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Dec 04

Mayor's Message for December 2018

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 10:54 AM by Jan Molinaro

With tree lightings and parades the season to spread cheer is upon us. Chilly weather and frost on the windshield to scrape remind us that with winter comes many enjoyable events. These are shared with family members and friends. This month can be extremely busy, especially with young children. However, I would encourage everyone to take one day out of December and plan how you and your family could give back to others. Whether it is within your family or to outside organizations, this is an opportunity to share the joy with some who may not have the same opportunities we enjoy in our community. Young and old alike have the opportunity to partake in this season of giving back. There are many ideas in which to spend that one day with someone else or a group. Enumclaw has so many organizations that would appreciate any form of assistance, money, food, volunteers, other, just ask how you can help and I am sure an answer will be provided. Have a wonderful, safe and Happy Holiday.
Oct 31

Mayor's Message - November

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 9:28 AM by Jan Molinaro

Jordan Binion Project on Suicide  

The community conversation that is to take place on Wednesday, November 14 in the Enumclaw High School Commons should be of interest to all citizens, no matter the age. Suicide can touch every demographic and family. Discussing the symptoms and how to seek assistance, not only with professionals, but with family, your clergy and friends, whom ever you are comfortable approaching. The key is to recognize it and act. How does one identify someone in need? How do I start a conversation with that person to guide them towards assistance without driving them away? Many other questions can be formulated on the topic of suicide. 

The hearts and lives of those left behind deal with thoughts and questions many times unanswered. Steps need to be made in reducing and eliminating this issue in our community. Talk, exchange ideas, identify causes and signs of one in need. Stop the heart break in our community, among friends and within our own families. 

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair that can exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions go on to engage in life. 

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. 

Some warning signs, when someone talks about doing harm to themselves could be a change in behavior, mood of a person may change or exhibit s shift. A person’s health change can influence suicidal thoughts, personal events in one’s life. Even historical factors should be considered. 

Let us have this community conversation on the 14th, but let it be the beginning of a longer discussion to improve the health and lives of all citizens.

Sep 04

September Mayor's Message

Posted on September 4, 2018 at 11:36 AM by Jan Molinaro

September Message

Back to School

The start of September begins the back-to-school process for many Enumclaw families. With the kids getting back into the routine of classes and studying, I wish to emphasize to all drivers to PLEASE be mindful of students walking to schools. It is imperative that we slowdown in school zones, keep to the speed limits and be watchful of the possibility of kids darting out into the street unexpectedly. Allow a few extra minutes this school year when leaving for work so as not to rush when driving. Patience is the one word that comes to mind so our community can avoid any mishaps or worse.

2019 Budget

The City of Enumclaw Council will begin Budget Workshops on October 8, with subsequent Workshops to be held on October 15, 22 and 29. Preceding two of these workshop meetings will be the City Council meetings on October 8 and the 22nd. The budget is officially released on October 1st.

Every year city staff begins the process of formulating their department’s financial needs at the beginning of July and completing the process by the middle of September. After which city administration reviews and adjusts the budget to its proposed appearance that is published on October 1st.  Much thought and calculation is done to make sure that the citizens receive the service needed at the most efficient cost. Not every dollar asked is provided, though increases to a department are warranted.

Plan to attend one or all of the scheduled Budget Workshops and listen to what 2019 is shaping up to be in terms of your city.