A Message from Mayor Moeller - January

A new year represents new beginnings. Although it would be nice if we could start fresh without the pandemic hanging over us, COVID-19 will remain with us for some time. With the new vaccines poised for approval, there is light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, it's important that we remain connected to our community and living our best life.

This is the season for making resolutions and committing to improving ourselves. If 2021 is the year you plan to live healthier and get fit, our community center is a great place to start. We offer workout programs, a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and personal training packages to help you accomplish your fitness goals.

These amenities are all offered at affordable rates and in a clean and safe environment. The Maryland Heights Community Center remains open and in compliance with St. Louis County's safety protocols and requirements. Our maintenance staff performs regular sanitization throughout the day and we continue to take temperatures and screen patrons for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry into the facility.

Despite the pandemic, it's important that we remain engaged with our community. This represents a major element of our mental health, which is just as important to preserve as our physical well-being. While it's tempting to withdraw into ourselves during these challenging times, this mind set can encourage feelings of isolation. Additionally, it also poses a threat to our local economy by reducing transactions and support of local businesses.

I encourage everyone to remain part of the community, but to do so safely. Some tasks such as grocery shopping, curb-side pickups or pumping gas can't be avoided. Other errands such as ordering takeout are optional, but provide an essential support of the local economy. This balancing of interaction within the Maryland Heights community and adherence to safety protocols is at the heart of our
new campaign, Show Me Safe with Mayor Moeller.

As a community in the "Show Me" state, this campaign is designed
to enhance the City's connection with our residents, business owners, patrons, and visitors. It's overall purpose is to encourage people to continue patronizing local businesses, but to do so safely. As shown in the adjacent article, I will engage with participants at city events, facility patrons and people throughout the City by posing for photos with our new six-foot long banner designed by our Communications staff. I will also be distributing face masks and hand
sanitizer branded with the City's logo.

We launched this new campaign at the Feed the Masses Food Drive's closing event where the community filled one of the MHPD K9 vehicles. Thank you to everyone who donated food to this wonderful cause! The food drive featured a friendly competition among cities across the metropolitan area to collect the most non-perishable food items to be donated to local food banks. Overall, Maryland Heights collected 4,328 items, which was the third highest amount of the 18 participating cities.

Maryland Heights is a strong and generous community. Our residents and businesses define us. Let's be there for each other during these challenging times. Stay safe out there!