The month of February is upon us, the time of year when we turn our attention to matters of the heart. It’s no coincidence that February includes Valentine’s Day and is also Heart Health Month. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolates, flowers, and dinner dates, let’s also be sure to pay attention to the health of our loved ones.
February is also a great time to connect with your City. Our official tagline, after all, is Life Connected. In that vein, the City is offering several ways to deepen our connections. By the way, our sincerest thanks to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts on our new tagline during last month’s Town Hall Meeting. In addition to your great comments on Life Connected, the Town Hall Meeting served as a great way to initiate connections with our staff and with fellow residents.
Also, as part of our efforts to develop and deepen our connections, I’m very pleased to invite you to join us at our first Coffee with the Council event. It’s scheduled for Lucy’s on the Square on Wednesday, February 12 from 7:00am to 9:00am on a come-and-go basis. We’ll provide the coffee and pastries and hope that as many of you as possible can come by, have a cup of coffee, share your thoughts, and help us put our tagline into action. We’ll try to have as many of these Coffee with the Council events as possible and move them from place to place, giving residents a chance to visit different businesses and restaurants downtown.
Speaking of downtown, the City’s first podcast, called Life in Celina, features conversations that center on the downtown area and businesses. Find it by searching for Life in Celina on iTunes. The first episode is about a half hour and features a look at the downtown area. In addition to Alexis Jackson, Rebecca Barton and myself, episode one includes a conversation with Dante Ramirez of Tender Smokehouse. The podcast, which is also posted on our website, www.celina-tx.gov/podcast is another great way to stay connected.
Staying connected also means taking part in our annual special events. Virtually the entire year is jam-packed with events and activities that encourage connections. Check out our website, www.celina-tx.gov for a list of the 2020 events and dates.
Another way to stay connected is to attend our City Council meetings. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 5:00pm in the Celina ISD board room. If you can’t make the meetings, visit the City’s Facebook page or YouTube channel where I’ll provide summaries of our meetings.
Finally, we’re extremely excited about the opening of our second fire station in the Light Farms subdivision. The fire station, appropriately called “The Farm House,” was officially put into service on January 24. We invite you to join us for an Open House on February 29 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. It’s a come-and-go event, with lunch, activities for the kids, and station tours.
Remember to fly your flag on Presidents Day, Monday, February 17. City Hall will be closed that day. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
By Mayor Sean Terry