We will start this post off with saying, we fully support all of our law enforcement personnel. We know they have tough jobs, and have to make tough calls and quick decisions which are always criticized by Monday morning quarterbacks. Thank you for your hard work.
Now, it is the Monday morning after the Superbowl, so it is time for some quarterbacking. The Sheriff of the county in which Outdoor Business Network is headquartered has declared a prolonged Level 3 Snow Emergency for all roads in the entire county. This has restricted the ability for our employees to come to work and service our clients nationwide and globally. Because of this, several core employees were forced to violate the Sheriff’s orders and risk arrest to come to work. We don’t think this is right.
Our apologies to those businesses we serve, however please understand we are under the following restrictions:
Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp has declared, effective immediately and until further notice, a LEVEL 3 SNOW EMERGENCY, for all roads and streets in Lucas County, including state, county, and township roads, and all city streets. This declaration does not apply to traffic on the Ohio Turnpike, but does apply to all roads and streets in Lucas County. This means that no person except operators of public safety vehicles on duty or otherwise responding to an emergency; and essential news media personnel, including reporters, support, and production employees; health care and other emergency personnel; and essential employees of critical infrastructure facilities, may drive on roads and streets in Lucas County. All others traveling on the roadways might be subject to arrest. All public safety employees must report to work as scheduled. This emergency level might be downgraded or discontinued.
We live and work in northern Ohio, which is in the Snow Belt. This State’s citizens and government should expect, be prepared for, and used to this type of weather. Our government should not resort to martial law due to snowfall.