Message from the Mayor
I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted from dealing with “unprecedented” events. Last year at this time it was COVID-19. This year it is SNOVID-21. Who would have ever thought people would walk across Capp Smith Lake? I think we deserve a break and I desire to avoid issuing emergency declarations. Seriously, the extraordinary weather event of last month impacted every one of us in some manner. Whether it was loss of power, frozen/broken pipes, broken water mains or impassable roads, it was a tough week. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone on city staff for the job they did in helping us all get thru it. From public works repairing mains in sub-freezing temperatures, the office staff working in buildings with no heat, calls made to check on our senior citizens, delivering meals to those in need, our IT department keeping the all-important communications systems up and running and our Police and Fire Departments responding to emergency calls. They all “answered the call” and were there when the citizens needed them. My hat is off to all of them. Thank you also to the citizens of Watauga. Neighbors taking care of neighbors. That is what makes “Watauga a Great Place to Live”.
Given Mother Nature’s tirade last month, it’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. March 20th is officially the 1st day of spring. That means that it’s time for the clocks to change again. Sunday, March 14th we set the clocks ahead one hour.
Our 3rd annual State of the City will be held on March 24, 2021. Unfortunately, this great event will again be virtual. It will be posted to our Facebook page so be sure to watch.
Lastly, after an extended closure due to COVID, our City Hall reopened to the public on February 22nd. Our recreation center hopes to fully reopen by mid-March followed by our library in April.