Hilliard Northwest News

Cope appointed to board of zoning appeals


Former Norwich Township trustee and Hilliard City Council member Michael Cope is the newest member of the Hilliard Board of Zoning Appeals.

Hilliard City Council on March 25 voted 6-0, with new member Tom Baker abstaining, to appoint Cope to an open seat on the board. Baker said he abstained because he did not participate in the interview process.

Cope will replace Barbara Rushley, who reigned last after moving from the city into Norwich Township. Rushley's five-year term expires Dec. 31, 2016.

Cope was one of two candidates who applied for consideration. The other was Scott Movshin.

Also on March 25, City Council members adopted a branding plan and graphics standard plan, and heard a report from Destination Hilliard.

The adopted plan is a detailed account of how the city's new logo and tag line, "Real People. Real Possibilities," will be applied.

The plan spells out its use on city letterheads, office documents and business cards, as well as its use for marketing purposes.

It shows illustrations of the logo on city vehicles, infrastructure such as water towers and even screened T-shirts.

The plan advises employees not to edit the logo, including font sizes or any elements of the logo, when placing it on published works.

Council members also adopted a 2013 strategic plan update, a revised document resulting from the two-day planning retreat Feb. 22-23.

The strategic plan update includes a set of top 10 goals, including promoting business and economic development and cooperating with the school district to maintain a best practice for crises readiness.

Christy Clark, executive director of Destination Hilliard, provided members with a first-quarter report of the organization's activities.

Clark reviewed last year's successes, including a 10-percent increase in bed-tax revenue in 2012 compared to 2011. Collections for 2012 were approximately $336,220.

Clark also reported increases in website visits for Destination Hilliard and recapped where Destination Hilliard advertised in 2012.

Looking forward, she highlighted the city's Flag Day celebration June 10 and the Solebrate! Food and Music Festival June 21-23.

Clark announced the city's Fourth of July parade theme is "Be True to the Red, White and Blue," a theme submitted by Noureen Hoq, a student at Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School.

Theresa Montgomery, a former Norwich Township clerk, is parade marshal, a selection made in part to coincide with the township's bicentennial celebration.