We are so excited to kick off the Hefty® EnergyBag® Program today (sign up here beginning at 12pm (noon) on Monday, Aug. 27). The global market changes in recycling have had a huge impact on not just our city, county, region, and country, but the entire world. The Hefty® EnergyBag® Program will provide residents with the opportunity to bag select plastics numbered 4-7 for recovery. This new program is a collaborative effort of several cities in the surrounding area. Participants can throw lids, straws, and other accepted plastics into the orange bags that will then be shipped out of our area to Renewlogy, a Salt Lake City based company. Renewlogy will take those plastics and convert them into Synthetic Diesel Fuel.
I’d like to personally invite you to check out Downtown Meridian – for a good cause! As you might know, this past weekend the intersection of Pine and Main was closed for paving. The road construction project and this road closure has had a real impact on our downtown businesses – and we want to show them some love! So this weekend, Friday through Sunday (August 17-19), join us for a CASH MOB! A Cash Mob is an organized effort to show local businesses support from the community. We want to let our businesses know we support them. You can join in during your work day on Friday, bring the family down on Saturday or check it out after church on Sunday. Grab a bite to eat downtown or attend a live music event in the evening, stop by for family fun at the Meridian Library’s UnBound, shop at one of the local boutiques for home goods, clothes, flowers and more! You can also get a wellness check or even a haircut at one of the salons. There are all kinds of businesses in Downtown Meridian and more and more are hosting weekly events for the community - from game nights, to craft classes and live music. The Meridian Press has a weekly section highlighting these events and we even have some posted to our Community Calendar.
It has been a rough summer for our public safety teams (across the valley). Two weeks in a row, I received a call that our Meridian police officers had been faced with life or death situations. One of those incidents landed our officer in the hospital. I’m so grateful that he is expected to make a full recovery. In a separate incident, one of our Meridian firefighters was rushed to the hospital but thankfully is okay as well.
It’s probably no surprise that the number one topic I get approached about is growth. It’s happening here and it’s happening across the entire Valley. We all know how awesome Meridian and Idaho are - and now others have discovered us as well. Despite our popularity, it is imperative that we grow responsibly, which takes careful planning.
July marks the introduction of many new laws and legislation passed during the winter legislative session. Among this year’s new updates is a piece of legislation spearheaded by the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC).
Most of the area youth are out of school, and June has arrived. That means it’s time for free, family fun in #MyMeridian! Our employees are busy planning a whole host of activities for you to enjoy this month. Here is a list of my #Top5 events to check out in June:
This week we will see the amazing result of what can happen when multiple community partners and citizens come together with a focus on the future of the valley and the well-being of others. I am honored to join the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, St. Luke’s Health System, the West Ada School District, the Meridian Library District, Meridian City Council members and our team with the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department in cutting the ribbon at The Hill. The 22.5 acre campus, located near the intersection of South Eagle and Amity roads, is designed to serve as a hub for education, recreation, wellness and literacy.
Town Halls have always been an important priority. I value our time outside City Hall, speaking with citizens about real issues in our community. It is so imperative that we work together. That is why I hope you will join me at our next Town Hall this Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic School. We have several important topics to discuss including smart planning for future growth, a transportation alternative, the election process and recycling alternatives.
11 September 2018
Get Involved From Home!
27 August 2018
A New Program Launches Today!
10 August 2018
Downtown Cash Mob - Join Us!
26 July 2018
Keeping Us Safe No Matter What
13 July 2018
Your Values, Your Vision
03 July 2018
MYAC: Making a Difference Locally and Statewide
14 June 2018
31 May 2018
June in Meridian: My Top 5
17 May 2018
Celebrating Collaboration at The Hill
07 May 2018
An Important Town Hall for You