Upper Arlington News

'State of City,' awards to be presented Jan. 27


Upper Arlington officials will recognize community activism and outline a movement to balance quality services amid financial challenges at the annual "State of the City" address Jan. 27.

After championing gains in economic development during the 2013 State of the City speech, officials last week said this year's address will focus on what Upper Arlington must do to further bolster municipal revenues.

The State of the City address is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

The city's Community Affairs Office last week said City Manager Ted Staton will review 2013 and look ahead to 2014.

The title of the presentation will be "Charting a New Course."

"'Charting a New Course' reflects the city's commitment to maintaining high levels of service in the new fiscal realities we face," said Beth Sharb, community affairs coordinator for the city.

"Part of tackling these problems is, of course, the Citizens Financial Review Task Force, a group of very capable citizens who are helping look at our finances in new ways, asking how we can both create new revenue streams and cut costs for long-term solutions.

"We must effectively 'chart a new course' when looking ahead at economic development, infrastructure needs and more," she said.

In addition to outlining the state of the city, officials will hand out Community Awards Jan. 27 for contributions made to the Upper Arlington community in 2013.

This year, city officials will provide awards for Business of the Year, Community Enrichment, Community Safety, Super Senior, Youth and a new award for volunteerism, which is being sponsored by the Upper Arlington Rotary Club.

The city will continue to accept nominations for these awards through Jan. 10.

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.

"The city recognizes citizens through the Community Awards because we recognize that our residents -- not our streets or houses -- make UA a special place to live," Sharb said.

"This year's new category for volunteerism, sponsored by the UA Rotary, is just another way for us to say 'thank you' to those who enrich life here in UA."

Sharb also noted the Jan. 27 event will feature a Community Fair.

That portion of the evening's programming will include exhibits from various organizations and city departments, which Sharb said would provide opportunities for residents to meet with community leaders and staff during a single forum.

"As always, guests can register to win various prizes, and light refreshments are served," she said.