Upper Arlington News

City seeks nominees for community awards

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Upper Arlington city officials are seeking nominations through early January to aid in honoring those individuals and groups who've helped to improve the community.

Applications for the city's annual community awards will be accepted through Jan. 10. Those selected to receive the six awards will be recognized Monday, Jan. 27, during the annual State of the City address at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center.

"Each year at the Upper Arlington State of the City Address, a series of community awards are presented to individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to our quality of life," Community Affairs Coordinator Beth Sharb said. "These categories allow us to recognize a variety of people or organizations who have contributed to Upper Arlington."

The awards presentation will mark the 16th year the city has formally recognized individuals, businesses and organizations for their work in the community.

Nominations can be made by completing a form online at www.uaoh.net, or by calling the Upper Arlington City Manager's Office at 614-583-5040.

A judging committee made up of the previous year's winners, various senior staff members and Upper Arlington City Council members will select this year's recipients.

Awards will be given for the following:

Business of the Year, which recognizes a business that is actively involved in the community through support and participation in community service projects, providing financial or in-kind support for various causes or events or bringing other benefits to the community.

Community Enrichment, presented to an individual or group that has spearheaded or is involved in a project or program that enhances the city's quality of life through the arts, education, recreation, cultural diversity or enhancement of the natural environment.

Rotary Club of Upper Arlington Volunteerism Award, awarded to a notable volunteer or team of volunteers. The Rotary Club of Upper Arlington will donate $500 to the recipient's charitable organization.

Community Safety, given to a person or group involved in programming to raise awareness of or improve the overall health and safety of members of the community, or for a significant one-time act to help others in the community during a moment of need.

Super Senior, awarded to someone who is actively involved in the community through volunteer service, taking a leadership or participatory role in community programs.

Youth Award, presented to an individual youth or to a group actively involved in volunteer service, or the participation in and development of community programs to benefit others.

"Anyone can make a nomination, but the nominee must be a community member -- someone who lives or works here and has contributed to Upper Arlington," Sharb said. "Award winners receive an engraved clock from the city to commemorate this honor and to thank them for their outstanding contributions in enriching life in Upper Arlington."