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Mayor's Corner

KEVIN HURST
Mayor, Safety & Economic Development Director 

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

The month of November brings so many great opportunities for family and friends to gather together to reflect on the past, and look to the future. That too holds true for the leaders of the Village of Walton Hills. The decisions that I, along with Council make, are always carefully thought out and discussed because we know that our actions impact the entire Village. Our goal is to make the right decisions that will make Walton Hills a place where anyone can live, work and play; decisions that will grow our community during the next four years. With that said, we want to remember to stay focused on present events that have a long term impact on the Village of Walton Hills. 

As the Mayor of Walton Hills, I strive daily to keep a positive attitude while showcasing my passion for the Village. When you have a positive attitude in your personal life and have a passion for something, it positively reflects in your work. I want Walton Hills to continue to succeed so I will always choose to be positive despite a lot of negativity that is constantly being filtered to residents, by residents. I would like to, once again, remind residents that you should always investigate anything that you hear. A lot of false statements and false accusations are constantly used to describe your elected officials and how the operations of Walton Hills are managed. Please investigate those false statements thoroughly. Remember, we are a transparent Village, and we’re here to answer any questions you may have.

The way your elected leaders feel about this community is and has been demonstrated in many ways with the operations of our Village, after all, we too have investments in this community and pay the taxes to sustain Walton Hills. Your current leaders, including myself, want Walton Hills to thrive in every way possible. We have used the word transparency during the last several years. Transparency, in a business or governance context, is honesty and openness. Transparency and accountability are generally considered the two main pillars of good corporate governance. For example, when it comes to the budget, your elected officials have always provided factual answers to residents’ questions.

We have always answered any questions that you have and we post all information in the annual report as well as on our webpage, and in the Walton Hills Journal. One resident, whose name will remain anonymous, who has had many questions throughout the years, has always been afforded the opportunity to use our computer system and other hard copies of documents at Village Hall in order to learn the truths about the financial state of the Village of Walton Hills. We have extended our resources to those residents who have asked questions regarding the operations of the Village of Walton Hills. We want to keep you informed and that’s why we keep answering the same types of questions that seem to confuse some of our residents.

Anyone who has ever served in a leadership position knows that you must always demonstrate high character by respecting those you work with and work for. By doing so, more will be accomplished. One example of our leadership maintaining a positive, respectful relationship with a group to sustain the Village of Walton Hills is with the Ford Motor Company. Recently, the Ford Motor Company notified us that the unsightly water tower will be coming down by the end of this month. Once it’s down, the redevelopment of the property can move forward. Since it officially closed its doors, the Village of Walton Hills has kept a positive relationship with Ford, making each step in the closure, removal of equipment and redevelopment of the property go relatively smoothly.

Everyone is looking for instant success, but it doesn’t work that way. We build a successful community one day at a time with a team effort. All winning teams are goal oriented. We all must be committed to one goal: sustaining the Village of Walton Hills now and in the future.

Don’t forget to honor and say thank you to the men and women who have served our country on Veterans Day, November 11th and I hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with fun, laughter and fellowship with family and friends.

God Bless Walton Hills,
Kevin Hurst,
Mayor/Safety Director, I.G.I.T.