Who would have guessed that we would be facing a pandemic of proportions unseen for over 100 years at this time last year?
As the virus began its spread, every department was involved in our response. We provided guidance and COVID-19 messages to residents, businesses, churches, schools, and assisted living facilities to lower risk. We helped our businesses receive federal aid, delayed tax payments, constructed safety shields, maintained essential services, developed virtual options, and ensured mail in ballots went out. We should all be proud of the way everyone pulled together to provide a bit of normalcy.
You’ve likely heard discussions this past year both locally and nationally on what policing should look like in the future. I’m happy to share with you that our department is practicing many of those concepts every day. It has been, and continues to be a priority to train our officers in areas of Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias. Our department embraces these concepts and uses them as a cornerstone of how they do their jobs.
In 2021, we will see completion of the Public Works facility. We will continue to make progress towards a trail system that connects the entire City, and continue to implement the Jefferson Park master plan. Three new subdivisions are expected to open as well as downtown and riverfront redevelopment projects. While our library project paused in 2020, we plan to restart the reimaging process this year, as well as reopening and expanding programming at the Senior Center. These projects will allow even more people to enjoy the quality of life in Menasha.
I have great faith in our residents, businesses, and employees that with development of a vaccine we will spring back in 2021 with great strength. Everyone on our team is working together to continue Menasha’s forward progression. Enhanced infrastructure, safety, economic development, education, and quality of life all play an important role in Menasha’s plans for 2021.