With the start of fall, we usually have a few housekeeping updates to share with residents. So here's a rundown of some current special projects and useful news:
2013 Community Survey: Just over a week ago, 1,500 randomly selected households were sent postcards from the city, inviting them to partake in our 2013 Community Survey.
If yours was one of the selected households, please be sure to take the survey soon. It should only take about 15 minutes, and your input will help city council and staff guide Upper Arlington toward a successful future. The survey seeks to understand what services are most important to residents, resident perceptions about the city's challenges -- financial and otherwise -- and solutions to those challenges, and what goals are important for the city looking ahead.
If you have not yet completed the survey because you do not have access to a computer and the Internet, a hard copy of the survey will be in the mail to you soon. Again, please be sure to complete and return the survey promptly. A postage-paid envelope will be provided for your convenience.
Waltham Road roundabout construction: Work will soon begin for the new roundabout at Waltham, Kinnear and North Star roads. Pending the final go-ahead, construction staging should begin late this week, and we expect the work will begin in earnest early the week of Sept. 23.
Once construction is underway, north-south traffic on North Star Road will be maintained for much of the work, since the roundabout is being constructed just to the east of the existing roadway and intersection. Kinnear Road however will be closed to traffic at the intersection.
Alternate routes are:
* For Kinnear/Waltham westbound traffic: Take Kenny Road south to Chambers Road, turn right (west) on Chambers to Northwest Boulevard, then turn right onto Northwest, where you can turn left (west) on Waltham Road from Northwest.
* For Waltham/Kinnear eastbound traffic: Take Northwest Boulevard south to Chambers Road, turn left (east) on Chambers to Kenny Road, then turn left (north) on Kenny back to Kinnear Road.
Full project details can be found at uaoh.net, under Living in UA | Road Construction Updates, or call our Engineering Division at 614-583-5360.
Leadership UA Candidates and Issues Night: Election season is upon us, and this year is an important one for UA, with five candidates running for four city council seats, three candidates vying for two spots on the school board and the school levy request, all awaiting your votes.
Thanks to Leadership UA, there's a great opportunity to meet with candidates and learn about the school issue on the horizon.
Leadership UA's Candidates and Issues Night is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road. An informal meet-and-greet will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and a moderated question-and-answer session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.
You can submit questions in advance by visiting the Leadership UA website at leadershipua.org.
UA Community Foundation Survey: Last but not least, the fall survey season continues with the UA Community Foundation seeking feedback about its efforts to date to enhance UA's quality of life through projects such as the Amelita Mirolo Barn at Sunny 95 Park, support of community beautification efforts and its annual partnership with the UA Library to bring nationally acclaimed authors to the city.
But most importantly, the foundation wants to know where it should be focusing its energies in the coming months and years.
To make your thoughts and ideas known, go online to uacommunityfoundation.com and look for the link to this online survey. It will only take a few minutes of your time, but your participation will be invaluable.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.