Destination Hilliard, the organization that promotes the city, outlined its accomplishments in 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 at the March 26 city council meeting.

Destination Hilliard, the organization that promotes the city, outlined its accomplishments in 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 at the March 26 city council meeting.

"The hotel bed tax revenue increased consistently every month over 8 percent," said Christy Clark, Destination Hilliard's executive director. The revenue in 2011 was $304,121.77, up from $280,362.35 in 2010.

"This was due partly to the economy, but also seven new groups came in and used our hotels here in Hilliard," Clark said.

Destination Hilliard has increased its advertising and marketing in the first quarter, Clark said.

Hilliard will also be promoted next quarter in Reader's Digest, Columbus Parent and The Columbus Dispatch. Event calendars have been distributed to 23,000 households in 2011 and 2012, she said. In addition, a 2012 visitors' guide has been distributed to Ohio travel pavilions and visitors bureaus.

Destination Hilliard helped the city in being named one of Ohio Magazine's "Best Hometowns" in the state for 2012. At the presentation of the award at the Makoy Center January, Clark announced the city's signature event, the Solebrate! Food & Music Festival. Clark said the Solebrate! launch party will take place June 23 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

The event will feature live music, strolling artists, live cooking demonstrations, ice carving and food art demonstrations.

Clark mentioned other upcoming events for the next quarter:

• Lend A Hilliard Hand, at which eight awards will be presented to local volunteers, on April 12.

• Explore the Heart of Hilliard in 200 Minutes, a geocaching event, on May 12.

• Hilliard Flag Day Event, featuring a 5K run/walk, on June 14.

"Next quarter is going to be really busy," Clark said.

In other action, council tabled a resolution approving Mayor Don Schonhardt's appointment of Thomas Lyden and J. William Uttley III to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

According to the resolution, a revision of the city's wards moved commission member John Bryner from Ward 4 to Ward 3. The resolution was to change "at large" member Thomas Lyden to Ward 4, and to appoint Uttley, a former city councilman and commission member, to the commission as the "at large" representative.

"As we move into the comprehensive plan's recommendations to change that suburban development cycle and move towards more of an urban, higher-density development program where we are more appealing to a broader spectrum of the population, I think Mr. Uttley brings a lot to the table and can help us accomplish that," Schonhardt said.

However, the resolution was tabled when staff found that Lyden resides in Ward 3.