Moment with the Mayor for March 17, 2018
Statewide Tornado Drill
Spring will soon be here, and with it comes Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week where the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) promotes weather safety and preparedness information, and encourages all Ohioans to learn what to do to protect themselves from weather hazards and home emergencies. Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 18-24, with the Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 21st at 9:50 a.m. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, do not stop to take photos or shoot video. Seek safe shelter immediately. During Severe Weather Awareness Week, safety information mostly focuses on Ohio’s spring and summer weather hazards. But it is important to note that for Midwest states such as Ohio, residents need to be prepared for all weather hazards almost all year-round. The OCSWA reminds us to practice tornado and fire drills and replenish supplies in emergency kits. Remember that Ohio’s spring and summer weather hazards include tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, and even snowstorms through early spring. Visit the OCSWA website: www.weathersafety.ohio.gov to view current Ohio weather and to review severe weather safety and preparedness information.
During the Downtown Revitalization planning process in 2016, one of the most popular requests of City of Wadsworth residents was for a central gathering space or park land in the downtown. That spurred the City of Wadsworth and the City’s downtown organization, Main Street Wadsworth to collaborate in creating and submitting a proposal for a downtown park through the Ohio Capital Budget. I am very happy to report that the biennial State of Ohio Capital Appropriations Budget was introduced recently to the General Assembly and included $300,000 to help fund a new park in downtown Wadsworth! I am grateful to our Legislators for including this item that has such potential to enhance the downtown area and thereby add to the enjoyment of residents spending time there shopping, eating or relaxing. Hearings will be taking place in the House and Senate with a vote expected by the end of March. Details of what the park will include and where it will be located will be determined at a later date, after approval of the funding is guaranteed and a thorough planning process is undertaken. Look for more information in the near future!
Until next week………..
Robin L. Laubaugh