A Message from Mayor Walters

Apr 09, 2020

I hope this message during our stay at home orders continues to find you and your family healthy and well. I know this is not easy, but I am so incredibly proud of everyone who is following CDC directives on physical distancing and hand washing to help slow the spread of COVID-19. I cannot stress enough the seriousness of this virus. Just Monday, Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said it best when she said, “it’s time to double down.” We have been doing a great job, but now we need to do just a bit more to help slow the spread of this pandemic. This week marks many religious celebrations, and I am begging you to stay home because we cannot let up now on all of the progress we have made in collectively slowing the spread of this deadly virus.

Please make sure that you are only going out when it is essential. Limit your outings to the grocery store or pharmacy to lessen your contact with others. Do not be afraid to wear a mask when you are out in public. We are experiencing many cultural shifts right now, and wearing face covers to slow the spread of germs can be beneficial to all of us. Most importantly, please make sure that even while we are staying apart, we are staying connected with our family and friends. We need to make sure that we are all taking care of each other because we are truly all in this together.

Last week, we announced that sanitation services will now be cart-only until further notice. Bulk pickup, yard waste bags, and anything that is outside of or does not fit in carts will not be picked up for now. This effort is to help protect sanitation employees from COVID-19. Additionally, our spring cleanup program is being delayed until we move beyond the pandemic. If you need a yard waste cart, please email Utility Billing at UBDept@cityofcf.com. I know there have been many operational changes over the past few weeks as we navigate the progression of the spread of COVID-19. I want to thank you all for your patience, understanding, and willingness to adapt to these changes to help keep us all safe and healthy. We are sacrificing every day, but we know that the measures we are all taking are helping to flatten the curve.

I want to take a minute this week to recognize our students. Our kids are doing amazing things as they adjust and adapt to remote learning. They, too, have been sacrificing so much as they have had to take time away from their routines, their schools, sports seasons, and their friends. On Tuesday, I released a video on social media asking for you to contact me to tell me about the great things your kids are doing while they have to be away from their schools and their friends. I would love to send them a card and recognize them for their work during these unprecedented times. If you would like a card to be sent to your child and are a Cuyahoga Falls resident, please email me at mayor@cityofcf.com. I ask all of you to keep encouraging each other through this time.

Earlier this week, we experienced a bad thunderstorm with a tornado warning. I want to remind you, if you have not already, to sign up for our CFO Alerts to stay informed about city and weather emergencies at cfo.cityofcf.com/web/eservices/cfo-alerts. We are posting up-to-date information on all of our social media sites and want to keep you engaged and informed. You can like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and follow us on Twitter. We are also posting updates on cityofcf.com and NextDoor.

None of this is easy. But this is all temporary, and we will see the other side of this. Please keep doing your part to slow the spread of this pandemic. Please continue to stay home except when it is absolutely necessary that you be out. When you are out, please practice physical distancing, wear your masks, and keep washing those hands. We will get through this. Thank you.