Marysville Mayor John Gore gave his State of the City address Thursday, Jan. 23, informing City Council that the municipality is strong and stable.
Gore opened his speech by thanking council members and various city administrators, then moved on to highlight the city's accomplishments in 2013.
"The administration focused on Uptown development, revitalization and infrastructure improvements, which included the construction and opening of two new city facilities," Gore said.
The city opened the Police and Municipal Court facility in April and the new City Hall in November.
"We made extensive improvements to the public parking lot located at Sixth and Plum Street. Also, the Town Run Restoration project has been substantially completed with a projected ribbon-cutting in the spring of 2014," Gore said.
Gore also said the project design process for Marysville Partners Park began in August. It will be located at the old site of City Hall at 125 E. Sixth St.
"A personal highlight for me this past year was the opportunity to travel to Japan. As a result of my visit, a delegation from Yorii-Machi, Japan, visited Marysville to sign a friendship declaration and establish a strong foundation for a sister-city relationship," Gore said.
Gore reported on the city's finances, stating the 2013 general fund revenue totaled $17,131,695, a boost of $829,800 over 2012.
"This is attributed to an increase in income tax receipts. Income tax revenues continue to be the major source of revenue at 81 percent for the general fund," Gore said.
Income tax revenue totaled $14,094,212 for 2013, which is $783,436 more than anticipated and $1,044,402 more than in 2012.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Marysville its third consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012.
"This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the city and its administration," Gore said.
Gore recognized Union County Economic Development Director Eric Phillips and his team, which reported a total of 93 single-family residential permits and 10 commercial/industrial permits -- all pointing to the growth in the city.
"New business development in Marysville included a total of 23 businesses. Creative Foundations, Culver's, Dickman Supply, Edible Arrangements and Kay Jewelers are among the 23," Gore said.
In 2013, a number of major business developments began. Memorial Hospital of Union County began construction on a new urgent care/medical office building at City Gate, Meijer began construction of a 192,000-square-foot store at Coleman's Crossing and Nationwide Children's Hospital began construction of its new Close to Home Center at City Gate.
There also were several major business announcements in 2013.
Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. announced several projects, including the construction of a Heritage Center, the Hybrid Accord Manufacturing Center and the Performance Manufacturing Center for the Acura NSX. Combined, these projects represent an investment of nearly $124 million and the creation of approximately 116 new jobs.
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Inc. announced plans to consolidate operations at a new 355,000-square-foot facility to be built on Industrial Parkway.
Moriroku announced plans to construct a new 41,000-square-foot facility to house its headquarters, research and development, sales, purchasing and quality assurance operations.
The Kroger Co. announced plans to construct a new Kroger Marketplace in Marysville.
Gore said 2013 brought the announcement that Whit's Frozen Custard is planning to open its first Uptown Marysville location in the spring.
The past year also brought ownership changes at two popular Uptown restaurants: the Old Town Inn and Doc Henderson's Restaurant.
"It was announced in the fall that local business owner Joe Duke had purchased Old Town Inn and would make renovations to the building prior to reopening the business in 2014. In addition, Marysville businessman Bruce Daniels purchased Doc Henderson's Restaurant and also announced plans to reopen in early 2014," Gore said.
In 2013, the city hired 107 employees, a 36 percent increase from the norm.
"These hires ranged from an extensive executive search for a new public service director, the challenging task of bringing in nine new firefighters, to the hiring of 61 seasonal employees," Gore said.
Gore credited the strong and stable state of the city to the support of a great community, City Council and all city employees.
"Overall, Marysville had a very productive and successful 2013. We will continue to manage our resources in a fiscally responsible manner and look at ways to improve our services to the community," Gore said. "But above all, I would like to thank the residents of the city of Marysville for their ongoing support and contributions to our community -- which makes Marysville a very desirable place to live, work and play."
City Council President Nevin Taylor responded to the mayor's speech with gratitude.
"Mayor, we thank you on behalf of the citizens for your year of service," Taylor said.