By Angela Huston
Both Carey and Sycamore have implemented precautionary steps against the spread of the coronavirus.
The villages announced the closure of their offices to the public, and Carey Police Department and Sycamore Fire & Rescue are asking residents to limit their calls to emergencies.
While the villages apologize for the inconvenience, both noted their commitment to keeping the public informed as changes develop and thanked their residents for their support.
“The Village of Carey is taking the COVID-19 virus threat very seriously. We are taking precautionary steps and working very hard to protect not only the residents of Carey but our hard-working employees as well,” it announced.
This week Carey’s administration and other village employees will be working from home. The administration can be reached by phone and e-mail. All contact information is listed on the village’s website at careyohio.org.
Because certain departments are necessary for on-site day-to-day operations, such as well testing and electric, they will be working in isolated crews and alternating shifts to limit exposure, said Carey Mayor Jennifer Rathburn.
The utility office will remain open with limited hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. However, residents are asked not to enter the municipal building. They may use the drop box located outside the building to pay their utility bill or pay via mail or the village’s website. The utility office can be reached by phone at 419-396-7681.
The village has also closed all playgrounds, according to the governor’s orders.
“We want to encourage people to adhere to the governor’s guidance as it does make a difference,” Rathburn said. “Stay home if possible and refrain from having gatherings at your home. We are all in this together and we have seen all our residents pulling together as they always do in times of crisis. We are an amazing community and we can do this!” she encouraged.
Carey Police Chief Shawn Taylor has also asked the Carey community to “Please help us in these coming weeks in the use of situational discretion when initiating a call for service.”
Non-emergency calls can be handled over the phone by calling the station at 419-396-7678, he said. If an officer’s presence is requested, residents are asked to meet the officer outside.
“Please do not hesitate to dial 911 in the event of an emergency. … Officer protocols for an emergency will remain the same with no hesitation,” Taylor stated.
The police chief also asked residents to “remember to be kind to each other and to help each other” during this time.
“The Village of Sycamore is a strong and resilient community and we always come together to help each other,” Sycamore Mayor Tony Flood praised his village.
“We are committed to protecting the employees of the village, residents, businesses and organizations of Sycamore,” he said.
In an effort to control the spread of the virus, create a safe work environment for employees and protect the residents, the village has closed all of its offices, buildings and park restrooms to the public.
Village employees will continue to work and can be reached by phone for needs or concerns. The village’s telephone number is 419-927-4262.
Utility payments can be made through the drop box in the front door of the utility office or at the night depository box at First National Bank of Sycamore.
All emergency services and maintenance crews will be available to respond, the mayor also noted.
Sycamore Fire & Rescue.
Sycamore Fire Chief Rodney Clinger assured residents “that Sycamore Fire & Rescue is prepared to handle the challenges we might face in the future. We have worked with our medical director, the county EMA (Emergency Management Agency) and state resources to implement protocols for our staff and patients that best fit this situation.”
Because Sycamore’s emergency medical service is staffed by volunteers, Clinger asked that calls for service “be limited to true emergencies.”
Clinger recommended the community practice frequent handwashing, social distancing for preventative measures and self-isolation for any symptoms that are associated with a cold or flu.
The Progressor-Times and The Mohawk Leader will be posting updates on the website theprogressortimes.com. More information regarding the coronavirus is available at the state’s website coronavirus.ohio.gov.