Moment with the Mayor for January 26, 2019
Last week, I began sharing the City’s accomplishments in 2018. To continue, in the area of public safety, we worked to bring a 16-bed inpatient treatment facility operating at the Wadsworth-Rittman Health Center. We continue to work with the Wadsworth Drug Free Coalition to continue raising addiction awareness within the community. State funding was secured and approved for railroad crossing lights and gates improvements at Silvercrest Extension and E. Bergey St., with construction anticipated sometime this year. Updated flashing crosswalk signs were installed at the Silvercreek Road and Longbrook Drive to improve pedestrian safety. A residential speed awareness and enforcement program was developed and 24 program-based temporary speed sign placements were completed last year. The City initiated new ODOT traffic signal installation at College and SR57, and two EMS squads were up-fitted with Automatic Vehicle Locators, with two more squad installations anticipated this year. The Safer Schools Program was initiated and an additional School Resource Officer was placed in the Wadsworth City Schools. Lastly, additional City parking lot security cameras were installed. To be continued……
Last week, I was happy to have taken part in the swearing-in ceremony of 5 part-time volunteer firefighters and the promotional swearing-in of a new sergeant in our police department. Although I have been involved in many of these in the past, this was the first time I had the opportunity to welcome 5 new employees to the same department at once! It was exciting, with family members and members of the fire department in attendance at this special occasion for Alec Vallant, Spencer Heppner, Christopher Kaye, Marcus Moore and Pat Cingel as they were sworn in. Later in the day, when Detective Dawn Schimenos was sworn in as our newest Police Sergeant, I could see the pride and happiness on the faces of the family and individuals from the police department. Congratulations to all!
As you know, the weather this last week has been challenging for all of us. Because weather forecasts often change many times during a storm, we found it particularly helpful to take advantage of social media to keep you updated periodically on the efforts being made during the storm. To access this information in future, please friend “City of Wadsworth-City Hall” on Facebook. I want to thank all the employees who have worked tirelessly to clear the roads, sidewalks and parking lots to make it safer for all of us. Multiple departments worked together to provide the best service possible and to take care of other emergencies that were caused by the severe weather. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these weather events.
Until next week……
Mayor Robin Laubaugh