The new 2011-12 Hilliard city map was recently printed and is available at no charge at city hall and other public locations.

The new 2011-12 Hilliard city map was recently printed and is available at no charge at city hall and other public locations.

A couple of inches smaller in size than the 2009-10 edition, the map contains similar features. The city's boundaries, subdivisions, streets, schools, condominiums, paths, parks and water features are all drawn on a letter and number grid. On the opposite side, there's an alphabetical index of streets, schools, housing and parks.

The new map also shows a service quadrant map and important local phone numbers. There's even some text from Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt, who wrote, "Our administration has made streets and roadways a top priority because the only thing most residents use more than streets and roads are water and sewer."

A comparison of the new and the 2009-10 maps show some differences, with proposed changes like a connector from Anson Drive to Leap Road being completed. The new map shows where other future roads and multi-use pathways will be built. In the works are an extension of Trueman Boulevard connecting Hayden Run Road to Riggins Road, extending Wilcox Road to Davidson Road, and connecting Cosgray Road to Alton & Darby Creek Road.

"We think it's a good map," said Clyde Seidle, director of public service and city engineer. "It's current as of April 2011."

Seidle said the city's geographic information systems technicians use computer-aided design to update the map yearly, or when there are enough changes to warrant a new one to be produced. The city accepted applications for 5,000 copies of the map to be printed, and Hilliard's Baesman Group, Inc. won the bid.

The Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce assisted financially with the printing, said president and CEO Libby Gierach.

"We also use the maps, so it just makes sense to partner with the city to bring this to the community," Gierach said.