Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen joined with Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka, Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring and Sheffield Lake Mayor John Hunter in welcoming about 200 guests to their annual State of the Cities Luncheon last Thursday at Tom’s Country Place in Avon.
The Mayors kept the good natured event lively as they swapped neighborly jabs at one another while also recognizing those that serve on their staffs and on their safety service forces.
Mayor Jensen led off his program with a slide show that featured the traffic roundabout that is proposed for the Mills Road-Route 83 intersection at the Avon and North Ridgeville border.
He also good-naturedly kidded Mayor Zilka about rumors of a Chik-fil-A restaurant coming to the area.
Mayor Zilka said the troubling opioid epidemic is something that has touched far too many families. He suggested a grass-roots approach to addressing the subject. “Sit down and have dinner with your kids,” he said. “Talk to them.” By staying in the loop within your own family circles, tragedies can be averted.
Mayor Zilka also thanked his police and firefighters, reporting that the responsibilities of these public servants have grown with the community.
Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring thanked his residents for approving an income tax increase to offset state funding cuts. And Sheffield Mayor John Hunter talked about his community’s role as an interstate crossroads. Over 70,000 cars pass through Sheffield daily at the Rt. 254 exchange. About 40 per cent of those stopped by law enforcement are issued citations.
On a serious note, Mayor Jensen thanked Mayor Zilka for the attention he has brought to the opiate addiction problem in the area.
The luncheon was hosted by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by University Hospitals.