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Ward 3 Quick Update: May 26, 2020

Ward 3 Resident,

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend. Although yesterday this Memorial Day was not the normal that we are all use to due to COVID-19. We still gave pause and thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation in our Armed Forces. Whether they fell in the Revolutionary War or the Global War on Terrorism and every war in between. They paid the ultimate price for the freedom we all enjoy today. We honored them unfortunately without the normal public ceremonies, but with private or virtual ones. President Trump even ordered all flags to half-staff this weekend to also mourned and honor the over 100,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

As our city, state, and country continue to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is still among us. Please continue following safety measures below to keep yourself and others safe from further spread of COVID-19: Stay at least six feet from others at all times; Avoid crowded areas; Wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others; Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.

Since my last update, Governor Mike DeWine has ordered additional business re-openings, and some additional items locally I like to give you a quick update on.

Have a great rest of the week!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

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Ward 3 Quick Update: May 23, 2020

Ward 3 Resident,

As our state and country continue to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to first remind you all some basic preventative measures we all can do to stay safe and limit further spread of COVID-19:

  • Social Distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others in public.
  • Wear a face covering or mask in public.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water several times a day, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

Since my last update, Governor Mike DeWine has taken a number of measures to loosen the past restrictions that have been in place the last two months due to COVID-19 that I like to make you aware of and also some other COVID-19 local updates below too.

Have a great rest of the week!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

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Ward 3 E-Newsletter: May 2020

Greetings Ward 3 Resident,Hope all the mothers here in Ward 3 had a Happy Mother’s Day! We all don’t like this random snow. But is great to see the flowers starting to bloom and our state start the process of re-opening slowly but safely as we still combat this COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the virus is still all around us and will continue to be something we will still have to deal with for the next several months or more. Current COVID-19 totals from the Ohio Department of Health are: 24,777 confirmed case; 4,413 hospitalizations; 1,357 deaths; 209,153 tested; and there are confirmed COVID-19 cases in all 88 counties throughout our state. Here in Cuyahoga County, the current COVID-19 totals from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health are: 1,540 confirmed cases;  age range 1 week to 101 years old for confirmed cases; 104 deaths; and 87-143 confirmed COVID-19 cases for our area in the 44133 zip code. So even as the current stay at home order is lifted come May 29th. Please continue to wear a face-covering or mask in public, use social distancing, and proper hygiene to help eliminate the spread of COVID-19 in our community! Even how tough things have been. I am so proud of how brave, patient, and caring you all have been to help our fellow neighbors and local businesses struggling as a result of COVID-19! Every day there seems to be new COVID-19 news we get bombarded with. So, I wanted to update you on some key COVID-19 news that you should be aware of since my last update and return back to a little more to my normal monthly updates on what is going on in your city government. So apologize this may be longer than my normal updates but just wanted to make sure I keep you in the loop.

Have a great week & Stay Safe!

Dan Langshaw
Ward 3 Councilman
North Royalton City Council

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COVID-19 Financial Programs & Loan Help for North Royalton Ward 3 Businesses

(Last Updated on May 11, 2020 at 9:05pm)

