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President and mayor urge students to be responsible residents

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl sent the following letter to Ohio University students today:

May 5, 2011

Dear Neighbor:

We hope that you are enjoying springtime in Athens and that you have connected with many fellow Athenians and their families. As friends and neighbors in our community have begun to gather in celebration of the end of the long winter, we have seen some positive steps in the right direction. We all benefit by focusing on being smart, civil, and safe in our actions, demonstrating respect and consideration for our neighbors, and taking pride in our neighborhoods.

It is true around the world that community is what its residents make of it. It is no different in Athens. Whether young or old, new to the area, or a multi-generation Athenian, we each play a part in defining our community. One recent example of community pride was just a few weeks ago when hundreds of Ohio University students volunteered for the Athens Day of Beautification. It is this
type of volunteerism that makes our community such a great place to live, work, and study.

For all Athens residents, the municipal code, social covenants, and community standards are in place to assure safety for all. Establishing clear expectations for sound levels, safety, traffic patterns, parking regulations, refuse receptacles and respect of public and private property help us assure that we can live side by side in camaraderie and mutual respect.

The Athens City Code details our responsibilities as residents of Athens. Please review the Athens Municipal Code,* paying special attention to Title 9 and the detail included in its contents.    

We are proud that you are an Athenian. We want to be sure that Athens continues to be a wonderfully special place for residents of all ages, where we share a commitment to civility, safety, and community pride.


Roderick J. McDavis
President, Ohio University

Paul Wiehl                                                                      
Mayor, City of Athens                                                    

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