Mayor John Pribonic has announced items completed as he closes in on his first six months in office next month, and is excited to look at future projects throughout the community.
Over the past nearly six months, Pribonic, with the help of city leadership and workforce, has planned and executed a number of successful projects and events, including the community Easter Egg Hunt.
So far, Mayor Pribonic has met individually with 20 businesses in order to learn about the many different types of businesses in Stow, and to understand the issues or struggles that businesses may be facing that the City can assist in overcoming. The City is part of an initiative in partnership with Stow manufacturers and the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District focuses on closing the employment gaps.
One large area of focus for the Mayor and city leadership is the City’s many parks.
“The City is constantly reviewing and updating its park priorities in terms of safety, upkeep and beautification to ensure that parks are sustainable for years to come,” said Pribonic. “The spring and summer months are a key time in the maintenance of our parks.”
Scheduled improvements to be completed in the coming months by city employees and additional seasonal workers include:
• Installation of new main entrance signs at community parks, including Oregon Trail Park, Wetmore Park Adell Durbin Park and Silver Springs Park
• Installation of two new benches at Safety Village, generously donated by the Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club and the Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club
• Improvements to the main large parking lot at Silver Springs Park, with the installation of outdoor lighting and paving of the entire lot.
• Addition of a new deck and french doors at Silver Springs Lodge
• Completion of the last phase of new siding installation at Silver Springs Lodge
• Improvements to the sports fields at Oregon Trail Park, including a facelift to the park in general
• New landscaping and tree plantings at Wetmore Park
• Upgrades to various playgrounds throughout the city, including the addition of shade sails at KidStation
• Restoration of the steps at the Adell Durbin Park Trails
• The addition of a paved bike trail extension off of Young Road, near Heritage Lake
Beginning on May 25, the city will kick off its largest road improvement project. The 2.8 million dollar enhanced program will bring repairs and improvements to roadways throughout the city.
Larger plans set in motion by the Mayor and his team include accelerating the City Center project with plans for a play trail and the construction of a privately funded amphitheater. Renderings of this project will be unveiled next month. Additionally, the Mayor is solidifying plans to bring a holiday lighting event back to the city and a huge Halloween event.
Among other ongoing projects, Pribonic with the assistance of a third party firm, conducted a series of community listening sessions to gather information from citizens. A corresponding online survey is currently being administered. Residents are encouraged to complete the survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TSLD2DP.
Lastly, in an effort to further improve communications, the mayor’s office will be relaunching the communication system, CodeRed, utilizing email, text message and phone communications to keep residents informed on important City happenings and community events.