Destination Hilliard, an organization that replaced the former convention and visitors bureau, listed a number of accomplishments at its first quarterly report during the April 25 City Council meeting.

Destination Hilliard, an organization that replaced the former convention and visitors bureau, listed a number of accomplishments at its first quarterly report during the April 25 City Council meeting.

In their presentation, Destination Hilliard executive director Christy Clark and trustee Drew McCartt told council that the hotel bed tax was up $7,042.10 in the first quarter of 2011 over last year. In response to a question from council, Clark said the increase was in part through Destination Hilliard's efforts in telling city businesses and organizations to have guests stay at Hilliard hotels on Cemetery Road.

Clark and McCartt said for the first time, the city's hotels, restaurants and attractions have been listed in the Ohio Travel Planner; and for the first time, Hilliard events are listed in the Ohio Spring Calendar of Events.

McCartt said he noticed that organizations that used to compete for attention separately are now collaborating with Destination Hilliard.

As for other highlights, Clark said Destination Hilliard held the first Lend a Hilliard Hand volunteer fair recently; helped secure a grant for an acoustic music stage at Old Hilliardfest; and through a partnership with the Hilliard Area Realtors Association, will distribute welcome bags to new residents.

Council had asked Destination Hilliard to provide quarterly reports as a condition of its funding.

In legislation at its April 26 meeting, council unanimously approved resolutions for leasing/purchasing several pieces of capital equipment; a detention basin at Heather Ridge; and an easement at Trails Edge along the Rail Trail.

Also receiving unanimous approval was a resolution in support of Hilliard United, a council initiative to "pursue and practice collaborative civic leadership with organizations within the Hilliard City School District." Council president Brett Sciotto said that although "it wasn't perfect," Hilliard United "did a lot of healing" among the organizations it represented. Sciotto said Hilliard United still meets quarterly, and will hold a community summit at its fourth quarter meeting.

During the public discussion portion of the council meeting, several residents expressed their concern with traffic and safety at the new community gardens off of Cosgray Road.

Director of Law Pam Fox also said Hilliard's four wards will need to be re-divided so that they are equal in population, but added that because Hilliard didn't experience a large population increase from 2000 to 2010, a fifth ward does not need to be created.