I noticed that traffic was a little tighter than normal on SR 59 yesterday and it seemed to be a result of the contractors that were temporarily closing lanes in order to pour the new concrete pole bases which will soon hold brand new street light poles. The new poles should look great (as will the new black fencing that the contractor will put up on the Haymaker Parkway bridge) but I admit that in the meantime this project could add a bit to your commute time through town. I’d ask your patience as you City street infrastructure gets a much needed facelift. Click Here for project details.
One of Kent’s top strategic priorities is sustaining great neighborhoods in our community. A lot of our focus over the last couple of years has been jobs, jobs, jobs — which makes sense in this tough economy — but at the end of the day we still subscribe to the idea that we work to live, not live to work, so having a great place to live is vital to our quality of life and the City has to a role to play in that.
Actually we play a lot of different roles in protecting, preserving and creating great neighborhoods but one of the most direct is our City Code Enforcement Program. Just like the laws that govern behavior, Code Enforcement is that social contract that we agree to when we choose to live in our community. We, as dutiful citizens, have voted in regulations that reflect our values and expectations for how we want life to be in our neighborhoods, e.g., trash in containers, yards mowed, respectful noise levels, safe houses, etc. And the City’s Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for holding us all accountable to our own community standards.
Here’s a snapshot for how we did in 2009:
The 4th annual Walk For Babies Event is scheduled for September 19th at the Akron Zoo. Why would I be blogging about an Akron based event? Because sometimes Kent’s newest family members need emergency medical care and the Akron Children’s Hospital is a mere 10 miles down the road ready to serve.
I know this because of a Kent family that I know nearly lost a new-born but thanks to the professional care provided at Akron Children’s Hospital their child is a happy 4 year old. That Kent family was so grateful that they sprearheaded the first annual Walk for Babies Event which is also now 4 years old and growing strong — just like their child.
With the hospitals in Akron, Portage and Cleveland’s Case Western, one of the benefits of living in Kent is the first rate medical care that you have access to. That is actually a very important consideration not just for retirees but even young families as the Walk for Babies Event highlights.
It’s tough to advertise all the different fund raisers that are planned each year, but the Kent connection to the Walk for Babies Event was too strong to pass up.
Here’s more information from the web site:
I saw a short write up in the weekly Police file reporting that Kent was notified by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office of the Department of Public Safety (OPDS) last week that we are one of twenty police departments in Ohio chosen to participate in the Patrol Car Give-Away at the Attorney Generals’ Conference in Columbus Wednesday, September 15th.
ODPS advised that Kent’s Police Department was selected because of “outstanding involvement in the 2009 ‘Click It or Ticket’ and ‘Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.’ National Traffic Enforcement Campaigns. There will be five new cruisers given away on Wednesday that will be determined by a drawing of vehicle keys. Captain Urchek will represent the Kent Police Department for the drawing.
Let’s hope that the luck of the Irish is still in the air in Kent after last weekend’s Irish Festival and Kent wins a new patrol car.