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Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

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Construction projects top the list as Mayor Lloyd Winnecke delivered his tenth annual address in person to the Rotary Club Tuesday.

As soon as he took the stage, Mayor Winnecke noted what is different from the virtual State of the City address delivered at the start of the pandemic last year.

“It’s a real pleasure delivering the 2021 State of the City in person.”

The mood of his state of the city address was different as well, much more relaxed and confident. During a couple of highly produced video segments, the mayor even poked fun at himself, specifically his golf swing and singing talents.

He said, “A special thank you to the five EVSC choirs, Reitz, Harrison, Bosse, North and Central. Each had wonderful performances and yes, I was really singing with my alma mater, Central, at the end. Without their help, it would have been Noah (City Communications Director Noah Stubbs) and Steve (Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer) on stage with me and we’re better off with the choir.”

A big part of his presentation focused on three ongoing construction projects that will be completed in 2021, inclucing the new wastewater pump station downtown on the Ohio River, the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Garvin Park and the Penguins of Patagonia exhibit at Mesker Zoo.

“So, maybe September (Penguins of Patagonia), August 1 for the cannonball (Deaconess Aquatic Center) and the end of the year for the pump house.”

The mayor mentioned other ongoing projects such as the 5th and Main redevelopment and the First Avenue water line replacement. 

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