COVID-19 Community Action Plan
To The Residents, visitors and businesses of Colerain Township:
It’s been a while since our last update and a lot has happened. We recognize the COVID-19 has brought sickness and death to our families and neighbors, and our hearts ache for those affected. No words can express our feelings of grief and anguish that has befallen many in our community but know that Colerain stands strong and resilient and ready to assist where we can.
I would like to thank our Community for their continued diligence and dedication to making Colerain the thriving community we are. Because of your attention to the CDC and Ohio guidelines, our community continues to flatten the curve and weather the storm in true Colerain fashion. We may see increased positive cases but keep in mind that these numbers are increasing because testing has increased Our actual numbers of hospitalized and deaths are the real weather gauge to be used here, and all indications show we are doing well compared to other areas of the state.
Businesses are opening up, childcare is reopening, restaurants have reopened their dining rooms and we are getting a taste of the new “normal” This has been a difficult time for our community. Colerain thrives on locally owned businesses and those “mom and pop” places where everybody knows your name. Now, more than ever, we urge our residents to patronize our locally owned businesses and those located in Colerain Township. Remember to tip your servers, as they may have been without pay for many weeks and even months.
Our Township services are getting back to a more normal schedule. Police and Fire administrative personnel and staff are back to working their normal shifts. The Township Administrative staff are continuing to slowly return to their schedules but have realized that some things can be done remotely and these functions are currently being evaluated by department heads. Trustee meetings, zoning meetings, and other gatherings in the Trustee chambers will continue to be adapted according to social distancing guidelines, but every attempt is being made to integrate technology to facilitate these meetings to ensure all voices are heard.
Your Township remains fully operational and functioning during these periods of medical, economic, and social upheaval and want to reassure our residents that we remain committed to a functional continuity of government during trying times. I couldn’t be more proud of the way in which our staff and residents have worked together to continue making Colerain the strong community that we are.
Take care, and stay #ColerainStrong.
Geoff Milz, Township Administrator
Even as we are all doing everything we can to slow the spread and flatten the curve, the business of the Township must go on. On Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 PM the Board of Trustees’ regularly scheduled meeting will occur as scheduled but due to the restrictions on congregations of people and concerns about public health, it will look and feel much different.
We plan to use a technology that allows us to come together while not being physically present in the same room. Each Trustee and Department Director will either be onsite at 4200 Springdale Road or joining the meeting remotely. The entire meeting will be broadcast live on Waycross TV and recorded for those who are unable to watch it live.
Just because you can’t be in the room doesn’t mean that you can’t give us you feedback! The big theme of our 2020 Strategic Plan and Budget is "Creating Connections" after all! In these uneasy times, we want more than ever to assure you that the men and women who work for Colerain Township are here for you. If you have something you would like to share with the Board of Trustees during the Citizen Comment portion of the meeting please send them your comments by noon on Tuesday, April 14th by emailing the following email address: Coleraintwp@colerain.org. They will be read into the record of the meeting during the citizens address portion of the agenda.
Though attendance at this meeting by the general public will not be permitted, we want you to be able to get the information you need and keep up with the business of the township. We look forward to the day when we can all be together again. Until then, if you have any questions, please contact the Administration Department at 513.385.7500.
Be well, Colerain.
Geoff Milz, Township Administrator
As we continue to head straight into this pandemic and the uncertainty that lies ahead of us,we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude to the Colerain Community for the countless offerings of help, volunteers and well wishers seeing what they could do to help.This is truly the meaning of #ColerainCares.
Tough times lie ahead of us as this virus will undoubtedly touch each of our residents in some way. This is a thing that the COVID19 Leadership Team does not take lightly. For almost 3 weeks now, we have been meeting every weekday morning at 0800 to formulate the day’s messaging, staffing and to coordinate the operational capacity of our various departments. We can assure you that at this time, we have put things in place that can be adjusted and enhanced in a single phone call. Whether that means placing additional EMS units on the road or additional officers on patrol, we have built an operational plan that we are comfortable with for the first part of the anticipated surge.
One thing that gives us some comfort is the incredible leaders we have in charge of each of our departments and professionalism of all our employees at all ranks. They are truly conducting business with YOUR safety and the safety of ALL our Township employees as their top priority.
We are continuing to plan ahead to ensure the continuity of our operations at all levels to maintain our governmental operations within the Township. On behalf of our elected officials, our COVID-19 Leadership Team, Department heads and all of our employees, we encourage everyone to pay attention to the CDC and ODH guidelines, take care of yourselves and check in on your neighbors, because #ColerainCares.
Geoff Milz - Township Administrator
Steve Conn - Public Information Officer
Original Message - 3/18/2020
We truly are living in wild times. I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you the priorities and precautions the Township is taking as we move into this public health emergency. It is important to remember that, for most of us, this virus is like any other – it makes us feel sick for a short time then it passes. However, for those in high-risk populations (elderly, extremely young or those with preexisting health conditions) this virus can prove to be very dangerous and even deadly.
One of the biggest challenges we face is hospital capacity and overburdening our healthcare system. With many people getting sick in a short period of time, the potential exists that our hospital system may be overwhelmed and sick people may not be able to get the care they need. Therefore we need to follow the guidelines and rules that have been issues by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and the Hamilton County Public Health Department.
On Monday Evening, (Monday March 16th), the Colerain Township Trustees unanimously passed a resolution declaring a State of Emergency for Colerain Township. This falls in line with declarations at the state and federal level and open multiple avenues of assistance and funding available to Colerain residents.
Recently I met with all the department heads to discuss our response to COVID-19. The department heads have been working diligently to produce a model that we can use to provide a framework of what organizations, businesses and individuals can do to minimize the potential for spread. You will see on the following pages that our township staff and employees are following the same guidelines we are recommending to our public.
Please refer to this Community Action Plan and use this website to navigate through the various pages through the links to the left.
While we anticipate the impact of this virus to continue to get worse, I can without a doubt also state with confidence that our Township will meet these challenges head on and take care of one another when the time comes. We will show world that we are #COVID19ColerainReady.
Take care and stay healthy