With Thanksgiving upon us and the holiday season drawing near, we have much to be thankful for. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to serve as your mayor. As I reflect on this holiday, I am grateful for all we have accomplished and look forward to working with City leadership, Council and citizens as we continue to chart our course for a stronger, more sustainable Gahanna.
Two weeks ago, my administration presented Council with the City’s 2015 budget. The budget was the result of a year-long engagement process between City leadership and Council. As a result of the ballot losses of 2013, we made a commitment to Gahanna citizens to develop a sustainable operating plan that would allow us to do the very best with your valuable tax dollars.
Despite reductions made to many of our programs and services, and given our limited available resources, I am grateful that we have still been able to provide services that many of our residents have come to expect.
Thanks to the dedicated staff of Parks & Recreation, we have been able to provide select park and recreational opportunities for our community. Thanks to a well-trained and responsive police force, we have been able to maintain the safety and security of our citizens. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our Service department, we have been able to keep Gahanna’s streets safe. Finally, thanks to the work of our Economic Development department, we have been able to create jobs and to offer businesses an opportunity to thrive and grow in our community.
Many thanks to all of our full-time and part-time city employees who strive to provide the best possible service to our citizens. I am thankful to our elected officials that work together to make Gahanna a great city. I am also grateful to the individuals, organizations and businesses that volunteer their time by serving on boards and commissions or donate funds and resources to help sponsor events throughout the year.
Although our work at City Hall is important, the true strength of our community comes from its people. Gahanna is a vibrant, diverse community, with much to offer. Thank you to all you do to make our city a great place to call home.
As you celebrate this holiday, surrounded by family and loved ones let us be mindful of those who are less fortunate in our community. Let us also remember our police, firefighters and first responders that help keep our city safe. Finally, let us continue to pray for our military, who bravely risk their lives to protect our country’s borders home and abroad.
As a reminder, City Hall will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014. Regular business hours will resume Monday, December 1, 2014.
Wishing you and your family a safe, restful and Happy Thanksgiving!
Mayor Becky Stinchcomb
City of Gahanna
City of Gahanna