Below is some helpful information various Financial Programs and Loans available to Ward 3 Businesses. If you need assistance in determining if a program or loan is a good fit for you please feel free to contact City of North Royalton Community Development Director Tom Jordan at at 440-237-5484 or at tjordan@northroyalton.org
  • Look into the Small Business Guide to the CARES Act, part ofthe largest federal stimulus money disbursement in history.
  • You can learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program, a part of the CARES Act, that helps small businessespay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs, including benefits. Apply here. The Greater Cleveland Partnership did a good job on an FAQ document on the program. Here is also another PPP FAQ that some Ward 3 Business have told me they found helpful too Click Here. (This may not be everything you ever wanted to know about PPP, but it sure is a useful primer on some of the basic questions we’re all getting about the program.)
    • Loans of 250% of employer’s monthly payroll (up to $10 million) until 6/30/2020 that can be used to cover payroll (salary, leave, insurance), mortgage, rent and utility payments.
    • Loans are forgivable for funds spend during 8 week period after origination in the amount equal to payroll, mortgage interest, lease and utilities.
    • Businesses, even without a personal guarantee or collateral, can apply as long as they were operational on February 15, 2020 and had paid employees (even if the owner is the only employee).
    • It is important to note that loan forgiveness only occurs (generally –seek legal counsel) if employees continue to receive pay at normal levels during 8 weeks after loan origination. The amount spent on payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utility payments can be combined and that portion of the loan will be forgiven.
      • Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply on 4/3/2020
      • Independent contractors and self-employed can apply on 4/10/2020.
  • The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This IRS page will be updated as new information is available.
  • Businesses impacted by Covid-19 can apply for up to $2 million to pay for payroll, accounts receivable and fixed debts that can’t be paid due to the impact of the Corona Virus through the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
    • Frequently asked questions on the program can be found here.
    • You can watch a short 15 minute video on how to apply from the SBA Economic Injury Loans.
    • To expedite the process the borrower should have complete copies of their most recent federal income tax return and a completed and signed IRS form 4506-T which authorizes the release of tax information. Additional information to have available would be a schedule of liabilities, personal financial statement, monthly sales figures, a current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement, and a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year if the most recent federal income tax return has not been filed.
    • If you are a small business with who currently has a relationship with an SBA Express Lender you can access up to $25,000 with substantially less paperwork with an SBA Express Bridge Loan. This can also be used as a way to get urgently needed cash while waiting for a decision on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
  • You may also wish to review if your business interruption coverage or if the Corona Virus damage to property can be covered by your insurance policy.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce developed a Small Business Guide for Covid-19 Loans.
  • The Economic and Community Development Institute also has a variety of loans for start ups or small businesses.
  • Tax filings and payments may be deferred until July 15th. The Treasury Department will not be applying any interest or penalty on amounts normally due with the 2019 return up to $1 million for individuals (including the self-employed) and up to $10 million for corporations. Read the publication here.
  • Northeast Ohio has a long standing tradition of generosity. HFLA of Northeast Ohio makes education, personal and small business loans without interest.
  • ECDI Recovery Loan: ECDI is facilitating a COVID-19 Recovery Loan program as a complement to existing SBA programs. The loan amount is up to $20,000 for new ECDI clients or up to $50,000 for previous ECDI loan recipients. The loans are at 6% for 69 months with the first 3 months being interest only. Anyone interested in applying can email mrecovery@ecdi.org or cfaircloth@ecdi.org.
  • Cuyahoga County announced on May 8, 2020 a second round of the Small Business Stabilization Funding which assists small neighborhood-based businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The applications close May 15, 2020 at 5:00pm. Click Here to apply online. The Small Business Stabilization Fund is funded in part by the Cleveland Foundation and is administered by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.
  • The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has released an updated FAQ for both employers and employees regarding COVID-19 impacts to workers’ compensation. The FAQ covers questions on claims, benefits, premiums and many other issues. You can read the FAQ in full HERE.
  • One-Time Liquor Rebate Program. The one-time Liquor Rebate Program is designed to help Ohio bars and restaurants as they navigate reopening in the coming weeks. Eligible permit holders can receive a $500 rebate to purchase high proof spirituous liquor at their assigned wholesale Contract Liquor Agency. JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Commerce are working together to assist businesses’ efforts to maintain operations as a result of the health crisis.
  • Emergency Funding Options for North Royalton Businesses
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COVID-19 Help for North Royalton Ward 3 Small Businesses

(Last Updated on May 27, 2020 at 11:45am)

Below are listed some helpful resources for Ward 3 Small Businesses. Also small buinesses are encouraged to also look at the Financial Programs Page as many of these will apply to your business too. Business owners considering a layoff or reduction in staff are encouraged to look at the Taking Care of Your Employees Page.

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COVID-19 Tips for North Royalton Ward 3 Businesses on Employees Working from Home

(Updated Last on May 4, 2020 at 9:27am)

Ward 3 Businesses that have employees working from home. Below are some helpful tips for you and your employees.

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COVID-19 Tips for North Royalton Ward 3 Businesses on Taking Care of Your Employees

(Last Updated May 4, 2020 at 4:53am)

Some helpful tips below for Ward 3 Businesses on how to take care of your employees during this COVID-19 epedemic. Employers who have individuals working from home may also wish to visit the Working From Home Page.

