COVID-19 Tallmadge Updates

Recreation Center Before and After School Care Registration

August 3, 2020 — The Recreation Center will be offering before and after school care this year! We have worked diligently to modify our program, policies, and procedures to make the program as safe as possible. *Please note we will only be accepting grades 1-5 this year.*

Registration for returning families will start at 6 am Wednesday, August 5. Those families should watch their email for additional information.

Registration for new families will begin at 6 am on Friday, August 7.

REMINDER: Extended Tax Deadline July 15

July 9, 2020 — A reminder to residents and businesses that the extended deadline for filing your 2019 City of Tallmadge tax return is July 15. Additionally, first and second quarter estimated payments for tax year 2020 are also due on July 15.

RITA offers several secure, simple, and convenient online ways to file returns, make payments, review account information, and send messages to RITA through MyAccount, all available at ritaohio.com.

The City will also be available to offer in person assistance by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning June 16. Please call 330-633-0853 to schedule an appointment. You may also call the Income Tax Office at 330-633-5599 to request assistance over the phone.

Recreation Center Phase 2 Update

July 1, 2020 — We are excited to announce phase 2 of our opening. Starting July 6, limited group exercise classes and pickleball will return!

Those interested in reinstating their gold membership to take classes should email jsimons@tallmadge-ohio.org. All class participants should bring their own water bottle, sweat towel and mat (if needed). Steps, hand weights, bikes and other similar equipment will be provided.

Pickleball will be set up Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 am-12 pm. Players should bring their own paddle, ball, water bottle and sweat towel. No equipment other than nets will be provided.

Public Entry into City Hall Starting July 1

June 30, 2020 — Starting July 1, public entry into City Hall will be permitted without an appointment from 10 AM to 3 PM each weekday. Although emphasis will continue to be put on residents handling their business on the phone or via email rather than in person, visitors will be permitted to enter City Hall through the main entrance without an appointment and speak to a receptionist located just inside the main doors.

City Hall visitor guidelines:

1. Visitors are required to perform a health and symptom self-check prior to entering City Hall.

2. Visitors are asked to wash or sanitize their hands prior to entering the building. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be provided at Reception.

3. The receptionist in the main lobby will assist and direct any visitor, as needed.

4. Unless they meet certain exclusions, visitors older than two years old will be asked to wear facial coverings while in any City building. A mask will be provided at reception if one is needed. Any visitor who chooses not to wear a mask will be provided service via telephone or email only.

5. Social distancing (six feet, minimum) must be maintained with all visitors and employees.

City of Tallmadge Basketball Hoops Open

June 15, 2020 — The basketball hoops at Lions Park went back up this morning! Please abide by all CDC and Responsible RestartOhio guidelines while at the parks. 

City of Tallmadge Playgrounds Open

June 11, 2020 — All City of Tallmadge Playgrounds, with the exception of Maca Park, are now open! In following recommendations from state and local health officials, please maintain a safe social distance while using any equipment. If you or your child(ren) are sick, please stay home. Equipment is not regularly disinfected so it is to be used at your own risk. Abide by all CDC and Responsible RestartOhio guidelines.

Maca Park playground will remain closed as it receives its new rubber surfacing. This project was planned prior to COVID-19 and requires certain weather conditions for installation. We will update you when this playground reopens.

2019 Tallmadge Tax Returns Due July 15

June 10, 2020 — A reminder to residents and businesses that the extended deadline for filing your 2019 City of Tallmadge tax return is July 15. Additionally, first and second quarter estimated payments for tax year 2020 are also due on July 15.

RITA offers several secure, simple, and convenient online ways to file returns, make payments, review account information, and send messages to RITA through MyAccount, all available at ritaohio.com.

The City will also be available to offer in person assistance by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning June 16. Please call 330-633-0853 to schedule an appointment. You may also call the Income Tax Office at 330-633-5599 to request assistance over the phone.

2020 Tallmadge Community Garden Opening June 12

June 7, 2020 — The 2020 Tallmadge Community Garden registration is now open to new gardeners and planting can begin on Friday, June 12.

The garden registration process will look a bit different this year due to COVID-19. No fee will be charged for the garden and registration forms must be submitted via email (preferred), mail or City Hall drop box. No in-person registration will take place. Once your form is received, we will call you to discuss your garden plot location.

Gardeners will be required to adhere to all public health requirements including social distancing and gathering guidelines, and to eliminate the use of shared hoses, a foot pedal hydrant will be installed for hands-free watering. Gardeners will need to bring their own watering can/bucket or their own hose. If a gardener chooses to bring their own hose, they will be required to properly sanitize the hydrant before and after use.

