Mayor's Office 2022
Greetings from Mayor Fletcher Berger
The year 2021 was an extremely challenging year as the entire world was affected by the deadly COVID-19 virus pandemic. However, there is hope for better days ahead. As I enter the 2nd year of my fourth term in office, I remain confident that the city’s leadership is equipped to meet each challenge, be they economic, infrastructural, or community welfare with a steadfast attention to detail in an effort to preserve our community’s safety, long-term sustainability, and growth. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our residents and businesses for your continued support and understanding during these uncertain times.
As of January 2022, we have put a plan in place to begin to safely reopen the community center and city hall when there is more control over the virus. This limited gradual reopening is subject to our ability to create and maintain a safe environment for both our patrons and staff. A viable and readily available vaccine will speed up the reopening process. Once we have reopened, I would like to encourage every resident, new and long-standing, who has yet to visit our community center to do so. Nearly 8% of the city’s overall budget ($1.5 million) has been designated for the administration and upkeep of the facility for the benefit of the community. As part of our Healthy Bedford Heights initiative, we hope that you will consider us for all of your fitness and wellness needs, as well as allowing us to become your social retreat from the stresses of daily life.
With an annual average of 80 new homebuyers purchasing homes over the past 3 years, along with a sub-1% vacancy rate, Bedford Heights continues to welcome a diverse mix of young adults and their families either moving back to the community they grew up in, or simply relocating to Bedford Heights.
I am fortunate to have had the great privilege to represent the residents of Bedford Heights for more than 20 years as a councilperson (10 years) and Mayor (13 years), and it truly remains an honor to do so. I have never taken the responsibility of this office casually and I never will. I value the opportunity that residents have given me to serve this great community that Melva and I have called home for more than 40 years.
As a reminder, my door is always open, however during these uncertain COVID-19 times, we are not able to meet personally. With that said, I look forward to the day we will again be able to meet and greet in person.
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.