Message from Mayor Don Walters

Mar 31, 2020

Many of you have continued to see our police officers and firefighter/paramedics responding to calls around the city, working to protect us and keep us all safe. We know that the work that they are doing for all of us puts them directly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. You have seen your sanitation workers continue to pick up the trash, and the electric workers continue to keep the lights on. Beyond all else, I want them to know that the work that they are doing is nothing short of heroic, and I want to thank them for showing up for us and doing what is necessary to keep us all safe. I promise you that I am doing everything in my power to ensure that you have the appropriate gear to keep you healthy and protected. City employees across many departments, whether reporting to work and working on the front lines or working remotely, are seamlessly providing the city services that you deserve and have come to expect. I could not be prouder of every one of them for their selfless service. Thank you for the work that you do to keep our city up and running, even in the most challenging and uncertain of times.

There are a few dates for which I want to make sure you are aware. Tomorrow, April 1, 2020, is Census Day. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. Do your part to ensure that Cuyahoga Falls Counts. Please make sure that you respond to the Census by mail, phone, or by visiting 2020census.gov.

I also want to make sure that you know that the Summit County Board of Elections is accepting requests for absentee ballots by mail for the postponed March 17, 2020, Primary Election. Applications can be obtained at summitcountyboe.gov or by calling 330-643-5200 to request that an application be mailed to you. If you have already voted and returned a ballot by mail or in person, you do not need to request a second ballot. The absentee ballots will be accepted through April 28, 2020.

Finally, the federal, state and municipal tax filing deadlines have been postponed until July 15, 2020. For municipal tax information, please visit ritaohio.com or call 800.860.7482. We also still have employees available at City Hall for questions by phone at 330.971.8220.

I will end this with another urge to please follow executive orders and stay home. If it is not necessary, please do not go out, and if you must, please practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet apart from others. We have an opportunity to do our part and help slow the spread of this pandemic. We will get to the other side of this point in time. Please keep reaching out and supporting each other along the way – that is what makes this community so incredible. Stay apart, but continue to stay connected. As always, we are Cuyahoga Falls strong. Keep well.

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit scph.org or coronavirus.ohio.gov. — at City of Cuyahoga Falls City Hall.