Message from the Mayor
HAPPY NEW YEAR, WATAUGA! Hello 2021 and GOODBYE 2020. I hope everybody had a Merry Christmas and an opportunity to spend time with their families and friends, be it in person or virtually.
We cannot fully embrace the new year without some reflection on the year we are putting behind us. This time last year the word pandemic was something we heard in a movie. Today it is a reality. The global pandemic has impacted every one of us in some manner and virtually every aspect of our lives. 2020 was a tough year on all of us. But we have adapted and made it through. As I have said numerous times, I believe we are stronger both as a Nation and as a community. I also believe that 2021 holds a bright future for all of us. We now have a vaccine for the Corona Virus. It was produced in record time and is now being distributed to those on the frontlines and should be available to the rest of us soon. We also have a second round of stimulus checks coming. Locally, our economy has fared better than we anticipated, we have new businesses moving in and more being new business attraction results working. We have much to be thankful for with the new year ahead.
2021 will still be a challenging year. As it stands right now all meetings and events for the month of January will remain virtual. Also, in advance of the projected post-holiday spike in COVID numbers we have proactively restricted access to city facilities thru January 10th. I hope to return to “in person” meetings in February.
January also kicks off another election cycle for the City, including a general and special elections. It seems like we just did that not long ago. Filing period for the General Election will be January 13 - February 12, 2021. See the city website for details or contact the City Secretary’s office.
Here is to a happy, safe and prosperous New Year to everybody.