Local Adjustments for COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency
Effective March 17, 2020
This notice follows the declaration of a state of emergency by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and other orders issued by the Director of the Ohio Department of Health stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fully acknowledging the import of the actions taken by the Governor and the Department of Health, and further recognizing it is prudent to follow the best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), we also remain cognizant of the point that “the business of government must continue,” as recently observed by the Ohio Attorney General. For the duration of the declared emergency, the Canaan Township Trustees (“Board”) will adhere to the following local procedural adjustments:
The regular meeting schedule (the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.) shall resume on May 11, 2020.
2. The meeting agendas will be confined to items which, in the determination of the Board, are essential or
necessary for current operations and services.
3. Agenda items will be grouped in categories to expedite the Board’s determination and action.
4. All staff members are excused from meeting attendance, and any particular matters requested by a
department head will be addressed directly by the Board.
5. Board meetings shall remain open to public attendance; however, each attendee will be expected to comply
with current, generally-accepted best practices issued by the CDC, which include: (a) “social distancing” of
6 feet: (b) refraining from handshaking and other direct contact; (c) coughing or sneezing into one’s elbow;
(d) possibly wearing a mask for the protection of those near you; and (e) handwashing and other general
6. The portions of the meetings ordinarily set aside for “public speaks” will be suspended to expedite the
Canaan Township is located in the northwest corner of Morrow County, Ohio.
The Township consists of 27.5 square miles and is home to over 963 residents
(2010 census). The trustees maintain over 21 miles of roads and 3 cemeteries.
Canaan Township has three school districts in its borders: River Valley Schools,
Northmor Local Schools, and Mt. Gilead Exempted Village School District.
Canaan Township is covered by three fire districts: First Consolidated Fire District
covers the northwest corner of the township, Mt. Gilead Fire Department covers
the southern two-thirds of the township, and Iberia Volunteer Fire Company covers
the northeast corner of the township. The Township is a rural community with many
residents involved in farming. Other residents work outside the township in the
county or other communities.