Message From Mayor Ellis 4.01.20
Hello, Happy Valley. I’m Tom Ellis, your Mayor. I wanted to check in and give you some local updates related to COVID-19. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy as we continue to adjust to this new reality.
Happy Valley is a community of people that supports one another. I am hearing about so many of you lending a hand to your neighbors and being a source of support for those in need. Soon after this pandemic broke, the City Council began reaching out to City staff and several community members to create Business and Recreation Task Forces. These groups are working at the local level, coordinating together and trying to get as much information as they can out to you as to how we can support each other and stay connected.
We all need to continue to support local businesses who need our help now more than ever. Continue to frequent local restaurants by ordering food for pick up or delivery. You can also purchase gift cards for future use. We’ve also compiled a list of many recreational activities you can do from home or right here in the City that will help you stay active, both physically and educationally. The Recreation Task Force has found numerous local hikes you can try, free online fitness classes, and even uncovered some fascinating virtual tours of museums and landmarks across the world. We hope some of these ideas help you and your family keep your minds and bodies active and engaged.
One of the things I love most about Happy Valley is the great trail system we have developed. Our trails all remain open for your enjoyment, but please remember to maintain social distancing even when you are outside.
The City is also working on setting up our usual Council and Committee meetings virtually, so that you can participate in the comfort and safety of your home. I want you to know that the services the City provides are still moving forward. We’re going to continue to find ways to be innovative and keep our community connected. Please check out our City website for all the ways you can stay involved in the community and please continue to do what you can to stay safe and healthy.
A list of City businesses that remain open or partially open, and need our continued support is now on the City website. The recovery from this event will require all of us to continue to do our part. Thank you again to all our first responders, medical providers, and those working the front lines of this global pandemic. I am forever grateful for your hard work and sacrifice.
Please remember to stay in contact with friends and family. That connection is so important right now. Thank you