the region.
- To do what we can to support our community’s at-risk populations—namely older adults and individuals with compromised health conditions.
The City Manager has signed an updated Administrative Memorandum outlining the City’s Contagious Disease Outbreak Policy. All employees are required to acknowledge that they have received and read this Administration Memorandum by printing, signing and returning an attached acknowledgement form.
Signs have been posted at entryways, customer service areas and in restrooms to remind Staff and the public of the simple steps that we all should take to prevent the spread of disease—such as frequent hand washing, avoiding direct contact with others, keeping surfaces clean, etc. Disinfectant wipes have been placed at communal locations. While hand sanitizer is currently in short supply, this will be made available at the same locations as soon as possible.
Training and Travel
The City Manager has directed that employees should cancel any work travel plans (conferences and training) scheduled outside the Columbus metropolitan area for the foreseeable future. Employees are asked to notify their supervisor and/or Human Resources if they return from a vacation to an area or country that has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control as a “high risk location” for COVID-19.