  • If you are looking for employees, or you are a current job seeker looking for work at an essential visit, please visit this site to post and search for job opportunities: https://jobsearch.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/jobsearch
  • The IRS Employee Retention Credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business was financially impacted by Covid-19.
  • SharedWork Ohio is a creative alternative to avoid layoffs for employers. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced activity. By utilizing the SharedWork tool the employer reduce hours to avoid a layoff, the employee works the reduced hours and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. Learn more here.
  • All health insurers have been required by the Ohio Department of Insurance to allow employers to defer their insurance premium payments for up to two months. You can keep your employees covered and push back the costs until later to free up cash.
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides up to 14 days of paid sick leave and up to 12 weeks of paid family medical leave to help those dealing with exposure, diagnosis, or even symptoms of the coronavirus. The majority of workers of small and midsized companies and non-profits are eligible as long as they have been employed for at least 30 days. The White House has stated that businesses and non-profits who provide this paid leave will be reimbursed for the full amount within 90 days (in the form of a payroll tax credit). The bill also requires employers to provide additional protections for healthcare workers. Read more about the bill here. You may also reference this FAQ documentfrom GBQ.
  • Businesses may direct employees that they were forced to lay off to this resource from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as well as this FAQ on Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
  • The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation have created a BWC Covid-19 FAQ. March to May payments may be deferred until June 1, 2020.
  • Employers planning mass layoffs or shutdowns as a result of the coronavirus are asked to share a specific code (2000180) with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to speed the processing of unemployment benefits.
  • The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers a Rapid Response Team to help employers with transitions such as layoffs and assistance with the federally required WARN act.
  • Businesses that are interested in learning more about the products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against the Coronavirus may reference the publication List N.
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has created a resource documenton what to do if your employees are having trouble with bills, experience a loss of income or may be targeted by scammers looking to take advantage of a bad situation.
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COVID-19 Help for North Royalton Ward 3 Manufacturers

(Last Updated May 4, 2020 at 5:04am)

Ward 3 Manufacturers are encouraged to also look at the Financial Programs Page as many of these will apply to your business. Below are some helpful information to assist you during this tough time.

Ohio manufacturing companies are doing a variety of practices to keep their facilities clean but ensuring that their employees remain safe is a top concern. Here is what some of them are doing that you may be able to implement at your plant:

  • Some companies are adding shifts or weekend hours so everyone can still collect a paycheck, ensure social distancing and not affect product delivery.
  • Another company split plant into 2 work teams to promote social distancing, each working for 7 days 12 hour shifts (with additional breaks).
  • Some have created a built in break time for employees to clean and disinfect with checklists on what has to be done.
  • Take temperature checks at the door before someone enters the facility. This way if someone has a high temperature they are not in the building potentially causing contamination or causing some employees with reasons to worry.
  • Stagger breaks and start times so 6’ distance can be maintained and not a mad rush for the same limited areas. If you have some employees who need structure and hate to deviate from routines you can try to incorporate this into your planning too.
  • Some have withdrawn attendance and points policies, including leeway for employees with children affected by school closures.
  • If not a fire door, consider propping it open to avoid a lot of people touching the same thing over and over throughout the day.
  • Some companies that have been forced to implement a layoff are still paying their employees benefits. The hope is that they will have an easier time getting these great employees back when the economy ramps back up. All health insurers have been required by the Ohio Department of Insurance to allow employers to defer their insurance premium payments for up to two months.
  • Keep your staff informed but not with in-person meetings. Use your bulletin boards and emails to keep everyone in the same loop.-One company has a dedicated person watching the daily Governor’s updates and sending out communication the following day after they see what the media is saying to ensure that they are getting the right message to communicate.
  • Other have a communication response team made up of a cross section of department managers who can each see how to better plan for the outbreak with minimal disruptions.
  • If someone from your company has a LinkedIn account have them search for OMA’s Covid-19 Information Exchange or www.linkedin.com/groups/12385229/ to stay up-to-date on other best practices
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North Royalton Ward 3 Business Assistance due to COVID-19

(Last Updated May 21, 2020 at 12:50am)

If you are a local Ward 3 business owner who is experiencing issues due to the COVID-19 please feel free to contact a local resource the City of North Royalton Community Development Director Tom Jordan at at 440-237-5484 or at tjordan@northroyalton.org. Also check out the Emergency Funding Opportunities on the City Website by Clicking Here.

