Mayor’s Report for January 28, 2019

The Work of Local Artists’ to be Displayed at City Hall

To help promote the visual art talents in our community, I have asked Jeannine Kennedy of the Tuscarawas Center for the Arts, to select paintings, photographs and other art work to decorate the walls and hallways at the John Knisely Municipal Centre. I want to make residents aware of the artists who livein New Philadelphia and surrounding communities, and at the same time, make the environment at City Hall less institutional and more inviting. The artwork will be rotated periodically.

ED Now Conference Stressed the Importance of Participating in a Regional Economy

New Philadelphia and Tuscarawas County must continue to look for ways to diversify its economic base in order to sustain long term growth. That was one of the key messages communicated at the Economic Development Now conference on January 17th at the Cuyahoga Community College Corporate College East campus in Warrensville Heights. Our group of representatives of the Tuscarawas County Economic Development Corporation, county commissioners, county tourism representatives and mayors attended the conference to gain insight on the emerging business opportunities in the Northeast Ohio region. We also learned that Tuscarawas County lacks areas that attract site selectors looking to locate manufacturing and technology-based businesses in our region. The valuable information we gathered will be used to develop a marketing strategy for our county. 

The Partial Federal Government Shutdown Affected the Tuscora Park Foundation

Because Internal Revenue Service employees were off the job due to the partial Federal government shutdown, the issuance of a Federal ID number has been delayed for the non-profit Tuscora Park Foundation. Congressman Bob Gibbs office has stepped in to help speed up the process. The Federal ID number is necessary in order for individuals or corporations to use donations to the foundation as a tax write-off. This has not affected the foundation’s ability to continue to raise funds for capital projects at City parks. It will hold its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Tuscora Park pavilion on Saturday February 9th from 7am to 11am. Tickets are available at McInturf Realty’s office on Tuscarawas Avenue NW or at the Mayor’s office at City Hall.

Preparing for this week’s Bitter Cold

Maybe the coldest air of the winter will descend upon our City on Wednesday, with nighttime lows Wednesday and Thursday expected to dip below zero. I have asked Fire Chief Parrish to open the City fire house as a warming station those two nights for people who need to get out of the cold.

A New Restaurant Opens in New Philadelphia

The City Health Department informed me last week that a new restaurant has opened at 415 East High Avenue next to Catola’s dry cleaning and tobacco shop. The restaurant is called The Carribbean, and its menu features Puerto Rican entrees like mofongo, which main ingredient is fried plantains. Try it!


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