Dublin was officially welcomed as a member of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) board of directors last week. Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher and City Manager Jane Brautigam attended the welcoming ceremony Wednesday, April 23.

Dublin was officially welcomed as a member of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) board of directors last week. Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher and City Manager Jane Brautigam attended the welcoming ceremony Wednesday, April 23.

Dublin's first representative will begin a two-year term in 2009.

"We are pleased to welcome the city of Dublin into the COTA agreement," said COTA president Bill Lhota. "Actions taken by the city of Dublin, our other partners in the agreement and COTA's board of trustees will mean that Dublin takes its place with the other cities in our community with full access and influence in the planning and provision of transit service in central Ohio."

When the transit authority was formed in 1971, Franklin County, the city of Columbus and 10 municipalities in the county were part of the original COTA agreement. Dublin was not a large enough municipality to be included at the time. The board consists of 13 members, including four positions that rotate among the cities of Whitehall, Upper Arlington, Grove City, Worthington, Hilliard, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, Bexley, Reynoldsburg and Westerville.

In October 2007, Dublin City Council approved legislation to add the city to a list of communities with members on the board. The other communities agreed to include Dublin on the board as part of the change.

As a result of the appointment, shoppers in retail stores in Dublin that also are in Delaware and Union counties will see an additional 0.5-percent sales tax at those businesses.