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Mayor's Corner

KEVIN HURST
Mayor, Safety & Economic Development Director 

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

The Village of Walton Hills, along with the support of the Hard Rock Rocksino, proudly hosted the Ohio Flags of Honor Memorial at the end of August. The Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation was founded to honor the men and women from Ohio who sacrificed their lives in the service of our country during the War on Terrorism. The traveling memorial has helped bring closure to the families of those men and 
women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. By hosting the memorial, it gives our Village an opportunity to say thank you to all of the men and women serving in the military. Because of their service and sacrifice, we can live freely.

I personally would like to say thank you to Brock Milstein of the Hard Rock Rocksino for donating $3,500 to cover all costs associated with hosting the Ohio Flags of Honor Memorial. Because of your donation, there wasn’t a financial burden placed on the Village of Walton Hills. To the Village Council Members, I thank you for allowing us to host the memorial again this year.

And finally, to all of the volunteers who donated their personal time to help out with the Ohio Flags of Honor Memorial, a big thank you to you as well. Our goal in the Village of Walton Hills is to strive to make our community a great place to live, work and to serve everyone!

In the photos, I, along with Village Council stand proudly with the President of the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation, Gino Zimmer. His son, Army Specialist Nicholaus E. Zimmer, was killed in Kufa, Iraq in May of 2004. In the second photo, several volunteers provided many countless hours of their personal time to make the program a success. God bless each of you for serving others.

Also in August, I was invited to attend a conference at the White House for Ohio leaders. It was another great opportunity to showcase the Village of Walton Hills on a national scale.

In the invitation I received, the Special Assistant to President Trump, advised that the goal of the conference was working to build better relationships at the federal level with our (the nation’s) county and municipal leaders. The event in Washington DC allowed me to express all of the different
activities, growth and challenges that we face on the local level of government. Our federal leaders seemed genuinely concerned, so much so, that they provided me with several points of contact to help us when needed, and they (the federal leaders) themselves expressed that they will do what they can to help Walton Hills in any way possible.

During the last six years, I’ve been invited to Washington DC three times to discuss the economic outlook of the Village of Walton Hills. It really got me thinking and wondering if the prior administration of Walton Hills was ever invited to the White House, or to Washington DC in general. Not surprisingly, the answer is no. We must be doing something right then if our little Village, tucked in Northeast Ohio, is getting recognition from our leaders in Washington!

God Bless You and God Bless America,
Kevin Hurst
Mayor/Safety and Economic Director, I.G.I.T.