Pickerington city officials said they will have a lot on their collective plates in 2014.
City Manager Bill Vance said Pickerington will continue to move ahead with the voluntary annexation of property to the southeast of the Refugee Road-Pickerington Road intersection.
He said doing so will open up "the next significant responsible commercial development/mixed use corridor in the Pickerington community."
Vance said the city will also complete $3 million in sewer system upgrades to include replacing the aged Sycamore Creek Outfall Sewer Line and doubling the city's Main Sewer Pump Station at Leisure Drive.
"The Leisure Drive sewer pump station improvements will provide additional capacity necessary to support OhioHealth and additional Refugee Road investments," Vance said.
He said he anticipates City Council's approval of the 2013 comprehensive revision of Pickerington's Land Use and Development regulations.
"Accomplishing this goal in 2014 reinforces property rights while also attracting new investments," he said.
Vance said 2014 will mark the start of the city's first ever multi-year Water Tank Maintenance Program "to lengthen the operational lives of our expensive water tanks and protect Pickerington's potable water."
Vance said the city will continue to support the "active and successful efforts" of the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association by "coordinating OPVBA Farmers' Market site upgrades prior to the 2014 season."
Vance said the City Development Services Department will also be administering the competitive allocation of Olde Village "Community Development Block Grant Revitalization Funds" in the amount of $67,000.
He said Pickerington will be on the lookout for new and sustained revenue streams, especially because 80 cents of every $1 the city receives in taxes towards its General Fund is dedicated to operation of "the invaluable Pickerington Police Department."
Vance said if new revenue streams aren't successfully obtained, "Pickerington will have no foreseeable funds available for repaving residential streets" in as little as three years from now, or maybe less.
Vance said the city will continue to adhere to a philosophy of embracing regionalism in 2014 in terms of shared services, economic development and regional policy-making.
"More regional cooperation means less regional barriers," he said.
Vance said the city plans to administer significant infrastructure upgrades to its parks in 2014, including shelter construction paid for by impact fees.
Pickerington City Engineer Scott Tourville said his department will be busy dealing with several big ticket projects.
"Next year (there) will be a lot of design work. We will finalize the design of (state Route) 256 Safety Improvements, select configuration for the Center/Milnor/Meadows (intersection), and will be looking at options for Refugee Road improvements," Tourville said.
He said once weather permits, construction will get underway on the 60-acre, roughly $50 million OhioHealth medical campus project.
"That project will be a huge benefit for the entire community," he said.
City Development Director Joe Henderson said OhioHealth's medical campus won't be completed until 2015, however, next year marks an important construction year for the project.
Henderson said several commercial enterprises will open in 2014, including Hunter's Ridge Shopping Center at the corner of state routes 256 and 204.
Among its new tenants are Ulta Beauty Supply, Party City and Starbucks.
Henderson said a new Midas automobile repair facility will open in 2014 on the corner of Diley and Hill roads and Kemba Financial will undergo construction next year.
He said Olde Pickerington Village will see a new business, Coffee Gone Wild, open in early 2014.