Mayor's Office 2021
Greetings from Mayor Fletcher Berger
2021 marks the 2nd year of my fourth term in office, and without the effort and attention to detail of my directors and staff, especially this past year during the pandemic, we might not have been able to provide our residents with the continued standard of living that they have become accustomed to.
Allow me a moment to paint a picture of how 2020 began for us. As per our usual, my Finance Director Ted and I along with council were able to formulate a budget that council ultimately passed and that we believed was in line with the prevailing trends and information we had at our disposal. Low and behold March roles in and with it came COVID-19 and the all too certain possibility that our projections may be in jeopardy of falling short of our estimated forecasts. I took notice as many of our local businesses either significantly reduced their staff or shut down their operation completely to reduce exposure of the virus to their employees, patrons, and customers. Throughout 2020, I met often with my Finance Director to remain abreast of and stay ahead of any potential finance-related fluctuations that might be on the horizon or trending. The potential of a down financial landscape compelled us to re-evaluate and continually adjust our budget projections for 2020 on the fly.
On or about March 16, 2020 I concluded that it was in the best interest of the community to close the doors to public of all our buildings. We did not shut down our operation, we simply felt that it was in the best interest or our community, staff, and potential patrons to reduce the amount of public traffic to our buildings.
This decision had the greatest impact on our community center due to the number of patrons passing through those doors daily. The decision to close the community center to the general public was an effort to reduce the potential spread of the virus. This also affected staffing, as we had to send a number of first-rate part-time employees home. There simply was not enough work for them to do to justify keeping them on. That was a tough but necessary undertaking.
2021 is looking up the overall state of COVID-19 cases have reduced markedly and as of April 16, 2021, the number of Ohioans receiving vaccinations have increased exponentially.
As a reminder, my door is always open. I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the year at one or more of our community events.