It was a big Tuesday for the City of Wheeling as Mayor Glenn Elliott gave his third State of the City address.
Hundreds of Wheeling business owners, political figures, and others packed into the ballroom to hear the Mayor’s goals for 2019.
In his third state of the city address, Mayor Glenn Elliott says city council is already making plans to make Wheeling, a smaller city, feel like big city living.
After highlighting ‘quality of life’ changes in 2018–with new downtown living, updating neighborhood parks, and bringing in more events to the area– one of the mayor’s new goals this year is to make Downtown Wheeling a place for people to work, live and play.
“It was nice to hear the Mayor talk about the Roughriders coming into town and having the Nailers. He made a point that ‘What other cities of our size have amenities like that?’ I think that says a lot about Wheeling,” said Alex Weld, Project and Outreach Manager for Wheeling Heritage. “Of course, there are things that need to be improved on, but things are slowly starting to change.”
New businesses like The Health Plan have helped with that change…by putting a new focus on a nicer streetscape, and new biking, and walking areas.
But now it’s time to focus on housing.
“You know, we’re improving the parks, streets, and infrastructure in neighborhoods,” explained City Manager Robert Herron. “So for young people, there is going to be all kinds of options, and there are already, but there are going to be more choices for living and working in Wheeling.”
Apart from development and the Mayor highly emphasized our public safety, something necessary to have a thriving city.
According to Mayor Elliott, the biggest public safety issue the City currently faces is asking our first responders to work in undersized and antiquated facilities.
“We must act. We can’t keep asking our first responders to give us 100% if we’re not willing to meet them halfway,” Mayor Elliott said. “Our public safety is too important. Now, you might be asking, ‘What does it mean to act?’ I see two steps in front of us. First, we must decide on a solution. The next step is the tougher one and that’s figuring out how to pay for it.”
As Mayor Elliott ended with a standing ovation, he said the state of the city is strong, and getting stronger every day.