For two decades I sat right next to Keith Bird every Tuesday evening for council meetings. It was a privilege – and always an experience. Keith taught me so much, but the biggest thing he taught me was that you can make real change if you have passion for something. He had passion for this community…big time!
January marks the beginning of a new year, the creation of new memories to be made and the start of so many possibilities before us! It also means my State of the City Address is right round the corner. This year will be my 16th year serving as Mayor of Meridian, and I am honored by the fact that I get to host this address – an event that lets our citizens, City employees, business leaders and community partners know how we are doing and where we are headed as a City. This year’s theme is “The Greatest Home” and there is much to discuss about all that makes Meridian the greatest home, not just for residents, but for businesses as well.
The State of the City Address will be held in the brand new Galaxy Event Center at Wahooz on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 3:29 p.m. We are excited to help showcase this new facility that was highlighted during my 2018 address. We will be live streaming the event here, so you can tune in during the speech or watch it after the event. Immediately following, those who purchase tickets, are invited to attend the Taste of Meridian, where nine local restaurants will provide samples of food. This has become a beloved event for the community.
As we usher in 2019, I want to take a moment to let you know that we are listening! I recently held a series of Listening Tours at my home. The goal of the tours is not only to meet new people, but to hear concerns and/or highlights about Meridian from different stakeholders representing different areas across Meridian. The 25 residents who participated, included local business owners, PTA/PTO presidents, neighborhood representatives, district chairs for political parties, and leaders of service groups.
This week we will gather to celebrate the life of one of the City’s former leaders, Mayor Robert ‘Bob’ Corrie. Mayor Corrie passed away on Monday, December 10 at the age of 82, just before his 61st wedding anniversary with his wife, Jeri. He served our city for more than a decade, first as a city councilman, then as Mayor from 1996-2004, and he later served as a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Commission.
I love this time of year because there’s a kindness and giving spirit in the air and people are committed to helping others enjoy the holidays. For this reason, I’m excited to tell you about a new addition this year at city hall during the holiday season. Aside from our large Christmas tree in the main lobby, this year we also have a smaller “flocked” tree – A Salvation Army Angel Tree. Anyone is welcome to choose from a variety of wish tags and purchase a toy for a local child in need. Then deliver the unwrapped to the Salvation Army location in Boise at 4308 W. State Street or to the Parks and Recreation Department at Meridian City Hall by Thursday, December 13. We are more than happy to be able to host an angel tree – encouraging neighbor helping neighbor - and look forward to seeing more families enjoy this Christmas in our community.
For those who know me well, the holidays are a very special time of year. It all begins with Thanksgiving - when families and friends come together to celebrate with one another. Whether you are gathering in Meridian or traveling to another location, I wanted to take a moment to encourage you and your family to consider the plentiful blessings we have as a community.
The Ada County Elections office says early voting numbers are up and that is very apparent by the number of people we saw here at Meridian City Hall over the past two weeks. I enjoy seeing so many people take advantage of early voting, whether here at city hall, other locations or via the mobile voting options. Every election is important and your voice does matter!
Every year we try to host at least one “Unplugged” Town Hall, when we ask our citizens to drive the agenda for the evening. I think it’s incredibly important to hear from you and discuss what is on your minds and hearts. I encourage you to join us on Wednesday, October 24, from 6:30pm – 8pm at Lakeview Golf Club. We’ll have a representative on hand from each department, so if you have parks, police, public works, community development, fire or even finance questions – we’ll be ready to discuss those with you. It’s a great time to connect with us and learn more information about your community. You can send your questions ahead of the event to Jodi St-Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org in my office.
The leaves are changing colors across our community and the air outside is crisp. It’s beautiful! Fall has arrived in Meridian. This is a wonderful season in our area and I especially like it because it marks the return of my walking club with local students.
08 February 2019
Remember Mr. Meridian - Mr. Keith Bird
28 January 2019
The Greatest Home
11 January 2019
21 December 2018
Honoring Mayor Corrie
17 December 2018
Holiday Safety Tips
03 December 2018
'Tis the Season for Giving
16 November 2018
02 November 2018
Election Day is Here!
19 October 2018
What's an "Unplugged" Town Hall?
08 October 2018