This is the bicentennial for the city of Solon, and Mayor Edward H. Kraus embraced the spirit of the yearlong celebration during his state of the city address last week by dressing in a hat and cape styled in the era of one of the city founders, Samuel Bull.

“I stand on the shoulders of giants as we celebrate our great 200 years,” Mayor Kraus said.

He spoke about the leadership of past mayors, including Robert Paulson, Kevin Patton and the late Charles Smercina. And he acknowledged the work of the City Council members today and over the years.

There has been progress. SOM Center Plaza is now full, and more restaurants have opened their doors in town. Solon saw 47 new businesses come to the city in 2019. The businesses range in size and mission, adding to the economic diversity of this area.

The schools remain top-notch and community life is excellent with recreational programs for people of all ages. With the aid of a video, the mayor presented an exciting vision of Solon, reimagined with bike lanes, streetscapes, hiking trails and more.

The state of the city is good.

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