City Notes: Grandview Heights pushes forward despite 2020 hurdles

GRETA KEARNS
Greta Kearns

My name is Greta Kearns, and I took office as mayor of Grandview Heights on Jan. 1, 2020.

I was a member of City Council for six years before that, having served as council president during four of those years.

When I took office as mayor, I eagerly anticipated many hours of hard work learning the nuances of our daily public safety and service operations and getting to know our tremendous staff members. Little did I know of the unprecedented challenges and hard decisions that would present themselves mere weeks into the start of my administration.

Those challenges aside, we are laser-focused on delivering top-notch services to our residents of this great community in every single department: police, fire and EMS, service, parks and recreation, building and zoning and finance.

I am excited to start this monthly column and appreciate the opportunity to provide you background and context on what's happening in the city.

One of the goals I hold for our city government is to modernize and adapt to the information age.

We are redesigning our website to be more user-friendly and accessible, have started regularly pushing out community alerts and are moving our forms to the website for efficiency.

I invite all residents to sign up for our e-news alerts by visiting grandviewheights.org, selecting "e-News Sign Up" and opting in to "Grandview Heights Information" to receive important city information by email or text message.

Since January, I have appointed new directors of several of our departments, including police, fire, administration and in our newly formed information technology department.

I can say enthusiastically that our team is highly skilled and cares deeply about public service. I rely on them every day to keep the many aspects of public safety and service running, and am constantly impressed by their expertise, professionalism and dedication to this community and its residents.

You have probably noticed construction work and maintenance to improve our streets, curbs, sidewalk ramps and utilities this summer as part of our 2020 street and infrastructure improvement program.

One item of interest later this year will be the renewal of the city's property-tax levy on the November ballot.

This critical renewal is a continuation rather than a tax increase and will help keep services provided at the high level residents have come to appreciate.

I commend City Council for continuing to prioritize investing in high-quality services and continued improvement of our aging infrastructure. Good fiscal stewardship and your support of this levy will allow us to keep our quality of life the best in central Ohio.

These past months have not been easy for anyone, and there is continued uncertainty about what fall will bring.

However, I want to publicly thank all of our residents for pulling together and supporting one another during this time with such care and compassion. This is the Grandview way.

Greta Kearns is mayor of Grandview Heights