May 22, 2020
RE: Ledgewood COVID-19 Updates
We hope everyone is staying safe and remaining healthy. Since our last communication, the State has stated that aquatic facilities can open May 26, and the Ohio Department of Health has issued mandatory guidelines that must be met to open and stay open. The Ledgewood Trustees have sought counsel from the Association’s attorney and insurance company, as well as met with all other Home Owners Associations (HOAs) in Strongsville that have pools and tennis courts to discuss the path forward.
We have been advised that insurance companies will not cover COVID-19-related claims. Therefore any COVID-19 legal action brought against the HOA associated with the pool would most likely require the HOA to fund legal costs and any damage claims out of pocket.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, the Trusteesreluctantly concluded that it is not feasible to open the pool at this time. However, we will be moving forward in preparing and maintaining the pool in compliance with County health codes, which mandates that the Association maintain a functioning pool, even if it is not in use. This prepares us for opening the pool if things change and protects the pool’s integrity for future seasons.
The Trustees will continue to closely monitor any changes to requirements or guidelines coming from the Ohio Department of Health, and if they lift restrictions or other factors change that significantly reduce our risk, we will revisit the possibility ofopening the pool later this summer.
Pending legal approval, we plan to open the two blacktop tennis courts at the same time as the City of Strongsville opens theirs on June 8. The paper reservation clipboard will be moved to those courts. Please bring your own pen when reserving your court time. The Ohio Health Department mandates that clipboards be displayed at the courts and available on Ledgewood.org. Players must follow these mandates in order for us to keep the courts open.
The playgrounds and basketball courts are closed based on State orders. Although banquet halls can open, the clubhouse will remain closed through June until new health department mandates and the Association’s responsibility can be evaluated.
The pool, playgrounds and basketball courts are popular gathering places in the summer, and we know that this news is disappointing. This was not an easy decision and just as disappointing for the Trustees and pool staff. We ask for everyone’s patience as we all work together to promote safe practices for our community to protect the health and welfare of everyone. What is most important is our health, family, friends,neighbors, and the neighborhood.
As you know, this is a fluid situation with new and revised mandates issued all the time. Let’s hope that COVID-19 cases continue to decline, and we can enjoy a safe summer. As always, please feel free to reach out to any Trustee or Trustee President Ken Angermeier directly at KenA@Ledgewood.org.
The Ledgewood Association Trustees