December 6, 2020 Message from the Chairman: Joe Wolfe
Subject: Update Information of Frontier Internet Service for Kelleys Island Residents
During the last two years we have worked with Frontier to deliver faster more reliable Internet service to our Community. First with the DSLAM project that was completed from Pauline Rd to Titus Rd. Those addresses that fall into “Pauline” can experience stable 5-15 Megabyte service. The remaining DSLAM installations were put on hold to test a new fixed wireless product for Frontier, and they chose Kelleys Island as a beta site for their entire company.
Testing began Oct 2018 of upgrading antennas and radios on the water-tower. In mid 2019, 6 test locations were selected to represent some of the toughest and most remote locations on the Island, along with some more direct sites to the water tower. It was challenging to say the least, leaves, trees, and poor topography caused many issues.
In early 2020,Frontier made a break through: replaced antennae with omni directional technology and continued testing. Most of the test sites experienced at some times very fast speeds 30-40 meg, but also experienced intermittent service, which turned out to be a product of constant remote testing. August of this year, beta equipment was replaced with production equipment and mounted on the test addresses.
I’m happy to report for the last 2-3 months we have experienced faster reliable Internet service. The Fixed Broadband service is now available for sales. I have attached the pricing and products available. Please feel free to comment or ask questions via the comment section of the TODC Website.
As we close out December, I’m happy to announce two new developments to the island’s health and safety infrastructure. First, we have appointed Russell Maust to serve as our Kelleys Island EMS Administrator. Additionally, MetroHealth Life Flight will handle emergency air transport.
What does this mean for Kelleys Island?
MetroHealth services go into effect on Friday, December 18 at noon; there will be no interruption in emergency services after the transition is made
In an emergency, you will still need to call 911
In a non-emergency, you will still need to call (419) 503-2508
The EMS office is still located next to the police station behind town hall
No membership is needed for this new program as it was previously with St. Vincent’s, MetroHealth will simply bill your insurance
Whatever your insurance agrees to pay will be covered, any additional balance is forgiven
More information about the services MetroHealth will offer including TeleHealth, TeleDoc, etc. will be made available in the coming weeks. Look for an article in the next edition of Kelleys Life for a more detailed outline.
We’re thrilled to be able to provide our community with these important services and enhancements to our EMS personnel. We hope that it will help you all feel safer and more confident being part of our island community, whether Kelleys is your year-round home, seasonal refuge, or favorite vacation spot.
Finally, the Village of Kelleys Island would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season! We thank you for all your support this past year!
We’re closing in on the Thanksgiving holiday and the COVID-19 statistics in our state are getting dire. As Governor Mike DeWine remarked in a recent presser, the virus is now seeing significant spread in more remote, rural areas. We have even seen it spread to Kelleys Island – several of our community members have become ill and one was even hospitalized.
As of Monday, the state of Ohio is nearing 6,000 deaths from COVID-19. Since Saturday, 8,133 new COVID-19 cases with 205 more hospitalizations and 12 more deaths have been reported. We’re firmly in the third wave of this pandemic and we must take this seriously.
What does that mean for Kelleys Island?
We encourage our workers, residents, and visitors to continue to practice safe social distancing, mask wearing, and regular hand sanitizing regimens
We encourage our community to refrain from gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday with those outside their household
We encourage those who are sick to stay home and to seek medical attention if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms
For Christmas Park Lighting, which will occur on November 27, Santa will be driving by to greet the children and their families, but no children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap this year to share their Christmas wishes; goody bags will be provided
The annual Thanksgiving potluck on November 27 at the Village Pump has been cancelled
The Winery will host its annual holiday bazaar on November 28 and it will be held entirely outdoors
We understand that the prospect of further lockdowns and increased infections is exhausting, frustrating, and scary. However, we implore you to think of the safety of your family, your friends, and even strangers in the coming days. Furthermore, let’s help our medical professionals and first responders by staying well and out of the ICU. With a bit of cooperation, we’ll all be able to have a safe and happy holiday in 2021.
Don’t forget – you are your community. And what you do matters.
The Erie County Community Health Outreach Clinic will provide Flu Shots on KI on Friday October 23, 2020. Appointments are required. To schedule your appointment with a provider, call Central Scheduling at 419-626-5623 ext 174. See (download) the Flyer for more details.
