PIQUA — Mayor Kazy Hinds is bringing the city officials to the people again, restarting the Walks with the Mayor this spring and summer.
Hinds explained that they were successful last year in bringing residents and city officials together. “I like being able to bring our department heads,” Hinds said. “It was very well-received last year.”
Bringing together government officials and residents can help identify issues that are important to the residents as well as help stop the spread of misinformation. City officials can address rumors face-to-face with residents.
“The more we can have conversation … the better we can be about getting the right information out there,” Hinds said.
The Walks with the Mayor also combine two things important to the mayor: community outreach and promoting an active lifestyle. Residents and officials can get some physical exercise while also discussing issues pertaining to the city.
Department heads from the Engineering Department and the Public Works Department will also be attending the first walk to discuss the bike path connector project that will be connecting Mote Park to the bike path, another aspect of the active lifestyle that is a trend in the city.
“It’s making our city a more walkable city and a more bicycle-friendly city, which is something we are committed to,” Hinds said.
The first Walk with the Mayor will take place on Monday, May 15, in Ward 1. The walk will start in the parking lot at Mote Park at 5:30 p.m.
Ward 1 Commissioner John Martin, City Engineer Amy Havenar and Project Manager Bob Graeser the Engineering Department, and Director Doug Harter and Assistant Director Brian Brookhart of the Public Works Department will be joining in the walk.
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