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Mayor's Message

Dec 31

Mayor’s Message for January 2021

Posted on December 31, 2020 at 11:35 AM by Jan Molinaro

Happy New Year! Let us celebrate 2021 on a positive note. And that positive note is that 2020 has ended. As our community progresses through the New Year, I am very hopefully that we will not have a repeat of what Enumclaw went through, both personally and commercially, this last year. Hope lies eternal and I have confidence that as the early months of 2021 come upon us we will be emerging from the restrictions and virus that has racked our community.

I have seen and heard several positive items come out these last several months in how so many of our citizens have shown the best of themselves. Whether it is helping a neighbor or elderly citizen, to providing for those that have been more impacted by COVID then themselves. The great need that our local non-profits have seen this year was beyond belief. So many of our citizens were a bright light to step up and meet that need and accept the challenge in assisting others. Thank you cannot be said enough, however I will say it again, loudly. THANK YOU!

Nov 30

Mayor’s Message for December 2020

Posted on November 30, 2020 at 2:18 PM by Jan Molinaro

It has been since April 1 since I last posted a Mayor’s Message. Basically right after the state shut down for COVID. So much has happened that we have experienced for the last 7 plus months that this message will not relive it. Rather let us begin to look towards the months ahead. As spikes in positive COVID cases begin to appear, (yes even in Enumclaw) it is evident that the predicted surge for late Autumn and Winter is beginning to show up. Hospitals in border states are reaching capacity due do this surge. If you are having symptoms, please get tested. If COVID continues to rise, the State of Washington may consider and have no other choice then to implement counter measures to tap it back down as we have recently seen from the Governor. I encourage everyone not to be complacent. Continue wearing masks. Below is a link to King County that provides additional information and guidelines on masks to remind us on what is appropriate mask protection.

As we spend more time indoors, there are recommended ways to reduce the risk from the Department of Seattle/King County Public Health. They suggest to reduce the number of people you’re around as much as possible and the time spent around others indoors.  Stay as far apart as possible, even with masks on.  Remember, the guidance is not “mask up OR stay 6 feet or more of distance.” Rather, the safer thing to do is to wear a mask AND stay 6 feet or more apart from others.

The question of masks and wearing them is another area that Public Health provides additional suggestions.

      • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
      • Be secured with ties or ear loops
      • Include multiple layers of fabric
      • Allow for breathing without restriction
      • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Thank you to every citizen as we continue to navigate through so many issues related to COVID.

Have a very Happy and Safe Holiday season.

Apr 01

Mayor’s Message for April 2020

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 10:23 AM by Jan Molinaro

A sad moment in the history of our community is occurring if the printed editions of the Enumclaw Courier – Herald ceases. Since 1900 the city has had a printed form of local news that kept citizens informed. Yes, many people now obtain that news electronically, however there is something to be said about holding that paper and reading it at the kitchen table with a coffee nearby.  A smartphone cannot duplicate this experience. Call it a generational thing but I would miss having the paper in hand. Affecting the Courier Herald is the fact that the need to advertise has declined as many businesses struggle with shutdowns, and families are not able to go out and shop at our area businesses. My hope is it will return in a printed form.

The rapid spread of both the COVID virus and how it affected our local economy came about in the blink of an eye.  The state had to put in place various restrictions limiting gatherings of people in public, which restricted our restaurants to take-out only and reduced customers for several of our retail stores. Many families started to shelter in place even before Governor Inslee issued his Stay at Home Declaration. This tsunami of events has taken its toll on many families and businesses. Everyone hopes for a quick solution so this can become a short term event and we can begin to return to what each of us enjoy in our daily life.

Throughout this challenging period the city with its incredible staff and departmental leadership has kept our community operating. I want to thank each of them for continuing to display the determination shown during these unprecedented times, which has kept everything functioning seamlessly. 

Additionally, I would like to share a quote which I feel is relevant to how the city and residents should view our future post- COVID.

“All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.” - Winston Churchill

With hope we as a community can come through this COVID crisis stronger and as a community we will have a shared experienced that will provide us with a common bond for the future.

Keep confident, help your neighbor, maintain your health.