EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke delivered his 2020 State of the City address Wednesday.
The address was delivered virtually because of COVID-19. In his address, Mayor Winnecke addressed reopening.
“Like many cities, Evansville is operating on parallel paths: the continuation of social distancing, avoiding large crowds, practicing strong hygiene, but also with an eye toward re-opening the city for business,” Winnecke said. “I anticipate a measured re-opening, that is to say, we won’t go back to pre-pandemic business models for a while. We are in regular communication with the state administration, which ultimately will provide direction on how, and when, we re-open. Certainly, a lot more to come in this area.”
The mayor described Evansville as resilient and highlighted several community efforts that have formed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, such as the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region and the Need a Neighbor initiative.
In other city news, Mayor Winnecke highlighted street paving projects, as well as a new pedestrian crossing at U.S. 41 and Washington Avenue. Winnecke says the intersection is dangerous, especially for Bosse High School students walking to and from school. It is slated as a 2023 project, but could happen sooner if money becomes available.
The new Deaconess Clinic and Research Building, the second structure on the medical school campus, is also nearing completion. This 95,000 square foot facility is expected to open in August.
The city is looking at a Summer 2021 opening for the Deaconess Aquatic Center. Opening around the same time in 2021 will be the Wayne and Beth Kinney Family Penguins of Patagonia exhibit at Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden.
You can watch the full State of the City below.