As the new year begins, a long-held tradition here at the city is to invite the community in for an evening of reflection, celebration and networking.

As the new year begins, a long-held tradition here at the city is to invite the community in for an evening of reflection, celebration and networking.

I am, of course, referring to our annual State of the City Address. This year's address will be held on Monday, Jan. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road. Overflow parking is available at the OSU Golf Course parking lot.

Our theme of "Spotlight on UA" evolved as we were thinking about the many interrelated attributes, individuals and entities that make up the community's whole. Each of us has a unique perspective on what makes UA our community of choice, but I suspect the primary themes, words and imagery in our heads are much the same when you boil it all down. To illustrate this, a series of "word clouds" or "wordles" will make an appearance during the formal presentation, as members of Council discuss various key themes and accomplishments from 2012 and as we look ahead to the coming year.

A popular State of the City tradition comes at the end of the formal address, when we celebrate community members who made a difference in the past year through our Community Awards Program.

Each year, an impressive list of individuals, civic groups and businesses are applauded for their contributions to UA, and the slate of nominees for 2012 is impressive. The stories that are shared capture the spirit of our community and the "can-do" attitude that keeps Upper Arlington strong and vibrant.

The evening begins with our Community Fair, from 5-6:30 p.m. The Community Fair features exhibits from various organizations and city departments, providing an opportunity for residents to meet with community leaders and staff during one convenient forum. As always, guests can register to win a one-year supply of refuse stickers or a 2013 pool pass, among other prizes, and light refreshments are served.

If you have not yet registered for our UA Alerts Notification System, this will be a good night to do it, with staff members on hand to walk you through the registration process and who can explain how best to tailor your account.

The year ahead will bring new projects, challenges and opportunities for our community, and what better way to learn about the city's plans than at our annual State of the City Address? I invite you to join us and to learn more about your local government and the people who work to serve you year in and year out.

For details, visit or call my office at 614-583-5040.

Lane Road public meeting

The Parks & Recreation Department is planning to submit a significant funding request to Clean Ohio Trails to facilitate the construction of a proposed multi-use path on Lane Road.

If the funding request and project plans prove successful, this trail will be constructed between Riverside Drive and Reed Road on the south side of the street, expanding the community's access to recreational opportunities and providing an important link between the Scioto River and Olentangy River trails.

In advance of submitting the funding request, the department is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Park North Shelter.

Parks & Recreation Department Director Tim Moloney will provide some history and background on the region's goals for expanding recreational connectivity through a network of multi-use paths, and how the proposed pathway could benefit the Lane Road neighborhood and community as a whole.

Additional information can be found online at or by calling 614-583-5300.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.