Message from the Mayor
Creating and maintaining strong communities involve many factors – at the very core is the way we treat one another. It is essential that all residents are respected, valued and included. I joined Euclid City Council in declaring racism a public health crisis at the June 15th City Council meeting. As a community, it is vital that we all take a stand against racism, work every day to gain greater understanding of each other, and work for equity and inclusion for all. Please join us!
Policing has been a topic of much conversation and attention recently - and we continue to improve the Euclid Police Department. Chief Scott Meyer and the entire EPD have worked hard over the last several years to: bring in new training focusing on de-escalation, cultural sensitivity and use of force; increase diversity in hiring; make changes in policy and oversight; and increase outreach, develop partnerships and build trust within the community. At the beginning of the year, the Community Services Division was created to make these important efforts a priority. EPD recently was awarded a COPS Grant that will enable us to hire 3 additional officers to focus on community oriented policing and crime prevention efforts. I am proud of the progress that has been made, but remain committed to continuing the make the changes necessary to reduce crime, strengthen police/ community relationships, and improve our community.
While we are still adhering to COVID guidelines and many community activities remain cancelled – it is easy to think that everything has stopped. But I can assure you that much work continues to occur across the City. Final work is being completed on Phase 1 of the Waterfront Trail and we have received bids for Phase 2. Two new homes were completed on former landbank lots – both selling for more than $200,000 and plans were recently submitted for 7 new homes on landbank lots. Plans are being finalized for a new basketball Court at Bluestone Elementary School, a new public art project on Babbitt, a new electronic message Board on Euclid Avenue, replacement of the Grand Blvd stairs, Monterey street reconstruction is being completed. Aldi completed their renovations and have re-opened, Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar is getting ready to open in downtown Euclid, and building improvements are in process for new windows at Shore and the Lakefront Community Center. The recreation department has begun some alternative programming. The building and housing department are busy with inspections and issuing permits for improvements across the city. Our tax department is ready to process your municipal income tax returns – that are due July 15th. And, there so much more…our efforts to improve our city have certainly not slowed down!
Finally, please continue to follow the recommended COVID19 precautions: maintain social distance (6 feet), wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, and clean/ sanitize commonly used surfaces. We all need to stay vigilant to prevent the continued spread and stop a surge in COVID19 cases. I want to thank Euclid Faith in the City members who have been planning COVID testing and support efforts for our community. Please watch the city website and social media channels for specific announcements. We are in this together!
Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
Mayor, City of Euclid