City of Cuyahoga Falls Notice: 2020 State of the City Address from Mayor Don Walters
CUYAHOGA FALLS (May 19, 2021) – Hello – I’m the Mayor of Cuyahoga Falls, Don Walters, and I’m coming to you via this video (www.cityofcf.com/news/mayor-walters-delivers-2020-state-city) amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic to deliver State of the City 2020. While this is certainly not what we are used to and we all miss being together in person, we will make the most of it .
I want to start by taking a moment to recognize the resilience and dedication of all of you – our residents, our businesses and the city staff. To say that the past year has not been easy is an understatement. We have all had to dig and make personal sacrifices for each other’s health and well-being, and I want to thank you for all you continue to do to keep our community safe and well-being. . Our companies have made rapid and innovative hubs to continue to offer our services to everyone and, thanks to their ingenuity, have been able to largely keep their activities booming. Whether in person, shopping online, or using transportation services, you have all shown up while following the health guidelines to support our local small businesses, and I am extremely grateful to all of you for your commitment. to see our city continue to move forward. and succeed.
I want to take a minute to pay tribute to the Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge school districts under the leadership of Dr. Todd Nichols and Walter Davis, respectively. To students, staff and parents – while this global pandemic is not what any of us could have predicted or prevented, I want you to know that I have seen the sacrifices you all made come into play. person, hybrid and virtual learning. Once again, I know it has been incredibly difficult. I want to congratulate each of you on the way you have adapted to the most unlikely of circumstances.
As for Cuyahoga Falls City Council – we have had many new faces on our council over the past year and a half, and I am energized by the new ideas and perspectives they bring to the council. We have an incredible team of people representing all parts of our city, and I am proud to work with them collectively as we keep our city on a trajectory of growth and advancement.
I want to thank my beautiful wife, Stéphanie. Being married to an elected official cannot be easy. When I took office, she welcomed approximately 50,000 people into our family, and she did so with incredible acceptance and grace. Seriously though, I couldn’t ask for a better partner in this life, and I couldn’t love her more for her support.
Our healthcare workers, our public health professionals, our first responders, our grocery store workers, our truckers and everyone else who has come together and shown up to serve all of us – thank you will never be enough for anything. that you continue to do.
And finally, I would like to pay tribute to our residents who lost their battle with COVID-19 and send my deepest condolences to their family members, friends and neighbors. Although we all continue to sacrifice ourselves, I promise you that we will see the other side of the situation. I urge you all to keep doing what we know how to do: wear your masks, keep your distance, wash your hands, and if you can, please get the COVID-19 vaccine to help keep our community well.
I would like to thank and salute all of our dedicated city employees and core members of my firm, Legal Director Janet Ciotola, Director of Community Development Diana Colavecchio,