Do Not Flush…

As people are looking for alternatives to toilet paper, we have a request from your local sewer plant in Ostrander…please, please, please DO NOT flush anything down the toilet other than toilet paper or FLUSHABLE wipes. Do not flush paper towels, tissues,  baby wipes, towels, or anything else unless they are categorized as “flushable”. Flushing any of these items could clog your own sewer lines and could also cause damage or clogging of the sewer plant. Please find an alternative method to dispose of those items other than flushing. This request is true for any time but in these times of spending a lot of time at home, we need everyone’s cooperation in keeping the sewer plant up and functioning property.

flushable wipes are not ideal either…just because it says you can flush it….does not mean you should…watch here

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Help your neighbors.
Mayor Bob

Ostrander State of Emergency

To the Residents of the Village of Ostrander:

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine declared a State of Emergency in response to worldwide outbreak of the corona virus known as COVID-19 for the State of Ohio. The Governor has and is continuing to take actions to reduce the spread of this disease.
On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a National Emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Read the full declaration here https://bit.ly/3a8l5Be
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, I, as Mayor, declare a State of Emergency for the Village of Ostrander in an effort to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.
To address this emergency, effective immediately, the following measures will be taken by the Village:
  1. The Ostrander Village Office, 19 S. Main Street, will not be open to the public. Village staff can be best reached by calling the individual member or by email. The list of Village staff phone numbers and email can be found by following this link: www.ostranderohio.us/council
  2. Utility payments can still be made by mailing in your payment or by using the drop box at the BANC. If you are having difficulty paying your utility bill as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, please contact the Village Fiscal Officer.
  3. We are looking into holding the Village’s regularly scheduled meetings online in a virtual meeting space. We are researching the details and will provide that information soon.
In addition, these measures are necessary to protect not only the general public, but the health of the Village staff who will need to continue to provide public services during these difficult times.
As your Mayor, I urge all residents to follow the directions of our Federal, State, and Local health officials in procedures to reduce the spread of this dangerous virus. Again, I urge you to get your news from trusted sources, which may not include social media in many cases. Also, please look out for your neighbors and the elderly, in particular. As warranted, additional measures may be taken until the threat from this virus has subsided. Please continue to visit our website at www.ostranderohio.us for updates.
For the latest information on the corona virus, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov, www.cdc.gov, or www.delawarehealth.org.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Help your neighbors.
In Service,
Mayor Robert J. Taylor

COVID-19 Questions?

The Delaware General Health District has options for those with questions and to speak to someone.
 
740-368-1700 to report a disease or press 1 for questions about COVID-19.
1-833-427-5634 General Questions
740-815-6518 After-Hours Emergency
 
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.
Bob

Voting, Tax Filing and Latest DGHD Info

VOTING POSTPONED  Gov. DeWine announced today his recommendation to postpone tomorrow’s in-person voting until June 2, 2020. Absentee ballots are permitted during that time, but in-person voting will not take place until June 2.

Latest info from DGHD: https://bit.ly/2TVLtIM

RITA 2020 Filing Deadline:

COVID-19 has undoubtedly caused a statewide crisis in Ohio and no facet of daily life has gone unaffected including municipal income taxes.  This crisis continues to raise more questions than answers and is likely to have a significant impact on the 2020 tax filing season.
We have heard from taxpayers and the preparer community the potential for delays in filing and payment as the pandemic is presenting challenges for taxpayers to meet their filing obligation and may reshape municipal income tax policy.  THIS MAY TRANSLATE TO A DELAY OR LOSS OF INCOME TAX REVENUE TO YOUR MUNICIPALITY AND WE ARE ADVISING MEMBER MUNICIPALITIES TO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.  It is extremely difficult to quantify the revenue impact, as the scope of industries affected is fluid as well as the length of time the specific industries will be adversely impacted.
The filing deadlines for municipal taxes are prescribed in Ohio Revised Code and only by the authority of the State of Ohio Tax Commissioner can extensions be granted to taxpayers.  (See Below)
718.05 (G) (1) (a)  Annual return; filing.
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, each individual income tax return required to be filed under this section shall be completed and filed as required by the tax administrator on or before the date prescribed for the filing of state individual income tax returns under division (G) of section 5747.08 of the Revised Code.
(3) If the tax commissioner extends for all taxpayers the date for filing state income tax returns under division (G) of section 5747.08 of the Revised Code, a taxpayer shall automatically receive an extension for the filing of a municipal income tax return. The extended due date of the municipal income tax return shall be the same as the extended due date of the state income tax return.
If policy changes are implemented, RITA will work closely with the taxpayers and the tax preparer community to ensure a positive experience during this difficult time.

 

COVID-19 / Corona Virus

Certainly there is a lot of information out there regarding the recent health situation we are all facing. The President has just declared a National Emergency to help fight combat the situation. I am not here to add more dialog to the situation but I did want to point out a few items of note locally.

First and foremost, I highly recommend getting your news from a reputable source, which generally does NOT include social media sources like Facebook unless you know the source. Information on many of social media sites are not vetted for accuracy. Get your news from trusted sources like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov , Ohio Department of Health at https://odh.ohio.gov, our local Health Department at www.delawarehealth.org or your favorite trusted news source.

For the time being, regular Village meetings will proceed as scheduled primarily due to the small numbers at most meetings. Any future public meetings will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

The Village is here to help however we can. If you are in need of assistance please reach out to me or a Council member. We are currently working with a couple business owners on some things to help the community during this time. More information will be coming on this soon.

Latest information from DGHD https://bit.ly/33labWm

Buckeye Valley students who receive free and reduced meals will continue to receive breakfast and lunch. The meals will be delivered to homes. More information to come from BV. 

Free Internet from Charter Spectrum for students. Details here https://bit.ly/2TObHwM

Good COVID-19 Information from BV here https://bit.ly/2QhGJv3

Stay safe and please help others in need. 

In Service,
Robert Taylor
Mayor, Village of Ostrander