Message from Montgomery Mayor Chris Dobrozsi and City Manager Brian Riblet

March 16, 2020

Citizens of the City of Montgomery,

This is an unprecedented time for most of us. While those with a more extended history may remember the polio outbreak or hearing about the Spanish Flu, few of us anticipated the toll a pandemic would take on our lives.

I can assure you that our City personnel, including our first responders, and our mutual aid communities are prepared and have been preparing for the needs of the community in emergencies such as a public health pandemic. For the last 11 days, and as a result of actions taken by the State of Ohio, Montgomery has been utilizing its Emergency Operations Plan and collaborating with the Hamilton County Emergency Operations Center.

The City of Montgomery is open for business. While our doors to City Hall are closed effective today, March 23, our committed and dedicated City Hall staff are available by phone and email, thanks to today’s technology. Our outstanding Public Works, Fire and Police personnel continue to serve the community while still taking appropriate measures to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Thank you to the tremendous and outstanding health care professionals and facilities who are heeding the call to serve and care for all at this time. We specifically want to thank our friends and partners at TriHealth’s Bethesda North Hospital, some of whom are our family and neighbors. They are putting themselves on the front lines to fight back this assault while protecting themselves and their families as much as possible. As some say, ‘heroes don’t always wear capes.’ Thank you.

We want to acknowledge our local businesses, bars, and restaurants, and their struggle to maintain operations and now must close as a result of the recent State of Ohio actions. We support you, and we will see you on the other side of this emergency, ready to welcome you back. The City of Montgomery is here to help you as much as possible. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers these programs to help our small businesses as well, https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19. Support local businesses. They will need us in these times more than ever.

Let us also lift up and honor our large employers, including Ohio National Financial Services, Twin Lakes Senior Living Community, Meadowbrook Care Center, Carecore at Montgomery, and Sycamore Community Schools. They have maintained operations and continue to serve their constituencies despite these many challenges.

Finally, on behalf of the City of Montgomery City Council, staff, and our colleagues, we offer our heartfelt prayers, thoughts, and support for those who have or may contract the COVID-19 virus. Your safety services, health care partners, and neighbors are here to support you and wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. With the update notifications from the State of Ohio, our country, and around the world, we know that no community is immune from this event, including our own.

These are difficult times – but each day we are one day closer to this crisis being behind us. Montgomery is a strong Community and this crisis will make us even stronger and bring us closer together.

Godspeed, and stay safe,

Mayor Chris Dobrozsi

City Manager Brian Riblet