Monroe council to consider emergency approval of protocols in pandemic

Council members will be spaced out more on the dais to encourage social distancing, said Angela Wasson, Monroe clerk of council.

Wasson said city staff attending the council meeting will be limited to the city manager, city law director and herself.

The meeting is open to the public but the city will be following the state public health guidelines for public gatherings due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Residents can listen to an audio recording that is posted on the city’s website the following day, according to Wasson.

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Among the topics on tonight’s council agenda include approval of the final city budget for 2020 as well as approval to extend the income tax filing deadline and other emergency protocols due to the pandemic.

To reduce the exposure of both the public and city staff to the coronavirus, city officials closed public access to the Monroe City Building, 233 S. Main St., and the Public Works Building, 1000 Holman Ave. on March 16 until further notice. However, all departments are available by emial or phone.

These city departments also took the following measures:

  • Development/Building/Zoning/Property Maintenance: Permits are to be submitted via email. For questions or submissions contact planning@monroeohio.org or 513-539-7374.
  • Finance: Income tax payments and utility payments can be made by phone, mail, or the drop box located near the police department entrance. For income tax preparation, phone appointments may be scheduled during normal business hours and designated Saturdays. Documents must be received in the tax office via mail, fax, the drop box, or a secure portal prior to your scheduled phone appointment. Contact the tax office at tax@monroeohio.org or utility office at UB@monroeohio.org. Both offices can be contacted by calling 513-539-7374.
  • Fire Department: All public education classes, fire inspections, and tours are suspended. High risk/high hazard inspections to be reviewed by Fire Administration. Family members will not accompany patients to the hospital unless determined to be critical to the transport. For questions contact fire@monroeohio.org or 513-539-8380. Emergencies call 9-1-1.
  • Mayor’s Court: Contact Rebecca Rosenbalm at 513-539-6201 or rosenbalmb@monroeohio.org.
  • Police Department: Fingerprinting services are suspended and the Citizens Police Academy is cancelled. For questions contact police@monroeohio.org or 513-539-9234. Emergencies call 9- 1-1.
  • Public Works: Please email campbelld@monroeohio.org or call 513-727-8953.

For general questions or more detailed information about each department, please visit the city’s website at www.monroeohio.org or email cityhall@monroeohio.org.

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