ASHTABULA — City Council President John Roskovics believes it time for a mandatory mask covering in public places.
He asked his fellow council members to consider it.
“I go to stores in Mentor and they check you for a mask,” he said. “If you take the mask off while inside, they remind you to put your mask on.”
City Manager Jim Timonere said he also wants people to wear a mask in public, but enforcement is an issue.
“Most people coming into [Municipal Building] are wearing masks,” he said. “I would agree to City Council passing a resolution.”
Roskovics brought up the possibility of a resolution supporting mask wearing after Ashtabula City Health Commissioner Christine Hill provided a report about COVID-19 in Ashtabula. She asked council members to be mindful of people who can’t wear a mask because of health issues.
“Leading by example is the best thing we can do,” she said.
As of Monday, there have been 65 positive cases, seven probable cases, five deaths and 267 orders of quarantine within the city, Hill said.
Testing is available at Ashtabula County Medical Center, University Hospitals, Signature Health, State Road Medical Facility and Prospect Urgent Care. Residents should talk with their family doctor if they want to be tested.
Ward 5 Council person Jane Haines said she had “sincere appreciation” for the work Hill is doing during this crisis.
Timonere asked the public to continue wearing masks and maintaining the six-foot rule when out and about in the community.
In other business:
• City Council authorized the city manager to enter into a $303,000 contract with J. Severino Construction Co. of Ashtabula for repairs and improvements to the Tivision Place pump station.
• Council also authorized the manager to enter into a change order to a contract with Capp Steel Erectors of Ashtabula for asbestos abatement and demolition services at a blighted structure at 5015 Benefit Avenue for an additional $13,500.
• The manager reported the city is receiving many calls on high grass in yards. He asked for patience, as he was unable to hire summer help that usually mows lawns every day.