Registration forms and updated rules/regulations can be found on our website at https://tallmadge-ohio.org/187/Community-Garden. If you have questions, contact Andrea Kidder, Community Development/Communications Manager at 330-633-5639 or akidder@tallmadge-ohio.org.

Recreation Center Reopening Information and Guidelines

May 27, 2020 — The Tallmadge Recreation Center will reopen on Monday, June 1 at 8 am with a modified schedule and limited capacity. Visit Tallmadge Recreation Reopening to review the Recreation Center Reopening Information and Guidelines. Hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8 am-noon and 3-7 pm; Friday, 8 am-noon; Saturday 10 am-2 pm; closed on Sunday. The cardio and strength sides will be open as well as the track. At this time, we will be open to members only, ages 16 and older. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Recreation Center Reopening June 1

May 22, 2020 — Our hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8 am-noon and 3-7 pm; Friday, 8 am-noon; and Saturday 10 am-2 pm. We will be closed Sundays. The cardio and strength sides will be open as well as the track. At this time, we will be open to members only, ages 16 and older. Additional information on our new guidelines and procedures will be posted next week.

2020 Farmers Market Cancelled

May 22, 2020 — Due to low vendor interest caused by coronavirus concerns, the City of Tallmadge has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Farmers Market season. Over the last two months we have been communicating with vendors and have received less than half the interest normally received each year. We also have concerns regarding shoppers and if they are likely to show up during this time along with implementing and enforcing the many safety guidelines set by local and state officials. We appreciate the vendor and community support received both past and present, and we look forward to returning in 2021. We hope you will join us then!

Zoning Department Not Issuing Peddlers and Solicitors Permits

May 18, 2020 — Due to current concerns related to COVID-19, the Zoning Department is not issuing any Peddlers & Solicitors permits.

Per TCO 733.02, Every peddler and itinerant vendor, before engaging in the business of selling, bartering or soliciting orders for or offering for sale anything of value, or who solicits for services of any kind or character within the City, shall secure a permit to do so in the manner hereinafter described. A separate permit is required for each peddler, solicitor, agent, or employee peddling or soliciting within the municipality.

Residents are encouraged to ask to see the Solicitor’s permit, which is issued by the City of Tallmadge and includes a picture of the solicitor, company name and valid date with expiration. Residents may choose to contact Tallmadge Dispatch 330-633-2181, if necessary.

Parks and Recreation Updates

May 16, 2020 — On Thursday, the Governor announced re-opening dates for fitness centers and other programs. However, the exact requirements and recommendations associated with these openings were only released last evening, and we have just started the process of reviewing them. At this early stage, the mandated public health guidelines (e.g., social distancing, use of masks, health screenings, extreme cleaning/disinfecting, etc.) will undoubtedly require drastic changes to the layout and operations of fitness centers. Once we have had a chance to fully review the new guidelines, we will determine what changes are needed and make decisions related to the reopening of our relevant facilities. We want to open up as much as you, but we must first understand how it can be done in compliance with the CDC and Health District regulations and protocols. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these challenges, but keep in mind this is something we have never dealt with before. We want to do the best we can to provide service while protecting our community. We will release additional information when it is available.

Due to many complicating factors, Summer Camp and Maca Pool will remain closed. This program and facility just cannot be operated effectively, while addressing public health concerns, under the current circumstances. We look forward to seeing you in 2021, and again appreciate your patience and understanding. 

City of Tallmadge Facility and Event Updates

May 4, 2020 — Faced with an ongoing national health and economic crisis, Tallmadge Mayor David G. Kline announced today a number of measures he is taking to protect both the health and safety of Tallmadge residents and in response to the pandemic’s considerable financial impact on the City. See the Mayor’s Full Update.

Recycling, Yard and Bulk Waste Collection to Resume April 27

April 24, 2020 — On Monday, April 27, Republic Services will resume recycling, bulk and yard waste collection. Recycling carts will once again be treated as recycle only, do not place trash/non-recyclable materials in the cart.

2020 Circle Festival and Light Parade Cancelled

April 23, 2020 — The City of Tallmadge and the Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce officially announce the cancellation of the 2020 Circle Festival and Light Parade. This difficult but necessary step was taken in order to ensure the health and safety of our residents and visitors, which continue to be our top priority during these unprecedented times. The Circle Festival and Light Parade brings over 20,000 people to our historic Tallmadge Circle every August, and with this in mind, we find the cancellation necessary. As upsetting as it is to know we cannot celebrate our great city with you this year, we look forward to celebrating with you in 2021!