Also Ward 3 businesses can contact me Councilman Dan Langshaw at 440-785-4240 or at Ward3@northroyalton.org as well if they need assistance as well.

Business Best Practices during Covid-19
A great starting point is to read this quick, 1 page document on 5 practical tips that small businesses can use to protect their financial health or on 25 tips for marketing your business during the coronavirus. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a template for your business to create a plan to remain in operation during a pandemic. A quicker, shorter version from the CDC and the Department of Health & Human Services can be found here. The CDC also released an interim guidance for businesses and employers. The U.S. Chamber has developed several useful tools, resource lists and communication toolkits for businesses to use as well as a live blog to help businesses for the near and long-term impact. Access US Chamber site here.

Restart Tool for Businesses
Click Here to view a Restart Playbook that University Hospitals has created for businesses to consider as they begin to re-open back up.

Disinfectant Suppliers
As businesses start up and return to their facilities there is an expected jump in demand of sanitizing and disinfectant supplies. MAGNET has created a list that can be found Here of companies supplying disinfectants, disinfectant cleaning services, as well as disinfecting guidelines and EPA registered products.

Ohio BWC to provide Face Coverings to Employers
Governor DeWine announced on May 19, 2020 that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) will begin distributing at least 2 million non-medical-grade face coverings to Ohio employers who are covered by BWC. Public and private employers that participate in the State Insurance Fund will receive a package from BWC containing at least 50 face coverings. These packages will be shipped in batches beginning May 20, 2020. The masks, which are intended to support and enhance any workforce safety and health efforts businesses already have in place, are funded through BWC’s existing budget and will not impact any premiums.

If you are looking for employees, or you are a current job seeker looking for work at an essential visit, please visit this site to post and search for job opportunities:

https://jobsearch.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/jobsearch


 Resources for North Royalton Ward 3 Businesses

COVID-19 Financial Programs & Loan Help for North Royalton Ward 3 Businesses

COVID-19 Help for North Royalton Ward 3 Small Businesses

COVID-19 Tips for North Royalton Ward 3 Businesses on Employees Working from Home

COVID-19 Tips for North Royalton Ward 3 Businesses on Taking Care of Your Employees

COVID-19 Help for North Royalton Ward 3 Manufacturers

Ordinance 20-81
North Royalton City Council unanimously approved on May 19, 2020 Ordinance 20-82, providing guidelines regarding temporary patios for foodservice operations in the City of North Royalton. These temporary areas are only allowed until December 31, 2020, or until state restrictions are lifted whichever comes first. Click Here to view the full guidelines.


Responsible Restart Ohio

Responsible RestartOhio Website

Responsible Protocols for Businesses

Sector Specific Operating Requirements

Businesses/Employers – COVID-19 Checklist

 



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Bags of Joy Project

(Last Updated on May 10, 2020 at 8:18pm)

Blossom Hill, a residential care facility for individuals with developmental disabilities here in North Royalton, has partnered with Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw on a project called Bags of Joy (#BagsOfJoyNoRo).

Staff members from Blossom Hill and Councilman Langshaw will donate items for these bags such as chalk, crayons, stickers, little toys, and etc for students at each of the elementary schools in North Royalton if a bag is requested. (Students can be from anywhere in North Royalton and don’t have to live in Ward 3). The bags will also include a positive note to the kids saying that we are proud of them and wishing them a great summer.

This project is completely voluntary. If a parent would like a bag for their child, then should contact Councilman Langshaw at ward3@northroyalton.org and request a Bag of Joy. In the email, please include your home address, the elementary school the child attends and first name of the child so each bag can be personalized. Once we get requests and the bags are completed. Blossom Hill Staff will drop off each of these bags at the student’s house, and with proper social distancing, as a nice surprise to help them get through this COVID-19 Emergency.

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