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Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton M.D., MPH, and provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as announced several new opening dates established as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan.

The City of Vermilion Skate Park has reopened, following its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Located on the corner of Douglas Street and Devon Drive, this facility is open dawn to dusk and has ramps, bars for sliding, and can be used by those with bikes and skateboards.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor DeWine announced initial findings from his Minority Health Strike Force. The team was formed in April in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans.

On May 19, 2020 the City of Vermilion Pool Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Board recommended that Valleyview Pool not open in 2020. The Parks Board unanimously accepted the subcommittee's recommendation. “I also accept the recommendation,” stated Mayor Forthofer.

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, May 18, 2020 Mayor Forthofer updated the Council on the City of Vermilion’s pandemic response. According to the mayor, the Valleyview Pool opening is being reviewed by the Parks & Rec Department. They will make a recommendation.

During the Finance Committee Meeting on May 11, 2020, Amy Hendricks, Finance Director, stated she continues to review the City of Vermilion’s current financial state with the current COV-19 impact on the economy. One bit of good news they received for unemployment claims.

All June public events in the City of Vermilion have been suspended, according to Mayor Forthofer. Events on public properties, including parks, that gather more than 10 people will be suspended for the month of June. “This includes Fish Festival, fireworks, Third Thursday, and any other planned events,” stated the mayor.

Virus or no virus, decent weather has allowed construction of new VFD Firehouse #1 to move along, according to Mayor Forthofer. Completion is scheduled for November 2020. "This project is funded by the tax dollars you have paid into the Fire Capital Fund over the years and a low interest bond secured in 2019," stated the mayor.

The Veterans Council has decided not to have a Memorial Day Parade this year in consideration of the Governor's "No Parades" order. "Few things make me more sad," stated Mayor Forthofer. "But, we can still honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. Fly the flag. Send a message to a veteran."

Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton M.D., MPH, and provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as several new opening dates established as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan.

Beginning May 13, the online payment system for the City of Vermilion will allow one time payments using GooglePay or ApplePay. “When you are entering a payment in the City’s portal, you will be able to select one of these options in the drop down menu to charge your payment from any card you have stored."

To support the reopening of downtown retail shops and restaurants, the Exchange Park Comfort Station is reopened to the public. It will open daily at 8 am. "In compliance with Erie County Health Department recommendations, the facility will be sanitized frequently with Defense Soap cleaner."