By now, you have likely already heard that the city's liquor ballot issue for the Lane Avenue community entertainment district was resoundingly successful, with approval by approximately 84 percent of voters.
This result means that all parcels within the CED are now designated "wet," greatly simplifying the liquor permit application process for prospective restaurants, businesses and developers, and supporting the district's continued evolution as one of our primary quality shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.
As predicted by city council, Upper Arlington voters clearly understood the issue before them and its importance in assuring the district's long-term vibrancy and success, and to ultimately help generate much needed revenues to support the city and schools.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to learn about the issue and for your vote on Nov. 6.
Additionally, our sincere thanks go out to the existing businesses in the corridor for their patience and understanding as we took the steps necessary to address this important housekeeping issue.
Periodically, the city has openings on boards and commissions that serve the community. Public service is voluntary, affording participants the opportunity to help shape their community in areas that interest them.
We invite interested residents to donate their time and expertise to the community by serving on a city board or commission, with applications currently being accepted for:
* Board of Building Standards: Meets on call to review and make recommendations to city council on amendments to the residential building code and to hear appeals to both the Ohio residential code and the Upper Arlington property maintenance code. Term openings begin in February 2013.
* Board of Tax Appeals: Meets on call to review the city's taxation policies and to hear appeals regarding tax claim issues. Term openings begin in February 2013.
* Library Board of Trustees: Meets the second Tuesday of the month to oversee management of the city's public library system. Term openings begin in January 2013. The deadline for applications is Nov. 21.
* Medical Advisory Board: Meets twice annually to provide professional supervision, training and support of the city's emergency paramedical program. Each member serves a four-year term. Term openings begin in February 2013.
* Neighborhood Lighting Utility Board: Meets quarterly to monitor the design, operation, maintenance and inspection of the city's neighborhood lights. Term openings begin in February 2013.
Application forms and additional details can be obtained from the city clerk's office, 3600 Tremont Road, downloaded from uaoh.net or obtained by calling 614-583-5030.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.