Mayor's Report to Citizens
13th, 2009 Mayor Jill Kirkonis delivered
her State of the City Address to
citizens at the
Cleveland Civic Center. View the
2009 State of the City Address in
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slides shown with her public address.
2009 State of the City Presentation
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As Mayor, I agree with the pundit that
says that Cleveland is what a hometown
We enjoy a small-town comradery that's
simply not found in a larger city.
I love that I run into friends
everywhere I go: I'm greeted by name at
the grocery store, the pharmacy, the
bank and cleaners, the movie theater, my
church and any number of restaurants and
retail establishments. What a plus
to be able to reach any of those places
within just five minutes of my home.
Within forty-five minutes (discounting
the Houston traffic) I can reach an
international airport, one of our
nation's largest and most-respected
medical centers, several professional
sports complexes, a first-rate museum
and theater district, world-famous
shopping, and literally thousands of
restaurants representing every world
cuisine. The best part is being
able to return to Cleveland, where life
is a little less hectic and certainly
the traffic moves more freely.
Our City facilities are among the finest
anywhere. We are enjoying a new
City Hall, a recently renovated library,
expanded Fire & EMS buildings, and a
spacious Civic Center designed to handle
small parties to large conventions.
New equipment has been provided in City
parks, with significant additions in our
Police, Public Works, and other
departments. The Cleveland
Municipal Airport, just a few miles east
of town, provides service for small
aircraft, outside Bush
Intercontinental's flight pattern.
We are proud of our City services.
Our capable police force has received a
shot in the arm with the hiring of a new
police chief and promotions from within
to fill key supervisory positions.
Our Fire Department's paid employees are
reinforced by a group of well-trained,
caring volunteers. Our Public
Works employees service our Water &
Sewer Departments, our streets, our
parks, and our cemeteries. Our
Sanitation service is provided through a
contract with Waste Management, Inc.,
who does an outstanding job. Our
library offers the latest in computer
technology and internet access, along
with volumes of books and audiovisuals.
And, as always, the staff a City Hall
stands ready to serve you with
considerable expertise anda ready smile.
Yes, I'm Proud to call Cleveland my
Mayor, Jill Kirkonis