ERIE COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER PUBLIC HEALTH OUTREACH CLINIC is excited to announce we are resuming our The Outreach Clinic will resume our normal scheduled hours at the Kelley’s Island Library. Due to COVID-19 precautions, appointments are required. To schedule your appointment with a provider, call Central Scheduling at 419-626-5623 ext 174. Facial coverings are required and social distancing will be enforced. Flu shots available October 23, 2020!
The Annual Meeting was held virtually on September 19, 2020. Thanks to the members who joined the Google Meet session as well as those 18 who viewed us on YouTube.
The Bylaws were amended (unanimously) as follows:
ARTICLE VII (7)-MEMBERSHIP (Approved Revisions)
1. MEMBER – Any Kelleys Island landowner shall be eligible for membership in The Association (Initial Membership Fee-$25.00). To maintain active membership, duesestablished by the Board per Article VI 1. are payable each year to The Association. An active member shall have the right to vote at the annual meeting and an individual or the designated representative of a legal entity active member shall be eligible to become a Board Member. Any person, organization or legal entity who has maintained a membership since the initiation of The Association (May 15. 1974) is classed as a MEMBER. Each $25.00 membership under Section 1 shall have no more than one vote at the annual meeting.
Election of Board of Directors members:
Incumbents: Jim Coleman, Frank Dodson, Janet Killam, Jennifer Pieratt, Todd Hanes.
New directors: Melanie Bates, Chris Kipfer.
Congratulations to the elected board members and thank you to members leaving the board: Vickie Finnigan and Jeanie Feagan
Membership vote to revise By-laws (article VII Membership)
Membership vote to elect members to the Board of Directors
The President’s annual report
1 & 2: Voting on by-laws revision and directors
is by active members attending (virtually) the annual meeting. This
may be done by voice vote, chat, or email during the meeting. One vote
ARTICLE VII (7)-MEMBERSHIP (Current language)
1. MEMBER – Any Kelleys Island
landowner shall be eligible for membership in The Association ( Initial
Membership Fee-$25.00). To maintain active membership, $10 dues are payable
each year to The Association. An active member shall have the right to vote at
the annual meeting and an individual landowner shall be eligible to become a
Board Member. Any person, organization or legal entity Who has maintained a
membership since the initiation of The Association (May 15. 1974) is classed as
a MEMBER. Each $25.00 membership under Section 1 shall have no more than one
vote at the annual meeting.
ARTICLE VII (7)-MEMBERSHIP (Proposed Revisions)
1. MEMBER – Any Kelleys Island landowner shall be eligible for membership in The Association (Initial Membership Fee-$25.00). To maintain active membership, dues established by the Board per Article VI 1. are payable each year to The Association. An active member shall have the right to vote at the annual meeting and an individual or the designated representative of a legal entity active member shall be eligible to become a Board Member. Any person, organization or legal entity who has maintained a membership since the initiation of The Association (May 15. 1974) is classed as a MEMBER. Each $25.00 membership under Section 1 shall have no more than one vote at the annual meeting.
2. Here is the slate of Board member nominees (elect up to 7): Incumbents:
We look forward to
your participation at this meeting. If you have any questions, please let
us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
One entry per group, submitted electronically as attachment to email sent to email@example.com. Prefer jpeg format but if in another format we will try to manage. If unable to use format we may ask you to resubmit.
Picture of entry (float, formation, golf cart or whatever) needs to have a visible name of the family(ies)/organization submitting the entry. To the extent possible, compliance with the 6-10 guidance and masking should be considered in the picture. The theme is “Better together” or otherwise “if there had been a parade this is what we would have entered”. What is in your picture does not necessarily need to be possible in the real world, given this whole pandemic is out of this world.
Entries will be cobbled into a sequence which may resemble a “parade” and be made for viewing through KILA website and other locations subject to platforms’ censorship.
An attempt will be made to judge the entries and award at least a first place. There may be prizes or surprises awarded.
Thank you for your participation. Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
is continuing its community service efforts for Kelleys Island this summer. We have given away over 700 cloth face masks
to KI residents, businesses, and their employees. We have also placed bright yellow yard signs
encouraging everyone to “Please Keep
Kelleys Safe”. We hope that
everyone will do their best to prevent, or at least slow down the spread of the
COVID19 virus on KI by wearing masks in public and maintaining a 6 foot
distance. So far, we’ve had very few
cases and with everyone’s cooperation, we will keep it that way. If any resident needs a mask, please contact
us at email@example.com.