2020 Community Garden Registration and Opening Postponed

April 15, 2020 — With health and safety in mind, the registration and opening of the 2020 Community Garden has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. This difficult decision was made with social distancing, properly sanitized surfaces (hoses), and limited number gatherings in mind. The narrow pathways between garden plots, the shared use of 2 garden hoses, and the potential for gatherings of more than 10 people caused the concern. Guidance continues to change daily and an update will be provided when the garden can be safely opened for the season.

Notice Regarding Your Recycling and Trash Service

April 3, 2020 — Effective Monday, April 13, Republic Services will be temporarily suspending the collection of recycling, yard waste, and bulk items for the safety of their drivers.

Please limit the amount of material set out each week to only that which will fit inside the cart. Residents may use their recycling container for trash overflow as all recycling carts at the curb will be dumped “as trash” during this time. Once the Governor rescinds the Stay at Home Order, all collection services will return to normal.

Also, Simply Recycling, the “orange bag” textile recycling program, has been suspended until further notice.

City Building Restrictions

March 30, 2020 — Due to Governor DeWine’s extension of K-12 school closings and the extension of the Presidential social distancing guidelines until the beginning of May, City of Tallmadge facilities will continue to be closed to the public until further notice. To contact specific City departments, all office phone numbers can be found using the City Directory.

Municipal Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15

March 28, 2020 — Municipal income tax returns and payments for tax year 2019 with a due date of April 15, 2020 have been extended to July 15, 2020. Estimated payments for the first and second quarters of tax year 2020 have also been extended to July 15, 2020.

No request for extension or other filing is required to receive these extensions. No late filing or late payment penalties, or interest, will be imposed for the period of April 15, 2020 through July 15, 2020 for these extended filings and payments.

RITA’s call center will remain open and available for taxpayer calls at 1-800-860-7482, however, staffing is reduced and call times may be longer than normal. In addition, RITA offers several secure, simple and convenient online ways to file returns, make payments, review account information, even send a message to a RITA agent through MyAccount, all available at ritaohio.com.

Public Safety Seeks Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations

March 24, 2020 — The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic continues to globally impact the way public safety officials respond to the needs of citizens. Due to the broad scope of the pandemic, traditional suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) are unable to fulfill the large volume of requests that are needed to answer calls and protect the health and safety of the first responders. As the pandemic continues and current supplies are stretched thin, the need for PPE grows increasingly important to obtain. The Tallmadge Fire Department and Tallmadge Police Department ask local businesses and the general public for any donations of PPE, which may be readily available, to better serve the community in a time of public health emergency.

Tallmadge Safety Forces are in need of:

  • N95 masks, surgical masks, or other dust/procedure masks
  • Disposable surgical gowns
  • Barrier coveralls (Tyvek suits)
  • Safety glasses

The greatest need is for the N95 masks, surgical masks or any dust/procedural masks. Current recommendations require police officers and firefighters to wear a mask during each interaction with the public. Though Tallmadge Safety Forces currently have less than two weeks supply available within the stations.

If you have any items available and are willing to donate, please call the Tallmadge Dispatch at 330-633-2181 to arrange a drop-off.

From all of the Tallmadge Public Safety Forces: Thank you for your support!

Parks & Recreation Social Distancing Reminder

March 27, 2020 — In an effort to protect public health and safety, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Governor Mike DeWine issued a Stay at Home Order effective March 24 to further promote social distancing. This order allows the use of public parks as a means of getting exercise and fresh air as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. These guidelines prohibit group gatherings in any number and require 6 feet of separation from others when using parks.

Since the order was put into place, we have received notification of park users not abiding by these guidelines. Signs are being posted to help reinforce proper social distancing guidelines. We are asking your help to spread the word about the importance of proper social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If we continue to witness park users not respecting social distancing, we may be forced to close our parks.

Public Safety Adjustments

March 24, 2020 — The police department has begun handling as many calls as possible via telephone to minimize the exposure to officers. They will also avoid entering homes and businesses to the extent possible.

Residents will experience the following when requesting assistance from the fire department:

  • When talking to dispatch, callers will be asked several additional questions to determine COVID-19 risk factors.
  • Residents are asked to meet responders at their front door, and to please leave the screen/storm door closed and communicate through it.
  • EMS personnel will be wearing a face mask and eye protection on all calls.
  • Patients experiencing respiratory symptoms will be required to wear a surgical mask during any interaction with fire personnel. The mask will be provided by responding personnel.
  • EMS personnel will contact the hospital before transport to determine whether the patient will be taken to the hospital or advised to stay home with instructions.

All of these procedural modifications are implemented with the safety of residents and City employees as a top priority. Everyone’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.