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.

Feb 04

Mayor’s Message for February 2020

Posted on February 4, 2020 at 10:58 AM by Jan Molinaro

Keeping your home safe from fires should be a priority for everyone. Some simple steps are recommended by fire experts that can assist you in this annual home review. If your smoke alarm is older than ten years it is suggested that you consider replacing it. These alarms are made to function for ten years. Installing new alarms could protect you with smoke-sensing technologies and new safety features. With this new smoke advancement technologies has been the development of a ten-year sealed battery smoke alarm. These are designed to reduce the chances of false alarms and provide a battery that does need to be remembered in replacing. There is also dual sensor alarms in the market for your home. These dual alarms are made for both detecting smoke as well as fires which have a smoldering fire. It is suggested that smoke alarms be installed at the top of each staircase and one in every bedroom or sleeping area. Check with fire experts on the exact number of alarms needed for your home and placement, to assure you feel adequately covered.

Dec 30

Mayor’s Message for January 2020

Posted on December 30, 2019 at 10:28 AM by Jan Molinaro

Happy New Year! A new decade begins on January 1st and with that brings so many new possibilities. Will you make and keep any resolutions this year? How prepared will you be in a time of emergency? Is there any time to give back to the community whether in a nonprofit setting or serving on a city board or commission? Why not just try to slow down and watch life around you rather than let life speed bye. Yes there are times this pleasant scenario is impossible to accomplish, however one or two days during each week would provide quality of life benefits that could reward you in countless ways. Less stress. More knowledge about your surroundings and take into account where your life goals currently are at.

With this New Year try one or two positive steps to make life different for yourself and others. Whether a resolution or just make some type of change. Either way it can make life more interesting and exciting.