City of Oakwood COVID-19 Response

Updated July 7, 2020

Below is a summary of actions taken by the city of Oakwood in response to the COVID-19 virus:

  • Essential Government and Infrastructure Functions: As a municipality, the city of Oakwood provides essential government and infrastructure functions.  All departments within the city of Oakwood governmental organization are operating under enhanced efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Facility Reopening: All city of Oakwood facilities and parks are open to the public.  This includes:
    • Oakwood Community Center (OCC) at 105 Patterson Road
    • Oakwood Public Works Center at 210 Shafor Boulevard
    • Oakwood City Building at 30 Park Avenue
    • Oakwood Public Safety Building at 30 Park Avenue
    • Oakwood Dog Park
    • Orchardly Park, including restrooms
    • Shafor Park
    • Fairridge Park
    • Cook Park
      • Playground equipment at Shafor Park, Fairridge Park, Orchardly Park and Cook Park is disinfected daily, Monday through Friday.  The restrooms at Orchardly Park are cleaned and disinfected twice daily, seven days per week.
  • Police/Fire/EMS Services: Emergency police, fire and EMS services continue through the pandemic.  Some non-emergency services are modified.
  • First Responders: A March 16 press release provided guidance to the community on calling for public safety assistance.
  • Refuse Collection and Disposal Operations: Normal refuse collection and disposal operations continue through the pandemic.  The Public Works staff includes multiple employees with the skills necessary to collect and dispose of weekly household trash and recyclables, and to conduct all other Oakwood refuse programs/operations.
  • Water and Sewer Operations: Normal water and sanitary sewer operations continue through the pandemic.  The Public Works staff includes two fulltime employees licensed by the Ohio EPA to operate the public water production and treatment systems.  Staff identified a third person in the Dayton area that is licensed, and that knows the Oakwood water system.  That person is under contract and on-call to operate the system in the event that both fulltime Oakwood operators fall ill at the same time.  Additionally, Oakwood staff has communicated with water department staff at the city of Dayton and Montgomery County regarding back-up support if needed.  The Oakwood Public Works staff includes multiple employees with the skills necessary to maintain the sanitary sewer system.
  • Employee Issues Regarding Illnesses/Returning to Work: Directives were issued to all employees regarding personal health, and directives were given to Department Heads and Supervisors in regard to employees returning to work after recovering from the COVID-19 virus.
  • Smith Gardens Rentals: Smith Gardens is closed to rentals.
  • Tennis Courts: Public tennis courts at Shafor Park and Orchardly Park are open for use, as is the Hollinger Tennis Facility (members only).  Signs are posted at the tennis courts mandating social distancing.
  • Municipal Court Operations: The Oakwood Municipal Court is open, but with some operational adjustment to address social distancing requirements.  Call 937-293-3058 with questions.
  • Limiting Face to Face Meetings: Face to face meetings in public buildings are either cancelled or severely limited.
  • Home Inspections:  Consistent with facilities openings on Monday, June 1, interior and exterior property inspections will resume for pre-sale and rental properties.
  • Income Tax Filing: The deadline for filing Oakwood municipal income tax returns is extended to July 15, consistent with federal and state extensions.
  • Temporary Signs: The City will not prosecute certain types of temporary sign violations.  This action was taken to allow small businesses to promote/advertise their operating hours during the pandemic.
  • Oakwood Neighborly Salute: On March 30, Oakwood Mayor William Duncan issued a proclamation inviting and encouraging residents to step outside at 6:00 p.m. each evening for a few moments to wave at each other and shout out words of greeting and support.  This is a tangible and daily way for residents to connect in person while still practicing social distancing.
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